Slovakia is producing wonderful music, but has almost no exposure in the world stage, which is maddening. Quality musicianship in genres as disparate as World Music, experimental and classical has been frankly astounding.
The folk scene is especially healthy, given the energetic, bouncy and rhythmic performances given by Hrdza. There is a fire under these musicians, who possess a sort of sunny optimism, that is absolutely refreshing to hear. Those of you who enjoy Celtic music might well find something worth grooving to with these guys. It’s really that lively.
To get a taste of their sound, check out the Spotify link listed above and give a visit to their website (unfortunately in Slovak only, I’m afraid) to find out a bit more.
Bosnian-Dutch accordionist and composer Nihad Hrustanbegović takes on the Dave Brubeck standard and does justice to it.
Wonderfully heavy Greek music by Cretan singer Antonis Xylouris, who records under the name of Psarantonis.
The greatest alternative music band to ever come out of the Tuva region is Russia, Yat-Kha left a legacy of mixing throat music that worked very well in a rock context.
I wish to thank my Google+ friend and colleague, Mehmet Hanedar, for always providing me with a glimpse into Turkish, Turkic and Central Asia music.
Today’s artist, Ferdi Tayfur, hails from Turkey and was seen as a leading light in Arabesque Music in the 1970s.
Can, recording a session for John Peel. I’m not sure what year this was recorded, but hearing it makes me a bit wistful over Peelie’s early demise.
A wonderful fusion of world music and jazz from a young Turkish-Swedish composer, İlhan Erşahin.
Fairouz is the nightingale of the Arab pop world. Here’s an album’s worth of hits for you to hear.
Albanian gypsy music meeting electronica, perfectly balanced? Kudos who Fanfare Tirana and Transglobal Underground for this massive hit!
Perhaps Albania’s most beautiful export, Swiss-based jazz singer Elina Duni captivates with this tune.