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A Musical Tour of the World: All Countries A-Z One Per Day

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by HitAndRun, Jun 7, 2020.

  1. john hp

    john hp Forum Resident

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    Warwickshire, UK
    What is and what is not psychedelic is only a matter of opinion, but I enjoyed the track by Charlie & the Boys which is maybe a little funkier than Roger Waters and Nick Mason ever got with the early Pink Floyd. Discogs indicates that Charlie & the Boys were a Singapore studio group which released a huge number of records including titles such as "Golden Instrumental Hits Vol.11",
    Charlie And The Boys
    but The "Dance With Soul" EP is not listed (however, you can see the back of the sleeve right at the end of the video; 'A Night in Carbol Hill is the second track on the first side)

    There also appears to be a track called 'a Night in Carbol Hill' on this 1967 EP which may or may not be the same recording
    靜婷 (Tsin Ting) + 方逸華 (Mona Fong) - 船 (My Dreamboat)
     
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  2. Jamsterdammer

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    I'm baaaaaaack! Got some catching up to do as both of you have been quite active and doing deep dives in Sierra Leonean and Singaporean music. Some terrific stuff got posted. I may post some tracks from SL on Sunday, but let me catch up with Singapore first. The Radigals are great, as well as the older stuff.

    Stefanie Sun (or Sūn Yànzī in pinyin) is a Singaporean singer-songwriter. In 2000, she released her debut album, Yan Zi, which won her a Golden Melody Award for Best New Artist. In 2004, she released her eighth studio album, Stefanie, which won her another Golden Melody Award for Best Mandarin Female Singer. Having sold more than 30 million records, she achieved popularity in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Here is a nice song called "開始懂了" (Begun to Understand):


    JJ Lin's song "Twilight" sounds a bit more sentimental, but I think it's an accomplished song. The video seems to deal with a tragic accident witnessed by the singer after some hazing incident at school and the victim ending up in a wheelchair. Hard for me to figure out exactly, but you make up your own mind. The music starts after 40 seconds:
    https://youtu.be/gd38-X3HpbM

    Jacintha Abisheganaden, known professionally as just Jacintha, is a Singaporean singer and actress. She specializes in smooth vocal jazz and bossa nova, which is actually quite relaxing. Here she is with "The Look Of Love" (No, not the ABC song):
    https://youtu.be/SWO7PyDl7Ks?list=PLa4wcs3yJTlOVNyibz0VCLYcvYaOO_m8v

    Apparently there is something called the Ben Sherman Plectrum Sessions. Here is one presenting the Singaporean indie band Pleasantry with the song "False Realities". Quite nice. The music starts after 56 seconds:
    https://youtu.be/qdBolXBQeqU

    Lo and behold, I found a new metal subgenre! it's called "vedic metal" and it is played by musicians from Indian descent mixing death metal with Carnatic music and singing lyrics inspired by vedic scripture. Here they are with "Slay The Demons Of Duality":
    https://youtu.be/zre6TreHfFg
     
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  3. leshafunk

    leshafunk Forum Resident

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    The only band from Singapore in my collection is Funkgus (formerly The October Cherries, formerly the Surfers). Why did they change the name of the band so many times?
    They released two albums in mid 70's under that name with covers of americal soul hits. I have both on CD.

    Here's an example from their 1st LP - Memphis Soul Stew. Sounds a bit dated for 1974 (especially the psychedelic guitar) but a lot of fun.

     
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  4. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Great to see you back @Jamsterdammer and great to see your post @leshafunk.

    I've caught up now and have enjoyed your postings. However, I won't post more as it's late and there is a lot already.

    I did try searching on Vedic other genres, but didn't find any.
     
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  5. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks for all the music, everyone.

    Today we're in Slovakia,

    I'm going to start with some punk rock this time. Though, it's modern and a bit melodic for punk. This is Velkou palicou III by Iné Kafe.



    Here is some 'ethno rock', Trnki, trnki by Družina. More about the band here.

