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Current Discography, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Winter 2004)
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Compiled by Mercedes Dujunco (New York University)

Editor's note: in order to aid searching, names and terms that have been coded to display diacriticals have been appended to the entry in brackets without diacriticals.

General | Africa | Americas | Asia and Oceania | Europe

General

The Hidden Gate: Jewish Music Around the World. cp2003. Rounder 1161-5084-2/11661-5085-2/1161 615 083-2. Two compact discs. Program notes by Dan Rosenberg, inserted; disc one contains PDF file of expanded liner notes. Jewish and Klezmer music. Various performers.

Mediterranean Lullaby. cp2000. Ellipsis Arts CD 4290. One compact disc. Program notes in English and original lyrics with English translations inserted in container. A collection of lullabies gathered along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Sung in the native tongues of Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, and Morocco. Various performers.

Music from the Coffee Lands II. cp2001. Putumayo World Music PUT194-2. One compact disc. Liner notes by Jacob Edgar (20 pp., ill.) bound in container. Popular music from Africa and Latin America. Various performers.

Passion Planet: Songs of Love from Around the World. cp1999. Juna J2815 CD. One compact disc. Program notes and excerpted lyrics from some selections (6 pp.) inserted in container. Love songs. Various performers.

World 2003. cp2003. Narada World 72435-90071-2-0. Two compact discs. World music. Previously released selections. Various performrs.

World Music Café, Vol. 2. cp2002. Blue Flame 398-50502. One compact disc. World beat and underground music. Compiled by DJ Red Buddha. Various performers. [ Cafe ]

Africa

Alèmayèhu Eshèté. cp2000[?]. Buda Records 82983-2. One compact disc. Program notes in French and English, with lyrics in French and English translation inserted in container. Popular music from Ethiopia. Originally released 1969-1974. Various performers. [ Alemayehu Eshete ]

Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony. cp2003. ATO Records 0009. One compact disc. Historical, ethnographical, and biographical notes S'bu Nxumalo (20 pp., ill.) inserted in container. South African protest songs ; soundtrack to the documentary, Amandla! Various performers including Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, and Vusi Mahlasela.

Badenya: Manden Jaliya in New York City. cp2002. Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40494. One compact disc. Program notes by Tom van Buren and texts of the vocal works with English translations (28 pp., map, ports.) in container. Singing by masters of the soaring vocal style of jaliya and virtuoso instrumental playing on the bala, kora, n'goni, tambin, djembe, dundun, guitar, and bass. Featured performers: Abdoulaye Diabate; Abou Sylla; Keba Bobo Cissoko; Adjaratou 'Tapani' Sissoko; Mahamadou Salieu Suso; Bah Bailo; Famoro Dioubate.

Bel Ami/Papa Noel. cp2000. Stern's Africa STCD 3016. One compact disc. Popular music from the Congo (Democratic Republic). Performer: Papa Noel, guitar, vocals; assisting musicians.

The Best of the Classic Years/King Sunny Ade. cp2003. Shanachie 66034. One compact disc. Program notes by Randall Grass inserted in container. Juju music. Sung in Yoruba. Performed by Sunny Ade, vocals, guitar; with additional musicians.

Bouderbala/Nass Marrakech. cp2001. World Village 498001. One compact disc. Program notes in English, Spanish, and French on container. Folk songs and folk music from Morocco. Performing group: Nass Marrakech.

Electric Highlife: Sessions from the Bokoor Studios. cp2002. Naxos World 76030-2. One compact disc. Highlife songs of Ghana. Sung in Akan, Ewe, Ga, Nzima, or English. Various performers.

Fula Flute. cp2002. Blue Monster Records BM 002. One compact disc. Folk music of the Fula people of Benin and Niger.

Konso Music and Songs/Kirba afaa Xonso. cp2001[?]. Buda Musique 82252-2. One compact disc. Program notes by Enrico Castelli in French and English, discography, and French and English translations of texts of the vocal works (28 pp., ports.) in container. Field recordings by Alemitu Abebe and Enrico Castelli. Folk music and songs of the Konso of Ethiopia.

