Back in my undergraduate days, I took a survey class on music from around the world. The primary textbook was Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World’s Peoples, by Jeff Todd Titon.
If you are at all interested in non-western music, I would highly recommend this book as a great introduction. The price tag is steep, but for me, the 4-CD collection of music I received with it made it worth every penny.
Today’s song, “Muyu Muyari Warmigu,” comes from this collection and is discussed in John M. Schechter’s chapter on Latin America. The recording is performed by Efrain, a respected harpist from Cotacachi, Ecuador, together with the singer Rafael.
For me, the Andean harp has an almost hypnotic, trance-like quality, and this song regularly turns up on my playlists.
Cover Image from Wikimedia Commons:
Photo by Paolo Costa Baldi. License: GFDL/CC-BY-SA 3.0 / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)