    Here is socialist era jazz/funk band Fermáta with Posledný jarmok v Radvani from 1977. The Progressive Rock Archives claims that they are progressive rock in this profile.

    Finally, here is a travelogue for Slovakia with Slovakian folk music. I don't like including too many of these as if the video disappears a replacement can't be easily found, but this does cover a lot of music and dance. It's labelled 'Show Me Slovakia by Slovakfolklore'.

    Tomorrow we have a mid-S rest/catch-up day. I realise that day is not quite in the right place, but since I announced it yesterday, I'll stick with that. It's only one day off≥
     
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  6. leshafunk

    leshafunk Forum Resident

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    Moscow, Russia
    I have 2 bands from Slovakia in my collection. Both are hard rock/heavy metal. Bought the CDs as the souvenir from Bratislava, blind buy.

    1st band is Tublatanka, considered the most significant Slovak hard rock band. I read today it's more or less solo project of the founding member Maťo Ďurinda.
    I have this twofer, containing 1987 and 1988 albums which are typical continental 80's heavy metal:
    Tublatanka - Skúsime To Cez Vesmír – Žeravé Znamenie Osudu
    They did a video back then! Tublatanka - Skúsime to cez vesmír (1987)


    2nd band is Team. Typical hair metal/arena rock on a low budget.
    I have this twofer, containing 1988 and 1989 albums:
    Team (4) - Team – Prichytený Pri Živote
    Nice melodies and choruses!
    Team - Malá nočná búrka (A little night storm) (1988)
    https://youtu.be/vsVjnadSM3g
     
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  7. john hp

    john hp Forum Resident

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    Warwickshire, UK
    Thanks to H&R for the initial Slovakian selection - a bit of a return of the 'You Really Got Me' riff from yesterday on the Iné Kafe track I think.

    This video has clocked up in excess of 17 million views since the end of 2018 - 'Stephen' (or Stefan) -
    "a Rusyn folk song adapted and performed by a Slovakia-based band called Hrdza. The song comes from the cross-border region of north-east Slovakia, south-east Poland and western Ukraine".
    The location for the video does not appear to be the kind of place that you would wish to have gone to for a quiet meal or drink.

    Hrdza

    This is the "Karička dance by the artistic ensemble Lúčnica (from the Beautiful & Young DVD) Music by Svetozár Stračina"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jG7P3NU2aQ&ab_channel=Lúčnica-TheSlovakNationalFolkloreBallet
    Poslanie
    Svetozár Stračina – Wikipédia

    Now some 1973 "folk rock" by Eva Kostolányiová; from her only LP (she died in 1975) - Povesť O Skale - aka 'Scarborough Fair' -
    "superbly poeticized by Viola Muránska - “The Rumor About The Rock” – a sad story about love and its silent witness – the rock. Lyrics portray the mysterious Slovak mountain colour and beautifully talk about spirit of nature as a witness of the human life."
    In 2015 a street was named after Eva in her town of Trnava
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO8E3Ba8t2w&ab_channel=YouCan'tHearThisOnRadio
    Eva Kostolányiová - Eva Kostolányiová
    Eva Kostolányiová – Wikipédia
    Zomrela textárka pop music Viola Muránska

    I've yet to listen to leshafunk's choices, but during my YT search I couldn't find any Slovakian rock or punk to get very enthusiastic about. Hysteric Helen did attract my attention by having a 2005 song named after Edward D. Wood's 1953 film "Glen or Glenda", although I might have been less inclined to listen to it had I realised at the time that it was a track from an EP called "Original Snuff Soundtrack" - I wasn't sure who this reminded me of most, but their website says "it is not easy to identify the band's style on first hearing, but we may hear the influence of new wave/postpunk/goth bands of the 80s in their music" and some of you appear to have fond memories of that decade. It's over four minutes long when less would have been more as far as I'm concerned.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMMu4AvCQtM&ab_channel=FelipeBizarre
    BAND - Hysteric Helen

