Non-English Music

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26 February 2006, 04:09 PM
Non-English Music
What non-English music do ya'll enjoy? Please feel free to list artists, albums or just a specific type of music if you can't recall any artists.

My latest craze in music is French pop, French rock, French electronica and especially French chanteuses. First I was hooked on the smooth pop/electronica sounds and sexy vocals of Keren Ann. This lead me to other French vocalists such as Fran├žoise Hardy, Brigitte Fontaine and Isabelle Antena, among others (Dumas & Dimitri From Paris are recent finds).

I also have started enjoying Japanese pop/rock/punk/power pop. i'm probably used to some of this from the anime soundtracks but it's the Japanese garage/punk that's my favorite. One such awesome band is Google-A which is soooooooooooooooo good that i can almost cry from happiness at hearing them! Another amazing Japanese band that does a mix of vocals & instrumentals is The Portugal Japan. But the killer band of all time from Japan has to be the Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO. These folks are hard rockin' pyschedelic, drone lovin', prolific cd producin' crazies! The Sazanami label recently released a few cds of various Japanese artists, many vocal tunes, that are a mix of punk, rock, and even rockabilly. These are totally magnificent albums. It's too bad they cost so much as US imports.

Then, of course, there's my beloved Afro-funk and all music African. Just finished listening to the new v/a Congotronics 2: Buzz N Rumble From the Urb N Jungle featuring great Congo artists such as Kokono No.1 and Masanka Sankayi. Best of the Afro-funk bunch is Fela Kuti, who sometimes sings in English but i prefer no English from dis man, may he RIP. Plenty of great African music out there needing to be placed on cd.

Normally i like cajun & zydeco to be in English but my recent French craze has brought me to enjoy these genres in French Creole. So now i can dig more recordings from the Ardoin family as well as Buckwheat Zydeco, Zachary Richard and Canray Fontenot.
27 February 2006, 08:24 AM
Bueno Vista Scocial Club, nad allthe subsequent "solo" albums of the various Social Club artists...

David Byrne's Belize Tropical of the early 90's

Pizzacato (sp.?) 5 is fun

Czech & German unavoidable side effect of growing up in a town named Schulenburg...


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28 February 2006, 06:27 PM
Originally posted by Jack's twisted sister:

David Byrne's Belize Tropical of the early 90's

If you like that album, i betcha would love the new comp of Tropicalia music, Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution In Sound. Some great Brazilian artists are featured here- Os Mutantes (who sound like a Brazilian psychedelic Beatles), Gilberto Gil (who was also on the Byrne album), Gal Costa, Tom Ze, etc. i love that funky bossa nova sound. Excellent music!
01 March 2006, 08:07 AM
thanx for the tip!


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sometimes, you just have to say 'what the f...'

01 March 2006, 11:04 AM
beauTifully tragic
shakira - pies descalzos and donde estan los ladrones

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01 March 2006, 08:51 PM
i forgot about Shakira. i do like her music (and her). There's a lotta Latin rock from the early 70s i love. Artists like Eddie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaria, Harvey Averne, Ray Barretto, etc. Sometimes they sang in English but i think they really had a better time (and it showed) when singing in Latin.

i found a few samples of the Tropicalia cd at the Soul Jazz site. This album is getting some of the best reviews i've seen in ages for a comp of any kind.

Tropicalia comp
29 May 2006, 01:35 AM
i've picked up a few magnificent, awe-inspiring comps over the years of psych, folk, beat, rock,
instrumental and other styles from Turkey. Usually these are songs from mid 1960s to mid-late 1970s. Three great v/a comps of such music include Hava Narghile, Turkish Delights and Love, Peace & Poetry: Turkish Psychedelic Music.

Some of my favorite Turkish psych/folk artists include Mogollar, 3 Hur-el, Erkin Koray, Edip Akbayram, and Bulent. But the killer Turkish psych/folk album has gotta be Selda's 1976 Vurulduk Ey Halkim Unutma Bizi. This is a totally fantastic amazing album, i was floored. i love the Middle Eastern groove meshed with a psych beat to her gorgeous pipes with a nice folky feel.

Now turn that american idol crap off and listen to some good world music! Please?

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03 June 2006, 06:37 PM
Jpop! I like Jpop...alot. Big Grin

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27 August 2006, 02:32 AM
OOOOOoooo i loves the album, Le Fil, from Camille. She also sings for Nouvelle Vague, who put out a couple albums of French language covers of new wave/punk songs. Some of her songs are crazy but i like that. This should hold me over til Keren Ann releases her next record.

Camille's site English version
29 August 2006, 10:09 PM
Jennifer Pena
Paulina Rubio, mainly the Pau-Latina album
Pavarotti singing Italian folk songs
Mustafa Sandal did a song Aya Benzer that I really liked, though I've never really heard anything else he's done.
Tabitha MacKenzie did some great Celtic stuff.
There's a Scottish group Old Blind Dogs- they sing in English, but the brogue is so thick it's tough to 'nnurstan mooch...but they're altogeter greaate.
I like Shakira too, especially her early albums. Thalia had some good stuff early on, but her last album was a big disappointment to me.