Play on

Patrick’s has been a really enjoyable challenge. It didn’t have me quaking in my boots or wracking my brains, it just forced me to make space in my day to do something I really enjoy and expanded my knowledge of different musicians and cultures. What a win.

I bought or found the majority of these on record (Oxfam charity shops have some cracking vinyl gems if you’re looking for off-the-beaten-track) but have collated as many as I could find on this spotify playlist. Here’s the full list:

  1. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Shaka Zulu (South Africa)
  2. Astor Piazzolla – The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night (Argentina)*
  3. Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares – Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares (Bulgaria)**
  4. The Dubliners – The Best of The Dubliners (Ireland)***
  5. Various – 20 Gospel Greats (USA)
  6. Michio Miyagi – Michio Miyagi’s Koto Music (Japan)
  7. Adjágas – Mun Ja Mun (Norway)
  8. Wagner (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) – The Flying Dutchman (Germany)****
  9. Clément Janequin ‎– Chansons Françaises (France)
  10. Basiani Ensemble – Georgian Polyphony Singing: Religious Songs (Georgia)*****
  11. The Watersons – For Pence and Spicy Ale (England)******
  12. Various – Samoan Songs (A Historical Collection) (Samoa)
  13. Ali Farka Touré – Ali Farka Touré Green Album (Mali)*******
  14. Noura Mint Seymali – Arbina (Mauritania)********
  15. Umm Khulthum – La Diva (Egypt)
  16. Francisco Ulloa – El Camajan (Dominican Republic)
  17. Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou – Éthiopiques vol 21 (Ethiopia)*********
  18. Hasna El Becharia ‎– Djazaïr Johara (Morocco)**********
  19. Huun-Huur-Tu – The Orphan’s Lament (Tuva)
  20. Various – Folk Songs and Sacred Music from Nepal (Nepal)
  21. Abida Parveen – Raqs-e-Bismil (Pakistan)***********
  22. Gwenan Gibbard ‎– Y Gwenith Gwynnaf (Wales)
  23. Capoeira Nagô – Capoeira Nagô vol 2 (Brazil)
  24. Steindór Andersen – Stafnbúi (Iceland)
  25. Flaco Jiménez – Buena Suerte Senorita (Mexico)
  26. Francisco Yglesia – This is Francisco Yglesia (Paraguay)
  27. Various – Java the Jasmine Isle (Java)************
  28. Davlatmand Kholov – Tadjikistan. davlatmand (Tajikistan)
  29. Dvořák (NBC Symphony Orchestra) – Symphony From The New World (Czech Republic)
  30. Various – Aai Tuzha Devul Bandhil Panch Pandavani (India)

*a really beautiful album. Smoky and atmospheric, it will make you want to tango.
**freaked out an airbnb guest.
***somehow I already know the words to every song through some kind of cultural osmosis.
****got told off for playing this too loudly at work. Sorry Michelle.
*****definitely worth a listen. These men are incredible.
******definitely not worth a listen. Don’t do it to yourself.
*******a wicked album. Ali Farka Touré is amazing.
********another awesome album. Old and new smashed together to create something great.
*********a bit of a cheat as it’s not a trad Ethiopian instrument but she’s such an awesome performer I’ve given it a pass.
**********highly recommended. What a voice.
***********#MIFvibes. I feel very honoured to have worked with her in 2013.
************Not the most engaging 45mins. Would not recommend. But shout out to learning gamelan in year 8 music class with Mrs P.

I’d honestly recommend this challenge to everyone. Take the time to indulge your ears. Thanks Paddy.


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