Song Olympics

The Song Olympics is a collection of music, one song from each country on the planet. The list is the current member list of the United Nations. Although impossible to judge, each song should somehow best represent its country and I want your opinion on this, is there a better song to represent a given country. This is especially difficult as each country can have dozens of social and musical cultures, and selection of a song from one culture does not imply its superiority over any other. in some cases, I have only been able to track down 1 song from some countries, and I am still looking for songs from some countries. Your help in tracking down these songs is appreciated. Please email me at joshronsen (at) yahoo (dot) com with information and opinions, and please let me know if you want your opinions off the Opinions Page.

I am an experimental musicin living in Austin, Texas and I am interested in a wide variety of sounds and noises. -Josh Ronsen

Last Updated: 21 May 2008

country title artist(s) album/label info
Afghanistan Mahali I Aziz Herawi Master Of Afghani Lutes
Albania himarioce ? Male Chorus  
Algeria Par Cheb Mami  
Andorra      
Angola Olye Wetchitola Akapaná  
Antigua and Barbuda      
Argentina Shaman's song [Selknam] Voices of the World
Armenia Dance Melody Kalaschjan Traditional Music from Armenia
Australia      
Austria      
Azerbaijan Tello ? Azerbaijan - Women's Love & Life
Bahamas Don't Call Me Tomatoe ? ?
Bahrain Nahhami (rowing song) ?  
Bangladesh      
Barbados      
Belarus      
Belgium      
Belize Busigan - Parranda Dance Garifuna Voices of Forgotten Worlds
Benin Yaki Yaki Angelique Kidjo Oremi
Bhutan Ling Sho La Jigme Drukpa  
Bolivia Carnaval song, pujllay warns [Llamero] Voices of the World
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sastali Se Capak I Fatari ? World Library of Folk and Primitive Music V. 5
Botswana Setapa ? Traditional Songs & Dances From Africa
Brazil Ma Tom Ze  
Brunei Darussalam      
Bulgaria Krasimir Kyu ?  
Burkina Faso Fabara Badenya Les Fréres Coulibaly Seniwe
Burundi "Whispered" song, inanga ? Voices of the World
Cambodia sat tee touy (look at the owl) ? Cambodian Cassette Archive
Cameroon Esua Kotto Bass  
Canada Three throat-game songs, katajjaq [Inuit] Voices of the World
Cape Verde      
Central African Republic Eci Ameya (song for cult of twins) ?  
Chad Song and one-string fiddle Tibesti [Teda] Voices of the World
Chile Dear Friend Bob Los Mac's Pepperisms: Around the World
China Sishang Xiang Tu Chunxi  
Colombia      
Comoros Hima Nawal Putumayo presents Women of Africa
Congo, Republic of the Lusamba Nyboma  
Costa Rica      
Cτte d'Ivoire Odile Kebess  
Croatia Krcki Tanac ? World Library of Folk and Primitive Music V. 5: Yugoslavia
Cuba Se Me Fue ?  
Cyprus      
Czech Republic The Newcomer Karel Velebny & SHQ Between or beyond the Iron Curtain
Democratic People's Republic of Korea Buddhist psalmody, pompa'e ? Voices of the World - An Anthology of Vocal Expression - Techniques
Democratic Republic of the Congo      
Denmark I guds frånvaro Blå Tåget 1969-1974
Djibouti      
Dominica      
Dominican Republic      
Ecuador Women's chorus, ujaj Shuar [Jivaro] Voices of the World
Egypt Dzikra Saad Oum Kaltsoum Anthologie de la Musique Arabe, Vol 2
El Salvador      
