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People at Prayer

Various Artists
People at Prayer

People at Prayer is a 24-song collection of religious ritual, meditation, and devotion. Drawn from the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music, the selections come from around the world and feature a vast diversity of expression. In addition to songs and prayers from Christian churches, Islamic tradition, and Buddhist ritual, you can hear a ceremony of the Tepehuanes of Mexico, an Aka Pygmy invocation from the Central African Republic, a ceremony performed by the orchestra of the Cambodian Royal Palace, a bhajan (devotional song) sung by a wandering Hindu sadhu (holy man), and a hymn from the Oceania island republic Vanuatu. Liner notes provide an English translation of each title, as well as a brief history for each track.

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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, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

101
Russia: The King of Heaven The Choir of the Dormition Church of the Novodevichy Convent 2:23
102
Turkey: Saz Semaï in Makam Usshak (extract) Kudsi Erguner, Pascal Quesnel, Nourredine Agoumi 3:24
103
Syrian Orthodox Church: Takhshifto, Sixth Mode (Shtithoyo, extract) Syrian Orthodox Church 4:15
104
Syria: Islamic Ritual Zikr (extract) Rifa'iyya Brotherhood of Aleppo 3:08
105
Yemen: Tahwîda and Khuwaîb (extract) Salim Rijab al-Tahhan 3:13
106
Afghanistan (Herat): Na't Sufi Abu Bakr 3:37
107
India: Bhajana Devdas Raukatse (wandering Sadhu) 4:26
108
Tibet: Invocation to the Goddess Yeshiki Mamo, part I (extract) The Lamas of the Nyingmapa Monastery of Dehra Dun 1:45
109
Cambodia: Pey Kêo Orchestra of the Royal Palace 2:46
110
Laos: Pheng Phi Fa (extract) Phu Thao Tène, Thao Seng, Thao Bunkeud 5:04
111
Japan: Dai Hannya Tendoku E (extract) The Buzan Division of the Shingon Sect 1:13
112
Bali: Pendet Gong Kebyar of Peliatan 4:40
113
Solomon Islands: Uunu n/a 2:49
114
Vanuatu: Hymn No. 77 n/a 3:46
115
Brazil: Roia Kurireu (extract) The Bororo people 1:46
116
Chile: Song of the Alféreces and Dances of the Chinos Guillermo Villalon, Oscar Villaon Vicencio 2:06
117
Mexico: La Susana Tepehuanes 3:07
118
Cuba: Cantos de Altar n/a 4:02
119
Madagascar: Zanaka Tromba (extract) Paul Bert and son 3:11
120
Central African Republic: Mombimbi (extract) n/a 2:51
121
Côte D'Ivoire: Music of a Guardian Spirit Sakasso village 3:55
122
Portugal: Misericordia, Meu Deus n/a 1:25
123
Corsica: Sanctus (extract of the Mass dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary) Cantarini di Rusiu 1:56
124
Sicily: Gloria C. Genco, G. Genco, M. Lombardo, P. Mendola, G. Milazzo, G. Pace, A. Randazzo, C. Randazzo, R. Randazzo 3:10

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