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    Hey all,

    Does anyone have any suggestions for me regarding vocal music? I'm looking for more non-Americas centric and DEFINITELY not pop. I guess ethnic/world music - I'm not really sure the best words to use.
    Examples of the general type of stuff I'm looking for would be like:

    Magda Giannikou - Amour T'es Là (Snarky Puppy):


    Djobi Djoba · Gipsy Kings


    I looked on Music Map for something like the Gipsy Kings, for example and they sent me to Strunz and Farah, which I love, but is instrumental music. I love the Gipsy Kings, but the singer's voice is what really sells it to me. Similarly Magda's voice on that Snarky Puppy track. I have no idea what any of them are singing about, but it's fantastic. I searched for Irish folk music and found Flook, which was fantastic, but was instrumental as well. Something like that with the departed singer from the Cranberries would be amazing.

    Some specifics:
    I'm not really looking for Salsa/Merengue/Banda or any other latino music from the western hemisphere. I'm Cuban and my wife is Colombian, so I'm pretty much familiar with those forms. I guess I'm looking more for Europe/Africa/Asia.

    I'm looking for music that has a style rooted in the traditions of their respective countries. Not necessarily folk music, but that would be good too. Electronic would be fine as long as it's not like club or trance music.

    I don't really like opera or choral music in classical. But I love this aria:


    I wish I could better communicate what I'm looking for, but a part of the issue is that I don't know how to describe what I have never heard, but the first time I ever heard Gipsy Kings, it was unlike anything else I had heard, and I immediately loved it.

    Thanks in advance for any attempts to reply to this convoluted mess of a request!
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    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

    - Yip Harburg

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    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

    - Yip Harburg

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    This entire album is beautiful.
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    I'll check these out. Thank you for the suggestions!
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    Reggae des serpents


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    To warm you to the opera:
    The Diva Dance - The Fifth Element - Inva Mula (Lucia di Lammermoor)


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    Just re-issued this year, a marvelous recording, African music for western listeners.




    I don't know if you are looking for male singers, but this is a very honest French singer, George Brassens: A guitar, a bass and his voice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erki View Post
    To warm you to the opera:
    The Diva Dance - The Fifth Element - Inva Mula (Lucia di Lammermoor)

    I actually love this. I didn't want to mention it because I thought the flower duet was pushing my street cred to the limit already! If I could find music like this, I would be all over it.

    Thank you for the suggestions, I'll check them out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NLAdriaan View Post


    Just re-issued this year, a marvelous recording, African music for western listeners.




    I don't know if you are looking for male singers, but this is a very honest French singer, George Brassens: A guitar, a bass and his voice.
    Thank you for the suggestions. Male singers are fine. I'm not really particular, though you hit upon a key component of my request: ethnic music that would have more broad appeal for western listeners. I'll check these out, thanks again.
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    To add some typical European ethnic music:

    The Portuguese fado: two guitars, one acoustic bass guitar, one voice and the typical fado melancholia. I visited the Alfama fado festival last september in Lisbon. Once such festivals are again allowed, I can highly recommend it. This is a good example of a current fado singer in the classic set up, Ana Moura, Leva-Me Aos fados:
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    Forget the Gipsy kings, for the true Gipsy feel, go to this 'classic' recording of the 'Taraf de Haidouks' from Romania. 30 years ago this CD was a revelation and it actually still is:
    taraf.jpg

    Finally, a 'crossover' of French folksongs in a sophisticated orchestrated version. You might already know this, the Songs of the Auvergne, by Canteloube. I like the recording by Dawn Upshaw and Kent Nagano, but the most true french recording is the classic recording sung by Netania Navrath, it was nicely remastered:
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    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NLAdriaan View Post

    Forget the Gipsy kings, for the true Gipsy feel, go to this 'classic' recording of the 'Taraf de Haidouks' from Romania.
    Absolutely! Also Fanfare Ciorcarlia. We had a car trip to Romania 14 years ago where we specially went to visit their home village(with the help of some local friends) and had great time.
    And talking about real flamenco singing(although I like Gypsy Kings as well) Estrella Morente:


    Well better not to start me about gypsy music.
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    Oh! and as for contemporary/popular gypsy singing:

    anf somewhat more classical:
    Last edited by erki; May-15-2020 at 09:12.

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    Here is one of the best songs from Taraf de Haidouks:

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