Thursday, October 20, 2016

Boas Festas

Cape Verde is too easy, finding good music there, that is. So I could just pick something by Cesaria or Lura, or a single clip with many of CV's best all together. Enjoy...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Swaziland is a tiny tucked away in a corner between South Africa and Swaziland. Who knew that they even an independent country, much less have some good music (and no shortage of gospel)?

Sunday, October 09, 2016

club giramayoro : ngoma ya ruhinda

Burundi has been said to be the unhappiest country in the world--but all is not lost. At least there's music, and the culture clubs. One day maybe Hutus and Tutsis will bury their hatchets...

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

jj - "Let Go" Secretly Canadian Records

Sweden has been so successful with English-language songs that no one sings in Swedish anymore. So I could easily post a song by First Aid Kit or Tallest Man on Earth or Lykke Li, BUT... I like this video...

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Solo Dja Kabaco - Fatimata

Burkina Faso has some of the best music in the world, most of it unknown to me until now, diverse and immense. It even sounds good in minor keys...

Sunday, October 02, 2016


Switzerland is one of those strange European conglomerate countries, with four official languages, so no surprise that many, if not most, musicians there do their lyrics in English, with most of the rest in German. The decline of music on America has done wonders for music in Europe...

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Stefka Sabotinova - Prituri se planinata (HD)

Bulgaria is an interesting country, originally settled by steppes nomads, now considered one of the most traditional of Slavic countries. It's nice to hear a traditional song that seems so refreshingly modern and 'indie'...(as featured in the movie 'Jesus of Montreal')...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Seeds - Kebenaranku (Official Music Video)

Brunei is one of the world's great anomalies: an oil-rich Muslim kingdom on the edge of Borneo's jungle, which it shares with Malaysia and Indonesia. It's more interesting than you might think... (and no, I did not write this song; that's a different Hardee)...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Omar Souleyman "Salamat Galbi Bidek" - 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

This is too easy, picking something interesting from Syria, but Omar's irresistible, and Syria's so screwed up. Enjoy...

Monday, September 12, 2016

Banda do Mar - Mais Ninguém

Foreigners who go to Brazil expecting samba and bossa nova might be surprised to find that the country has an indie rock scene as good as any. Not that there's anything wrong with Bebel Gilberto, but maybe something not so girl-from-Ipanemish would be nice. The lightness, the airiness, the breeziness, and the beachiness is still there...

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