Sound Review Mahagitá: Harp and Vocal Music of Burma, 2003. Produced and compiled by Ward Keeler and Rick Heizman, annotated by Ward Keeler. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, CD (1), SFW CD 40492. Nai Htaw Paing Ensemble: Mon Music of Burma, 2006. Recorded and produced by Rick Heizman, online notes by Rick Heizman. Fire Museum Records, CD (1), MF-02CD. Princess Nicotine: Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar (Burma), 2003. Sublime Frequencies, CD (1), SF006. Gavin Douglas The University of North Carolina at Greensboro There is reason to celebrate whenever a recording of Burmese music is released. Musical access to this hermit country has been limited since travel restrictions were imposed following a 1962 military coup. Controversially renamed Myanmar in 1989--a name that has yet to find international acceptance--the country began opening its doors to outsiders in the early 1990s. However, with the brutally suppressed 1988 pro-democracy uprising still in public memory and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under continued house arrest, the country remains troubled. Political conditions have discouraged fieldwork and recording projects, preventing Burmese music from receiving much recognition outside the country. The three CDs reviewed here are therefore welcome additions to a limited catalogue and are, in
Journal of American Folklore – American Folklore Society
Published: Jan 31, 2009
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