Telugu music belongs to south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Like its siblings Kannada and Malayalam songs, Telugu songs also possess rich history. Ancient form of Telugu music was ‘Kalapam’ which was basically peformed through a string of songs. Another popular concept was ‘Burrakatha’, also considered as link between storytelling and music.

It was a traditional event performed for three consecutive days and involved three performers indulging in narrating, singing and acting stories taken form mythological characters or politics.Telugu film songs owe a lot to A R Rehman. He single handedly changed the music scenario by giving chances to many new singers who gradually managed to make their mark in industry and peoples’ hearts as well. Famous Telugu singers include the likes of Mano, SPB, Kousalya, Shreya Ghosa, Rajesh, Karthik, SP Charan, Tippu, Malavika, Mahalaxmi, Sunitha, Usha, Sumangali, KK, Mallikharjun, Chitra, Kalpana, Ganga, and Nithya etc. Many popular Hindi singers also sing for Telugu film industry.

Renowned music composers are; Saluri Rajeswara Rao, A. R. Rahman, Chakri, Raghavulu, Ilaiyaraaja, Koti, M. M. Keeravani, SP Kodandapani, Mani Sharma, Devi Sri Prasad, Pendyala, K. V. Mahadevan, Chakravarthy, RP Patnaik and Vidyasagar. Popular Telugu tracks are, Salaame, Akh Ladiye, Har Manzar, Kadalenum, Thiruvadi Charanam, Naan Engae, Paruvame, Ukku Ukku, Kanmaniyae Kadhal Enbathu, Arulvaayae, Vedha, Om Arunachaleswaraya Namaha etc.

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www.prd.kerala.gov.in/prd2/art/music.htm – Government of Kerala site. Learn about folk songs and music from Kerala.

telugufm.com/ – Offers Telugu Music and songs. Includes New and old Telugu Movie songs.

telugubiz.net/ – Offers a collection of Telugu songs and Movie song lyrics.

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Fijian music is along the lines of Indian, Chinese and European music. Fijian music follows the styles and structures that combine Polynesian and Melanesian music.

Fijian music has heavy use of musical instruments like guitar, ukulele and mandolin.

Several drums are also used especially during olden times when it was used for making announcements for events, wars, births, victories, deaths etc. Smaller drums are also used during dances and chants.

A musical instrument called the Derua which is nothing but the bamboo stamping tubes are beaten on mats along with rhythmic clapping which forms the basis of traditional Fijian music.

The social life of the Fijians is intertwined with the music and one of the complex forms of Fijian music is called the ‘meke’ in which the voices and the dance are combined.
Musical composition varies greatly in Fijian music. While on one hand traditional composition follows strict ritual pattern, contemporary Fijian music has been influenced from the west. The Fijian music featured on Pacific Islands Radio. It was accompanied by lali and derua, clap sticks and the hand clapping. Fujian music represents a mix of songs, spear dances and some female meke. It depicts ancient stories and folk songs.

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fijivillage.com – Tune in to Fiji’s favourite Fijian breakfast show with Maikeli Radua.T wo hours of the latest songs, music Fijian jokes, birthday calls as heard on Viti FM radio every morning from Monday to Friday.

http://fiji.union.edu/ – Learn about Cultural Fijian Music and musical bands of Fiji. These bands are comprised of all Fijians and sing primarily in Fijian. Includes some Free Music downloads.

almudo.com/Fiji-Music.htm – Fijian Songs & Music on CD and Tape
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Bulgaria is quite a small country with population of just above nine million. But despite its tiny size, it boasts of a rich musical heritage. The most famous of Bulgarian musical world is its female choral traditions.

They are well known all across the world because of their inimitable harmonies. But Bulgarian music is much more than that. Polyphonic singing, wooden kavel, wild welding music and bagpipes are other precious facets of this music.
The world came to know about Bulgarian polyphonic singing in late 1980s courtesy Le Mystères des Voixs Bulgares.

This record had several musical compositions of different artists singing stylist and profoundly set adaptation of conventional women’ songs.

