Healing Dance Music of the Kalahari San

Healing Dance Music of the Kalahari San

Various Artists FW04316 / FE 4316

Among the !Kung San people from the northwestern Kalahari Desert region, music helps a spiritual healer enter into a religious trance (!kia)). Men and women chant, sing, clap rhythmically and drum; and when the music "heats up" enough to send a healer into the realm between human and spirit worlds, all who attend the dance are healed of their illnesses. Recorded between 1968 and 1972 by American anthropologists.

Year Released 1982
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1982 Folkways Records
Genre(s) World
Country(s) Botswana
Culture Group(s) San
Instrument(s) Drum
Subject(s) World music

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101 Giraffe Dance Song A large group with 25 women singers and 12 men dancers 1:16
102 Giraffe Dance Song Five male dancers with 12 women singers 0:48
103 Giraffe Dance A San woman singing 11:07
104 Giraffe Dance Two women singing 12:39
201 Trees Dance Young San man 11:41
202 Drum Dance Women singers with a male drum player 11:00
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