Wonderful news, courtesy of Vinyl Factory’s blog: Les Chemins De Katmandou, a soundtrack by Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier presumed to be lost, will be reissued by Finders Keepers!
Here’s a bit of light pop music from Latvia made for a relaxing day. The artists, Edgars Zveja and Valentīna Butāne, both came from conservatory backgrounds in what was then the Latvian S.S.R.
I have about zero interest in Burberry Menswear. It’s not my thing, though I can see where it would appeal to those who get a kick out of clothing. This video was supposed to highlight Burberry’s line of clothing, but that gets smashed immediately by the arresting voice of Benjamin Clementine, a man who, shockingly, …
The beautiful Druze singer Asmaham (born Amal al-Atrash) was born in the Mediterranean Sea, and came from Syrian and Lebanese heritage. She died in an auto accident at the age of 31, but by then, she left an indelible mark on the world of Arabic music.
Nightingales & Canaries, vol 1: “Oriental” Women on Record, New York & Istanbul, 1928-55 by Canary RecordsNew York City was home to a vibrant musical scene filled with singers from Anatolia, Istanbul and the region of Roumelia. Christians and Jews joined together in making some rather bawdy music. This treasure was released by Ian Nagoski’s …
Françoise Hardy in repose You can labor shoulder to shoulder with someone for days, weeks and years on end, share life’s joys and travails, get into and out of all manner of scrapes (these latter usually initiated by said comrade) and, ultimately, feel that a true rapport has been earned, that you really know who […] …
Buzzfeed rarely surprises me as pleasantly as they have with this article, compiling some of the finest, and occasionally, cheesiest, French songs of all time.
Grupa Marina Škrgatića are one of a score of magnificent groups which came out of the former Yugoslavia who produced music of ridiculously high quality. As usual, there’s little information in English about the band, so it’s best to use Chrome or Firefox and see if you can translate this.
Fairouz is the nightingale of the Arab pop world. Here’s an album’s worth of hits for you to hear.
Perhaps Albania’s most beautiful export, Swiss-based jazz singer Elina Duni captivates with this tune.