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    EXCELLENT original roots Haitian voodoo drums + flute. Really good, authentic, Voodoo drums lP from 1979 - mint! MINT SEALED OPENED ONCE Original = USA LP Vinyl NM- /Sleeve NM- in shrink 100% Guarantee on this and all Original Vinyl at Sounds Of The Universe - 'if you're not happy we're not happy' money-back guarantee!
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    Rizà (translated to ‘roots’, ‘foothills’) is a trio of Themistoklis Karpodinis, Costis Zouliatis (aka Costinho) and Petros Lamprides, who attempt a different approach of Greek traditional and folk music, with unadorned music arrangements tuned in an acoustic mood. Their self-titled album debut features nine old traditional folk songs from...
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      Secondhand 1st edn hardback w/dust jacket in plastic, ex-library w/stamps, minor pen marks inside in overall great condition
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    Import USA Paperback edition book NEARLY 60% OFF!!!! CHEAPER THAN AMAZON! Culled from a lifetime of learning through failure and designed to provoke thought and inspiration for artists in every medium, How Music Dies (or Lives) is a virtual how-to manual for those on a quest for authenticity in an age of airbrushed and Auto-Tuned so-called “artists.”...
    Karen McCarthy Brown's "Mama Lola" challenges stereotypes of Vodou by offering an intimate portrait of African-based religion in everyday life. She explores the importance of women's religious practices along with related themes of family and of social change. Weaving several of her own voices - analytic, descriptive and personal - with the voices of...
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    USA IMPORT HARDBACK BOOK 65% OFF!!!! THAT's £17 OFF!!!! Translated from the Polish, Anna G. Piotrowska's 'Gypsy Music in European Culture' details the profound impact that Gypsy music has had on European culture from a broadly historical perspective. The author begins by identifying two models of discourse on Gypsy music: those of assimilation, as...
    Okonkolo perform Yoruban Santeria music their debut for Big Crown is a a spiritual dance with held together by rhythm, passion and musical virtuosity.
    ‘Synchro Sound System & Power’ features the music of Nigeria Fuji Machine, which includes some of Nigeria's finest ‘Fuji’ master drummers and singers, and is newly recorded by Soul Jazz Records in Lagos. Fuji is the heavily percussive and improvisational style of Nigerian popular music, at once modern and yet deeply rooted in the traditional...
    Crying Bamboos is the translation of the pidgin description of the sound of sacred flutes: "Mambu i cry, i cry, i cry".Sacred flutes are blown to make the cries of spirits by adult men in the Madang region of Papua New Guinea. Pairs of long bamboo male and female flutes are played for ceremonies in the coastal villages near the Ramu River. There are...
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    Soul Jazz Records’ latest album ‘Yoruba! Songs and Rhythms for the Yoruba Gods in Nigeria’ is newly recorded in Lagos, Nigeria. The album is co-produced by Laolu Akins, founding member of the legendary 1970s Nigerian Afro-Funk/Rock group Blo, and Soul Jazz Records label head Stuart Baker. This album features songs honouring the Nigerian gods...
    Official Mr Bongo reissue. Replica original artwork, including the insert with listening instructions, in Spanish and English. Luis Pérez was born in Mexico City on July 11, 1951. From 1971 onwards he dedicated much of his time to the research of the pre-Columbian instrumentation of Mesoamerica. This research allowed him to travel the Mexican territory...
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    Roots recordings Mexican vinyl original anthropological LP
    Vodou Drums in Haiti 2: The Living Gods Of Haiti21st Century Ritual Drums & Spirit PossessionSoul Jazz Records
    Soul Jazz Records’ new album features the truly intense, hypnotic and fascinating Vodou drums of Haiti, a stunning collection of trance-like rhythms and beats traditionally used to induce spirit possession in the Vodou religion. Soul Jazz Records first journeyed to Haiti in 1996 to record a series of three albums about Haitian Vodou music and...
    90 Degrees Of ShadeHot Jump-Up Island Sounds From The CaribbeanSoul Jazz Records
    Soul Jazz Records’ new album 90 Degrees of Shade features the music of the Caribbean – Mambo, Calypso, Mento, Merengue, Latin Jazz and much more. The music of Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and more all feature in this lightning journey through the many island sounds. This is the sound of independence, righteous and hot...
