Woofman's World Music

The Sounds and Rhythms of Every Genre, From Any Time and Any Where, with something for everyone!

About the Show

Once upon a time, there was a DJ named WolfMan Jack who became very well-known for his presentation of rock and roll music to America via the radio.

Now, Mushroom FM brings you WoofMan Tom, whose passion is to achieve a similar objective by sharing the world’s music through the ever-expanding world-wide auspices of The Mushroom.

The aim of this show is to provide a totally eclectic music and sound experience - everything from field recordings of the world’s indigenous cultures, to the latest in expertly produced multi-cultural collaborations, all guaranteed to rock your socks off. What you’ll discover is that this genre we call World music actually includes all music nowadays. In fact, it is nothing more than the inevitable merging of influences as technology shrinks and transforms the world into a true global village.

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn how the road to musical success is not an easy one in much of the world, but the challenges faced by many artists have also resulted in inspiring stories that should really be shared. Many have leveraged their career success to become major agents of social change, just as we’re doing here, at Mushroom FM.

And so, we hope you’ll join the WoofMan each week as he eagerly presents his musical treasures and the stories behind their creation. As you’ll see below, the extensive show notes will help to guide you along your own paths of exploration

About Me, the WoofMan

OK, so my name is actually Tom Dekker, but a large percentage of my friends just call me Woofie a lot of the time. This is because they know how much I admire and respect dogs, especially the ones who so faithfully and skillfully guide so many of us through the world. They help us so much, and their presence is healing, just like music. They teach us what love really means. They force us into a playful mood if we’re feeling down, just the way music pushes us to dance and feel happy. Anyway, you get the idea. It’s all just woofie! Woofs are fun, and now, I’m a fun-guy, so there you go. What impeccable logic, eh? Oh yeah, and I’m Canadian, too. I’d invite you to come visit Vancouver Island, but be warned. You may not want to leave.

From as far back as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by new sounds and rhythms. Lord knows, I was always in trouble for everything from drumming out rhythms on things and inventing weird noises, to imitating people’s accents and voices, most of which traits have been largely (though not necessarily completely) brought under control. Even before I ever started school, I would play with the short wave radio and freak people out by memorizing station ID’s or program intros, regardless of the language. I would even get annoyed because the local stations that were so clear only played “ordinary stuff” and nothing interesting like far away ones. So, in certain respects, I haven’t changed that much from when I was wee. Otherwise, this show wouldn’t be happening, would it?

During my life I’ve been a road musician, consumer advocate, gainfully employed “Phone Phreak”, and assistive tech instructor. In 2002 (at age 50) I went back to school and became a rehab teacher. Just before I did that, I had a show called “World Beat Toronto” on ACBRI, but I decided to stop that so I could focus on school.

But now, I’m retired (sort of) and I can do what I want! And one thing I’ve really wanted has been to get back to doing a show, so here I am, and very happy about it, too!

Contacting the Show

You can contact the show either by e-mail to tom@mushroomfm.com or viaTwitter @WoofmanTom.

Acknowledgement

Just so you know, the show notes you will find below would not exist without the constant support of my partner in crime and life in general, Ken Sudhues. Ironically, he knew next to nothing about “world music” when we met in 2003. Now, because he’s a research nut, with an encyclopedia built into his head, he knows more about the stuff than I do, which is very useful, especially when I go off on a tangent and start doing other things! Thank you, Ken!

Show Notes

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Every Way That I Can Time - 2:47 Artist - Sertab Erener Album - No Boundaries (2000)
Sertab Erener is a Turkish pop music singer and crossover soprano with a vocal range that extends to high F. She is one of the most successful female Turkish pop singers, and is considered one of the divas of Turkish pop music. In Europe, she is best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest of 2003 with "Every Way That I Can.

Pare Me Agera (Take Me Wind) Time - 3:04 Artist - Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis Album - NYN (2016)
Kristi and Stathis called their album NYN which means ‘Now’ in Ancient Greek. The title sums up the central message, to live in the here and now. Not to ponder the uncertain future or to indulge in fuzzy nostalgia-laden memories of a once glorious past. The album closes with a choir of friends singing ‘All things come and go... so passes life’. A meditative prayer sung true.

The idea of ‘nowness’ is heard in Kristi and Stathis’ musical mix too. They draw from tradition lacing their offering with Greek traditional folk, rebetika and modal Byzantine chanting, then they kick back, pumping psychedelic rock, punk, contemporary electronica and other far-ranging sounds through the main artery of their sound. Their sound is indeed ‘Greekadelic’.

Neratzoula Fountomeni (Neratzoula Ablaze) Time - 3:27 Artist - Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis Album - Greekadelia (2012)
The invented term ‘Greekadelia’ perfectly captures the far-out spirit of this album. First, of course, Kristi and Stathis are both Greek and draw their central artistic inspiration from their homeland. Second, the pun on ‘psychedelia’ relates to the duo’s ability to create music that shape-shifts, twisting and turning their listeners’ expectations, and plunging them deep into a new world of expression.

Stala, Stala (Trickle, Trickle) Time - 2:49 Artist - Nikos Papazoglou Album - Haratsi (1984/2007)
Nikos Papazoglou was a Greek singer-songwriter, musician, and producer who began performing with a number of local Greek groups in the 1960s. In 1972, he moved to Aachen in Germany with the group Zilotis to break into the international music scene. The group recorded six songs in Milan, and shortly afterwards, he returned to Greece.

From 1984 onward, Papazoglou organized his tours by himself. He and his band known as Loxi Falaga (meaning Oblique order), played in small venues in villages and small islands, gaining popularity with the public. His works generated an expanding audience in northern Europe and America and was very well known with his signature red bandana. He died in 2011.

Ena Karavi (A Ship) Time - 3:25 Artist - Vasilis Papakonstadinou Album - Ef' Olis Tis Ilis (2007)
Vasilis Papakonstantinou is a Greek singer known mostly for his work in rock. Most of his songs have been popular in Greece and Cyprus.

At age 7, he moved to Athens along with his large family (he has fifteen siblings!). His adolescence was marked by the musical and social trends of the 1960s: protest rock, international peace and liberation movements, while Greece was trying to quickly heal the wounds of its 1946-49 Civil War. Papakonstantinou became a leftist without becoming a member of a leftist party. Since 1975, he has released 30 albums.

Gennithika gia na Pono (Born to Suffer) Time - 3:51 Artist - Cigdem Aslan Album - A Thousand Cranes (2016)
Cigdem Aslan is an Istanbul-born singer who sings in many languages and regional styles, including Turkish, Kurdish, Greek, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Roma, and Ladino. Her musical journey started within the family. Coming from Kurdish Alevi background, in which music is one of the pivotal elements of the culture, she grew up with the rich sounds of her culture and then gradually met with the other sounds of Istanbul and beyond.

In 2003 she moved to London and joined the Dunav Balkan Group. In 2008 she joined She’Koyokh, one of Britain’s foremost klezmer and Balkan music bands.

Cigdem’s debut album 'Mortissa' was released in October 2013, and focuses on Rebetiko and Smyrnaic songs from Asia Minor and Greece, mainly from the 1930s.

Her second album 'A Thousand Cranes' was released in October 2016.

Eynigao Ti Skia Mou (In My Shadow) Time - 2:17 Artist - Sokratis Malamas Album - Paramythia (1991/2009)
Sokratis Malamas is a Greek singer and songwriter. He was born in Greece but his family moved to Stuttgart, Germany for a few years and he later moved back to Greece. He sang bouzouki songs and learned about music from his father. At age 13 he bought his first guitar and followed his music studies at the Macedonian Conservatory. He also attended studies at the National Conservatory of Athens. At 23, he began his professional career, working as a guitar teacher and a singer, and was a guitarist in the band of Nikos Papazoglou. In this piece, Sokratis is providing backup for singer Melina Kana.

Giati Thes Na Fygeis (Why Would You Want to Go?) Time - 2:20 Artist - Glykeria Album - Ta Themelia Mou Sta Vouna (2008)
Glykeria Kotsoula is a Greek singer active in Greece and Cyprus, while also gaining fame in Israel, France, Turkey, Spain, and England. Her career has spanned over 30 years and has been marked by several multi-platinum releases. In 2010, Alpha TV ranked Glykeria as only the third top-certified female artist in the country since 1960.

Aradana Time - 2:59 Artist - Aziza Brahim Album - Soutak (2010)
Aziza Brahim is a Sahrawi singer and actress. She was born in the Sahrawi refugee camps, in the Tindouf region of Algeria where her mother had settled after fleeing from the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara. Her father died in the war that followed.

Growing up in the severe conditions of the desert camps, Aziza discovered music as both a source of entertainment and a natural way to express and communicate her personal emotions and thoughts of resistance.

At age 11, she received a scholarship to study in Cuba, as did many Sahrawi students at the time. She wanted to study music, but was rejected. She left school and returned to the refugee camps in 1995, pursuing her musical career from there. Since 2000 she has lived in Spain, first in León and later in Barcelona.

In 1998 she toured Europe with and the Sahrawi group Leyoad, visiting Spain, France and Germany. In 1999 she returned to the refugee camps, recording a session for Sahrawi National Radio with Tuareg musicians. Between 2001 and 2003, she again toured in Spain, France and Germany with Leyoad. In 2007 she created the group Gulili Mankoo, composed of musicians from Western Sahara, Spain, Colombia and Senegal, mixing traditional African music with blues and rock, recording her first solo work with them on the EP "Mi Canto" in 2008. Since 2009, Aziza Brahim has been regularly touring Spain and France with the Basque txalaparta group Oreka Tx, in the "Nömadak Tx " tour.

Lauhazka (Galloping) Time - 4:09 Artist - Oreka TX, Hun Huur Tu, Aziza Brahim Album - Nömadak TX (2009)
The Basque txalaparta is a kind of xylophone, always played by two, that has origins in the countryside, and it almost disappeared. In the 1960s few played it openly due to official suppression of Basque culture by the Spanish dictatorship. The last txalaparta players had to keep their instruments hidden away for fear of arrest by the Spanish Civil Guard.

The txalaparta has a sound that is instantly recognizable. Because each player has two percussion sticks, the four coordinated beats can sound like hoofbeats. The instrument has undergone a renaissance, in part through the efforts of Oreka TX, a txalaparta duo from the region. Harkaitz Martinez de San Vicente and Igor Otxoa are the main players, and Nömadak TX is their second CD, the soundtrack to their first film, an 88-minute documentary.

Alurr Time - 3:40 Artist - Kalakan & Oreka TX Album - Oreka TX (2009)
Kalakan is a Basque band composed of Thierry Biscary, Jamixel Bereau and Xan Errotabehere. It is characterized by minimalist arrangements (vocals, percussions) of Basque traditional songs. After having collaborated and toured Europe with pianists Katia et Marielle Labèque, the band become known to a larger audience when they collaborated with Madonna during her MDNA Tour.

In Euskara, Kalakan means "chatting". The band members love their mother tongue and its musicality and they arrange Basque traditional songs to give them a contemporary sound. The percussion techniques used are inspired by bands such as Dakha Brakha (Ukraine), Barbatuques (Brasil) and Berrogüetto (Galicia).

Kalakan plays Basque percussion instruments (pandereta, txalaparta, tobera, ttun-ttun, atabal), body percussions and handcrafted large drums.

Yarab Time - 5:05 Artist - Malouma Album - Nour (2007)
Malouma Mint El Meidah is a Mauritanian singer, songwriter and politician. Raised by parents versed in traditional Mauritanian music, she first performed when she was twelve, soon featuring in solo concerts. Her first song "Habibi Habeytou" harshly criticized the way in which women were treated by their husbands. Though an immediate success, it caused an outcry from the traditional ruling classes. After being forced into marriage while still a teenager, Malouma had to give up singing until 1986. She then developed her own style combining traditional music with blues, jazz, and electro. Appearing on television with songs addressing highly controversial topics such as conjugal life, poverty and inequality, she was censored in Mauritania in the early 1990s but began to perform abroad by the end of the decade. After the ban was finally lifted, she relaunched her singing and recording career, gaining popularity, particularly among the younger generation. Her fourth album, Knou (2014), includes lyrics expressing her views on human rights and women's place in society.

Blessing Time - 3:58 Artist - Mariana Sadovska & Christian Thomé Album - Vesna (2016)
For this album, Mariana Sadovska has teamed up with German percussionist and electronica specialist Christian Thomé, creating an ever-changing collage of ancient Ukrainian folk songs and contemporary electro-acoustic sounds.

Their assortment of instruments from harmonium to Jews-harp to laptop is woven together by Mariana's powerful voice, in a program suspended between the here and there, glued together by ancient roots, driven over unknown territory, travelling through curious bodies of sound.

Vesna is an east-western acoustic road movie: a meeting of cultures in poetry and melodies, which tells of the confrontation of love and death, of despair and hope – always in search of freedom and identity.

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Tortapapír Time - 6:21 Artist - Besh o droM Album - GyÍ (2008)
Besh o droM is a Hungarian music group. Their music blends folk and contemporary instruments (including cymbalon and turntables, for instance), in styles ranging from jazz to world music. They acknowledge influences from Transylvanian, Jewish, Turkish, Afghan, Egyptian, Lebanese, Armenian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Macedonian and Greek musical traditions.

The band was formed in Budapest in August 1999. The large band uses a Romany title in the Lovari dialect (Besh o droM means ’sit on the road’ literally), but its real meaning is ’follow your path, get on with it’. It is also wordplay in Hungarian meaning ’I am rolling...’ (a cigarette).

Nekemtenemmutogatol Time - 5:30 Artist - Besh o droM Album - Can't Make Me (2002)
Besh o droM often finds itself at odds with folk purists as they essentially take their material out of the museum showcase to arrange it in their own, highly original fashion - considering this heritage as anyone's treasure trove.

Ayar Time - 3:20 Artist - Hüsnü Arkan Album - Solo (2010)
Translated from the Turkish language Wikipedia: Hüsnü Arkan is a Turkish vocalist, composer, and writer. Born in 1958, he graduated from the Faculty of Law at Dokuz Eylül University and began to deal with writing and music. He lived in Amsterdam for 8 years and gave concerts in many cities of Europe with his band from the mid-1980s. In July 1991, he released his first solo album, "A Phoney Loneliness".

He left his band in 2010 and released his second album "Solo". He has released four new albums since.

Rengarenk Time - 2:40 Artist - Sertab Erener Album - Rengârenk (2010)
Sertab Erener is a Turkish pop music singer and crossover soprano with a vocal range that extends to high F. She is one of the most successful female Turkish pop singers, and is considered one of the divas of Turkish pop music. In Europe, she is best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 with her hit song "Every Way That I Can.

Hadi Bakalım Time - 4:56 Artist - Sezen Aksu Album - Gülümse (1991)
Sezen Aksu is a Turkish pop music singer, songwriter and producer who has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. Her nicknames include the "Queen of Turkish Pop" and Minik Serçe ("Little Sparrow").

Aksu's influence on Turkish pop and world music has continued since her debut in 1975, and has been reinforced by her patronage of and collaboration with many other musicians, including Sertab Erener.

Aksu's parents discouraged her singing because they wanted her to have a steady profession as a doctor or engineer. She used to wait until they left the house and sing on the family's balcony. After finishing high school, she began studying at the local agricultural institute, but left college to concentrate on music.

She has championed a variety of causes, including support for constitutional reform, minority rights, women's rights, the environment, and educational reform in Turkey.

Sretan Božić Svakome Time - 2:41 Artist - Klapa Iskon Album - Sretan Božić - 120 Originalnih Hitova (2011)
Klapa Iskon is, like Libar, a band from Split, Croatia. There is no information available online in English.

Translating the lyrics from Croatian using Google produced some interesting results:
Mouths laugh in Vienna and Rio.
All sins are forgiven.
Dogs will give cats badges and
Together will depart in the starry night.

All the soldiers will lend a hand
And the Chinese will Eskimo
Across the country
Sending big congratulations.

Brate Brate Gospodo Time - 4:00 Artist - Postolar Tripper Album - Popravni (2008)
Originally a duo, Postolar Tripper is now a 7-member hip hop-ethno-ska-reggae band from Zadar, Croatia. They first appeared on the music scene by posting their song "Aaaaaaaaa!" in 2002. Other songs followed, confirming the band's hip-hop/ethno style (speaking in the rural dialect of Dalmatia's Ravni kotari).

Hypnovielle Time - 6:46 Artist - Oneira Album - Si la mar (2011)
Italy-based trio Oneira (Dreams) was formed in 2010, and is the creative vehicle of composer and guitarist Filippos Gougoumis. Interested in music from a young age, he got the time to pursue his musical ideas after getting his degree in Medicine. And as his ideas developed, he hooked up with drummer Erik Spedicato and keyboardist Giampolo Begnini, both of them professional musicians, and Oneira was born. One year later the threesome had their debut effort ready and released it. The band’s official website is Japanese.

Gypsy Love Time - 3:06 Artist - Light In Babylon Album - Hadra Trance Festival, Vol. 8 (2014)
A celebration of the cosmopolitan traditions of both Istanbul and the Sephardic Jewish community is an example of the great music that is coming out of the Eastern Mediterranean right now, Light in Babylon debuted their first official album “Life sometimes doesn’t give you space” in 2012.

Their project is a fusion of different ethnicities and cultures: the singer is Israeli from Iranian origin, the santur player is Turkish, and the guitarist is French. The trio now performs on stage with the support of two other musicians, the percussionist Stuart Dickson and the bassist Jack Butler.

Gosse Overman Time - 3:15 Artist - Guido Möbius Album - Gebirge (2009)
A staple of the Berlin electronic scene, producer, DJ, artist and serial collaborator to boot, Guido Möbius seems a restless figure. His music is also often at odds with a lot of the cool, urban avant-classical electronica that has been the staple in the last decade or so in German alternative pop. His sound often reflects uncomfortable moral or spiritual interzones, where the listener is confronted with ambiguous passages suggestive of something sinister.

Holy Day Time - 4:25 Artist - Kultur Shock Album - Integration (2009)
Based in Seattle and active since 1996, Kultur Shock combines Balkan folk music with punk, metal and art rock. Its members hail from Bosnia, Bulgaria, and the United States. The band has performed over 800 shows throughout the United States and Europe. Kultur Shock released IX their ninth album in 2014.

The band defines itself as "a live band of blue-collar immigrants".

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Longa Farahfaza Time - 3:16 Artist - Simon Shaheen Album - Turath (1992)
Simon Shaheen is a Palestinian-American oud and violin virtuoso and composer.

At the age of 2, Shaheen moved with his family to Haifa, Israel, but spent most of the weekends in an Arab village in northern Israel. The Shaheen family is known for its musicality with music instructor and father Hikmat, oud-playing and instrument-making brother Najib, violinist and oud playing William, and singing sisters Laura and Rosette.

Simon began playing the oud at 5, and the violin shortly thereafter. He attended Tel Aviv University, earning degrees in Arabic literature and music performance. In 1980 he emigrated to the United States to study music at the Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen.

He founded the Near Eastern Music Ensemble and organizes arts festivals and retreats. Shaheen also heads the Arabic Music Retreat, held annually at Mt. Holyoke College's campus in Massachusetts which brings together a large faculty instructing Arabic music for a week and concludes with a concert.

Shaheen now lives in New York City, where he leads an Arabic ensemble called Qantara which he formed. In 1994 he received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In addition to his work in traditional and classical Arabic music, Shaheen has participated in many cross-cultural musical projects, including performing with producer Bill Laswell, Colombian singer Soraya, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and with klezmer musicians The Klezmatics.

Lost Time - 3:55 Artist - Hoba Hoba Spirit Album - Lost (2014)
Hoba Hoba Spirit is a musical fusion band based in Casablanca, Morocco that was formed in 1998. It is composed of Adil Hanine (drummer), Anouar Zehouani (guitarist), Saâd Bouidi (Bass guitar), Reda Allali (vocalist and guitarist), and Othmane Hmimar (percussionist). The name of the group is based on a song by Bob Marley.

Hoba Hoba Spirit's musical style mixes Rock, Reggae and Gnawa. They refer to their music as "Hayha". Their lyrics are mostly in Darija (Moroccan Arabic dialect), French and sometimes English. Recurring themes in their songs are the disorientation and confusion of young Moroccans.

Since 2003, the band has emerged as one of the most popular rock acts in Morocco, frequently playing the country's major festivals.

Jibal Alnuba Time - 4:13 Artist - Alsarah & The Nubatones Album - Silt (2014)
Alsarah is a Sudanese-American singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist. She has performed with the groups The Epichorus and Alsarah & the Nubatones.

Alsarah formed Alsarah and the Nubatones in 2010, with her sister, Nahid, on backing vocals, bassist Mawuena Kodjovi, oudist Brandon Terzic, and percussionist Rami El-Aasser.

They released their debut recording, Soukura EP, in 2014, followed by the full-length album Silt later the same year. The song "Soukura" appears on both albums.

Habibi Taal Time - 3:18 Artist - Alsarah & The Nubatones Album - Silt (2014)

La Molinera Time - 3:58 Artist - Radio Tarifa Album - Cruzando El Rio (2000)
Radio Tarifa was a Spanish World music ensemble combining Flamenco, Arab-Andalusian, Arabian, and Moorish music, of the Middle Ages and of the Caribbean. The name of the ensemble comes from an imaginary radio station in Tarifa, a small town in the southernmost Spanish province of Cadiz, Andalusia, the nearest part of Spain to Morocco.

