International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Yearbook for Traditional Music. Vol. 40 (2007)

General Editor:  Don Niles

Table of Contents


  • ‘Small Voices Doomed—A Keynote’ by Gerhard Kubik.
  • ‘Female Celebrations in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan: The Power of Cosmology in Musical Rites’ by Razia Sultanova.
  • ‘Functions of Ceremonial Wedding Tunes, Svadobné Nôty, in the Context of Traditional Culture in Slovakia and in a Cross-Cultural Perspective’ by Jadranka Važanová.
  • ‘Post-Yugoslavian Ethnomusicologies in Dialogue’ by Naila Ceribašić, Ana Hofman, and Ljerka Vidić Rasmussen.
  • ‘Managing Musical Diversity within Frameworks of Western Development Aid: Views from Ukraine, Georgia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina’ by Adriana Helbig, with contributions from Nino Tsitsishvili and Erica Haskell.
  • ‘“Drive-ethno-dance” and “Hutzul Punk”: Ukrainian-associated Popular Music and (Geo)politics in a Post-Soviet Context’ by David-Emil Wickström.
  • ‘Formal and Informal Methods in the Transmission of a Jewish Sephardi Liturgy’ by Essica Marks.
  • ‘“Pride and Prejudice”: The Preservation of the Icelandic Rímur Tradition’ by Ragnheiður Ólafsdóttir.
  • ‘Surrogate Speech of the Asante Ivory Trumpeters of Ghana’ by Joseph S. Kaminski.
  • ‘Different Temporalities: The Time of Balinese Gamelan’ by Andrew Clay McGraw.

Book Reviews

  • Leary, James P. Polkabilly: How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music. By Gage Averill.
  • Buchanan, Donna A. Performing Democracy: Bulgarian Music and Musicians in Transition. By Lozanka Peycheva and Ventsislav Dimov.
  • Feldman, Heidi Carolyn. Black Rhythms of Peru: Reviving African Musical Heritage in the Black Pacific. By Larry Crook.
  • Cohen, Dalia, and Ruth Katz. Palestinian Arab Music: A Maqām Tradition in Practice. By Kenneth S. Habib.
  • Fox, Aaron A. Real Country: Music and Language in Working-Class Culture. By David B. Pruett.
  • García, Miguel A. Paisajes sonoros de un mundo coherente: Prácticas musicales y religión en la sociedad wichí. By Helena Simonett.
  • Bak, Kirsten Sass, and Svend Nielsen, ed. Spiritual Folk Singing: Nordic and Baltic Protestant Traditions. By Ragnheiður Ólafsdóttir.

Audio Reviews


  • Madagascar. Vinelo: Maître du maro tady / Vinelo: A Master of the Maro Tady. By Robert Carl Metil.
  • Poetry and Languid Charm: Swahili Music from Tanzania and Kenya from the 1920s to the 1950s. By Andrew J. Eisenberg.
  • Siaka Sidibé Ensemble, Sidikiba Keita: Hunter’s Harp Music from Mali. By Cullen Strawn.

North America

  • Angola Prison Spirituals. By Robert Carl Metil.
  • Blues in the Mississippi Night; Alan Lomax: Blues Songbook. By Robert Carl Metil.

South America

  • The Devil’s Horn: Brassband Traditions from the Highlands of Bolivia. By Jonathan Ritter.

Central Asia

  • Falak: The Voice of Destiny. Traditional, Popular and Symphonic Music of Tajikistan. By Tanya Merchant.
  • Music from Afghan Badakhshan: Az sharâre chasm-e tu sokhtam (I Am Burning from the Sparks of Your Eyes). By Mark Slobin.
  • Musique du Kirghizistan / Music of Kyrgyzstan. By Winnie Lee.
  • Tribal Zakhchin Music of Western Mongolia: Zastiin Nogoodoi. By Peter K. Marsh.

East Asia

  • Chine. “Le pêcheur et le bûcheron”: Le qin, cithare des lettrés / China. “The Fisherman and the Woodcutter”: The Qin, Zither of the Literati. By Chuen-Fung Wong.

South Asia

  • Inde. Mahârâshtra: Chants des Konkanî de Kochi / India. Songs of the Konkanî from Kochi. By Susana Sardo.

Southeast Asia

  • Vietnam: Musiques vocales des plaines du nord / Vietnam: Vocal Music from the Northern Plains (Ca Trù, Hát Chèo, Quan Ho). By Terry E. Miller.

West Asia

  • The Art of the Early Egyptian Qanun. By Owen Wright.
  • Kilamên Yêrêvanê: Way Dil: Şeroyê Biro & Şebabê Egîd; Kilamên Yêrêvanê: Kew Hêlûn; Kilamên Yêrêvanê: Filîtê Quto; Kilamên Yêrêvanê: Emê Gozê; Kilamên Yêrêvanê: Dîyarbekir. By Ozan Aksoy and Stephen Blum.
  • Voices of Jerusalem: Eastern Church Music. By Eliyahu Schleifer.

Australia and Oceania

  • Dema —Music of the Marind Anim: The Verschueren Collection, 1962. By Kirsty Gillespie.
  • Marshall Islands Musical Transitions: Marshallese String Band Music Today and Yesterday. By Mary Lawson Burke.
  • Wurrurrumi Kun-Borrk: Songs from Western Arnhem Land. By Elizabeth Mackinlay.


  • Italian Treasury: Lombardia. By Marcello Sorce Keller.
  • The Spanish Recordings: Basque Country: Biscay and Guipuzcoa; The Spanish Recordings: Basque Country: NavarreBy Carlos A. Porro.
  • The Spanish Recordings: Ibiza and Formentera: The Pityusic Islands. By Carlos A. Porro.

Video Reviews

  • Le salaire du poète / The Poet’s Salary. By Mary Lawson Burke.
  • An African Brass Band. By Annemette Kirkegaard.
  • Funeral Chants from the Georgian Caucasus. By Karin E. Thompson.
  • Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul. By Irene Markoff.
  • A Chinese Cracker: The Making of The Peony Pavilion. By Jessica Anderson Turner.
  • The Sidi Malunga Project: Rejuvenating the African Musical Bow in India. By Laxmi G. Tewari.
  • Zithers of East Asia: Extension of Silk Strings and Diversity of Sounds. By Lee Tong Soon.
  • Play, Jankunú, Play: The Garifuna Wanáragua Ritual of Belize. By Thomas T. Stanley.

Website Reviews

  • Review essay: for Ethnomusicology. By Marc M. Gidal.
  • West Philadelphia Music. Produced by Carol Muller and Tim Rommen. By Jonathan Dueck.
  • The Pure Drop: An Exploration and Celebration of World Music. Produced by Thomas Ashelford, et al., in association with AFC/Ethel. By Simone Krüger.
  • Hungarian Heritage House. By Lynn Hooker.
  • Dagomba Dance Drumming. Produced by David Locke. By Reá Pádhraig Mac Casarlaigh.
  • Tropicália. Produced by Ana de Oliveira. By Martha Tupinambá de Ulhôa.