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Old October 8th, 2008, 3:33 am
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I really like Japanese Music - even though I have no idea what they're saying!!
Its really cool though when you know some of the words and then you can like sing in a different language!! Whooo! Ayumi Hamasaki is my favorite.


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Old October 8th, 2008, 10:07 am
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I lived in Poland for 4 years in the mid-90s and I still listen to a lot of Polish music. And I've loved the Icelandic artist Bubbi ever since I spent a summer in Reykjavik in the late 80s.

One of the good things I've found about listening to music from a culture that's not yours is that you often don't know what's "supposed" to be cool and what's "supposed" to be cheesy, so you respond to the music, not to the image, to an extent that's just not possible in your own culture. Most Polish people are aghast when they hear what Polish artists I like, as most of them are considered very middle-aged and unfashionable - it's a bit like if I went round saying I liked Daniel O'Donnell, Perry Como and Val Doonican in England!

Amongst more internationally known artists, I also like Trio Bulgarka (I always think they manage to upstage even Kate Bush on the albums they appear on!) and I'm very fond of Natacha Atlas/Transglobal Underground.

When I don't understand the lyrics in foreign music, I still love the sound, and when I do understand the lyrics, they're often coming from an interesting different angle to English lyrics. I also feel embarrassed about the fact that we British on the whole impose our language and culture on the rest of the world but are often reluctant to engage with anyone else's.

And I'm a Eurovision junkie.


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Old October 8th, 2008, 11:07 am
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Amongst more internationally known artists, I also like Trio Bulgarka (I always think they manage to upstage even Kate Bush on the albums they appear on!)
Oh yay!! I'm so glad you like them!

And I adore Kate Bush!! (who for me is a foreign artist )

My ex boyfriend is crazy about Polish jazz. We saw the Tomasz Stanko Quartet live last year in Sofia, it was fantastic. I think he's mainly into Skalpel and Pink Freud. Btw I'm going to Poland in December, off topic, but I'm too excited not to mention it

My favourite non-English act are Wolfsheim Their albums are among the very few I can listen to on repeat, again and again, and enjoy them every time. My favourite are Kein Zurueck, Touch, Closer Still, Find You're Gone, and Care For You. I also love the soundtracks to all Wong Kar-Wai films Recently I've been listening to some Finnish tango (Olavi Virta) - through a film director again (Aki Kaurismaki), and a Norwegian band called Surferosa, who are extremely uplifting and cute (again, found them through cinema, a Norwegian film the name of which I completely forgot).



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Old October 8th, 2008, 11:20 am
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I Love Bollywood Music For Some Reason I Don't Know Why I Just Love It
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Old October 8th, 2008, 7:21 pm
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Oh yay!! I'm so glad you like them!
Do you like them, too? Fantastic! I was worried it was going to be another one of those situations where real Bulgarians think the Bulgarian artists I like are unspeakably naff. I love the haunting, slightly atonal harmonies in a lot of Balkan folk music, actually, but Yanka just absolutely rocks. Are there any other Bulgarian artists you'd recommend?

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My ex boyfriend is crazy about Polish jazz. We saw the Tomasz Stanko Quartet live last year in Sofia, it was fantastic. I think he's mainly into Skalpel and Pink Freud. Btw I'm going to Poland in December, off topic, but I'm too excited not to mention it
Brilliant! Which part of Poland?

I'm not at all up on current Polish music, actually, and only really heard stuff that was on the radio a lot or that friends recommended/gave me when I was there, so I'm no expert. I love sung poetry artists like Grzegorz Turnau, Soyka and Antonina Krzystom (any Poles reading this will be curling their toes with embarassment at the cheesy middle-aged nature of my taste), find a guilty pleasure in wannabe American-style rock band Wilki, and (although I'm not wild about their records) communist-era rock band Maanam (another uncool, easy-listening for the over-50s band) are one of the most incredible bands I've ever seen live - their singer Kora has an awesome voice and could pass for a woman half her age.


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Old October 8th, 2008, 10:30 pm
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Do you like them, too? Fantastic! I was worried it was going to be another one of those situations where real Bulgarians think the Bulgarian artists I like are unspeakably naff. I love the haunting, slightly atonal harmonies in a lot of Balkan folk music, actually, but Yanka just absolutely rocks. Are there any other Bulgarian artists you'd recommend?
No, genuine folklore (which is what Trio Bulgarka do predominantly) is deeply revered in Bulgaria. I'm no patriot (not by any stretch of the definition), but I am awed by certain singing techniques and songs.

