This is a recording I took earlier this year of women singing while tamping a porch. (Soundcloud) Generally, they’re smacking the ground with the tampers to even and pack the mud floor while someone comes by regularly to sprinkle water in the work area. They let me try it out, but I wasn’t very good at packing it evenly.
Women are generally charged with the upkeep and repair of courtyards while men are charged with their construction.
There are a lot of cool sounds here, but my mics (cell phones) require a lot of software processing to get something reasonable out of it. I finally got my hands on an encoder library, so I hope I’ll be able to give you nice sounds in the future.