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Thursday, 26 February 2015

26 February 2015. Taking the Snow Fort… An Established Part of Maslenitsa Fun

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One of the established parts of Maslenitsa fun is the storming of the snow fort. Here’s part of this year’s bash.

BMD

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

14 January 2015. Some of My Favourite Things… Han Hong from the PRC… Shila Amzah from Malaysia… Tseten Dolma from Tibet

00 Han Hong. China. singer. 14.01.15

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The Road to Heaven

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Tibetan Plateau sung by Han Hong

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00 Shila Amzah. Malaysia. singer. 14.01.15

Shila Amzah

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Tibetan Plateau sung by Shila Amzah

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Day Day Up

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00 Tseten Dolma. China. Tibet. 14.01.15

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The Sun and the Moon sung by Tseten Dolma

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The Liberated Serfs Sing a Song… her family were amongst those freed from servitude by the communists… I wonder why the righties don’t tell you about THAT…

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Han Hong is a very popular singer in China… her father was Han, her mother was Tibetan. She’s all class… the first song is The Road to Heaven, about the Qinzang Railway from Xining in Qinhai to Lhasa in Tibet… a railway cut through some of the most difficult terrain on earth. Free Market? No way… socialism still rules in China… Socialism is Good, as the old song has it. Shila Amzah, from Malaysia, has tons of fans in the PRC, so, she sings many songs in the local languages. Tseten Dolma is of a previous generation, being born in 1937; she came from an ordinary peasant family… the Communist toppling of the feudal government allowed her the opportunity to study and be a performer. Don’t listen to embittered refugees… many of them were from the old privileged classes. The coming of the commies was GOOD NEWS to many ordinary folk… ponder that.

The Sinosphere, the Ummahsphere, and the Orthosphere are friends… they don’t need the bratty Anglosphere…

BMD

Saturday, 20 December 2014

20 December 2014. Some More of My Favourite Things… More Music from the Hills

00 Kollarovci. Slovakia. 20.12.14

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Here’s some contemporary stuff… note the same Magyar influences that you found in the more “folky” music. Kollárovci (The Kollárs) is a Slovak ensemble that performs folk-flavoured songs in the Podhale dialect, a mixture of Polish and Slovak. The last clip is a longish set of Christmas Koledy from the region. I don’t claim that this is the greatest stuff on the planet… but I do like it (so, there!), so, it’s one of my favourite things… enjoy…

BMD

20 December 2014. Some of My Favourite Things… Ján Ambróz… Music from Prešov Kraj

00 Jan Ambroz. Slovakia. 20.12.14

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Ján Ambróz, from Prešov Kraj, is, of all things, both a lawyer and a folk-singer. I kid you not! The first selection is the familiar O kto, kto Nikolaja… done in a secular folklore style with cymbalon, fiddle, and stand-up bass bull fiddle. It’s coming straight at ya from the Carpathian foothills… enjoy!

BMD

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