Instead of simply fusing musical styles as they currently exist, Radio Tarifa went back in time to the common past of those styles, back to before 1492 when the Moors and Jews were exiled from Spain. This invented style sheds light upon the real styles of Spain, most notably flamenco. They also combine instruments from Ancient Egypt, classical Greek and Roman times with modern saxophones and electric bass.

Their first recording, Rumba Argelina, was recorded in 1993 and became a sensation in Europe when it was released in 1996, and again when it was issued in America in 1997.

After 14 years of intense activity - according to their website - the band announced they would take an indefinite break; their farewell concert was performed in Barcelona on 11 November 2006.

Silencio Time - 3:29 Artist - David Bisbal Album - Premonición (2006)
David Bisbal is a Spanish pop sensation who embarked on a chart-topping solo recording career in 2002 after catapulting to fame on the inaugural season of the popular television show Operación Triunfo, a reality show fashioned after American Idol. He made his full-length solo album debut in 2002 with Corazón Latino.

El oasis de los dioses Time - 3:55 Artist - Ketama & Khaled Album - 20 Pa' Ketama (2004)
Ketama was a Spanish musical group in the new flamenco tradition, formed in Madrid in the early eighties, taking its name from a well-known valley in Morocco.

Fusing flamenco with other musical forms (salsa, Brazilian music, reggae, funk, jazz), they created a style that lies somewhere between flamenco and pop salsa. Their music drew as much criticism as praise because purists did not like the change from traditional flamenco, but the group won over the young public. They continued to fuse other music in, and their 2002 album, Dame la Mano, added hip hop and house music. This was the last release before their break-up began. Their farewell was accompanied by "20 pa' Ketama" (2004): twenty songs for their followers. With a selection of their best songs and few other new releases and surprises, the band put an end to their twenty-year professional and musical career.

Y Tu Que Piensas Time - 3:39 Artist - OBK Album - Últimatum (2008)
OBK is a Spanish synthpop music group from Barcelona, Spain, composed of Jordi Sánchez and Miguel Arjona. They were famous for introducing electronic music in Spain and played together from 1990 to 2012.

Paniarjuk Time - 2:56 Artist - The Jerry Cans Album - Inuusiq (Life) (2016)
The Jerry Cans (Pai Gaalaquatikkut in Inuktitut) is a band from Iqaluit, Nunavut who combine traditional Inuit throat singing with folk music and country music. Their music is largely written in Inuktitut, the indigenous language of the Inuit people, with lyrics which "reflect the challenges and beauty of life in the Far North". Their 2016 album, Inuusiq/Life, was released on Aakuluk Music, Nunavut's first record label, which the band's members established in 2016 "to support Inuit and Indigenous musicians".

The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Andrew Morrison, vocalist and accordionist Nancy Mike, violinist Gina Burgess, bassist Brendan Doherty and drummer Steve Rigby. The band's name derives from Rigby once trying to build a drum set out of old jerrycans.

Morrison, the band's lead singer, was not fluent in Inuktitut prior to becoming romantically involved with Mike. The couple later formed the band with Doherty and Rigby, while Burgess, originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, joined the band after visiting Iqaluit on a cultural exchange program.

Their debut album, Nunavuttitut, was released in 2012.

The band were modestly successful in their early years, but began to attract wider mainstream attention after Tanya Tagaq won the Polaris Music Prize in 2014, increasing the visibility and commercial viability of Inuit throat singing. Their third album, Inuusiq/Life, was released in 2016. They have toured extensively across Canada and will be playing in both Scotland and Australia later this year.

Ukiuq Time - 4:47 Artist - The Jerry Cans Album - Inuusiq (Life) (2016)

A Chicken with Its Head Cut Off Time - 2:42 Artist - The Magnetic Fields Album - 69 Love Songs (1999)
The Magnetic Fields (named after the André Breton/Philippe Soupault novel Les Champs Magnétiques) is an American indie pop group founded and led by Stephin Merritt. He is the group's primary songwriter, producer and vocalist, as well as frequent multi-instrumentalist. The Magnetic Fields is essentially a vehicle for Merritt's songwriting, as are various side-projects, such as The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes and The Gothic Archies. While the musical style of the band is as malleable as Merritt's songwriting, its songs are commonly attributed to pop genres such as synthpop, indie pop, Baroque pop and noise pop. The band is often cited as being recognizable by Merritt's lyrics, often about love and often with irregular or neutral gender roles, that are by turns ironic, tongue-in-cheek, bitter, and humorous.

Awuno Mganga Ndeje (Cry of the Bush Bird) Time - 4:20 Artist - Zawose & Brook Album - Assembly (2002)
Hukwe Ubi Zawose was a prominent Tanzanian musician. He was a member of the Gogo ethnic group and played the ilimba, a large lamellophone similar to the mbira, as well as several other traditional instruments. He was also a highly regarded singer.

He came to national and international attention after Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere invited him to live and work in Dar es Salaam. He also gained much attention for his work with Peter Gabriel, and released two albums (Chibite and Assembly) on Gabriel's Real World Records label. His final release before his death in 2003, Assembly, was a collaborative effort with producer/guitarist Michael Brook. At the 2005 Tanzania Music Awards he was given the Hall of fame award. His family is included in the 2009 documentary Throw Down Your Heart, which follows American banjo player Béla Fleck as he journeys through Africa.

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Down East Day Time - 4:07 Artist - The Fables Album - Homebrew 10 (2009)
Spawned from several successful acts such as Wonderful Grand Band and The Irish Descendants, The Fables came together in 1997 and had an immediate impact on the Atlantic Canadian music scene with an energetic live show as well as an award-winning debut album that effortlessly mixed traditional and pop/rock elements.

Since the late ‘90s, The Fables have thrived in the midst of numerous personnel changes, an extended hiatus, and a vastly altering music business. All four of their studio albums have received numerous accolades and have produced radio hits such as “Heave Away,” “Tear the House Down,” “St. John’s,” and “Mauzy Monday.” Much to the delight of fans across Newfoundland and beyond, the original Fables line-up of Glenn Simmons, Billy Sutton, D’Arcy Broderick, Dave Fitzpatrick, and Clyde Wiseman reunited for a string of summer 2015 dates.

Chase the Man Time - 3:05 Artist - The Barra MacNeils Album - Closer to Paradise (1993)
As a group, the MacNeil siblings are widely regarded as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world. Hailing from Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, the family group is deeply rooted in Celtic music, culture, dance, language and history. Their numerous critically acclaimed recordings have included their own original songs as well as tried and true standards, both instrumental and vocal.

The Barra MacNeils are: Kyle (vocals, guitar, violin, mandolin), Lucy (vocals, bodhran, Celtic harp, fiddle, stepdancing), Sheumas (keyboards, piano, bodhran, fiddle, bouzouki, vocals), Stewart (vocals, accordion, tin whistle, flute, bouzouki, guitar, stepdancing), Boyd (mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo, percussion, stepdancing) and Jamie Gatti (bass).

Their recent releases have covered the span of their entire career, as well as live concerts reflecting the musical course of their career, from humble family beginnings to world wide acclaim. The concert touring in support of these projects has taken the group to theatre and festival stages coast to coast across Canada, had them jetting across America from festival stage to theatre stages and beyond, as well as sending them to Ireland and Scotland for prestigious events across the Atlantic.

Crazy Fool Time - 3:24 Artist - Kevin Breit Album - Simple Earnest Plea (2011)
Kevin Breit is a guitarist, vocalist, and singer-songwriter from McKerrow, Ontario, Canada. His group, The Sisters Euclid, has been a fixture at the Orbit Room in Toronto for the past 13 years. Breit has worked as a touring guitarist or session musician with a variety of musicians including Norah Jones, Michael Kaeshammer, Celine Dion, Marc Jordan, Molly Johnson, Harry Manx, Holly Cole, Rosanne Cash, Serena Ryder, the Rankins, and Hugh Laurie. He also performs as a solo artist and as a member of the folk group Folkalarm. He was awarded the 2012 Canada’s Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album as a member The Stretch Orchestra. Breit has performed on recordings that have earned 13 Grammy Awards.

Pecto Time - 3:42 Artist - Jaojoby Album - Aza arianao (2000)
In 1970 Eusèbe Jaojoby began singing in the northern town of Diego-Suarez, performing with bands that were starting to blend American soul and funk with Malagasy musical traditions. He gained popularity and toured regionally, then, after a short break in the 1980s to pursue a career in journalism, Jaojoby resumed his musical career and rose to national prominence with his 1988 hit "Samy Mandeha Samy Mitady". He became a full-time professional musician in 1993 and has since released eight full-length albums and has toured extensively. His band includes his wife and adult children, some of whom have their own bands.

Hulu-Dane Time - 4:52 Artist - Gigi Album - Gold & Wax (2006)
Ejigayehu Shibabaw, known by her stage name Gigi, is one of the most successful contemporary Ethiopian singers worldwide. She has brought the music of Ethiopia to wider recognition and developed it in combination with a wide variety of other.

Gigi was born and raised in Chagni in northwestern Ethiopia. She has described learning traditional songs from an Ethiopian Orthodox priest in the family home. She lived in Kenya for a few years before moving to San Francisco in about 1998.

Min Teshalew Time - 3:49 Artist - Album - Sayat Demissie Kihe 3, Vol. 1 (2011)
Sayat Demissie, a singer from Addis Ababa, was Miss Ethiopia 2004. In her Twitter profile she describes herself as “loyal friend, hard working, not so bad chef, singer, entrepreneur, actress, director, writer”.

Irrekum Time - 5:07 Artist - Jano Album - Ertale (2012)
According to the band’s summary on Amazon, Jano is an “Ethiopian rock explosion. Traditional melodies, massive bass and drum polyrhythms, metal guitar assault, soaring vocals, dense electronic textures. A devastating energy blast. So far, there has been nothing this powerful and versatile that will most likely come to be associated with so-called ''World music''. African Futurism at it's most liberated and intense. With a hard rock element unheard until now in Ethiopian music.” What more is there to say?

O Africaye Time - 4:04 Artist - Teddy Afro Album - Tikur Sew (2013)
Teddy Afro (Tewodros Kassahun) is an Ethiopian singer and one of the most popular artists in Ethiopia.

Teddy Afro‘s first album Abugida was a milestone in contemporary music in Ethiopia. His songs about Emperor Hailesilase I and the great athlete Haile Gebresilase were among the best selling and most played songs for years. His third album, Jah - Yasteseryal, was released in 2005. This album was one the most influential and controversial. Release of this album coincided with elevated political tension in Ethiopia surrounding the general election of 2005. His politically and socially inspired songs acted as a call for unity and peace. To suppress the patriotic feelings Afro was inciting through his songs, the government banned four of his songs. Nonetheless, the album sold more than a million copies within a few months after its release.

His most recent album, Tikur Sew, was released in 2012. The title track hailed Ethiopia's Emperor Menelik II as a champion for all African people, citing his feat of leading the Ethiopian people to victory against an invasion force of Italians at the Battle of Adwa in 1896.

Mameyo Time - 5:30 Artist - Les tambours de Brazza Album - Zangoula (2000)
Les tambours de Brazza resonate with the rhythms of various ethnic groups of the Congo as well as modern influences.

Created in 1991 under the direction of Emile Biayenda, "Les Tambours de Brazza" combine tradition and modernity, with drums, bass, guitar, piano and other modern instruments. Considered by many to be magicians of rhythm and dance, "Les Tambours de Brazza" revive ancestral African rites with contemporary music, and with a nod to rap or reggae. As modern griots, they transmit a message universal peace, freedom and fraternity.

Fever Time - 3:34 Artist - Juluka Album - The Best Of Juluka (1991)
Juluka was a South African band led by Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu. They recorded from 1976 until 1985 when Mchunu moved back to the farm where he was born to take care of his family. Clegg went on to form a new band, Savuka, with whom he achieved even greater international success. A Clegg/Mchunu reunion album, Crocodile Love, released in 1997 did not meet the same critical success as previous albums.

The styles incorporated into Juluka's music are maskanda and mbaqanga, popular musical forms native to South Africa, and western folk and rock. The band employed various instruments besides the guitar and traditional Zulu instruments, such as the saxophone and, later, synthesizers.

Ban Selebré (Come Celebrate) Time - 3:02 Artist - Kuenta i Tambú (KiT) Album - Kuenta i Tambú (EP 2011)
Kuenta i Tambú translates to “Stories and Drums” in Papiamentu, which is the language spoken on the islands of Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire (Dutch Antilles). The group is based in Amsterdam and was formed in 2005 after a series of educational projects at schools and theaters to introduce the music and culture of Curaçao to children in the Netherlands.

Their first songs were written shortly afterward, establishing the sound and identity of the group which nowadays is known for its high energy shows, with a great deal of humorous highlights, hypnotizing beats and dazzling percussive interplay between band members.

Inspired by traditional Afro Caribbean music from Curaçao and European dance, Kuenta i Tambú has created a brand new sound, balanced between electronic sound samples, singing and chanting, and the infectious rhythms played by ritual tambú drums.

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Chelsea Morning Time - 3:03 Artist - Fairport Convention Album - Fairport Convention (1968)
Fairport Convention is an English folk rock and electric folk band. Formed in 1967, they are widely regarded as a key group in the English folk rock movement. This version of Joni Mitchell’s Chelsea Morning pre-dates Joni’s own recording of the song by a year.

Their seminal album Liege & Lief (1969) is considered to have launched the electric folk or English folk rock movement, which provided a distinctively English identity to rock music and helped awaken much wider interest in traditional music in general. The large number of personnel who have been part of the band are among the most highly regarded and influential musicians of their era and have gone on to participate in a large number of significant bands, or enjoyed important solo careers.

Since 1979, they have hosted the Cropredy Festival, which is the largest such annual event in England. Individually and collectively the members of Fairport Convention have received numerous awards recognising their contribution to music and culture. As of 2016, they continue to record and tour.

Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day Time - 4:09 Artist - Jethro Tull Album - War Child (1974)
Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day was actually left over from 1972 writing sessions for what was to have been a follow-up to Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick album. The basic tracks and lead vocals were recorded in France in September 1972.

Originally meant to accompany a film project as a double-album set, War Child (Jethro Tull’s seventh album) was reinstated as a ten-song, single-length rock album after failed attempts to find a major movie studio to finance the film. The War Child movie was written as a metaphysical black comedy concerning a teenage girl in the afterlife, meeting characters based on God, St. Peter and Lucifer, all portrayed as shrewd businessmen.

Sinaly Time - 3:38 Artist - Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba Album - Jama Ko (2013)
Jama Ko is the third studio album from Malian musician Bassekou Kouyate and his band Ngoni Ba. It was released in April 2013. Bassekou Kouyaté is from Mali and he started playing the ngoni at the age of 12.

Kouyaté's debut album Segu Blue was released internationally in 2007. He has also appeared on a number of albums by Toumani Diabaté and has performed in several European countries. In 2010, Kouyaté toured with Béla Fleck (we saw them perform at AfroFest in Toronto that year).

Kouyaté's wife, Amy Sacko, is also a successful solo artist and sings lead in his band.

Wily Kataso Time - 4:24 Artist - Amadou & Mariam Album - Folila (2012)
Amadou lost his vision at the age of 16, while Mariam became blind at age 5 as a consequence of untreated measles. Known as "the blind couple from Mali", they met at Mali's Institute for the Young Blind, where they both performed at the Institute’s Eclipse Orchestra and found they shared an interest in music. Between 1974 and 1980, Amadou played guitar in the West African band Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako. The couple married in 1980 and by 1983 they began to play together while Amadou continued a successful solo career and also ran the blind institute's music program.

Folila was originally going to be two separate albums. One album was recorded in New York City and featured contributions from TV on the Radio, Santigold, Nick Zinner, Jake Shears, Theophilus London, members of Antibalas and Bertrand Cantat. A second album, featuring the same set of songs, was recorded in Amadou and Mariam's hometown of Bamako and featured a team of African artists. However, the couple decided to combine the two albums together to create Folila.

Ena Akhiyan Noo 5:27 Artist - Gaudi & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Album - Dub Qawwali (2007)
Released to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s death, Dub Qawwali is London-based producer and composer, Gaudi’s ode to one of the world’s greatest singers of Qawwali music.

Considered a legend both in and outside of his home country, Nusrat was dubbed the ‘Elvis of the East’ and the ‘Bob Marley of Pakistan’, and travelled the world promoting his unique brand of music inspired by the mystical faith of Sufism. His untimely death left behind a vast repertoire of songs that have been sampled by countless DJs and composers over the years.

Using recently discovered and rare vocal parts recorded in sessions in Pakistan in the late 60s and 70s, Gaudi pays fitting tribute to the master vocalist with an inspiring arrangement of ten tracks. Blending the chilled out tempos of reggae with Qawwali’s spiritually rousing lyrics, he creates a surprisingly successful harmony in Dub Qawwali.

Nusrat’s vocal dexterity is demonstrated in the emotionally-charged “Ena Akhiyan Noo”, and can be likened to a subtle form of eastern rap. They also highlight Gaudi’s ability to handpick interesting, not obvious, songs that combine haunting strings with dub reggae without sounding at odds.

Zuva Rekufa Kwangu Time - 4:59 Artist - John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers Album - John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers (2006)
John Chibadura was one of the best sungura and reggae artists in Zimbabwe. He was popularly known as "Mr Chitungwiza" for being the first musician to own a house in the suburb of Chitungwiza. His music genre was a blend of sungura, jit, rhumba and reggae. He formed his own band, known as The Tembo Brothers. He gained international recognition in the 1980s. Mozambique was his second home and whenever he performed there, Mozambicans welcomed him as a lost son. Chibadura died at age 42 in 1999.

Bitter to the South Time - 4:09 Artist - Bhundu Boys Album - Friends on the Road (1993)
The Bhundu Boys were a Zimbabwean band that played a mixture of chimurenga music with American rock and roll, disco, country, and pop influences. Their style became known as jit, and is quite popular across Africa, with some international success, and has influenced later groups. British world music DJ Andy Kershaw said that at the height of their powers they were "...the single most natural, effortless, catchy pop band I've ever heard"; the BBC's John Peel famously broke down in tears the first time he saw the band perform live.

The name came from bhundu (meaning "bush" or "jungle"), in reference to the young boys who used to aid the nationalist guerrilla fighters in the 1970s war against the white minority government of what was then Rhodesia. Lead singer Biggie Tembo was a Bhundu boy.

The band broke up in 1990.

Ring of Fire Time - 3:38 Artist - Bhundu Boys Album - Friends on the Road (1996)

El Aguacero Time - 3:16 Artist - Liuba María Hevia Album - Ilumíname (2002)
Liuba María Hevia is a singer and composer from Cuba. She has released several CDs, toured internationally, and collaborated with various artists.

Hevia took up the guitar at age 8 and began performing as part of the Cuban musical movement called Nueva Trova (New Verse) in 1982. In the 1990s she gained wider exposure in collaborations with Polito Ibañez and Raul Torres. Her first solo recording was Coloreando la esperanza (Coloring Hope) in 1993. She performs in various styles including guajira, son, danzón, habanera and tango.

Amen Time - 3:38 Artist - Annbjørg Lien Album - Felefeber (1994)
Annbjørg Lien is a Norwegian musician, playing the hardingfele (Hardanger fiddle), violin, and nyckelharpa. She is married to keyboardist and professor Bjørn Ole Rasch.

She first came to national prominence in 1986 and released her first album in 1988. She has received numerous awards, both in Norway and the Nordic countries.

In her work, Lien often combines traditional Norwegian music with jazz and rock. She has traveled to Africa, Asia, Australia, Argentina, Bhutan, Greenland, Iceland, Sri Lanka, North America, and other parts of Europe, and worked with musicians from many countries. In 2006 she performed on Loreena McKennitt's album An Ancient Muse playing nyckelharpa.

Her 2008 project Waltz With Me brought together American fiddler, guitarist and singer Bruce Molsky, Swedish violist Mikael Marin and Canadian cellist Christine Hanson for a concert.

Lien is part of the fiddle ensemble, String Sisters, which formed in 2000 and consists of six string players from different countries, who released their début album Live in 2007.

Tok Jöns Time - 4:38 Artist - Hurdy-Gurdy Album - Prototyp (2005)
The idea of an album using two hurdy-gurdys -- the ancient cranked fiddles that were called medieval synthesizers -- seems straightforward enough. But in the hands of Garmarna's Stefan Brisland-Ferner and Hedningarna's Totte Mattsson, it becomes a whole different ball game. They've been performing live together for a few years, but in the studio they decided to make an electronic album that was just hurdy-gurdy -- meaning every single sound and note came from the instrument. They put it all on computer and began to slice and dice. The result is something that truly combines the ancient and modern. Most of the material is traditional, but you'd be hard-pressed to tell in this setting. It's a masterpiece of the imagination to even conceive of this, let alone execute it so perfectly. It might be out of left field, but it's curiously mainstream. Together, they reinvent the hurdy-gurdy for a new age. This isn't a prototype at all; it's the finished article.

Kauan Kulkenut Time - 3:19 Artist - Värttinä Album - Vihma (1998)
Värttinä, the Finnish word for "spindle" is a folk music band that started as a project by Sari and Mari Kaasinen in 1983. In its current form, the band consists of three female vocalists supported by three acoustic musicians. The vocalists sing in the Karelian dialect of the Finnish language.

Vihma is Värttinä's 7th album, released in 1998. It is primarily pop- and rock-influenced Finnish folk music, but three tracks also include Tuvan throat singing.

