The Ouldeme are one of the non Muslim peoples living in the Mandara Mountains, at the far north of Cameroon. Their lives are linked to the agrarian cycle at such an extent that to each step in the cultivation of millet corresponds a specific instrumental set of flutes.
The Garifuna live in Honduras, Belize and Nicaragua. They are the descendants of Black slaves who were shipwrecked off the coast of St. Vincent island, Caribbean Sea, in 1635. They mixed with the red Caribs Indians and became their sole inheritors, by the language, the customs and the music. Thus they bear also the name of "black Caribs".
Since tango was born, it developed unceasingly in the Rio de la Plata, a large area which encompasses the Argentinian coast and Uruguay. The Uruguayan singer Olga Delgrossi is one of its prominent figures.
> Fujara, bagpipes, string ensemble, songs to order
The Polana region is located in the core of Slovakia. Here can be found a great variety of music and instruments: sheperds' flutes including the bass flute fujara, classified by Unesco, some peasant bagpipes, and a string ensemble which performs dance music or accompanies “songs to order”.
This CD displays large excerpts of three major dramatic forms from Southern India: Kathakali from Kerala, Teru Koothu from Tamil Nadu, Yakshagana from Karnataka. These theatrical, choreographical and musical forms all together sacred and secular borrow their themes from the famous Mahâbhârata Indian epic.
This CD is the first one dedicated to the vocal music of the Bedzan Pygmies from Central Cameroon. These virtuosos make their living from hunting, fishing and agriculture, but music and dancing also play a major role in their life.
Recorded in the temple of Kedisan (Bali), this CD displays for the first time a full episode of gambuh. Gambuh is a real opera, played, sung and danced. It is considered by the Balinese as the ancestor of all their dramatic, choreographic and musical forms since the 16th century.