International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Yearbook for Traditional Music. Vol. 40 (2008)

Articles for the 2008 Yearbook for Traditional Music focus on themes from ICTM's 39th World Conference, held in Vienna, Austria, in July 2007 and hosted by the Austrian National Committee of the ICTM and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, in partnership with the Institute of Musicology at Vienna University, the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Austrian Commission for UNESCO. The guest editors for this issue are Gerlinde Haid, Ursula Hemetek, and Adelaida Reyes. Reviews of books, compact discs, videos, and websites complete the issue.

General Editor:  Don Niles

Table of Contents


  • ‘Small Voices Doomed—A Keynote’ by Gerhard Kubik.
  • ‘Female Celebrations in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan: The Power of Cosmology in Musical Rites’ by Razia Sultanova.
  • ‘Functions of Ceremonial Wedding Tunes, Svadobné Nôty, in the Context of Traditional Culture in Slovakia and in a Cross-Cultural Perspective’ by Jadranka Važanová.
  • ‘Post-Yugoslavian Ethnomusicologies in Dialogue’ by Naila Ceribašić, Ana Hofman, and Ljerka Vidić Rasmussen.
  • ‘Managing Musical Diversity within Frameworks of Western Development Aid: Views from Ukraine, Georgia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina’ by Adriana Helbig, with contributions from Nino Tsitsishvili and Erica Haskell.
  • ‘“Drive-ethno-dance” and “Hutzul Punk”: Ukrainian-associated Popular Music and (Geo)politics in a Post-Soviet Context’ by David-Emil Wickström.
  • ‘Formal and Informal Methods in the Transmission of a Jewish Sephardi Liturgy’ by Essica Marks.
  • ‘“Pride and Prejudice”: The Preservation of the Icelandic Rímur Tradition’ by Ragnheiður Ólafsdóttir.
  • ‘Surrogate Speech of the Asante Ivory Trumpeters of Ghana’ by Joseph S. Kaminski.
  • ‘Different Temporalities: The Time of Balinese Gamelan’ by Andrew Clay McGraw.

Book Reviews

  • Leary, James P. Polkabilly: How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music. By Gage Averill.
  • Buchanan, Donna A. Performing Democracy: Bulgarian Music and Musicians in Transition. By Lozanka Peycheva and Ventsislav Dimov.
  • Feldman, Heidi Carolyn. Black Rhythms of Peru: Reviving African Musical Heritage in the Black Pacific. By Larry Crook.
  • Cohen, Dalia, and Ruth Katz. Palestinian Arab Music: A Maqām Tradition in Practice. By Kenneth S. Habib.
  • Fox, Aaron A. Real Country: Music and Language in Working-Class Culture. By David B. Pruett.
  • García, Miguel A. Paisajes sonoros de un mundo coherente: Prácticas musicales y religión en la sociedad wichí. By Helena Simonett.
  • Bak, Kirsten Sass, and Svend Nielsen, ed. Spiritual Folk Singing: Nordic and Baltic Protestant Traditions. By Ragnheiður Ólafsdóttir.

Audio Reviews


  • Madagascar. Vinelo: Maître du maro tady / Vinelo: A Master of the Maro Tady. By Robert Carl Metil.
  • Poetry and Languid Charm: Swahili Music from Tanzania and Kenya from the 1920s to the 1950s. By Andrew J. Eisenberg.
  • Siaka Sidibé Ensemble, Sidikiba Keita: Hunter’s Harp Music from Mali. By Cullen Strawn.

North America

  • Angola Prison Spirituals. By Robert Carl Metil.
  • Blues in the Mississippi Night; Alan Lomax: Blues Songbook. By Robert Carl Metil.

South America

  • The Devil’s Horn: Brassband Traditions from the Highlands of Bolivia. By Jonathan Ritter.

Central Asia

  • Falak: The Voice of Destiny. Traditional, Popular and Symphonic Music of Tajikistan. By Tanya Merchant.
  • Music from Afghan Badakhshan: Az sharâre chasm-e tu sokhtam (I Am Burning from the Sparks of Your Eyes). By Mark Slobin.
  • Musique du Kirghizistan / Music of Kyrgyzstan. By Winnie Lee.
  • Tribal Zakhchin Music of Western Mongolia: Zastiin Nogoodoi. By Peter K. Marsh.

East Asia

  • Chine. “Le pêcheur et le bûcheron”: Le qin, cithare des lettrés / China. “The Fisherman and the Woodcutter”: The Qin, Zither of the Literati. By Chuen-Fung Wong.

South Asia

  • Inde. Mahârâshtra: Chants des Konkanî de Kochi / India. Songs of the Konkanî from Kochi. By Susana Sardo.

Southeast Asia

  • Vietnam: Musiques vocales des plaines du nord / Vietnam: Vocal Music from the Northern Plains (Ca Trù, Hát Chèo, Quan Ho). By Terry E. Miller.

West Asia

  • The Art of the Early Egyptian Qanun. By Owen Wright.
  • Kilamên Yêrêvanê: Way Dil: Şeroyê Biro & Şebabê Egîd; Kilamên Yêrêvanê: Kew Hêlûn; Kilamên Yêrêvanê: Filîtê Quto; Kilamên Yêrêvanê: Emê Gozê; Kilamên Yêrêvanê: Dîyarbekir. By Ozan Aksoy and Stephen Blum.
  • Voices of Jerusalem: Eastern Church Music. By Eliyahu Schleifer.

Australia and Oceania

  • Dema —Music of the Marind Anim: The Verschueren Collection, 1962. By Kirsty Gillespie.
  • Marshall Islands Musical Transitions: Marshallese String Band Music Today and Yesterday. By Mary Lawson Burke.
  • Wurrurrumi Kun-Borrk: Songs from Western Arnhem Land. By Elizabeth Mackinlay.


  • Italian Treasury: Lombardia. By Marcello Sorce Keller.
  • The Spanish Recordings: Basque Country: Biscay and Guipuzcoa; The Spanish Recordings: Basque Country: NavarreBy Carlos A. Porro.
  • The Spanish Recordings: Ibiza and Formentera: The Pityusic Islands. By Carlos A. Porro.

Video Reviews

  • Le salaire du poète / The Poet’s Salary. By Mary Lawson Burke.
  • An African Brass Band. By Annemette Kirkegaard.
  • Funeral Chants from the Georgian Caucasus. By Karin E. Thompson.
  • Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul. By Irene Markoff.
  • A Chinese Cracker: The Making of The Peony Pavilion. By Jessica Anderson Turner.
  • The Sidi Malunga Project: Rejuvenating the African Musical Bow in India. By Laxmi G. Tewari.
  • Zithers of East Asia: Extension of Silk Strings and Diversity of Sounds. By Lee Tong Soon.
  • Play, Jankunú, Play: The Garifuna Wanáragua Ritual of Belize. By Thomas T. Stanley.

Website Reviews

  • Review essay: for Ethnomusicology. By Marc M. Gidal.
  • West Philadelphia Music. Produced by Carol Muller and Tim Rommen. By Jonathan Dueck.
  • The Pure Drop: An Exploration and Celebration of World Music. Produced by Thomas Ashelford, et al., in association with AFC/Ethel. By Simone Krüger.
  • Hungarian Heritage House. By Lynn Hooker.
  • Dagomba Dance Drumming. Produced by David Locke. By Reá Pádhraig Mac Casarlaigh.
  • Tropicália. Produced by Ana de Oliveira. By Martha Tupinambá de Ulhôa.