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Darling, David & Wulu Bunun / Mudanin Kata
Album:Mudanin Kata Collection:World
Artist:Darling, David & Wulu Bunun Added:05/2004
Label:World Music Network 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2004-06-28 Pull Date:2004-08-30 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:22 Aug15 Aug8 Aug25 Jul11 Jul4 Jul

Recent Airplay
1.Tue, 18 Oct 05:chuck
At the Cafe Bohemian
4.Fri, 20 Aug 04:Fo
No Cover, No Minimum
2.Tue, 28 Dec 04:chuck
5.Tue, 17 Aug 04:chuck
3.Thu, 02 Sep 04:DR D
Sun in Libra Moon in Pisces
6.Sat, 14 Aug 04:MK
Under the Sheltering Sky

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-06-21 
Riverboat, 2004

TAIWAN – An ancient Taiwanese vocal tradition meets a classical/jazz cellist, recorded in a remote mountain village (Wulu). The Bunun people sing in 8-part harmony, inspired by the sounds and rhythms of nature. But despite the harmonic complexity, most of the songs feel familiar, like they could have come from any part of the third world. On top of these, Darling has added thoughtfully-composed melodies for solo cello or string quartet. When the two styles click, the results are very cool.

Fo’s picks: 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 15

4. cool chant with some great jazz/blues cello pluckin’
5. fun: an aggressive call & response vocal with laid back/bluesy cello commentary
6, 10, 14. solo cello meditations over soundscapes of birds, frogs, crickets
7. sad: work song (could have come right off a U.S. plantation), abstract string tones
8. mystical & creepy: a very slow, ethereal male chorus in prayer, rises gradually
9. a very pretty quartet piece rises from a relaxed village song
11, 12. slow & steady chant-songs with minimalist cello. 12 more upbeat.
13. pleasant hunting song with birds in background and cute cello; very relaxing.
15. very nice: call & response hunting song for male chorus + rustic string quartet

[ Fo ] – 6/21/2004

Track Listing
1.Ku-Isa Tama Laug 8.Pasibutbut
2.Lugu Lugu Kan-Ibi 9.Mataisah-Hik Sagan
3.Mudanin Kata 10.Wulu Mist
4.Manas Kala Muampuk 11.Bunun Tuza
5.Malas Tapag 12.Sima Cisbug Bav
6.Wulu Dream 13.Malkakiv Malvanis
7.Macilumah 14.Wulu Sky
 15.Pis Lai