Inuit throat singing game

by Bernie DeKoven on June 19, 2012

I love watching this game. I love the skill. I love the creativity. I love how it combines tradition with improvisation. I love the intimacy. I love the laughter.

According to the description in the Wikipedia article on Inuit throat singing:

“Two women face each other usually in a standing position and holding each other’s arms. Sometimes they will do some kind of dance movements while singing (e.g., balancing from right to left). One singer leads by setting a short rhythmic pattern, which she repeats leaving brief silent intervals between each repetition. The other singer fills in the gap with another rhythmic pattern. The sounds used include voiced sounds as well as unvoiced ones, both through inhalation or exhalation. The first to run out of breath or be unable to maintain the pace of the other singer will start to laugh or simply stop and will thus lose the game. It generally lasts between one and three minutes. The winner is the singer who beats the largest number of people.

“At one time, the lips of the two women almost touched, so that one singer used the mouth cavity of the other as a resonator, but this is less common in present day. Often, the singing is accompanied by a shuffling in rhythm from one foot to the other. The sounds may be actual words or nonsense syllables or created during exhalation.”

Observe:


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{ 4 comments }

Shelly Immel June 19, 2012 at 9:49 am

Coolness! It looks like so much fun. And quite a fitness exercise, too. Impressive.

Paisley Marks June 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm

This is wonderful! I love the energy and the fun!

Lily June 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Yes, Shelly, very aerobic. It does look like fun.

Love and laughter,
Lily

Thys van der Veer June 20, 2012 at 8:35 am

Audios of more throat singing games – http://www.ubu.com/ethno/soundings/inuit.html

It is fun to listen too, because it is not what some listeners might think what they hear.

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