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Utom: Summoning the Spirit

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Utom: Summoning the Spirit

Captured by ethnomusicologist Manolete Mora in 1995, this release is a collection of field recordings documenting the music of the T’boli, a group of approximately 80,000 people living in small, scattered villages in the mountains and valleys of Southwestern Mindanao, Philippines. Summoning The Spirit includes songs of celebration, a hymn dedicated to Lake Sebu (the T’boli’s ancestral heartland), and the popular local song “Prized Banana” about the discontentment of a beautiful and ambitious young woman as she discovers all of her suitors’ flaws. The utom melodies compiled on the album are performed on lute, bamboo zither (a neckless, stringed instrument), flute, fiddle, various forms of gong, mouth harp, percussion, and voice. Utom: Summoning the Spirit was released in 1997 as part of “THE WORLD” series (now part of the Mickey Hart Collection made available by Smithsonian Folkways).

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Track Listing

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Call of the cicada (Utom udei luleng helef) Bendaly 1:46
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102
Flying woodpecker (Utom k'telet moyong) Bendaly 4:17
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103
Dance tune (Utom nadal) Bendaly 1:12
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104
Call of the cicada (Utom kuleng helef) Lendungen Simfal, Ihan Sibanay 4:55
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105
Gongs of the Lemlahak man (Utom k'lintang tau Lemlahak) Lendungen Simfal, Ihan Sibanay 1:44
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106
Reed Pipe (Utom feu) Lendungen Simfal, Ihan Sibanay 3:42
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107
Song of the night bird (Utom udel blila) Galang S'bagung 2:14
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108
Beat of the horses hooves (Utom legedeg kuda) Galang S'bagung 3:23
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109
Call of the cicada (Utom udel kuleng helef) Galang S'bagung, Sol Ayaw 2:33
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110
Cackling m'naul bird (Utom t'kak m'naul) Galang S'bagung, Sol Ayaw 1:48
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111
Concealed touch / Mother of Daddang / Lute dance (Utom semigot / Utom Ye Daddang / Utom hegelung nadal) Ganay Delikan 7:13
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112
Beating the gongs slowly (Utom s'magi batul) Danilo Kasaw 2:48
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113
Beating the gongs criss (Utom s'magi semfefay) Danilo Kasaw 3:35
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114
Sound of the wind (Utom luk lenos) Danilo Kasaw 2:45
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115
Hymn of Lake Sebu (Lingon Tutul Sebu) Ye Gas 4:14
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116
Prized banana (Soging Tundan) Ye Gas 4:40
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117
Lute / Child yearns for its dead mother (Utom hegelung / La Titilem la Tundan) Arturo Bulang 3:42
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118
Sendulug (Utom sendulug) Gong Ensemble 2:11
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119
Fast tenintu (Utom tenintu k'let) Gong Ensemble 1:24
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120
Continously / No head (La helos / La kulu) Blahing Mil 7:01
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