Travelogue, one of the newest additions to our team of residents, pays tribute to global traditional folk music, focussing on the work of field recordists, ethnomusicologists and intrepid music collectors. In this show, discover amazing music from Japan, Kenya, Congo, Greece, Turkey and Afghanistan!

Uchina: sounds of Okinawa Island (Winter & Winter, 2013)

A selection of songs from the Japanese island of Okinawa, talking about logging, harvest, the ocean and love. Remarkable instruments here are: sanshin (a three stringed lute with a snake skin body) and taiko (drums, e.g. shime-daiko). Recorded by Stefan Winter (2011) & Senri Miyazato (nr 2, 1981).

  • 1/ Deigo Musume: kunjansabakui
  • 2/ Festival voices: miyako nishibe yukui: michiyuki yonteru
  • 3/ Keiko Higa & shimadaiko: nami
  • 4/ Hajime Nakasone: amakaa

Kenya & Tanzania: witchcraft & ritual music (Nonesuch, 1975/1991)

Music from the Lamu, Giriama, Taita and Luo tribes of Kenya, used as medicine in witchcraft practices. Healing sounds from drums, the uta (one stringed harp), the nyatiti (eight stringed harp) and blowing the bung'o (horn). Recorded by David Fanshawe.

  • 5/ unknown: nyatiti (Luo, Kenya)
  • 6/ unknown: coconut pickers song (Lamu, Kenya)
  • 7/ unknown: giriama spirit dance (Giriama, Kenya)
  • 8/ unknown: ngoma ra mrongo (Taita, Kenya)
  • 9/ kayamba dance: giriama wedding (Giriama, Kenya)

Tombe Ditumba: Musique des Luba-Shankadi du Shaba - Zaïre (MRAC/Fonti Musicali, 1994)

Different samples of music from the Luba-Shankadi tribe of south-Congo (Kasai & Shaba provinces), related to hunting, dancing, work, birth, hospitality on specific instruments like the dikembe (thumb piano), madimba (xylophone), lusuba (mouth bow). Recorded by Jos Gansemans of the Royal Museum of Central Africa, Brussels in 1970, 1972 & 1973.

  • 10/ unknown: chant de chasse buyanga
  • 11/ unknown: chant pour piler le manioc
  • 12/ unknown: chant pour les jumeaux mapasa
  • 13/ unknown: chant narratif
  • 14/ unknown: danse matolo
  • 15/ unknown: duo de dikembe
  • 16/ unknown: arc à bouche lusuba
  • 17/ unknown: berceuse

Grèce. Paralogues. Chants traditionnels (Ocora, 2006)

Paralogues are traditional Greek narrative songs of epic nature, drawing from popular beliefs, everyday life and ancient myths. The selected songs talk about an evil mother-in-law; the Triha bridge; a young stone cutter who has only one hand; a bridesmade who became a bride and the return of an expatriate husband. Recorded by Greek national radio, 2005.

  • 18/ Nikos Papavramides & chorus: kakia pethera (Pontos, Black Sea)
  • 19/ Eleni Bairaktaris-Kotalakidi, Christos Bairaktaris & chorus: tis trihas to giofyri (Pontos, Black Sea)
  • 20/ Doras Stratou choir: agourous petra peleka (Skyros Island)
  • 21/ Savas Siatras: Tis Koubaras Pou Egine Nyfi
  • 22/ D. Vagias, S. Kitsanelli, N. Sadedin, V. Gogos, V. Charisis & C. Litos: o gyrismos tou xenitemenou sizigou (Epirus)

Anadolu Ninnileri/Anatolian Lullabies (Kalan, 2006)

Lullabies ("ninni"), typically sung by mothers to soothe their children or put them to sleep, are one of the most characteristic genres within the musical culture of Anatolia (Turkey). They can be found across the various ethnic groups living in Anatolia, sung in languages other than Turkish, like Romani, Armenian, Judeo-Spanish, Sorani, Greek, Eastern Aramaic, Kurdish...
Collected from archives by Kalan Müzik, Melih Duygulu, Hasan Kuzu, Muammer Ketencoglu, Birol Topaloglu, Hadas Pal-Yarden.

  • 23/ Melih Duygulu: Dandini Dandini Dasdana
  • 24/ Muzaffer Akgün: Adalardan Ciktim Yayan
  • 25/ Tatyana Bostan: Bar bar genem
  • 26/ Hadass Pal-Yarden: durme durme
  • 27/ Ayfer Düzdas: lay lay
  • 28/ Sebnem Boral: zorik

Afghanistan untouched (Traditional Crossroads, 2003)

Afghanistan overflows with musical treasures; its lyrical instruments and haunting melodies are as astonishing in their variety and uniqueness as the ethnically dense country itself. An amazing collection of Tajik, Uzbek, Pashtun, Herati, Kazakh and Turkmen songs from a peaceful era, on instruments like dambura (long necked lute), doira (frame drum), zirbaghali (single headed pottery drum), ghichak (two-stringed fiddle) or dutar (long necked two-stringed lute) a.o. Recorded by Mark Slobin in 1968.

  • 29/ Adam: Excerpt Of The Adam Khan Tale (Pashtun)
  • 30/ Mohamed Qasem: Shirin, Shirin (Dutar Piece) (Herati)
  • 31/ Khodai Qul: Guroghili Epic Tale Excerpt (Uzbek)
  • 32/ Aq Pishak (w/ Salaidin and Achel): Teahouse Songs (Uzbek)
  • 33/ Adinabeg: Felak Song From Darwaz Region Of Badakhshan (Tajik)
  • 34/ Zulaikha & Gulandam: Women's Wedding Song (Uzbek)