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Galloping Horses Time - 2:50 Artist - Anda Union Album - The Wind Horse (2011)
Anda Union aims to preserve and popularize Mongolian culture, and have an emotional, melodic style that has the same universal appeal as great Celtic music. The nine-piece band is from the Inner Mongolia region of northern China, but their atmospheric songs and instrumentals evoke the empty spaces of the Mongolian steppes. They play traditional instruments, including the morin hor horsehead fiddle, topshur lute and moadin choor flute, while their vocals mix solo and harmony work with carefully controlled bursts of growling and eerie-sounding throat singing. There are upbeat songs about horses, grasslands, folk heroes and history (Genghis Khan included), but they are set against the laments for those cut off from their homeland and families.
This amazing band is playing at the Chan Centre at UBC in Vancouver on March 26, 2017.

Save the World Time - 3:29 Artist - Ellen McIlwaine Album - Mystic Bridge (2007)
Born in Tennessee, raised in Japan and now living in Canada, Ellen McIlwaine has been recording since 1970. She’s also a part-time school bus driver! Her high energy Rhythm & Blues, along with Middle Eastern laments, Indian, Pakistani & West African influences and a capella Gospel numbers all drive her amazing Slide Guitar and Vocal Acrobatics to make for a dynamic show.

I Want For No Blues Time - 4:55 Artist - Kevin Breit Album - Simple Earnest Plea (2010)
Kevin Breit is a guitarist, vocalist, and singer-songwriter from McKerrow, Ontario, Canada. His group, The Sisters Euclid, has been a fixture at the Orbit Room in Toronto for the past 13 years. Breit has worked as a touring guitarist or session musician with a variety of musicians including Norah Jones, Michael Kaeshammer, Celine Dion, Marc Jordan, Molly Johnson, Harry Manx, Holly Cole, Rosanne Cash, Serena Ryder, the Rankins, and Hugh Laurie. He also performs as a solo artist and as a member of the folk group Folkalarm. He was awarded the 2012 Canada’s Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album as a member The Stretch Orchestra. Breit has performed on recordings that have earned 13 Grammy Awards.

Selfie Pulla Time - 4:53 Artist - Ilaya thalapathy Vijay Album - Kaththi Movie Soundtrack (2014)
You’ll hear references to Facebook, Instagram, and terabytes in this Tamil-language song, all about taking selfies with the singer’s "pulla" - his girlfriend.

Blackbird Time - 5:07 Artist - Mamer Album - Eagle (2009)
The singer/songwriter Mamer was raised in Xinjiang, one of ten children for whom singing and playing the two-string dombra lute was as much a part of life as sunrise. Out in the land of Turkic tongues and ethnic minorities, traditional music flows from yurts and across the sparsely inhabited steppes. And Mamer's voice, a low, resonant, magical thing, still joins it.

Satumaa-Tango Time - 4:49 Artist - Maija Vilkkumaa Album -Totuutta Ja Tehtävää (2006)
Maija Vilkkumaais a Finnish pop rock singer-songwriter. She formed her first band in high school in 1990. It broke up in 1995. While studying Finnish at the University of Helsinki, she took singing lessons and started her solo career in 1999.

Between 1999 and 2011, Vilkkumaa released eight full-length solo albums and sold over 300,000 records, becoming one of the 10 best-selling female soloists in Finland. The singer - who writes and composes all her songs herself - has received five Emma Awards for outstanding achievements in Finnish music.

Our Ocean Time - 4:34 Artist - Te Vaka Album - Olatia (2007)
Te Vaka is a group of 11 musicians and dancers from Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands, and New Zealand formed in 1997 by award-winning songwriter, Opetaia Foa'i. The band uses traditional instruments like pate (single and double log drums), pa'u (indigenous goat skin conga), and bass drums. Most of their songs are written in Tokelauan, but some are written in Samoan and Tuvaluan, the native tongues of the other band members.

Maghimaya Ka, Maria Time - 2:26 Artist - Grace Nono Album - Diwa (2002)
Grace Nono is originally from Mindanao, Southern Philippines. She is a musician, ethnomusicologist, and cultural worker. She has a doctorate in Ethnomusicology from New York University and currently serves as Research Associate and Visiting Faculty at the Women's Studies in Religion Program of the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge.

As music artist, Nono specializes in the contemporary performance of Philippine sung oral/aural traditions-with special focus on songs with sacred themes taught to her by oralists/auralists from different parts of the Philippines. She has been featured in concerts at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, the House of World Cultures in Berlin, the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, the Lincoln Center's La Casita Festival, and many more. Grace has also published six award-winning solo albums and has contributed tracks to around fifteen recording compilations. In addition, she co-produced and co-published five recordings of Philippine oral/aural music traditions.

Óran Sniomh (Spinning Song) Time - 5:12 Artist - Mary Jane Lamond Album - Suas e! (1997)
Mary Jane Lamond is a Celtic folk musician who performs traditional Canadian Gaelic folk songs from Cape Breton Island. Known for presenting traditional material within a contemporary soundscape, Lamond first gained widespread notice as vocalist on Ashley MacIsaac's 1995 hit single "Sleepy Maggie." She then had a solo Top 40 hit in Canada with "Horo Ghoid thu Nighean," the first single from her 1997 album Suas e!

Queixúmenes de la Braña Time - 5:05 Artist - Brenga Astur Album - Cancios de Gochu Xabaz (1999)
Brenga Astur is a band from the Celtic region of Spain known as Asturias. They are a 10-member group, with two Asturian pipers, bouzouki, bodhran, flute, electric and acoustic guitar, accordion, mandolin, drums, keyboard, vocals and more. They are a really hard group to describe - beautiful, captivating melodies; hypnotic rhythms; Celtic music with a Spanish influence.

Jangar Time: 4:38 Artist: Anda Union Album: Homeland (2016)

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Un Bolero Time - 3:59 Artist - Grupo Polo Montañez Album - Un cubanazo al 100x100 (2003)
Polo Montañez was a Cuban singer and songwriter. Born Fernando Borrego Linares in Sierra del Rosario, Pinar del Río, he assisted on the family farm and worked as a lumberjack. In his spare time, Montañez would go from house to house singing and later began to sing at local parties and family gatherings.

In 1994, Montañez formed his own ensemble in the nearby tourist community of Las Terrazas, and in 1999, he signed with a European record label after being discovered by one of its directors, who was staying at the resort.

Polo died from injuries suffered in a car accident in November 2002.

Para la Libertad (For Liberty) Time - 3:18 Artist - Aceituna sin Hueso Album - Cuba Le Canta a Serrat (compilation 2005)
As translated by Google: “Aceituna sin Hueso (Pitted Olive) is a musical grouping that arises as a result of a search and experimentation that starts from the basic matrices that form Andalusian Spanish folkloric and Cuban music in the wealth of all its complexes.”

Aceituna sin Hueso was founded in 2000 by lead singer Miriela Moreno. The band features flamenco guitar, tres (a traditional Cuban guitar), violin, and percussion. Their musical influences include elements of Arabic, Indian, Celtic, Flamenco, country, and grunge.

Tanto Amor (So Much Love) Time - 4:59 Artist - Kuban Times Album - Kuban Times (2007)
Founded by singer Andy Clay at the Holguin School of the Arts in Holguin, Cuba in 2006, Kuban Times released an EP essentially as a final exam. Tom Dekker heard one song on a homemade compilation purchased on the beach in 2008. Further investigation after returning to Toronto led to a copy, purchased in Cuba, being slid under the apartment door one day. Kuban Times was a regional band, with almost no fan-base outside eastern Cuba.

Dime de donde viences (Tell Me Where You’re From) Time - 4:16 Artist - Moncada (feat. Isel Rasua) Album - Moncada Live (2006)
Founded in the early 1970s, Moncada was the first Cuban band to play in the USA (in 1978) following the 1959 Revolution. They define their style as “Nueva Trova”, essentially traditional Cuban music with a modern twist.

Tercer Mundo (Third World) Time - 3:57 Artist - Moneda Dura Album - Alma de Moneda Dura (2009)
Moneda Dura was formed in the late '90s by singer/bassist Hugo Fernández and singer/guitarist Nassiry Lugo, both students at Havana's university. They were later joined by percussionist Miguel Alejandro Atencio, guitarist Addiel Perera, and drummer Osmel Prado. Playing a mixture of Afro-Cuban rhythms and rock, Moneda Dura, has been recording regularly since 2000. While their music can be found on iTunes, there is virtually no information about the band available in English.

Mambo En Re Menor Time - 3:25 Artist - Chucho Valdes Album - Canciones Inéditas (2002)
Jesús Valdés Rodríguez, better known as Chucho Valdés, is a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger whose career spans over 50 years, starting in 1964. An original member of the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna, he founded the group Irakere, one of Cuba's best-known Latin jazz bands, in 1973. Both his father, Bebo Valdés, and his son, Chuchito, are pianists as well. He has won five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.

Pocito 11 Time - 3:23 Artist - Jorge Reyes Album - Si, Para Usted - the Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba, Vol. 1 (2008)
An unprecedented combination of socialism and artistic freedom flourished during the mid-years of Castro’s Cuba, enabling musicians to create an innovative body of music based on traditional styles like those made famous by the Buena Vista Social Club. Si, Para Usted (Yes, for You): The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba Volume 1 captures the spirit of this time.

The music ranges from son, beat, jazz, funk, and abounds with psychedelic influences, electronic experimentation, and a heavy dose of soul. Communist funk may seem unlikely, but here it is.

For the most part, these songs hardly conform to the central canon of Cuban pop, but this is truly epic music and is perhaps even more relevant to the funkier influences within the contemporary Cuban musical spectrum.

Sondeando Time - 3:18 Artist - Grupo De Experimentacion Sonora del ICAIC Album - Si, Para Usted - the Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba, Vol. 1 (2008)

Ay que felicidad (Ah, What Happiness!) Time - 4:21 Artist - Sur Caribe Album - Eddy Compilation (2008)
Sur Caribe (South Caribbean) is a conga/salsa group, famous throughout Cuba and Latin America. However, there is virtually no information about them available online. Like Kuban Times, this piece was found on a homemade compilation purchased from the towel guy on the beach in Holguín!

Beta Jazz Time - 2:55 Artist - Wil Campa y su Gran Union Album - Beta Jazz
Wil Campa is originally from Pinar del Rio, Cuba, where he grew up amidst streets filled with joyful traditional Cuban music. He started presenting concerts to family and friends from an early age. His ambition and love for music, dance and songwriting led him to study professional music at the acclaimed Raul Sanchez School of the Arts in Cuba.

From 1988 to 2004 Campa performed with well-known bands Cumbre and later Maraca and in many Jazz Festivals traveling to over 37 countries. His charismatic performances have led him to share the stage with such North American stars as Winton Marsalis and Natalie Cole.

Con la Luz del la Mañana (By Morning Light) Time - 5:08 Artist - Sintesis Album - Si, Para Usted - the Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba, Vol. 1 (2008)
Sintesis was one of the most popular bands in Cuba during the '80s and '90s. They formed in 1976, with several Afro-Cuban musicians. They had a core of a traditional rock & roll band, but they added elements of African and Cuban music. During the '80s, they slowly built up a reputation and, by the latter half of the decade, they were staples of world music festivals in every country except America, where they were prevented from performing due to the US embargo against Cuba. In 1989, Sintestis released their first record Ancestros. Four years later, their second album, Ancestros II appeared. In 1997, they were finally allowed into the US, where they gave their first performance and recorded their third album Orishas, which was released later that year.

Tierra de la Soledad (Land of Solitude) Time - 3:47 Artist - Arnaldo & su Talismán Album - Talismán (2009)
Arnaldo Rodríguez has been heralded as one of the most talented young artists on Cuba’s contemporary music scene. After serving as director of the well-known group Azucar Negro (Brown Sugar) for many years, in 2002 Arnaldo decided to form his own band named Arnaldo y su Talismán. Since then, the band as received numerous awards at the Cubadiscos and enjoyed immense popularity in Cuba. Arnaldo is also the founder and director of the International Festival Piña Colada that takes place every year in Cayo Coco to promote tourism and the culture of the region – gathering international artists and fans from all over the world. Arnaldo y su Talismán often share the stage with icons like Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa from Buena Vista Social Club. The orchestra’s repertoire includes a great variety of rhythms from boleros to traditional Cuban son, pop and reggaeton.

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Will You Call My Name? Time - 3:45 Artist - Daby Touré & Skip McDonald Album - Call My Name - EP (2009)
Daby Touré is a thirty-something musician raised in Mauritania, West Africa, and a leading light on the Paris scene. Skip McDonald is an old school African American bluesman from Dayton, Ohio, and long time resident of London, England. Having met and jammed one night, they kept on meeting and jamming at festivals around the world.

"We just had this immediate musical connection," says McDonald, eyes twinkling. "In the way our instruments and voices combined. In the things we sing about and the emotions we put into our songs. To meet a brother like this..." He shakes his head. "It's a rare, rare thing."

Call My Name is a 6-track mini-album that captures the magic of this unique creative union that sees songs - some by Touré, others by McDonald - transformed via imaginative, instinctive collaboration.

Amonafi Time - 2:57 Artist - Daby Touré Album - Amonafi (2015)
The son of a doctor and musician, Daby Touré was brought up in Mauritania and Senegal before moving to Paris, where he began mixing African influences with pop and jazz. This solo album is a reminder of his ability to write pleasantly commercial songs. It’s impossible to dislike, even if it rarely challenges or excites. Touré has a fine acrobatic voice, sings in a variety of West African languages and accompanies himself on guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion, with occasional help from a brass trio.

Midona Time - 1:58 Artist - Rossy Album - Island of Ghosts (2001)
Of all the musicians performing in Madagascar, Rossy is one of the few who most capably capture the spirit of his island in music. He is the only Malagasy to successfully combine the many languages, instruments and musical styles of the many different tribes from around the island and synthesize a music that represents the whole of Madagascar.

Madagasikara Time - 3:38 Artist - Rossy Album - Island of Ghosts (2001)

Mgodro Gori Time - 3:57 Artist - Mikidache Album - Musiques Métisses - Océan Indien (2006)
Musiques Métisses (literally Mixed Music) was a festival of world music created in 1976 in Angouleme, France. The festival took place every year during a long weekend in May. Artists from all over the world came to present concerts, and more than 60,000 spectators came to share the village-like atmosphere. This compilation from islands in the Indian Ocean (Comoros Islands, Reunion, and Madagascar) brings together artists who performed at the Angoulême festival and represents facets of the music scene in the Indian Ocean. All available online information regarding Musiques Métisses is in French only.

Wangamiya 3:58 Artist - Maalesh Album - Musiques Métisses - Océan Indien (2006)

Oração Ao Tempo Time - 4:04 Artist - Djavan Album - Ária (2010)
Djavan Caetano Viana is a Brazilian singer/songwriter who combines traditional Brazilian rhythms with popular music drawn from the Americas, Europe and Africa. He can be categorized in any of the following musical genres: Brazilian pop, samba, and Latin dance.

Born into a poor family in northeastern Brazil, Djavan formed the group Luz, Som, Dimensão (LSD – "Light, Sound, Dimension"), playing covers of Beatles' singles. He moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1973 and started singing in local nightclubs. After participating in several music festivals, he gained attention and recorded his first album.

Tem de Dia Que de Noite e Assim Mesmo Time - 3:37 Artist - Gonzaguinha Album - Raizes do Samba (compilation 1999)
Luiz Gonzaga do Nascimento, Jr., better known as Gonzaguinha, was a noted Brazilian singer and composer. He was born in Rio de Janeiro and he was the son of Luiz Gonzaga, the "king of baião". Gonzaguinha died in a car accident at age 45 in 1991. Many eminent Brazilian artists have recorded his compositions.

Duerme Nenu Time - 3:08 Artist - Llan de Cubel Album - Llan de Cubel IV (1995)
Llan de Cubel are a Celtic folk band from Asturias, Spain, which specializes in researching, playing and recording Asturian folk music.

Formed in 1984, group has been part of an overall revival and revitalization of Asturian traditional music. The band is a frequent participant in Celtic music festivals, and, true to their effort to play authentic Asturian music, Llan de Cubel play traditional Asturian instruments, such as bagpipes (called gaita), and percussion, in addition to fiddles, accordions, bouzouki, flutes and guitars. The band plays traditional Asturian tunes collected through ethnomusicological research. They also write original material in the tradition of folk music of the region.

Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda Time - 2:34 Artist - Capercaillie Album - A Celtic Collection (2001)
Capercaillie is a Scottish folk band, founded in the 1980s. They perform traditional Gaelic songs and tunes, as well as contemporary English language songs and tunes. The group adapts traditional Gaelic music and traditional lyrics with modern production techniques with instruments such as electric guitar or bass and rarely synthesizers or drum machines. They have seen four of their albums hit the UK Albums Chart, and continue to perform and record to the present day.

Heave Away Time - 3:47 Artist - The Punters Album - Certified Trad. Music (2010)
The Punters (Larry Foley and Patrick Moran) are key figures in the exciting music scene in Atlantic Canada. Drawing upon their rich musical heritage, The Punters combine rock, folk, and traditional music, creating a sound that is truly their own.

Music has been the driving force in the lives of each of the Newfoundland-born Punters. Larry’s singing, writing, and performing careers all began in 1989 when he embraced traditional music while at St. F.X.U. and later when studying in Ireland. Patrick has been playing fiddle since the age of six and can also play a mean guitar, though not at the same time.

The Punters are highly energetic and entertaining musicians who have performed thousands of shows; from festivals, to theatres, to clubs, to Microsoft's first live webcast on the Internet. The band has toured extensively throughout Canada, as well as performing numerous shows in the U.S.

The Ramblin’ Rover Set Time - 4:14 Artist - Celtic Offspring Album - Nobody Cries When You Cut Up a Bagpipe (2001)
This album's title, "Nobody Cries When You Cut Up a Bagpipe”, is the punchline of a joke (Q. What's the difference between an onion and a bagpipe?) The Celtic Offspring was a band from Ontario that has since dissolved. There is virtually no information available about them.

St Patrick Was a Gentleman Time - 3:27 Artist - Rattle the Boards Album - The Rough Guide to Irish Folk (2009)
Rattle The Boards is from Ireland and have been playing together since 1992. Led by accordion wizard Benny McCarthy, the quartet plays Irish music in the old style, yet with exhilarating freshness and vitality. Rattle the Boards have built quite a reputation in Ireland, playing what The Irish Times describes as “tunes familiar to many parishes, but with a bit of fire.” Band members include Pat Ryan (fiddle, mandolin, banjo), John Nugent (guitar) and John T. Egan (vocals) all of County Tipperary, and Benny McCarthy (button box, melodeon) of County Waterford. McCarthy is also leader of the international supergroup "Danu" and has toured all over the world. Ryan, Nugent and McCarthy all came from different backgrounds and musical experiences including rock music.

Playing mainly old traditional Irish tunes, Rattle the Boards are one of those few Irish bands who have managed to capture the fun, enjoyment and atmosphere of traditional Irish music on CD. There is enough variation on the CD, and the combination of instruments works really well. Rattle the Boards is strong proof that the scene in Ireland still produces a lot of new high-quality trad bands.

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World Love Time - 3:07 Artist - The Magnetic Fields Album - 69 Love Songs (1999)
The Magnetic Fields (named after the André Breton/Philippe Soupault novel Les Champs Magnétiques) is an American indie pop group founded and led by Stephin Merritt. He is the group's primary songwriter, producer and vocalist, as well as frequent multi-instrumentalist. The Magnetic Fields is essentially a vehicle for Merritt's songwriting, as are various side-projects, such as The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes and The Gothic Archies. While the musical style of the band is as malleable as Merritt's songwriting, its songs are commonly attributed to pop genres such as synthpop, indie pop, Baroque pop and noise pop. The band is often cited as being recognizable by Merritt's lyrics, often about love and often with irregular or neutral gender roles, that are by turns ironic, tongue-in-cheek, bitter, and humorous.

I Don't Want to Get Over You Time - 2:23 Artist - The Magnetic Fields Album - 69 Love Songs (1999)
Stephin Merritt suffers from a hearing condition known as hyperacusis. Any sound heard louder than normal begins to "feedback" in his left ear at increasingly louder volumes. This has largely influenced the reserved live setup of The Magnetic Fields, which usually consists of acoustic instruments and little to no percussion. Merritt also wears earplugs during performances, and typically covers his left ear when the audience applauds.

Merritt wears only brown clothing. He is openly gay and a vegan, saying, "I ain't eat an animal since 1983".

Hershut Hero Time - 3:57 Artist - Hanggai Band Album - Baifang (2014)
Part of Hanggai’s goals as a musical group is to help strengthen Mongolian culture in China by helping Mongolians become more involved in rediscovering their cultural identity in modern China: The band’s founder is an ethnic Mongolian who had to relearn the language to sing in it, and he's singing about a fast-disappearing way of life he's never really lived himself. Although many of Hanggai’s songs hark back to a simpler pastoral past, their albums are also sometimes interjected with the sounds of Beijing street traffic, speaking further to the complications of finding one’s ethnic identity in the face of a more dominant mainstream culture.

Dingo Time - 3:23 Artist - John Williamson Album - Warragul (2001)
John Williamson is an Australian country music and folk music singer-songwriter. He has released over forty albums, ten videos, five DVDs, and two lyric books. On Australia Day (26 January) 1992 Williamson was made a Member of the Order of Australia with the citation: "for service to Australian country music and in stimulating awareness of conservation issues". He has received twenty-six Golden Guitar trophies at the Country Music Awards of Australia, he has won three ARIA Music Awards for Best Country Album and, in 2010, was inducted into the related Hall of Fame.

