Friday, May 05, 2006

National Geographic presents...

I've been resting, still slowly improving slowly from that med reaction and just checking my email, when my online National Geographic newsletter arrived with this wonderful site of vids and music from all over the world. I'm featuring a special one from Norway/Sweden, but click on the links above to find music from all over the world.

I gave this link to an online friend from Finland who directed me to a site describing the music in the video in this way. This poetic song tradition, sung in an unusual, archaic trochaic tetrametre, had been part of the oral tradition among speakers of Balto-Finnic languages for two thousand years.

She also offered to translate the video for me since they're singing in Finnish. When I get that, I'll post it either here or in a separate blog. Another reason I find the internet so wonderful.

I also found a video from Africa that entranced me! I don't know anybody in Africa, but if you do, pass it on.



Pat Paulk said...

Pris I love Suvetar!! Working on a poem about it. Thanks for posting!!

Pris said...

Are you serious?? How neat!

michi said...

hi pris, thanks so much for posting this link, what a great site!

i came into contact with sami culture when i travelled to scandinavia in 1998, in 2004, and especially last year.

have you heard (of) mari boine? you can check her out at
the world music site too she may be THE sami artist, wonderful voice, and she's great at joiking. sells her cds too, you can listen in on many songs there.

if you are interested, do check out my first blog pages, there's a song by a sami group who mix traditional and contemporary / popular music, called sančuari.


Pris said...

I listened to the two songs on the link. Yes she's wonderful!!! I went to your blog page and the music box isn't coming up, so will try again later to see if it's a temp problem. Thanks1