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Ethiopiques Volume 12, Konso Music And Songs


The Ethiopiques series aims to make Westerners discover the missing link in African music. The great Italian musicologist Enrico Castelli has devoted this recording to the Konso, an ethnic group living at the border with Sudan. This panorama of Konso music presents pieces linked to daily agricultural tasks, sacred and ritual songs, as well as recreational songs. The rich instrumentarium includes "hibhara", "maayra" and "luutota" flutes,  "kihayta" lyre to accompany songs, "tawna" bell for epics, "turumpa" horn trumpet, "kawla" xylophone and "timpa" drum.