Tag Archives: Dagestan

The Bards & Ballads of Dagestan

In times past in Daghestan, bards (only males) would hold contests in eloquence, with the loser reputedly loosing his head, literally. (Colarusso 1997 section 14) The bardic practice in Dagestan is more easily defined as a monophonic tradition since the Republic, … Continue reading

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Polyphony In the North Caucasus

Unquestionably, Georgia is known for its polyphonic folk music but part-singing also occurs throughout most of the North Caucasus. According to ethnomusicologist Joseph Jordania, there are 2 distinct styles of polyphony (2000a; 2006). The one that is found “everywhere” uses … Continue reading

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An Overview of the Caucasus

Little Certainty in the Caucasus The Caucasus, about half the size of my home province of Ontario (Canada), has such a wealth of landscapes and ecosystems (desserts, arid woodlands, lush forests, river rapids, snow bound mountain, tropical seasides, etc.), it … Continue reading

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This  blog addresses the musics of the Caucasus. It is intended as a one-stop shop to provide an overview of the musical traditions from the region. As an ethnomusicologist, I found it difficult to access information on all the traditional musics of … Continue reading

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