    I found a lot of YT posts labelled Sága krásy (The saga of beauty?) and this is one of them 'A Ja taka čarna' by Janka Guzova - an "archival record" from Eastern Slovakia. She first recorded in 1949 but was banned from performing in public during the 1950s; she left Slovakia for the US in 1969. She had hoped to visit Slovakia again before she died but was not able to do so.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVMFfeg8CiU&ab_channel=Rusnackafajta
    https://sk.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janka_Guzová

    Finally, a couple of minutes of an unnamed band playing for what appears to have been a sizeable and appreciative crowd in the street in Bratislava (not filmed from an ideal position)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNubl1GrBN8&ab_channel=PeterCzech
     
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  8. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks @leshafunk and @john hp.

    I enjoyed both the harder side today (Leshafunk's metal + Hysteric Helen - who appear to be taking fashion tips from Robert Smith) and the lighter side (Eva Kostolányiová, who sadly died very young of what google translated as 'an insidious disease).

    In one of YT's slightly more bizarre auto-play selections, after Hysteric Helen it played Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder. ????

    Listening to the very nice folk music today (I think my favourite may have been Hrdza) I wondered about some electronic/folk music hybrids we've heard in countries such as Belarus. Having a quick search, I found Fallgrapp which is a . Here they are with Vlasy, which is instrumental more or less for some time. More information and some more music here: The Seeds Of Slovakia’s Emerging Electronic Scene



    The 'mastermind' behind Fallgrapp is Jureš Líška, who says that he is very much in touch with Slovak folk music. I'm not sure I hear much in this song, but I like it so in the thread it goes :D

    EDIT: And, after hearing some more music by Casi Cada Minuto on that page, I've purchased an album through Bandcamp :)
     
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  9. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Reasonably quiet today. I think I'll post another song then.

    Apparently The Beatmen, who sang in English, existed between 1964 and 1966, and only released four songs are one of the most import bands in Czechoslovakian history. I found them in a list of supposedly Czech and Slovak psychedelic music, but after checking out a LOT of the singers/bands, the Beatmen were the only one that checked out as Slovak.

    This video includes footage from the 1960s film 'Nylon Moon'. It appears that there was also a Slovakian version of The Cavern. The song is 'That's All I've Got To Do'. After this short introduction, I don't think anyone will find the style of the music a surprise.



    Dežo Ursiny from The Beatmen then joined a band called The Soulmen who appear to be The Beatmen part 2. The Soulmen lasted from 1967 to 1968, but recorded more than four songs. This is 'Wake Up'. It is said that Cream were the major influence on The Soulmen while The Beatmen stuck to the Mersey sound. That sounds highly plausible to me given these two songs.

    It seems that there was a Dežo Ursiny appreciation thread posted on this forum in 2009. Dezo Ursiny appreciation thread
     
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  10. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

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    Amsterdam
    Thanks for the great selections, posted today. Almost all of them very enjoyable. I've been to Slovakia many times for work, so I know Bratislava quite well. A very nice little town with great restaurants and beer! I also know the region John was mentioning where Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine meet. It is part of the Carpathian mountains, which to me is still the most beautiful (i.e. unspoiled) mountain range of Europe. There is a wildness to it that you have to look hard for in the Alps. But on to the music:

    Ziari Slav is a folk musician using traditional Slovak folk instruments. On this song called "Jarna" from the 2003 album Bytosti Hore, you can hear the fujara, which is a large shepherd's flute from central Slovakia:


    Desmod is a Slovak music band, playing mainly mainstream pop-rock songs, founded in 1996. The former lineup is completely different from the current one and they have played genres including soft rock and pop rock. Nowadays, Desmod is one of the most popular Slovak music groups. Here is "Na Tebe Zavisly":
    https://youtu.be/otMGNGVeXYA

