Hamza El Din
One of the first African musicians to gain widespread international recognition, Hamza El Din is a Nubian master of the oud, the fretless lute. Western listeners are as likely as not to have been exposed to his work via the Grateful Dead, who played with him on-stage occasionally. (El Din also helped arrange the Dead's tour of Egypt.) He played an integral role in modernizing Nubian music, using his work to both evoke and tell stories of Nubian life.
El Din was originally trained to be an engineer, but changed direction and enrolled in the Middle Eastern School of Music, where he began to compose his own songs. On a fellowship to study Western classical music in Rome, he met American Gino Foreman, who exposed Hamza's work to Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. This resulted in a contract with Vanguard. His mid-'60s debut, Al Oud—Instrumental and Vocal Music From Nubia, was one of the first "world music" recordings to achieve wide exposure in the West.
In the second half of the 1960s, El Din spent much of his time in America. Taking a series of teaching positions in various American locations, he also found time to record a Nonesuch album in 1968, Escalay, that is considered one of the best documents of Nubian music. Eclipse is his most notable post-Escalay record, raising his profile in the U.S. when it was reissued on CD by Rykodisc. ALLMUSIC.
Sur Sudha is known as Nepal’s “Musical Ambassadors,” and is dedicated to creating music that disseminates a universal message of peace and harmony, and supports the effort to remove poverty from the face of the Earth. Their music additionally works to demonstrate how two of the world’s great religions—Hinduism and Buddhism—find perfect fusion in Nepal. Sur Sudha seeks to promote these ideals through traditional Nepali instrumental music rendered with the flute, sitar, and tablas; these are the most popular Nepali instruments, and are referred to as “the three sons of Nepal.” Having performed for Heads of State around the World, Sur Sudha has the power to captivate and enthrall—providing listeners a sense of the enlightening power of music. Play for Change.
Iron Cross (Burmese: အိုင်းရင်းခရော့စ်) is a Burmese band formed by lead guitarist Saw Bwe Hmu. The current line-up consists of Chit San Maung, Khin Maung Thant, Banyar Naing, and Kha Yan, with Lay Phyu, Myo Gyi, Ah Nge and Wine Wine as long-time associates. All four singers are lead vocal of IC's live performance and IC always performs with them.
One of Ukraine's most popular, politically charged, and commercially successful rock bands, Okean Elzy (translates as "Elza's Ocean") formed in 1994 in the city of Lviv by longstanding frontman Svyatoslav Vakarchuk after the dissolution of his prior group Klan Tyshi. Okean Elzy spent their formative years establishing themselves on the festival circuit, and by the time they released their debut album, Tam, de Nas Nema in 1998, they were already a huge draw in both Ukraine and Russia. Subsequent albums like Ya Na Nebi Buv, Model, and Supersymetriya, furthered the group's public status, and in 2003 Vakarchuk was named an official ambassador of Ukrainian culture. 2005's Gloria spawned four number-one singles, and was followed by the equally popular Mira in 2007, Dolce Vita in 2010, and Zemlya in 2013.
Rossy, born Paul Bert Rahasimanana, is a singer and songwriter from Madagascar generally considered the most popular Malagasy artist of the 1990s. Rossy got involved with music by participating in soava, a street-corner style featuring traditional instruments, hand-clapping, and political lyrics. He formed his own soava group featuring African rather than European percussion instruments. Eventually, he learned to play the accordion, and with Mahaleo, introduced the kabosy (traditional Malagasy guitar) to the environment of an electric band. His group has toured Germany and released records there - ALLMUSIC
The ambience of 'Easy listening pop' with the smooth touches of funk, soul and house beats, Sqweez Animal is part of the new and fresh brand of new-age Thai indie music. Band Members include Win Sirivongse, ‘Win' (vocal) and Prachatip Musigapong, ‘Singha' (guitar). They met when they studied in England. Win’s “squeezing” voice is unique in its emotional expression, and the fantastic style of Singha's guitar performance is fitted to Win's voice.
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Hailing from Niamey, the capital city of Niger in West Africa, the large ensemble band Tal National was formed in 2000 by charismatic ringleader and West African guitar master Hamadal Issoufou Moumine, also known as Almeida. Backed by anywhere from five to twelve musicians and singers, Almeida grew Tal National to be hugely popular on a local level through constant regional touring and ceaselessly energetic performances, as many as five nights a week and as long as five hours per show. Their first album Apokte was released in 2006 and they followed in 2008 with the better-recorded A-Na Waya, an album that established them as the premier band of their region—hugely successful in Niger and with a greater audience elsewhere with the help of three different YouTube videos. In 2011, the band recorded a third album, Kaani, recorded with the help of Chicago engineer Jamie Carter, who also worked on A-Na Waya. The group signed to Fat Cat Records in April of 2013 and Kaani's international release helped the band tour outside of their country. With the widespread critical success of Kaani, Tal National reenlisted Carter to produce their follow-up Zoy Zoy which FatCat released in the spring of 2015.
