31st January 2019: Qamili i Vogël and Mazllom Mejzini – Rrehi Teli

Artist: Qamili i Vogël and Mazllom Mejzini Title: Rrehi Teli Language: Albanian Translation: I am afraid I couldn’t find the translation for this song title The beautiful album featuring today’s track is from 1978, showcasing ‘Kenge Popullore Shqiptare’, or Popular Albanian Songs. I am always fascinated by what countries call themselves compared to what us English-speakers call them. ‘Shqipëri’ is...

28th January 2019: Darkestrah – Манас Мститель

Artist: Darkestrah Title: Манас Мститель Language: Russian Translation: Manas the Avenger This rather epic song is by a band from Kyrgyzstan. On Wikipedia they are described as a ‘Kyrgyz pagan metal band’. I honestly love this song so much, I have downloaded the album! I am now wondering what the Kyrgyz music scene is like, and how these guys fit...

27th January 2019: 刺猬 – 乐队

Artist: 刺猬 (Hedgehog)  Title: 乐队 Language: MandarinTranslation: The Band From the album 阳光,欢乐,枪 (Sun Fun Gun), this is another modern choice I really like! This band, Hedgehog, are Chinese, this song is sung in Mandarin and English, and the drums and guitars are REALLY COOL when they rock out (they have a female drummer called Atom). I am enjoying investigating...

24th January 2019: Песняры – Ты Мне Вясною Прыснілася

Artist: Песняры (Pesnyary) Title: Ты Мне Вясною Прыснілася (Ty Mnie Viasnoju Prysnilasia) Language: Belarusian Translation: I dreamt of you in Spring A rather lovely and atmospheric track from 1971 – the keyboard is particularly nice. This vocal-instrumental ensemble formed in 1969, and released singles and albums throughout the 70s. Interesting facts: apparently the band were influenced by early Frank Zappa,...

23rd January 2019: Usha Uthup – Ramba Ho-Ho-Ho Samba Ho-Ho-Ho

Artist: Usha UthupTitle: Ramba Ho-Ho-Ho Samba Ho-Ho-Ho Language: Hindi Translation: I am honestly not sure – any help gratefully received! This song is from the 1981 film ‘Armaan’, directed by Anand Sagar, and it has the unmistakable musical signatures of the great Bappi Lahiri (the ‘subtle’ nod to Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ is brilliant!). I found the totally frenetic...

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