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Uzbekistan: Musical Traditions of the Karakalpaks CD

Uzbekistan: Musical Traditions of the Karakalpaks CD

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The ancient, orally-transmitted epic tradition of the Karakalpaks, woven with the songs they sing in their everyday lives, forms a rich musical tapestry in the arid land of Karakalpakstan (an autonomous republic in Uzbekistan). From lullabies, Jew’s harp solos, wedding tunes to the guttural cantillations of jirow bards, life stories of epic heroes sung by baqsy bards, creative performances on dutar, and instrumental pieces played by small ensembles, these recordings provide a panoramic view of Karakalpak music. They were drawn form 10 hours of field recordings made in 2000 during an expedition conducted under the aegis of the UNESCO office in Tashkent. 73 minutes, 22-page notes.

This is a previously-unpublished volume of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music, which was transferred to the Smithsonian to keep the series publicly available.

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 again, including more than a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track listing:

1. Hawjar - 1:10
2. Jew’s Harp Solos - 2:54
3. Hayyu (Lullaby) - 2:27
4. Kelte Nalysh - 2:22
5. Qobyz Namasy (Melody on the Qobyz) - 1:05
6. Qaytarip Ber Amudariamni (Give Me Back My Amu Darya [River]) - 3:15
7. Qoshaq “Sen Yar Gedeli” (Since You Left) - 3:00
8. Kepter Muxallasi - 2:25
9. Siy Perde (Gift Song) - 3:10
10. Bes Perde - 3:21
11. Kizlar Uyga Kir (Girls, Come into the House) - 3:03
12. Qara Jorgha (The Black Steed) - 1:31
13. Ne Payda Namasy (What’s The Use) - 2:54
14. Qara Jorgha (The Black Steed) - 3:02
15. Aq Ishik (The White Coat) - 2:37
16. Leylay - 4:28
17. Oramal - 3:25
18. Dembermes - 2:11
19. Adingnen - 3:30
20. Kelte Nalysh - 4:28
21. Musa Sen Yary - 3:40
22. Qoshim Palvan Namasy (Melody of Qoshim the Champion) - 3:58
23. Uch Top Namasy - 3:04
24. Gel Ey Laylim (Come, My Leyli) - 3:19
25. Qaradaly - 3:06


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