Williamson has also featured in a number of television series. Many of his albums have gone gold and platinum. He has sold more than 4,000,000 albums in Australia alone.

Drover's Boy Time - 3:38 Artist - John Williamson Album - Warragul (2001)

So Let's Go Time - 3:21 Artist - Alan Doyle Album - So Let's Go (2015)
Alan Doyle is a Canadian musician and actor, best known for his work as one of the lead singers of Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea.

Doyle released his first solo album, Boy on Bridge, in 2012. The first single from the album is "I've Seen a Little" and the album features collaborations with Canadian musicians Hawksley Workman, Jim Cuddy, Ron Hynes, and actor-musician Russell Crowe, among others.

In 2014, Doyle released a book entitled Where I Belong, about his youth growing up in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Doyle's second solo album, entitled So Let's Go, was released January 20, 2015.

Rollin' Of The Sea Time - 3:34 Artist - The Irish Descendants Album - Encore: Best of the Irish Descendants (2009)
The Irish Descendants are a folk group from the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador,. All the members, born of Irish emigrants, were workers in the Newfoundland fishing industry before forming the band in 1990 out of the remnants of two former Newfoundland bands – The Descendants and Irish Coffee. The group helped to popularize traditional Newfoundland music to a wider Canadian audience in the early 1990s, along with other bands such as Great Big Sea. Their popularity within the province itself led to their selection as the official band of the province's 500th anniversary celebrations, during which they performed for the Queen.

Poljubac Pod Pomrcinom Mjeseca Time - 4:12 Artist - Libar Album - Libar (2012)
Libar was founded in Split, Croatia in 2007. The band name means “the book”. They use a form of “klapa”, a traditional Dalmatian form of a cappella male multi-part singing, and accompany it with a standard rock band.

Vonjeo Time - 4:09 Artist - Rajery Album - Fanamby (2001)
Germain Randrianarisoa – better known to world music fans as Rajery (pronounced "Rajer") – is a talented singer, songwriter and percussionist who, on his home isle of Madagascar, is hailed as the "prince of the valiha".

The son of a poor farmer, Rajery lost the use of the fingers on his right hand before his first birthday and had to face amputation. Despite this, the young boy was determined to do the same things as other children his age.

At the age of 15 Rajery decided to teach himself to play the valiha, a tubular harp made of bamboo which produces melodious notes that veer between the sound of the harp, the harpsichord, the kora and the sanza. The valiha, which originally comes from Indonesia, has been adopted as the national instrument of Madagascar. Indeed, these days the valiha is to Madagascar what the kora is to sub-Saharan countries. Rajery plucked away at his valiha strings over the years, developing his own original playing technique as he worked by day as an accountant.

Abhorring the expression "despite his handicap", Rajery went on to set himself countless other challenges, establishing himself not only as a gifted valiha-maker, but also a talented singer and songwriter. Meanwhile, he also set up a local association to help Antananarivo's street kids and out all his spare time and energy into working as a music therapist.

Sova (Malagasy Rap) Time - 4:20 Artist - Justin Vali Trio Album - The Truth (Ny Marina) (1995)
Hailing from Madagascar, The Justin Vali Trio is Justin Rakotondrasoa, Doudou (Romeo Tovoarimino) who plays the acoustic guitar and Clemrass (Clement Randrianantoandro) who is the kabossy player and also provides percussion with Malagasy maracas. They were joined for the sessions for this album by Carlo Rizzo, an Italian master of the tambourine and frame drums.

Key to Justin's success has been his skill on the valiha (pronounced vah-lee). It's the national instrument of Madagascar, but pretty much unknown outside. The instrument was originally imported from Indonesia and South-East Asia. The valiha is basically a bamboo harp with strings stretched across the length of the cylindrical body and tethered to gourds at either end.

Tu me dijiste que si Time - 3:23 Artist - Arnaldo & su Talismán Album - Talismán (2009)
Arnaldo Rodríguez has been heralded as one of the most talented young artists on Cuba’s contemporary music scene. After serving as director of the well-known group Azucar Negro for many years, in 2002 Arnaldo decided to form his own band named Arnaldo y su Talismán. Since then, the band as received numerous awards at the Cubadiscos and enjoyed immense popularity in Cuba. Arnaldo Rodríguez is also the founder and director of the International Festival Piña Colada that takes place every year in Cayo Coco to promote tourism and the culture of the region – gathering international artists and fans from all over the world. Arnaldo and su Talismán often share the stage with icons like Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa from Buena Vista Social Club. The band’s repertoire includes a great variety of rhythms from boleros to traditional Cuban son, pop and reggeaton.

Odettemanía Time - 2:06 Artist - Polito Ibañez Album - Para No Pensar (2000)
Polito Ibáñez is a Cuban singer and composer who is among the generation of contemporary artists in Cuba known as troubadors. He graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte Ingresó and joined the Nueva Trova musical movement in 1985. He won a Premio Cubadisco in 2001 with this album, "Para no Pensar", in the rock and musical production categories. He has toured in Trinidad & Tobago, Argentina, Venezuela, Spain, France, and the Netherlands.

Aromas de Jazmín Time - 4:30 Artist - Polito Ibañez Album - Para No Pensar (2000)
“The pleasing tone of his voice is appropriately placed in such a way as to emphasize the intention behind each of his songs. Those who hear him cannot remain indifferent to such a display of emotion. His public, for the most part young people, becomes drawn into his style of expression, as they are wrapped in the magic of his honesty and simplicity.” (Havana Times, February 20, 2011)

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Bean Páidín Time - 1:40 Artist - Glór Na mBan Album - The Sound Of Women (2005)
Glór na mBan (pronounced ‘glōr nah maun’) means the ‘sound of women’. It is a band of four young women who perform Irish traditional songs, music and dance with a unique style and a refreshing simplicity that audiences love. They sing mostly old traditional songs in the Irish language, often without accompaniment, blending and harmonizing four voices. They also sing in English and, occasionally, in Maori. They intersperse their songs with sets of reels, jigs and polkas and the occasional slow air. One or two of them can usually be inspired to dance!

Leath Ina Dhiadh a hOcht Time - 3:19 Artist - Kila Album - The Best Of Kila (2009)
Kíla are an Irish folk music/world music group, originally formed in 1987 in an Irish language secondary school Dublin. Kíla have played at many festivals around the world, including Dún Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, Electric Picnic, Womadelaide, Glastonbury, Féile an Dóilín, St. Chartier and the Stockholm Water Festival. All members of the group participate in composing and arranging Kíla's songs. They also support and play with students of Irish music as much as possible in an effort to keep the tradition going.

Rule 4 - Fish in a Birdcage Time - 3:03 Artist - Fish In A Birdcage Album - Through The Tides (2016)
Based in Victoria British Columbia, Fish in a Birdcage is modern Renaissance. This album, Through The Tides, is like nothing you've heard before. Songwriter and performer Dunstan (Dusty) Townsend writes in a unique and different way by utilizing the cello as a main instrument of focus.

Rule 9 - Child of the Stars Time - 3:03 Artist - Fish In A Birdcage Album - Through The Tides (2016)
The album is a fun, indie pop record glued together by the beautiful bowed sound of the cello throughout. After going to school for music and majoring in vocals, Dusty decided to put together his first solo effort, and is breaking new ground in doing so.

"The idea behind fish in a birdcage is that the fish is an able bodied creature with the potential to ‘fly’ just not in that environment. I relate to that personally, being an artist confined or caged into a place where I cannot ‘fly’ or live up to my full potential because of the caging of my environment," says the songwriter.

Yé Ké Yé Ké Time - 4:58 Artist - Jean-Luc Ponty Album - Tchokola (1991)
Jean-Luc Ponty was born into a family of classically trained musicians in 1942. He has collaborated over the years with many artists, such as Al di Meola, Stanley Clarke, Elton John and Frank Zappa.

Yé Ké Yé Ké Time - 4:01 Artist - Mory Kante Album - Akwaba Beach (1987)
Guinean singer Mory Kanté released Yé Ké Yé Ké as a single from his third studio album Akwaba Beach. The song became an international hit, one of Africa's best-ever selling hits as well as being a European number one in 1988, making it the first ever African single to sell over one million copies. The song was a top five hit in France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands where it topped the chart for two consecutive weeks. A remix named the "Afro Acid Mix" was especially made to the UK release where it reached No. 25. In 1994, German techno duo Hardfloor remixed the song and released this new version with moderate success. Due to the international popularity of the song, Cantopop singer Priscilla Chan made a cover version as part of her 1988 album "The Color of Autumn".

Toure Kunda Time - 4:58 Artist - Touré Kunda Album - Natalia (1985)
Touré Kunda is a Senegalese band noted for their musical versatility and political activism. Their 36-year career encompasses recordings in over six languages and collaborations with well-known musicians such as Carlos Santana and Talking Heads. They have had considerable success in Africa and Europe and are active in social causes such as Children's rights and advocates for the homeless.

Tamatant Tilay Time - 3:21 Artist - Tinariwen Album - Aman Iman: Water Is Life (2007)
Tinariwen is a Grammy Award-winning group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. The band was formed in 1979 in Tamanrasset, Algeria, but returned to Mali after a cease-fire in the 1990s. The group first started to gain a following outside the Sahara region in 2001 with the release of The Radio Tisdas Sessions, and with performances at Festival au Désert in Mali and the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Their popularity rose internationally with the release of the critically acclaimed Aman Iman in 2007. They have been called "music's true rebels, "a grassroots voice of rebellion," and "rock 'n' roll rebels whose rebellion, for once, wasn't just metaphorical."

Dadra Solo Time - 3:27 Artist - Zakir Hussain Album - Rhythmic Impressions of Ustad Zakir Hussain (2006)
Zakir Hussain is an Indian tabla player, musical producer, film actor and composer. He was born to the legendary tabla player Alla Rakha.

Hussain was a child prodigy. His father taught him Pakhawaj from the age of 3 years and he was touring by the age of eleven. He went to the United States in 1969 to do his PhD at the University of Washington, receiving a doctorate in music. After that he began his international career, including more than 150 concert dates a year.

Koka Time - 4:59 Artist - Kiran Ahluwalia Album - Kashish Attraction (2001)
Kiran Ahluwalia is an Indian singer, songwriter who infuses African desert blues and Western musical styles. Kiran Ahluwalia won the 'Newcomer' category in the inaugural Songlines Music Awards announced May 1, 2009 - the new 'world music' awards organized by the UK-based magazine, Songlines.

Ahluwalia was born in Patna, grew up in Delhi and moved to Toronto at the age of nine. After completing her MBA at Dalhousie University (Halifax), she returned to Toronto with the plan of being in the financial services industry. She changed her mind and went back to India to study music and then returned to Toronto to build her career as a musician.

Ahluwalia is married to guitar player and co-arranger Rez Abbasi, and currently lives in New York.

Mustt Mustt Time - 4:18 Artist - Kiran Ahluwalia (w/Tinariwen) Album - Aam Zameen: Common Ground (2011)
Tinariwen was founded by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, who at age four witnessed the execution of his father (a Tuareg rebel) during a 1963 uprising in Mali. As a child he saw a western film in which a cowboy played a guitar. Ag Alhabib built his own guitar out of a tin can, a stick and bicycle brake wire. He started to play old Tuareg and modern Arabic pop tunes. Ag Alhabib first lived in Algeria in refugee camps and in the deserts around the southern city of Tamanrasset, where he received a guitar. Later, he resided with other Tuareg exiles in Libya and Algeria.

In the late 1970s, Ag Alhabib joined with other musicians in the Tuareg rebel community, exploring the radical chaabi protest music of Morocco; Algerian pop rai; and western rock and pop artists like Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, Carlos Santana, Dire Straits, Jimi Hendrix, Boney M, and Bob Marley. Ag Alhabib formed a group in Tamanrasset, Algeria to play at parties and weddings. While the group had no official name, people began to call them Kel Tinariwen, which translates as "The People of the Deserts" or "The Desert Boys”.

Jaane Na Time - 4:24 Artist - Kiran Ahluwalia Album - Sanata: Stillness (2014)
In stillness, movement is not only possible, it is a promise. Indeed, Kiran Ahluwalia’s new offering, Sanata: Stillness, is nothing short of a musical roadmap to personal and global transformation. At once contemplative and rockin’, traditional and innovative, Kiran’s hybrid of Indian and Pakistani grooves, Saharan blues and Western Jazz shows us that borders are meaningless in one’s heart and on the world stage.

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MCT Time - 4:58 Artist - Manteca Album - Extra Extra (1990)
Manteca was a Canadian jazz fusion band that toured during the 1980s and 1990s. It was formed by percussionist Matt Zimbel and bassist Henry Heillig in 1979.

Their repertoire consisted of pieces composed by keyboardist Aaron Davis and Rick Tait, and, after he replaced Davis on keys in 1992, Gordon Sheard. In addition to having horn sections and Latin and African percussion, they included synthesizers, creating music in a "pan-fusion" style, essentially jazz improvisation drawing from salsa, samba, funk and tribal influences.

The band began playing in Toronto in 1979, and by 1987 were touring Canada annually. Their US debut was at the Concord Jazz Festival in 1989, and they played at the North Sea, Pori and Stockholm jazz festivals in 1990.

They received a Canadian Juno award in 1989 for Instrumental Artist of the Year.

Wondering (Sly) Time - 4:22 Artist - Telmary feat. Yusa Album - A Diario (2006)
Telmary Diaz, better known as simply Telmary, is a Toronto-based Cuban rapper, musician, and spoken-word artist. Although now hailed by many as the most authentic rapper in Cuba, Telmary began life quite differently. Born in Cuba to a journalist mother and sociologist father, Telmary initially aspired to follow her mother into journalism. However, everything changed the day she accepted a friend’s invitation to check out a spoken word freestyle event. After her first time on stage, Telmary decided on another direction, seeking music, poetry, and singing as a more fulfilling form of communication.

Telmary has also studied English language and literature, screenwriting, and theatre in addition to journalism. She cites her main goal in any of her endeavors as working towards better communication with her audience.

Sola Time - 3:59 Artist - Moneda Dura Album - Callajero (2004)
Moneda Dura was formed in the late '90s by singer/bassist Hugo Fernández and singer/guitarist Nassiry Lugo, both students at Havana's university. They were later joined by percussionist Miguel Alejandro Atencio, guitarist Addiel Perera, and drummer Osmel Prado. Playing a mixture of Afro-Cuban rhythms and rock, Moneda Dura, has been recording regularly since 2000. While their music can be found on iTunes, there is virtually no information about the band available in English.

Mon amour, mon amie Time - 3:22 Artist - Paul Daraîche Album - Mes écritures & confidences (2011)
Paul Daraîche, part of a large musical family originally from the Gaspé region of Quebec, began his career in rock music with the Sinners in the 60's. He was also a songwriter and also played music by Bécaud, Aznavour, and others. Already a director of his sister Julie's records, he joined her as a composer, singer and musician. He has recently participated on seven albums with others, as well as two solo albums. This excellent lyricist is known for his invaluable contribution to the refinement of country music. It is the voice and the template of the singer who deserves the name of "Joe Cocker of country". (Please note that the site linked is in French and requires translation.)

Mille après mille Time - 4:06 Artist - Fred Pellerin Album - Silence (2009)
A graduate in literature from the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières, Fred Pellerin is the son of a chartered accountant. He says he became a "pleasant storyteller by accident" after being lulled by the stories of his grandmother, his neighbor and his father.

Fred Pellerin's stories are those of his village: Saint-Élie-de-Caxton, a small Quebec village in the Mauricie district, where "elves and fairies crash into the windshields at night". Anecdotes, gossip, rumors pass through Pellerin to come out in the form of fairy tales for adults. (Please note that the site linked is in French and requires translation.)

Gigue Des Débrouillards Time - 2:37 Artist - Matapat Album - Que De Peine Et D'amour (2005)
Matapat is a collaboration between accordion, bones, and spoons player and world-class French-Canadian step dancer Benoit Bourque; multi-instrumentalist Gaston Bernard; and composer, arranger, and bass player Simon LePage. They transform the traditional "kitchen" music and step dancing of Quebec into an exciting musical form.

Godzilla Time - 2:55 Artist - Don Ross Album - This Dragon Won't Sleep (2001)
Don Ross, is a Canadian fingerstyle guitarist. He is the only person to twice win the US National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship (1988 and 1996). His album Huron Street reached the top ten on the Billboard new age chart.

Born in Montreal to Scottish and Mi'kmaq parents, he studied composition at the music department of York University in Toronto. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music in 1983, he studied philosophy at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, Massachusetts while living at San Damiano Friary in Holyoke, Massachusetts and then started his novitiate for the Conventual Franciscans. He decided to leave that pursuit and become a musician.

In 1986 Ross produced and published his first album, Kehewin, on cassette, and became a full-time musician. He performed as a duo with his wife, singer Kelly McGowan, in 1986 and 1987, and then in a trio called Harbord Trio with her and violinist Oliver Schroer. At the same time he was member of a New Age jazz quartet called Eye Music.

Ross has done three tours with the Men of Steel guitar group, the last of which was mounted in 2006. He performs most of his concerts solo, but has also regularly performs with others.

In 2010–2011 Ross was a Dalhousie University professor teaching history of guitar and techniques, while still travelling extensively for music. He did not renew his contract for the following year due to high demand for concert appearances around the world.

LaGnana Time - 4:51 Artist - D'Gary & Jihé Album - Horombe (2001)
D'Gary (born Ernest Randrianasolo) is a Malagasy musician of Bara ethnicity. His primary instrument is the acoustic guitar.

His elaborate playing style is characterised by his use of alternative tunings. His style developed from his interest in Malagasy music such as tsapiky, popular in southern Madagascar, and has been compared to the music produced on traditional instruments like the Vezo's marovany frame box zither and the Bara's lokanga violin.

In 2007, he toured through North America with the International Guitar Night ensemble and recorded the International Guitar Night live album with the collaboration of Brian Gore (US), Miguel de la Bastide (Trinidad) and Clive Carroll (UK).

In April 2009 he toured the United States as part of the Throw Down Your Heart tour with Bela Fleck and other African musicians.

Manu Samoa Time - 3:34 Artist - Te Vaka Album - Tutuki (2004)
Te Vaka is a group of 11 musicians and dancers from Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands, and New Zealand formed in 1997 by award-winning songwriter, Opetaia Foa'i.

Te Vaka uses traditional instruments like pate (single and double log drums), pa'u (indigenous goat skin conga), and bass drums. Most of their songs are written in Tokelauan, but some are written in Samoan and Tuvaluan, the native tongues of the other band members.

The Samoa national rugby union team (Manu Samoa) is the men's representative side of Samoa in rugby union. The name Manu Samoa is in honour of a famous Samoan warrior. They perform a traditional Samoan challenge called the siva tau (similar to a Maori Hakka) before each game.

Ibhola Lethu (Our Football Team/The Mainstay Cup Song) Time - 4:17 Artist - Juluka Album - Musa Ukungilandela (1984)

Juluka was a South African band led by Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu. They recorded from 1976 until 1985 when Mchunu moved back to the farm where he was born to take care of his family. Clegg went on to form a new band, Savuka, with whom he achieved even greater international success. A Clegg/Mchunu reunion album, Crocodile Love, released in 1997 did not meet the same critical success as previous albums.

The styles incorporated into Juluka's music are maskanda and mbaqanga, popular musical forms native to South Africa, and western folk and rock. The band employed various instruments besides the guitar and traditional Zulu instruments, such as the saxophone and, later, synthesizers.

Laduma (South African World Cup Anthem) Time - 3:09 Artist - Juluka Album - Crocodile Love (1997)
Lyrics:
Sobashaya bakhumbula ekubo
(we shall defeat our opposition so that they begin yearning for their homes)
Anodlala anodlala webafana
(play the game; play the game boys)
Sobashaya bakhumbula ekubo
(we shall defeat our opposition so that they begin yearning for their homes)
Laduma ! laduma !
(goal ! goal !)

May your run like the wind
May your aim be true
May your spirit hold
The battle through

May your blood sing
God give you wings
On that field of dreams
We stand with you

Akanaki Nokunaka (He Doesn’t Care, Even About Caring) Time - 4:19 Artist - Juluka Album - Musa Ukungilandela
Lyrics:
Mabangiyeke mina sengidelile
(let them leave me alone, I have taken enough)
Kahle 'mfowethu kodwa yini?
(gently my brother, what is the matter?)
Ubani ongasula izinyembezi
(who can wipe away the tears)
Ezawela phansi esigodini sakithi?
(that have fallen in our valley district?)
Saswela amandla ngalelolanga
(we had no power left to resist on that day)
Mhla saphela isigodi sakithi
(the day our valley-district was destroyed)

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The Click Song Time - 2:34 Artist - Miriam Makeba Album - Pata Pata (1967)
Zenzile Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer and civil rights activist.

In the 1960s, she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music around the world. She is best known for the song "Pata Pata", first recorded in 1957 and released in the U.S. in 1967. She recorded and toured with many popular artists, such as Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, and her former husband Hugh Masekela.

Makeba campaigned against the South African system of apartheid. The South African government responded by revoking her passport in 1960 and her citizenship and right of return in 1963. As the apartheid system crumbled she returned home for the first time in 1990.

