The word "minyo" refers to Korean folk songs. The Namdo minyo is a particular style of folk songs found in the region of Cholla-do in Korea. It is a style of singing that emphasizes three types of tone color: a vibrating tone, a steady tone, and what is called a microtonal shading. It is the third one that gives the Namdo minyo its particularity and distinguishes it from all other styles of folk song found in Korea. It alters the pitch of a note between a minor second and a minor third. Moreover, the lead singer is accompanied by a chorus. The verses sung by the lead singer are improvised and are meaningful while the chorus, for its part, sings meaningless syllables. At times, this singing sounds somewhat like some American Indian types of singing. An intriguing yet captivating type of singing.
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AllMusic Review by Bruno Deschênes