For most part of its existence, Hungry has remained a communist state and that so dominantly reflects in its folk music. Hungarian folk music is an integral part of its national character. Hungary is credited to contribute heavily in the areas of folk, classical and popular music.

Hungarian music is still dominated by its folk songs which have kept on thriving courtesy its abundance of natural talents.

The effect can also be seen in Hungary’s neighboring countries such as Slovakia, Romania, Poland and most specifically in Transylvania region.

Glimpses of Hungarian music can also be felt in Szabolcs-Szatmar region and in the southwest part of Transdanubia, near Croatia. Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly are country’s most famous folk singers.

Hungarian classical music is also quite rich in diversity and quality and to some extent it has been influenced by European music. Other popular genres include jazz, rock and piano. Renowned composers are; trumpeter Rudolf Tomsits, Karoly Binder and Illes, Metro and Omega.

Famous Hungarian songs are; “Budapest 3” by Tamas Cseh, “Mienk itt a ter”, Ha en rozsa volnek” (If I Were a Rose) by Zsuzsa Koncz (This Is Our Place) LGT, “Kobanya Blues” by Hobo Blues Band, Mondd meg, hogy imadom a pesti noket” (Tell Her I Adore the Women of Pest) by Jozsef Simandy etc.

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hungary.org/~hipcat/music – Provides a list of Hungarian Music & Radio on the Internet….Hungarian Radio Stations online Listen Live!

http://www.cserkeszek.org/music_nepdal.html – A nice collection of Hungarian folk songs which you can listen in real audio.

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Bosnia is a Balkan country with strife-ridden past. Many ethnic communities reside in bosnia and that explains its diverse musical culture.

One can find traces of Serbian, Greek, Croatian, ethnic Bosnian, Turkish music in popular Bosnian songs. European music has also influenced native Bosnian music in a big way.

The most popular form of music in Bosnia is Sevdalinka. More of a folk song, sevdalinkas are emotional in nature. It’s a mixture of Bosnian and Turkish music. The themes include, love, sad love, melancholy, separation, death etc.

Instruments used in sevdalinkas are Saz, snare drums, guitars, violins, upright bass and clarinets. Popular old sevdalinka singers are; Emina Ahmedhodzic, Muhamed Mesanovic-Hamic, Kadir Kurtagic and Hasim Muharemovic. Modern day singers are; Himzo Polovina, Safet Isovic, Hanka Paldum, Zaim Imamovic and all of them are hugely popular.

Original ethnic communities of Bosnia have kept alive the tradition of rural folk music. Instruments used in Bosnian folk music are; droneless bagpipe, polyphonic ganga, sargija, ravne jesme, wodden flute etc.

Other popular genres include Rock music and recent entry hip-hop. Rock music has a large fan following in Bosnia since many decades. Famous rock bands include, Indexi, Divlje jagode, Bijelo dugme, Crvena jabuka, Plavi orkestar, Hari Mata Hari and Zabranjeno pusenje.

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Instruments of Music – An essay about Bosnian Traditional Music Instruments.

Bosnian folk songs Bosnian Folk Songs Written by F. J. Allen

Bosnia-Music Browse a collection of Bosnian Songs & Music on CD and Tape Recordings of Folk, Traditional and Ethnic music

www.hr/tuzla/muzika/index.html – Offers Downloadable Bosnian music, Real Audio files online.

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Sweden has a strong presence in the western musical world. Numerous artists have made their mark in varied genres like jazz, folk, classical and rock. Swedish artists are seen as national pride. Swedish government has also been very helpful towards the music industry by sponsoring and promoting number of concerts and recordings both on national and international levels. Swedish folk is at the forefront of Nordic traditional music revival movement. Folk songs have again started to gain popularity across the country and Nordic region. Groups like, Groupa, Susanne Rosenberg, Hedningarna, Vasen and Garmarna have contributed significantly in the revival of folk music. Basic Swedish folk rhythm is called ‘Polska’.

Sweden also has a taste for jazz and classical operas world. Singers in these genres have kept enthralling the world with irregular frequency. Louis Armstrong, Rolf Ericson, Ake “Stan” Hasselgard, Lars Gullin, Koop, Jenny Lind and Birgit Nilsson are few top names in these genres.