    Soul Jazz Records continues its journey into the world of Afro-Caribbean roots music with this album of newly recorded music of Gwo Ka music recorded and produced by Soul Jazz Records on the island of Guadeloupe, French West Indies. Gwo Ka music is a fantastic fusion of  African-­derived musical form ( call and response), with vocal styles...
    Vital 1940s recordings of 15 songs featuring Lead Belly performing solo and accompanied by Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston, and Sonny Terry. 
    In the 1950s, steel pan and calypso, imported from Trinidad and Tobago, were hot in Bermuda. Lloyd Simmons and Hubert Smith, Jr. sing calypso with the acclaimed Esso Steel Band in this early recording, which features favorites such as "Yellow Bird," "Seminole" and "Bachanal Carnival" as well as instrumentals.
    How low can you go? Chances are, you’ll laugh (or at least giggle) before you reach your limit. These largely instrumental pieces with limbo-appropriate rhythms are interspersed with brief humorous dialogues.
    Classic African-American Ballads is a sampling of an important, historic, and engaging slice of America's Black music heritage. The heyday of the Black ballad tradition (1890-1920) left a lasting strain of creativity and a monument to African American life of the time. Ranging from songs created from the heritage of the English ballad, to social commentary...
    The "mountain cousin" of the Delta blues, Appalachian blues bears the stamp of a distinctive regional blend of European and African styles and sounds born at the cultural crossroads of railroad camps, mines, and rural settlements. Drawn from deep within the Folkways collection and from historic live recordings at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the...
    This recording combines vocal interpretations of Vodou (an Afro-Haitian religion) ceremonial songs and popular secular melodies by legendary Haitian singer, dancer and folklorist Emerante de Pradines and the all-male folklorique chorus Michele Dejan Group. Recorded by Harold Courlander during the 1940s mouvement folklorique—a period revaluing...
    The fieldwork for this album sought to explore sources that would lead listeners back to the decades between the emancipation of the slaves in 1863 and 1900. The collector, Frederick Ramsey, Jr., endeavored to find old artists who had not yet been recorded, and with the single exception of Elder David Ross of New Orleans, he succeeded.
    Description: The Santeria religion of Cuba - the Way of the Saints - mixes West African Yoruba culture with Catholicism. Similar to Haitian voodoo, Santeria has long practiced animal sacrifice in certain rites. But when Cuban immigrants brought those rituals to Florida, local authorities were suddenly confronted with a controversial situation...
    Secondhand paperback original book. Description: Kathie Klarreich, arrived in Haiti as a nave twenty-something in the late 1980s. There she worked for a fair trade organization. Weeks became months, and months became years, as Klarreich, despite the spiraling political violence, became enthralled by the island, its lifestyle and traditions, to the...
    In 1992 Smithsonian anthropologist Michael Atwood Mason traveled to Cuba for initiation as a priest into the Santería religion. Since then he has created an active oricha “house” and has initiated five others as priests. He is a rare combination: a scholar-practitioner who is equally fluent in his profession and his religion. Interweaving...
    Country meets gospel. Deep!
    Freedom of religion did not come easily to Cuba or Puerto Rico. Only after the arrival of American troops during the Spanish-American War were non-Catholics permitted to practice their religions openly and to proselytize. When government efforts to ensure freedom of worship began, reformers on both islands rejoiced, believing that an era of regeneration...
    Unique collection containing authentic rhythms of Haitian Voodoo drumming. Recorded in Port-au-Prince, Haiti by Soul Jazz Records, this album features The Drummers of the Societe Absolument Guinen. Voodoo is the African religion at the heart of Haitian life. The complex rhythms of the drums are used to bring down African spirits in Voodoo ceremonies....
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    The first serious ethnomusicological study of Malagasy music, ' Recollecting From The Past' evokes the complex sound and performative aesthetic in Madagascar called maresaka. Maresaka pertains not only to musical expression but extends into ways of remembering the past, aesthetics of everyday life and Malagasy concepts of self and community. ...
