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      CommentAuthorarklight
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2012 edited
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    In honour of Psy becoming the first South Korean to have a number 1 for Gungnam style

    even though he can speak perfect English, he smashed the cultural barriers and proved music really is the universal language.

    SO BRING US NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING MUSIC YOU LOVE.Not instrumentals ...;-)...
    Every genre, every country, every style. Just let it be a good tune!


    My contribution is SARA TAVARES -
    I'm convinced that after English and Spanish, Portuguese is a huge musical superpower. Born in Portugal from
    Portuguese speaking Cape Verde islands parents Sara sang this song, sampled by J. Cole and Angel Haze
    ("sufferings first"), this song could have easily have gone number one everywhere.


    Sara Tavares - "Balance" (2006)





    Heri Mkocha
    https://www.youtube.com/thearklight
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2012 edited
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    Firstly, I suggest checking out our Listening thread. There's usually a pretty good mix of music there.

    Secondly,
    "he smashed the cultural barriers and proved music really is the universal language."

    ...yeah, just check out the listening thread.
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      CommentAuthorarklight
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2012 edited
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    @oldhat

    True.old hat! The listening thread is the best musical pick and mix probably
    on the net at the moment. There's alot of music on that thread!I just wanted to be more specific.

    There are also loads of bilingual artists , some of them Korean, who insist on speaking in English
    (of course it's a bigger market and is the closest we have to an international language), but he didn't,
    he chose to rap in Korean.

    What's more interesting is that it was the audience who sought out and embraced something so different,even if it is a form of Korean pop. That song wasn't promoted in the physical world (not online) till it was already ridiculously popular and it just get's more and more embraced.....


    "Psy ft MC Hammer gangnam Style Performance"




    Edit: anyway whitechaplians always bring music and stuff I would never find
    just by myself, so god knows how awesome the world music they bring back will be!


    Heri Mkocha
    https://www.youtube.com/thearklight
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      CommentAuthorNygaard
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2012 edited
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    Found lots of nice music in French once I took the extra trouble to figure out how to search for it.



    Olöf Arnalds is amazing with voice and guitar



    Digging out a couple of really obscure languages, this attempt at mainstreaming reconstructed norse shamanic chants is weirdly hypnotizing to me:



    And the complete version of the theme music to HBO's Rome actually has lyrics, in ancient greek.



    You'll want to avert your eyes from the comment fields, though. Putting anything with deep cultural roots on the net attracts nazis like piss-ants.
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2012
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    U gaiz sirius? Wat ruz, Amrikanz?

    Seriously though, it was the success of Gungnam Style that proved to you that music really is the universal language...? And now you're after "world music" but only "good tunes"?

    Aaaarrrrrrgh...
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    A song you'll know in english done in irish, decent modern music in irish is rare, last irish band i actually liked made one single and promptly broke up.

    Léim Thart
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    Envy, from Japan, is a screamo band. Maybe the best anywhere in this world.

    A Far-Off Reason by envy. The riff, man. The riff.
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      CommentAuthorarklight
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2012 edited
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    @Nigredo-

    U gaiz sirius? Wat ruz, Amrikanz?

    Seriously though, it was the success of Gungnam Style that proved to you that music really is the universal language...? And now you're after "world music" but only "good tunes"?

    Aaaarrrrrrgh...


    Maybe i could have expressed myself differently, and no, i'm not a yank.

    It's just this interest in non English music feels very different from other times a song has
    burst through, like "Joe La Taxi" by Vanessa Paradis or that "Macarena" song.
    This doesn't feel one off, or niche, or novelty, but a very popular wave of interest.

    And even more wonderful, it's not just appealing from non English speakers to English speakers.
    Things like the Korean wave is appealing to Latin audiences too, on a mass level.
    That's right from korean to Spanish,creating a rise in Spanish people learning Korean,
    just because they want to access the culture. Music did this!It's all good !

    a good feature on this is here...


    "Korean wave in Colombia"





    @vandalhandle - plus 1 on "Liem Thart!"


    Heri Mkocha
    https://www.youtube.com/thearklight
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      CommentAuthorarklight
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2012 edited
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    Bebel Gilberto

    She made one of my all time favourite Brazillian Portugese songs, Agunju,

    If this song isn't what modern Brazil feels like then it's what some people in the outside the world think Brazil feels like or desperately want it to feel like. It easily evokes a place and takes you there...


    Bebel Gilberto - "Aganju"





    The next song is like some exotic false memory ...still makes you want to be there,
    and is so laid back as to be horizontal....



    Bebel Gilberto - "Momento"





    Heri Mkocha
    https://www.youtube.com/thearklight