Qongqothwane (“The Click Song“) is a traditional song of the Xhosa people of South Africa. It is sung at weddings to bring good fortune. European colonials who could not pronounce its Xhosa title, which has click consonants in it, gave the nickname to the song. The Xhosa title literally means "knock-knock beetle", which is a popular name for various species of darkling beetles that make a distinctive knocking sound by tapping their abdomens on the ground. These beetles are believed by the Xhosa to bring good luck and rain.

Gud Fella Time - 5:35 Artist - Ejigayehu Shibabaw (“Gigi”) Album - GIGI (2002)
Ejigayehu Shibabaw, known by her stage name Gigi, is one of the most successful contemporary Ethiopian singers worldwide. She has brought the music of Ethiopia to wider recognition and developed it in combination with a wide variety of other.

Gigi was born and raised in Chagni in northwestern Ethiopia. She learned traditional songs from an Ethiopian Orthodox priest in the family home. She lived in Kenya for a few years before moving to San Francisco in 1998.

Nin Hun (Bad Man) Time - 5:07 Artist - Maryam Mursal Album - The Journey (1998)
As a teenager, Maryam Mursal broke with Muslim tradition and began singing professionally in Mogadishu. She performed in nightclubs and her brand of music, featuring a mix of blues, soul, Somali and Arabic influences, known as Somali jazz, became popular across the country. Performing primarily solo, she also collaborated with Waaberi, a 300-member music and dance troupe associated with the Somali National Theatre. Later, after criticizing Somalia's military government, she was banned from singing for two years, and made her living driving a taxi.

During the subsequent civil war in her homeland, Mursal and her five children hitched rides on trucks and rode on donkeys but mostly they walked, through the desert and over mountains - out of Mogadishu, the Somalian capital, across Kenya, through Ethiopia, re-crossing part of Somalia again and eventually arriving in Djibouti where they was given asylum by the Danish embassy. This odyssey provided the germ of her album The Journey, with guitars, sequencers and back-up vocals from Peter Gabriel.

Quotes from Maryam Mursal:
"Traditional music is very important to me but I was also listening to people like Ray Charles, The Beatles, everything."
"We as artists are responsible if something wrong is taking place in our society. It's very important for us to speak up, even though we may have to do it with a double tongue. We have to speak out for our people."
"I was always the first woman. I was the first woman singing Somali jazz, I was the first star, and I was the first to drive a taxi! I was the first to drive a lorry, and now I'm the first woman from Somalia to have an international record."

Ekoléya Time - 4:12 Artist - Angelique Kidjo Album - Logozo (2001)
Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo, is a Beninese Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. Time magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva". The BBC has included Kidjo in its list of the African continent's 50 most iconic figures. The Guardian has listed her as one of its Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World and Kidjo is the first woman to be listed among "The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa" by Forbes magazine. The Daily Telegraph in London described her as "The undisputed queen of African music" during the 2012 Olympic Games River of Music Festival. In March 2013, NPR, National Public Radio in America, called her "Africa's greatest living diva". Kidjo is listed among the "2014 Most Influential Africans" by New African magazine and Jeune Afrique. Forbes Afrique put Kidjo on the cover of their "100 most influential women" issue in 2015. She now resides in New York City, where she is an occasional contributor to the New York Times.

Lonlon/Ravel's Bolero (with Branford Marsalis) Time - 4:14 Artist - Angélique Kidjo Album - Spirit Rising (2012)

Ani Time - 4:24 Artist - Grace Nono Album - Isang Buhay (1997)
As music artist, Grace Nono specializes in the contemporary performance of Philippine sung oral/aural traditions-with special focus on songs with sacred themes taught to her by oralists/auralists from different parts of the Philippines. She has been featured in concerts at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, the House of World Cultures in Berlin, the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, the Lincoln Center's La Casita Festival, and many more. Grace has also published six award-winning solo albums and has contributed tracks to around fifteen recording compilations. In addition, she co-produced and co-published five recordings of Philippine oral/aural music traditions.

Ambahan Ni Willie Time - 2:34 Artist - Grace Nono Album - Hulagpos: Women's Poetry and Voices (2008)

The Bear's Rock Time - 3:53 Artist - Andy Irvine & Davy Spillane Album - EastWind (1992)
EastWind is an album by Andy Irvine & Davy Spillane, showcasing a fusion of Irish folk music with traditional Bulgarian and Macedonian music. It was widely regarded as revolutionary at the time of recording.

The extensive line-up included Nikola Parov on Bulgarian instruments (gadulka, kaval, gaida) & Greek bouzouki, Máirtín O'Connor (accordion), Noel Eccles & Paul Moran (percussion), Tony Molloy (bass), Carl Geraghty & Kenneth Edge (saxophones), John Sheahan (fiddle), Anthony Drennan (guitar), Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin (piano), Márta Sebestyén (vocals) and Rita Connolly (backing vocals).

Maire Mor Time - 3:42 Artist - Dervish Album - Playing With Fire (2001)
Playing With Fire is Dervish’s second album. This is an album of contrasts: with lively instrumentals - jigs, reels and slides mixed seamlessly with bare plaintive songs featuring the mellow voice of Cathy Jordan. Placing a strong emphasis on the rhythmic structures of the tunes using guitars, mandolin and bouzouki combined with melodic elements of accordion, fiddle and flute, Dervish's performance combines an instinctive zeal which at times ignites into an incendiary mélange of sound. Jordan's voice leaps like a butterfly across the melodies of the songs. In the instrumentals, the reels "Last Night's Fun", the hilariously titled, "I Buried My Wife And Danced On Top Of her" and an exquisite original tune "The Hungry Rock" stands out, but all of the tracks on this collection are worth a listen.

Fager som en ros Time - 4:03 Artist - Ranarim Album - Till Ljusan Dag (2000)
Ranarim were a folk band from Sweden. Their last line up consisted of Sofia Sandén and Ulrika Bodén on vocals, Niklas Roswall on nyckelharpa, Jens Engelbrecht on guitar and mandola, Anders Johnsson on double bass, and Olle Linder on percussion. They played a mixture of traditional and original folk compositions.

'Ranarim' translates literally as 'dew tapestry' ('rana' means a woven tapestry or rug; 'rim' is an old Swedish word for 'dew'). They performed their final concert December 15 2010.

On Any Given Day Time - 5:04 Artist - Carbon Leaf Album - Echo Echo (2001)
Carbon Leaf is a quintet from Richmond, Virginia, United States, known for their alt-country, Celtic, and folk-infused Indie Rock. Though some of the band members have changed through the years, Carbon Leaf has been consistently creating and performing music since the early 1990s.

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Semengue Time - 4:10 Artist - Sally Nyolo Album - Multiculti (2003)
Born in Cameroon, Sally Nyolo left her homeland at the age of 13 to settle in Paris. She started her professional career in 1982, first as a backup-singer working with numerous French and African artists, and by composing music for radio and cinema. In 1993, she joined the Belgian a cappella group Zap Mama for their world tour. With Zap Mama she recorded the album "Sabsylma", and two live records in Japan and at Montreux.

In 1996, Nyolo recorded her first solo album, entitled "Tribu" (Tribe), that became a worldwide success, selling 300,000 copies.

After several other albums - "Multiculti" (1998), "Beti" (2000), "Zaione" (2002) - Nyolo finally returned to her native Cameroon, where she set up a studio, with the intention to explore and develop the local music scene. "I intend to sell the Cameroonian culture abroad by creating an international music association which will link young Cameroonian musicians to other artists around the world," she said. This effort resulted in the album "Studio Cameroon", published in 2006 by World Music Network.

Ida Bato (Ancient Song 1789) Time - 1:10 Artist - Richard Bona Album - Tiki (2006)
Originally from Cameroon, Richard Bona remains true to his roots, with African rhythms reflected in each of his seven albums. Seeking inspiration from his origins, the themes of Bona’s albums address international issues that mirror his desire to use music to take a stance on issues affecting the oppressed.

Samaouma Time - 4:54 Artist - Richard Bona Album - Tiki (2006)
In 2005 Bona toured with guitarist Mike Stern and guest starred on Japanese guitarist Kazumi Watanabe’s album “Mo Bop 2.” Shortly after that, he embarked upon a tour of Japan, providing an opportunity to incorporate the culture and sounds of a new territory into his work. He also toured with Pat Metheny and appeared as a guest on two of Bobby McFerrin’s albums.

Manyaka O Brazil Time - 4:06 Artist - Richard Bona Album - Tiki (2006)
Tiki was nominated for a Grammy in 2007 for “Best Contemporary World Music Album.”

Corpitcho Time - 3:06 Artist - Maria Rita Album - Samba Meu (2007)
Samba Meu ("My Samba") is Brazilian vocalist Maria Rita's third album, released in 2007. It was her first album of samba music. It won a 2008 Latin Grammy Award for Best Samba album, and was certified platinum in Brazil.

Tudo Diferente (Everyone is Different) Time - 3:38 Artist - Maria Gadú Album - Maria Gadú (2009)
Maria Gadú is a Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist. She has been nominated twice for a Latin Grammy Award. She released her first album in 2009 and a single from it became a number one hit in Italy during summer 2011, staying atop the charts for five straight weeks.

She started playing music as a child, after having learned the basics of reading musical notation, seven years later she began to record songs on cassette tapes. Her real musical training began at the age of thirteen, when she began to give concerts in the bars of São Paulo.

Aprendiz de Feiticeiro (Sorcerer’s Apprentice) Time - 3:01 Artist - Cássia Eller Album - Com Voce... Meu Mundo Ficaria Completo (1999)
Cássia Eller was a Brazilian rock-fusion musician. After spending most of her adolescence in Brasília, Eller dropped out of high school and returned Rio de Janeiro, where she began a career as a recording artist. In 1990, she became an underground favorite with the release of her self-titled debut album, which contained the song "Rubens", an ambiguous love song that was censored by the far-right-wing authorities during the Brazilian military regime. Her follow-up release, 1992's E.C.T., has been called "a battle cry for sexual freedom."

Eller gave birth to a son, Francisco Eller, in 1993. That same year, she went public with her long-term relationship with Eugênia Martins. She explained that she came out so that her son could grow up without hearing rumors about his mother. As one of Brazil's most prominent lesbian artists, Eller was sometimes called the "South American Melissa Etheridge."

She died suddenly following a series of heart attacks, at age 39, in 2001.

Sapato Velho Time - 3:59 Artist - Roupa Nova Album - 20 Grandes Sucessos de Roupa Nova (1997)
Roupa Nova ("New Clothes") is a Brazilian soft rock band, that had many hits in the 1980s and early 1990s. Their sound is often compared to the American band Toto. Their accessible yet sophisticated style, making extensive use of vocal harmonies, made them a favourite of adult contemporary radio stations.

Tere Time - 6:09 Artist - Habib Koité & Bamada Album - Baro (2001)
Habib Koité is a solo singer, songwriter and guitarist, based in Mali. His band, Bamada, is a supergroup of West African musicians.

Koité is known primarily for his unique approach to playing the guitar by tuning it on a pentatonic scale and playing on open strings as one would on a n’goni. Other pieces of his music sound more like the blues or flamenco, styles he learned under Khalilou Traore.

Koité's vocal style is intimate and relaxed, emphasizing calm, moody singing rather than operatic technical prowess. Members of Bamada play talking drum, guitar, bass, drum set, harmonica, violin, calabash, and balafon. Koité composes and arranges all his songs, singing in English, French, and Bambara.

Mbola Tsara Time - 2:22 Artist - Rossy Album - Island of Ghosts (1991)
Of all the musicians performing in Madagascar, Rossy is one of the few who most capably capture the spirit of his island in music. He is the only Malagasy to successfully combine the many languages, instruments and musical styles of the many different tribes from around the island and synthesize a music that represents the whole of Madagascar.

Forshyttan Time - 4:22 Artist - Hedningarna Album - Hippjokk (1997)
Hedningarna (The Heathens) is a Swedish/Finnish band that mixes electronics and rock with elements from old Scandinavian folk music. Their music features Yoik, a traditional Sami (Lappish) form of song.

Bierdna Time - 5:09 Artist - Hedningarna Album - Hippjokk (1997)
The band began work on their new album Hippjokk in late 1996. Bassist Ulf Ivarsson played a new bass mandora built the band’s founder Hallbus Mattson. Sami yoik singer Wimme Saari and famous Norwegian guitarist Knut Reiersrud also contributed to the album. Johan Liljemark played the didgeridoo, which he had learned in Australia while living among the Aboriginals. Hippjokk was released in February 1997 and the band toured and played it in festival gigs in Spain and Belgium.

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I Speak Fula Time - 3:42 Artist - Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba Album - I Speak Fula (2009)
Bassekou Kouyate is something of a maverick and innovator in his homeland of Mali. Skilled on the ngoni, a wooden lute traditional to West Africa, Kouyate was reportedly one of the first young African musicians to dispense with tradition and play his instrument while standing as one might solo on a guitar – controversial, at the time, but a style now far from unusual amongst West Africa’s more forward-thinking groups.

I Speak Fula is the follow-up to Segu Blue, Kouyate’s widely-acclaimed 2007 album with his band Ngoni Ba. Kouyate and his band have made further innovations to traditional ngoni play, adding a low-tuned customized bass ngoni and adding extra strings to make their instruments more harmonically flexible. The results are pretty spectacular, with astonishingly intricate melodies dancing over and across each other, long winding solos unfurling over clacking percussion, and vocals that are soft in tone, but that gain in power as the tempo rises.

The Jungle Line Time - 4:26 Artist - Joni Mitchell Album - The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975)
"The Jungle Line" uses a field recording from Africa of the Drummers of Burundi (called 'warrior drums' in the credits), onto which are dubbed guitar, Moog synthesizer and the vocal line. The lyrics pay homage to the works of the French Post-Impressionist painter Henri Rousseau. Mitchell blends details of his works with imagery of modern city life, the music industry and the underground drug culture.

The Royal Drummers of Burundi, commonly known in recordings as The Drummers of Burundi, is a percussion ensemble originally from Burundi. They currently reside and perform in Dayton, Ohio. Their performance has been the same for centuries, and their techniques and traditions are passed down from father to son.

Beginning in the 1960s, the Drummers have toured the world. They have recorded at least three albums. They have also appeared on Joni Mitchell's The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975), on Zimbo, the B-side of the Echo & the Bunnymen 12" single of The Cutter (1983), and the Def Leppard single "Rocket".

Solid Love Time - 3:06 Artist - Joni Mitchell Album - Wild Things Run Fast (1982)
Joni Mitchell claimed that her inspiration for this album came from hearing the music of popular bands such as Steely Dan, Talking Heads and The Police at a discothèque during a trip to the Caribbean in 1981. She said that hearing The Police, especially, affected her sound, saying, "their rhythmic hybrids, and the positioning of the drums, and the sound of the drums, was one of the main calls out to me to make a more rhythmic album".

Weyu Lárigi Weyu (Day By Day) Time - 4:24 Artist - Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective Album - Watina (2007)
In addition to traditional Garifuna music, Andy Palacio absorbed the diverse sounds disseminated by radio from neighboring Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba, Jamaica and the United States. Palacio pursued his musical ambitions in a series of high school bands, covering a diversity of popular music from abroad. Attracted by the ideals of the Nicaraguan revolution, he joined the literacy campaign in that nation's African-Amerindian Caribbean coast region, and developed a deeper appreciation for his own threatened cultural and linguistic traditions. Those insights made their way into his own creativity, influencing him to delve more deeply into the roots of Garifuna music.

Appointed Belizean Cultural Ambassador and Deputy Administrator of the National Institute of Culture and History in 2004, Palacio devoted himself to the preservation of Garifuna music and culture. In 2007, Palacio's years of work with the Garifuna All-Stars project came to fruition with the release of the acclaimed Wátina album. Wátina featured a multigenerational crew of Garifuna musicians from Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras (including octegenarian singer Paul Nabor) that delved deeply into traditional Garifuna rhythms and songs. The album was a critical success that garnered worldwide attention for the Garifuna people, culture and language. Thanks to Wátina, Palacio was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace and won the prestigious WOMEX Award in 2007.

Hallelujah Shore Time - 3:47 Artist - Kevin Breit Album - Simple Earnest Plea (2011)
Kevin Breit is a Canadian guitarist, vocalist, and singer-songwriter from McKerrow, Ontario. His group, The Sisters Euclid, has been a fixture at the Orbit Room in Toronto for the past 13 years.

Simple Earnest Plea was Kevin Breit's debut recording as a singer. He has worked with many fine singers: Rosanne Cash, Norah Jones, k.d. lang, Cassandra Wilson, Michael Bublé, Serena Ryder, Lindy Ortega, Holly Cole, Amos Lee, Marc Jordan, Quartette, Rankin Family, Wailin' Jennies, Hugh Laurie, Tomi Swick, Harry Manx, Lynn Myles, Susana Baca, Misha Brueggergossman, and Janis Ian.

St. Teresa Time - 5:22 Artist - Joan Osborne Album - Relish (1995)
Joan Osborne is an American singer, songwriter, and interpreter of music, having recorded and performed in various popular American musical genres including pop, soul, R&B, blues and country. Her second (and first major label) album was Relish (1995), which became a hit on the strength of the single "One of Us". "Right Hand Man" and "St. Teresa" were minor hits, and "Spider Web" also received radio play.

Rule 8 - Otherside Time - 3:06 Artist - Fish in a Birdcage Album - Through The Tides (2016)
Based in Victoria British Columbia, Fish in a Birdcage is modern Renaissance. This album, Through The Tides, is like nothing you've heard before. Songwriter and performer Dusty Townsend writes in a unique and different way by utilizing the cello as a main instrument of focus.

The album is a fun, indie pop record glued together by the beautiful bowed sound of the cello throughout. After going to school for music and majoring in vocals, Dusty decided to put together his first solo effort, and is breaking new ground in doing so.

"The idea behind fish in a birdcage is that the fish is an able bodied creature with the potential to ‘fly’, just not in that environment. I relate to that personally, being an artist confined or caged into a place where I cannot ‘fly’ or live up to my full potential because of the caging of my environment," says the songwriter.

Aynabeh Time - 2:32 Artist - Ka, Omar Album - Liingu - Mark Lotz Meets Omar Ka (2007)
Omar Ka was born in Senegal, though his family roots lie in Niger. His sensitive vocals and intricate guitar melodies tell instantly of his Nigerian ancestry, while mbalax, reggae and funk beats ground his music firmly in the bustling streets of Dakar.

Balal/Fast Time - 1:58 Artist - Ka, Omar Album - Liingu - Mark Lotz Meets Omar Ka (2007)
Mark Lotz teams up here with Omar Ka, who belongs to the West African nomadic tribe of the Fula. His lyrics speak of the life and culture of the nomadic tribe of the Fulani. This album presents a unique crossover with Fula music in a new ‘EurAfrican’ sound. This is a creative group of musicians with a diversity of cultural backgrounds: Ka with roots in Niger, Afra Mussawisade (percussion) and Mark the flutist, are joined by Jeroen van Vliet (piano & keys) and Bao Sissoko (cora).

Be Cool Time - 5:43 Artist - Zombo Zombo Album - Zombo Zombo (2001)
A group of Toronto studio musicians from Toronto, Zombo Zombo formed in 1997. There is no information about them available on line.

Bikutsi Funk Time - 5:45 Artist - Les Tetes Brulées Album - Best Of LTB (2000)
Les Têtes Brulées first rose to prominence in the 1980s, and quickly became the most well-known bikutsi band, at home and abroad. However, many critics and fans of the genre did not like their easy-going, pop sound, and the band saw some criticism. They became known for their distinctive costumes, shaved heads and brightly painted bodies, which were meant to evoke traditional Beti scarification.

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Disposable Society Time - 3:53 Artist - Ellen McIlwaine Album - Mystic Bridge (2007)
Born in Tennessee, raised in Japan and now living in Canada, Ellen McIlwaine has been recording since 1970. She’s also a part-time school bus driver! Her high energy Rhythm & Blues, along with Middle Eastern laments, Indian, Pakistani & West African influences and a capella Gospel numbers all drive her amazing Slide Guitar and Vocal Acrobatics to make for a dynamic show.

We the People Time - 3:11 Artist - Ellen McIlwaine Album - Mystic Bridge (2007)

Makhna Time - 3:20 Artist - A. R. Rahman Album - Million Dollar Arm (Movie Soundtrack) (2014)
Million Dollar Arm is the soundtrack album of an American biographical drama about a famous cricketer. A. R. Rahman composed all seven of the original songs as well as the score for the film. Artists Iggy Azalea, KT Tunstall, Wale, Sukhwinder Singh, and Raghav Mathur collaborated with the composer for the soundtrack.

Oh! La Time - 3:21 Artist - M'Toro Chamou Et Les Watoro Album - The Rough Guide To The Music Of The Indian Ocean (2002)
The Indian Ocean is still one area of the world that remains relatively unexplored musically. It's every bit as polyglot as any urban Western society, and that's reflected in the surprising mix of influences and styles that emerge on this compilation, which sheds a welcome light on the region.

M'Toro Chamou Et Les Watoro are from Mayotte, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and the coast of Mozambique. It’s a department and region of France, though traditional Mayotte culture is most closely related to that of the neighboring Comoros islands.