Música Andalusí/Escuela de Tetuán Tánger. cp1999. Pneuma PN-180. One compact disc. Program notes by Omar Metioui in Spanish, French and English, and Arabic texts with Spanish translation (18 pp.) in container. Arabic songs from Morocco. Performing group: Orquesta del Conservatorio de Tetuán; Mohamed Ben Arbi Temsamani, director; Abd s-Sadaq Shqara, cantor. [ Musica Andalusi Tetuan Tanger ]

Pays Merina. cp2001. Ocora Radio France C 560159. One compact disc. Technical, historical and ethnographic notes in French, English and German by Victor Randrianary (32 pp, ill., map) inserted in container. Vocal and instrumental traditional music of the Merina people of Madagascar. Various performers.

South African Legends. cp2000. Putumayo World Music PUTU 163-2. One compact disc. Biographical notes by Jacob Edgar (23 pp., ports.) bound in container. Previously released material. Popular music from South Africa. Sung in Zulu and English. Various performers.

Tezeta: Ethiopian Blues and Ballads. cp2002. Buda Records 82222-2. One compact disc. Song texts and biographical, technical and historical notes in French and English by Francis Falceto (28 pp., ports.) in container. Popular music from Ethiopia. Various performers.

West Africa: Drum, Chant, and Instrumental Music. cp2002, p1976. Nonesuch 79709-2. One compact disc. Program notes by Stephen Jay in booklet inserted in container. Originally released in 1976 as Africa: Drum, Chant & Instrumental Music (H-72073). Music from Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso. Various performers.

Zanzibar: Music of Celebration. cp2000. Topic Records TSCD 917. One compact disc. Program notes by Janet Topp Fargion and selected lyrics in English translation (15 pp., ill.) inserted in container. Folk music from Zanzibar, Tanzania. Various performers.

Americas

Alabama: From Lullabies to Blues. cp2001. Rounder 11661-1829-2. One compact disc. Liner notes by Jerrilyn McGregory and song texts inserted in container. The Alan Lomax Collection. Original field recordings produced by John A. Lomax and Ruby Terrill Lomax, assisted by Ruby Pickens Tartt. Folk music from Alabama. Various performers.

Bahamas, 1935. Vol. 2: Ring Games and Round Dances. cp2002. Rounder 11661-1832-2. One compact disc. Program notes inserted in container. The Alan Lomax Collection. Folk music from the Bahamas. Sung and played by native musicians.

Ballad Legacy/Texas Gladden. cp2001. Rounder 11661-1800-2. One compact disc. Biographical and program notes, transcription of interview selections, and lyrics (40 pp., ports.) inserted in container. English ballads; includes interviews with Texas Gladden. Performers: Texas Gladden, vocals; in part with Hobart Smith, guitar.

Ballads: From Her Appalachian Family Tradition/Jean Ritchie. cp2003. Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40145. One compact disc. Appalachian versions of the Child ballads, English and Scotttish narrative songs collected and published by Francis James Child in the late 19th century. Performer: Jean Ritchie.

Cape Breton Tradition: Buddy MacMaster. cp2003. Rounder 82161-7052-2. One compact disc. Folk and dance music of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Performers: Buddy MacMaster, violin; Mary Elizabeth MacMaster MacInnes, piano.

Classic Blues. cp2003. Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40134. One compact disc. Program, biographical, and historical notes in container. Blues music. Various performers.

Cuba Without Borders. cp2000. Six Degrees Records 657036 1032-2. One compact disc. Program notes on insert in container. Folk music from Cuba. Various performers.

Deepest Polka: More Dance Music from the Midwest. cp2002 Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD40140. One compact disc. Program notes (33 pp.) inserted in container. Polkas and dance music from the American Midwest. Selections sung in Polish, Croatian, Czech, Slovenian, Finnish, German, Norwegian or English. Various performers.

