Balkan Beat Box “Blue Eyed Black Boy” CD ALBUM (Nat Geo 2010) —Songs of peace, tolerance and diversity on Global Grooves
"Co-founders Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat both met in Brooklyn, New York City, New York as teenagers. Both had grown up with music and Kaplan had been a klezmer clarinetist, while Muskat was a drummer in a punk rock band. They began playing together but had trouble finding a style that they felt represented themselves, so they decided to create one. They established their own unique sound by fusing the musical styles of Mediterranean and Balkan traditions with hip hop and dancehall beats. The group was extremely influenced by Jamaican dub, another influence visible in their hybrid musical form. Balkan Beat Box’s goal was to take ancient and traditional musical traditions and fuse those with hip hop in order to create a new mix of musical styles out of the traditional world music context that would appeal to listeners in a club or a dancehall. As children, they had felt that traditional music was outdated and felt as though it did not adequately reflect their experiences of the growing world culture, so hoped to bring new relevance to these old traditional musical forms. They also hoped to encourage and foster peace between citizens around the world by combining traditional music from various areas in the world, hoping that by doing this they can create peace, and believe in the elimination of political borders.
Balkan Beat Box’s self-titled first album (released in 2005) and their 2007 follow-up album Nu Med both received global acclaim. While their first, self-titled album focused more on Mediterranean sounds, their new album included Arabic and Spanish influences. The song "Bulgarian Chicks" from their first album became popular in clubs and dancehalls by 2008."
Jai Uttal “Ganesha Sharanam” from Kirtan! the Art and Practice of Ecstatic Chant (Sounds True courtesy of Big Fish Media 2003) —US/India
Jai grew up in New York City and lived in a home filled with music: “He began studying classical piano at the age of seven, and later learned to play old time banjo, harmonica, and guitar.” At the age of 17, Jai heard Indian music for the first time, which he said, “touched his heart like sounds of home.” At 19, Jai moved to California and studied under the famous Sarod player, Ali Akbar Khan. He later began “regular pilgrimages to India, living among the Bauls, the wandering street musicians of Bengal, and singing with the kirtan wallahs in the temple of his guru, the highly revered saint, Neem Karoli Baba.” Jai spent time with many great beings of both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. He became deeply absorbed in the practice of kirtan, the ancient yoga of chanting, or singing to God. This form of prayer became the core to Jai’s musical and spiritual life.[
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan “Mustt Mustt (Lost in His Work)” from Mustt Mustt CD ALBUM (Real World Records 1990) —Pakistan
"Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Punjabi: نصرت فتح علی خان (Shahmukhī)) (October 13, 1948 – August 16, 1997), a world-renowned Pakistani musician, was primarily a singer of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis. Considered one of the greatest singers ever recorded, he possessed extraordinary vocal abilities and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours. Extending the 600-year old Qawwali tradition of his family, Khan is widely credited with introducing Qawwali music to international audiences. He was popularly known as "Shahenshah-e-Qawwali", meaning "The King of Kings of Qawwali".
Born in Faisalabad, Pakistan, Khan had his first public performance at age of 16, at his father's chelum. He became the head of the family qawwali party in 1971. He was signed by Oriental Star Agencies, Birmingham, England, in the early 1980s. Khan went on to release movie scores and albums in Europe, India, Japan, Pakistan, and the U.S. He engaged in collaborations and experiments with Western artists, becoming a well-known world music artist. He toured extensively, performing in over 40 countries."
Googoosh “Talagh” from 40 Golden Hits of Googoosh (Taraneh Enterprises Inc 2008) —Pre-revolution Iran
Faegheh Atashin (Persian: فائقه آتشین, Azerbaijani: فائقه آتشین, Faiqə Atəşin, born on 5 May 1950 in Tehran) also known by her stage name Googoosh (Persian: گوگوش, Azerbaijani: Ququş ) is an Iranian singer and actress. She is known for her contributions to Iranian pop music, but also starred in a variety of movies from the 1950s to the 1970s. She achieved the pinnacle of her fame and success towards the end of the 1970s. Her overall impact and contributions to Middle Eastern and Central Asian pop-music earned her the title of the most iconic female pop-singer from those regions. Due to her great talents and overall endearment to her people, she is a symbol of national pride to the Iranian people.
After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, she is famously known for remaining in Iran until 2000 and not performing again due to the ban on female singers. Still, her following grew. Younger people have rediscovered her music via bootleg recordings. Outside of Iran, she has a significant following in many Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries, and has even caught the attention of western media and press. Googoosh is rumored to reside in a four-bedroom, four-bath home in Beverly Crest, which she bought for $1.37 million from Jack M. Snyder and Stephanie E. Snyder on 13 April 2011, and continues her career, albeit in a limited manner.
Ojoobe Ha “Sartegar Nakesh Chen” from Raks Raks Raks - 27 Golden Garage Psych Nuggets From The Iranian 60s Scene (Finders Keepers) —Iranian Psychedelia
Roong Petch Laem Sing “Kob Kanong Fon” from Siamese Soul: Thai Pop Spectacular 2 1960s to 1980s (Sublime Frequencies) —Grooves from 1970's Thailand
Shark Move “Evil War” from Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-1978 (Sublime Frequencies) —Indonesian psychedelia
S. Piliso & His Super Seven “Kuya Hanjwa” from Next Stop...Soweto-Township Sounds from the Golden Age of Mbaquaga (v/a) (Strut) —South Africa