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Music From The Other Side of the World

Updated on December 11, 2014
Indochina, French Group formed in 1981
Indochina, French Group formed in 1981 | Source

We have a collection of music that never made it to VH1 and MTV, because they mainly were performed in a different language. However, the melody and the rhythm were enjoyable. Here are some quick examples... and hopefully you will enjoy them. Briefly, we will tell you about the songs and what they are all about. Enjoy! Some songs are really catchy, so beware!

"La Lambada" By Kaoma

The Lambada, a song from A Brazilian group named Kaoma. The original melody came from a Bolivian tune which was revamped by borrowing Brazilian Samba tunes, that are exercised through the drums. This song was actually featured on New Year's eve of 1990 (NYC). The dance was also borrowed from Honduras. You typically dance a Salsa type of move, but with the male counterpart aiming his knees between the lady's legs, right in the area that incite controversy. Certainly has a flair of tango at times when the male has to dance behind his partner. This was one of those 'one hit wonders' that we could only find in YouTube nowadays. The song is sung in Portuguese. "...Crying and lamenting for a love that now is forever gone..."

"Vamos a la Playa" by Righeira, 1983

"Let's go down the Beach! Oh, oh, Oh!" 1983, by Righeira

Stefano Rota and Stefano Righi from Torino, Italy produced this song, that mainly invites you to go down the beach, "Vamos a la playa oh, oh oh!" Funny to know that they were into euro-pop and synthesizers along with the Human League.

"El viento radiactivo despeina los cabellos." Between the lyrics of the song they add phrases of global annihilation. Translation: The radioactive wind messed up your hair!! Oh oh oh!

Trivia: They spoke Italian, but the song was written in Spanish. Yikes!


"Disco Dewanee" by Nazia Hassan, 1981

Nazia Hassan, Pakistan, 1981

Nazia Hassan, was an iconic Pakistani Pop singer. Her song "Aap JaisaKoi" from the Indian film Qurbani (1980) made her a legend and pop icon in Pakistan. Unfortunately she died in London on August 13, 2000 at the early age of 35. Disco Dewanee, was a collaboration between the singer and Biddu, and Indian born England-based producer. This song reached success globally by its catchy soft Disco post Donna Summers.

Controversy: Was banned from Pakistan by Zia-ul-Haq's regime . But the popularity grew after all. At times, people from all over cofused Nazia's nationality with Indian origins. Salute to our friends from both countries!


"Persiana Americana" Soda Stereo, 1986, Argentina

Soda Stereo, Argentina -- "American vertical blind"

"I'd rather feel you out of control.. unreachable!

I'd rather have you irreversible, almost untouchable!

Your baby doll negligee falls slowly..! I'm either a spy or a peeping tom"

Soda Stereo is a rock group from Argentina. Their main influence came from "The Cure" ( from UK ) and post-punk artists. Formed by Gustavo Cerati, Hector Bosio and Charly Alberti. This song honors Cerati vocals and his guitar.

At moments seems like the guitar is about to either shout, cry or tells you off! The drums are awesomely played by Charly Alberti. The lyrics talk about a guy who imagines his girl through an "American blinder." He peeks through it and entices the girl to the very end. "Se que te exita pensar hasta donde llegare!" I know you are as excited as me, and want to know how far I can go...!

This is Canary Bay-- Indochine, 1987

Indochine, Canary Bay, 1987

This is a song that speaks about Canary Bay and its secret inhabitants. Here is the catchy chorus that begins at 0:44 on YouTube

Cest à Canary Bay Ouh! Ouh!
Des filles qui vivaient en secret
Cest à Canary Bay Ouh! Ouh!
Des filles habitaient par milliers

This is Canary Bay, Ouh! Ouh!

where the young live in secret

This is Canary Bay, Ouh! Ouh!

Where they live by the thousands, Ouh! Ouh!

Indochina is a French new wave/ rock band, formed in 1981. The band was very successful in France in the 1980's, as well as other parts of continental Europe, Asia and South America. They sang in plain Francaise, so the most places they toured was Canada and all the French speaking countries.

Music from the World moving its people and us all

music that gave us company, even when we were broke

The songs that were never forgotten , because did touch our hearts

The melodies that defined our taste through a galactical kind of joy!

The song that I never knew about and loved the most was:

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Glimmer twin fan, we are just like you. Any drumming or acoustic sound are enough to get us moving. The songs are quite old, but the rhythm is still alive and Kicking!

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

    Well that got my toes tapping and my hips shaking! Interesting hub fun hub! I love listening to different kinds of music!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Hi Eddy! You are an amazing team player. You are regaining your status in here! Thanks!

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    Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

    What a wonderful hub my friend I am so glad I returned to your midst ;there was always somethimg missing before that.

    Here's to a lomg time to come of sharing hubs etc.


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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Ruchira, thaks to you. I knew you would remember Nazia. Unfortunately she died at 35. Unbeliebable! The argentinians have more songs that can keep us dancing for hours. Very much appreciated by the shares!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Mary from Tillson, thanks for your votes, and yeah you have missed lots of songs with a catchy beat. Well the giants networks decide what we listen to. The lucky ones were A-ha and ABBA to name just a few. Thanks for reading this humble hub.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Michelle, thanks for commenting, The song you mentioned is one of our favorites. Nice to have you with us! Thanks

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    Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

    It was nice to see this music getting highlighted although, I had listened to all the ones except for American Blind.