    The virtual renaissance of all things Cajun and Creole has captivated enthusiasts throughout America and invigorated the culture back home in Louisiana. This new edition of a book first published in 1984 celebrates the music makers in the generation most responsible for the survival of Cajun music and zydeco and showcases many of the young performers...
    The expression laissez les bons temps rouler - 'let the good times roll' - conveys the sense of exuberance and good times associated with southern Louisiana's vibrant cultural milieu. Yet, for Cajuns, descendants of French settlers exiled from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the mid-eighteenth century, this sense of celebration has always been...
    Music from behind the Bridge tells the story of the steelband from the point of view of musicians who overcame the disadvantages of poverty and prejudice with their extraordinary ambition. Literally referring to the poor neighbourhoods nestled in the hills bordering Port of Spain to the East, "Behind the Bridge" is also a metaphor for conditions...
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    This release shows the authentic music of Cuba's Santeria - which lies at the heart of all Afro-Cuban music and influenced the music and ideas of artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Machito, Grupo Folklorico, Milton Cardona, Mongo Santamaria and many more Latin artists. Recorded by Soul Jazz records in Havana, Cuba and featuring the heavyweight Bata...
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    Anarchic carnival street music from Haiti. Traces of New Orleans' Second Line jazz meets Cuban carnival Comparsas and Brazilian afro blocs and the ancient to modern spirit of Kinshasa's Konono no.1 meets the Art Ensemble of Chicago! To coincide with the release of the new Kanaval book on Soul Jazz Publishing, Soul Jazz Records are releasing this...
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    Excellent recordings of Haitian voodoo music in all its many forms and variations. Comes with superb booklet. Cuts from live Vodou ceremonies are juxtaposed with performances by well-known Haitian artists, such as Boukman Experyans, RaRa Machine, Boukan Ginen and RAM. A cascade of sounds—Haitian Kreyol, the blowing of a conch shell, powerful...
    How the music of USA, the Caribbean and Western Africa is connected by the slave trade with comparisons between the various musics and instruments in the various countries.
    In Divine Utterances, Katherine J. Hagedorn explores the enduring cultural and spiritual power of the music of Afro-Cuban Santería and the process by which it has been transformed for a secular audience. She focuses on the integral connections between sacred music performances and the dramatizations of theatrical troupes, especially the state-sponsored...
    The second release on our own World Audio Foundation sub-label features the deep sacred and spiritual vocal music from the Georgian Republic in Eastern Europe - at the border between Europe and Asia. Dating back to pre-Christian times, Georgian polyphonic chants are uniquely complex polyphonic melodies and comprise music sung for the Georgian Orthodox...
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    CONGA DE LOS HOYOS, founded in 1902, is one of the oldest and best-known carnival groups in Santiago, Cuba today. Group members are exclusively from the Los Hoyos neighbourhood of Santiago and feature over 50 percussionists and singers who play everything from car brake drums, hubcaps and frying pans to the distinctive Chinese trumpet – a sound...
    Benin, West Africa is the home to several Yoruba religious cults based on a pantheon of gods. Overlapping rhythms embedded with symbolic religious meanings are played by a variety of drum ensembles including cylindrical bata drums, hourglass-shaped dundun talking drums, and the tall gelede drums.
    Deep stuff. Recorded in 1951 - you can hear traces of the Ethiopiques in these recordings.
    Super-deep ritual music from Ethiopia. Check the soundclip!
    Fascinating roots Jamaican recordings recorded by John Storm Roberts in 1981.
    Super-deep music from Mali, Gambia and Senegal. A double CD featuring Griot Music, Africa's story tellers, also known as the ministers of the spoken word! Highly recommended!
    Covering a broad spectrum, this collection includes vodou ritual drumming (using tanbou, a type of drums used for this religious practice of African origin); a jazzy Haitian dance music called meringue that uses trumpets, saxophone, shaker and accordion; and a chorus of bamboo trumpets called vaksin. Performers include the widely recognized Meringue...
    These recordings of Santería drumming and singing rituals feature four Cuban Santería groups calling the gods (orishas) by performing rhythmic sequences called orus. Recorded in the Cuban provinces of Matanzas and Havana City in 1983-1984, these ceremonies and drums have their roots in the ancient Yoruba religion of Africa and are rarely...