Equatorial Guinea      
Eritrea (festival music) ?  
Estonia Flat-Foot Waltz Cätlin Jaago / Jakob Kilst Estonian Traditional Music 200
Ethiopia Mekeyershin Salawq Alemayehu Eshete Ethiopeques Vol 9
Fiji      
Finland *Kruunupyyn Katrilli JPP Devil's Polska
France Bouge De Là MC Solaar Qui Sème Le Vent Récolte Le Tempo
Gabon Le Chant du Coupeur D'okoumé Akendengue  
Gambia Fayunkunko Alhaji Bai Konte Kora Melodies from Gambia
Georgia supruli (table song) ?  
Germany      
Ghana Damba Takai ?  
Greece Kasapiko Tsomidis Nonesuch LP
Grenada Hooray, Irena Jean Glaud & Chorus Grenada, Creole and Yoruba Voices
Guatemala      
Guinea Kayra Bari Sidi Mamadi  
Guinea-Bissau Fidjus Di Guiné Foronta Manecas Costa fundo di matu
Guyana      
Haiti Cape Hatian Sen Franswa Di Prye Fo  
Honduras Song with mirliton [Miskito]  
Hungary      
Iceland Vera mátt gó›ur Rammislensk  
India Raga Kirvani L. Subramaniam  
Indonesia Ayun Anak Kutai Kalimantan Strings
Iran, Islamic Republic of Dastgah Segah Faramarz Payvar  
Iraq Awshar Muni Bashir  
Ireland jig on a jew's harp ? Voices of the World
Israel      
Italy La bottega di filosofia Ivano Fossati Lampo Viaggiatore
Jamaica      
Japan Otokomai Kyoto Nohgaku Kai  
Jordan Mihbash ?  
Kazakhstan Ayraukh D. Mykhtybaev The Secret Museum of Mankind - Central Asia Classics 1925-1948
Kenya Praise of Allah ? Voices of the World
Kiribati      
Kuwait Fouad Burban El Amaria Abdul El Fadallah  
Kyrgyzstan      
Lao People's Democratic Republic Tsnuab Nplooj Boua Xou Mua Music of the Hmong People of Laos
Latvia      
Lebanon Haneen Wa Hanaan Rabih Abou-Khalil  
Lesotho Setsepise Ngoanan Aliwal North Sesuto Choir Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol 5
Liberia      
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Saadaoudi Khamous & Bougadi  
Liechtenstein      
Lithuania Reinlender Vägilased Viljandi Folk 2002 Live
Luxembourg      
Macedonia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Dva Kola ? World Library of Folk and Primitive Music V. 5: Yugoslavia
Madagascar Curing song [Antandroy] Voices of the World
Malawi Atshakongwe Wamwe Nyasa farmworkers Africa Dances
Malaysia      
Maldives      
Mali *Gnele Issa Bagayogo  
Malta Ix Xieh U Ix Xieha Rosina Xiberres Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol 5
Marshall Islands      
Mauritania Waidalal Waidalal Khalifa Ould Eide & Dimi Mint Moorish Music From Mauritania
Mauritius      
Mexico La Visita Joaquín Bautista The Real Mexico in Music and Song
Micronesia, Federated States of      
Moldova Batuta din Budeni ? Romanian Folkmusic and Dances
Monaco      
Mongolia Tchogtchin Qural Erdeni Zuu Monastery  
Montenegro      
Morocco Second song performed by Berber street musicians Sufi Brotherhoods & Street musicians, Tarodannt Dances And Trances: Sufi Rites And Berber Music
Mozambique Xikongolotana Amoya  
Myanmar mu nohn taan nan phin sar Folk & Pop Music of Myanmar Vol. 2
Namibia Curing song, n/om tzísí [Bochiman Ju-'hoansi] Voices of the World
Nauru      
Nepal Snake Charmer Vallo Geet  
Netherlands Indianen Fragten  
New Zealand maori song ? Primitive Music Of The World (Folkways fe 4581 2 lp)
Nicaragua      
Niger Guerewol Fete (courtship song) ?  
Nigeria Gra Gra Lagbaja  
Norway Memories Of Norway Trân Quang Haï Jew's Harp Of The World
