Crying Bamboos: Ceremonial Flute Music from New Guinea Madang

Ragnar Johnson. Crying Bamboos: Ceremonial Flute Music from New Guinea Madang

Released by Ideologic Organ
SOMA030CD - 2CD/2LP

Release Dates
Worldwide: May 04, 2018


Crying Bamboos is a translation of the pidgin description of the sound of sacred flutes: “Mambu i cry, i cry, i cry”. Sacred flutes are blown to make the cries of spirits by adult men in the Madang region of Papua New Guinea. Pairs of long bamboo male and female flutes are played for ceremonies in the coastal villages near the Ramu River. read more...

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Ragnar Johnson. Crying Bamboos: Ceremonial Flute Music from New Guinea Madang

Ideologic Organ - SOMA030CD

Crying Bamboos is a translation of the pidgin description of the sound of sacred flutes: “Mambu i cry, i cry, i cry”.

Sacred flutes are blown to make the cries of spirits by adult men in the Madang region of Papua New Guinea. Pairs of long bamboo male and female flutes are played for ceremonies in the coastal villages near the Ramu River. There are seven male initiation flute cries from Bosmun, four flute cries from Bak: Borai with occasional single garamut percussion and two flute cries from Kaean, one with vocals and hand drums. The flute players were of the last generation to have learned this skill during a complete cycle of male initiation. These previously unreleased recordings were made in 1979.

Recorded by Ragnar Johnson
Notes by Ragnar Johnson and Jessica Mayer
Photographs by Ragnar Johnson
Tape to digital transfer and mastering by Dave Hunt at Dave Hunt Audio, London
Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates and Mastering, Berlin

Cat.no.: SOMA030CD
Format: 2CD/2LP

Tracklisting

1
1. Pu-kil, Bosmun
2. Rumbung Pulpak, Bosmun
3. Rumung, Bak
4. Boma, Kaean
5. Ga-Ra-Ra, Bosmun
6. Buaraning, Bak
7. Tomung Gingong, Bosmun
8. Wamba, Bosmun
9. Gomkail, Bak
10. Vilung Nyap, Bosmun
11. Bomana Longo, Kaean
12. Gateh, Bak
13. Ga-neh, Bosmun

Release Dates:
May 04, 2018 (Worldwide)