TED talk: The world’s hidden music rituals

TED talk: The world’s hidden music rituals

In this TED Talk from 2014:

Vincent Moon travels the world with a backpack and a camera, filming astonishing music and ritual the world rarely sees — from a powerful Sufi ritual in Chechnya to an ayahuasca journey in Peru. He hopes his films can help people see their own cultures in a new way, to make young people say: “Whoa, my grandfather is as cool as Beyoncé.” Followed by a mesmerizing performance by jazz icon Naná Vasconcelos.

A friend to endangered music

Catherine Grant’s quest to sustain the world’s musical genres, from yak hymns to funeral songs

By Gal Beckerman

AUGUST 17, 2014

In the highlands of Tibet, for centuries, it was commonplace for farmers to sing a particular kind of song to their yaks. The melodies were intended to coax the yaks to produce more milk, praising the sheen of their coats and the beauty of their horns. The particular combination of tones was said to have special powers to relax the yaks and get the milk flowing. Today, only a handful of old-timers still remember those songs; younger herders simply don’t learn the music, distracted by the pop songs coming in over the radio. And when the old-timers die, most likely the songs will die as well.

Seng Norn (right) with students of kantaoming, a Cambodian funeral music genre. Photo: Ian Kirkland, June 2014.

Seng Norn (right) with students of kantaoming, a Cambodian funeral music genre. Photo: Ian Kirkland, June 2014.

Read the full article on the Boston Globe ‘Ideas’ site.

TED Talk: Dreams from endangered cultures

A National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Wade Davis has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” Davis speaks from his experience as an anthropologist and ethnobotanist on the future of the world’s cultures.

With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world’s indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.

ABC South-East Radio Interview

How important is the maintenance of Indigenous culture through music?

We are at risk of losing crucial parts of Indigenous music culture over the next couple of generations. Music and performance is closely linked with other forms of cultural expression, but why are these cultural traditions so important to keep alive?

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