Commonly used instrument are fiddle (fiol), accordeon (dragspel), clarinet etc. One instrument unique to Swedish music is nyckelharpa (key fiddle). It’s more like a hurdy-gurdy played with a bow. It has got immensely popular in last few decades. There is another traditional instrument called spelpipa or spilapipa. It is a whistler and frequently used in Swedish music.

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http://home.pcisys.net/~don_erickson/swede.htm – Offers a collection of Music and Swedish Folk Songs in a MIDI format.

http://www.linda.20megsfree.com/swemusic.htm – Swedish artists and Musical bands resources.

norbeck.nu/abc/ – Provides a Free resource for Scandinavian Tunes, mostly Swedish.

runeedvardsen.com/festival.htm – Scandinavian Music Festival Pages.

musicaviva.com/ – Internet center for free sheet music downloads

Burmese music is considered to be very different from other musical heritage. Burmese music is influenced by that of Indian, Chinese and Thai music. Since long, Burma or Myanmar has remained a closed country so there are few not so clear facts about its music.

Yet, to its credit, Burmese music has unique musical tunes and instruments. Traditional musical instruments of Burma are categorized under different heads.

Instruments are made of different materials like metal, string, leather, wind instruments etc. Usual instruments are, Kyey, Kyo, Thaye, Lei, Let Khoke and Patala.
Most of these musical instruments have been developed by original ethnic groups. Myanmar music has remained unaffected from the influence of western music.

The music is said to be sans any harmony. Burmese music has more of musical timing which is quite suitable for melodious songs. Burmese songs are generally in 4/4 time (na-yi-se) or 2/4 (wa-let-se) or 8/16 (wa-let-a-myan) format.

It’s more of a multileveled hierarchical system. Most famous names in Burmese musical world are; Mar Mar Aye, Bo Sein and legendary Tonte Theintan. Current favorites include; Sai Sai, Shwe Htike, Khin Phone, and No among others. New genres like pop, rock, hip-hop are slowly gaining popularity.

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myanmar New songs & music – reviews & information about new Burmese Songs including cultural music.

almudo.com/Myanmar-Music – Offers  shopping for Burmese Songs & Music on CD and tapes, Recordings of Folk, Traditional and Ethnic music.

shweba.com/music/ – Resource for Burmese songs, Music downloads, & lyrics.

dvb.no/songs – Browse a collection of assorted songs from Burma. Includes freedom songs.

Hawaii is an island known for its wonderful beaches, tropical flowers, soft breeze, humungous view of Pacific Ocean and eclectic music. Hawaiian music is as beautiful as the place itself.

The music of Hawaii is a wonderful assortment of traditional and popular styles. Every genre of music is popular here because of large influx of tourists. Hawaiian folk music, modern rock and hip-hop are all integral parts of this place. To its credit, Hawaii has also contributed in the musical world of none other than America.

Once can notice usage of special Hawaiian tinged music in numerous Hollywood movies. Hawaii is also credited to introduce steel guitar to the world. Steel guitar plays a major part in country music.

Hawaiian folk music is renowned for its traditional feel. It’s basically religious in nature that also involves dance and chanting music.

The most famous music in Hawaii is slack-key guitar style. This style produces a magical rhythmic effect and one is bound to move to this fascinating music. Charles Philip Pahinui, also known as Gabby is considered as one of Hawaii’s musical icons and most proficient at playing slack-key guitar.

Recently popular songs are ”Kawaipunahele” by Keali’I Reichel, ”Pua ‘Ahihi” by The Kahauana Lake Trio, ‘Alika” by Genoa Keawe, ”Kumulipo/E Pua Ana Ka Makani” by Makana Sons of Ni’ihau, ”Kawika” by The Sunday Manoa and ”Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai” by Edith Kanaka ‘ole amongst several other hits.

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50states.com/songs/hawaii.htm – Read the official song of the state of Hawaii.

hawaii.edu/uhmmusic/ – Homepage of the Music Department College of Arts & Humanities, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Learn about the courses offered

hawaii kids – Kids Hawaii music Fun resource :Musical fun and learning for the home and classroom, featuring rare animals, playful puppets, beautiful scenery of the Islands and words on screen to eight great songs!

maikaihawaii.com/hawaiian_music_islands_alohaCollection of World Renowned Hawaii Recording Artists in Music Cds

Portuguese music though slightly overlooked compared to its European cousins yet symbolizes great European music culture. At the center of vivacious Portuguese music is ‘Fado’. Portugal has many folk traditions and styles but Fado is at the core of its musical diversity. Fado is typically Portuguese style of music which symbolizes feelings of melancholy, sadness, longing ness, sea, poor, loneliness and daily trials and tribulations of life. The depth of Fado can be gauged from the fact that it has been incorporated in every style of music like, electronic folk, contemporary pop, plain acoustic guitar accompaniment, complete symphony orchestra and many more.

