Lian Husi Klamar Sounds of the Soul


The publication in Tetun and English of the book Lian Husi Klamar: Musika Tradisional Husi Timor-Leste (Sounds of the Soul: The Traditional Music of East Timor) was a culmination of ten years research which became known as “The Music Recovery Project : Tekee Tokee Tomak”. The book Lian Husi Klamar, or Sounds of the Soul was made possible through a rich collaboration of musical and visual artists from East Timor, and supported by a grant from the United States Ambassadors’ fund For Cultural Preservation.

Author and musician Ros Dunlop made her first trip to Timor-Leste in April 2002 with Timor activist brothers Robert and Martin Wesley-Smith. Ros and Martin gave concerts of Martin’s audiovisual pieces about East Timor. They were enchanted by Timor-Leste’s land, people and culture – especially it’s traditional music. Wanting to give something in return, Ros began visiting Timor-Leste regularly to record this special music. To do this, she needed the help of many Timorese citizens. The skilled musicians who were acutely aware of the importance of recording their music for posterity and the translators and assistants who helped to organise the recording sessions. These artists from Arte Moris Art School and the young Timorese from the audiovisual archive, Centro Archivo Max Stahl Timor-Leste understood the importance of a permanent record being made. Without their help this project would not have happened.

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In conjunction with this publication, the children’s art book Lafaek has a Party/Lafaek Halo Festa is available as a downloadable pdf in both Tetun and English.

English: Lafaek has a Party by Ros Dunlop, Illustrated by Tony Amaral & Pelle Pereira.

Tetun: Lafaek Halo Festa Hakerek husi Ros Dunlop, Ilustrasaun Tony Amaral no Pelle Pereira.

Josh Trindade – Advisor, Research, Analysis and Social-Cultural Issues
Presidential Palace – Aitarak Laran, Dili
The book is wonderful and everyone love it. I am playing the music the sound in my car. Loving it. The book is so genuine, like the music inside, ‘genuine, innocence and spontaneous’.

A friend – who is not a musician and didn’t know about Timor before she opened the book – she’s a Doctor of Medicine.
This is magnificent. Congratulations – I can’t wait to buy a copy for me, and other copies so that I can give them to friends. It is a glorious book that guides you through culture, music, history.It is a work of art as well as text and music. It is fantastic.

Tricia Johns – Volunteer who has worked in Timor for many years.
Congratulations this book is SUPERB. Beautiful colour photos and paintings with text that makes it easy for a layperson like me to read and enjoy. Timorese music, instruments, art, culture and traditions all in here displaying a passion and understanding of the country, her people and music. Definitely will be giving this as a Christmas gift to many friends. Thank you for this book, making sure Timor did not lose all this rich history and information.

Jon Lewis – photographer
CONGRATULATIONS… the books look really wonderful!

Jenni Kanaley – Friend and supporter of Timor
Well done!!! Just brilliant!!

From a musician – academic
As the young people say now Ros, OMG!!!!!! That is overwhelmingly awesome. This book – the thoroughness and detail and the illustrations are superb!