Cover art - Ragnar Johnson & Jessica Mayer: Sacred Flute Music From New Guinea: Madang / Windim MabuCover art - Ragnar Johnson & Jessica Mayer: Sacred Flute Music From New Guinea: Madang / Windim Mabu
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Ragnar Johnson & Jessica Mayer: Sacred Flute Music From New Guinea: Madang / Windim Mabu
Outstanding & uniquely touching 1970s recordings of native Papuan ritual music, presented in beautiful gatefold cover w/ detailed documentation - absolutely recommended!
Recorded by Ragnar Johnson & assisted by Jessica Mayer, Papua New Guinea, April-August 1976. Performers and people from the villages of Awar, Borai, Bo'da, Kaean, Kuluguma, Nubia Sissimungum and Damaindeh-Bau, Papua New Guinea. Tape to digital transfer by Dave Hunt at Dave Hunt Audio, London 0715. Mastered & cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin 0815. Notes and photographs by Ragnar Johnson & Jessica Mayer. Sacred flutes are blown ("Windim Mambu") 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. The Ravoi Flutes from Bak are accompanied by two garamut carved wooden slit gongs. The Waudang Flutes from Manam Island are accompanied by two large and two small slit gongs and six singers. The Jarvan Flutes from Awar are accompanied by a shell rattle. The Mo-mo resonating tubes were recorded in the Finisterre Range. There are the cries of six different pairs of flutes and one pair of conch shells from the Ramu coast, two pairs of Waudang Flutes from Manam Island with singing and Mo-mo resonating tubes from the Finisterre Range. Occasional percussion is provided by wooden slit gongs and hand drums. These recordings were made in 1976. Originally released on LP 1977 as !Quartz 001 & 1979 as !Quartz 002, Quartz Publications by David Toop with the assistance of Sue Steward, Evan Parker, Robert Wyatt and Alfreda Benge. Re-released on CD 1999 as Rounder Records 5154 & 5155.