Our beloved comrade in World Music, Christian Pliefke, releases another gem on his label CPL Music. This new release by the band ShooDja-ChoDja from comes from the region of Udmurtia, populated by people of Finno-Ugric stock, and having traditions far different from their fellow Russian citizens.
The music is played on a mix of traditional and modern instruments, with complex vocal harmonies throughout. Of particular interest to me was the track entitled Krez, which sounded like a mournful dirge. A bit heartbreaking in parts, but beautiful in its own way. I’m sure ShooDja-ChoDja must be phenomenal to see live.