International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Yearbook for Traditional Music. Vol. 47 (2015)

The 2015 Yearbook offers a rich selection of readings. Four out of the nine pieces in this collection are centred on dance. ICTM, after all, is as much a society of dance scholars as it is of ethnomusicologists. The worlds of music and dance research frequently intersect, and that overlap rises to the surface in several articles, inviting us to consider holistic approaches—grounded in multiple disciplines—to the study of sound and movement, image and text. Reviews of books, audio recordings, films/videos and websites complete the volume.

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.