Famous portugese singers and artists include; Amalia Rodrigues, Carlos Paredes, Maria Da Fe, Jose Afonso, Dulce Pontes, Realejo, Lenita Gentil and Grupo Cantadores Do Redondo.

Most regularly used instruments are bagpipes, bomba and caixa drums. All time favorites’ Portuguese songs are; Saudades De Coimbra – Jose Afonso, Verdes Sao Os Campos – Teresa Silva Carvalho, Despertar – Carlos Paredes, O Rapaz Do Casaquito – Terra A Terra, Fado Da Sina – Dulce Pontes, Contra-Danca I – Vai De Roda, Cancao Do Gaiteiro/Danca Do Gaiteiro/Marcha Dos Folioes/Murinheira – Realejo, Ai, Mouraria – Amalia Rodrigues, Decadas – V Imperio, Fado Em Cinco Estilos – Maria Teresa De Noronha, Sou Um Fado Desta Idade – Lenita Gentil, Barquinha Do Mar – Lendas & Mitos, Avenidas – Anabela, A Alma Do Ganhao – Manuel De Almeida, Quem O Fado Calunia – Maria Da Fe etc.

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wedalert.com/songs/ethnic/portuguese.asp – Offers Wedding Songs, Ethnic, Portuguese music Cds.

spainforvisitors.com/sections/music.htm – Learn about Portugal musical culture.

portcult.com/ – Learn about Fado, the traditional song of Portugal.

Swahili music is a popular form of music in large parts of Africa. It’s a mix of Indian, African and Arabic music. It is also known as ‘Tarabu’ and is based on island of Zanzibar. Zanzibar is the former capital of Swahili kingdom. This form of music is widely used in Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi. What makes these songs appealing is varied use of different eclectic instruments. Instruments mainly used are drums of Indian and African regions combined with various stringed instruments. The slow rhythm produced is syncopated and relaxing. Most of the Swahili songs can be heard playing at social functions like weddings and other entertainment get-togethers. Tarabu also uses Arab choral assortment.

Other popular forms of music besides Swahili in this region are benga, soul, hip-hop, soukous, reggae, funk, rock & roll and euro pop. Renowned Swahili bands and singers include, Simba Wanyika Band, Maroon Commandos, Nairobi Matata, Maroon Commandos, Nairobi Matata, Bi Kidude, Ndala Kasheba, Remmy Ongala, Culture Musical Club, Bongo Flava, Saki Stars and X Plastaz. Famous sawahili songs are Hijazi Bashraf, Pemba Ina Siri, Mahaba, Jamani, Yananiatile, Abana Ba Nasery, Achien’g Abura, Asembo Piny Maber, Gidigidi Majimaji. These songs have been composed using oud, arab guitar, three violas, mandolin, cello, two udi lutes, dambak drum, earthernware drum, tambourine, kayamba rattle etc.

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swahilionline.com/culture/music/music – Biographies and a listing of various Swahili music recordings are available, lyrics for various african songs, Music Cds & more.

guaranteedswahili.com/musicG – Offers Swahili Music Cds samples. All files are MP3 format.

http://www.yale.edu/swahili/ – Internet Living Swahili Dictionary is a collaborative work by people all over the world.

A small country in size but rich enough in cultural values, Croatia is known for its folklore music tradition. Polyphonic choral tradition is the most fascinating aspect of Croatian music. The choral tradition of Croatia has always been very popular amongst the masses as well as classes.

Most renowned Croatian folkloric ensemble is Lado which has managed to survive every negative external factors and people still flock to get its records.

Croatian folk music tradition has given many other gems to the musical world. Gems include tumburica and tamburica bands. Tamburica is the national instrument of Croatia and it resembles lute. This instrument can be found playing in folk, ballads to dance numbers. Most famous tamburica playing band is Zagreb-based band Ex-Pannonia.

