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 Azerbaijan, China, Thailand, Uganda, Burundi and Brazil.

Anthology of world music. The music of Azerbaijan (cd, Rounder, 2003)

The music of Azerbaijan is modal and mainly homophonic and belongs to the musical culture of the Middle East. An essential musical form is the 'mugam' (as in Arabic: maqam): compositions and variations in a specific mode but also referring to the whole vocal-instrumental form itself, performed by khanande (singer of art music) and sazande: ensembles of players of tar (lute), kamanje (spike-fiddle) and daf (or gaval, a frame drum with jingling metal rings). Also included here: a stray song from the ashug tradition (wandering folk performers) and a folk dance song reminiscent of the Turkish davul-zurna duets. Other typical instruments are: tutek (whistle), balaman or duduk (double reed wind instrument), zurna (double reed), saz (long necked lute), tulum (bagpipe) and nagara (double-headed drum).

Recordings by Radio Baku, 1971. A reissue on cd by Rounder as part of a series of 50 albums, originally issued as The Unesco Collection on Bärenreiter Verlag/Musicaphon and edited by the International Institute for Traditional Music in Berlin (by Alain Daniélou & Ivan Vandor), between 1968 and 1987.

  • Abil Aliyev: Beste Nigar (kamanje solo)
  • Amrah Gyalma: Jalili (song of an shug, vocal and saz)
  • Bahruz Zeinalov: Roza (popular dance, duduk and nagara)
  • V/A: Keroylu (a heroic dance, zurna and nagara)

Ethnic Minority Music Of Northwest Xinjiang, China (cd, Sublime Frequencies, 2016)

Music from four different ethnic minorities of Xinjiang ('new frontier in Chinese') or Eastern Turkestan, the largest Chinese province and a territory of ethnic conflict (between Han newcomers and Muslim minorities). The featured songs here are performed on the dongbra (a Kazakh two-stringed lute), the tambur (an Uyghur five metal double stringed lute), the komuz (a Kyrgyz three-stringed fretless instrument) and topchar (Mongol two nylon stringed instrument). Recorded by Laurent Janneau & Shi Tanding, 2009

  • Pa Hat: Margul (Uyghur)
  • Ashimunur Kurmanjiang: The Mountain's Pine Trees (Kazakh)
  • Zhong Ga: Four Different Bai Boor Den (Mongol)
  • Xia Ar Ghen Aokhan: Atamake (Kyrgyz)
  • Kurmanjiang Zaccharia: Babulao (Kazakh)

Thailande. La musique des Môns (cd, Playa Sound, 1988)

The Môns are one of the oldest cultures of the Indo-Chinese peninsula, since prehistoric times. In Buddha's time their states overlapped actual Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia. Their music is a synthesis of Burmese instruments and Thai structures and scales. The percussion orchestra's typically have xylophones, metallophones, drums, gongs and oboes. The music is mainly performed on special events, magical or religious ceremonies in monasteries. Recorded by Hubert de Fraysseix, 1976.

  • V/A: Mawn Yardie, Musique De Cremation
  • V/A: HUM Rong Krathai TEN, Musique D'offrande
  • V/A: Nguew RA Ruheng, Musique De Combat

Royal court music from Uganda - 1950 & 1952 (cd, Sharp Wood Productions, 1998)

In 1966 the post-colonial Ugandan governement brutally fell on the royal courts of the Ganda, Nyoro and Ankole peoples, as the old African kings were seen as rivals for power. The musicians were killed or dispersed, the royal instruments destroyed. The royal music was fortunately documented before this tragedy and can be heard on this disc with recordings made by the legendary South-African field recordist Hugh Tracey, who had made two Ugandan field trips in the early 1950s. The royal bands consisted of members of one clan who specialised in a relevant instrument, like amadinda and akadinda xylophones, the ennanga 8-string harp, the endongo 8 string bowl lyre, the endingidi 1 string fiddle, the entenga conical laced drum, amakondere gourd & cow horns and endere flutes.

Recorded by Hugh Tracey, 1950 & 1952. Selected from the archives of the International Library of African Music.

  • Bomera & Tibuhoire: Kitwekize kya winyi (Nyoro)
  • Temusewo Mukasa: Okwagala omlulungi kwesengereza (Ganda)
  • Evalisto Muyinda: Sewaswa kazalabalongo (Ganda)
  • Zakaria Kasasa: Akasozi bamunanika (Ganda)
  • Bulasio Araya & The Abanyabyata Royal Horn Band: Rwankanembe (Nyoro)
  • Ssaza Cheif Kago & Danieri Seruwaniko: Bwemba nkwagala nkugamba (Ganda)
  • Ntamivu za Kabaka: Katego (Ganda)
  • Ludovico Mugerwa: Mulamu namala ampita erinya (Ganda)
  • Yohana Nyakayonga & The Ntimbo Royal Drummers: Ntimbo (Nyoro)
  • Abalere ba Kabaka: Asenga omwami tagayala (Ganda)
  • Kihuka & The Ntajemerwa Royal Drummers: Ntajemerwa (Nyoro)

Musiques du Burundi (cd, Fonti Musicali, 1997)

The ngoma (drum) music of Burundi has been extensively studied and released but this cd focusses mainly on other instruments like the inanga (a 6-7 stringed trough zither), accompanying whispered songs, that traditionally praise the king and the cattle; the umuduri (musical bow), accompanying songs about daily life; the indingidi (a one-stringed fiddle) and the ikembe (a lamellaphone also known in other African countries as sanza, mbira, likembe or kalimba). Different instruments are also combined in an orchestral ensemble, which is a recent trend in the development of traditional music in Burundi. Recorded by Frank Michiels, 1990. Coproduced by the Royal Museum of Central-Africa, Tervuren, Belgium.

  • Pierre Ntibarangerageza: Horere dawe (Ikembe)
  • Augustin Ndabagumije: Akadegedege (Indingidi)
  • Jean Nzigiye: Kugira inama (Indingidi)
  • Mathias Mujiriro: Helena wanje (Umuduri)
  • Francis Bitagoye: Ari hehe (Inanga)
  • Joseph Torobeka: Raba izo ntama (Inanga)
  • Mathias Mujiriro: Abantu barakuza amajambo (Orchestre)

L.H. Corrêa de Azevedo: Music Of Ceará and Minas Gerais (cd, Rykodisc, 1997)

Aside from the war-time cooperation between the US and Brazil in the early 1940s, the Archive of American Folk-Song at the Library of Congress in Washington supported Brazilian musicologists to record and document Brazilian folk music, by loaning recording equipment and providing technical and methodological know-how. From the four field expeditions that L.H Corrêa de Azevedo made in central and northern Brazil, fthis cd presents the music of the states of Ceará and Minas Gerais. Determined to document the "other" Brazil, he looked for Brazil's indigenous, African and ultimately mixed folk music genres, like côco, xangô, congo, maracatú, rojão a.o. Recordings by Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo, 1943 & 1944. Part of The Endangered Music Project, a series of 6 cd's that's part of 'The World', a larger series of 25 albums curated by Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart in collaboration with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

  • V/A: Secando a Água (Canto dos mineiradores)
  • The Almeida family: Diamantina (Valsa)
  • V/A: Coco dos Mateiros (Coco Com Viola)
  • V/A: A Paia da Cana Avôa
  • João Lourenço: A Mangueira
  • Grupo de Luiz Pereira da Silva: Canções dos Congos
  • Grupo Az de Ouro: Canções do Maracatú
  • Raimundo Alves Feitosa: Xangô, Xangô