Travelogue

Travelogue presents a selection of traditional folk music from around the world, recorded and documented by field recordists, ethnomusicologists and intrepid music collectors. In this show, discover amazing music from Mongolia, New Guinea, Yemen, Togo, Cameroon, Portugal and Mexico. > Tserendavaa & Tsogtgerel: Chants Diphoniques de l'Altaï Mongol/Xöömij overtone singing from Mongolia (cd, Buda Records, 2008) Tserendavaa (°1954) and his son Tsogtgerel (°1990) are virtuous exponents of Western-Mongolian overtone singing (xöömij), the technique of overlaying two sounds with one's own voice, basically singing a drone in a normal voice onto which a second harmonic voice is layered, one or more octaves below or above the fundamental tone. The songs are sung either accapella or accompanied by the two-string fiddles moriin xuur and ekel, or the two stringed tovshuur lute. Recorded by Johanni Curtet, 2007 * Mongol gerin magtaal * Xumun torlogton * Baltchin xerin yavdal * Dörvön xöömijnii töröl * Airxinii shog * Xoer Altai nutag > Sacred flute music from New Guinea: Madang/Windim Mambu (2cd, Editions Mego, 2016) In Papua New Guinea, only adult men are allowed to make, own and blow flutes and in specific ritual contexts, meant to invoke the presence of the spirits. Flute blowing happens on different occasions, for male initiations, intervillage feasts, sago harvests, births, marriages and deaths. The play is generally accompanied with percussion: with garamuts (wooden slit gongs, used to send out messages over long distances), kundus (hand drums) or shell rattles. These bamboo flutes are always made and played in pairs, the longer flute being the male and the shorter flute, the female. Recorded by Ragnar Johnson & Jessica Mayer in 1976. Originally released as two separate vinyl albums in 1977 and 1979 on Quartz Publications. Re-released on two separate cds in 1999 on Rounder Records. Songs taken from a new double CD release on Editions Mego. * Windim Mambu: Mo-Mo * Windim Mambu: Rumu * Sacred Flute: Mo-Mo > Yémen: musiques du coeur de l'Arabie. (cd, Buda Records, 2002) A cross-section of folk music as heard in the city of Sanaa and around the country. Featured instruments are the Sanaa-'ûd, the most ancient lute in the Arab world, the semsemiya and tambura lyres (amongst the oldest instruments in Yemen), the ney flute, violin, qanun zither and different types of cylindric, frame and kettle drums. Sounds from the mafraj, a music salon where men meet in the afternoon to enjoy sung and instrumental music and the exhilarating effects of chewing qât-leaves. Recorded by Jean-Christophe Girard, 1999 * Hassan Aoni al-'Ajami (Chant et 'ud de Sanaa - Sanaa) * Mohamed al-Kouek (lyre tambura - Zabid) * Orchestre De Pecheurs (Al-khawkhah) * Kamilia Anbar Yakout (Chant Solo) et Son Orchestra (Lahej) > Togo. Music from West-Africa (cd, Rounder, 1992) An exceptionally diversified compilation of traditional Togolese music. Praise songs to traditional rulers; a couple of songs by Houwenema, the famous griot of Pagouda, plucking his single stringed lute; funeral songs by a female group; proverbial songs adressing quarrelsome women and songs about the nightly devourers of the soul... Recorded by Dan Kahn and Bill Nowlin, 1977. Originally released on vinyl in 1978. * Akofa Akoussah: Mitoe Ne Ayehawo * Houwenema: Kasa Bu * Ali Bawa: Ki Man Wo * Les Femmes Pleureuses De Klo Mayondi: Drodope * Flutistes Kotokoli: Instrumental > Cameroun. Flûtes des Monts Mandara. (cd, Ocora, 1996) Ritual and profane music from the animist peoples of the mountains and the plains of Cameroon's Northernmost Province, including the Mofou, Mofou-Goudour, Mouyang and Ouldémé. In the Mandara mountains, the musical instruments used depend on the agrarian cycle, e.g. the growing of millet or the feast of the bull. In the plains, music accompanies different stages in an individual's life or in that of the group: the birth of twins, initiation, hunting, war, mourning, entertainment. Aerophones