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African Music

Various Artists
African Music

This collection of field recordings made by ethnomusicologist Laura C. Boulton was originally issued in 1957 on Folkways Records. Recorded by Boulton during one of her expeditions to Central and West Africa, it provides a glimpse of traditional music from Sudan, Benin, Cameroon, Liberia, Mali, and Nigeria. Liner notes include a track-by-track discussion of the music, its instrumentation, and its cultural context. Some translations of lyrics are also provided.

Track Listing

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101
War Song n/a 2:49
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102
Song of Praise n/a 1:58
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103
Song for Chief n/a 2:56
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104
Dance Song n/a 2:24
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105
War Song n/a 2:24
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106
Herding Song, Marriage Song, Lullaby n/a 3:14
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201
Wrestling Match Song n/a 2:03
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202
Orphan's Wail n/a 2:31
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203
Battle Signals n/a 2:19
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204
Ceremonial Songs for Oba's Wives and Oba n/a 3:22
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205
Secret Society Dance Song n/a 2:04
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206
Secret Society Drums n/a 2:43
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