Sak La Point Time - 5:10 Artist - Francoise Guimbert Album - The Rough Guide To The Music Of The Indian Ocean (2002)
Francoise Guimbert is from Réunion, an island east of Madagascar. She is a leading interpreter of maloya, one of the two major music genres of Réunion, usually sung in Réunion Creole, and traditionally accompanied by percussion and a musical bow. Maloya is actually a new form that has origins in the music of African and Malagasy slaves and Indian indentured workers on the island, as has the other folk music of Réunion, séga. World music journalists and non-specialist scholars sometimes compare maloya to American blues, though they actually have little in common. Unlike the blues, maloya was considered such a threat to the French state that in the 1970s it was banned.

Compared to séga, which employs numerous European string and wind instruments, traditional maloya uses only percussion and the musical bow. Maloya songs usually employ a call-response structure. Other traditional instruments include:
roulér - a low-tuned barrel drum played with the hands
kayamb - a flat rattle made from sugar cane tubes and seeds
pikér - a bamboo idiophone played with sticks
sati - a flat metal idiophone played with sticks
bob - a braced, struck musical bow

Mardi Gras Time - 2:23 Artist - Pierre Kwenders Album - Le dernier empereur Bantou (2014)
Pierre Kwenders is the stage name of José Louis Modabi, a Congolese-Canadian musician. He sings and raps in English, French, Lingala and Tshiluba, and blends both African music and western pop music influences, including hip hop and electronic music, into his style.

Big 'Stache Time - 4:22 Artist - The Creaking Tree String Quartet Album - Sundogs (2011)
The Creaking Tree String Quartet is a Canadian progressive all-instrumental bluegrass and acoustic roots band from Toronto. They have been recording since 2004. Their fourth album, Sundogs, was released in 2010. One reviewer wrote, "it’s how these seasoned Toronto players forge jazz, bluegrass, bebop, folk and traditional sounds into their own sound that makes the record so impressive."

Sunt Barbatul Ce-L Doresti Time - 3:37 Artist - Adi de la Valcea Album - De viata si de dragoste (2002)
Manele is a musical genre originating in the ethnic communities of the Roma in Romania. Adi de la Valcea (“Adrian from Valcea”) is one of the most famous singers of manele.

The genre has influences from Romanian folk music, as well as Greek, Turkish, Arabic and Serbian. It has a remarkable capacity to incorporate elements of virtually all other genres found in modern Romania, including pop, hip-hop, techno, jazz, rock and classical music.

Bahebak Wallah Bahebak Time - 4:13 Artist - Ali Al Deek Album - Bado Albi Bado (2015)
There is virtually no information available about Lebanese singer Ali al Deek in English.

Man of Constant Sorrow Time - 4:08 Artist - Elage Diouf Album - Aksil (2010)
El Hadji Fall Diouf was born in Dakar, Sénégal, the ninth of ten children. From an early age, he was attracted to music and learned to play percussions on his own in the streets. He originally hid his passion from his parents, but later fed his musical ambitions with his brother, Pape Abdou Karim Diouf. They moved to Montreal together in 1996.

El Hadji (now under the frenchified name "Élage") sings mainly in Wolof, French and English. The album Aksil is festive and the songs address many themes such as love, peace, hope, and adventure. It is a mix of folk, blues and world music, with Scottish and Brazilian influences; Man of Constant Sorrow is a cover of an old John Hartford country song.

Ki laa am Time - 4:22 Artist - Elage Diouf Album - Aksil (2010)

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Man Time - 3:42 Artist - Mamer Album - Eagle (2009)
The singer/songwriter Mamer was raised in Xinjiang, one of ten children for whom singing and playing the two-string dombra lute was as much a part of life as sunrise. Out in the land of Turkic tongues and ethnic minorities, traditional music flows from yurts and across the sparsely inhabited steppes. Mamer's voice, a low, resonant, magical thing, is part of it.

Drinking Song Time - 4:00 Artist - Hanggai Album - Introducing Hanggai (2008)
Part of Hanggai’s goals as a musical group is to help strengthen Mongolian culture in China by helping Mongolians become more involved in rediscovering their cultural identity in modern China: The band’s founder is an ethnic Mongolian who had to relearn the language to sing in it, and he's singing about a fast-disappearing way of life he's never really lived himself. Although many of Hanggai’s songs hark back to a simpler pastoral past, their albums are also sometimes interjected with the sounds of Beijing street traffic, speaking further to the complications of finding one’s ethnic identity in the face of a more dominant mainstream culture.

Passant par Paris Time - 3:55 Artist - Bodh'aktan Album - Au diable les remords ... (2011)
Bodh'aktan is based in Quebec. They play traditional music fusing elements of traditional Irish, Celtic, Québécois, Maritime and Breton with hard rock, country, polka and punk. The band.

The name Bodh'aktan (pronounced Bod Ak Tan), is inspired by a Gaelic term for fisherman's boots or by the French pronunciation for the famous Acton boots (Botte Acton). Many of the members wear kilts during their live and very energetic stage performances creating raucous party music using traditional and modern instruments.

The Anti Confederation Song Time - 3:36 Artist - Shanneyganock Album - Rockin' On the Water (2013)
Shanneyganock are one of Newfoundland’s most identifiable bands. They've been a fixture in the local and traditional scene for almost a decade.
Shanneyganock was never really like any other band on the Atlantic scene: they rarely make videos or dress fashionably, they don't have a light show, and they don't worry about their 'image'.

Secord's Warning Time - 3:40 Artist - Tanglefoot Album - A Grain of Salt (1992)
Laura (Ingersoll) Secord’s husband James was seriously wounded at the Battle of Queenston Heights early in the War of 1812. While he was still recovering in 1813, the Americans invaded the Niagara Peninsula, including Queenston. During the occupation, Secord acquired information about a planned American attack, and stole away on the morning of 22 June to inform Lieutenant James FitzGibbon in the territory still controlled by the British. The information helped the British and their Mohawk warrior allies repel the invading Americans at the Battle of Beaver Dams. Her effort was forgotten until 1860, when Edward, Prince of Wales, awarded the impoverished widow £100 for her service on his visit to Canada.

The story of Laura Secord has taken on mythological overtones in Canada. Her tale has been the subject of books, plays, and poetry, often with many embellishments. Since her death, Canada has bestowed honours on her, including schools named after her, monuments, a museum, a memorial stamp and coin, and a statue at the Valiants Memorial in the Canadian capital.

Tanglefoot was a folk band from Ontario. Formed in the early 1980s by three schoolteachers to play traditional music, they became a five-piece band playing largely original music. They regularly toured Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom until their friendly breakup in 2009.

Bilady Time - 3:12 Artist - Daby Touré Album - Lang(u)age (2012)
Daby Toure had a rural upbringing in Mauritania, but his first solo album betrayed his Senegalese family roots. After touring in support of Peter Gabriel's Still Growing Up tour, and appearing at WOMAD 2004 in Reading, England, Toure's music found a bigger audience.

Touré's father had tried to push him away from music, but Daby snatched secret guitar time, and in 1989 his brothers invited him to join their Toure Kunda band in Paris. Daby formed Toure Toure with his cousin Omar.

Debho Time - 3:36 Artist - Daby Touré Album - Amonafi (2015)
Daby writes his own material, and is a virtual one-man band, layering up all of his own guitar, bass and percussion parts. His co-producer and keyboardist is Dufay, whose contributions are always tastefully shaded with sampled loops and echo-percussion, enhances Toure's sound. Toure made his CD debut with Dufay on Peter Gabriel's Real World Records with the release of Diam (Peace) in 2004.

Mahma El Houb Time - 5:52 Artist - Malouma Album - Dunya (2003)
Malouma Mint El Meidah is a Mauritanian singer, songwriter and politician. Raised by parents versed in traditional Mauritanian music, she first performed when she was twelve, soon featuring in solo concerts. Her first song "Habibi Habeytou" harshly criticized the way in which women were treated by their husbands. Though an immediate success, it caused an outcry from the traditional ruling classes. After being forced into marriage while still a teenager, Malouma had to give up singing until 1986. She then developed her own style combining traditional music with blues, jazz, and electro. Appearing on television with songs addressing highly controversial topics such as conjugal life, poverty and inequality, she was censored in Mauritania in the early 1990s but began to perform abroad by the end of the decade. After the ban was finally lifted, she relaunched her singing and recording career, gaining popularity, particularly among the younger generation. Her fourth album, Knou (2014), includes lyrics expressing her views on human rights and women's place in society.

Vihmax (Remix) Time - 3:32 Artist - Värttinä Album - Vihma (1998)
Värttinä, the Finnish word for "spindle" is a folk music band that started as a project by Sari and Mari Kaasinen in 1983. In its current form, the band consists of three female vocalists supported by three acoustic musicians. The vocalists sing in the Karelian dialect of the Finnish language.

Mantra Time - 4:01 Artist - Libar Album - Libar (2012)
Libar was founded in Split, Croatia in 2007, the band name means “the book. They use a form of “klapa”, a traditional Dalmatian form of a cappella male multi-part singing, and accompany it with a standard rock band.

Oku Tupuga Time - 0:45 Artist - Te Vaka Album - Tutuki (2004)
Te Vaka is a group of 11 musicians and dancers from Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands, and New Zealand formed in 1997 by award-winning songwriter, Opetaia Foa'i.

Tutuki Time - 3:08 Artist - Te Vaka Album - Tutuki (2004)
Te Vaka uses traditional instruments like pate (single and double log drums), pa'u (indigenous goat skin conga), and bass drums. Most of their songs are written in Tokelauan, but some are written in Samoan and Tuvaluan, the native tongues of the other band members.

Go Ralom Time - 3:43 Artist - Telek Album - Serious Tam (2000)
George Mamua Telek, commonly known simply as Telek, is a Tolai musician and singer from Papua New Guinea.

Born in East New Britain Province, Telek is one of the few Papuan singers to gain an international following. Telek sang with various bands in Papua New Guinea early in his career - most notably with the group Painim Wok where he sang lead vocals. Telek met David Bridie of the Australian band Not Drowning, Waving, and they recorded the highly successful album Tabaran.

Telek recorded his first solo album, Telek, outside Papua New Guinea in 1997. This album won an ARIA award for Best World Music Album. Serious Tam, his second international album, was recorded in 2000 at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in England. He followed that up with Amette, which was released in 2004. His most recent album Akave was released through the Wantok Music-label.

Telek sings in his native language, Kuanua, and in Tok Pisin. Many of his songs are sung in three-part harmonies that are characteristic of the Tolai.

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Twist Time - 3:01 Artist - Xavier Rudd Album - White Moth (2007)
“White Moth” charts the spiritual journey of multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd. He’s traveled the globe and built a devoted following of fans, drawn to his amalgamation of folk, reggae, rock and world music. Featuring guest vocals from aboriginal singers, “White Moth” pays respect to Australia’s indigenous people, from whom the yidaki (didgeridoo) virtuoso has drawn bottomless inspiration. This song contains the lines,
“Some people gonna twist up together
Help to feel you better, 'cause everybody's okay.”
We’ll leave it up to you to figure out what they’re twisting up.

Station Cook Time - 2:44 Artist - John Williamson Album - Warragul (1990)
John Williamson is an Australian country music and folk music singer-songwriter. He has released over forty albums, ten videos, five DVDs, and two lyric books. On Australia Day (26 January) 1992 Williamson was made a Member of the Order of Australia with the citation: "for service to Australian country music and in stimulating awareness of conservation issues". He has received twenty-six Golden Guitar trophies at the Country Music Awards of Australia, he has won three ARIA Music Awards for Best Country Album and, in 2010, was inducted into the related Hall of Fame.

Williamson has also featured in a number of television series. Many of his albums have gone gold and platinum. He has sold more than 4,000,000 albums in Australia alone.

The Dreaming Time - 4:33 Artist - Kate Bush Album - The Dreaming (1982)
"The Dreaming" is the title song from Kate Bush's fourth studio album and was released a single on 26 July 1982.

The song is about the destruction of Aboriginal homelands by white Australians in their quest for weapons-grade uranium. Musical guest Rolf Harris plays the didgeridoo on the recording and bird impersonator Percy Edwards provided sheep noises.

Nobody's Moggy Now Time - 1:47 Artist - Eric Bogle Album - Scraps of Paper (1983)
Eric Bogle was born and educated in Scotland but now lives in Australia. His early influences were Lonnie Donegan, Elvis Presley and Ewan MacColl. He turned to folk music prior to emigrating to Australia – his first written songs concerned his parents. One of these, "Leaving Nancy", sang of the day he left home for Australia, the last time he saw his mother Nancy.

Several of his most famous songs tell of the futility or loss of war. Prominent among these is "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda", written in 1971. The lyrics tell of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) experience fighting in the Battle of Gallipoli. It has also been interpreted as a reaction to the Vietnam War. Another of his best-known songs, "No Man's Land", is also World War I-themed. Nobody’s Moggy Now is a bit more light-hearted.

The Knight And The Shepherds Daughter Time - 2:59 Artist - Five Hand Reel Album - Five Hand Reel (1976)
Five Hand Reel was a Scottish/English/Irish Celtic rock band of the late 1970s that combined experiences of traditional Scottish and Irish folk music with electric rock arrangements. Much of their live work was on club, college, and folk festivals of England and Northern Europe. They were very popular in Scandinavia and even recorded an album of traditional Danish songs with Danish folk singer and radio presenter Alan Klitgaard. In England they weren’t particularly popular, although they were appreciated in Punk clubs as a live act. After Five Hand Reel broke up, one member, Barry Lyons, played with several other bands until his departure for Canada in 1996, and he worked for Long & McQuade Musical Instruments in Toronto until 2012.

Paella Grande Time - 3:33 Artist - Wolfstone Album - Terra Firma (2007)
Wolfstone is a Scottish musical group founded in 1989, that plays Celtic rock. Their repertoire consists of both original songs and traditional folk pieces. To date, they have released seven studio albums, the latest, Terra Firma. The band records on its own label, Once Bitten Records. The group is named after the "Wolfstone", a Pictish stone originally sited at Ardross, Easter Ross, close to where the band initially recorded.
This selection is actually a medley of “The Reel Mackay Wedding” and “Paella Grande”.

Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda Time - 2:31 Artist - Capercaillie Album - Sidewaulk (1989)
Capercaillie is a Scottish folk band, founded in the 1980s by Donald Shaw and fronted by Karen Matheson. Originating from Argyll, a region of western Scotland, the band is named after the Western capercaillie, a native Scottish wood grouse.

Capercaillie performs traditional Gaelic songs and tunes, as well as contemporary English language songs and tunes. The group adapts traditional Gaelic music and traditional lyrics with modern production techniques with instruments such as electric guitar or bass and rarely synthesizers or drum machines. They have had four albums in the UK Albums Chart, and continue to perform and record to the present day.

Cafe Colando Time - 3:47 Artist - Salsa Celtica Album - El Camino (2006)
Salsa Celtica is a Scottish group formed in 1995 that plays a fusion of salsa music with traditional Scottish instruments, including elements of folk and jazz. In 1997 they visited Cuba to study and absorb the musical culture and influences of the country. Inspired by the trip they released their debut album Monstruos y Demonios, (Monsters and Demons) that same year. It went on to receive critical and popular acclaim. Their most recent album, The Tall Islands, was released in 2014.

Riete Gabriel Time - 3:11 Artist - Claudia Gomez Album - Majagua (2004)
The rich, sensuous alto voice of Colombian artist Claudia Gomez is an instrument of extraordinary beauty, and her sensual delivery assures that she would be a sought-after vocalist. She has also earned a reputation as a graceful and moving singer-songwriter. Her starkly beautiful lyrics - intensely honest, insistently personal - float elegantly on waves of lush harmony and supple rhythm, delivering an experience that is at once ancient and entirely original.

Her mastery of the American jazz idiom, combined with her fluency in the broad spectrum of Latin American traditions and her flawless voice, have allowed her to transcend the conventional boundaries of genre to create a music universal in its appeal.

Epicy Time - 3:44 Artist - Kila Album - The Best Of Kila (2009)
Kíla are an Irish folk music/world music group, originally formed in 1987 in an Irish language secondary school Dublin. Kíla has played at many festivals around the world, including Dún Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, Electric Picnic, Womadelaide, Glastonbury, Féile an Dóilín, St. Chartier and the Stockholm Water Festival. All members of the group participate in composing and arranging Kíla's songs. They also support and play with students of Irish music as much as possible in an effort to keep the tradition going.

Bullets For Bafazane Time - 3:58 Artist - Juluka Album - Work For All (1983)
Work For All is a studio album from Juluka, a South African band led by Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu. It was first released in 1983 and rapidly achieved major success in South Africa where it is now remembered as a classic album in the history of South African music.

While Clegg is known for the sociopolitical bent of his lyrics, he perhaps reaches his most scathing and critical on Work for All. In "Bullets for Bafazane", he sings of the commonplace township violence in his country: "Shadow men from the outland come to town / Looking for Bafazane, they want to gun him down".

Crazy Woman Time - 4:17 Artist - Juluka Album - Stand Your Ground (1984)
Stand Your Ground was distributed in select countries of Europe and the Americas. The album debuted four new Juluka songs: "Kilimanjaro", "Look into the Mirror", "Fever", and "Crazy Woman". The six remaining tracks were previously released on Juluka's 1983 album, Work for All.

In South Africa and Zimbabwe, an alternate album was released: The International Tracks. This 7-track EP has the same cover art and new songs as Stand Your Ground. The difference is that, instead of the songs from Work for All, The International Tracks has two new remixes and one reissued track: "Umbaqanga Music" from the 1982 album Scatterlings. The title Stand Your Ground is a translation of the Zulu title of the track "Mana Lapho".

Remède Miracle (Miracle Cure) Time - 4:43 Artist - Mes Aïeux Album - Ça parle au diable! (2000)
Mes Aïeux (My Ancestors) is a Québécois group from Canada founded in 1996. Although a leader of the Quebec "neo-traditional" scene, the band takes a definitely modern slant on that style, borrowing stories and characters from French Canadian folklore (the devil, the shepherdess, the coureur des bois, drinking songs, etc.) to write about modern themes with a touch of humor. These themes include globalization, politics, generational conflicts, over-medicating (Remède miracle), the frenetic pace of modern life, recent Quebec history, etc. The band also writes humorous songs about Québécois cultural phenomena such as poutine (Hommage en grain).

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Ojalá Que Llueva Café Time - 3:27 Artist - Café Tacvba Album - Avalancha de Éxitos (1996)
Café Tacuba (stylized Café Tacvba) is a band from Ciudad Satélite, Mexico. The group gained popularity in the early 1990s. They were founded in 1989, and since then have had the same musical lineup. In 1996, Café Tacvba released Avalancha de Éxitos, meaning "Avalanche of Hits", a cover album in which the band performed songs by other Spanish-speaking artists. The tracks were recorded while the band was in the studio working on their album “Re” and grew tired of recording new material. This song was originally recorded by Juan Luis Guerra in 1989. It was a hit then, but with much more of a salsa feel to it.

Como Te Extraño Mi Amor Time - 3:38 Artist - Café Tacvba Album - Avalancha de Éxitos (1996)
Avalancha de Éxitos marked Café Tacvba's first appearance on Billboard's album charts, and the band commenced an international tour to promote the album. That same year, the band also contributed to the AIDS benefit album Silencio=Muerte: Red Hot + Latin produced by the Red Hot Organization performing along with David Byrne.

Soltarlo Time - 2:47 Artist - Claudia Gomez Album - Tierradentro (1995)
The rich, sensuous alto voice of Colombian artist Claudia Gomez is an instrument of extraordinary beauty, and her sensual delivery assures that she would be a sought-after vocalist. What this album proves is that she's much more than just a voice. Besides writing about half the songs here, she arranged them and backs them with a fluid samba-styled guitar, plus percussion and tuneful whistling. This album is a fine and accessible introduction to South American jazz in general and the prodigiously talented Claudia Gomez in particular.

La Danza de los Gallinazos Time - 4:31 Artist - La Sarita Album - Identidad (2012)
La Sarita is a Peruvian punk rock group was formed in Lima in 1998 by Julio Perez and Martin Choy. La Sarita's name comes from the blessed "Sarita Colonia" a symbol of popular faith. The band has released four albums, the most recent being Identidad in 2012. La Sarita's sound is alternative hard rock fused with Latin flavor, Peruvian folkloric music and Afroperuvian sounds. Their lyrics are about social injustice and issues, urban drama, political corruption, destruction of the environment and ecosystems, about everyday life in South and Central American countries. This track is “Dance of the Vultures”.

Wabouga Time - 4:21 Artist - Lincoln Lewis (Belize) Album - The Rough Guide to Central America (2001)
The Turtle Shell Band fuses age-old Garifuna vocals, rhythms and instrumentation with the spiritual message of Rastafari. The Turtle Band began playing around Belize in 1980 to popular acclaim, breaking down local prejudices of the dominant Creole population against the Garifuna. The group issued a cassette in the late 1980s. Comprising a talented trio of the founder’s relatives and protégés, this new version of the band includes Lincoln Lewis (lead and backing vocals, Garifuna drums, conch shells), Cecil Caliz (lead and backing vocals, Garifuna drums, maracas), and Herbert "Ras Ibo" Bernardez (lead and backing vocals, turtle shell percussion). They sing in a mix of Garifuna and Belize Creole English, in a vocal style that is more suave and laid back than the original band.

Dances del Gochu Xabaz Time - 4:14 Artist - Brenga Astur Album - Cancios de Gochu Xabaz (1999)
Brenga Astur is a band from the Celtic region of Spain known as Asturias. They are a 10-member group formed in 1994, with two Asturian pipers, bouzouki, bodhran, flute, electric and acoustic guitar, accordion, mandolin, drums, keyboard, vocals and more. They are a really hard group to describe - beautiful, captivating melodies; hypnotic rhythms; Celtic music with a Spanish influence.

