International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Yearbook for Traditional Music. Vol. 42 (2009)

General Editor:  Don Niles

Table of Contents


  • ‘The Gendered Sound of South Africa: Karen Zoid and the Performance of Nationalism in the New South Africa’ by Nicol Hammond.
  • ‘Can We Dance Together? Gender and Performance Space Discourse in Égwú Àmàlà of the Ogbaru of Nigeria’ by Marie Agatha Ozah.
  • ‘Daughters of Tradition, Mothers of Invention: Music, Teaching, and Gender in Evolving Contexts’ by Louise Wrazen.
  • ‘“There Is Power”: Contemporizing Old Music Traditions for New Gospel Audiences in Kenya’ by Jean Ngoya Kidula.
  • Mhande Dance in the Kurova Guva Ceremony: An Enactment of Karanga Spirituality’ by Jerry Rutsate.
  • ‘Ethnomusicological Theory’ by Timothy Rice.
  • ‘Performing in the Shadows: Learning and Making Music as Ethnomusicological Practice and Theory’ by J. Lawrence Witzleben.
  • ‘Writing a Dance: Epistemology for Dance Research’ by Egil Bakka and Gediminas Karoblis.

Book Reviews

  • Brasseaux, Ryan André. The Emergence of an American-Made Music. By Chris Goertzen.
  • Williams, Sean. Focus: Irish Traditional Music. By Suzel Ana Reily.
  • Brinner, Benjamin. Playing Across a Divide: Israeli–Palestinian Musical Encounters. By Amy Horowitz.
  • Ragland, Cathy. Música Norteña: Mexican Migrants Creating a Nation between Nations. By Ric Alviso.
  • Drüppel, Birgit. Re-counting Knowledge in Song: Change Reflected in Kaulong Music. By Kirsty Gillespie.
  • Looper, Matthew G. To Be Like Gods: Dance in Ancient Maya Civilization. By Arnd Adje Both.
  • de Ferranti, Hugh. The Last Biwa Singer: A Blind Musician in History, Imagination and Performance. By Jay Keister.
  • Christensen, Dieter, and Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco. Traditional Arts in Southern Arabia: Music and Society in Sohar, Sultanate of Oman. By Scheherazade Qassim Hassan.
  • Cooper, David. The Musical Traditions of Northern Ireland and Its Diaspora: Community and Conflict. By Lonán Ó Briain.

Audio Reviews

Cross-regional collections

  • Collection universelle de musique populaire / The World Collection of Folk Music: Archives Constantin Brăiloiu (1913–1953). By Philip Yampolsky.
  • Mountain Echo: Jew’s Harps around the World. By Mark van Tongeren.


  • Swaziland: Chants des Swazi / Swaziland: Songs of the Swazi. By Angela Impey.

North America

  • Borders y bailes. By Cathy Ragland.
  • Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways. By Robert Carl Metil.
  • Son de mi tierra. By Randall Kohl.

South America

  • Pérou: Musique des Awajún et des Wampis—Amazonie, vallée du Cenepa / Peru: Music of the Awajún and Wampis—Amazonia, Cenepa Valley. By Anthony Seeger.
  • ¡Y que viva Venezuela! Maestros del joropo oriental. By Robert Carroll.

East Asia

  • Dörvön Berkh—Four Shagai Bones: Masters of Mongolian Overtone Singing. By Mark van Tongeren.
  • Sounds from Wartime Taiwan (1943): Kurosawa and Masu’s Recordings of Taiwan Aboriginal and Han Chinese Music. By Helen Rees.

Southeast Asia

  • Bali 1928 Volume 1: Gamelan Gong Kebyar. Music from Belaluan, Pangkung, Busungbiu. The Oldest New Music of Bali. By Sonja Lynn Downing.
  • Songs from the Uma: Music from Siberut Island (Mentawai Archipelago), Indonesia. By Margaret Kartomi.

West Asia

  • Kulmus Hanefesh: A Musical Journey into the Hassidic Niggun. By Ellen Koskoff.
  • The Art of the Early Egyptian Qanun, Vol. 2. By Eckhard Neubauer.
  • Azerbaïdjan: Le kamantcha d’Elshan Mansurov / Azerbaijan: The Kamancha of Elshan Mansurov, and Azerbaïdjan: Anthologie des ashiq / Azerbaijan: Anthology of Ashiq. By Stephen Blum.
  • A Song of Dawn: The Jerusalem Sephardi Baqqashot at the Har Tzyion Synagogue. By Judah M. Cohen.

Australia and Oceania

  • Ae tinil wen Lir / Music of Lihir. By Mary Lawson Burke.


  • Bulgarie: Musique de tradition pastorale / Bulgaria: Music of the Shepherds’ Tradition and Bulgarie: L’art de la gadulka / Bulgaria: The Art of the Gadulka. By Timothy Rice.
  • Grèce. O skáros: Musiques pour flûtes / Greece. O skáros: Flute Music. By Michael G. Kaloyanides.

Video Reviews

  • Le salaire du poète / The Poet’s Salary. By Mary Lawson Burke.
  • On the Rumba River. By Frank Gunderson.
  • Tambours et djembes du Burkina Faso / Drums and Djembes of Burkina Faso. By Eric Charry.
  • Sidney Bechet: Treat It Gentle; The Life and Times of a Jazz Master. By Jeremy Yudkin.
  • Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam. By D. A. Sonneborn.
  • Breaking the Silence: Music in Afghanistan. By Razia Sultanova.

Website Reviews

  • Review Essay: Ethnomusicology’s Presence in Social Networking. By David W. Kanter.
  • Born to Groove. Produced by Charles Keil and Patricia Campbell. By Tom Wagner.
  • EVIA Digital Archive: Ethnographic Video for Instruction and Analysis. Project directed by Ruth M. Stone and Lester Monts. By Lúcia Campos.
  • The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Online Indexes. Produced by the English Folk Dance and Song Society. By Gordon Ramsey.
  • Cecil Sharp’s Appalachian Diaries 1915–1918. Produced by the English Folk Dance and Song Society. By Gordon Ramsey.
  • Irish Traditional Music Archive. Produced by the Irish Traditional Music Archive. By Gordon Ramsey.
  • The James Koetting Ghana Field Recording Collection. Produced by the Graduate Program in Ethnomusicology of the
    Music Department of Brown University. By Alvin Petersen.