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Love Songs

Various Artists
Love Songs

This album, compiled in 1996, features 17 love songs from the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. Expressing many hues of this universal emotion, the musical performances range from solo voice to instrumental, and include traditional forms that have all but vanished, as well as those that have been influenced by modern technology.

Consider three tracks to illustrate: “Lam Sithandone” (track 1) is a courtship song performed in southern Laos. Lams feature one set of singers challenging another set and can last for hours; the excerpt on this recording is only the end of one lam. “Bar’ah” (“Dance of Youth,” track 9) is a participatory dance popular among the young people of southern Oman. Although a traditional music style, this performance reflects the influence of television and electronic technology. From Greece, “Ali kaimeni mu kardia” (“My Poor Heart,” track 11) documents a vocal tradition whose carriers have since passed away.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including more than a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

101
LAOS: Lam Sithandone Thao Sikhone, Nang Sikhone, Thao Salitat 4:29
102
CAMBODIA: Phléng Néang Lot Pinpeat Orchestra 1:46
103
HONG KONG: Chiang ho shui n/a 5:16
104
JAPAN (Ainu Songs): Chisi-sinotcha n/a 2:18
105
MONGOLIA: Oudzesghelent Altaï Darsüren Möntöö 2:52
106
BYELORUSSIA: Comic love songs n/a 1:57
107
UKRAINE: Oh, thou with the curly locks, do not leave me Uliana Kot 1:40
108
AFGHANISTAN (HERAT): Âsheq manam Laili Gholâm Nabi Zendadel, Gada Mohammad 3:16
109
OMAN: Bar'ah Firqat Khalfan 3:48
110
KURDISH MUSIC: Lo delal sherin hayat Said Hassan, Mohammaed Ali Te'djo 3:52
111
GREECE: Ali kaimeni mu kardia Dimitris Kufas (Barba Mitsos) 2:50
112
NORWAY: Homslien, gangar Vidar Lande 2:29
113
PORTUGAL: A Nossa Rua Maria Teresa de Noronha, Raul Nery, Joaquim do Vale, Joel Pina 3:35
114
MOROCCO: Ya Hbibi malek sahi Abdeslam Cherkaoui 5:12
115
MALAWI: Mazoma-Mphini Nyanja, Chingondo Village 4:35
116
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Piere Gbaya men 3:09
117
NIGER (Region of Tera): Kompule Djelgobe Fulani 3:07

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