    Interesting hub, Joseph.

    Sharing it across!

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    Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

    Seems we agree about music...the soul of it all. What great songs these were. I obviously concentrate on American music and you show me here I am missing out on some really good music! Thank you for the write ups and the great videos.

    Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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    Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

    This is really lovely, Lord. Every culture produces it's unique brand of music, wonderful to listen to. The Lambada, of course, is always an attention grabber. Vamos A La Playa was a cool video!! Votes across, and shared.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Thanks Faith! That was a fun remark. Well is a holiday and taking a day off, but commenting in here. Have a nice one Faith!

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    Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

    Oh, lord, you know you, of all people, would have no problem finding a partner to Lambada with you! Try not to labor too much on the Labor Day weekend. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Hi Faith, we would have to creat a video with some Lambada moves, but we would need a partner... unless a broom would help for now. Yeah, music has been fed to us and have kept us going!

    @Always exploring, these music is from abroad of course. Language was a barrier, so many songs were no suitable for us. Your mom was so right! I know she is in a better place now. God bless you both!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Thanks for your visit Epi! A pleasure to read your comment! Wow! Mozart is perfect for that morning coffee.

    @Carol777, Music and love make the world a wonderful place to live. You have a great day/ night!

    @Cardisa, thanks to you as well. I know I should've included some music from Jamaica. Still laughing at your comment for Martie's interview. "not suitable for airplay?"

    @Tammy dear, yeah, even our young generations never heard of them. Thanks for commenting! Have a good one!

    @Rcrumple, Monopoly from the U.S. music industry rules who does make it into main stream. But mostly is ruled by money and profitability. Great comment. ABBA was our favorite too.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

    Aha, What would this world be without music? I thrive on music. A day without music is wasted. I learned that from my Mother who loved music, the radio was never turned off. I enjoy learning about new music and the style..You have presented some new music. I like it..Thank you for being HIP.. Fun read.. thank you..

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    Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

    Good Evening Lord - I missed this one for some reason. Boy, you are pumping them out right and left! This is very interesting as to other music and cultures. Music does have a great affect on one's moods, to either brighten your day or make you sad for sure. I am glad you had these to listen to. I could only listen to the first one, the Lambada, and I loved it, as the others on my computer said "video player too small.?"

    I am with Tammy on the Pakistani Disco - never would have thought. Do you know how to do that dance as you described - kind of like the tango? I would love to see that, if you do. You may have to do one of those "video hubs" as CloudExplorer does. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

    Extremely interesting. When I was traveling the world, ABBA was big in Europe, but had yet to cross the Atlantic to the U.S. At least the music you've provided doesn't sound as canned as what America now offers. Great job! Really enjoyed!

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Never in a million years would I imagine there was such a thing as Pakistani Disco. I learned a lot here! Fun hub!

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    Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

    I always appreciate music from different cultures especially cultures that are on the other side of the globe. One of my favorites was the Lambada.

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    carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

    This was a fun read. I always like learning new things. Thanks for sharing all this. Music is what makes people happy.

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    epigramman 5 years ago

    Well Mister Lord of Joseph as you know I am all about exploring new music - especially from other corners of the world - because traditional music is literally new music to most of us who live elsewhere - and sending you warm wishes from lake erie time 7:34am with 2nd cup of wake up coffee and J.S. Bach's Sonata for Harpsichord and Violin to start my day

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Maria Couchara, music is life and life is a living journey. The words and the time marked so many lives. Luckily I was able to understand them Lol! Great morning in NJ. Thanks dear friend. Waiting for your hub!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Jackie Lynnley, You are right. It was a latin dirty dancing. Your comments are truly appreciated. Smiling with your quick answer. Have a good one!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Morning lathing. You always put a smile in our face. Thanks for the input. There was more music around, but I think five or six were enough. Thanks!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Audrey Vocal Couch, These was a wonderful review. The songs are really catchy and were hit wonders in their time. Thanks sweetheart. Saying hi to Lisa as well!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Curiad, your presence here put a seal of correctness. No pablum music indeed. Hope you are doing better! You always leaving witty abd powerful comments!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Janine, a pleasure and happy to see you commenting. You must've been exposed to wonderful music by your background too. Have a great Sunday!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Thanks so much billybuc, music moves the world around, with words and melodies. Amazing how it changes with the country and the time. Glad you enjoyed it!!Yeah it was our second hub for the day. had to catch up with the weekly allowance Lol!

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    Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Love quirky music... This was all new to me and I am enjoying it greatly.

    Voted UP and Awesome. Hugs, Maria

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    Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Eww loved the Lambada, took me back to my dirty dancing days!

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    LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

    Interesting hub..... Good to know the background of these singers. Enjoyed reading it. Voting up and awesome!

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    Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    Very interesting to hear music I otherwise wouldn't have a chance to hear. Thank you so much Joseph. Sharing and voted up!

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    Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

    Awesome music from far away. very pleasant and in interesting.

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    Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

    Joseph, very much enjoyed a look at some music I might not ever have heard else where. Thanks for sharing and I too have voted and shared too.

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for exposing us to the rich world of music

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Very interesting Joseph! How many hubs did you do today? Seems like this is two.....anyway, great look at music I would have never heard if not for this hub! Thanks for the introduction!