Other forms of music are also popular in Croatia. Pop songs have their own huge fan following and few of the famous pop singers are; Arsen Dedic, Zdenka Vuckovic, Meri Cetinic, Miso Kovac, Vice Vukov, Milan Bacic, Ivo Robic, Darko Domjan, Gabi Novak, Ivica Šerfezi, Tereza Kesovija, Oliver Dragojevi etc.

Apart from pop, rock music is also prevalent in Croatian musical scenario. Renowned rock bands of crotia are; Parni Valjak, Atomsko Skloniste, Prljavo Kazaliste and Crvena Jabuka amongst others.

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Croatian Songs handbook – Offers song book for sale of over 300 Popular Croatian songs.

Timesofmusic.com – music lyrics & songs from around the world.

www.hr/darko/etf/bozic – Learn about Croatian Christmas folk songs.

croatia Music Resource – Links to Popular Music resources.

hr/wwwhr/arts/music/ – Useful resource for Music from Croatia.

Pashto afghan music belongs to Afghanistan, a country with substantial regional diversity. Several ethnic groups exist in Afghanistan. Chief among them are, Persian, Pashto, and Turkish. The country’s past ensured that it was bereft of influence of western technology and music.

Its own indigenous music is very lively with mostly diatonic scales sans any microtones. Harmony factor along with polyphony is missing in the music.
Afghan music is mainly composed of songs and a small but considerable gamut of instrumental music. Persian poetry has greatly influenced Pashto music culture. Pashto music has its own rich history. Music of Afghanistan primarily consists of themes like eternal love (like Laila and Majnoon) and other emotional and historical events. However, current events are not really mentioned in its music.

Rubab is national instrument. It’s a short-necked plucked lute with compassionate strings. Other usual instruments are, Long-necked lutes such as dutar, tanbur, dambura, and bowed lutes like sarinda and ghaichak. There are two other instruments which are used only in Afghanistan, tanbur and 14-stringed Herati dutar.
Renowned regional singers are Meri Maftun, Salaam Logari, and Rahim Takhori. Ghazals are also quite popular form of music in this region. Most liked songs are; Ra jeg ka plaow, Tora jaan, Bya gad sho ba maidan, Dera stari yuma, Sabza ba naaz Ajab, Allah dilam Aziz etc.

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music of Afghan  – From US department of state : Listen to audio clip of Afghan musicians in refugee camps in Pakistan play an Afghan folk melody traditionally played by women at wedddings in Kabul and surrounding areas.

afghanan.net/music/  Provides a collection of Afghan Music and MP3s.

Afghan songs – Offers some Afghan songs in real audio format.

afghanonline.com/music/ – Offers songs of popular Afghan singers for your leisure. Includes new Afghan MP3 songs.

The largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia has more than 17,500 islands. The diversity is such that almost 300 ethnic groups reside in 6000 of those islands. Various cultures co-exist together in this fascinating land.

Diverse religions, multiple languages, different historical and technological backgrounds make it almost impossible to have a generalized description of Indonesian music.
The most widespread music in Indonesia is Islamic music, primarily because of its 88 percent Muslim population.

Other than Islamic music, different musical combination of other major religions like, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism can also be heard in places like Java, Bali and Sumatra The influence of European music can be seen in Indonesian music.

Numerous popular songs and Christian church rhymes have followed European musical concepts. Combination of European music and Indonesian local music can also be found in genres like Kroncong.
Most common musical instruments in this archipelago are flutes, gongs, lutes and percussion instruments. Musical ensembles are a mix of gong-chimes, traditional gongs and drums.

The vocal songs of Indonesia are a delectable mix of love songs and courting, children’s songs, historical narratives and devotional music subject to particular Island of the country. Famous singers and bands are; Debui, Nyoman Jayus’ Bamboo Ensemble, Marsada, SambaSunda, Rhoma Irama, Krakatau, Northern Sumatra – Partopi Tao Group, Elvy Sukaesih and Sabah Habas Mustapha to name a few.

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indonesian music – Provides Indonesian books, music cds, and vcds.It is the World’s Largest Indonesian Music Store. One can shop Indonesian music and take advantage of the special offers.
online rock.com/– Indonesian music  cds, sell cds,buy music, buy equipment, buy videos and books, review cds. It also offers indonesian rock band music  cds.