Music from Lebanon – Fasateen

From their Facebook Page : Born of a nocturnal encounter at the American University of Beirut in 2008, Mashrou’ Leila is a six-member band that fuses the craftiness of a music workshop with the punch of stadium rock. With their distinct approach to storytelling and orchestration, they have crafted some of the most melancholic ballads and raucous anthems in contemporary alternative Arabic music, and went on to perform them live at sold-out venues in Lebanon, Cairo, Amman, Istanbul, Dubai, Tunis, Paris, Amsterdam, Montreal, Geneva, Serbia and international festivals such as Byblos, Baalbeck, BabelMed, Paleo and Exit.

Their eponymous debut album and the 7al Romacy EP unfold like cinematographic fictions starring lovesick characters in desolate motels or wandering insomniacs in ghostly cities. At times quirky and playful, at others bitter and somber, the songs demonstrate the band’s great versatility in dealing with musical form, narrative, and social issues.

Their third album, recorded at Hotel2Tango Studios in Montreal will be released in 2013.

Here is their song – Mashrou Leila

Music from China – Ai WeiWei

Ai Weiwei ( born August 28, 1957 in Beijing) is a Chinese conceptual artist, sculptor and curator and …..now he released his first Heavy Metal single “Dumbass” from his first album “The Divine Comedy”

Ai Weiwei is one of the well-known goverment-critical persons of China , and was imprisoned from April to June 2011.

“This video was not shot for me, and this song, I am not singing for myself,” Ai said. “This is dedicated to all those people who do not have the opportunity to raise their voice, who will never be able to raise their voices. This is not just one generation. In the past 60 years there have been innumerable amounts of people who have been killed or sent away from their homes, even tortured to death.”

“Dumbass (Explicit Lyrics)” 

When you’re ready to strike, he mumbles about non-violence.
When you pinch his ear, he says it’s no cure for diarrhea.
You say you’re a mother-fucker, he claims he’s invincible.
You say you’re a mother-fucker, he claims he’s invincible.
Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life’s invincible.
Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life’s invincible.
Oh dumbass, oh such dumbass! Oh dumbass, oh such dumbass!
Oh dumbass, oh such dumbass! Oh dumbass, oh such dumbass!
Lalalalala, lalalalala Lalalalala, lalalalala
Lalalalala, lalalalala Lalalalala, lalalalala

Stand on the frontline like a dumbass, in a country that puts out like a hooker.
The field’s full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere.
The field’s full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere.
Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life’s invincible.
You say you’re a mother-fucker, he claims he’s invincible.
You say you’re a mother-fucker, he claims he’s invincible.
The field is full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere.
The field’s full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere.

Music from the US/Nepal – The Mountain Music Project

This is a music video/trailer for an award-winning documentary film, The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya.

Featuring old-time musicians from Virginia and Nepal sharing each other’s music. Danny Knicely, Tara Linhardt, and the Mountain Music Project explore the connections between Appalachian and Himalayan music traditions.

Music of Syria – Farid El Atrache

Farid el Atrache ( also al-Atrash and al-Atrasch; born October 19, 1915 in al-Suwayda, Syria; † 26 December 1974 in Beirut, Lebanon) was a Syrian -Egyptian composer, singer and actor.

Hekayet Gharami a song withing a movie stared by Magda an Egyptian Star Acress of the late 50, 60, 70 until…Co-stared Farid El Atrash the singer of this song.

Music from Oman – DJ AA

DJ AA startet DJing in clubs in Boston about 7 years ago. Listen to his great mix of “Small Bumps” by Ed Sheeran & Chromatics:

Music from Iran – Dariush

Dariush Eghbali, born in 1952, is known as the greatest Iranian pop singers of all time. Listen to his wonderful voice in his great song “Donyaye In Roozaye Man”:

Thanks orientaldrumming for this nice one!

Music from Korea – Jimi Hendrix vs Gayageum – Voodoo Chile

The gayageum or kayagum is a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument, with 12 strings, although more recently variants have been constructed with 21 or other numbers of strings. It is probably the best known traditional Korean musical instrument

Music from Iran – Googoosh

Googoosh, born in 1951, is a female pop singer from Tehran, also known as Faegheh Atashin. Listen to her nice piece “Baghe Bi Bargi”:

Thanks for this nice suggestion, Orientaldrumming!

Music from Turkey – Feridun Düzağaç

Feridun Düzağaç, born in 1968 in Adana, is a turkish rock musician. His music is very melancholic and pessimistic, really as my friend Emre, who sent this song to me. Listen to his damn good piece “Beni Unutma”: