Featured playlist:  Videos relevant to Ethnomusicology by Liz Dutton (Music Editor)

This playlist lists videos with subject matter likely to be of interest to ethnomusicologists and others interested in the study of music.
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!Kung, Bitter Melons
written by Lorna Jean Marshall, 1898-2002 and John Marshall, 1932-2005; directed by John Marshall, 1932-2005; produced by John Marshall, 1932-2005, in !Kung (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1971), 32 mins  
This film, shot in 1955, focuses on a small band of /Gwi San living in the arid landscape of the central Kalahari Desert in present-day Botswana. The hardships of their everyday survival are woven into the songs of a blind musician, Ukxone, who composes music on a hunting bow [Bitter Melons (Watertown, MA; DER, 1971) 32 minutes].
32:08
17 Jul 2013
Amir: An Afghan Refugee Musician's Life in Peshawar, Pakistan
written by John Baily, fl. 1973; directed by John Baily, fl. 1973; produced by John Baily, fl. 1973 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1985), 53 mins  
This film portrays aspects of an Afghan professional musician's life and his relationships with other musicians in Peshawar [Amir: An Afghan Refugee Musician's Life in Peshawar, Pakistan (Watertown, MA; DER, 1985) 53 minutes].
53:29
17 Jul 2013
Lessons From Gulam: Asian Music in Bradford
written by John Baily, fl. 1973; directed by John Baily, fl. 1973 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1986), 49 mins  
This film studies Asian music within the community of Bradford, a mill town in the north of England with a population of around 60,000 Muslims from South Asia. It contrasts music education in the schools with the very different kind of music enculturation in the family [Lessons From Gulam: Asian Music in Bradford (Watertown, MA; DER, 1986) 49 minutes].
49:00
17 Jul 2013
Asiklar: Those Who Are In Love
written by David Grabias, 1969-; directed by David Grabias, 1969-; produced by David Grabias, 1969- (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER)), 38 mins  
This film is about minstrels, called Ashiks, who have been part of Turkish culture for hundreds of years, singing stories and poems, accompanying themselves on an instrument called a saz. Their music and tales are essential elements of countryside life across Turkey, with the Ashik filling a vital role in traditional Anatolian society [Asiklar: Those Who Are In Love (Watertown, MA; DER, 1996) 37 minutes].
37:54
17 Jul 2013
Subtango, The Spirit of Tango
written by Sofia Vaccaro, fl. 2000; directed by Sofia Vaccaro, fl. 2000; produced by Sofia Vaccaro, fl. 2000 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER)), 59 mins  
Subtango shows how tango music, dance, art and poetry are an essential part of the emotional expression of all Argentinians [Subtango, The Spirit of Tango (Watertown, MA; DER, 2000) 59 minutes].
59:00
17 Jul 2013
Carnaval de Pueblo
written by Jerome R. Mintz, 1930-1997; directed by Jerome R. Mintz, 1930-1997; produced by Jerome R. Mintz, 1930-1997 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1987), 57 mins  
The film is about carnival time in a small Spanish town in Andalusia, where men compose 'spicy' songs about local affairs and sing their social criticisms of national events [Carnaval de Pueblo (Watertown, MA; DER, 1987) 57 minutes].
57:02
17 Jul 2013
A Sigh and a Wish: Helen Creighton's Maritimes
written by Donna Davies; directed by Donna Davies; produced by Kent Martin, fl. 2001, National Film Board of Canada (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2001), 1 hour 13 mins  
This film is about renowned folklorist Helen Creighton who single-handedly compiled North America's largest collection of folklore and music, including stories and songs from the Gaelic singers of Cape Breton, French Acadians, the Mi'kmaw, and the Black communities of Nova Scotia [A Sigh And A Wish: Helen Creighton's Maritimes (Watertown, MA; DER, 2001) 73 minutes].
01:13:00
17 Jul 2013
New England Fiddles
written by John M. Bishop, 1946-; directed by John M. Bishop, 1946- (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1989), 29 mins  
This film is about the primary place the fiddle has enjoyed in American traditional music since colonial times [New England Fiddles (Watertown, MA; DER, 1989) 28 minutes].
28:56
17 Jul 2013
Portrait of George Hardy
written by Gabriel Coakley; directed by Gabriel Coakley; produced by Gabriel Coakley (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1995), 30 mins  
Music provided by banjo player Ross Greenlaw and fiddler Rob McCall plays a pivotal role in the structure of this film about Maine folk artist George Hardy [Portrait of George Hardy (Watertown, MA; DER, 1995) 30 minutes].
30:00
17 Jul 2013
Of Bards and Beggars
written by Yask Desai, 1970- and Shweta Kishore; directed by Shweta Kishore and Yask Desai, 1970- (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2003), 32 mins  
The film documents a musical ritual called Pabuji Jaagran, an all night epic recitation by Indian Rajasthani folk musicians [Of Bards and Beggars (Watertown, MA; DER, 2003) 32 minutes].
32:00
17 Jul 2013
Tough, Pretty or Smart
written by Dillon Bustin, fl. 1982; directed by Dillon Bustin, fl. 1982 and Richard Kane, 1944- (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1981), 29 mins  
This film portrays The Patoka Valley Boys, a six-person string band comprising one of America's finest old-time and bluegrass musical groups [Tough, Pretty or Smart (Watertown, MA; DER, 1981) 29 minutes].
29:00
17 Jul 2013
Musafir
written by Cedric Dupire, 1979- and Pierre-Yves Perez; directed by Pierre-Yves Perez and Cedric Dupire, 1979- (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2004), 1 hour 23 mins  
Musafir is the name given to a group of folk musicians from different castes and religions in Rajasthan, India. Hameed Khan, a tabla player who divides his time between Paris and Jaipur, is constantly searching for the best musicians who he then takes under his wing and teaches them the Musafir repertoire [Musafir (Watertown, MA; DER, 2004) 84 minutes].
01:22:54
17 Jul 2013
Opre Roma: Gypsies in Canada
written by Sharon Gibbon; directed by Tony Papa; produced by Gillian Darling Kovanic (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2000), 53 mins  
This film tells the history of the Roma and explores their music and culture borne out of centuries of exile. Opre Roma invites you to a traditional wedding and to an evening of flamenco dance, with songs from Turkey, Romania, Spain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia that relate a shared experience telling the story of what it means to be Roma [Opre Roma: Gypsies in Canada (Watertown, MA; DER, 2000) 52 minutes].
52:31
17 Jul 2013
I Like Hearts Like Mine: Markos Vamvakaris
written by George C. Zervas, fl. 2001; directed by George C. Zervas, fl. 2001; produced by George C. Zervas, fl. 2001 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER)), 1 hour 5 mins  
This film introduces rebetiko, a relatively unknown musical form outside of Greece [I Like Hearts Like Mine: Markos Vamvakaris (Watertown, MA; DER, 2001) 65 minutes].
01:05:00
17 Jul 2013
Pepino Mango Nance
written by Bann Roy, fl. 1993 and Gillian Goslinga-Roy, fl. 1996; directed by Gillian Goslinga-Roy, fl. 1996 and Bann Roy, fl. 1993 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1997), 11 mins  
This film features Joseph Julian Gonzales, a second generation Chicano and music composer who was beginning an experimental composition for a string quartet inspired by hawker calls of the vendors of downtown Los Angeles [Pepino Mango Nance (Watertown, MA; DER, 1997) 11 minutes].
11:00
17 Jul 2013
The Mandolin King (El Rey del Bandolin)
written by John Dickinson, 1946-; directed by John Dickinson, 1946-; produced by John Dickinson, 1946- (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1985), 28 mins  
The film is about Cruz Quinal, "the mandolin king," who perpetuates 16th century Spanish traditions of guitar-making. Cruz fashions such musical instruments as cuatros, marimba, escarpandola, and his own creation, a mandolin with two fretboards [The Mandolin King (El Rey del Bandolin) (Watertown, MA; DER, 1985) 28 minutes].
28:00
17 Jul 2013
Wood Crafts, Claude Lebet, Luthier
written by Jacqueline Veuve, 1930-2013; directed by Jacqueline Veuve, 1930-2013, in Wood Crafts (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1988), 35 mins  
This film follows a luthier as he makes a violin for a musician who comes to try it out and to choose from various woods. It takes but six weeks for Lebet to fashion the violin, but the relationship of musician and luthier lasts a lifetime [Claude Lebet, Luthier (Watertown, MA; DER, 1988) 35 minutes].
35:00
17 Jul 2013
Namekas: Music in Lake Chambri
written by Les McLaren, fl. 1978; directed by Les McLaren, fl. 1978 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1979), 53 mins  
This film is about the wealth of musical tradition in Lake Chambri, Papua New Guinea [Namekas: Music in Lake Chambri (Watertown, MA; DER, 1979) 53 minutes].
