Ritmos del Sur
El Búho – Mix – Great Northern Forests Shambala Mixtape
Sounds of the rain forest, flutes, and melodious xylophone beats alternate to make for relaxing and inspiring tapestry with a touch of drum ’n base. More than 100 minutes of Andean dance & trance music, subtle and lovely.
Club rhythms, July 2018
Duduk Meditation – Memories of Caucasus (Armenian Flute)
Mediative music of the first order with the full sound of the duduk flute adding local color and sentiment. «Traditional Armenian folk music as well as Armenian church music is not based on the European tonal system but on a system of tetrachords. The last note of one tetrachord also serves as the first note of the next tetrachord – which makes a lot of Armenian folk music more or less based on a theoretically endless scale. The duduk is an ancient double-reed woodwind instrument made of apricot wood.» (Wikipidia) It sounds somewhat like a double horn. The earliest instruments similar to the duduk’s present form are made of bone or entirely of cane. Famous dudk players are Armen Grigoryan, Levon Minassian, Djivan Gasparyan or Arsen Petrosyan
Greenman Valley, September 2018
Aterciopelados – Dúo
Aterciopelados (The Velvety Ones) is made up of Andrea Echeverri and Héctor Buitrago, and one of the first Columbian bands to gain international success. Their music fuses rock with a variety of Colombian and Latin American musical traditions. Andrea, born 1965, is the lead singer and guitarrist of the group (and a ceramicist): «It’s possible to chart the development of Latin Alternative music by following the career of Andrea Echeverri.» (Felix Contreras) Héctor Buitrago came from a hard core rock band and played in Bogota’s sole rock venue where Andrea had been drawn by tips from art school friends. Their musical partnership is hugely succesful, and both artists have also produced solo albums.
National records, November 2018
The HU – Yuve Yuve Yu (How Strange)
This state of the art video by the folk rock band HU shows the vast expanse of the Mongolian landscape and is a testomony to band’s love of their country, as ist he Mongolian thoat singing this song is intersperced with. As so often in Mongolian music, horses are also present, and you can hear them in the beat. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any information about the band and its charismatic lead singer but Yuve Yuve Yu is definitely an exotic earworm!
Featuring singing cows and tingling bells, yodeling and alpine horns, all supported by an infectious Eighties disco-beat and a slightly spaced-out sense of humour, MUH! by Matterhorn Project is unique in pop history. The track stormed the Swiss and international charts in 1985 and got known and loved for its sense of comedy and tongue-in-cheek citing of Swiss clichés. MUH! is also known as the «moo song» in South Africa, Japan and other parts of the world and the French call it «meuh». In the same year musicians PJ & the late Stella Wassermann produced another album called Matterhorn Project, and it made the charts in Switzerland too and contained another top ten hit called Yo-Lollo-Diuh, the first yodeling disco track ever. The link leads to the remix.
PJ Wassermann, November 2018