Festival in Havana. cp2003. Milestone Records MCD 9337-2. One compact disc. Program notes by Andy Gonzalez inserted in container. Folk music and folk songs of Cuba. Originally recorded in Havana in 1955 "under the supervision of Instituto musical de investigaciones folkloricas." Originally released as Riverside 4005. Performers: Ignacio Pineiro, arranger, leader; Oscar "Floresita" Velasco, trumpet; Pedro Mena, quinto; Carlos Embale, lead vocals; Bienvenido Leon, second lead vocals; Adriano Rodriguez, congas, coro; Oracio Endibo, Ana Maria Garcia, coro; Giraldo Rodriguez, congas, coro; Pedro Aspirina, congas; Raul "Nasaco" Diaz, congas, percussion; Gerardo Valdes, Nicholas Mauro, tumbadora.

Folk Songs for Young People/Pete Seeger. cp2002. Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 45024. One compact disc. Lyrics and narration (21 pp., ill.) inserted in container. Children's songs and folk songs from the United States. Sung principally in English ; 1 selection in Yiddish, 1 in Hebrew. Performer: Pete Seegers, vocals, narration, and banjo.

French Caribbean. cp2003. Putumayo World Music PUT 211-2. One compact disc. Compas, zouk, and beguine from the French Creole Caribbean islands of Martinique, Haiti and Guadeloupe. Various performers.

Forró!/Nazare Pereira. cp2001. Playasound PS 65251. One compact disc. Program notes in French and English and vocal texts (22 pp., ill., ports.) in container. Popular vocal music from Brazil. Performer: Nazare Pereira, vocals ; with assisting vocalists and instrumentalists. [ Forro! ]

From Paris With Love: The Skatalites. cp2002. World Village 468017. One compact disc. Jaimacan reggae music.Performed by The Skatalites: Dizzy Moore, trumpet ; Cedric Brooks, tenor saxophone; Lester Sterling, alto saxophone; Will Clark, trombone; Lloyd Brevett, double bass; Lloyd Knibb, drums; Devon James, guitar; Ken Stewart, keyboards; Doreen Shaeffer, vocals.

Grenada: Creole and Yoruba Voices. cp2001. Rounder 11661-1728-2. One compact disc. Program notes by Morton Marks and Keith Bilby with English and Creole lyrics with English translations as necessary, bibliography and discography (24 pp., ill.) inserted in container. The Alan Lomax Collection. Folk music from Grenada. Various performers.

Indian Songs and Dances of the Southwest. cp2001. Sounds of the World SOW 90199. One compact disc. Program notes in English by William Hogeland (4 pp.) inserted in container. Music of Native Americans of the southwestern United States. Various performers.

Mahkato Wacipi. cp2001. Innova Recordings 547. Two compact discs. Traditional stories and songs of the Dakotah and Lakotah nations presented by the Mahkato Mdewakanton Association commemorating the U.S.-Dakotah Conflict of 1862 and the hanging of the Thirty Eight. Performers: Jerry Dearly, Bain Wilson, George Squirrelcoat, Mazakute, Colin Wesaw, the Prairie Island Singers, and Mahkato Mdewankanton Association.

Native Music of Northwest Mexico. cp1998. Canyon Records CR-8001. One compact disc. Program notes in container. Performed by Tarahumara, Warihio, and Mayo musicians, singers, and dancers from Sonora, Sinaloa, and Chihuahua, Mexico.

Pacantó/Totó la Momposina. cp2001. World Village 470005. One compact disc. Program notes in French and English in container. Afro-Colombian traditional music and songs, from the Atlantic Coast region of Colombia. Performed and sung by Toto la Momposina and her group. [ Pacanto/Toto ]

Pueblo Songs from San Juan. cp1997. Canyon Records CR-6065. One compact disc. Music of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. Performers: Peter V. Aguino, Juan J. Aguino, Carpio Trujillo, Joe M. Abeyta, Diego Aguino.

Raíces Latinas :Smithsonian Folkways Latino Roots Collection. cp2002. Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40470. One compact disc. Program notes by Daniel Sheehy and bibliographical references (28 pp., ill.) inserted in container. Latino roots music from the Caribbean to the Andes and from Brazil to the American Southwest. Various performers. [ Raices ]

South Carolina: Got the Keys to the Kingdom. cp2002. Rounder 82161-1831-2. One compact disc. Program notes and song texts (40 pp., ill.) inserted in container. The Alan Lomax Collection. Folk music from South Carolina. Various performers; in part with spoken comments and interviews.

