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What about the rest of the world?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:24 pm
by Janet M
Ok, I'm a newbie and probably should know better, but what about the music that comes from the parts of the world that haven't got to the "World Music Mainstream"?
I can't recall ever hearing anything from Polynesia or any of the other...nesias, Tasmania, Chile, North Korea, Laos.
Any ideas?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:57 pm
by Papa M
The Rough Guide series have touched those areas. You can hear the monthly Rough Guide Radio Show streaming at

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:28 pm
by Janet M
Just had a brief rummage, the New Guinean stuff looks interesting but haven't found polynesian...yet

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:23 am
by CantSleepClownsWillGetMe
Hi Janet,

Try Calabash Music, who have a reasonable selection filed under 'Oceania' - ... uthpacific

If you're just starting out in this area you won't go far wrong with 'Putumayo presents South Pacific Islands'. I still play it every now and then when I need a bit of sunshine in my day!

I'd also recommend David Fanshawe's compilation 'Music of the South Pacific', or Bob Brozeman's 'Songs of the Volcano' if you're looking for something a bit more rootsy. At the other extreme, perhaps Te Vaka's 'Nukukehe' or a track or two by Black Rose (aka Black Rose of Fiji), or perhaps something by Ok! Ryos.

Good luck,


PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 11:16 am
by Janet M
Julie - thanks for that, I'm going to have a lovely time exploring all the corners. Joining this forum has broadened my awareness of what is out there so much!

However this remote part of Scotland is surprising in world music terms, in the last few years I've seen live performances of Radio Tarifa, Berroguetto (Galician band, stunning), Tserendava (Mongolian throat singer) and Makvirag (Hungarian trio) to name but a few. Thank goodness for the Scottish Arts Council, funding tours to the out of the way places up here and the wonderful Hebridean Celtic Festival.