Saturday, June 29, 2013

Legendary Korean singer/songwriter Kim Kwang Seok. He was famous for his introspective lyrics and great voice and preferred performing in front of live audiences rather than in the studio. He committed suicide on
January 6, 1996.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Psychedelic pop sounds straight from Pakistan's Lollywood. This track is from the follow up of the amazing compilation ''The Sound of Wonder''. It features western-influenced psychedelic Urdu-pop songs from the 60's and 70's.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A pop and bossa nova tune from Japan's girl pop scene from 1966-1970. An important era for Japan's rock modernism. This song called ''Peacock Baby'' was sung by musician Reiko Ohara. Thanks to Big Beat label.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Once more Boubacar Traoré but this time a much older recording. This is the famous ''Mali-Twist'', recorded in 1963, which was played every day on the radio and became a symbol of Mali's indepence.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Rhodope folk song, sung by Rumen Rhodopski and accompanied by Kaba Gaida. The Kaba Gaida is a traditional Bulgarian bagpipe instrument coming from the Rhodope Mountains. It is similar to the Gaida, a bagpipe made out of sheep or goat hide coming from Southeastern Europe and the Balkans. The stocks and the drone a normally made out of wood or animal horn. The blowpipe is wooden or bone. The drone which is a constant, low harmony tone, is mostly an E.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A beautiful piece of Chinese bamboo flute music performed by musician Chen Yue. The Xiao is an ancient Chinese vertikal end blown flute which comes in different varieties but is generally made of bamboo. The popular Japanese flute Shakuhachi is actually descendend from an earlier form of the Chinese Xiao, which was brought to Japan approximately 500 years ago. Originally this flute was used by Buddhist monks as an instrument for meditation. Also pay attention to the beautifully played piano which accompanies the flute.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A live recording of legendary Paskistani Qawwali singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He is considered as one of the greatest singers of all time. Qawwali is a form of Sufi music which is about 600-700 years old. As musical instruments the pump organ, the Tabla and Dholak drum and hand-clapping are used. In addition to that is homophonic singing. Especially remerkable is that, although classical Sufi literature is used as basis for the lyrics, the singing of these long lasting pieces (this one is 30 minutes long) is mostly improvised.