CD Ethiopia: Ari Polyphonies (CD 1074946),
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Ethiopia: Ari Polyphonies

  • 1. Alla Killa
    2. Shungi Ashta
    3. Ishka
    4. Babi Weyssa
    5. Gogi Weyssa
    6. Weya
    7. Shungul Atri
    8. Alla Geyscha
    9. Shungi Gogi
    10. Weyssa
    11. Anipuq
    12. Woni Lekha - (Chant De Fauchage)
    13. Yesso
    14. Shungul Shambuko
    15. Lalare
    16. Shungi Weya
    17. Shungi Gayl
    18. Shungi Dinkti
    19. Shungi Ishka
    20. Alla Killa
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 560174

  • Credits
    EngineerThierry Fournel

    Liner Note Author: Thierry Fournel.
    Recording information: Ethiopia (2000-2002).
    Photographer: Thierry Fournel.
    Translator: Jeffrey Grice.
    The Ari are highland farmers from the northwest corner of Ethiopia, and their community songs are simply remarkable. Making use of the full range of possibilities in the human voice by varying registers, timbres, and vowel resonance, they weave two or more countermelodies into grand polyphonies that are startling in their intricate, endlessly unfolding patterns. Occasionally accompanied by handclaps, tambourines, zithers, or flutes, it is difficult to not think of tape loops or synthesizers while listening to these 20 tracks, but it is human voices making this joyous, eerie music. The use of flutes here is also interesting, since generally there are two flutes moving in staggered melodies against and across each other, at times managing to sound somewhat like a wheezing calliope. Scholars and ethnomusicologists will undoubtedly get the greatest use from this disc, but it is stirring and strange enough to intrigue the casual listener as well. ~ Steve Leggett

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