Suya tribe of Central Brazil

Anthony Seeger, Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles, discusses the main focus of his career - the music of the Suyá Indians of Central Brazil He gives a quick but fascinating lesson in their musical folkways, the central role that music plays in their culture and society, how the Suyá use music to structure their sense of time, their instrumentation and use of voice, the place that music education plays in the raising of their children, and their reluctance to adopt the instrumentation or techniques of other cultures even as they gladly appropriate their songs. In addition, he sings one of the songs the Suyá perform during rainy season.

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