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Traditional Folk Dances of Japan

Various Artists
Traditional Folk Dances of Japan

This field recording by Mary L. Evans represents a wide variety of traditional Japanese dances with ranging subject matters such as draught, war, famine etc. The recording captures both the music and the noises made by the dancers (grunts, chants, feet stomping) which adds additional energy and depth to the music and draws the listener in further. The liner notes include detailed explanations by Evans of the song meaning and history, as well as information about the dance performances themselves. With photographs and select lyrics (translated into English)


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Track Listing

101
Kasa Odori Young men 3:31
102
Sumiyoshi Odori People of Sumiyoshi 2:08
103
Mugiya-Bushi Odori Five to seven boys and girls 4:20
104
Memburyu Forty or Fifty male dancers 3:42
105
Sado Okesa Japanese dancers, musicians 2:42
201
Iwasaki Oni Kembai Six to eight dancers with music played by three flutes, one drum and one bell 4:16
202
Awa Odori People of all ages 6:26
203
Okubo Odori Dancers accompanied by one big drum 1:45
204
Gujo Odori Japanese dancers, musicians 3:05
205
Morioka Stag Dance Male dancers accompanied by bamboo flutes, samisen, drums and small gongs 3:06

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