Various Artists

Gong Music from Lanao, Vols. 1 & 2

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Unlike the mainstream musical culture of the Philippines, which shows heavy Hispanic elements, the Muslims of the southern island of Mindanao have stronger links with Malaysia and Indonesia. Kulintang gong music is related to Indonesian gamelan, though somewhat simpler and (to import a concept) hotter in feel. The kulintang itself is also invariably a women's instrument. This is a particularly accessible and attractive pair of recordings.