20 November 2007

Global Sounds, Global Visions

You know I don't like blogs that are bloated with embedded youtubisms, and you won't find that at SoundRoots. But there are some good and worthy videos out there, and here's a roundup of some you can view online.

Tinariwen are still on tour, with performances still to come in Sherbrooke QC, Montreal QC, Quebec City QC, Boston MA, Burlington VT, New York NY, and Santa Fe NM. For a taste of their sound and look, check out this Tinariwen video.

[mp3] Tinariwen: Mano Dayak
from Aman Iman: Water Is Life (Outside Music)

Buy at iTunes Music Store

And yet more global videos:

Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers (really amazing!)
Hermeto Pascoal & other semi-naked Brazilian men making music in a river (another favorite)
Forro in the Dark: Forrowest
Gabriela Mendes: Tradiciao
Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Sarah McLachlan on Jay Leno
Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble: Talking Gongs
Huun Huur Tu live in Munich, Germany

and you can find a heap of Mauritanian videos of various quality -- including music videos of Malouma, Daby Toure, and Dimi Mint Abby -- here (the site also has videos from other African nations)

I don't actually receive Link TV, but I know people who do, and it sounds wonderful. Here are their Best Video Finds for 2007 -- just click the link to view the video.

Manu Chao "Rainin' in Paradize" (Spain/France) The color and pacing is bright and fast in this animated video and images fly by almost too quickly to register. It adds up to a visual approximation of how we are bombarded by world news, reflecting the lyric itself.

Abjeez "Eddeaa" (Iran/Sweden) The Iranian sisters Melodi and Safoura Safavi send up some Farsi Ska that pokes fun of the cultural pretensions of the older generation of Persians.

Rabbi Shergil "Bulla Ki Jana" (India) This was an immense hit for Shergil. Although it is a pure pop setting of words by the great Sufi Poet Baba Bulleh Shah, Shergil injects just enough traditional ornament into his singing to anchor it firmly in India.

Maui y los Serenidos "Para no Pensar a Nada" (Spain) This flamenco fusion group from Granada created a charming video with the help of friends. Small budget, big Art. The way we like 'em.

Gotan Project "Diferente" (Argentina/France)The doppelganger concept is milked for all its worth in this tightly knit video that quite literally mirrors the way tango partners must each be one half of a whole.

Richard Galiano "Michelangelo" (France) Beautifully shot and recorded, this performance video captures the dynamic interaction between players as they whip their way through one of Astor Piazzola's classic Nuevo Tangos.

Enver Ismailov "D'Enver Blues" (Ukraine) Truly a guitar wizard, Ismailov references Indian tabla vocalise, Balkan dance rhythms and a battery of foot pedals in this amazing excerpt from the Mamakabo festival in Russia.

Kou Chou Ching "Black Heart" (Taiwan) This video was completely created on a computer, and has a timely message about the impact of runaway capitalism on the quality of goods, and ultimately, the quality of life.

Dadawa "In the Setting of the Sun" (China) This is probably the most aesthetically adventurous video of the sequence. The song is hypnotic
and ambient, and the images seem to come right off a Chinese lacquered

Estrella Morente "Zambra" (Spain) Spanish Director Fernando Trueba lavished much love on this video. It has the chiaroscuro of 17th century Spanish painting, and is a perfect setting for Flamenco --and for Morente's brooding, passionate persona.

Zulya and the Children of the Underground "Children of the Underground" (Russia) A retro animation style bolsters the sense of nostalgia in this bittersweet song about the Moscow Metro.

La Mano Ajena "Aves Errantes" (Chile) Another example of a low budget/high creativity video, the song starts out whimsical, but packs a topical punch about the plight of immigrants at the end.

Finally, as long as you're watching videos, take a few minutes to watch this engaging and thoughtful proposal to approach human-induced climate change from a risk-management angle: How It All Ends

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