Funky Music from Around the World
Those who know me know that I have an eclectic taste in music. Some might go as far as describing it as eccentric. So today I thought I would share with you a few interesting selections from around the world.
NETTA – “Bassa Sababa” Israel
Israeli singer and recording artist, Netta Barzilai or simply just NETTA, launched her music career in 2017 as a contestant of HaKokhav HaBa during its fifth season. Having won the contest and earning the right to represent Israel at Eurovision, Barzilai’s career has been blossoming since. Her discography includes “Bassa Sababa” and cover of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” for the Disney film Mary Poppins. She has also been featured on the Netflix Original Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga featuring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams.
The HU – “Wolf Totem” Mongolia
The Mongolian band The Hu is a distinct blend of heavy metal and traditional Mongolian throat singing. The band’s name is derived from the Mongolian root word for human being and they describe their music as “Hunnu Rock” citing their inspiration from the ancient Mongolian empire the Hunnu, or the Huns. (thehuofficial.com)
Otava Yo – “Timonia” Russia
Formed in St. Petersburg in 2003, Otava Ya is world-renowned. Together the band has played in many countries including the United States, Mexico, Germany, Finland, and India among other countries. While they originally set out to play Celtic punk, the band eventually turned its focus to traditional Russian music.
NINGEN ISU – “Heartless Scat” Japan
Formed in 1987, Ningen Isu took its name from the 1924 short story, The Human Chair by Edogawa Rampo. Guitarist Shinji Wajima and bassist Kenichi Suzuki first met at a concert and quickly became friends bonding over their musical interests. The two released their first album under the Ningen Isu name in 1990 featuring their favored heavy metal sound joined with classical Japanese literature.
Die Antwoord – “Enter the Ninja” South Africa
Die Antwoord is a hip-hop group formed by Watkin Tudor “Ninja” Jones and “Yolandi Visser” du Toit in 2008. The due took root in the South African counterculture movement otherwise known as zef. Zef was first coined in the 1960s and used to describe working-class white people. Yolandi describes the movement as “you’re poor but fancy. You’re poor but you’re sexy. You’ve got style.” In addition to their musical talents, Die Antwoord worked as costars on the 2014 feature film Chappie.
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