Comu se nu te capiscu Time - 3:17 Artist - Maneká Album - Ethno Salento (2009)
Salento is a geographic region at the southern end of southern Italy. It is sometimes described as the "heel" of the Italian "boot". A dialect of Italian known as Salentino is spoken there, as well as a Hellenic dialect known as Griko – a legacy of the settlement of Greeks in southern Italy during ancient times.

Lu Rusciu De Lu Mare Time - 6:12 Artist - La Notte Della Taranta Ensemble Album - Live In Melpignano 17.08.2003 (2004)
La Notte della Taranta (Night of Tarantula) is a music festival, started in 1998, in Salento, Italy. It focuses on Pizzica, a popular folk genre, and takes place in various municipalities, especially in Melpignano. It gives great importance to the local folk music tradition, and it is a great resource for tourism. The Festival tours around Salento, normally culminating in a grand finale concert in Melpignano in August. It is attended by an average of 120,000 spectators. Every year it appoints a new musical director, and, in 2003, the director was Stewart Copeland, former drummer with The Police.

Attinde Time - 3:51 Artist - Càlic Album - Italian Musical Odyssey (2001)
Càlic is a band formed in 1981 in the region of Alghera, in the northwest corner of the Italian island of Sardinia. The language spoken here is actually a form of Catalan, the language spoken in northeastern Spain. Catalans have occupied Alghera since the 14th century. Virtually no information about Càlic is available in English.

Barbagal Time - 2:28 Artist - Cantovivo Album - Antologia (2008)
Cantovivo was a folk group from Turin in northern Italy, one of the architects (with Lionetta and La Ciapa Rusa) of the rebirth of traditional Piedmontese music. Founded in 1974, their first recording in 1975 was an album of anti-Fascist songs from the 1920s and 30s. Contovivo toured widely in various configurations until 2007, singing in Piedmontese and its close relative, Occitan, the language of southern France. The group’s founder, Alberto Cesa, died in early 2010. Virtually no information about Cantovivo is available in English.

La Torinese (The Girl From Turin) Time - 3:05 Artist - La Ciapa Rusa Album - Italian Musical Odyssey (2001)
La Ciapa Rusa (The Red Rag) formed in 1977 through the efforts of Maurizio Martinotti and Beppe Greppi with the aim of collecting recordings and films of elderly singers and musicians, to document the musical heritage of country traditions that survived the crumbling of northern Italy’s rural society. An important part of their research was the collection and study of ancient dances. Virtually no information about La Ciapa Rusa is available in English.

Jours de plaine Time - 4:16 Artist - Les Charbonniers de l'Enfer Album - Nouvelles frequentations (2010)
Les Charbonniers de l'enfer (The Charcoal-makers of Hell) are an a cappella folk music group based in Quebec formed in 1994. They specialize in traditional Quebec folk music. And, as with the other groups noted above, there is virtually no information available in English.

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Wavin' Flag (original) Time: 3:40 Artist: K'naan Album: Troubadour (2009)
The original single of "Wavin' Flag" appeared on K’naan’s album Troubadour. The single reached #2 on the Canadian Hot 100 as the third official single from the album. It was first performed acoustically on live TV, where K’naan gave viewers a preview of Troubadour. The lyrics of the original version are about the struggle of refugees displaced by war, with references to K'naan's native Somalia, in comparison to the later version used for the World Cup, where the lyrics were rewritten in a more celebratory tone.

What's Hardcore? Time: 3:36 Artist: K'naan Album: The Dusty Foot Philosopher (2005)
The Dusty Foot Philosopher was K’naan’s first studio album. It won Canada’s Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year in 2006 and was shortlisted for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize. In November 2007, the album was included in The Guardian's list of 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die.

Jangar Time: 4:38 Artist: Anda Union Album: Homeland (2016)
Anda Union aims to preserve and popularise Mongolian culture, and have an emotional, melodic style that has the same universal appeal as great Celtic music. The nine-piece band is from the Inner Mongolia region of northern China, but their atmospheric songs and instrumentals evoke the empty spaces of the Mongolian steppes. They play traditional instruments, including the morin hor horsehead fiddle, topshur lute and moadin choor flute, while their vocals mix solo and harmony work with carefully controlled bursts of growling and eerie-sounding throat singing. There are upbeat songs about horses, grasslands, folk heroes and history (Genghis Khan included), but they are set against the laments for those cut off from their homeland and families, as on the slow, poignant Home Town.

Chahaar Time: 5:03 Artist: Hanggai Album: Hanggai (2005)
Part of Hanggai’s goals as a musical group is to help strengthen Mongolian culture in China by helping Mongolians become more involved in rediscovering their cultural identity in modern China. The founder is an ethnic Mongolian who had to relearn the language to sing in it, and he's singing about a fast-disappearing way of life he's never really lived himself." Although many of their songs, such as Wuji, hark back to a simpler pastoral past a large portion of the album itself is interjected with the sounds of Beijing street traffic speaking further to the complications of finding one’s ethnic identity in the face of a more dominant mainstream culture.

Wuji Time: 2:36 Artist: Hanggai Album: Introducing Hanggai (2008)
This song says, "The beloved grasslands where I was born…I will sing my praise to you for ever…My beloved Mongolian homeland…I will sing to you playing my banjo…"

Don't Forget To Miss Me Time: 3:24 Artist: Harry Manx Album: Wise and Otherwise (2002/2007)
Harry Manx is a Canadian musician who blends blues, folk music, and Hindustani classical music. His official website describes his music as being a "blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, add a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves and you'll get Manx's unique "mysticssippi" flavour." Manx plays the slide guitar, harmonica, six-string banjo, mohan veena and Ellis stomp box. He studied for five years in India with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Bhatt is the inventor of the 20-stringed mohan veena, which has become Manx's signature instrument. He has released twelve albums in twelve years, and has his own record label "Dog My Cats Records".

Chakradaar Time: 2:41 Artist: Swapan Chaudhuri Album: Live from Darbar Festival 2006 (2007)
Swapan Chaudhuri is an Indian tabla player, who has accompanied several musicians of Indian classical music, including, Ravi Shankar. As a soloist and accompanist Swapan has traveled the world, produced many recordings and videos, and has appeared extensively on television and radio. Swapan's music reaches beyond the scope of classical music to include performances and recordings with musicians such as L. Shankar, John Handy, and the African drum master Malenga.

Intro Time: 1:07 Artist: Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Album: Live At the Quick (2002)
Béla Fleck and Victor Wooten formed Béla Fleck and the Flecktones in 1988, along with keyboardist and harmonica player Howard Levy and Wooten's percussionist brother Roy "Future Man" Wooten, who played synthesizer-based percussion. They recorded numerous albums, most notably “Flight of the Cosmic Hippo”, their second album, which reached number one on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

Gypsy Anandi Time: 6:27 Artist: Debashish Bhattacharya Album: Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey (2008)
Debashish Bhattacharya is a global inspiration on the contemporary musical scene. From the age of four, a child's fancy with a Hawaiian guitar evolved into creating patented guitars and a unique playing style that has been mesmerizing audiences and artists for decades. He has received global recognition of his patented guitars Chaturangui, Gandharvi and Anandi, which excel in sound and have become popular instruments.

Heemor Time: 2:09 Artist: Anda Union Album: The Wind Horse (2011)
Anda Union take a more traditional, acoustic approach then Hanggai, matching their sometimes growled and eerie throat singing techniques against morin khuur (horse head) fiddles, flute and Mongolian percussion – and with no guitars or keyboards.

I Want For No Blues Time: 4:55 Artist: Kevin Breit Album: Simple Earnest Plea (2010)
Kevin Breit is a guitarist, vocalist, and singer-songwriter from McKerrow, Ontario, Canada. His group, The Sisters Euclid, has been a fixture at the Orbit Room in Toronto for the past 13 years. Breit has worked as a touring guitarist or session musician with a variety of musicians including Norah Jones, Michael Kaeshammer, Celine Dion, Marc Jordan, Molly Johnson, Harry Manx, Holly Cole, Rosanne Cash, Serena Ryder, the Rankins, and Hugh Laurie. He also performs as a solo artist and as a member of the folk group Folkalarm. He was awarded the 2012 Canada’s Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album as a member The Stretch Orchestra. Breit has performed on recordings that have earned 13 Grammy Awards.

Veillée Spatiale Time: 3:31 Artist: MAZ Album: Telescope (2011)
MAZ sets themselves apart with their unique blend of acoustic trad and electric jazz. Their concerts have been praised by audiences and critics alike, owing to their vibrant stage energy. Their debut album, Télescope, laid the groundwork of MAZ’s unique style, which combines traditional Québécois music, modal jazz, and electro. Often described as futuristic, it reveals their modern take on Québec’s past and present instrumental culture.

Mahangoma Time: 4:39 Artist: Jaojoby Album: Malagasy (2004)
In 1970 Eusèbe Jaojoby began singing in the northern town of Diego-Suarez, performing with bands that were starting to blend American soul and funk with Malagasy musical traditions. He gained popularity and toured regionally, then, after a short break in the 1980s to pursue a career in journalism, Jaojoby resumed his musical career and rose to national prominence with his 1988 hit "Samy Mandeha Samy Mitady". He became a full-time professional musician in 1993 and has since released eight full-length albums and has toured extensively. His band includes his wife and adult children, some of whom have their own bands.

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Time - 4:01 Artist - Còig Album - Five (2014)
Còig, one of Atlantic Canada's premiere traditional groups, originally formed to promote the Celtic Colours International Festival. What were solo acts amalgamated into one electrifying super group. With the fiery Celtic style as its musical core, Còig easily shifts between old tunes to original and contemporary compositions, featuring the band’s range of over a dozen instruments. Còig are: Chrissy Crowley (fiddle, viola), Jason Roach (piano), Rachel Davis (fiddle, viola, vocals), and Darren McMullen (guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo, bouzouki, whistles, flute, and vocals).

Dakar Time - 3:47 Artist - Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko Album - Africa To Appalachia (2008)
Banjo player Jayme Stone is a celebrity in his native Canada thanks to his ability to rapidly switch styles, from jazz to bluegrass or Indian influences. This excursion is influenced by his travels in Mali. It features the singer, kora player and griot Mansa Sissoko, and matches Malian praise songs against North American themes, with Sissoko's stately, rippling kora and Stone's impressive, agreeably muted banjo working remarkably well together. And, despite the billing, this is not an album of duets. There were nine musicians involved, including the virtuoso ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate.

Lubbock Texas Time - 4:06 Artist - Jeff Lang Album - Running by the Rock (2016)
Jeff Lang is an Australian songwriter, singer and slide guitarist. A leading performer in the Australian roots music scene and purveyor of his self-described "disturbed folk" style, which incorporates primarily folk, blues and rock. The songwriting in his music is heavily influenced by the folk music of the Southern United States and British Isles but has distinctly Australian lyrical content whilst his guitar playing mixes folk, blues and rock styles with Indian and African modalities. He plays various types of guitar, both slide and standard, as well as banjo, mandolin, Chumbush and drums.

Spirit of Melbourne Time - 5:34 Artist - Mamadou Diabate, Bobby Singh & Jeff Lang Album - Djan Djan (2010)
Mamadou Diabate was destined to play the kora. Cousin of legendary kora player Toumani Diabate, who was one of his most influential teachers, Mamadou was born and raised in the griot tradition of Mali, using music and oratory to preserve his people’s consciousness of their past. From his Grammy-award nominated solo album, to his latest release Douga Mansa (King Vulture), Mamadou’s technical virtuosity and innovative approach have kept him in high demand internationally.

Bobby Singh spent much of his childhood in Mumbai studying tabla. Recognized as a great talent, Bobby is the disciple of Aneesh Pradhan, one of the world’s most sought-after tabla players. Nurtured into a mature, internationally renowned tabla virtuoso, both in traditional Indian and cross-cultural genres, Bobby has played with many of the world’s top musicians.

Improv/Prelude from Bach Violin Partita #3 Time - 5:31 Artist - Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Album - Live At the Quick (2002)
Béla Fleck is an American banjo player. Widely acknowledged as one of the world's most innovative and technically proficient banjo players, he is best known for his work with the bands New Grass Revival and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. He was drawn to the banjo when he first heard Earl Scruggs play the theme song for the television show Beverly Hillbillies and received his first banjo at age fifteen in 1973.

Alash Khem (Alash River Song) Time - 1:56 Artist - Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Album - Live At the Quick (2002)
Most of the material on this CD is culled from the Flecktones' 2000 studio album “Outbound”. It features several of the musicians who appeared on Outbound, including multi-instrumentalist Paul McCandless, steel-pan drummer Andy Narell, bassoonist Paul Hansen, tabla player Sandip Burman, and throat singer Congar ol'Ondar.

A Moment So Close Time - 6:56 Artisit - Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Album - Live At the Quick (2002)
Béla Fleck and Victor Wooten formed Béla Fleck and the Flecktones in 1988, along with keyboardist and harmonica player Howard Levy and Wooten's percussionist brother Roy "Future Man" Wooten, who played synthesizer-based percussion. They recorded numerous albums, most notably “Flight of the Cosmic Hippo”, their second album, which reached number one on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

Flor Misteriosa Time - 4:17 Artist - Maza Meze Album - Hypnotika (2002)
Maza Mezé is an assortment of Toronto musicians who love the music of Greece and the Middle East. Some have been born into the culture; others have adopted it. In 1995 they came together to explore traditional music from the region and to create their own original compositions based on that music. They are an eclectic gathering of some of Toronto’s finest improvisers and innovators. Vocalists Jayne Brown, Jennifer Moore, and Sophia Grigoriadis are accompanied by instrumentalists Ernie Tollar, John Gzowski, Debashis Sinha and Jeff Wilson.Their varied musical tastes and abilities allow Maza Mezé to add many exotic flavourings from a dozen genres and traditions to the basic Greek and Middle Eastern repertoire; a dollop of R&B or a hint of Latin.

Queixúmenes de la Braña Time - 5:05 Artist - Brenga Astur Album - Cancios de Gochu Xabaz (1999)
Brenga Astur is a band from the Celtic region of Spain known as Asturias. They are a 10-member group formed in 1994, with two Asturian pipers, bouzouki, bodhran, flute, electric and acoustic guitar, accordion, mandolin, drums, keyboard, vocals and more. They are a really hard group to describe - beautiful, captivating melodies; hypnotic rhythms; Celtic music with a Spanish influence.

Quien Me Iba a Decir Time - 3:39 Artist - David Bisbal Album - Premonición (2006)
David Bisbal is a Spanish pop singer who embarked on a chart-topping solo recording career in 2002 after catapulting to fame on the inaugural season of the popular television show Operación Triunfo, a reality show fashioned after American Idol. He made his full-length solo album debut in 2002 with “Corazón Latino”.

Wavin’ Flag Time - 3:53 Artist - K’naan & David Bisbal Album - Troubador (2010)
K'naan was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. His grandfather was a famous poet, and his aunt Magool was a renowned singer. His name means "traveller" in Somali.

K’naan spent his childhood in Mogadishu while his father worked as a taxi driver in New York City. Though his early years were idyllic, this changed with the start of the civil war, when at the age of 12, three of his friends were shot by an older adolescent gunman. K'naan also narrowly escaped death one day at school, when he mistook a grenade that he had found in the dirt for a potato and threw it away just before it detonated. His mother soon obtained a visa so that the family could rejoin his father in New York. At the age of 13, K'naan and his mother and two siblings moved to the United States and then relocated to Toronto.
K'naan became a friend of Canadian promoter Sol Guy, who helped him secure a speaking engagement before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1999, where K'naan performed a spoken word piece criticizing the UN for its failed peacekeeping missions to Somalia. One of the audience members, Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, was so impressed by the performance that he invited K’naan to contribute to his 2001 album Building Bridges, a project through which K'naan was able to tour the world.

A remixed version of K'naan's 2009 single, "Wavin' Flag," was chosen as Coca-Cola's anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In December 2009, K'naan performed the song live during the sponsor's FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, which took him to 86 countries around the world. "Wavin' Flag" was featured in the Top 10 hits in 11 different countries across the world.

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The Man I Love Time - 4:43 Artist - Rokia Traoré Album - Tchamantché (2008)
Rokia Traoré is an award-winning Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist. She is a member of the nobility of the Bambara ethnic group. Because her father was a diplomat and travelled a lot, Rokia visited such countries as Algeria, Saudi Arabia, France and Belgium and was exposed to a wide variety of influences.

While the Bamana have a tradition of griot performing at weddings, members of the nobility are discouraged from performing as musicians. Despite this, Rokia plays acoustic guitar, ngoni (lute), balafon as well as singing, and she uses vocal harmony in her arrangements, which is rare in Malian music.

The Man I Love was written by George and Ira Gershwin in 1924 and is a torch song standard.

Koronoko Time - 4:33 Artist - Rokia Traoré Album - Tchamantché (2008)

Pilipili Time - 2:52 Artist - Cheza Album - Shaker (1999)
A Swahili word that means "to dance, to play”, Cheza has been described as Afro-pop and as folk-African fusion.

Cheza was formed in 1993 by singer-guitar player Paul Weber. Paul lived briefly in Senegal, west Africa where his interest in African music began. The search for others who shared his love of African styles led to the formation of the band, whose members include: Phil Bova (drums), Pat Giunta (guitar and vocals), Rob Graves (percussion), Stella Haybukhai (vocals), Neema Mugala (vocals), and Stuart Watkins (bass).

Song themes range from strong statements of the human spirit to Canadian history to hot spices. Lyrics are sung in English, French, Xhosa, Portuguese, Zulu and Swahili

Mermari Time - 4:48 Artist - Sayat Demissie Album - Kihe 3, Vol. 1 (2011)
Sayat Demissie, a singer from Addis Ababa, was Miss Ethiopia in 2004. In her Twitter profile she describes herself as “loyal friend, hard working, not so bad chef, singer, entrepreneur, actress, director, writer”.

Yigermal Time - 4:00 Artist - Jano Album - Ertale (2012)
According to the band’s summary on Amazon, Jano is an “Ethiopian rock explosion. Traditional melodies, massive bass and drum polyrhythms, metal guitar assault, soaring vocals, dense electronic textures. A devastating energy blast. So far, there has been nothing this powerful and versatile that will most likely come to be associated with so-called ''World music''. African Futurism at it's most liberated and intense. With a hard rock element unheard until now in Ethiopian music.” What more is there to say?

Kufilaw Time - 5:01 Artist - Maryam Mursal Album - The Journey (1998)
As a teenager, Maryam Mursal broke with Muslim tradition and began singing professionally in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. She performed in nightclubs and her brand of music, featuring a mix of blues, soul, Somali and Arabic influences, known as Somali jazz, became popular across the country. Performing primarily solo, she also collaborated with Waaberi, a 300-member music and dance troupe associated with the Somali National Theatre. Later, after criticizing Somalia's military government, she was banned from singing for two years, and made her living driving a taxi.

During the subsequent civil war in her homeland, Mursal and her five children hitched rides on trucks and rode on donkeys but mostly they walked, through the desert and over mountains - out of Mogadishu, across Kenya, through Ethiopia, re-crossing part of Somalia again and eventually arriving in Djibouti where they was given asylum by the Danish embassy. This odyssey provided the germ of her album The Journey, with guitars, sequencers and back-up vocals from Peter Gabriel.

Zanahary Time - 4:35 Artist - Madagascar Slim Album - African Guitar Summit (2003)
Randriamananjara Radofa Besata Jean Longin is a Canadian-Malagasy folk and blues guitarist, who records and performs under the stage name Madagascar Slim. He is a member of the folk music band Tri-Continental and the world music group African Guitar Summit, as well as a solo artist and a regular collaborator with blues singer Ndidi Onukwulu.

He moved to Canada in 1979 to study English and accounting, pursuing music with the folk group La Ridaine while studying. He has cited Jimi Hendrix and BB King as the two primary influences on his choice to become a guitarist.

Look Into The Mirror Time - 3:44 Artist - Juluka Album - Stand Your Ground (1984)
Stand Your Ground is a 1984 album by Juluka, a South African band led by Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu. It debuted four new Juluka songs: "Kilimanjaro", "Look into the Mirror", "Fever", and "Crazy Woman". The six remaining tracks were previously released on Juluka's 1983 album, Work for All.

Juluka recorded from 1976 until it disbanded in 1985 when Mchunu moved back to the farm where he was born to take care of his family. Clegg went on to form a new band, Savuka, with whom he achieved even greater international success. In 1997, however, the two friends came back for a final album together, although it did not receive the critical acclaim of early Juluka albums.

Ibeddel Zzman (Les temps changent) Time - 3:35 Artist - Idir Album - Idir (2013)
Idir, a Berber Algerian musician, has been recording on and off since 1976. He has recorded albums as a solo artist and in collaboration with many well-known artists, including Alan Stivell and Manu Chao.

Mreïmida Time - 3:39 Artist - Malouma Album - Dunya (2003)
Malouma Mint El Meidah is a Mauritanian singer, songwriter and politician. Raised by parents versed in traditional Mauritanian music, she first performed when she was twelve, soon featuring in solo concerts. Her first song "Habibi Habeytou" harshly criticized the way in which women were treated by their husbands. Though an immediate success, it caused an outcry from the traditional ruling classes. After being forced into marriage while still a teenager, Malouma had to give up singing until 1986. She then developed her own style combining traditional music with blues, jazz, and electro. Appearing on television with songs addressing highly controversial topics such as conjugal life, poverty and inequality, she was censored in Mauritania in the early 1990s but began to perform abroad by the end of the decade. After the ban was finally lifted, she relaunched her singing and recording career, gaining popularity, particularly among the younger generation. Her fourth album, Knou (2014), includes lyrics expressing her views on human rights and women's place in society.

