Must Haves: Traditional Music

On the eve of WNYC's third annual Must Have Festival, John Schaefer offers a guide to traditional music for this edition of New Sounds. Listen to recommended recordings of music from Sunda, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Tibet, Chile, India, and more.

PROGRAM # 2480, New Sounds Essentials: Traditional Music (First aired on Wednesday, 11-30-05)






Anthology of African Music: Ba-Benzele Pygmies

"Song of Rejoicing" {4:00}

Barenreiter BM30L 2303. German import. Out of print. A similar collection, with a song of rejoicing was issued on Rounder Records in 1998, ROUN5107


Flight of the Condor

Papel de Plata [2:30]

BBC #22440 Out of print, but there's info at, complete discography at

E. Koestryara


Reumbeuy [5:00]

Ikon #5502 Download from iTunes.

Zimbabwe: The Soul of Mbira

Traditions of the Shona People

Taireva [4:00]

Nonesuch Explorer #79704** *

Martin Swan & Mouth Music

Live, WNYC, 1991

S’Muladach [5:00]

This performance not commercially available, but Mouth Music’s CDs were released by Rykodisc, AND some are available on

Ravi Shankar

The Genius of Pandit Ravi Shankar

Dhun-Keharwa [5:30]

Oriental #108

Les Mystere des Voix Bulgares

(Vol. 1)

Kalimankou Denkou [5:00]

Nonesuch Explorer #79165***

The Music of Islam

Vol. 9 – Mawlawiyah Music of the Whirling Dervishes

Prayer for Permission for Whirling [6:00]

Celestial Harmonies #13149*

Tibetan Buddhism

Tantras of Gyuto

Mahakala, excerpt [3:30]

Nonesuch Explorer #79198***