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Global Explorers Blog: Travel Music Buzz

Travel Music Buzz – Clandestino by Manu Chao

What is it about a genuine travel experience that keeps us coming back for more and more? Is it the education we receive from travel? Is it the fun? The adventure? Sure – those are vital components to making any travel experience a successful one. But for me it’s the FEELING that I’m addicted to. Travel awakens our senses. Travel lets us feel the pulse of a new place. It gives us a new beat to move to, both literally and figuratively.

As a student and a lover of both travel and music, one of the most exciting things I’ve learned from traveling is that there’s a whole world of music out there to discover. Music helps define cultures and speaks a universal language that connects us all.

The Global Explorers Travel Music Buzz is a place to learn about what happens globally outside of the Top 40. Hopefully, you’ll find something new that you like!

We’ll start with an absolute classic by a truly global artist whose music has become synonymous with travel and can be heard buzzing from hostels and lodges around the world... Manu Chao...

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Posted by Jordy Oleson  ·  September 3, 2010  ·  travel music buzz

Travel Music Buzz – La Revancha del Tango by Gotan Project

Tango, just a little mixed up.

In fact, the word “Gotan” is an anagram for “Tango.” If ever there were ever such a thing as a musical anagram, Gotan Project is it. Electronic aficionados, tango lovers and world music connoisseurs alike can enjoy this album for different reasons. All the elements of traditional tango are there, but mixed up and given a unique flavor that feels at home on a ballroom in Paris, in a fashion boutique in Los Angeles, on a hipster’s turntables in Brooklyn or in a coffee shop in Buenos Aires.

The sounds of Gotan Project may mix up your mood a bit as well. Does it make you want to dance? Or does it make you want to chill out?

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Posted by Jordy Oleson  ·  December 17, 2010  ·  travel music buzz

Travel Music Buzz – Shakara by Fela Kuti

Miles Davis. James Brown. John Coltrane. Fela Kuti.

The last name may not enter many of our minds when listing influential jazz musicians. But Fela Kuti’s influence on jazz and funk is undeniable, and his name is one that we should all be familiar with.

His political views may have been controversial at times, but Kuti’s grooves are always hypnotic and irresistible. Shakara is typical of this dynamic between the multi-instrumentalist’s eclectic personality and musical genius. There are only two tracks on the album, and they are pure Fela Kuti.

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Posted by Jordy Oleson  ·  December 21, 2010  ·  travel music buzz