Published: Tokyo : JVC, Victor Company of Japan [production
Cambridge, MA : Rounder Records [distributor], 
JVC has produced a major work (some 30 volumes with guide)
giving insight into cultural traditions of Music and Dance throughout the
World. The volumes are organized geographically. While it is not possible to
include the entire world in such a series JVC has gone a long way in providing
these field recordings to ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, and educators.
Most of the productions are from field work. There are
recordings which were done inside at a studio with video footage from the
countryside. There are some wonderful shots of dances and costumes and regalia
which are much easier to see in the context of live video footage, rather than
to leave to the imagination of a black and white or color still photograph.
At times, the studio recordings do not match exactly with
the field video, which can be a little confusing if one is trying to identify
particular sounds. It might be best to indicate to the students that there are
points where the sound was recorded separately from the video.
All in all this is a wonderful resource. While it is
expensive, it is possible to purchase each volume individually. In that way a
school district (or educator) could buy them over a period of years, or even
just buy selected videos.
Some of the narration is not in English (having been
produced for example by the former Soviet Government). It will be necessary to
refer to the guide for translations of the narration and some of the subtitles.
When I first viewed the volumes of the Former Soviet Union, I was surprised to
see subtitles by the Soviet producers in Russian (along with Russian narration)
which was then partially subtitled in English.