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Bongo, Backra & Coolie: Jamaican Roots, Vol. 1
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produced by Kenneth M. Bilby, 1953- (Folkways Records, 1975), 40 mins

Jamaican folk music blends African, European and East Indian (in dialect: Bongo, Backra and Coolie) roots into something distinctly Jamaican. Kumina, a magico-religious cult of predominantly rural peasantry, includes invocation of and possession by gods and ancestral spirits aided by songs and drumbeats. Convin...

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produced by Kenneth M. Bilby, 1953- (Folkways Records, 1975), 40 mins
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Dabuyabarugu: Inside the Temple - Sacred Music of the Garifuna of Belize
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produced by Carol Jenkins and Travis Jenkins (Folkways Records, 1982), 52 mins

The Garifuna are descendants of escaped slaves who intermarried with native Carib and Arawak Indians. This album is a collection of music recorded during a dugu, a two week ceremonial feast that attempts to placate the gods. Requiring a year of preparation, and an ample supply of rum, the music heard on this al...

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produced by Carol Jenkins and Travis Jenkins (Folkways Records, 1982), 52 mins
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Ewe Music of Ghana
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produced by Seth Kobla Ladzekpo (Folkways Records, 1969), 43 mins
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produced by Seth Kobla Ladzekpo (Folkways Records, 1969), 43 mins
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Hassidic Tunes of Dancing and Rejoicing
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produced by Andre Hadju and Yaakov Mazor (Folkways Records, 1978), 48 mins
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produced by Andre Hadju and Yaakov Mazor (Folkways Records, 1978), 48 mins
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Music from an Equatorial Microcosm: Fang Bwiti Music from Gabon Republic, Africa, with Mbiri Selections
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produced by James W. Fernandez, fl. 1973 (Folkways Records, 1973), 48 mins
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produced by James W. Fernandez, fl. 1973 (Folkways Records, 1973), 48 mins
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Music of Cuba
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produced by Verna Gillis, 1942- and John Santos (Folkways Records, 1985), 48 mins
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produced by Verna Gillis, 1942- and John Santos (Folkways Records, 1985), 48 mins
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Music of Guatemala, Vol. 2
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produced by Jacques Jangoux (Folkways Records, 1973), 42 mins
Produced and recorded by Jacques Jangoux.

"The music presented in this album is typical of rural Guatemala. Most of the inhabitants of this area are Indians of Mayan descent, but almost everywhere in the Guatemalan countryside one can also find Ladinos: persons, of whatever descent, who speak Spanish in their...
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produced by Jacques Jangoux (Folkways Records, 1973), 42 mins
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Music of the Maya-Quiches of Guatemala: The Rabinal Achi and Baile de las Canastas
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produced by Henrietta Yurchenco, 1916-2007 (Folkways Records, 1978), 50 mins
Produced and recorded by Henrietta Yurchenco.

Rabinal Achi is one of the few pre-Columbian literary works to survive the Conquest, a tragic story of epic proportions that, like other pre-Hispanic dramas, employed song, dance, mime, masks and declamation.
Baile de las Canastas (Dance of the Baskets) celebrates...
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produced by Henrietta Yurchenco, 1916-2007 (Folkways Records, 1978), 50 mins
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Traditional Songs of the Western Torres Straits, South Pacific
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produced by Wolfgang Laade, 1925-2013 (Folkways Records, 1977), 29 mins

One might plausibly assert that the Melanesians of the western Torres Strait have moved along with the world, turning to new cultural practices and losing interest in the traditions perceived as old and outdated once Western ideas and technologies reached the islands’ shores. The liner notes explain that most...

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produced by Wolfgang Laade, 1925-2013 (Folkways Records, 1977), 29 mins
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Tribal Music of India: The Muria and Maria Gonds of Madhya Pradesh
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produced by Roderic C. Knight (Folkways Records, 1983), 47 mins

A buffalo-horn trumpet, the hakum, announces the joyful harvest festival and varying types of drums called mandri, kotoloka and kundir take over. A group of women chant antiphonally in leadership of the wedding festivities. Men dance on stilts, creating an intoxicating rhythm that is guided by drums. This is a...

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produced by Roderic C. Knight (Folkways Records, 1983), 47 mins
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