Saturday, January 22, 2022

INDIA – INDE
Balamuralikrishna with Lalgudi Jayaraman – Todi - Thisra Jampai – His Master's Voice – 7 EPE 1617, released 1964 (7 in, 45 RPM)

#India #Inde #Balamuralikrishna #Balamurali Krishna #Carnatic music #Indian music #Lalgudi Jayaraman #T.V. Gopalakrishnan #violin # mridangam #devotional music #vinyl #7 inch #traditional music # Andhra Pradesh #Parupalli Ramakrishnaiya Pantulu #Tyagaraja #world music #MusicRepublic
#India #Inde #Balamuralikrishna #Balamurali Krishna #Carnatic music #Indian music #Lalgudi Jayaraman #T.V. Gopalakrishnan #violin # mridangam #devotional music #vinyl #7 inch #traditional music # Andhra Pradesh #Parupalli Ramakrishnaiya Pantulu #Tyagaraja #world music #MusicRepublic
#India #Inde #Balamuralikrishna #Balamurali Krishna #Carnatic music #Indian music #Lalgudi Jayaraman #T.V. Gopalakrishnan #violin # mridangam #devotional music #vinyl #7 inch #traditional music # Andhra Pradesh #Parupalli Ramakrishnaiya Pantulu #Tyagaraja #world music #MusicRepublic

Born into a musical family in Sankaraguptam, Andhra Pradesh, M. Balamuralikrishna–aka Balamurali Krishna (1930-2016)–was one of the most celebrated Carnatic vocalist of the 20th century. His father, the famous flute player Mangalampalli Pattabhiramayya, entrusted the musical education of the young prodigy to Parupalli Ramakrishnaiya Pantulu (1883-1951), who had a direct lineage with the highly influential composer Tyagaraja (1767-1847).

 

Thanks to his colossal musical gifts, drive and energy, Balamuralikrishna had a rich and glittering 70-year-plus career in devotional and light classical Carnatic music, writing at least 400 compositions and performing more than 20,000 concerts in India and abroad. He also mastered the violin, veenamridangam, and kanjira, appeared in films and performed jugalbandi duets with Hindustani artists, including Bhimsen Joshi (1922-2011), Kishori Amonkar (1932-2017), and Hariprasad Chaurasia (b. 1938).

 

Despite his virtuosity and great musical knowledge, the modernist trailblazer was often criticized for taking too many liberties with the Carnatic tradition. “He was truly an all rounder who could really do anything in music, all with a smile on his face. Very much like his music, he lived life to its fullest, never constricted by what society thought of him," says Carnatic music vocalist, T.M. Krishna.*


This album presents the maestro’s brilliant, heartfelt and free-flowing lyricism and his exquisite telepathic interactions with Lalgudi Jayaraman’s (1930-2013) incomparable violin and T.V. Gopalakrishnan’s (b. 1932) dynamic mridangam.

Né dans une famille de musiciens à Sankaraguptam dans l’Andhra Pradesh, M. Balamuralikrishna, ou Balamurali Krishna, (1930-2016) fut l'un des chanteurs Carnatic les plus célèbres du XXe siècle. Son père, le célèbre flûtiste Mangalampalli Pattabhiramayya, confia l'éducation musicale du jeune prodige à Parupalli Ramakrishnaiya Pantulu (1883-1951), héritier d’une lignée remontant directement au très influent chanteur et compositeur Tyagaraja (1767-1847).

 

Grâce à ses dons musicaux exceptionnels et sa grande énergie, Balamuralikrishna eut une carrière remarquable au sommet pendant plus de 7 décennies, avec notamment plus de 20 000 concerts en Inde et à travers le monde et 400 compositions à son actif. Il maîtrisait également le violon, la vînâ le mridangam et la kanjira, joua et chanta dans des films et se produisit en duos jugalbandi avec des artistes hindoustanis, tels Bhimsen Joshi (1922-2011), Kishori Amonkar (1932-2017) et Hariprasad Chaurasia (né en 1938).

