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· January, 2007

Stories about Music from January, 2007

Nigeria: falling in love with makossa and soukous

  21 January 2007

Nigerian blogger, Olawunmi, on why he loves makossa/soukous, “i love makossa. i just do. i think its one of the most beautiful forms of musical expression out there. on one hand, it can be so extravagant and colourful, showcasing everything that's beautiful about the people of sub-saharan africa, and on...

Jamaica: Saved by The Cure

  19 January 2007

In the summer of 1987, Jamaican writer Marlon James is saved by The Cure: “I don’t remember 1987 by any sequence of days and dates; I remember it by breaths I lost, gasping at “Just Like Heaven.” I can’t recall any major events but I do remember the sad drum...

Tahitian Music

  17 January 2007

Tahiti Litterature, Musique posts various excerpts of Tahitian music.

Mexico: Music: Las Ultrasonicas

  15 January 2007

“If you want to digress into Mexico City punk rock videos then check out some Ultrasonicas stuff on YouTube.” Liz Henry of BlogHer has all the necessary links.

Bahamas: Junkanoo and music

  15 January 2007

Nicolette Bethel presents a thoughtful essay deconstructing of some of the changes taking place on the musical front of in the Bahamas’ Junkanoo festival.

Colombia: Creative Commons-licensed Music

  10 January 2007

Highlighting Colombian music released with Creative Commons licenses, Carolina Botero presents the album “Colombitis” [ES] by trio “Colombita.” Also mentioned are “Gaita Negra” and salsa group Calambuco whose songs can be heard on hi5.

Lithuania: Helene Holzman

  9 January 2007

Music and Life – Everywhere! writes about Helene Holzman, a German married to a Jew in Kaunas, Lithuania, before World War II: there is a book based on her diary – and there are still people in Lithuania who remember meeting her in person.

Peru: Chiclaya Chorus Album

  5 January 2007

Creative Commons Peru announced to readers that the [ES] polyphonic chorus of La Inmaculada college in Chiclayo, Perú has released its album with an attribution, non-commercial, no derivatives Creative Commons license.

Romania: Singing Carols

  2 January 2007

“Memories from Romania: On the last day I spent in [Onesti] many of the students came to the Cancelarie (staff room) to sing carols for the teachers. I had absolutely no idea they had prepared this, an absolutely delightful memory to take away :)” – by L-plate big cheese Romania...

Jamaica, Trinidad: Soca downloads?

  2 January 2007

Francis Wade has been listening to the latest soca tunes being released out of Trinidad for the Carnival season, but regrets that a way of legally downloading them as mp3s is yet to exist.

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