All Over the Place: Eight Songs, Four Continents
Issue 19: International Playlist
“And now for something completely different…”
- Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Music is universal to human culture, but like many other things seen across cultures, there is a lot of variety. Even in a world where you can hear Ariana Grande played on an AirAsia flight from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur, there’s still a heck of a lot of music that is all but unknown outside of its native land.
So, as a fan of music and trying new things, I messaged a few of my friends from different places to collaborate with me on a music swap playlist. The rules were simple: pick two songs that 1) you like, 2) are from your home country or territory, and 3) people outside of your home area probably won’t be familiar with. This sounds a bit easier than it actually is, especially if you listen to music in a language (like, say, English) that is shared by several countries.
The result was eight songs sung in four languages and several styles, so if you don’t like one just go on to the next one. If you have 32 minutes, give them a try. Enjoy!
Gosia and Kamil, Poland
“Za Krokiem Krok” by Cleo
“Agnieszka Juz Dawno Tutaj Nie Mieszka” by Lzy
Alex, Hong Kong
“What if the World” by Charmaine Fong
“2084” by Dear Jane
Natalie, South Africa
“Power” by Jeremy Loops
“Ukuthula” performed by the Cape Town Youth Choir
Adam, United States of America
“Fool” by Fitz and the Tantrums
“Roam” by The B-52s
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