Music from India

Mango Song, Sora song by two sisters

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    RK DAT 04

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  • Recording locations

    Inside the mud/thatched house of Mr. Jageya, village Soyala Guda (on hill slope), Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh.

  • Performance occasion

    Early morning

  • Performers

    Lakkama (singer, female), Masalamma (singer, female)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    The two Sora singers and priestesses Lakkama and Masalamma present a song celebrating the green (unripe) mango festival. Both singers belong to the Sora tribe and sing in the Austro-Asiatic language Sora. The musical structure of the performance is interesting: the lead singer begins the song with the second singer following just seconds behind. This results in an 'echo' effect that seems unique to the Sora, though a similar style is used in forms of both North and South Indian classical music where the accompanist (sarangi or violin for example) follows the singer. The style is difficult to execute and the recordist observed that the younger singers sometimes slipped into unison singing.

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