Most common instruments used in Bulgarian music are; gaida, kaval and gadulka. Bulgaria is also unique in having one orchestra which has 100 bagpipe players, creating amazing sound and music. Music of this part of the world celebrates every occasion including weddings, birth and even death. One of the most popular Bulgarian singers is clarinettist Ivo Papasov.

His specialty lies in his ability of singing not only traditional wedding songs but jazz and modern music as well. He is credited to give Bulgarian music international fame.

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Bgmelody – Online music shop for licensed, legal Bulgarian music. Download & Play them – On Your Computer, On Your Portable Music Player, On any MP3 or CD Music Player. Search songs by albums, tittles or artists

kirildouhalov.net/music/music – Offers a selection of Popular, classical, folk Bulgarian music.

Bulgariancds – Shop for Bulgarian Music…includes pop, dance, classical, jazz & other types of Bulgarian Music. Online sample Music & Songs to hear.

Bulgarvoice – Bulgarian site offers Bulgarian Music library.

Music.bg/ – Another Bulgarian portal for Bulgarian Music downloads.

When Hebrew (modern day Israel) was established, two other important things were also revived; formation of a body of literature and secondly a folk-song gamut sung in Hebrew language. This music is celebrated as “shirei eretz Israel” (Songs of the Land of Israel).

Initial Hebrew songs were influenced from Slavic and Russian ballads along with European rhythms intertwined with Hebrew lyrics. Most of the old Israeli songs were created using minor keys and duple meter in acoustic arrangement coupled with guitar, piano and accordion. Israel has an eventful history which reflects in its old and new songs. The songs themes range from love, life, youth to fulfilling national duty, war and peace.
Most influential composer in independent Israel was Naomi Shemer.

He has given many classical songs which are still revered in this country. Pop and rock also got themselves assimilated in Israeli culture later on.

Singers like Arik Einstein, Ofra Haza, Chava Alberstein in the period of 60s to 90s helped in popularizing other genres like pop, rock and jazz. Other Famous Israeli singers and bands are; Chava Alberstein, Wally Brill, Yair Dalal, Essev Bar, Shlomo Bar & Habrera Hativeet, Suzy, Al-Yaman, The Idan Raichel Project, Kol Oud Tof Trio, Baldi Olier and Ido Ziv.

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mappamundi.com/songs/hebrew. – Offers Hebrew Songs From the Northern Region Songbook

totheends.com/music – Hebrew songs and melody line …Words and chords appear in the Passover Meal Music Sheets.

bibleinterp.com/articles/Music – Learn about Music and Musical Instruments in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel / Palestine by Theodore W. Burgh, Ph.D.

China has an enriching musical history that has been remarkable across the world. Chinese music is profoundly known for its pure melody and expressive tones. Generally, Chinese music is based on the five-tone or the pentatonic scale. Sometimes, the seven-tone or the heptatonic scale is also used in order to expand the previous scale.

Chinese music is defined by mathematical means which is a series of 12 frequencies popularly known as the lü-lu. From this other popular tones were derived to make the major scale which was common to the western music.

The 12 lu approximates the frequencies known in the West as F, G flat, G, E flat, and E. Some of the famous musical instruments of the olden Chinese music are the Guanzi which is the double-reed pipe, the Haidi which is a small oboe and the Suona (the Northern oboe). In the western capital of China, a free-reed mouth organ called the Sheng and a reeded transverse flute called the Di form a part of what is called the Xian drum music which is an important component of the Chinese music.

Today Chinese music can be classified into classical music, folkloric music and movie and popular music. Some of the famous Chinese artists are Liu Fang, Anna Guo, Lei Qiang, and Wu Man.

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chinese-music for children – Internet Chinese Music Archive Offers Chinese Children & other song recourses.

ups.edu/faculty/perry/chinesesongs – Resource to learn Chinese songs. Includes songs for children.

Timesofmusic.com/ – Offers collection of music lyrics & songs from around the world.

bestchinashop.com/ – Browse a collection of Chinese songs for sale.  Includes traditional & classic music

chinesemusic.net/ – Chinese Music society of North America site. Site dedicated to Chinese Songs & Music. Resources on Musical Instruments, Chinese concerts & events.

chinesecultureonline – Learn about Chinese Music & instruments. Offers Chinese Music & song CDs for sale.