Oman      
Pakistan Maki Madni Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan  
Palau      
Panama flute music Cuna Indians primitive music of the world
Papua New Guinea Aheyalo song [Kaluli] Voices of the World
Paraguay Ritual of the origins [Tomaraho] Voices of the World
Peru Sonido Amazonico Los Mirios The Roots Of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru
Philippines      
Poland A Day in the City Wojciech Karolak Between or beyond the Iron Curtain
Portugal Canção da beira Janita Salomé Cantar a Lúa
Qatar Qum Na Dimi Mohammed Saleh  
Republic of Korea Mehwa Taryong Yi Kum Mi  
Romania Din Zori de zi si Joc Barbate ? La Tradition de Transylvanie
Russian Federation ? Mitya Busilov & Siberian Gypsies russian gypsy soul
Rwanda Rubyiruko Cecile Kayirebwa  
Saint Kitts and Nevis Bear Away, Yankee, Bear Away Boy ? Nevis & St. Kitts
Saint Lucia      
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines      
Samoa      
San Marino      
Sao Tome and Principe      
Saudi Arabia      
Senegal Tormondon Toure Kunda  
Serbia Lazaricke Obredne Pesme ? World Library of Folk and Primitive Music 5
Seychelles      
Sierra Leone Gewoh Salone Mehum Gbay S. E. Rogie  
Singapore      
Slovakia Ked Nestaci Uz Pivo Konflikt  
Slovenia Metliski Most ?  
Solomon Islands Guadalcanal Women's song, rope repertoire ? Voices of the World
Somalia Indo Ashak Waaberi  
South Africa Jesu O Tsohile Seipati  
Spain A Quien Tanto He Querido Manolo Garcia Arena en los Bolsillos
Sri Lanka Ceremonial Song Vedda primitive music of the world
Sudan Anâ Batrâki (I am under your spell) Abdel Gadir Salim Blues in Khartoum
Suriname Dasi anana keduaman keduampon ?  
Swaziland      
Sweden Jag saknar dig Gunnar Wiklund Klassiker
Switzerland      
Syrian Arab Republic Ya Albi Keef Ja Fak Youssef Harb Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol 5
Tajikistan Khar-Shabi T. Fazylova The Secret Museum of Mankind - Central Asia Classics 1925-1948
Tanzania, United Republic of Sote Tulifurahia Kama Siku Ya Arusi [Wagogo] Voices of Forgotten Worlds - Traditional Music Of Indigenous Peoples
Thailand Mai Ow Mai Ow Gawow Seungthong  
Timor-Leste      
Togo Five Proverbs (1905) Okofu (Twi Language Drummer) Wax Cylinder Recordings 1893-1954
Tonga      
Trinidad and Tobago Congo Bara Keskidee Trio  
Tunisia Mawwal 2 ? The Music of Islam Vol.8: Folkloric Music of Tunisia
Turkey Aksak Semai Kudsi & Soleyman Erguner  
Turkmenistan Yatan Borip Rustam Bairamov Songs of Turkmenistan
Tuvalu Singing game and dance song ? Voices of the World
Uganda Kasambajiro Samite  
Ukraine The Red Mountain Ash ? Songs of the Earth - Astonishing and Rare Voices
United Arab Emirates      
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland      
United States of America Ghosts Albert Ayler Love Cry (Impulse)
Uruguay      
Uzbekistan Uzbekiston Dyorim A. Mirzaeva Secret Museum of Mankind: Central Asia
Vanuatu      
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Tonada del Cabrestrero Simon Diaz El Disco de Venezuela - Vol 01
VietNam Hat Du Co Ba Thinh  
Yemen Mutawal ? Yemen - Music Of The North
Zambia Banakatekwe Stephen Tsotsi Kasumali Origins of Guitar Music in southern Congo & northern Zambia
Zimbabwe Magariro Thomas Mapfumo  
       

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