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Review, Analysis and Recordings Containing
Sejollo Monophonic
Whip Dance - After the first few pressings, later releases with this song had the end chopped when the masters were apparently damaged.  (Moisés Vivanco - 2:05)
Recorded in 1957

Review and Analysis of Sejollo by Nicholas E. Limansky
From Yma Sumac - The Art Behind the Legend
used with permission - all rights reserved, © Nicholas E. Limansky
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"A proud and brave people, the Jivaros developed many ways of testing themselves.  One was the whip dance.  Neighboring tribes lined up opposite each other, the elders armed with whips, the women sining, the young men dancing.  An elder on one side would whip one of his own young men until the blood spurted from his body, but the dance would not stop, nor would the young man wince or cry.  The rite would then be repeated by the other tribe in an effort to surpass his show of physical and moral strength."  (Liner notes from 1956 pressing)

This song includes a male chorus who assertively grunt in agreement, as well as the sound of a whip crack.  The accompaniment of drums, rattles and bone flutes support Yma's singing which lies in the middle register.  After a spoken opening by Yma, women join the chorus and exclaim.  At times, Yma's vocal line is impossibly ornate, crowded with triplets, turns, and intricate roulades of close intervals.  Although she glides through all this with ease, she uses an odd, nasal, oriental sounding placement that is incongruous to the music.  She caps the piece with a strong swoop to high D.  This type of finish occurs often on this recording.  There is one disconcerting thing about the new CD release of this particular song.  At least for those familiar with the earlier, vinyl releases.  There is an inexplicable editing of two of the final phrases causing the song to end more abruptly than in its original format.

Note: most releases containing this song use a cut version that is chopped during the last part leaving a noticable jump in the final notes.  Apparently sometime in the early '60s, the master tapes were damaged.

The listing below lists releases with BOTH versions so please select the entry to see which it has. We have not yet gone through the extensive discography to see where the cut version was first used so some early vinyl releases below may be mismarked.

Sejollo  is included on the following releases
catalog no: ASIN: B003F6CT5A
Download only version of Legend of the Jivaro also contains the two sides from Yma Sumac's stand-alone single and the tracks from the Broadway show, Flahooley. 2010 United Kingdom
catalog no: EAP 1-770
Fifth album, EP reissue in three volumes 1957 United States
catalog no: EAP 1-770
Fifth album, EP reissue in three volumes 1957 United Kingdom
catalog no: T-770
This French issue of Yma Sumac's fifth album, recorded in 1957, was probably an original 1957 issue. 1957 France
catalog no: T-770
Fifth album, first album to have an original release in 12" LP format 1957 United States
catalog no: T-770
This French reissue of Yma Sumac's fifth album, recorded in 1957, was made in 1985.  Although most U.S. pressings were not dated, often the foreign ones were, as was this issue, making it easy to know when it was made.  While most imports were uncommon in the U.S., for many years this was . . . 1984 France
catalog no: TK-504
Compact disc made from vinyl sources pairs two records on one disk, with the two original cover arts on opposite sides of the CD packaging.  It is interesting to note that this CD has the uncut version of Sojello which has not been heard in that form since the early releases after which the master . . . 1994 United States
catalog no: 1552984
Cassette reissue of Yma Sumac's fifth album, this version from France is the only cassette reissue known 1984 France
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