International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Yearbook for Traditional Music. Vol. 47 (2015)

General Editor:  Kati Szego

Table of Contents

  • General Editor’s Preface by Kati Szego


  • ‘Dancing in Place: Mythopoetics and the Production of History in Kuchipudi’ by Rumya S. Putcha
  • ‘Ethnochoreology as an Interdiscipline in a Postdisciplinary Era: A Historiography of Dance Scholarship in Serbia’ by Selena Rakočević
  • ‘Syriac Chant at the Negotiation of Source and Method in the Two Music–“ologies”’ by Tala Jarjour
  • ‘Collaborative Fieldwork, “Stance,” and Ethnography’ by Deborah Justice and Fredara M. Hadley
  • ‘Music as Dance and Dance as Music: Interdependence and Dialogue in Baganda Baakisimba Performance’ by Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza
  • ‘Pain, Rhythm, and Relation: Funerary Lament among the Punu of Congo Brazzaville’ by Carine Plancke. See supplementary materials for this article
  • ‘“The One Who Knows the Value of Words”: The Aşıq of Azerbaijan’ by Sanubar Baghirova
  • ‘Cultural Tourism, Meitheal, and Re-presentation of Heritage: Traditional Step Dancing and Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland’ by Catherine E. Foley
  • ‘Landscape, Urbanization, and Capitalist Modernity: Exploring the “Great Transformation” of Tibet through its Songs’ by Anna Morcom

Book Reviews

  • Bastos, Rafael José de Menezes. A festa da jaguatirica: Uma partitura crítico-interpretativa. Review by Pedro de Niemeyer Cesarino
  • Thomas R. Hilder. Sámi Musical Performance and the Politics of Indigeneity in Northern Europe. Review by Pirkko Moisala
  • Waligórska, Magdalena. Klezmer’s Afterlife: An Ethnography of the Jewish Music Revival in Poland and Germany. Review by Mike Anklewicz
  • Brokken, Jan. The Music of the Netherlands Antilles: Why Eleven Antilleans Knelt before Chopin’s Heart. Review by Peter Manuel
  • Bithell, Caroline. A Different Voice, A Different Song: Reclaiming Community through the Natural Voice and World Song. Review by Gorda Stan
  • Barrett-Gaines, Kathryn, ed. One Little Guitar: The Words of Paul Job Kafeero. Review by Dave Pier
  • Stumpf, Carl. The Origins of Music. Review by Marko Aho
  • Foley, Catherine E. Step Dancing in Ireland: Culture and History. Review by Ivana Katarinčić
  • Jarmila Procházková, ed. As Recorded by the Phonograph: Slovak and Moravian Songs Recorded by Hynek Bím, Leoš Janáček and Františka Kyselková in 1909–1912 / Vzaty do fonografu: Slovenské a moravské písně v nahrávkách Hynka Bíma, Leoše Janáčka a Františky Kyselkové z let 1909–1912. Review by Jadranka Važanová
  • Sakakeeny, Matt. Roll with It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans. Review by Ben Doleac
  • Ochoa Gautier, Ana María. Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia. Review by Ruth Rosenberg

Book Notes

Download the “Book Notes” section of the Yearbook for Traditional Music, Vol. 47 (2015) in PDF format.

Audio Reviews


  • Kinka: Traditional Songs from Avenorpedo; Giving Voice to Hope: Music of Liberian Refugees. Review by Florian Carl

North America

  • Laura Ellestad: Valdresspel i Amerika. Review by Chris Goertzen
  • Julian Kytasty: Songs of Truth: Music and Song from the Kobzar Tradition. Review by Adriana Helbig
  • New Orleans Brass Bands: Through the Streets of the City. Review by Matt Sakakeeny
  • Bob Walser: Outward Bound: Songs from the James Madison Carpenter Collection. Review by James Revell Carr
  • Traditional Music of Texas, Volume One: Fiddle Recordings from the Texas Folklife Archives. Review by Laura Houle and Christopher J. Smith
  • Classic African American Songsters from Smithsonian Folkways. Review by Greg Johnson

South Asia

  • Shir Hodu: Jewish Song from Bombay of the ’30s. Review by Jaime Jones

East Asia

  • Corée: L’art du sanjo de daegeum par Ahn Sung-woo / Korea: The Art of the Daegeum Sanjo by Ahn Sung-woo. Review by Robert C. Provine
  • Osaka Inside Out; Podcast: The Sounds of Japan’s Antinuclear Movement. Review by Kate Galloway

Southeast Asia

  • Vietnam: Le don ca tai tu: Musique de chambre du delta du Mékong / The Don Ca Tai Tu: Chamber Music of the Mekong Delta. Review by Alexander M. Cannon

West Asia

  • ‘Abd al-Hayy Hilmi 1857–1912: An Anthology. Review by A. J. Racy
  • Iran: Musique de l’époque qajare: Ensemble Delgosha / Music of the Qajar Era: Delgosha Ensemble. Review by Amir Hosein Pourjavady
  • Judeo-Spanish Songs for the Life Cycle in the Eastern Mediterranean. Review by Judith Cohen


  • Cyprus: Famagusta Municipality Magem Folkdance Group: Traditional Songs and Dances. Review by Michalis Poupazis
  • Söndörgő: Tamburocket: Hungarian Fireworks. Review by Kathleen Wiens
  • Michael Winograd: Storm Game; Benjy Fox-Rosen: Two Worlds: The Poetry of Mordechai Gebirtig. Review by Phil Alexander
  • New Budapest Orpheum Society: As Dreams Fall Apart: The Golden Age of Jewish Stage and Film Music 1925–1955. Review by Phil Alexander

Film/Video Reviews

  • Dance with the Wodaabes. Review by George Worlasi Kwasi Dor
  • Ga Sibod Dai-a! Review by Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes
  • The Heart of Qin in Hong Kong (海角琴心). Review by J. Lawrence Witzleben
  • Music of the Uzbeks of Northern Afghanistan. Review by Hiromi Lorraine Sakata

Website Reviews

  • ITMA: Irish Traditional Music Archive. Review by Andrea Conger
  • Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project. Review by Pedro Félix
  • Tobar an Dualchais—Kist o Riches. Review by Marilou Polymeropoulou
  • Bibliomediateca dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia. Review by Domenico Di Virgilio
  • An Invitation to Piyut. Review by Celia Tuchman-Rosta
  • Nederlandse Liederenbank / Dutch Song Database. Review by Charlotte Vignau

Support materials

‘Pain, Rhythm, and Relation: Funerary Lament among the Punu of Congo Brazzaville’ by Carine Plancke

Audio clip

  • Analysis of Christine Matsanga’s lament can be found on pp. 102-7 of the article.  There you will find a text transcription and translation, as well as spectrograms of portions of this sound file.  
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