When I was in the USA the summer of 2003, most people would ask me whether it was very bad in Bulgaria and even if we had trains, but there was one man who, when he heard where I was from, immediately thought of Trio Bulgarka (and their recording The Mystery Of Bulgarian Voices). I was very pleased to hear such a nice association of my country for a change

Unfortunately I can't recommend anything specific, I know no names of singers, just songs... But а folk song from the Rhodope region sung by Valya Balkanska is a part of the Voyager Golden Record selection of music included in the two Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977. So it's travelling in space now

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Brilliant! Which part of Poland?
Only Krakow, but I'm very excited about it anyway!


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Old June 29th, 2009, 2:12 pm
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I am currently totally in love with the Warsaw Village Band, particularly their global trance stuff.


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Old June 30th, 2009, 6:37 am
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I really love this Italian band called Lost, I wish I understood their lyrics though My mom translates them for me sometimes haha


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I am in love with a german band Lacrimosa (or at least they speak german ) and I do not understand the lyrics, but I am in love.


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Old July 8th, 2009, 11:59 am
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Yes, I lilke some music with other language, but, the lyrics is important for me.
I always check out what they are singing about, so I know for sure.


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I love Reggae and Reggaeton. And Spanish pop is awesome to, I especially like Juanes right now.
Reggaeton is awesome. Like Daddy Yankee, Wisin y Yandel, Angel y Khris, and Luny Tunes. Spanish music is awesome. So, is Italian, but I can't name any bands/artists right now.


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Old July 9th, 2009, 9:54 am
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Well, some of the music I listen to is in your eyes from another culture.
But, in my eyes, there just good music.

Well, you should listen on Kent, the swedish songs.
There are english songs too, but they are the same songs as the swedish, just
translated.


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Old July 20th, 2009, 11:25 pm
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I'm a fan of electronical music and there is lot of that in sweden where I live. So I listen to a lot of music in swedish and english. But then there is lot of good electronical music from germany and they often sings in their own language and even thought I have no idea of what they are saying it can be good.


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Old October 5th, 2009, 1:04 am
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Utada is from Japan, and she is my favorite musical artist ever.

I love her.

I also like Kerli, who is from estonia,

And then Ayumi Hamasaki (Japan)

Emilie Simon (French)

Kate Havnevik (Norway)

I listen to mostly forgien music, tho I'm from the US.

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Old March 13th, 2010, 7:13 pm
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I don't really listen to music from other cultures but Beyonce has recorded some of her songs in Spanish so I listen to them. I think it's really useful because I'm learning Spanish so I get some listening practice without it being a chore


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Old May 1st, 2010, 3:57 am
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Tokio Hotel is German and I listen to there songs in german.
Tatu is Rushian but I don't listen to there rushian songs much.
Avril Lavigne is from Canada but I guess that doesn't really count.
And Cinema Bizarre is German but I've never heard any German songs from them. I don't know if they even have any.

But yes I do enjoy music from different cltures and lanquages.


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Ricardo Arjona, from Guatemala. He has the most AMAZING songs, with really powerfull lyrics thatsend such meaningful messages. "La Nena" (The Little Girl), "Laura", and "Iluso" (Deluded) are amongst my favourites.
Maná, from Mexico, are also really good. I also LOVE Belinda Peregrin, also from Mexico (she's the one that was in the second Cheetah Girls movie. CHeck out her music, it's amazing)


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I love listening to music from other cultures. I love music from eastern cultures the most. My favorite instrument would have to be the 'erhu' from the Chinese culture - it's a beautiful instrument.

And Bollywood of course, some German, and Japanese


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Old November 14th, 2010, 9:44 pm
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I like the band Dir En Grey. All their songs are in Japanese. I know how to sing the songs however, I have to look online for translations.


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Old December 5th, 2010, 10:26 pm
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I love listening to music in other languages. My favorites to listen to are Japanese, Hawaiian, German, Hindi, and Korean, though I love all languages I've been exposed to so far.


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