Music from the German Democratic Republic – Herbst

A year before the two german countries reunited , the band Herbst (autumn) asked on a gig for minute of silence for the victims of the massacre of Tiananmen Square in Beijing . After this gig they been banned for further live performances . With a trick , the band steals the tape with the soundtrack and  smuggle it to West Berlin. The track “Backschischrepublik” becomes in 1990 a hit in west germany .(Tourists give a baksheesh (tip) in Islamic countries in general  for services or favors.

Music from Uganda – Opira Morise Kato // World Music

Opira Morise Kato is a musician from Uganda singing “in Acholi-language and plays on a traditional Ugandan instrument called ‘Adungu’. He made this acoustic instrument into an electrical one.” (ugandanrecordings.com). Listen to his nice song “The Problem Won’t Allow Me To Sleep”:

Music from Japan – Kitarō // New Age

Kitarō, born in 1953, is a Japanese musician, composer and record producer from Toyohashi. He is regarded as pioneer of new age music and won the Grammy and the Golden Globe Award. Listen to his absolutely amazing piece “Silk Road”: