Contemporary Artists in the Islands and in Europe have been utilizing traditional sounds and themes and putting them in a modern idiom to produce some very interesting music.
Traditional instruments include gongs, drums, tambourines, rattles, oboes, zithers, and five-stringed lutes. The musical example below is a zither-and-rattle selection typical of social events such as womens' wedding dances. It is performed by Shirontro, a fisherman from Domoni who was a well-known singer and instrumentalist.Music Sample (401K .wav file).
You can hear more traditional music on the CD, Music of the Comoro Islands: Domoni.
Recorded by Harriet and Martin Ottenheimer, it is available on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings FE4243. Call Smithsonian Folkways toll free at 888-365-5929 to order.
Another collection is: Comores: Musiques traditionnelles de l'ile d'Anjouan, a CD from INEDIT, Paris, (1) 45 44 72 30.
Some CDs of contemporary Comorian music are:
Click here to go to a site with Comorian music videos.
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