January 7, 2008

Around the World In 80 Bands

Something that I've been interested in for a little while now has been World music, either traditional or contemporary works. I've collected, over the past couple of years, a number of songs from various nations around the globe. It's fascinating to see the huge differences in styles between countries, which isn't all that surprising when you consider the huge differences in countries from around the world.
Unfortunately, most people only are really familiar with the music of two countries - the United States and the United Kingdom. This is to be somewhat expected, given that we'd be generally more familiar with music from our own home (at least for those of us in those countries). So, in an effort to help show the diversity in the music of the world, I'm going to be embarking on a regular feature over this coming year, highlighting eighty different groups from around the world from eighty different countries, Around the World in 80 Bands.
Some countries were easy to find a representative band, while a couple others took some narrowing down, and even more required a bit of research and some learning on my own part to complete the list. Some artists were born in the countries and gained fame elsewhere, or have had their career there. In some cases, there are a couple of countries that I'm more familiar with that I'll include a bonus band or two to cover the country - this won't however, add to the 80 count.

See The World - Gomez