Malgré sa grande virtuosité et ses vastes connaissances musicales, ce précurseur moderniste fut souvent critiqué pour n'être pas suffisamment fidèle à la tradition Carnatic. "C'était vraiment un musicien d’une grande polyvalence capable tout faire musicalement avec une facilité déconcertante, toujours avec le sourire aux lèvres. Il vivait pleinement sa musique et sa vie personnelle sans se soucier de l’opinion des autres », explique le chanteur Carnatic T.M. Krishna.*

 

Cet album présente le lyrisme brillant, fluide et sensuel du maestro et ses dialogues télépathiques lumineux avec le jeu du violon de l’incomparable Lalgudi Jayaraman (1930-2013) et le mridangam dynamique de T.V. Gopalakrishnan (né en 1932).

 

*https://www.livemint.com/Politics/yFeBi6cLIzom7aWJwks4aI/M-Balamuralikrishna-one-of-Carnatic-musics-most-respecte.html


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The record's front cover above was designed by South-Indian classical dancer and teacher Amala Devi.

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Our other Carnatic vocal music posts:

M. D. Ramanathan – HMV 7 EPE 1646 here

M. S. Subbulakshmi – Meera Bhajans – EALP 1297 here

The Great Tradition (compilation) – Masters of Music – HMV EALP 1452 here


When my family lived in New Delhi in the mid-sixties, my father was fascinated by the Holy Men, or Sadhus, of Rishikesh, north of Delhi on the Ganges river at the foot of the Himalayas, of whom he made these photographs in 1964, the same year this recording was released:


MusicRepublic INDIA – INDE Balamuralikrishna with Lalgudi Jayaraman – Todi - Thisra Jampai – His Master's Voice – 7 EPE 1617


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Monday, January 10, 2022

NIGERIA – NIGÉRIA

Kollington Ayinla & His Fuji '78 Organisation – Ijoba Titun – KRLPS 6, 1984 (LP)

#Nigeria #Yoruba #Lagos #Fuji music #Kollington Ayinla #Sikiru Ayinde Barrister #Yorouba #Iyalu talking drum #bata drum #shekere gourd shakers #akuba drums #agogo bells #omele drums #traditional music #world music #African music #musique africaine #musique traditionnelle #vinyl #MusicRepublic
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#Nigeria #Yoruba #Lagos #Fuji music #Kollington Ayinla #Sikiru Ayinde Barrister #Yorouba #Iyalu talking drum #bata drum #shekere gourd shakers #akuba drums #agogo bells #omele drums #traditional music #world music #African music #musique africaine #musique traditionnelle #vinyl #MusicRepublic

Singer and composer Kollington Ayinla, who was born in Ibadan in 1953, made a splash on the Nigerian music scene with his Fuji 1978 ensemble which innovated by adding a double-headed bata drum. According to Ronnie Graham, in The Da Capo Guide to Contemporary African Music (Da Capo Press, 1988), this gave his ensemble a distinctive new sound, that helped him emerge “from the shadow of [Sikiru Ayinde] Barrister and so began several years of intense rivalry between the two Fuji giants. With a slightly faster rhythm than Barrister, and a sharper lyrical attack on social injustice, Kollington soon established a devoted following.” The singer also launched his own Kollington Records label in 1982 and released over 50 albums during his career.

 

This 1984 LP includes an excellent medley on Side A with hypnotic polyrhythms and catchy angular agogo-bell motifs in constant flux behind backing vocals in response to Kollington’s powerful voice.

