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Foreign World Cup Recommendation thread

I'm very excited by this poll ! I hve started listening to some stuff from North Africa/Middle East from my collection. I'll post the highlights.

First of all, this is Slimane AZEM, from Kabylia (Algeria). Kabyles are the Berber people from ALgeria, i.e. the native people that was here before the Arab invasion. They have their own language and culture, and are very proud and rebellious. There are mpany Kabyls in France : one of my good friends is from Kabylia, and she's got a lot of character !! When she's up to something, you better not stand in her way
This song was recored in 1975, and is in French. It's about exile and longing for your mother country : the typical immigrant lament.

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This is Rachid Taha, Algerian musician living in FRance, very popular because he mixed his own influences with rock. This song from 1993, one of his best, is a cover of a huge hit in Northern Africa

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Still from Algeria, this is Khaled, one of the most popular rai artists with Cheb Mami (that Greg picked in his nominations)
One of my favorite songs of his, Chebba (1995). Rai was a mix of Arab music and western dance music.

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all good stuff. i didn't know slimane azem. if i had to pick some additional songs from these artists they'd be:

Cheb Khaled & Safy Boutella - "La Camel" (1988)
Khaled - "Sbabi Ntya" (2009)

Rachid Taha - "Ida" (1998)
Rachid Taha - "Ecoute Moi Camarade" (2006)

and on the folkier side, from Morocco:

Master Musicians of Jajouka - "A Habibi Ouajee T'Allel Allaiya" (1992)

not to be confused w/ the master musicians of bukkake

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This one's from Egypt, from the region of Nubia, and is also from the folkier side

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Another fantastic Khaled song : "Wahrane Wahrane" (1996)

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Other picks from the 1.1 region :

From the other end of the Mediterranean, Turkey is a great country of music, with a foot in Europe.

Selda - Mehmet Emmi (1976)

And also a great jazz man from Tunisia

Anouar Brahem - Vague/E La Nava Va (2006)

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One for Eastern Europe; the album it is on is rather high up on the RYM charts, and for good reasons. Here's one of them:

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One of my possible picks for the Caribbean : Compay Segundo's Yo Vengo Aqui

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This could be my post for West Africa : fantastic kora solo by Toumani Diabaté. But if you like it, don't hesitate to nominate it before me (I have many many favorites in WA)

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Brazil





The right artist in this last song is Moraes Moreira

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The limit of 16 nominations for songs from Western Europe has nearly been reached, which is great, but it's a pity I couldn't give these two a chance:

Boris Vian - J'suis snob

Henri Salvador - Le loup, la biche et le chevalier

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Jamaica

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Eliades Ochoa - Teje que teje (Cuba) Spotify

Max Romeo - Wet Dream (Jamaica) youtube

Baaba Maal - Samba(Senegal) Spotify

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Hassan Hakmoun & Adam Rudolph - Ma'Bud Allah (Morocco) youtube Gnawa music

Burhan Öçal & Istanbul Oriental: Roman Oyun Havasi (Turkey) youtube Gypsy music by Turkish orch

Musicians of the Nile: Bitnadini Tani Lih (Egypt) youtube

1.2

Kante Manfila - Agne Anko (Guinea) youtube beautiful folk song, sorry for the bad scratching disc on the vid

Femi Kuti - Now You See (Nigeria) Spotify

Oscar Sulley – Bukom Mashie (Ghana) youtube

Ali Farka Touré & Taj Mahal - Roucky (Mali/USA) youtube

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If you are interested in Cambodian singer Ros Sereysothea, who was one of the biggest pop stars in south east Asia in the sixties/seventies and disappeared during the Khmer rouge regime, you will find tons of songs here and a biography written by Nik Cohn here.

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Her version of the Carpenters' classic.

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2.4 The Argentinian Tom Waits, Melingo

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3.1

The first big Chinese "rock" hit in 1990

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3.4

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That Cui Jian song is amazing. It's like he took a leaf out of Springsteen, but has added something distinctly Chinese to it. Love it!

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So please nominate it in the FWC thread

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1.4 (Madagascar)

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1.4 (Angola)

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1.4 (South Africa)

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1.4 southern Africa

Rajery - Mamy Kha (Madagascar) youtube

Menwar - Sizann (Mauritius) youtube

Four Brothers - Makorokoto (Zimbabwe) youtube



2.2 Caribbean

Don Drummond - Man In The Street (Jamaica) youtube

Luis Varga - Tranquila (Dominican Republic) youtube

Vieja Trova Santiaguera - Me dieron la clave youtube


3.2 South Central Asia

Mohammad Rahim - Khushnawaz Sheikh Ahmad-E-Jâm (Afghanistan) youtube


3.4 Oceania

King Nawahi - Hawaiian Capers (Hawaii) youtube

King Nawahi - Tickling The Strings (Hawaii) youtube

Danny Stewart - Les Femmes d'Amérique (Tahiti-Hawaii) spotify

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soul from Thailand

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50-60s Indonesian pop

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There is one slot left in the South Central Asia region.
Why not for an Indian jazzman ?