Work & Pray: Historic Negro Spirituals and Work Songs from West Virginia. cp2003. University of West Virginia Press SA-4. One compact disc. Program notes by Joseph Bundy (23 pp., ill.) inserted in container. African American spirituals, work songs, and ballads. Various performers.

Yaqui Ritual and Festive Music. cp1998. Canyon Records CR-6140. One compact disc. Program notes in container. Performed by musicians and dancers from Old Paschua Village, Tucson, Arizona and Rio Yaqui, Sonora, Mexico.

Asia and Oceania

Before the Revolution: A 1909 Recording Expedition in the Caucasus and Central Asia by The Gramophone Company. cp2002. Topic Records TSCD 921. One compact disc. Folk music from countries in the Russian Federation including Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan as well as Afghanistan. Various performers.

Bhangra. cp2003. Union Square Music MANTCD 041. One compact disc. Popular music by Punjabi musicians living in Great Britain. Lyrics in Punjabi and English in container.

Bhangra: Original Punjabi Pop. cp2003. ARC Music EUCD 1795. One compact disc. Notes in English, German, French and Spanish on insert. Punjabi pop music of India. Performed by Jasbir Jassi; Ashok Masti; Jaspinder Narula; Ashoo Punjabi; Rajinder Raina; Preet Brar; and Simran & Tripat.

Bombay Bhangra Club: Essential Club Tunes. cp2003. Black Flame 88172. One compact disc. Bhangra music from India. Various artists.

Ecstatic Dances of the Whirling & Howling Dervishes of Turkey and Syria. cp2000. ARC Music EUCD 1580. One compact disc. Sufi music from Turkey and Syria.

Endless Songs from Bhutan/Jigme Drukpa. cp1998. Grappa Musikforlag HCD 7143. One compact disc. Program notes by the performer, biographical notes on the performer, and lyrics with English translations (12 pp., ill.) inserted in container. Primarily traditional vocal and instrumental zhung-dra and bo-dra folk music from Bhutan. Performer: Jigme Drukpa.

Hawa Hawa/Shujaat Husain Khan. cp2003. World Village 468022. One compact disc. Program notes and English translations of vocal texts (8 pp., ill.) in container. Hindustani music and Punjabi folk songs. Performer: Shujaat Husain Khan, sitar, vocals; with percussion accompaniment.

Healing, Feasting, and Magical Ritual: Songs & Dances from Papua New Guinea. cp2001. Topic Records TSCD 918. One compact disc. Program notes (23 pp., ill.) by John Thornley inserted in container. Folk and dance music of Papua New Guinea. From the International Music Collection of the British Library National Sound Archive. Sung in various Papua New Guinean languages.

The Legendary Fairuz. cp1997. Hemisphere 7243-8-23572-2-3. One compact disc. Program notes by Gerald Seligman in English on insert. Popular music from Lebanon. Performer: Fairuz, vocals; with vocal and instrumental accompaniment.

The Moken: Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea. cp2001. Topic Records TSCD 919. One compact disc. Program notes by Tom Vater (15 pp., ports.) inserted in container. Additional notes and map on container. Songs of the Moken of Ko Surin island of Thailand and Burma, some with drum accompaniment.

The Music of Kyrgyzstan. cp2001. ARC Music EUCD 1689. One compact disc. Technical, historical, and ethnographic notes in various languages inserted in container. Folk music of Kyrgyzstan. Performed by Kambarkan Folk Ensemble.

Noor Jahan: Classical Songs and Music. cp2003, p2001. World Village 479012. One compact disc. Music of North India and Pakistan. Performers: Ustad Gulam Hassan Shagan, voice; Qadir Shagan, voice, harmonium; Sajjat Ali Khan, tablas; Mazhar Hassan, harmonium; Azhar Hassan, tambura.

La nouvelle voix du qawwali. cp2002. World Village 479001. One compact disc. Qawwali music from Pakistan. Performer: Faiz Ali Faiz with accompanying musicians.