 

Le chanteur et compositeur de musique fuji Kollington Ayinla, né en 1953 à Ibadan, fait sensation sur la scène musicale nigériane avec son nouvel ensemble Fuji 1978 qui innova avec l’utilisation d’un tambour bata à tête double. Selon Ronnie Graham dans The Da Capo Guide to Contemporary African Music ((Da Capo Press, 1988), cela rendit sa musique immédiatement reconnaissable et permit à Kollington « de sortir de l'ombre de [Sikiru Ayinde] Barrister. Commence alors une longue rivalité intense entre les deux géants du Fuji. Avec sa verve lyrique s’élevant contre l'injustice sociale et un rythme un peu plus rapide que celui de Barrister, Kollington se trouve rapidement un large public enthousiaste. » Il lance également son propre label Kollington Records en 1982 et publia plus de 50 albums au cours de sa riche carrière.

 

Cet album de 1984 comprend un medley inspiré sur la Face A avec des polyrythmes hypnotiques et des fascinants motifs de cloche agogo en flux constant derrière des choeurs répondant à la voix puissante du maître du fuji.


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Our other Yoruba Fuji music shares:

Sikiru Ayinde Barrister – Vol. 6 – Africa Song AS 33-L, 1975 here

Sikiru Ayinde Barrister – Fuji Exponent Vol. 8 - AS 46-L, 1976 here

Sikiru Ayinde Barrister – Superiority – SKOLP 030, 1985 here

Dr. Wasiu Ayinde Barrister – Jo Fun Mi (Dance for Me) – OLPS 1361, 1990 here


Photographs below are from Yoruba Ritual – Performers, Play, Agency by Margaret Thomson Drewal, Replica Books, 1992:


A funeral “play” (ere) travels about the town. A member of the family carries aloft a photograph of the deceased. Ijebu area, village of Imosan, September 1986:


MusicRepublic NIGERIA – NIGÉRIA Kollington Ayinla & His Fuji '78 Organisation – Ijoba Titun – KRLPS 6

"Ositola 'centers the baby in the world' during a divination ritual known as Ikose w’aye (Stepping into the World) by placing its feet down in the center of the Ifa divination tray. Ijebu area, Imodi, October 1986.


After 'Stepping into the World,' the next critical ritual for children is Imori (Knowing the head), ideally performed within the first three month after birth. This time the objective is to learn the nature of the inner head (ori inu)–or personality. To unify a child’s personality, the parents must first of all know from where the soul comes. There are three possibilities: the father’s side of the family, the mother’s, or a deity. The latter soul is 'free' in that it is newly created."


MusicRepublic NIGERIA – NIGÉRIA Kollington Ayinla & His Fuji '78 Organisation – Ijoba Titun – KRLPS 6

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

LIBYA – TUNISIA – ALGERIA – MOROCCO
Hudba Arabského Orientu a Severní Afriky (Music of the Arabian Orient and North Africa) – Supraphon 0 17 1934 – Disc 4, recorded by Václav Kubica, released 1976 (4 LP)

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Best wishes for 2022! / Meilleurs Vœux pour 2022 !


 

I have the pleasure of presenting this forgotten four-LP box set of essential authentic folk and classical music from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco recorded by Czech ethnomusicologist Vaclav Kubica (b. 1926) on the Czech label Supraphon. Kubica also released Iraqi music recordings on the great early Ocora series (Musique Populaire Traditionnelle d’Iraq – OCR 55).

 

We kick off the year with the fourth, and last, disc of the box set featuring fascinating music from Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, including mizmar double clarinet (G1) bendir frame drums (G2, G4, H1), ghaita oboes (G3), bagpipes (G2, G8), gasba flute (G6), Touareg (H3), Gnawa and Sufi Brotherhood musics (H6, G4, H2), and more.

 

J’ai le plaisir de vous présenter ce coffret quatre disques essentiel tombé dans l’oubli, comprenant de superbes musiques folkloriques et classiques authentiques d'Irak, de Jordanie, du Liban, de Syrie, d'Égypte, de Libye, de Tunisie, d'Algérie et du Maroc enregistrées par l'ethnomusicologue tchèque Vaclav Kubica (né en 1926) sur le label tchèque Supraphon. Vaclav Kubica a également publié des enregistrements irakiens incontournables sur Ocora (Musique Populaire Traditionnelle d’Iraq – OCR 55).

