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, we focus on 6 outstanding albums with music from Laos, Bolivia, Bulgaria, São Tomé & Principe, Mozambique and The Bahamas.


1/ Music Of Southern & Northern Laos (cd, Akuphone, 2018) A compilation of ethnic minority music from Laos from the Provinces Of Champasak, Attapeu, Sekong, Saravan, Luang Namtha & Phongsaly. Recorded by Laurent Jeanneau, between 2006-2013

  • Brao Lave Gongs
  • Pacoh Song
  • Nyaheun "Jeu Phawn Peng Gawng Ploung Ken"
  • Alak Gongs
  • Khmu "Jiakoot"
  • Lao Lam Saravan
  • Bit "Protect The Forest"
  • Triang Pao Kabang

2/ Bolivia Panpipes (cd, Auvidis/Unesco, 1987) Panpipe and drum music of pre-Columbian origin of the quechua-speaking communities from Bautista Saavedra province and the aymara-speaking communities of the altiplano (banks of lake Titicaca). The panpipes are played together in complementary pairs of 3-4 different sizes, in ensembles of at least 8 musicians. Recorded by the French ethnographer Louis Girault, 1955-1973. Reissue 1999.

  • Yaku Kantu
  • Kacharpaya Kantu
  • Kanchitu
  • Kacharpaya
  • Danza De Los Kunthuris

3/ Folk Music Of Bulgaria (cd, Topic, 1994) A broad introduction to the styles and sounds of authentic peasant music in the various regions of Bulgaria, accompanying work, dances and seasonal ceremonies. Apart from the beautiful polyphonic, homophonic and diaphonic singing, typical instruments are the goatskin gaida bagpipe, the seven holed kaval flute, the long necked tambura lute, the small gadulka fiddle, accordions and brass band instruments. Recorded by A.L. Lloyd, 1954, 1963. Originally released on vinyl 1966.

  • Todor Gemedzhiev: Ovcharska Pesen
  • Gruicho Dochev: Dva Sa Momi Momuvali
  • Bankso: Makedonske Pesen
  • Vasilka Karadaleva: Zapali Kito Mome Borina
  • Ali chasmakov: Tambura Dranka
  • Feika Sirakuleva: Ya Stoi Postol
  • Roza Tsvetkova: Mori Ziata Se E Bolna
  • Ekaterina Sirakova & Genovva Sirakova: Makedonske Horo
  • Peter Bogdanov: Tudora Kupal Misiri
  • Lordan Lordanov: Devolko Devolko Mome
  • Zakharev: Otreyala Mesechina
  • Pavel Sirakov: Sitno Horo

4/ São Tomé & Principe - Musiques de l'île du milieu (cd, Buda Records, Indigenous music from a small archipelago of former Portuguese colonies off the coast of Gabon where slaves from Angola, Congo, Mozambique or Cape Verde were sent to work on the cane plantations. The music is played on drums, musical bow, mouth bow, scrapers, rattles and bamboo flutes. Recorded by Manuel Gomes, 2003

  • Marcha do bobo
  • Non ka n'gosta di-mualà vé
  • Samba
  • Rosa viola ka moêlê ku sêbê dê
  • Mana ku mana sa placela
  • Entrada do principe

5/ Southern Mozambique (cd, SWP records/ILAM, 2003) A kaleidoscopic selection of music from different ethnic peoples of southern Mozambique (below the Zambezi river). Musical virtuosity and complexity on large xylophone orchestra's (timbila), gourd flute, mbira, mouth bow and singing horns (puundu). Recorded by Hugh Tracey, 1943, 1949, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1963. Selected by Mic

  • Celesta Nyakutowo, Rosa Samwe & Evelina Gwamba: Four Chigowilo Tunes (Chopi)
  • Zhuake Masingi: Mandowa I, II, III (Ndau)
  • Komukomu: Msungiso Wa Siwaka (Chopi)
  • Julai Tembane: Ntendene (Tswa)
  • Katini: Hinganyengisa Masingita (Chopi)
  • Dawusi Chirongo: Ndarira (Sena Nyungwe)
  • Sauti Matseno: Maria Wa Ntumbi (Tswa/Hlengwe)
  • unknown: Doka Wandirmara Chiperi (Sena Nyungwe)
  • unknown: Masesa (Tsonga/Hlanganu)
  • Grupo Jazzi Rumba: Maruvata (Gitonga)

6/ The Bahamas. The real Bahamas in music and song. (cd, Nonesuch, 2003) Religious vocal music known as "rhyming spirituals" and anthems, reminiscent of the early plantation music of the Carolinas, from where African slaves were imported to these small isolated Caribbean islands off the US coast. It developed further into a distinctly Bahamian style of singing or "rhyming", meaning to intone couplets (verses) against a melodic background of voices. Rhyming reached its greatest hights during the sponge fishing in the 1930s. Recorded by Peter K. Siegel and Jody Stecher, 1965. Originally released on vinyl 1966, revised edition.

  • Frederick McQueen & Reverend W.G. McPhee: Sheep Know When Thy Shephard Calling
  • Frederick McQueen, Shelton Swain, George McKenzie: Out on the Rolling Sea
  • Sam Green And Group: I Told You People Judgement Coming
  • Pinder Family: I Bid You Goodnight
  • Bruce Green, Tweedie Gibson, Clifton Green: My Lord Help Me to Pray
  • Joseph Spence, The Pinder Family: We'll Understand It Better By and By
  • Sam Green And Group: I Ain't Got Long