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Tribal Music of Australia

Various Artists
Tribal Music of Australia

RELATED LESSON PLAN
"You Can Didgeridu It: Experiences with Australian Aboriginal Music"

This 1949 field recording features songs from several aboriginal tribes in Australia, most of which feature the didjeridu (didgeridoo), a wind instrument which produces a low, droning sound, and rhythm sticks. Each song is led by a "Songman," who either inherited the song or composed it himself. In aboriginal Australian culture, it is not permissible to sing or perform a song without the consent of the tribe's "Songman." The liner notes explain song meanings and contexts, and provide translations and descriptions of the dances that accompany the music.

Track Listing

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Djedbang-ari Group from Yirkalla Mission district 2:30
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Djedbang-ari Group of Rirratjingu 1:29
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Djedbang-ari Group of Australian aborigines 1:11
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Wadamiri Group of Wadamiri 3:04
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Wadamiri Group of Wadamiri 2:28
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Maraian Chant Aboriginal Songman 1:19
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Didjeridu Didjeridu puller with rhythm sticks 3:10
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Gunborg Singing Gunborg singer 2:28
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Cloud Chant Group of Rirratjingu 4:09
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Djerag Two aboriginal Songmen with didjeridu 2:41
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Brinkin Wongga Maielli Songman with Gunwinggu puller 2:54
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Djarada Young boys with Songman 0:34
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Nyindi-Yindi Corroboree Group of Wadjiginy 3:05
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Sacred Song Yirritja and Dhuwa moieties 1:33

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