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BURMESE FOLK AND TRADITIONAL MUSIC

One in the Smithsonian Folkways series

Artist: Various

Burma, now called Myanmar, borders India, China, Laos and Thailand. Many of the elements found in the music traditions of Burma show clear parallels to those of its neighbors. Yet Myanmar is a country with a unique and vital culture of its own, one that has been only lightly explored by outsiders.

Compared with the musical style of neighboring cultures, Burmese music is lively yet graceful, frequently relying on sudden contrasts and touches of whimsey.

What this recording presents is an interesting look at the musical nation. The performers here are neither classical court musicians, westernized pop artists or folk revivalists and preservationists. Rather, what we get here is a collection of music by a music scene that has assimilated and co-opted influences and instruments from its neighbors and invaders and made them their own.

With every purchase comes documentation that explains not just the sounds but their circumstances -- their who, what, when and why.

Many of the CDs are not accompanied by the originial album cover as some of them are produced only one or two copies at a time and the covers are not as readily reproducible.

$22.00 (1 CD)
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