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Music of the Haut Oyapok: Oyampi and Emerillon Indians, French Guiana, South America

Various Artists
Music of the Haut Oyapok: Oyampi and Emerillon Indians, French Guiana, South America

The geographically isolated Oyampi and Emerillon Indian tribes of French Guiana (now officially Guyana) have a combined population of only several hundred, yet that has not detracted from the creation of a unique and beautiful musical tradition that is employed in ritual, ceremony, and day-to-day activities. The Emerillon music on this 1980 release consists of songs sung by the village headman as he lays on his hammock at dusk, surrounded by his family. The Oyampi selections include Creole-influenced Carnival music and songs by boys going through the vigorous initiation ceremonies that will lead them to manhood.

Track Listing

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Acha Ae Captain Monpera 0:27
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102
Kono wah coupi mae Captain Monpera 1:10
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103
Oh deto me Captain Monpera 1:08
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104
Mickero pan to Captain Monpera 1:03
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105
Oh pooh poh ne Captain Monpera 0:50
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106
Myari Cha Captain Monpera 0:52
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107
Tapi jah Captain Monpera 0:30
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108
Jema maruha Captain Monpera 0:46
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109
Uh mae ae Captain Monpera 1:02
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110
Yah hi ah Captain Monpera 3:03
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111
Bone Flute Elder Oyampi at Camopi 2:50
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112
Bone Flute Young boy at Camopi 0:57
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201
Ola Missieu Camopi Oyampi musicians 1:39
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202
Vaval Male singers 1:47
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203
Eka epu pah Male singers 1:19
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204
Mya ai Trois Saut Oyampi musicians 1:19
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205
Enga toia-le Trois Saut Oyampi musicians 2:19
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206
Epi mo po u po ya ya ya Trois Saut Oyampi musicians 2:24
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207
Metal Flute: Melodic Tune: La-kel Kwi-o-li 2:09
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Metal Flute Kwi-o-li 3:15
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