One of the most vibrant forms of songs is Punjabi music. Often Punjabi songs are also taken as Bhangra songs. Bhangra form of music involves boisterous music along with energetic dance steps. Heavy beats coupled with fast tracks makes bhangra songs very very special and popular not only in India but in foreign countries as well. Bhangra is basically a dance music form of folk music. Instruments used while playing bhangra are, dholki, dhol, ektara etc. Mostly Punjabi festivals and special occasions are celebrated with bhangra. It is used even more heavily during the time of baishakhi or the harvesting period in Punjab.

Technological advancements have also helped in redefining this appealing form of music in form of fusion which is done by using several western musical instruments and lyrics.
Other forms of Punjabi folk songs are giddha, luddi, julli etc. Most of the Hindi movies also use Punjabi songs as an essential part of their music. Biggest filmy Punjabi hits are, chak de phatte, Rang de Basanti, Kawa Kawa etc.

Popular Punjabi singers are; Gurdass Mann, Hans Raj, Harbhajan Mann, Malkit Singh, Mika, Jassi, Kuldip Manak, Stereo Nation, Chamkila and last but not the least the king of bhangra Daler Mehendi.

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mindef.gov.sg – Learn about the Bhangra, considered to be one of the oldest folk dances in the world.

punjabgovt.nic.in/ – Official Government site explains the folk music of the Punjab

pcschicago.org/Punjab/musicdownloads.htm – Offers Punjabi Music audios in real audio format.

apnaradio.com/ – Listen to Punjabi Radio,  Indian Music online.

Evolution of Vietnamese Music can be credited to the Chinese and Japanese influences. Vietnamese music is an interesting mix of several other cultures including Indian, Mongolian and chamban music. But in a larger perspective, this music is most similar to Chinese music not only in terms of theory but the instruments being used as well. Vietnam also boasts of a good number of ethnic communities who have contributed heavily in the evolution of this music.
The striking similarity with Chinese musical traditions and even instruments soon gave way to introduction of Vietnam’s own rich musical diversity.

Several instruments were introduced and modified along with changed musical connotations.Country’s folk music is quite distinct because of its religious fervor and spiritual nature. Buddhist traditions were also followed in its folk music. Modern Vietnamese music has incorporated several other genres including, western pop, rock, hip-hop, R & B and western classical music. Western instruments are frequently used in modern songs.

Blending of western classical music with country’s own traditional musical sounds and instruments has resulted in producing an altogether different musical effect which is nothing but mesmerizing. Modern music artists include, Di, Ming Tuy, Pham Duy, Thanh Tung and Cao among others.

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http://www.vnstyle.vdc.com.vn/Music/Audi_Video.html – Traditional Vietnamese Theatres and Vietnamese Folk Songs.

http://worldmusicpress.com/fromrice.htm – Offers you samples to listen to Traditional Music of Vietnam.

http://www.vn-style.com/Music/ – Offers a collection of popular Vietnamese songs.

http://www.lich-mc.com/jobgov/vietnamese_news.htm – Provides listing of Vietnamese song & internet radio sites.

Turkey is a country with extremely diverse culture. Its diversity can be credited to the fact that it has been ruled by several civilizations including Byzantine Empire, Persians, and Balkans in last many centuries.

The impact of these civilizations can be seen in its ethnic and cultural variety. Turkish music truly represents assorted mix of eclectic musical genres. Turkish folk songs have glimpses of Jew, Armenian, Greek and numerous other cultures. Each and every region of the country has separate folk traditions. Turkey has a rich blend of classical and folk music.

Turkish classical music was introduced by Ottoman Empire. Also known as Saray music or royal court music, its scales and modes were termed Makam. This genre produced artists’ of great talents like, Dede Efendi, Sultan Suleyman, Bulent Ersoy, Munir Nurettin Selcuk, Baba Hamparsum, Muzeyyen Senar, Prince Cantemir, Efendi, Sultan Selim III, and Zekai Tunca. Instruments used were tanbur, oud, ney, darbuka and kanun.
Folk music always commanded a special place in the hearts of Turkish population. Also known as ‘Turku’, themes mainly comprised of rural life and related aspects. They are still played at social occasions like, weddings, funerals, gatherings and festivals. Renowned folk singers included ik Veysel and Mahsuni, Nazim Hikmet’s and Zulfu Livaneli.

