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

mickeyslim   9/3/2014   12-inch, International

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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!

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