Music from Mexico – Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela is the second studio album by Mexican musical duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. It was first released in Ireland on February 17, 2006, where it debuted at #1 on the Irish Albums Chart. The album included covers of Led Zeppelin’s”Stairway to Heaven” and Metallica’s “Orion”, two artists whom the duo say influenced their music.

The song “Tamacun ” has been also part of the Soundtrack of the Pilot of “Breaking Bad ” Season 1

Music from South Africa – Trevor Johnes

Trevor Johnes, born in 1949, is a South African film score composer. Listen to his soundtrack of “The last of the Mohicans”:

Music from Sweden – Black Ingvars

Black Ingvars is a swedish fun metal band, formed in 1995. Listen to their nice piece “Här Kommer Pippi Långstrump”, as a version of the Pippi Longstocking title song:

Music from the UK – Adele

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, born in 1988, is a british soul and pop musician. Although her young age, she already won many (Grammy) Awards, and was certified platinum four times in the UK, and she’s really a great singer! Listen to the soundtrack of James Bond “Skyfall”:

Movie from South Africa – The Gods Must Be Crazy

Don’t know anything about the South African comedy ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy’, but its soundtrack is great! Listen to “Music of the Gods” by John Boshoff, as the first title of the playlist:

Music from Middle-earth – Thorin and the Dwarves

I just came back from watching “The Hobbit” and I really liked the dwarves’ song… So here it is! It’s a pretty long edit, but the song is amazing and I could listen to it even longer. ;)

The song is called “Misty Mountains (Cold)” and was composed by Howard Shore, written by J. R. R. Tolkien, and is sung by Thorin and the dwarves in the film.

And here is “May it be” by Enya. I thought this shouldn’t miss when writing about the Lord of the Rings. :)

Music from Brasil – Ary Barroso

Aquarela do Brasil (Watercolor of Brazil), known in the English-speaking world simply as “Brazil“, is one of the most famous Brazilian songs of all time, written by Ary Barroso in 1939.

The story behind : Ary Barroso wrote “Aquarela do Brasil” in early 1939, when he was prevented from leaving his home one night due to a heavy storm. Its title, a reference to watercolor painting, is a clear reference to the rain. He also wrote “Três Lágrimas” (Three teardrops) on that same night, before the rain ended.

The song was featured prominently in the 1985 Terry Gilliam film Brazil, which was named after it. It was recorded by Geoff Muldaur in the soundtrack, i love both film and soundtrack , really awesome .

the original song became famous , featuring it in the 1942 Disney cartoon , it has been the first  song from brasil which was played over a million times in US radio.

and this is one of the oldest original versions with Francisco Alves , recorded 1939.

 

 

Music from France/Germany – Yann Tiersen & KlangKuenstler

Yann Tiersen, born in Brest in 1970, is a French film music composer best known for his soundtrack to “Amelie”. And Michael Korb alias KlangKuenstler is a bavarian electronic music producer.

Listen to the original “Amelie soundtrack”:

And the “Elektronische Welt der Amelie”, in english the “Amelie’s electronic world”: