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People at Prayer CD

People at Prayer CD

  • $1529


People at Prayer is a 24-song collection of religious ritual, meditation, and devotion. Drawn from the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music, the selections come from around the world and feature a vast diversity of expression. In addition to songs and prayers from Christian churches, Islamic tradition, and Buddhist ritual, you can hear a ceremony of the Tepehuanes of Mexico, an Aka Pygmy invocation from the Central African Republic, a ceremony performed by the orchestra of the Cambodian Royal Palace, a bhajan (devotional song) sung by a wandering Hindu sadhu (holy man), and a hymn from the Oceania island republic Vanuatu. Liner notes provide an English translation of each title, as well as a brief history for each track.

This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track listing:

1. Russia: The King of Heaven - 2:23
2. Turkey: Saz Semaï in Makam Usshak (extract) - 3:24
3. Syrian Orthodox Church: Takhshifto, Sixth Mode (Shtithoyo, extract) - 4:15
4. Syria: Islamic Ritual Zikr (extract) - 3:08
5. Yemen: Tahwîda and Khuwaîb (extract) - 3:13
6. Afghanistan (Herat): Na't - 3:37
7. India: Bhajana - 4:26
8. Tibet: Invocation to the Goddess Yeshiki Mamo, part I (extract) - 1:45
9. Cambodia: Pey Kêo - 2:46
10. Laos: Pheng Phi Fa (extract) - 5:04
11. Japan: Dai Hannya Tendoku E (extract) - 1:13
12. Bali: Pendet - 4:40
13. Solomon Islands: Uunu - 2:49
14. Vanuatu: Hymn No. 77 - 3:46
15. Brazil: Roia Kurireu (extract) - 1:46
16. Chile: Song of the Alféreces and Dances of the Chinos - 2:06
17. Mexico: La Susana - 3:07
18. Cuba: Cantos de Altar - 4:02
19. Madagascar: Zanaka Tromba (extract) - 3:11
20. Central African Republic: Mombimbi (extract) - 2:51
21. Côte D'Ivoire: Music of a Guardian Spirit - 3:55
22. Portugal: Misericordia, Meu Deus - 1:25
23. Corsica: Sanctus (extract of the Mass dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary) - 1:56
24. Sicily: Gloria - 3:10


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