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your favorite non-English music

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  • Added on: July 30th, 2010
travelgirltiff wrote:one of my favorite songs of all time is "ana oulache" by cheb mami. hes algerian but i think lives in france. you can hear both of those as influences in his music. its quite beautiful.

Love Cheb Mami, and rai generally. There's a great live album of a concert by Rachid Taha, Khaled, and Faudel in Paris from about 10 years ago called 1, 2, 3, Soleils. Definitely worth checking out.


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  • Added on: August 6th, 2010
thank you for that suggestion felix. i will check it out.
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  • Added on: September 19th, 2010
French! we have a lot of world music and the French ones have got to be our favorites. Our favorite is "French Cafe". You can listen to samples of it here:

http://www.putumayo.com/en/catalog_item ... bum_id=114
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  • Added on: September 25th, 2010
Try these:

Amadou and Mariam (worth a second mention, try Senegal Fast Food for starters)-> Mali
Noir Desir (Le Vent Nous Portera)-> France
Tricot Machine (L'ours)-> also France
Yasar Kurt (Ruhum)-> Turkey
Egschiglen (Uils Dundaa Sain)-> Mongolia
Zemfira (Progylka)-> Russia

Felix the Hat

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  • Added on: September 25th, 2010
Since we're on French music, I love it too. French music that is, not Anglo-derivative music performed by French people. The latter can be bad enough to make a person cringe. Some of my favorites of the good stuff are:

-Les Negresses Vertes. Very Mediterranean-sounding stuff, ranging from gypsy to rai to classic French cafe fare.

-Mano Negra. Okay, Manu Chao has always sung in Spanish more than French, but they rock.

-Serge Gainsbourg. The ultimate louche rock star, a la française.

-Les Rita Mitsouko. Awesome 80s stuff.

-Arthur H. Dark stuff reminiscent of Tom Waits, without being derivative.

-Thomas Fersen. Very lyonnais.


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  • Added on: November 8th, 2010
Good to see other Goran Bregovic fans here! I love Gogol Bordellos as well, their music is mostly in English but it mixes balkin sounding music with punk. Die Toten hosen are one of the best German bands.


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  • Added on: November 11th, 2010
Just a few of my favorites:

Ray Barretto - Acid
Prem Joshua - Ramana
Sukwinder Singh & Sapana Awasthi - Chaiyya Chaiyya
Nussrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mustt Mustt

Now to spend the next few hours sampling all the other artists mentioned here....
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With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

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  • Added on: May 10th, 2011
Here's a couple:

Cape Verde Islands - Cesaria Evora, beautiful voice
Pakistan - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Try the Dub Qawwali album for starters.


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