 

Nous commençons l'année avec le quatrième, et dernier disque, du coffret avec d’excellentes musiques de Libye, de Tunisie, d'Algérie et du Maroc, notamment une double clarinette mizmar (G1), des tambours sur cadre bendir (G2, G4, H1), des hautbois ghaita (G3 ), des cornemuses (G2, G8), de la flûte gasba (G6), de la musique Touareg (H3) et des musiques confrériques soufies et Gnawa (H6, G4, H2), etc.


LIBYA

 

G1 – Folk dance, mizmar double clarinet and darbuka drum. City of Marsa Susa.

 

G2 – Berber folk song, zukra bagpipes and bendir frame drum. Tripoli.

 

G3 – Berber folk dance, Ghaita oboe, choir and drums. Gadames oasis.

 

 

TUNISIA

 

G4 – Music of the Sulamiya Sufi Brotherhood, singers, choir and bendir frame drums.

 

G5 – Folk and classical Andalusian music rhythms, performed by students of the Folk Art School, Tunis.

 

G6 – Folk tune, gasba flute. Village of al-Hamma.

 

G7 – Folk tune, zukra oboe and tbal drum. Village of al-Hamma.

 

G8 – Folk tune, mezoued bagpipes and tbal drum. Jabel Abyad.

 

 

ALGERIA

 

H1 – Wedding music, two ghaita oboes and two bendir frame drums. Constantine.

 

H2 – Sidi Bilal Brotherhood, singers, gumbri guitar and karkabu metal castanets.

 

H3 – Tuareg song, women’s voices and drums.

 

 

MOROCCO

 

H4 – Sabre dance, flutes, drums. Southern Morocco.

 

H5 – Kasida Serraba, singing and lute.

 

H6 – Music of the Gnawa Brotherhood, gumbri guitar, metal castagnets, drums.


 

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A few of our other music posts from the Maghreb:

TUNISIA

Tunisia – A Musical Anthology of the Orient BM 30 L 2008 here

 

MOROCCO

Musique Confrérique du Maroc – BAM LD 5897 here

Bennacer Ou Khouya with Cheikha Hadda Ouakki – ATLS 1900 here

Al Aloua music – Voix d’Al Aloua here

Cheikha Donna – Khaldiphone KH 2066 here

 

ALGERIA

Mohamed Tahar Fergani – Sawt El Menyar 1004 here

Mohamed Khaznadji – Musique Classique Algérienne – AAA here

Cheikha Rimitti – Scop Music SPM 106 here



Ghaita oboe. Gadames oasis, Libya (G3):

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Gumbri guitar players, Algeria (H2):

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Mezoued bagpipe player. Jabel Abyad, Tunisia (G8):

#Libya #Libye #Tunisia #Tunisie #Algeria #Algérie #Morocco #Maroc #Arab music #oboe #ghaita #bagpipes # darbuka #bendir # flute #Andalusian #Andalouse # epic song # #singing #ceremony #ritual #Brotherhoods #Gnawa #mariage #instrumental #vocal #Touareg #Tuareg #Berbere #Berber #Bedouin #traditional music #world music #Supraphon #Czech #vinyl #MusicRepublic #Vaclav Kubica

Sulamiya Sufi Brotherhood, bendir player, Tunisia (G4):

#Libya #Libye #Tunisia #Tunisie #Algeria #Algérie #Morocco #Maroc #Arab music #oboe #ghaita #bagpipes # darbuka #bendir # flute #Andalusian #Andalouse # epic song # #singing #ceremony #ritual #Brotherhoods #Gnawa #mariage #instrumental #vocal #Touareg #Tuareg #Berbere #Berber #Bedouin #traditional music #world music #Supraphon #Czech #vinyl #MusicRepublic #Vaclav Kubica

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