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From first album by Yemenite Israeli singer with great voice:

Live at Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland, July 13, 1990:




American flautist recorded this album (playlist) in the Taj Mahal after hours:

Lovely flute and percussion:


French artist sings cabaret-style:

Here she sings as part of a group and in a different style:


Colombian band with French name:


French musical group La Nef presents excellent video retelling of legend of Perceval and the Grail (as recounted by Chrétien de Troyes) with a mixture of original compositions and traditional English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh melodies. The result, for any lover of Arthurian legend or medieval literature, is impressive.  Here is a sample:


Multicultural band mixes flamenco (originally from southern Spain) with Jenny Ball’s jazz trumpet background and a little bit of cumbia, creating their one-of-a-kind musical identity:



This Andean group backed Simon and Garfunkel on “El Condor Pasa” and features panpipes:



Playlist of entire album “O Clube da Esquina”:

Playlist of entire album “Anima”:

Playlist of full EP of Night Dreamer Direct-to-Disc Sessions:

L.A. bossa nova band NOVA performs “The Girl from Ipanema.”  Suggested by Gil Levine. Musicians: Vocals, Laura Vall; Guitar, David Irelan; Bass, Simon Huber; Drums, Mike Papagni:


“Rolandskvadet” or “The Lay of Roland” is a Norwegian ballad dating back to the 15th century, but it could also have been handed down orally since the Middle Ages before there was a manuscript, so we may never know how old it could be. The ballad narrates what happened in the battle of Roncevaux: Roland was a hero inside the Charlemagne’s court and his army was crossing Roncevaux in year 778, coming back from Spain. Unexpectedly, the back of the army was attacked. Because they were being defeated, Roland played his horn (Olifant) three times to ask for help just before he died.

Performed by The Spellman’s Folk: Voices (from left to right): Inga Freyrsdóttir, Paloma Pérez García, Irene Vilanova Domínguez; Drums (from left to right): Rémy Gouraud, Miguel Sánchez Cobo, Valentin Jousserand.

TRANSLATION of Norwegian lyrics:

Six of my soldiers stay home and keep the clear gold
The other six in heathen-lands keep iron cold
Riding out of Frankish Lands with dear maiden in the saddle
Blowing the horn Olifant upon Roncevaux Meadow

They fought upon Roncevaux Meadow for days two and three
The sun could not shine bright through mist of man-blood
Riding out of Frankish Lands with dear maiden in the saddle
Blowing the horn Olifant upon Roncevaux Meadow

Roland puts the horn to a bloody mouth and blows it with wrath
Then did burst earth and stone three days away
Riding out of Frankish Lands with dear maiden in the saddle
Blowing the horn Olifant upon Roncevaux Meadow


One of the few pro-shot concerts of legendary musician Fela Kuti with his band Africa 70, playing for the jazz festival in Berlin, 1978. Fela was a social activist and leader who fought for freedom and justice in Nigeria. He died in 1997.One of the few pro-shot concerts of legendary musician Fela Kuti with his band Africa 70, playing for the jazz festival in Berlin, 1978. Fela was a social activist and leader who fought for freedom and justice in Nigeria. He died in 1997.