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Afghanistan Untouched [coll] – [Traditional Crossroads]

Cousin Mary   2/4/2013   CD, International

All tracks on this album were recorded in Afghanistan by ethnomusicologist Mark Slobin in 1968. This was before the Soviet invasion and Taliban and the resulting wars. Music of the Tajik, Uzbek, Hazara, Pashtun, Herati, Kazakh, and Turkmen people includes a variety of lutes, bowed instruments, percussion, flutes and other wind instruments, and vocals. Most recordings were done live in public places so talking and laughter is sometimes heard. To my ear this is very beautiful and complex music, completely enjoyable in itself, not just a novelty snapshot of traditional music. Liner notes are excellent for background and track by track information.

you heard it 32 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 164 days ago, Naysayer played Landai Songs With Ghichak
  • 326 days ago, Avakhov played Bulbulak-i Sangshekan For Voice and Tanbur
  • 858 days ago, Lucky Jae played Kataghani Tune
  • 949 days ago, Sally Goodin played Dance Piece With Dambura and Tanbur
  • 2083 days ago, Gram Sayles played Felak Song From Darwaz Region of Badakhshan
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