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Voices for Humans, Ancestors and Gods
Review of traditional Indian music CD

By Julius Timmerman
Posted Thursday, April 19, 2007

Compiled from about 400 hours of digital recordings by Rolf Killius, this is a collection from the British Library’s Traditional Music in India Project of rarely heard vocal music from rural India. Performers are all professional or semi-professional, and belong to the lower end of the Indian socio-religious culture. The recordings were all made on location in villages and monasteries in east and north-east India. Extensive notes on the music are included.

As you might imagine this is grassroots music with its own culturally distinct flavours. The clear recordings make a valuable reference album, carefully and thoroughly put together.


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