Various Artists

Madagascar: Awakening the Spirits

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Selected from several years' worth of field recordings made in Madagascar by ethnomusicologist August Schmidhofer, who focuses this collection on music performed for and at "Bilo" and "Tromba" rituals, during which various forms of possession, benign and otherwise, are exhibited. The music, played on an assortment of percussion and plucked instruments and often mingled with voices, has a curious lightness to it, with sudden twists and turns that, as Schmidhofer explains in his notes, only help to enhance the trance state achieved during ritual. In terms of a listening experience, this is quite enjoyable. Production quality of the overall album is very high.

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