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Sudan: Music of the Blue Nile Province - The Gumuz Tribe

Various Artists
Sudan: Music of the Blue Nile Province - The Gumuz Tribe

The Gumuz people make their home in the western border regions of Ethiopia and the Blue Nile Province of southeastern Sudan. These field recordings, made in December 1980 by Robert Gottlieb, feature music of the Gumuz living in Sheneisha, a village about 25 kilometers from the Blue Nile provincial capital of Ed Damazin. Most inhabitants of the village belong to the Damagata clan, but members of the 10 other clans are also present in the area and participated in the performances.

The Gumuz musicians residing in Sheneisha claim that the music is similar among all clans—it features the same instruments and works from common scales and musical forms. However, song texts and musical terminology, for example, vary from clan to clan. Although it is traditional in Gumuz music for the women to sing and dance while the men play instruments, there are some song types performed entirely by women, and others where men both sing and play. The recording includes a variety of representative forms.

Extensive liner notes written by Gottlieb accompany the recording. Gottlieb also recorded the music of the Ingessana and Berta peoples on UNESC08073 (Sudan: Music of the Blue Nile Province—The Ingessana and Berta Tribes).

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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
Nagara The Gumuz Tribe 2:35
102
Kamalia The Gumuz Tribe 5:07
103
Rayyis Ba tum-tum Ensemble, The Gumuz Tribe 3:25
104
Wandia Ba tum-tum Ensemble, The Gumuz Tribe 3:35
105
Kome Scale / Wayya Kome-m'dinga Ensemble, The Gumuz Tribe 4:05
106
Lawija Kome-m'dinga Ensemble, The Gumuz Tribe 5:00
107
Andus Gafa The Gumuz Tribe 4:22
108
Dokagaza The Gumuz Tribe 3:49
109
Gatashak The Gumuz Tribe 3:26
110
Sowa Nagara ga sisa Ensemble The Gumuz Tribe 4:51
111
Minana Nagara ga sisa Ensemble The Gumuz Tribe 2:08
112
Iwa Nagara ga sisa Ensemble, The Gumuz Tribe 4:37

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