Aukukonda Time - 3:27 Artist - Soul Influence Album - Koba Mnandi (2005)
Soul Influence is a Christian a cappella septet, African in its choice of rhythm and beat, Afro-jazz in its musical style. The group’s name reflects its desire to influence souls through its musical ministry. It is comprised of young people from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zambia and Ghana. Soul Influence produces a fusion of distinct African spiritual sounds of Zulu, Shona, Ndebele, Bemba, Lingala, Tonga, Taita, Twi and Swahili origin with contemporary gospel music.

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The Words "I Love You" Time - 3:22 Artist - Chris de Burgh & Arian Band Album - The Words "I Love You" Single (2004)
Chris De Burgh was born in Argentina, where his father had substantial farming interests, and he spent most of his early years in Malta, Nigeria and Zaire. De Burgh’s family finally settled in Bargy Castle, County Wexford, Ireland. After they converted the twelfth-century castle into a hotel, the young Chris sang for the guests there. He got his first big professional break touring with Supertramp, on their Crime of the Century tour in 1974. He hasn’t stopped since.

Afsoongar Time - 3:31 Artist - Arian Band Album - The Rough Guide To The Music Of Iran (2006)
Arian is the first Persian pop band consisting of both male and female singers and players in Iran after the Iranian Revolution. Their second, third and fourth albums were the bestsellers and they are the first Iranian band to feature in the "International Who's Who in Music". Arian donates part of their profits to the "United Nations World Food Program".

Blackbird Time - 5:07 Artist - Mamer Album - Eagle (2009)
The singer/songwriter Mamer was raised in Xinjiang, one of ten children for whom singing and playing the two-string dombra lute was as much a part of life as sunrise. Out in the land of Turkic tongues and ethnic minorities, traditional music flows from yurts and across the sparsely inhabited steppes. Mamer's voice, a low, resonant, magical thing, is part of it.

Sénégal Fast Food Time - 4:19 Artist - Amadou & Mariam Album - Dimanche à Bamako (2003)
Amadou lost his vision at the age of 16, while Mariam became blind at age 5 as a consequence of untreated measles. Known as "the blind couple from Mali", they met at Mali's Institute for the Young Blind, where they both performed at the Institute’s Eclipse Orchestra and found they shared an interest in music. Between 1974 and 1980, Amadou played guitar in the West African band Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako. The couple married in 1980 and by 1983 they began to play together while Amadou continued a successful solo career and also ran the blind institute's music program.

Travailler Time - 3:41 Artist - Mighty Popo Album - Dunia Yote (2002)
Mighty Popo is a Rwandan/Burundian refugee/survivor whose music is steeped in African tradition. He is also one of Canada’s rising stars, a member of the 2004 Juno Award winning African Guitar Summit, a participant in Bob Geldof’s international Live 8 concerts, and one of the few chosen for EMI’s Live 8 DVD.

Pinga Mundele Time - 3:51 Artist - Mighty Popo Album - Dunia Yote (2002)

Óran Sniomh (Spinning Song) Time - 5:12 Artist - Mary Jane Lamond Album - Suas e! (1997)
Mary Jane Lamond is a Celtic folk musician who performs traditional Canadian Gaelic folk songs from Cape Breton Island. Known for presenting traditional material within a contemporary soundscape, Lamond first gained widespread notice as vocalist on Ashley MacIsaac's 1995 hit single "Sleepy Maggie." She then had a solo Top 40 hit in Canada with "Horo Ghoid thu Nighean," the first single from her 1997 album Suas e!

Since 2000, Lamond has composed and produced tracks for film and participated in a number of charitable projects. Her 2012 collaboration with fiddler Wendy MacIsaac, Seinn, was named one of the top 10 folk and americana albums of 2012 by National Public Radio in the United States.

Ishq Time - 3:55 Artist - Bageshree Album – Bageshree (2002)
Bageshree Vaze is an Indo-Canadian dance artist and musician. Raised in St. John’s, NL, she initially trained in Bharatha Natyam, and studied vocal music with her father, Damodar Vaze. She later trained in Kathak dance with Jai Kishan Maharaj in New Delhi, and studied vocal music with the renowned Veena Sahasrabuddhe. A resident of Toronto since 1996, Bageshree has three CDs to her credit. In 2009 Bageshree was featured as a guest artist with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.

Home Boys Home Time - 3:43 Artist - Shanneyganock Album - Rockin' On the Water (2013)
Shanneyganock are one of Newfoundland’s most identifiable bands. They've been a fixture in the local and traditional scene for almost a decade.
Shanneyganock was never really like any other band on the Atlantic scene: they rarely make videos or dress fashionably, they don't have a light show, and they don't worry about their 'image'.

They are big, burly men who know the meaning of hard work and the power of music to transcend all trouble. Shanneyganock doesn't sound like anyone else, either. Born of a love of classic Newfoundland folk acts like Figgy Duff and Ryan's Fancy, their music embodies the power and pathos found in the best of the Island's traditions.

Rockin' On the Water Time - 3:55 Artist - Shanneyganock Album - Rockin' On the Water (2013)

Mary Mac Time - 2:57 Artist - Carbon Leaf Album - Echo Echo (2001)
Carbon Leaf is a quintet from Richmond, Virginia, USA, known for their alt-country, Celtic, and folk-infused Indie Rock. Though some of the band members have changed through the years, Carbon Leaf has been consistently creating and performing music since the early 1990s.

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Satumaa-Tango Time - 4:49 Artist - Maija Vilkkumaa Album -Totuutta Ja Tehtävää (2006)
Maija Vilkkumaa is a Finnish pop rock singer-songwriter. She formed her first band in high school in 1990. It broke up in 1995. While studying Finnish at the University of Helsinki, she took singing lessons and started her solo career in 1999.

Between 1999 and 2011, Vilkkumaa released eight full-length solo albums and sold over 300,000 records, becoming one of the 10 best-selling female soloists in Finland. The singer - who writes and composes all her songs herself - has received five Emma Awards for outstanding achievements in Finnish music.

Laulutyttö Time - 3:32 Artist - Värttinä Album - Vihma (1998)
Värttinä, the Finnish word for "spindle" is a folk music band that started as a project by Sari and Mari Kaasinen in 1983. In its current form, the band consists of three female vocalists supported by three acoustic musicians. The vocalists sing in the Karelian dialect of the Finnish language.

Dansevise Time - 3:03 Artist - Folque Album - Vardøger (1976)
Folque is a Norwegian folk rock band founded in 1972 as “Brød & Vin” (Bread & Wine), the name changed to Folque in 1973 after adding members and traditional instruments to the mix. The band was dissolved in 1984, but reunited in 1994 and again in 2004 for live shows.

Fantomen Time - 1:28 Artist - Frigg Album - Oasis (2005)
Frigg is a Finnish–Norwegian folk music band. Their music is a combination of traditional Scandinavian with a bit of Americana and Irish folk music mixed in. Frigg went on an international tour in 2007 which included many appearances in the United States including one as the musical guests on A Prairie Home Companion.

Cono Time - 4:57 Artist - Jean-Luc Ponty Album - Tchokola (1991)
Jean-Luc Ponty was born into a family of classically trained musicians in 1942. He has collaborated over the years with many artists, such as Al di Meola, Stanley Clarke, Elton John and Frank Zappa.

Mahavatse 3:01 Artist - Regis Gizavo Album - Big Red: A Musical Journey Through Madagascar (1999)
Regis Gizavo is a Malagasy accordion virtuoso and has been playing the “stomach Steinway” since early childhood. He has played with groups from places as diverse as Corsica and Cabo Verde, and has recently joined ranks with other Malagasy masters, playing as the Madagascar All Stars.

Benesy Time - 3:26 Artist - Tiharea Album - Ry Ampela (2003)
Tiharea is a female trio from the southern part of the island nation of Madagascar, located off the southeast coast of Africa. They perform in traditional dress, barefoot, and wearing traditional elaborate Dokodoko hairstyles. Tiharea sings a capella, using a variety of guttural sounds and gasps called Rimotse. All available information about the group is either in French or Malagasy.

O! Isa E! Time - 3:06 Artist - Feo-Gasy Album - Ramano (2000)
Feo-Gasy is a band from Madagascar that performs a traditional ba-gasy music of the Merina people of the rural central highlands around the capital city of Antananarivo. The band was founded in 1994 by superstar guitarist Erick Manana and featured, until his death in 2001, the iconic sodina player Rakoto Frah, the only Malagasy musician ever to be featured on the local currency.

Mba ho avy milay Time - 3:30 Artist - Jaojoby Album - Aza arianao (2001)
In 1970 Eusèbe Jaojoby began singing in the northern town of Diego-Suarez, performing with bands that were starting to blend American soul and funk with Malagasy musical traditions. He gained popularity and toured regionally, then, after a short break in the 1980s to pursue a career in journalism, Jaojoby resumed his musical career and rose to national prominence with his 1988 hit "Samy Mandeha Samy Mitady". He became a full-time professional musician in 1993 and has since released eight full-length albums and has toured extensively. His band includes his wife and adult children, some of whom have their own bands.

Carito Time - 3:38 Artist - Carlos Vives Album - Déjame Entrar (2001)
Carlos Vives is a Colombian musician, composer and actor. He first rose to prominence as an actor in several highly successful telenovelas (soap operas). He has been a recording artist, of and on, since 1986.

Mente Time - 3:35 Artist - Levi Silvanie Album - Different (2013)
Levi Silvanie was born on the island of Curacao in 1987. His music can be described as Folk Pop with an Alternative World-Music sound. He sings in English and Papiamentu, the native language of Curaçao. He mixes various cultural backgrounds with popular music packed with positivism and good vibes. In Curacao, they call him "the singer-songwriter of sunshine-soul."

Piskadó Time - 4:10 Artist - K I T (Kuenta I Tambú) Album - E Kalakuna (2011)
The name Kuenta i Tambu translates as “Stories and Drums” from Papiamentu, the native language of the Dutch Caribbean islands Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire. The group is based in Amsterdam and came together in 2005 after a series of educational projects at schools and theaters to introduce the music and culture of Curaçao to children in the Netherlands.
Inspired by Traditional Afro Caribbean Music from Curaçao and European Dance, Kuenta i Tambu cleverly found a balance between electronic sound samples, singing, chanting and the infectious rhythms played by ritual tambú drums.

E Kalakuna Time - 2:32 Artist - K I T (Kuenta I Tambú ) Album - E Kalakuna (2011)

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I Will Wait Time - 4:37 Artist - Mumford & Sons Album - Babel (Deluxe Version) (2012)
On its release, Babel debuted at number one on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. It became the fastest-selling album of 2012 in the UK, selling over 159,000 copies in its first week, and was the biggest selling debut of any album in 2012 in the US at the time, selling 600,000 in its first week. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics and was nominated in the category of Album of the Year for both a Brit Award and Grammy Award, winning the latter.

Wona Time - 4:00 Artist - Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal Album - Johannesburg - EP (2016)

Fa Laay Fanaan Time - 4:52 Artist - Baaba Maal Album - Missing You (Mi Yeewnii) (2001)
Baaba Maal is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the Senegal River. He is well known internationally is one of Senegal's most famous musicians. In addition to acoustic guitar, he also plays percussion. He has released several albums, both for independent and major labels. Baaba sings primarily in Pulaar and is the foremost promoter of the traditions of the Pulaar-speaking people, who live on either side of the Senegal River in the ancient kingdom of Futa Tooro.

Daan'de Cheeli Time - 5:16 Artist - Omar Ka Album - ONE (2006)
Omar Ka was born in 1973 in Senegal, though his family roots lie in Niger. His sensitive vocals and intricate guitar melodies tell instantly of his ancestry, while mbalax, reggae and funk beats ground his music firmly in the bustling streets of Dakar.

Eru Ayé Time - 3:47 Artist – Síntesis Album - Lo Mejor de Síntesis (2000)
Sintesis was one of the most popular bands in Cuba during the '80s and '90s. They formed in 1976, with several Afro-Cuban musicians. They had a core of a traditional rock & roll band, but they added elements of African and Cuban music. During the '80s, they slowly built up a reputation and by the latter half of the decade, they were staples of world music festivals in every country except America, where they were prevented from performing due to the US embargo against Cuba. In 1989, Sintestis released their first record Ancestros. Four years later, their second album, Ancestros II appeared. In 1997, they were finally allowed into the US, where they gave their first performance and recorded their third album Orishas, which was released late in the fall of that year.

Oyaddé Time - 1:58 Artist – Síntesis Album - Lo Mejor de Síntesis (2000)

Don't Let Me Down Time - 4:58 Artist - Aceituna sin Hueso (Miriela Moreno) Album - Marginales.com (2003)
Read an interview with lead singer Mireiela Moreno here. It is in Spanish but can be run through your favourite translation app.

Aye carino dimelo Time - 3:38 Artist - Moncada (Javier de la Paz) Album - Moncada Live (2006)
Founded in the early 1970s, Moncada was the first Cuban band to play in the USA (in 1978) following the 1959 Revolution. They define their style as “Nueva Trova”, essentially traditional Cuban music with a modern twist.

Libre Time - 5:10 Artist - Kuban Times (Feat. Alex) Album - Kuban Times (2007)
Founded by Andy Clay at the Holguin School of the Arts in Holguin, Cuba in 2006, Kuban Times released an EP essentially as a final exam. Tom Dekker was able to hear one song on a home-made compilation purchased on the beach. Further investigation after returning Toronto led to a copy, purchased in Cuba, being slid under the apartment door one day. Kuban Times is a regional band, with no fan-base outside eastern Cuba.

Mala Leche Time - 4:17 Artist - Moneda Dura Album - Alma de Moneda Dura (2009)
Moneda Dura was formed in the late '90s by singer/bassist Hugo Fernández and singer/guitarist Nassiry Lugo, both students at Havana's university. They were later joined by percussionist Miguel Alejandro Atencio, guitarist Addiel Perera, and drummer Osmel Prado. Playing a mixture of Afro-Cuban rhythms and rock, Moneda Dura, has been recording regularly since 2000. While their music can be found on iTunes, there is virtually no information about the band available in English.

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Our Ocean Time - 4:34 Artist - Te Vaka Album - Olatia (2007)
Te Vaka is a group of 11 musicians and dancers from Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands, and New Zealand formed in 1997 by award-winning songwriter, Opetaia Foa'i.

Alamagoto Time - 3:43 Artist - Te Vaka Album - Nukukehe (2002)
Te Vaka uses traditional instruments like pate (single and double log drums), pa'u (indigenous goat skin conga), and bass drums. Most of their songs are written in Tokelauan, but some are written in Samoan and Tuvaluan, the native tongues of the other band members.

Maghimaya Ka, Maria Time - 2:26 Artist - Grace Nono Album - Diwa (2002)
Grace Nono is originally from Mindanao, Southern Philippines. She is a musician, ethnomusicologist, and cultural worker. She has a doctorate in Ethnomusicology from New York University and currently serves as Research Associate and Visiting Faculty at the Women's Studies in Religion Program of the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge.

Maria Time - 3:52 Artist - Feo-Gasy Album - Ramano (2000)
Feo-Gasy is a band from Madagascar that performs a traditional ba-gasy music of the Merina people of the rural central highlands around the capital city of Antananarivo. The band was founded in 1994 by superstar guitarist Erick Manana and featured, until his death in 2001, the iconic sodina player Rakoto Frah, the only Malagasy musician ever to be featured on the local currency.

Ti Kone Mi Yinm Sa Baba Time - 3:33 Artist – Baster Album - Black Out… (1998)
Baster, founded in 1983, is from Réunion, a small island in the Indian Ocean. They perform sega, maloya and reggae. They formed in Basse-Terre, a suburb of the capital city of Saint-Pierre.

C'était Un Capitaine Français Time - 2:17 Artist – Matapat Album - Que De Peine Et D'amour (2005)
Matapat is a collaboration between accordion, bones, and spoons player and world-class French-Canadian step dancer Benoit Bourque; multi-instrumentalist Gaston Bernard; and composer, arranger, and bass player Simon LePage. They transform the traditional "kitchen" music and step dancing of Quebec into an exciting musical form.

Mahk Johi (Heartbeat Drum Song) Time - 4:17 Artist - Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble Album - Music for the Native Americans (1994)
Music for The Native Americans is a compilation album of music by Robertson and others (billed as the Red Road Ensemble) for the TV documentary film “The Native Americans”. It was Robertson's first foray into writing music specifically inspired by his Mohawk heritage. Backing vocals here are by Ulali, a native American women’s a cappella group.

Lakota Time - 6:27 Artist - Joni Mitchell Album - Chalk Mark In A Rain Storm (1988)
This is Joni Mitchell’s 13th album, released in 1988. It features various duets with guest artists such as Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Don Henley, Billy Idol and Tom Petty. Don Henley also performs backing vocals on Lakota. Lyrics for Lakota can be found here.

Bilwi Luhpia Mairen Time - 4:51 Artist - Philip Montalvan - Nicaragua Album - Rough Guide to the Music of Central America (2001)
Originally released as part of the World Music Network Rough Guides series, this album has been described as the first comprehensive CD collection of Central American music. It contains 5 tracks from Belize, 3 each from Honduras, Nicaragua, & Costa Rica, 2 from Panama, and 1 from Guatemala.

Marie-Madeleine La Saint-Louisienne Time - 3:49 Artist - Youssou N'Dour Album - Eyes Open (1992)
Youssou N'Dour is a Senegalese singer, percussionist, songwriter, composer, actor, businessman and politician, one of the most celebrated African musicians in history. He mixes traditional Senegalese mbalax with Cuban rumba to hip hop, jazz and soul. N'Dour collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Sting, Alan Stivell, Neneh Cherry, Wyclef Jean, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, Branford Marsalis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Dido, Lou Reed, Bruce Cockburn and others.

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Galloping Horses
Time - 2:50 Artist - Anda Union Album - The Wind Horse (2011)
Anda Union is a 9-member band from all over Inner Mongolia. They use instruments like the Morin Hurr (the “Horse Head fiddle”) and the Moadin chor (a reed flute played while singing). Touring North America September-October 2016.


Baifang (Back to You)
Time - 3:47 Artist - Hanggai Album - Baifang (2014)
Hanggai is a 7-member band. Their name is a Mongolian word referring to an idealized natural landscape of sprawling grasslands, mountains, rivers, trees, and blue skies.


Save the World
Time - 3:29 Artist - Ellen McIlwaine Album - Mystic Bridge (2007)
Born in Tennessee, raised in Japan and now living in Canada, Ellen McIlwaine has been recording since 1970. She’s also a part-time school bus driver! Her high energy Rhythm & Blues, along with Middle Eastern laments, Indian, Pakistani & West African influences and a capella Gospel numbers all drive her amazing Slide Guitar and Vocal Acrobatics to make for a dynamic show.


The Wedding Horse/Lý Ngựa Ô
Time - 2:44 Artist - Khac Chi Ensemble Album - Spirit of Vietnam (1999)
Based in Vancouver, Canada, the Khac Chi Ensemble features unique musical instruments made of bamboo, including the Dan Bau, a one-string zither from northern Vietnam, and the Koni, where the resonation chamber is the player's mouth.


Scatterlings of Africa
Time - 5:50 Artist - Juluka Album - 25th Anniversary of Safari Records (2002)
Juluka was a South African band formed in 1969 by Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu. Juluka means "sweat. The band was closely associated with the movement against apartheid and broke up in 1985.


Ghaï Imidraï Imageren
Time - 3:06 Artist - Abdallah Oumbadougou featuring Daniel Jamet Album - Desert Rebel, Vol. 1 (2006)
Abdallah Oumbadougou is from Niger, and has endured poverty, exile, armed conflict and stints in prison. His self-taught guitar-playing began at 16 and reflects his people's dislocation, revolt and grief. He has molded Tuareg blues on electric guitar and in songs in the Tamachek language.
Banned for years by the government, Abdallah has returned to Niger, where he is active in preserving his culture and promoting young artists.


Selfie Pulla
Time - 4:53 Artist - Ilaya thalapathy Vijay Album - Kaththi Movie Soundtrack (Tamil) (2014)
Selfie Pulla lyrics in English


Kannaane Kanne
Time - 4:27 Artist - Sean Roldan Album - Naanum Rowdy Dhaan Movie Soundtrack (2015)


Erghan Diado
Time - 2:50 Artist - Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Choir Album - Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares (Mysterious Voices of Bulgaria) (1975)
This piece appeared in 1975. It was written by Bulgarian musicologist and composer Petar Liondev. The song is subtitled Song of Schopsko – a reference to the diaphonic (two-voice) singing style common in the Schoppe region around Sofia. The title means Bachelor Grandpa or Unmarried Old Man.


Rocket's Tail
Time - 4:07 Artist - Kate Bush Album - The Sensual World (1989)
Three songs on this album feature the Bulgarian vocal ensemble Trio Bulgarka.


Kapi
Time - 4:11 Artist - Libar Album - Libar (2012)
Libar was founded in Split, Croatia in 2007, the band name means “the book". They use a form of “klapa”, a traditional Dalmatian form of a cappella male multi-part singing, and accompany it with a standard rock band.
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