    Marián Varga (1947–2017) was a Slovak musician, composer and organist. He became a pioneer of absolute improvisation (real-time composition) in Slovakia. Not many will like or understand his music, but I find it fascinating. Feel free to skip though. Here is "Antiwar Requiem (Dies irae)" from 1984:
    https://youtu.be/VLxBPh51N6E

    Ľudové Mladistvá (The Folk Young) led by Martin Majl Stefanik is blending elements of Slovak folk music with jazz in original ways. Listen for example to "A Ja Taká Čarna":
    https://youtu.be/l6RHzNvq2CU

    Finally, Miky Mora are a group of Slovak rappers. While their music is not particularly original I did like the video, which shows parts of Slovakia and Bratislava that you don't get to see in promotional clips:
    https://youtu.be/jr-PCkCg5sk
     
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  11. john hp

    john hp Forum Resident

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    Thanks for all the Slovakian selections. The Beatmen clip was fun, but from those available on YT my favourite song of theirs would be this 1965 single where they had moved on a little from 'A Hard Day's Night' - 'Let's Make a Summer'


    The Beatmen (2) - Let´s Make A Summer / Safely Arrived

    I also found a posting labelled as "Top 15 Forgotten Slovak Beat (1965-1969)" from which my pick following a quick sample of each is the track beginning at 22:38 - 'Meditácia nad ránom' (Meditation in the morning?) by Jozef Barina and the Meditating Four (aka Four Meditation or The Beat Band For Meditation) which sounds as if it was recorded towards the end of the 1965-69 timescale - it was may not have been released at the time.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zJdGjmzy0E&ab_channel=HanaBlažeková
    Meditating Four
    Four Meditation – Wikipédia
     
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  12. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

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    Amsterdam
    Slobodná Európa (Free Europe) is a Slovak punk-rock music group formed in 1989. I listened to a few of their songs and I don't consider this really punk-rock. Listen to "Som Ten":


    April Weeps are a death metal band with a twist. Their song "Palingenesis" starts with the usual heavy riffing and grunting vocal, but around the 1 minute mark it gets quiet and a beautiful passage starts with a female voice after which the grunting and riffing continues:
    https://youtu.be/TgFLRzOhW7A

    Here is nice folk song by Vrbovské Vŕby called "Čapila, Zabila". It has bagpipes and flutes and a nice video to boot:
    https://youtu.be/dNe5UDQ9C38
    The 100 Greatest Slovak Albums of All Time - Wikipedia


    After the very abstract music of Marián Varga in my first post, I looked for some other music he had been involved with, given that Wikipedia said that he also played rock music. I came upon the band Prúdy, which was formed in Czechoslovakia in 1962 by Marián Varga and fellow Slovak Pavol Hammel. In 1969 they released the album "Zvoňte, zvonky", which in 2007 was chosen as the "best Slovak album of all time". Here is the title track:
    https://youtu.be/IFtUZxjpn0g
     
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  13. Soopernaut

    Soopernaut Forum Resident

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    I typed this last night and didn't expect anyone to mention Tublatanka. At least we picked different songs. This one is slower and sounds quite a bit different than the selection above. I will type my songs for tomorrow now.

    Tublatanka- "Dnes" (Hard Rock- 1987)


    I see they had a Fender guitar in the picture while a Ukrainian band posted earlier, from around the same time, used a Czechoslovakian guitar (Jolana Disco).
     
  14. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks for the music @John Hp, @Jamsterdammer, and @Soopernaut.

    Given that neither Iné Kafe nor Slobodná Európa are really all that punk, I thought I'd look on Wikipedia. There are only three Slovakian punk bands in the category, and ... none of them are all that punk. The most punk among them (not saying much) is RozpoR who are said to have a 'strong anti-fascist stance'. Their song 'Vlk' has a nice video (below) of the (presumably Slovakian) forest, but '4 Ročné Obdobia' is, I think, the better song.



    It seems that in Slovakia jazz-folk bands featuring a cimbalom are a thing. At least, I had found the Pacora Trio who are double bass, violin, and cimbalom. This is 'Palúch Comendant Ragan'. It's quite similar to parts of the track by Ľudové Mladistvá posted by @Jamsterdammer.