predominate, especially flutes from bamboo, reed, wood, bark, horn, clay or shell. Recorded by Nathalie Fernando & Fabrice Marandola, 1994-96. * Ouldémé du village de Dibon: Chèk I Massakal [Monts Mandara] * Ouldémé du village de Dibon: Mebaga Andjégué [Monts Mandara] * Ouldémé du village de Dibon: Zavan [Monts Mandara] * Ouldémé du village de Dibon: Chèk I Vendelar [Monts Mandara] * Mofou du village de Zob: Walay Douroum [Monts Mandara] > Portugal. Trás-os-Montes. Chants du blé et cornemuses de berger. (cd, Ocora, 1993) Songs about the cultivation of cereals (called romances) and sheep rearing (with the shepherd's bagpipe) from Portugal's isolated, poor, rural Northeastern province Trás-os-Montes. Apart from accompanying the threshing of wheat, shelling the almonds, husking the maize, grinding the flour, lulling the babies or as a distracting watching the flocks, the singing of romances divides the days of mowing into time sequences: a different romance is sung at each of as many as seven times a day. Apart from the flute, the bagpipe (gaita de foles, made of a goatskin bag, two independent pipes and a long drone-pipe) is the only melodic instrument, probably a distant relic of Portugal's Celtic culture. Recorded by Anne Caufriez, 1978. Reissue on cd of the vinyl LP from 1980. * Maria Helena Ventura: Roro * Augustinho Garido Brazo: Fandango * Virgílio Augusto Cristal: O Redondo * Adélia Garcia: A Fonte Do Salgueirinho * Paulinho Pereira João: Jota * Paulinho Pereira João, Alfredo Falcão, & Paulinho José Raposo Oliveira: Fandango * Virgílio Augusto Cristal: Alvorada > Bats'i Son. The music of the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. (cd, Latitude, 2004) Digitally restored, edited and remastered versions of recordings by the American sound engineer Richard Alderson, who had worked before for free jazzers like Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman and Bob Dylan and Harry Belafonte. Anderson lived for five years in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico where he started to record the local music traditions of various ethnic groups like the Chamula, Zinacantecos, Tzeltal, Ch'ol... Between constant exploding fireworks, you can hear music drawing from prehispanic traditions based on flute & drum play and Spanish colonial music based on guitar, violin, maracas, harp and trumpets. Music to celebrate carnival, the powers of the jaguar, the birth of Christ and other Catholic feasts and rituals. Recordings: Richard Alderson, 1971-74, originally issued on two Folkways vinyl records. * Flute And Drums-Tenango (Tzeltal) * Carnival - Chalchihuitán (Tzotzil) * Navidad-Mitontik (Tzotzil) * Fiesta De San Bartolo-Venustiano Carranza (Tzotzil) * Navidad-Mitontik - Bolom Chon (Jaguar Song) (Tzotzil) * Son De Carnival-Majosik * Fiesta De Santa Lucia (Ch'ol) * Danza De Mujeres-Tenejapa

Travelogue presents traditional, acoustic folk music from around the world, by focussing in depth on outstanding records (vinyl & cd), released by specialised labels, ethnographic museums, radio stations and cultural institutions that record, collect and study the musical traditions of (indigenous) peoples and societies from all corners of the globe. This often endangered music is part of the intangible cultural heritage of mankind and needs to be preserved for future generations, as a celebration of cultural diversity, creativity and inventiveness. In the tremendously vast field of folk music we travel in the footsteps of renowned music collectors and ethnomusicologists, whose aim was not only to study the structure of traditional music, instruments and vocal traditions, but to show also that in many societies, music is not an independent art form to be enjoyed for its own sake, but an integral part of the culture. In traditional societies, music accompanies every human activity, from the cradle to the grave. Bram De Cock

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