These are songs for a New Year.
#1) Mt. Edgecumbe Boys Chorus - 'Paddling Song (Tlingit),' an excerpt from "A Cry From the Earth: Music of the North American Indians" (Folkways, 1979).
Recorded around 1938, this beautiful music was originally sung by travellers moving between the off-shore islands of Alaska. This record is one of my favorite discoveries from this year (the music on this album goes back as far as the late 1800's).
#2) Les Soeurs Blanches of Kitana (Kivu) - 'Alleluja' from"Missa Bantu" (Philips, 1960's)
Not as known as the "Missa Lubba" LP (which is highly recommended as well), this LP, never reissued is a recording of the 'mass of the first sunday after Easter.' Your research will yield little regarding this music. Just listen. Another favorite discovery of mine from this past year.
#3) Laughing Eyes - 'Zuni Lullaby' an excerpt from "A Cry From the Earth: Music of the North American Indians" (Folkways, 1979).
Recorded around 1950.
Sounding like a current of water:
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