    I had another attempt to find some true Slovakian psychedelic music, but what google search served up to me was psytrance. Here's Gyrro with 'Transient Flames'.

    And, the unusual but accessible sound (to my ears) of the Koncovka (a Slovakian overtone flute) being played.

    As with the unexpected melodic interlude on the April Weeks song, the Tublatanka song 'Dnes' certainly started more melodically than I expected before the chugging started.
     
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  15. leshafunk

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    I think the band Elán was well respected in Slovakia.
    They released 'export' albums in English during CSSR times, they even played at Carnegie Hall in US.

    I heard a few of their early records, but did not buy any, 'cos I found them too similar to Soviet schlager.

    Here's some 80s power pop from them, sounds very Chekoslovakian:
    Elan - Klasika (1986) from the album Detektivka
     
  16. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks for the music everyone, especially @leshafunk for the new song.

    Today is a rest/catch-up day, sort-of for the first half of the S's but not exclusively so.

    I'm going to rest a little more than I usually do. So, I'm going to start by looking for unused songs in my notes.

    My notes say that 'Tren' by Bora Dugic from Serbia sounds a bit like Pink Floyd's 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond'. Maybe the starting bit. With flute instead of Rick Wright's keyboards.



    From Sierra Leone, here is Muyei Power with 'Yamba Sowe'.

    Perhaps not as smoothly produced as some Covid-19 songs, here is Nilo Jalego from São Tomé and Príncipe with 'Coronavirus'.

    And, a song about food! 'Food All Over' by the Kasanova band from Saint Kitts and Nevis.

    Finally, I mentioned this clip back in Saudi Arabia but didn't post it. Here is Saudi Arabian social influencer Amy Roko with a vlog entry (not much music, I will say) about her experience at the MDL Beast EDM festival in Riyadh. It's labelled 'Amy Roko Does MDL Beast'. Will she get to have a dance battle with her favourite DJ Salvatore Ganacci?
     
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  17. HitAndRun

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    And, two posts from me despite me saying that I was going to rest a bit. One band in my notes that I didn't post yesterday is the Slovakian band Horkýže Slíže. They write and record parodies of various musical styles. I didn't check them out much yesterday, but did just now. I think they do a good job of parodies, and google translate gives an idea of the lyrics.

    Here they are with 'Silný refrén' (Strong Chorus)



    And, here are the lyrics.

    We have a stupid start,
    It does not matter,
    It doesn't matter at all, it doesn't matter at all,
    Waiting for a chorus pays off,
    wait pays off
    wait pays off.
    If the chorus is bad, you need to play it five times,
    Let him go five times,
    I've had it a hundred times already,
    About a hundred times already,
    About a hundred times already.
    We have a strong chorus like beef,
    Everyone has been humming him all day since morning
    And then everyone fooled around in a row,
    Do kola naj, naj, na na na na na na
    We have a strong chorus like beef,
    Everyone has been mumbling him all day since morning,
    And then everyone fooled around in a row,
    Do kola naj, naj, na na naj, na na na na na na na
    We have glory, we have laurels,
    Especially those laurels,
    Especially those laurels,
    Because we play sweet crap,
    Total crap,
    Total crap.
    We have hits
    We have sales and good sales,
    And good sales
    And I'm actually asking
    what is it
    I ask what it is. (Because of...)
    We have a strong chorus like beef,
    Everyone has been humming him all day since morning
    And then everyone fooled around in a row,
    Do kola naj, naj, na na na na na na
    We have a strong chorus like beef,
    Everyone has been mumbling him all day since morning,
    And then everyone fooled around in a row,
    Do kola naj, naj, na na naj, na na na na na na na
    Úúúúúa, ou jé ...
    Úúúúúa, ou jé ...
    We have a strong chorus like beef,
    Everyone has been humming him all day since morning
    And then everyone fooled around in a row,
    Do kola naj, naj, na na na na na na
    We have a strong chorus like beef,
    Everyone has been mumbling him all day since morning
    And then everyone fooled around in a row,
    Do kola naj, naj, na na na na na na
    We have a strong chorus like beef,
    Everyone has been mumbling him all day since morning
    And then everyone fooled around in a row,
    Do kola naj, naj, na na na na na na
    We have a strong chorus like beef,
    Everyone has been mumbling him all day since morning
    And then everyone fooled around in a row,
    Do kola naj, naj, na na na na na na
     