Two names come to my mind

1. Rutresh Mahanthappa



2. Arun Ghosh

No video but a spotify of his great song "Yerma"



Besides, in the Oceania region I have a great album by a collective called Ankala & Worldorchestra, around Didjeridoo but adding many other influences (indian music with tabla, jazz with saxophone). It's called "Didje Blows the Game", but it's not on youtube

This is from another album of them



Also a great singer from Afghanistan in the vein of Nusrat,

Ahmad Cham Sufi Qawwali Group - Zikre Tu Chee Shireen Ast deezer

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and for those who don't know what to vote in the Oceania region, here's a good 70s progressive funk band from the Fiji islands

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Or in a completely opposite (and much better IMO) style, this beautiful song from the Tonga islands

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Now another fantastic Cambodian singer from the 70s, check out her vids

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Rap from Sri Lanka



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More Pacific island songs


Tomas Tepano Tepano - Manu Reva (Easter Island) Spotify

Sol K Bright - Papio (Hawaii)
Spotify


The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band - Hi Ho'alu (Hawaii) Spotify


George Telek - Abebe (Papua New Guinea) youtube


Ledward Kaapana & Bob Brozman - Maika'i No Kaua'i youtube


The Five Stars - Walkabout In Chinatown (Samoa) youtube

Ensemble Tauhiti - Mon cher ami (Tahiti, French Polynesia) youtube

region 3.2 (1 song left to nominate)

If you like Buddhist monk chants

Lama Gyurme & J-P Rykiel : Medicine buddha Mantra (Bhutan) youtube

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Here's a great native Australian songwriter who sings partly in English



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An Indonesian female singer with an uncredible voice. If you wannna rappreciate this song don't watch the cheesy video, just listen to the music
Endah Laras - Lelo Ledhung youtube

Ella Berdy, Eileen Cowan, Robert Pihahuna - Vahiné Tahiti tahahua Spotify

The Polynesians - Minoi Minoi (Samoa ?) Spotify song recorded in 1959 in LA by studio musicians including 2 "real" polynesians of unknown nationality, but the song is part of the Samoan folklore

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I'm catching up on this thread after having returned from holiday. The only thing I regret about going on holiday is that I wasn't around to nominate Melingo!

Thanks for these recommendations. (nicolas, you rock!)

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Dan M
I'm catching up on this thread after having returned from holiday. The only thing I regret about going on holiday is that I wasn't around to nominate Melingo!

Thanks for these recommendations. (nicolas, you rock!)


Thanks Dan !

How were your holidays ?

I've just bought the new Melingo BTW and I'll listen to it tomorrow but yeah that is a pity that you couldn't nominate and that there is no Melingo (but I managed to place a Henri Salvador song instead )

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nicolas

How were your holidays ?

I've just bought the new Melingo BTW and I'll listen to it tomorrow but yeah that is a pity that you couldn't nominate and that there is no Melingo (but I managed to place a Henri Salvador song instead )


Yeah, I noticed the inclusion of Henri Salvador's Dans mon île, which I'm very happy about.

I had a great holiday, thanks. I went to a very remote part of South Africa where the local Xhosa people live a very traditional life in huts surrounded by a small piece of land on which cows and goats graze. Before I went, I had been worried that I would end up intruding the local community's privacy by being an annoying white tourist who stands out like a sore thumb. But fortunately it turned out to be all about integration - eating local food, drinking local beer, chatting to people, walking along miles of sandy beach in glorious sunshine and admiring the clear skies at night. It was magnificent.

About the new Melingo: I haven't been able to find much about it online, so I'll do the old-fashioned thing and buy the CD. Fingers crossed it will be as good as his last one.

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Good

Dan, I was just thinking : there might be a way of qualifying Melingo : I can take out my first choice, a Carlos Gardel song, since Miguel (if I remember well) picked another Gardel song. Then we could replace Gardel with his pupil Melingo, and I would let you chose the song you prefer.
I'm sure Stephan won't mind

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^ Thanks, that's very kind of you Nic. I'd like to pick a song from Melingo's excellent Maldito Tango album. It's a difficult choice between the gorgeous Montmartre de Hoy and the impressive Pequeño Paria. The latter is more representative of the album as a whole, and as it is the track you yourself recommended I'm happy to go with it. So Pequeño Paria it is. Thanks again.

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de nada

(those 2 are also my favorite songs from Maldito Tango)

And I've just heard the new one, which is really good, perhaps not as good as the previous one but it is a bit early to tell...