The Moken: Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea

COMPOSERS: Traditional Andaman
LABELS: Topic
PERFORMER: Various
CATALOGUE NO: TSCD 919

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The enjoyably chaotic MOKEN album features longer items, complete in their way, although several of these songs and dances sound as though the women singers and drummers are trying to remember them as they go along, with plenty of debate among themselves.

Sometime nomads, they are more or less settled on an island in the Andaman Sea and the music is very much their own, based on short scales or modes and a steady pulse. The last three items feature more defined melodies and come across altogether more cohesively.

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