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  18. john hp

    john hp Forum Resident

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    Thanks for this morning's selection; 'Yamba Sowe' and 'Food All Over' being my favourites, although I'm not sure that the latter was about food exactly. Yet another return for sound of the 1964 Kinks on the Horkýže Slíže track I thought.

    I had this demonstration of the "Hobbo Dance of the Seychelles" by the S'kool of Art ready to post the other day, before I realised that the Rodrigues Island was an outer island of Mauritius.... The music is by Pusso aka Jules Dugasse (a member of the Louis Gang from the Seychelles) feat. Joe Sinon & Big One from the digital album "Zot Kriy Mwan King"

    Art, our passion - Rodrigues S'kool Of Art
    Louis Gang to release new album - Archive - Seychelles Nation

    'Mbaye Mala' by Dior Mbaye from Senegal didn't get posted at the time due to the excessive use of autotune, but I think I'm going to add it today despite this. The video has attracted 11.5 million views since the end of last year.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDf6KzLM5aY&ab_channel=DiorMbayeL'officiel
    Google Translate

    Many Scottish acts could have made an appearance on this thread last Sunday including Jack Bruce, Bert Jansch, Ivor Cutler, Marmalade, Gerry Rafferty, John Martyn, Frankie Miller, Shelagh McDonald, Camera Obscura, not to mention the Bay City Rollers; to name only a few, but these were three on my list who I didn't get around to -

    Ella Logan (1910-1969) was born Georgina Allan in Glasgow; emigrated to the US in the 1930s - she was the first to record the George and Ira Gershwin song 'Love is Here to Stay' at the end of 1937
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egIoqGFxMaA&ab_channel=Croonr1
    Annie Ross was her niece and grew up with her, not seeing her parents in Scotland for fourteen years. Ella Logan's career was "hampered" by the FBI who suspected her of having "communist ties" but lacked the evidence to support this.
    Ella Logan - Wikipedia
    Cover versions of Love Is Here to Stay written by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin | SecondHandSongs

    This is 'I'm a man youse don't meet every day' by Jeannie Robertson (1908-1975); the song she became best known for; from the 1961 LP "Scottish Ballads and Folk Songs by Jeannie Robertson, the World's Greatest Folk Singer". The Pogues were amongst those to later record the song.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhkLy_ZM03Q&ab_channel=JeannieRobertson-Topic
    Jeannie Robertson MBE
    I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day - Wikipedia

    And this is Teenage Fanclub revisiting their early 1990 single (the first thing I remember hearing by them) 'Everything Flows' for a TV appearance ten years later
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EvZkX1mgyA&ab_channel=ScottishTeeVee
     
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  19. john hp

    john hp Forum Resident

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    Warwickshire, UK
    I don't recall that we visited either Sardinia or Sicily, the two biggest islands in the Mediterranean, when it was Italy's day, so here's a little clip of Roberto Catalano (born in Sicily, but now based in Los Angeles I think) playing the (triple) Sardinian clarinet

    The Musicians

    And some "Shepherd Music of Sardinia" - 'Ballo Tondo' from the 1958 LP "Music & Songs of Italy" recorded by Alan Lomax (later reissued on CD with extra tracks)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwCWIA3cCO4&ab_channel=RecordedLiveByAlanLomax-Topic
    Various - Music And Song Of Italy

