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Symphony of Nature CD

Symphony of Nature CD

  • $1529

This international collection presents songs from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the Caribbean invoking and honoring the natural world. Musical interpretations of our earth range from poetic allusions to life in the Cuban countryside, to explicit descriptions of a Vanuatu coastline, to imitations of the wind on a Japanese flute. The recording also includes songs to accompany dancing, swimming, fishing, grain harvesting, picking flowers for lovers, and artificially inseminating the date palm tree.

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

Track listing

1 CUBA: Mi tierra es asi - 3:58
2 TURKMENISTAN: Gümmür-gümmürlendi (Mountains are trembling) - 4:45
3 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Bosobè (Song and dance of a diviner-healer) (extract) - 2:59
4 VANUATU: Kaimata - 1:54
5 CHINA: Huan lo ts'ao yuan (Happiness upon the grassy plain) - 3:54
6 TURKEY: Yucelerden Seyreyled Im Dostun Izini (From high above I have followed the footprints of my beloved) - 2:31
7 CHINA: Liushui (Flowing Waters) (extract) - 4:15
8 BULGARIA: Harvest song - 3:14
9 BYELORUSSIA: Harvest song - 1:03
10 BAHRAIN: Bahri (extract) - 3:47
11 CAMEROON: The water drum (extract) - 1:31
12 VIET NAM: Phong xuy trich liêu (The wind blows and bends the weeping willow) - 4:09
13 MONGOLIA: View over the Kherelen River - 2:58
14 PORTUGAL: Macelada (Picking Camomile) - 2:03
15 BENIN: Musotie, harvest dance - 3:12
16 ALGERIA: Song for the insemination of the date palm - 2:02
17 CAMEROON: Music for the Nganga Dance (extract) - 2:57
18 FRANCE: Sur le pont d'Auron - 3:26
19 JAPAN: Aiolos (extract) - 2:39

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