Rita Indiana y los Misterios
Rita Indiana y los Misterios, playing a traditional blend of merengue music and rock, is an alternative merengue band based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, led by the vocalist Rita Indiana.
A Latin rock band from Guatemala, Alux Nahual was formed in 1979 by brothers Plubio, Ranferi, and Alvaro Aguilar, who played with Oscar Conde, Lenin Fernández, and Paulo Alvarado. This band was born in the context of the confrontation between the guerrillas and the army.
Alux Nahual, a Maya-Quiche phrase which means “the goblin spirit,” has been considered a Central American pioneer for being one of the first to claim a Latin rock identity. Through the 1980s, Alux Nahual was an inspiration for underground musicians who were waiting for a chance to get into the mainstream. Years active: 1979–1999, 2006–present.
Dama Dam Mast Kalandar
Nooran Sisters in Milwaukee
The Nooran Sisters—Jyoti Nooran and Sultana Nooran, from Jalandhar, Punjab—are a Sufi singing duo from Sham Chaurasia gharana of classical music.
Tau Ea Matsekha
Famo is a type of music from Lesotho in Africa consisting of singing accompanied by the accordion, a drum and occasionally a bass. It originated in the drinking dens of migrant workers from Lesotho trying to relax after working in the mines in the 1920s but is now a popular form of music for Sesotho speakers.
As a popular form of music in Lesotho, famo consists of male or female singing and ululations. Instrumental support comes from an accordion, a drum and a bass. Songs often refer to urban life, and female singers can use their singing to challenge their male counterparts.
In the late 1960s the first major recording artists to make a living from famo were Tau ea Matšekha (Lion of Matšekha, Matšekheng/Habo Matšekha is an area in Northern Lesotho) made up of Forere Motloheloa (accordionist) and Apollo Ntabanyane (vocalist/composer).
Tau Ea Matsekha’s Ke Ikhethetse E Motle (which was the basis of Paul Simon's “Boy in the Bubble”).
Parissa and Ensemble Dastan
Shoorideh, by Parissa and Ensemble Dastan (artist)
Iranian singer Parissa was forced into a lengthy sabbatical when the ayatollahs took over her country in 1979. Under their rule, female singers weren't allowed to perform. It wasn't until 1995 that she returned to the concert stages of the world. For this project, she takes the work of the 13th-century mystic and poet (and founder of the Whirling Dervishes) Rumi as the basis for her music. Parissa proves to be a remarkable, sometimes eerie singer, giving to classical Persian vocal improvisations on melodies and themes. She captures the listener's attention and holds it. You might not understand the language, but its deeper meanings are quite apparent. Each of the two CDs in the set is a continuous, flowing piece, using the poems not only of Rumi, but of three other mystics—Hafiz, Sa'di, and Attar—to create a potent, sometimes magical force of sound and words that easily transcends the everyday in its aim for the stars.— ALLMUSIC, Chris Nickson.
Rumiñahui – Traditional Andean Music
Traditional Andean music; song "Kusi-Kusi" as performed by RUMINAHUI from Peru.
Music available by email at: www.ruminahui.com
Bella Bellow was a Togolese singer, who created an international career and recorded several albums. She died at the age of 27 in a car accident in Togo. She performed at the Paris Olympia and recorded with Manu Dibango.
Tembang sunda, also called seni mamaos cianjuran, is a style of classical vocal music that originated in the Sunda Kingdom of highland west Java. Unlike Sudanese gamelan music, tembang sunda was developed in the court of the regent Kabupaten Cianjur during the Dutch colonial period (mid-nineteenth century).
The traditional vocal portion is sung free verse poetry, the instrumental accompaniment being performed on kacapi (zither), suling (bamboo flute) and sometimes, rebab (violin). A more modern, and metrical, form of lyrics exists that is called panambih.
Kacapi suling is played to ornament the vocals, and also at interludes between songs at a typical Tembang Sunda performance. The higher pitched kacapi rincik, the lower pitched kacapi indung and the suling flute are the instruments used for kacapi suling. Kacapi suling has instrumental pieces performed in two different scales; the first four in laras pelog convey a light mood, the last four in laras sorog are more slow and grave. The change to laras sorog usually takes place at midnight and lasts till sunrise.
Sierra Leone Music
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Anatolian rock (Turkish: "Anadolu Rock"), or progressive Turkish folk music, a fusion of Turkish folk and rock music, emerged during the mid-1960s, soon after rock groups such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Status Quo and Omega became popular in Turkey.
Turkish Folk Song "Elmalarin Yongasi"
Nepali Dance (3:59 min)
Nepali Song (6:57 min)
Milonga Tango (2:49 min)
Libertango (2:35 min)
Bwiti’ Dance (9:52 min)
bané (5:43 min)
Pakistani Dance (5:52 min)
Shazia (1:27 min)
Satu Tiga (4:05 min)
Elvy Sukaesih (4:54 min)
ADOWA dance (7:11 min)
Bebrebe yi (2:31 min)
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