    Finally, here's a 2015 "Nomadic Voices" clip from Krakow, where the voices of Sardinia and Mongolia met - 'Dillu' - "The songs of Sardinian tenors and the Diphonic Mongolian chant; - Cuncordu e Tenore de Orosei meet Mongolian singers Ts. Tsogtgerel et N. Ganzoring"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5p1uyfl2LE&ab_channel=marsabmusic
     
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  20. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks @John Hp. I had that 'Food All Over' was about food in my notes and in a bout of rest/catch-up lassitude didn't check. I tried googling the lyrics now and didn't find them. I'll have a listen and castigate myself if I've got them wrong.

    I didn't think of checking for S named places this morning. I note that the Wikipedia page for Music of Sardinia says that Sardinia is probably one of the most culturally distinct regions of Italy. It says that as well as the tenore polyphonic singing (presumably what the shepherds are doing), it's known for the Launeddas as per the video in your second post. Here is another performance on that instrument. The music doesn't start until one minute in. The video is labelled 'Sonada a cuncordia / Musical performance with Sardinian Launeddas instruments'.



    Discussing well known Scottish singers we haven't covered, here is Annie Lennox with 'Pavement Cracks'. Not one of her hits, but one of my favourite songs of hers. It's a fairly straightforward synth-pop song, but I like it.

    Teenage Fanclub is another band I have heard of but aren't too familiar with. I enjoyed their song particularly the duelling solos at the end. Not virtuoso solos, but they suited the song/band I thought.

    Returning to Sardinia/Sicily, you've covered Sardinia very well including my favourite from your post the Nomadic Voices clip. So, I'll look to Sicily. Here is some instrumental 'Folk music from Sicily by Arany Zoltán'.

    But, I sound find my own semi-independent regions starting with S. Here is Mighty Dow with the 'St Maarten Rumba'. Saint Martin Island is divided between the French (Saint-Martin) and Netherlandish (Sint Maartin) regions. Saint Martin (island) - Wikipedia
    Mighty Dow

    EDIT: I thought I'd check for other regions. I found the Sakha Republic, where the Yakuts people have a heroic epic called 'Olonkho', usually sung a cappella. Here is a, to my ears, beautiful performance of the epic. The YT video (and Womex.com) labels this as 'Siberian', rather than 'Sakha Republic', but it fits for today both ways.

    'Olonkho, Heroic Epos from Siberia. Timofei Stepanov's paintings. Ayarkhaan's music'.

    More on the band Ayarkhaan: Ayarkhaan - WOMEX

    Oh, the other music is very interesting as well. E.g. 'My Horse', when they make the horse sounds sound more sophisticated than ... most would. I couldn't find a good version online (the live version isn't well recorded) but gently suggest listening to the sample on the Women page.
     
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  21. Jamsterdammer

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    I had to skip Sierra Leone for a trip to the countryside here, where there was no reliable internet, so let me catch up. I don't think we need to be too taken aback by the video where one woman was deliberately poisoned by another. One thing my years in Africa have taught me is that the sense of humour in many countries is very different from those in European countries. I am pretty sure that Sierra Leoneans find the video hilarious.

    Born into a musical family in Sierra Leone, Seydu became a refugee, eventually achieving success after prominent Spanish musicians discovered him performing in a Madrid park. He builds his music around maringa, with reggae, jazz, Latin and Afropop seasonings. The song "Return to Africa", reflects his own exile and return and his nation’s history of absorbing freed slaves from the Americas:


    Here is Bosca Banks (about whom I haven't been able to find much information, with the song "Ask Pardon":
    https://youtu.be/bKgWC33oTAQ

    Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Abdul Tee-Jay, an abbreviation for the Fula name Tejan-Jalloh from the Fouta Jalloh region in Guinea where his family originally came from, started playing guitar at the age of nine. He moved to the UK in 1979 after a stint in the US. By the late 1980s, his band Rokoto was being hailed as the best modern African outfit in the UK and their 1989 debut album Kanka Kuru was a big seller. Here is a video called "Abdul Tee-Jay live at The Old Dentist". Not sure where The Old Dentist is and what the song is, but I liked the video and the music:
    https://youtu.be/P9sL3ijh220

