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, the focus is on folk music from India, Algeria, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Venezuela , Colombia and Jamaica.


World Library of Folk and Primitive Music vol 7: India (cd, Rounder, 2002) A collection of examples of the unique variety of Indian folk music recorded by one of the greatest scholars of Indian classical and folk music. This anthology focusses on archaic (tribal), religous and devotional, classical-instrumental and drama music. Recorded by Alain Daniélou, 1951-52, mostly in Varanasi and Chenai. Originally released in 1955 on vinyl by Columbia. Compiled and edited by Alan Lomax.

  • Raghunāthă Prasannă: Thumrī
  • Swāmi D.R. Parvātikar: Svarămandală
  • Satyāvolu Mādhavă: Rāgă Kāmavardhanī
  • Nanku: Virahā
  • Muhammad Usman: Qawwali
  • Kapāli: Tamil Drama
  • Mundan: Ahīr Dance
  • the Tribe of Gonds: Gond Song

Algérie: panorama de l'oranais (1937-1946) (cd, Buda Musique, 2001) Songs from 78rpm records from the late 1930s that show the musical variety of the multicultural city of Oran, in Western Algeria, where Jews, Arabs and Berbers defined its multicultural fabric and the heritage of Arab-Andalucian music was kept alive, before the arrival of blues, jazz and French chanson. Also featured are some original Oranian rai tracks, based on the ghasba reed flute and bendir frame drum. From the 78rpm archives of Philips, Polyphon, Gramophone, recorded between 1937-1946.

  • Saoud El Ouahrani: El frak rmani
  • Reinette El Ouahrania: Qalbi balhabib sar mafni
  • Cheik Ben Achitte: Rani men hadou lamhane

Ethiopia. Ari polyphonies (cd, Ocora, 2002) The Ari, sedentary farmers of animist tradition, are one of the largest ethnic groups of the highlands of southwest Ethiopia. Traditionally music is played at the end of the rainy season, when great collective ceremonies begin for marriages, the end of harvesting, funerals and the lifting of periods of mournings. In Ari music, a special place is reserved for the voice and derived polyphonies for male and female choruses, often accompanied by hand-clapping. Instruments heard on some of the tracks here are bamboo flutes (shungul, shambuko) and lyre (shungi). Recorded by Thierry Fournel, 2000-2002.

  • Shungi Ashta
  • Shungi Gogi
  • Shungul Atri
  • Gogi Weyssa
  • Ishka
  • Alla Geyscha

Zimbabwe. The Soul Of Mbira: Traditions of the Shona people (cd, Nonesuch records, 2002) The mbira has between 8 and 52 keys mounted over a bridge on a hardwood sound-board, played inside a large gourd resonator, decorated with shells. It's essential to traditional Shona culture in Zimbabwe, providing music for both entertainment and ceremonies. The commited and skilled players are held in high esteem. The pieces with alternating leading and following parts, are designed to be played by at least two musicians. Recorded by Paul Berliner in 1972. Originally released on vinyl in 1973.

  • Simon Mashoko: Kumakudo
  • Erick & Mondrek Muchena: Taireva
  • John Kunaka & Cosmos Magaya: Nhimutimu
  • Mhuri Yekwa Rwizi: Nhemamusasa

Musica De Venezuela 1972​-​81 (cd, TAL, 2017) A diverse and fascinating selection of sound recordings by the Venezuelan architect and self-taught musicologist/recordist Oswaldo Lares, who began to record local folk music outside of Caracas in his spare time from the late 1960s until today, to investigate the complex relationship between the different indigenous, European and African elements that constitute the country's identity and music. Recorded by Oswaldo Lares, 1972-81, selected & compiled by Stefan Schneider (TAL).

  • Quitiplás
  • Marimba indígena
  • Canto de amor jayeechi
  • Carrizos con Baile
  • Canto de pilon
  • Rumba Callejera

Colombie: El Vallenato (cd, Ocora, 1996) Vallenato is a rural Colombian vocal and instrumental folk music style, typical of the Magdalena Grande region, based on a trio of instruments: accordion, drum (caja vallenata) and rasp (guacharaca), herewith referring to its European, African and indigenous roots. Excelling on the accordion is of great importance and the musical contests or piquerias, as a result of rivalry between accordionists, are part of daily life. Recorded by Stéphane Jourdain, 1994.

  • Lorenzo Morales Herrera: Serenita
  • Alberto Murgas: La Negra
  • Francisco Rada Bautista: La Despedida
  • Lorenzo Morales Herrera: La Malena
  • Iván Zuleta: Improvisation

Drums Of Defiance: Maroon Music From The Earliest Free Black Communities Of Jamaica (cd, Smithsonian Folkways, 1992) The Jamaican Maroons are descendants of African slaves who fled the plantations during the 17th-18th century to form new, free communities in remote areas, far from the colonial rule. Today there are still four major Maroon communities that maintain the typical drum music and dance traditions typical of the healing Kromanti Dance ceremony, where participants become possessed by the spirits of their ancestors. Recorded by Kenneth Bilby in 1977-8 and 1991.

  • Accompong Maroons: Clear Road
  • Accompong Maroons: Baakini
  • Charles Town Maroons: Falla Me
  • Scott's Hall Maroons: Siyumande Yoyo
  • Moore Town Maroons: Hear When De Duppy Bawl
  • Moore Town Maroons: Siyumande
  • Moore Town Maroons: Remember Rain, John Warren