Commonly used folk instruments were Zurna, darbuka, ney, kemenche and lama. Other well spread musical genres include Sufi songs, rock songs, pop, hip-hop and rap.

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http://www.mfa.gov.tr/grupc/cj/cja/cjab/music2.htm – Learn about Turkish Traditional Art Music, The Note System of Traditional Art Music,  and Turkish Musical instruments.

http://www.lesartsturcs.com/music/turkish_music.html – Browse an educational essay on the history of Turkish Music.

http://www.tulumba.com/ – A Music resource. Listen to Turkish songs, learn about music of Turkey, buy Music Cds online.

French music is like a salad as it has a mix of a variety of music styles containing a bit of Latin American, African and Asian music. It is considered the center of music in Europe. Traditional and folk French music can be found in the mountainous regions of Corsica and Auvergne where piano accordion is the main instrument that is used.

The French bagpipe and the hurdy gurdy tradition of music is still alive even though the style dates back to the seventeenth century with pioneering efforts of musicians like Bernard Blanc, Frederic Paris and Philippe Prieur. The hurdy gurdy French music style is a fusion between the piano accordion and violin.

The melody that is produced out of this fusion is simply magnificent. The Trobamuffin which is the music of the southern part of France is played by a well known reggae group called the Massilia Sound System.

France has also developed an innovative kind of music called the spectral music which has now become popular in entire Europe as well as United States. Some of the top French pop music artists are Aaron, Daniel Balavoine, Barbara, Jacques Brel, Patrick Bruel, Calogero, Francis Cabrel, Robert Charlebois, Julien Clerc, Riccardo Cocciante, Mylène Farmer, Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, Alain Souchon, Charles Trenet, Laurent Voulzy, Zazie etc.

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edutainingkids – Offers selections of French songs, music, software, and videos that will help kids learn French as a second language.

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

buyindies.com – Singing French Songs for Children

mustrad.org.uk/articles/french – The Songs of the French Sailors. the rediscovery of the French tradition

http://www.loc.gov – Louisiana French Music at the Library of congress. The project traces the development of Cajun music from its French Acadian and Anglo-Saxon roots to swamp pop and the Cajun revival; and it explores the African and Caribbean tradition, from la musique Creole to zydeco

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Thailand’s music is influenced from several musical cultures of Asia and western countries. Effect of Indian and Chinese music can be seen in indigenous Thai music. European and American musical cultures have also contributed a lot in maintaining the diversity in Thai music.

Thai musical compositions are made of seven equal notes with firm and balanced tempo. Melody is an integral part of Thailand songs accompanied by slow and fast tempo.

Musical notations of Thailand are said to be complicated. Commonly used instruments are; piano, flute, strings, percussion instruments and gongs. Classical musical instruments are piphat, khruang sai, sang, phin, krachap, pichanai, chakhe among home grown instruments. Foreign instruments which have become an integral part of Thai music are violin, piano, drums etc.

Pleng luk thung is Thai country music. Themes normally consist of stories about rural lifestyles of its citizens. Famous names in Thai music world are, Ponsri Woranut, Pumpuang Duangjan, Suraphol Sombatcharoen. Thai folk music uses rhythmic vocals and helps in producing soothing music. Folk songs have different regional interpretations. Other popular genres include, tango, jazz, rock, pop, classical western etc. current popular Thai pop singers are, Tata Young, Christina Aguilar and Asanee & Wasan.

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http://www.ethaimusic.com/ – Teaches Thai through music.

Thai music – An essay on Traditional Thai Musical Instruments, and Thai music. Listen to audio and see pictures.

http://www.thainetcity.com/Offers Thai music CD’s,  Thai DVD’s, karaoke and  Thai movie VCD’s.

Radios of Thailand online – Listening to the radio is a good way to learn Thai. Site offers Listing of Thai Radios on the Internet.