Thursday, August 14, 2014

More About Today's Featured Songs

Mostly what is going to be featured here are individual tracks, but every once and while, whole albums are uploaded to YouTube; such is the case with this very, very important release from 1995.  Marlui Miranda is a well known Brazilian ethnomusicologist, music and tribal preservationists, and musician.  She is one of the most important Native female musicians out there.  This album features traditional songs of a number of Amazonian tribes (some well known, some not) with a varying number of languages (both highly endangered and not), but arranged in a modern style.  The last track, for example, is an extended jazz meditation on the most important ceremony amongst the Nambikwara people of the Mato Grosso:  the Feast of the New Girl.  Given below is full track information and language links.

Miranda in traditional Amazonian face paint.

1.  Tchori Tchori of the Jaboti or Jabutí People of the Rondonia region of the Amazon.

2.  Pame' Dawöro also Jaboti

3.  Tche Nane, again in Jaboti

4.  Naumu is in the very healthy Yanomámi language of Roraima.

5.  Awina/Ijain Je E' of the Wari people, whose language is officially listed as Pakaásnovos on ethnologue, else where it is variously spelled Pakaa Nova.

6.  Araruna in the Parakana language, which is a Tupian tongue found in the Para region of the Amazon.

7.  Mena Barsaa (Baya Barsaa) of the Tukano peoples, language variously spelled Tucano.

8.  Bep of the well known Kayapó people of the Para' region.

9.  Festa da Flauta is actually fully musical, no language.  It comes from the Festival of the Flute found amongst the Nambikwara people in the Guapore' region of the Amazon--it is an important festival, but has not set time of year to occur.  The flutes heard here are the traditional Kukuta flutes from this tribe.

10.  Yny Maj Hyrynh (A Voce' Eu Canto) in the Karitiâna tongue which is also a Tupian language.

11.  Hrigo is sung in the Tupari language.

12.  Wine Merewá in the Suruí language (also Tupian) of Rondônia, not to be confused with the Suruí do Para language in the Para region, another closely related Tupi language.

13.  Mekô Merewâ in also in the same Suruí language.

14.  Ju Parana is sung in the Jurúna tongue on the northern part the Mato Grosso region of the Amazon, again another Tupi language.

15.  Kworo Kango is another Kayapo song.

16.  Mito-Metumji Iarén is in the Suyá language also of the northern part of Mato Grosso, is a language closely related to the Kayapo language.

17.  15 Varicöes de Hai Nai Hai is, as mentioned above, from the Nambikwara people, also spelled Nambikuára.

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