    And here is the latest installment in our series "Men like hitting things hard", called "Sierra Leone Drums". The actual drumming starts after about 30 seconds:
    https://youtu.be/Op2oyHp3Ax4

    And even though a lot of music by S.E. Rogie was already posted, I want to post the song "Nor Weigh Me Lek Dat (Woman to Woman), which is the first song I heard from him and liked instantly:
    https://youtu.be/Hh1xsbbcHVY
     
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  22. leshafunk

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    Sakha is part of Russia, FYI.
    Olonkho is not the name of the Epic, it's more an epic tradition of Sakha people.
     
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  23. Jamsterdammer

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    I still got a couple of songs from Singapore to post:

    The Observatory is an art rock, experimental and electronica band based in Singapore, consisting largely of alumni from significant 1990s Singaporean bands. They are influential in the Singapore music scene. The band formed in 2001 and have released eight albums. Here they are with "Oscilla":


    Zircon Lounge was a Singaporean band formed in the early 1980s that achieved popularity with the release of their influential debut album, Regal Vigor (1983). The pioneering new wave band broke up in 1988. Despite their short lifespan, Zircon Lounge is credited with sparking off the Singapore alternative music scene. Here is "Savior" from their debut album, which also contains two covers of the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane":
    https://youtu.be/5qSJaSZboTs
     
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    Thanks to HitAndRun to posting music from Sint Maarten. There are two more islands in the Lesser Antilles that are part of the Kingdom of The Netherlands. Those are St. Eustatius and Saba. While St. Maarten is a "country" within the Kingdom, the other two are oversees municipalities of The Netherlands. In contrast to the ABC islands further south, English is the main language on these three islands. From St. Eustatius (also locally known as Statia) here is Gerson Herrera with "St. Eustatius (Island In The Sun):


    In 2017, St. Eustatius was badly hit by hurricane Irma (as was St. Maarten). After the storm, local artists came together under the name Statia Artists United for a Hurricane Irma tribute song called "The Eye Of The Storm":
    https://youtu.be/GwWs0rycYIc
     
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  25. HitAndRun

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    Thanks @Jamsterdammer. Bashing things on the beach appears to be a popular sub-division of 'hitting things'.

    After playing 'Nor Weigh Me Lek Dat (Woman to Woman)' YT wanted to auto-play S. E Rogie's 'Man Stupid Being'. I was intrigued by the song title, but couldn't find the lyrics.

    Thanks for the Saint Eustace music. I thought I'd look to see if I could find any music from Saint Pierre or Saint Barthelemy, but I couldn't find any. There appears to be plenty of music for tourists, but I didn't find anything more than that. South Tyrol in Italy led me to folk music that I think you (Jamsterdammer) may not like as it may remind you of certain music you have said that you're not keen on in the past. Giorgio Moroder is from South Tyrol, but he's been covered already. And rock band Frei.Wild aren't really my thing.

    @Leshafunk - Yes, I know about Sakha being part of Russia. I was surprised at the size of it - according to the map project I saw, it's a fair proportion of the total size of Russia. On the catch-up days we quite often cover areas that are parts of another country but which have at least elements of their own culture. Today we've seen Sicily and Sardinia, both of which are parts of Italy. Russia has more autonomous regions than any other country, so it's regions quite often feature here. I didn't know that Olonkho was not the name of the epic but a more general description. Thanks for the information.

    Not really much to post that fits, so I'll post two songs that really don't. 'One for Senegal' by The Pleb is a track I found on the album Putumayo Presents African Groove. However, The Pleb is Italian born Moreno Visini who has lived in Italy, London, and New York. Not, it seems, Senegal. So, I didn't post this track when we were in Senegal. But, I think it's an interesting piece of music, so will post.
     
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