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Indonesian music & other world music

PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2005 4:40 am
by Madge Kho
I enjoyed listening to your selections on Indonesia and other island hit by the tsunami last week. I listened to it twice fortunately for me. It was all accidental. I didn't even know you had such a program. I have recently moved to New Zealand from the U.S. and tune in to the BBC for the news.

I truly liked the last fews songs you did from the "Indonesian Guitars" and by Sambasumba.

I come from the island of Jolo in southern Philippines. The music
there is very similar to Indonesian gamelang but using mostly the
"gabbang" which is a floor xylophone. There's also the "luggu" which
is more or less a type of ballad throat singing in a very high pitch
tone. Would you be interested in a copy of a recording done by an
anthropologist way back in the 1960s. His name is Thomas Kiefer.

There's a school of ethnomusicology at the University of Hawaii. I
think they have a good collection of music from the southern
Philippines. You might want to check it out with them. An
anthropologist named Rick Trimillios recorded lots of these songs and
I think he is still with the University.

I look forward to the next series of music on the BBC. I love Brazilian music too, and I'm sure I will like all the others you will be playing or have played in the past like Yousou N'Dour (can't spell it correctly), and many other African singers and other world beat.

Thanks for putting this show on Charlie.

Madge Kho