Thursday, 10 January 2013

Papua New Guinea. Huli Highlands

"Prophet is different from other collections of world music by virtue of its exacting standards of authenticity and musical quality. 
Musical authenticity: recorded live, in a traditional local environment, generally on a particular occasion and not in a lifeless studio or stage.
Acoustic authenticity: the acoustic environment (fundamental for the quality of sound reproduction) is carefully respected.
Temporal authenticity: as far as possible, the actual duration of the musical performance is taken into account; the listener is in a genuine temporal dimension (hence some long tracks) and not just presented with short extracts." These are rules every recording of traditional music should follow. Recorded in 1974 by ethnomusicologist Charles Duvelle, the founder/director and one of the recordists for the amazing Ocora. This is one of the best albums I have heard. Liner notes included.
"The Huli are the main ethnic group (c. 40,000 people) in the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea. Completely isolated in the heart of the mountains, they have preserved, better than others, their archaic ways of life and their unique traditions." 

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