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Ethiopia: Ari Polyphonies
"The Ari sedentary farmers of animist tradition, dwell n the highlands of the north-western reaches of Ethiopia. This region is a rich mosaic of many ethnic groups, the Ari being one of the largest. Ari territory divides into nine tribal states each with its own political, economic and religious organization. The Ari treat the human voice as a veritable instrument: exploring its entire acoustic range by varying registers, timbres and vowel resonance; their grand-scale polyphonies are highly sophisticated, yet not without elements of spontaneity and surprise."