T+L Reports: World Beat
In the late 1960's, ethnomusicologists circumnavigated the globe, recording what they heard: Trinidadian carnival music; the ukulele-driven love songs and war chants of Tahiti; even wildebeests in the Serengeti. The resulting 92 recordings, originally released between 1967 and 1984 as the Nonesuch Explorer Series, are in the process of being reissued for the first time on CD. Next month, the label introduces its 13-volume East Asia series with a pair of Japanese koto (zither) albums, featuring performances by revered koto masters Shogin Hagiwara and Shinichi Yuize. Discs from countries such as Iran, Bulgaria, and India will follow (www.nonesuch.com).