And finally, for today's Global Hit, we meet musician Senti Toy. She's based in New York, and last year got some great reviews for her CD "How Many Stories Do You Read on My Face." But there's more to Senti Toy's musical world. When she's not recording her own material, she's recording the traditional music of others. That's because Senti Toy is earning her doctorate in ethno-musicology at New York University. Recently, she went back to her homeland to record music that soon may be lost. We'll play some of that music in just a moment.
But first, Senti Toy is going to tell us the answer to our Geo Quiz -- which happens to be the part of India that she comes from.
TOY: We have our own traditional style of music. It's acapella, not much instrumentation.
I'm inspired by the philosophy of Naga music in terms of the time signature. It's very porous and flexible. That's something I really tried on this record. For example in the song "When I Dance," you try and keep time to it, but you really can't do that. I really had to work on that for a long time with the other musicians.
MULLINS: Do you want to keep doing more music on your own? Studying? More field recording?
TOY: Yeah, I'll continue with my ethno-musicology work. That's an on-going journey for the rest of my life. In term of the music yeah, I get ideas for songs and I write them down and that's also just part of my life.