52:48
17 Jul 2013
Kama Wosi: Music in the Trobriand Islands
written by Les McLaren, fl. 1978; directed by Les McLaren, fl. 1978; produced by Les McLaren, fl. 1978 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1979), 48 mins  
This film is about the traditional music of the Trobriand Islands. Songs (wosi) are an important part of Trobriand music, and although everyone may compose and sing, people with special talents are encouraged to develop their skills [Kama Wosi: Music in the Trobriand Islands (Watertown, MA; DER, 1979) 49 minutes].
48:22
17 Jul 2013
The Swahili Beat: An Introduction to the History of the East African Coast
written by Kenny Mann, fl. 1984; directed by Kenny Mann, fl. 1984; produced by Kenny Mann, fl. 1984 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2008), 27 mins  
This film about the history of the Swahili people of Kenya and Tanzania's East African coast is packed with the music and dance of its indigenous peoples [The Swahili Beat: An Introduction to the History of the East African Coast (Watertown, MA; DER, 2008) 27 minutes].
27:00
17 Jul 2013
A Brief History of the Garifuna in Belize
written by Oliver N. Greene, Jr., fl. 2006; directed by Oliver N. Greene, Jr., fl. 2006; produced by Oliver N. Greene, Jr., fl. 2006 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2006), 23 mins  
This film is about the Garifuna of Belize and their three-fold system of masked Christmas processionals commonly called Jankunú in which social and cultural identities are expressed through music, dance, and costume [A Brief History of the Garifuna in Belize (Watertown, MA; DER, 2006) 23 minutes].
23:06
17 Jul 2013
Ovahimba Years Project, Keep the Dance Alive
written by Rina Sherman, fl. 2006; directed by Rina Sherman, fl. 2006; produced by Rina Sherman, fl. 2006, in Ovahimba Years Project (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2007), 1 hour 15 mins  
A film about the music, dance and spirit possession practices of the Ovahimba people of north-western Namibia and south-western Angola, focusing on how singing, rhythm and voice work together with dance and spirit possession compose a complete imaginary universe and a dense and complex social structure [Keep the Dance Alive (Watertown, MA; DER, 2007) 75 minutes].
01:15:00
17 Jul 2013
Sounds of Love and Sorrow
written by Tai-Li Hu, 1950-; directed by Tai-Li Hu, 1950-; produced by Tai-Li Hu, 1950- (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2000), 1 hour 25 mins  
This film mixes the eerie sounds of the Paiwan flutes with the recollections of tribal elders and traditional tales to present a rich background of Paiwan life in Taiwan [Sounds of Love and Sorrow (Watertown, MA; DER, 2000) 86 minutes].
01:25:16
17 Jul 2013
Iindawo Zikathixo (In God's Places)
written by Richard Wicksteed, fl. 1988; directed by Richard Wicksteed, fl. 1988; produced by Richard Wicksteed, fl. 1988 and Irene Staehelin, fl. 1993 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1997), 52 mins  
This film traces the Khoisan (Bushman) cultural legacy in south-eastern Africa through music, dance, oral history and traditional rituals [Iindawo Zikathixo (In God's Places) (Watertown, MA; DER, 1997) 52 minutes].
52:00
17 Jul 2013
¡Luchando! Cuba's Struggle to Survive
written by Russell Porter, fl. 1986; directed by Russell Porter, fl. 1986; produced by Denise Patience, fl. 1990 (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1994), 55 mins  
This film examining how Cubans are surviving the hardships caused by the "blockade" imposed by the USA includes a significant amount of indigenous music which gives us an idea of what Cuban music is like inside Cuba today [¡Luchando! Cuba's Struggle to Survive (Watertown, MA; DER, 1994) 55 minutes].
55:17
17 Jul 2013
Screening Room, Screening Room with Alan Lomax
written by Robert H. Gardner, 1947-; directed by Robert H. Gardner, 1947-; produced by Robert H. Gardner, 1947-; interview by Robert H. Gardner, 1947-, in Screening Room (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2005), 1 hour 15 mins  
Alan Lomax spent over six decades working as a musicologist, author, record producer, filmmaker, concert promoter, singer, photographer, and network radio host to promote knowledge and appreciation of the world's folk music. In this interview from 1975 he discusses the theory of Choreometrics and shows the film Dance and Human History [Screening Room with Alan Lomax (Watertown, MA; DER, 1975) 75 minutes].
01:15:00
17 Jul 2013
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