Do they yodel in Africa (or is it Japan) ?: Geinoh Yamashirogumi

14 September 2008

by this week’s guest: Diane

In 1982, the collective Geinoh Yamashirogumi released an album of african a cappela songs. One of these include a distinctive call and response women choir that reminds me of the Pygmy tribes and contains seminal yodel techniques.

From Geinoh Yamashirogumi’s album: Africa Genjoh (The African Vision Singing)



  1. NICE FIND! the world is indeed a weird place. i get the feeling that the yodel has a kind of joyous uniting spirit. a lingua franca or something that we can all understand or at least enjoy…

    still wondering where to look for funding for further research. alas it is not my strong point. my yodel blog has fallen into neglect for lack of time.


    Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World

  2. Yes, it is special ! I discovered the group after listening to the music of Akira.

    I hope you’ll find funding, otherwise you can publish parts on your blog !!!!

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