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SOAS Archive Show

Re-discovering recordings from the depths of the SOAS Music Department archives, SOAS Archive Show takes you every week to a different corner of the world through fantastic music collections. Each episode presented by a different SOAS Ethnomusicology student, the show appeals to researchers as well as students and anyone interested in finding out more about old recordings and musical traditions around the world

Ragam, Thaanam, and Pallavi in Varali Raga. S. Balachander. ‘His Master’s Voice,’ The Gramophone Company Limited. ECLP. 2270. India.

This episode features S. Balachander performing the South Indian Classical music genre of Ragam Thaanam Pallavi in the raga Varali. It is presented by Theresa Thomasulo.

Side 1:

Ragam
Thaanam
Pallavi, Part 1

Side 2:

Pallavi, Part 2

HMV. Manufactured by The Gramophone Company Limited. India.

The Nonesuch Explorer: Music from Distant Corners of the World

This episode features sides one and two of the 2-record album ‘The Nonesuch Explorer: Music from Distant Corners of the World’, a collection of recordings from Indonesia, Japan and India, reminding us of the musical diversity within Asia. Presented by Louise Ungless

SIDE ONE (A)

THE FAR EAST

Javanese Court Gamelan Vol. II recorded at the Istana Mankunegaran, Surakarta by Robert E. Brown. Nonesuch Explorer Series H-72074, 1977.

This episode features a classic recording of Central Javanese gamelan recorded at the Mankunegaran palace in Solo, Central Java and played by the court musicians. Presented by Jenny McCallum.

Side One

1. Ketawang Puspawarna
2. Gending Bonang Babar Layar

Side Two

1. Gending Ela-Ela Kalibeber
2. Ayak-Ayakan Kaloran

Korean Kayageum Sanjo. Sung, Keum-yun. SEM Gramophone. SEL – RS I 45, 1984. South Korea.

This episode features Keum-yun Sung performing 7 movements in increasing speeds of one kayageum sanjo piece. It is presented by Theresa Thomasulo.

Side 1:

Tasureum, in free rhythm style
Chinyang-jo, in lento tempo

Side 2:

Choong-mori, in moderato tempo
Slow Choong-joong-mori
Choong-joong-mori, in andante tempo
Chajin-mori, in allegro tempo
Hwi-mori, in presto tempo
Tan-mori, in allegro tempo

Achik songs by Ali Ekbar Cicek
Recordings: Kudsi Erguner
Musical Atlas – UNESCO Collection (27)

This episode features a selection of songs from the LP ‘Turkey, Bektachi Music – a collection of ‘Achik’ songs, sung by Ali Ekber Cicek with saz accompaniment. Presented by Seth Richardson.

Side A

1a ‘Set no traps for him who loves’ (Kul Sergen

1b ‘Covet not this world’s goods’ (Asik Engin)

2 ‘I have professed love for fourteen thousand years’ (Sidki)

3 ‘Weep not, mine eyes, God is merciful’ (Pir Sultan Abdal)

Nomades du Niger: musique des touareg; musique des bororo. OCR 29

Disques Ocora (Office de Coopération Radiophonique), France.

This episode features the LP Nomades du Niger: musique des touareg et des bororo, a collection of recordings made on February-March, 1963 among the Tuareg living in the Aïr of Niger, a mountainous massif stretching across the north-west of the country. Presented by Violeta Ruano.

SIDE A

MUSIC OF THE TUAREG WOMEN

1. Ouane-ouane (Tinde-Nomnas sung by the soloist Haky)

2. Aboraki (Tinde-Nomnas, 2 singers)

Presented and Produced by Luke Branston and Michele Banal
The sound of Africa / sons d’Afrique series
Edited by: Hugh Tracey and the staff of the I.L.A.M. (International Library of African Music)

This episode features recordings from the Luba peoples of the Southern Congo and two Luba subgroups, the Kasai and the Bena Shimba. These recordings belong to the LP number TR-39 from the collection ‘The sound of Africa series’, a series of recordings made by Hugh Tracey in the 1950s and the 1960s.

TR- 39 side A

CONGO BELGE

Valiha Malaza – Famous Valiha. Rakotzafy. Productions Sunset-France. Compiled: Ace Records Ltd. 1988. Issued: GlobeStyle Records, London. ORBD 028 – Record 4/4: Madagasikara 4.

The show features the LP Valiha Malaza – Famous Valiha by the legendary Malagasy musician Rakotzafy. This LP was released in 1988 by GlobeStyle Records. The album features songs, dances and instrumental music played on an instrument called a Valiha which is a box-shaped Zither. The show is presented by Rachel Jackson.

Side 1

Tibetan Buddhist rites from the monasteries of Bhutan. Volume 1: Rituals of the Drukpa Order from Thimphu and Punakha (recorded by John Levy), Lyrichord Discs Inc., LLST 7255, 1971. New York, USA.

This show features the LP Tibetan Buddhist rites from the monasteries of Bhutan. Volume 1: Rituals of the Drukpa Order from Thimphu and Punakha, released by Lyrichord Discs Inc. In 1971. The record comprises ritual music of the monks of Thimpu, Bhutan and the nuns of Punakha, Bhutan. The show is presented by Olivia Haughton.

Side 1

The sound of Africa / sons d’Afrique series (nos. 91&3)
Edited by: Hugh Tracey and the staff of the I.L.A.M. (International Library of African Music)

This episode features two LPs from the collection ‘The sound of Africa series’, a series of recordings made by Hugh Tracey in the 1950s and the 1960s. The first one presents music from former Nyasaland (no. 91) and the second one, music from former Rhodesia (no. 3). Presented by Ellen Hebden.

TR- 91 side A

SENA/NYUNGWE – NYASALAND

A Musical Anthology of the Orient, from the UNESCO Collection; Japan 1; Edited for the International Music Council by the International Institute for Comparative Music Studies (commentary in French, English, German)
Bären Reiter Musicaphon BM 30 L 2012

This episode features an LP of traditional Japanese music, recorded in 1962. Both songs are representative of the two major schools of koto in Japan, the Ikuta and Yamada schools respectively. The show is presented by Chiara Terzuolo.

Side 1:
Yaegoromo, ‘Five Seasonal Songs about Dresses’

African music (recorded by Laura Boulton on the Straus West African Expedition of Field Museum of Natural History), Folkways records and service corp., FW-8852, 1957. New York City, USA

This episode features the LP African Music, released by Folkways records in 1957. The record comprises twelve field recordings from Sudan, Nigeria and the Cameroon made by Laura Boulton on the 1934 ‘Straus West Africa expedition’. Presented by Isabel Bedford.

Today’s episode features music from Africa and Americas and Continental Europe, presented by Louise Ungless with the album ‘Music from Distant Corners of the World’ from the Nonesuch Explorer collection. The episode explores folk music from Colombia, Brazil, Rhodesia, Bahamas, Trinidad, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Bulgaria, Greece, Croatia, Yugoslavia and Sweden. It is a collection of drums, Ensembles, Orchestras, fiddles and soloist improvisations.

The SOAS Archive Show team explore love, marriage and womanhood on the African and Indian continents.

The SOAS Archive Show celebrates Iranian new year by featuring the album Music of Iran: Vol. 1(UNESCO Collection).

Recorded by Alain Daniélou

Side 1

1. Variation in the Chahârgah mode

Performed on kamantché by Ashgar Bahari

2. Poem of Saadi sung in the Segah mode

Sung by Golpayegani and accompanied on tar by Nur Ali Borumand

“Friend! Do not listen if people tell you that

I have any other friend than you, that night and day

I think of any other thing or any one than you.