Our assignment this week is to share songs from around the world. So, here come ten of them.
- Gipsy Kings, “Bamboleo” From their eponymous first album, Gipsy Kings are gitanos from France and Spain.
- Hiroshima, “One Wish” LA-based Hiroshima combines traditional Japanese music with smooth jazz, and the effect is enchanting. The instrument the young woman (June Kuramoto) is playing is the koto.
- “Liechtensteiner Polka” The polka is a dance that originated in Bohemia in the mid-19th century and is popular with people in central Europe, most notably (at least in Chicago) the Polish. Fair warning: if you get on a dance floor and you don’t know what you’re doing, you could get trampled by the folks who do.
- A. Remos, “Vradiázei (Evening)” Music for the traditional dance zeibekiko, which is here demonstrated by a young Ukranian gentleman named Ivan Svitailo. The white stuff you see on the floor are broken dishes.
- Anastasia Tyurina, “Valenki” If you can watch the young Miss Tyurina and not be overwhelmed by her adorableness, there’s something wrong. She was 7 when she played this song on her balalaika. Now 9, she’s a prodigy, not to mention cute as a bug’s ear. She’s accompanied by the Osipov Russian Folk Orchestra uner the direction of Vladimir Andropov.
- Angelina Weidl, Melanie Oesch, and Herlinde Lindner, “Erzherzog Johann Jodler“/”Zillertaler Bravourjodler“ Frauleins Weidl, Oesch, and Lindner are yodelers from Switzerland. Quite obviously, they enjoy it.
- Isle of Cumbrae Pipe Band, “Scotland The Brave”/”Blue Bells Of Scotland” From Scotland, although the song they sing as they march off isn’t exactly traditional Scottish pipe music. Country music is popular in Scotland and Ireland.
- NOVA, “Corcovado” This is a group from Los Angeles (their singer, Laura Vall, was born in Brazil) that does bossa nova. “Corcovado” is a classic piece written by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
- Sunidhi Chauhan, “Aaja Nachle (full title song)” The lovely lady dancing here is Madhuri Dixit, but her voice is dubbed by the equally lovely Ms. Chauhan. This is from the 2007 movie Aaja Nachle, and that’s all I can tell you. Bollywood has this effect on me: I have no idea what’s going on, but I don’t want it to stop.
- Yemi Alade, “Oh My Gosh” Yemi Alade (Ah-la-day) is a Nigerian pop singer, and a very enjoyable one at that.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 22, 2020.