Ragas on Hansa Veena/Barun Kumar Pal. cp200[?]. Biswas Records BIS 227. One compact disc. Indian classical music. Performers: Barunkumar Pal, hansa veena; Sandip Bannerjee, tabla; Somenath Bhattacharya, tambura.

The Spellbinding Piano of Burma. cp1998. Shanachie 66007. One compact disc. Traditional Burmese music featuring on the piano. Performed by U Yee New.

Women's Songs from India. cp2000. Rounder 82161-5040-2. One compact disc. Notes by Edward O. Henry, and vocal texts in English translation (14 pp., ill.) inserted in container. Songs from Bihar, India. Sung in Bhojpuri and Maithili. Various performers.

Europe

Emil Bruh: Klezmer Violinist and Instrumental Ensemble. cp2003. Global Village Music CD 102. One compact disc. Reissue of 1950s recordings. Klezmer music.

Extremadura. cp2002. Rounder 82161-1763-2. One compact disc. Liner notes by Maria Gutierrez, song notes by Alan Lomax, and technical notes by Judith R. Cohen laid in container. The Alan Lomax collection. Folk songs and music from Spain.

Fado Curvo/Mariza. cp2003. Times Square Records. TSQ CD 9033. One compact disc. Lyrics (in Portuguese and English) on insert in container. Folk songs from Portugal. Performer: Mariza, vocals; with instrumental accompaniment.

Fado: Exquisite Passion. cp2003. Narada Productions 72435-84104-2-6. One compact disc. Program notes inserted in container. Folk songs from Portugal. Various performers.

The Horse is Galloping, the Bells are Ringing: Songs from the Arkhangelsk, Pskov and Vitebsk Regions. cp1999. Boheme Music CDBMR 906064. One compact disc. Program notes in Russian, with partial English translation, and song texts in Russian (6 pp.), inserted in container. Russian folk songs. Various performers.

Jardines de Jazmín/Al Turath Ensemble. cp2001. Pneuma PN-310. One compact disc. Program notes in Spanish and English, and Arabic texts with Spanish and English translations (19 pp.) in container. Arabic songs and music from Aleppo, Syria. Performing group: Al Turath Ensemble; Mohamed Hammadye, director. [ Jazmin ]

Liguria: Polyphony of Ceriana. cp2002. Rounder 82161-1817-2. One compact disc. Program notes, texts with English translations, bibliography, and discography (30 pp., ill.) inserted in container. Folk music from Italy. Various performers.

Mondo Greece. cp2001. Ark21 Records 186-850-034-2. One compact disc. Produced by Gerald Seligman, Miles Copeland and Steve Tannett. Folk music of Greece. Various performers.

Past Masters of the Irish Fiddle. cp2001. Topic Records TSCD 605. One compact disc. A collection of Irish fiddle music re-mastered from rare 78 rpm records. Various performers.

Rubai. cp2002. World Village 468015. One compact disc. Folk music from Ireland. Performing group: Flook.

Singalong Songs from Scotland/The Singing Kettle. cp2003. Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 45057. One compact disc. Program notes, song texts, performer biographies and history of the record label included in container insert. Produced and compiled by Artie Trezise and Stephanie Smith. Scottish and English children's songs. Performing group: The Singing Kettle (Cilla Fisher, Artie Trezise, vocals; Gary Coupland, harmonies); with accompanying musicians.

Songs from Aberdeenshire/John Strachan. cp2002. Rounder 82161-1835-2. One compact disc. Program notes and vocal texts (38 pp., ports.) in container. Folk songs from Scotland. Performer: John Strachan.

Yeux Noirs Live. cp2003. World Village 468019. One compact disc. Program notes inserted in container. Klezmer music. Performing group: Yeux Noirs.

Yiddish Songs/Chava Alberstein. cp1999. Hemisphere 7243-5-20514-2-7. Program notes and song summaries (5 pp.) in container. Folk songs and popular music in Yiddish. Performer: Chava Alberstein, vocals, with instrumental accompaniment.

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