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El Pambiche Lento (The Slow Pambiche)

Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Popular Dominican song
Arranger:   Juan-Tony Guzman
Publisher:   Boosey & Hawkes
Edition:   48004955
Voicing:   SA
Setting:   Piano and Percussion

Reviewer:   

Ahmed Anzaldúa
Border CrosSing
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

Can be performed as TB as well.

A pambiche is a style of merengue originally known as the “Palm Beach one step”; the term pambiche […]

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Alma Llanera (Soul of the Plains)

Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Traditional Venezuelan song
Arranger:   Angel Sauce
Publisher:   Earthsongs
Edition:   S-37
Voicing:   SATB and SAB
Setting:   

Reviewer:   

Ahmed Anzaldúa
Border CrosSing
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

Alma Llanera, a joropo song by Pedro Gutierrez, is one of Venezuela’s most popular songs, a sort of second national anthem of the Venezuelan people. Angel […]

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Ratoh Duek

Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Traditional Indonesian songs
Arranger:   I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda & Robert Young Walser
Publisher:   World Music Press / Plank Road Publishing
Edition:   
Voicing:   Unison
Setting:   Dance

Reviewer:   

Ahmed Anzaldúa
Border CrosSing
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

In “Saman!: Dance of a Thousand Hands” book and DVD

This song belongs to a unique genre […]

October 14th, 2019|Categories: ETHNIC MUSIC|0 Comments

Swedish Lullaby

Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   NA
Arranger:   Carol Barnett
Publisher:   Beady Eyes Publishing
Edition:   
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   Piano

Reviewer:   

Ahmed Anzaldúa
Border CrosSing
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

This arrangement of the traditional lullaby Slummersang (Cradle Song) by Gustaf Hagg includes a beautifully crafted piano part that singers will love. Carol sets the text in various […]

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Paruparong Bukid (Field Butterfly)

Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Filipino folk song
Arranger:   George G. Hernandez
Publisher:   Pavane Publishing
Edition:   P1364
Voicing:   SATB and SSAA
Setting:   

Reviewer:   

Ahmed Anzaldúa
Border CrosSing
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

Filipino listeners will instantly recognize this humorous song. George Hernandez’ arrangement features several surprising moments that will engage singers with the song’s playful text. […]

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Springdans fra Vestfold (Spring dance from Vestfold)

Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Norwegian folk song
Arranger:   Tone Krohn
Publisher:   
Edition:   
Voicing:   SSA
Setting:   

Reviewer:   

Ahmed Anzaldúa
Border CrosSing
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

Tone Krohn’s arrangements of Norwegian folk music are quite extraordinary. They give treble choirs the opportunity to sing repertoire that is outside of the norm. Springdans fra Vestfold […]

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El Coquí

Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   NA
Arranger:   Mark Burrows
Publisher:   Shawnee Press
Edition:   35031178
Voicing:   2-Part
Setting:   

Reviewer:   

Carole Whitney
Como Park Senior High School
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

This traditional song from Puerto Rico has a introduction/bridge that gives it a special touch. It is about a tree frog native to Puerto […]

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Yanaway Heyona

Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   NA
Arranger:   Brian Tate
Publisher:   Pavane Publishing
Edition:   P1378
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   a cappella

Reviewer:   

Carole Whitney
Como Park Senior High School
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

Brian Tate has taken an Iroquois calling song and created a lovely soundscape. The approach allows each voice part to enter at its own time. […]

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Tafta Hindi

Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   NA
Arranger:   Greg Gilpin
Publisher:   Choristers Guild
Edition:   CGE128
Voicing:   3-Part Mixed
Setting:   

Reviewer:   

Carole Whitney
Como Park Senior High School
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

Middle Eastern folk song sung in Arabic tells of a traveling salesman selling pretty Indian fabrics. He flirts with the women shopping in a playful […]

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Jenga Imani Yako

Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Israel Kagaruki
Arranger:   Eugene Rogers
Publisher:   Hal Leonard
Edition:   08750933
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   Percussion

Reviewer:   

Carole Whitney
Como Park Senior High School
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

In Tanzania, where the AIDS epidemic was acute, Israel Kagaruki wrote Jenga Imani Yako as a song of encouragement to “Keep going and […]

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