Songs from the Mist
A Celebration of Music
from the Naga Hills
in Northeast India and Burma
This CD is a compliation of 34 tracks of Naga-music (74 minutes of total playing time + a 24-page booklet with texts and photographs), recorded digitally for the first time ever by Peter van Ham during his various expeditions among the different Naga-peoples of India and Myanmar. It features musical traditions such as unique singing styles and peculiar vocal performances along with impressive rhythms played on giant log drums, never before heard in the Western world.
It is intended to have this CD distributed by the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, Washington D.C. on its SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS label.
So far, however, this CD is exclusively available through the
The "Society for the Preservation and Promotion of Naga heritage",
founded by Aglaja Stirn and Peter van Ham with their friends from Nagaland and interested supporters around the world, which has funded the production of the CD through grants by the Ulrike Crespo Foundation.
The CD is available in a limited edition of 1000 copies for 15 Euro + postage and packing.
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NAGA - Songs from the Mist
A Celebration of Music from the Naga Hills in Northeast India and Burma
1) The Origin of Song Ao with hoolocks (Tirap / Changtongya) 1:05
2) Welcome / Aketapuka Rengma (Tesophenyu) 2:12
3) Süngkong: The Call of the Logdrum Yimchunger (Sangpurre) 3:19
II. Field Work and Fertility
4) ”It’s Not So Hard . . .” Yimchunger (Sangpurre) 3:56
5) Hurry! For Rains Are Coming . . . Chakhesang (Cheteba) 2:27
6) Stony Ground Angami (Kigwema) 1:32
7) Tentenmong: The Seedling Dance Ao (Mopungchuket) 2:13
8) Sekrenyi Chakhesang (Cheteba / Pfutsero) 2:11
9) Grinding the Paddy Yimchunger (Sangpurre) 1:55
10) Aoling Konyak (Totok) 1:36
11) Rest Pochuri (Meluri) 3:28
12) Nenzünzü Kütsü: Thanksgiving Rengma (Tesophenyu) 2:55
III. Occasional Songs, Epics and Dances
13) Enchanted Forest - Yimchunger (Sangpurre) 2:18
14) Yearning Zeliangrong (Peren) 1:54
15) Naming The Child Nocte (Lapnan) 1:35
16) Lailung Wancho (Longding) 3:37
17) Feast of Merit Sema (Vishepu) 3:01
18) Weaving Song Rengma (Tesophenyu) 2:29
19) Ungmangla Ao (Ungma) 2:18
20) Sounds of Bamboo Yonkon (Lahe)* 0:38
21) Kneedances Yimchunger (Sangpurre) 1:05
22) The Pride of Women Khiamniungan (Noklak) 2:42
23) Morung Chakhesang (Cheteba) 2:09
24) My Love Chakhesang (Cheteba) 2:31
25) The Blessings of Nature Chakhesang (Cheteba) 1:16
IV. Heroes, Warfare and Headhunting
26) Süngkong Ajenba Ao (Mopungchuket) 1:35
27) The Old Headhunter Konyak (Mon) 0:51
28) Drums For A Head Yimchunger (Sangpurre) 0:59
29) We The Warriors Yimchunger (Salumi) 0:47
30) A Head Has Come Yimchunger (Salumi) 1:31
31) Clans Phom (Yongnyah) 3:08
32) Hail To The Heroes Chang (Tuensang) 5:23
33) The Old Logdrum Ao (Changtongya) 0:55
34) Glory Of The Past Nocte (Kheti) 2:06
Total running time: 1.13:37
All recordings by Peter van Ham,
except * by Shota Kanazawa. GEMA.
© The STIRN-VAN HAM ARCHIVES, Frankfurt, Germany, 2004
Recorded on location in India (Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh)
and Myanmar (Sagaing State) between 1998 and 2002.
Produced by Peter van Ham.
Mastering by Peter Wenke.
Liner notes © by Peter van Ham.
Drawings © by James D. Saul.
Cover and booklet design by Peter van Ham & Alex Weiher /
Cover and booklet photographs by Peter van Ham & Aglaja Stirn,
© The STIRN-VAN HAM ARCHIVES.