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Global voices
Publication Information:
Chapel Hill, N.C. : Music of the World, [1998]

Physical Description:
3 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Music of the World: MOW 149 (on discs: MOW 146, MOW 147, MOW 148).

"Vocal-based music from the world's traditions"--Container.

"Disc 1 features spoken percussion, monkey chants, overtone singing, tribal songs, war chants and folk tunes. Disc 2 features Buddhist chanting, Hindu devotional songs, Sufi and Christian chants, and gospel music. Disc 3 features modern a cappella tunes, European and African improvisations, yodelling, hot blues, and passionate flamenco singing"--Container.

"A Vox set"--Container.

Predominantly previously released material.

Compact discs.

Multiple languages

Disc 1, Traditional: Copla de ordeño (Colombia: María Olga Piñeros) -- Konakkol ensemble (India: Karnataka College of Percussion) -- Co la (Vietnam: Trân Quang Hai) -- Sholagobe patore bhashe (Bengal: Purna Das Baul) -- Sa sowiri (Fiji: Vancouver Fiji Boys) -- Forest, green forest (Romania: Musicians from the village of Clejani) -- Hore cu noduri (Transylvania: Mǎrioara Mureșan) -- Lam ban xok (Laos: Khamvong Insixiengmai) -- Zuni sunrise song (USA: Chester Mahooty) -- Serenada de Ierru (Sardinia: Tenores de Oniferi) -- Kecak music drama interlude (Bali: Kecak Ganda Sari Singers) -- Endiawes (Ethiopia: Seleshe Damessae) -- Turtle dance (USA: The Garcia Brothers) -- Barbannadir (Tuva: Anatoli Kuular) -- Qyria yefefia (Yemen/Israel: Ora Sittner).

Disc 2, Sacred: Ladarke idu u selo (Croatia: Zvonimir Croatian Choir) -- Chembere dze musango (Zimbabwe: Dumisani Maraire) -- Raga sudha (India: R.A. Ramamani & the Karnataka College of Percussion) -- O Domine Jesu Christe (Hungary: Voces Æquales) -- Inyi ikpwo wo omimyam (Nigeria: Ainu Center Choir) -- Kabsumpa (Tibet: Ganden Monastery monks) -- Sidi musa (Morocco: Hassan Hakmoun) -- Kiowa hymn (USA: Cornel Pewewardy) -- Qhapaq negros (Peru: Qhapaq Negros Singers) -- Rag kambhoji ; Alap (India: The Dagar Brothers) -- Odiyé (Cuba: Orlando "Puntilla" Rios & Nueva Generación) -- Job (USA: The Sterling Jubilee Singers) -- Samah (Turkey: Bayram Bilge Toker) -- Tsmida dedoplis sagalobeli (Croatia: Rustavi Choir).

Disc 3, Contemporary: First words ; Say (USA: SoVoSó) -- Tchidiba = Forgetfulness (Congo: Samba Ngo) -- Rolling stone from Texas (USA: Don Walser) -- Thomas' Place (Greece: Diaspora) -- Ianinku (Bulgaria: Folk Scat) -- Don't talk about love (USA: Deborah Coleman & Skeeter Brandon) -- Ana Bandolim (Brazil: Tico da Costa) -- Dichiman duchiyo (Senegal: Souleman Faye) -- How can I cry about freedom? (USA: Vida) -- Danza de cerdeira (Brittany/Galicia: Leilía & Bleizi Ruz) -- Nuvem cigana (Brazil: Boca Livre) -- Kouman nap fè (Haiti: Boukan Ginen) -- Navega sola (Spain: Mayte Martín).
Format :
Music CD


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VOCAL .ZG562 GLB Compact Disc Central Library

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In the 1990s, some of world music's most thoughtful compilations came from Music of the World, a small label based in Chapel Hill, NC. This lavish three-CD box set unites a variety of vocal-based music from around the world and breaks it down into one category per CD: traditional, sacred, and contemporary. The first two are closely connected -- all of the sacred or spiritual music heard on disc two is traditional rather than contemporary. Within each category, MOTW is quite broad-minded; the Traditional and Sacred discs, for example, boast artists with ties to India (the Katnataka College of Percussion), Colombia (Maria Olga Pineros), Laos (Khamvong Insixiengmai), Hungary (Voces Equales), and Africa (Dumisani Maraire, Ainu Center Choir). A cappella performances and tribal chanting abound on those discs, and when instruments are used, they're acoustic instruments. Meanwhile, the Contemporary disc becomes an eclectic survey of modern ethno-pop thanks to the inclusion of vocalists from Brazil (Boca Livre), Haiti (Boukan Ginen), Spain (Mayte Martin), Bulgaria (Folk Scat), Greece (Diaspora), and the Congo (Samba Ngo). On the Contemporary disc, MOTW isn't nearly as slick as it could have been -- nothing as high-tech as Algerian rai or Indian bangra is included. To say that the liner notes are thorough would be an understatement; MOTW includes a 52-page booklet that devotes at least half a page to each artist. For those who can afford to splurge on a three-CD set, Global Voices makes for consistently rewarding and unpredictable listening. ~ Alex Henderson