Label: Folkways Records – FE 4385 Format: Vinyl, LP Country: US Released: 1972 Genre: Folk, World, & Country Style: African
Mind-blowing, revelatory collection of traditional music from the West African nation of Liberia. (NM/VG+ - with insert)
Liberian culture scholars Verlon Stone and Ruth Stone recorded this album of traditional Kpelle songs in 1970. Kpelle music can be divided into two categories, ceremonial and non–ceremonial, and spans themes related to life–cycle events, work, secret society activities, and protest. Two types of music, the sung folktale and signal music (which reflects speech patterns and communicates messages) receive special attention. Liner notes include a description of Kpelle society and culture as well as track notes.
Tracklist A1 Entertainment Love Song A2 Framed Zither Solo A3 Topical Song Of The Medicine Men's Meeting A4 Poro Entertainment Song A5 Horn And Drum Ensemble A6 Children's Counting Song B1 Musical Dramatic Folktale B2 Rice Planting Song B3 Musical Bow Solo B4 Gbelee Entertainment Song B5 Bush Clearing Song B6 Xylophone Duet B7 Entertainment Love Song B8 Entertainment Song