Musical Examples for World Literatures in English,
(For our students only. Dear students,
to protect yourselves, you
should simply listen to the songs online but
not save them in your own computer.)
I. Religious music:
Qawwal (classical spiritual music of Sufism) 1. "Man
Atkeia Beparwah De Naal"; 2. "Sab
Vird Karo Allah Allah"-- by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (from Pakistan);
to Ram" (a variety of muscial cultures)--by Jai Uttal, Indian
born in New York
III. Musical Instruments:
Fantasy" -- by Zakir Hussain (an Indian percussionist)
Lovers" by Ali Akbar Khan "Two Lovers" uses Sarod, a
25 metal-stringed intrument carved from a single piece of wood, and is
based on a folk song from the Indian desert province of Rajasthan.)
I. Traditional folk music
The abeng us an instrument made from the horn of a cow. It
is played by blowing through a side hole located near the tip; the thumb
is simultaneously used to change pitch by covering another hole at the
very tip. This instrument is derived from a West African design.
The abeng is used primarily as a signalling
device. During the days when the Maroons were at war with the British
this instrument served as a vital means of communication. . .
.By posting a network of abeng-men as sentries around their settlements,
the rebels virtually ruled out the possibility of surprise attack.
[Today Abeng is used for various communication purposes, not just warning.]
Abeng: This recording was made
during the Christmas holiday, the only time of the year that the abeng
can be freely blown. The player is here ushering in the holiday.
A pan-African-Jamaican drumming style. Through its influence on Jamaican
popular music, from ska to reggae, it has had an international impact.
The performance: These young Maroon
men are using the traditional accompanying Maroon drums to play the Nyabingi
style. . . . In this spontaneious performance, the singers move through
a medley of well-known Rastafarian chants.
Shows the influence of the Afro-Protestant Revival churches.
The recording: "Fight for War":
This song, which admonishes listeners to fight for their cause, resonates
with both Revivalist themes and the militant Maroon past.
(The three songs above are from Maroon
Music from the Earliest Free Black Communities of Jamaica)
Mighty Sparrow (remote) "Dan in the Man in the Van" the
Woman No Cry"; "I
Shot the Sheriff"
(lyrics: version 1,
Killing Me Softly: lyrics;
song, the video (1st
& "The Future"--lyric;
Atwood: "Tricks with