For the past several Julys, my family has hit the road to tour the USA (with one sojourn into Canada) in our "portable cabin," a 35-foot 5th wheel trailer (sort of like this). This summer, truck problems and other obstacles have kept us mostly at home, and my brain itches to get out of town. Wanderlust has led me to this post featuring world music.
Sound Opinions episode #294 spotlighted tUnE-yArDs, which consists of just one woman performing music inspired by the Taarab music of Kenya. Not surprisingly, this tUnE-yArDs song reminded me of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, whose recently released song "Pardon" I've been hearing this summer.
This March 2011 piece from the LA Times features a vintage video from the West African group along with an mp3 recording of "Pardon."
Just to cover a couple other continents, links to in-studio performances from
89.3 The Current follow:
Here, Sweden's Peter Bjorn & John perform (and are interviewed) in 2009
... and on this page, click "Listen" to hear an interview and a couple songs from Argentinian performer Juana Molina. (Don't give up on her first song; give it 20 seconds or so to get to the soothingly melodic music.)
Enjoy! And comment with more world music suggestions if you'd like.