Album Review

Modern Mayan: The Indian Music of Chiapas, Mexico [coll] – [Moi J’Connais Records]

mickeyslim   9/3/2014   12-inch, International


Traditional music from Chiapas, the southernmost state of Mexico. Chiapas is home to the largest indigenous population in the country, with twelve different recognized ethnicities. Originally a Smithsonian Folkways release, Mississippi Records picked this up alongside Moi J’Connais.

Lots of different kinds of music here. There are homemade string instruments (guitars, violins), homemade drums, homemade flutes, harps, rattles, trumpets, and interesting vocals, sometimes in harmony. There is also four different languages being spoken on this album: Tzoztil, Tzeltal, Chol, and Tojolabal, and all share their roots with both Aztec and Spanish. The music played in these areas are purely ceremonial, never played for it’s own sake.

Deep, thick drums; shaky, high pitched voices; plucked string twangs; and floating flautists all make this a knock out add for KFJC. All tracks were recorded during actual fiestas in the community. Sick as fuck liner notes!

you heard it 28 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 231 days ago, Milo Minderbender played Trumpet Choir, Carranza
  • 388 days ago, played Good Friday Service, Tila/ Carneval, Tila
  • 392 days ago, Fox Populi played Flute and Drum, Tenengo
  • 847 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played Ladies Dance, Tenejapa
  • 1150 days ago, Louie Caliente played New Years Prayer, Chalchiuitan
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