Shawn Wasabi is a 20 year old producer from Salinas, CA. His background in classical piano has helped him gain an enviable Internet reputation as one of the hottest young controllerists around. (read more)

Writing these posts for Oido Del Mundo is as much a journey of discovery for me as I hope it is for you guys. A song will piqué my interest and I’ll trawl the web for information on the artist, hoping to create an overview of their career. Sometimes though, finding enough information is impossible. […]

Susumu Hirasawa is a Japanese composer and singer with his own unique style of symphonic electro pop. Active since the 1970s, Hirasawa was the founder of the experimental rock band P-MODEL, and has since offered up solo work of astonishing weirdness and beauty, all recorded, since 2001, in a studio run on solar energy. Hirasawa […]

Dara Puspita (Flower Girls) were an all-girl rock group from Indonesia, whose career spanned from the mid 1960s to the early 1970s. Formed in Surabaya in East Java in 1964, the girls were heavily influenced by the sounds of the British Invasion, as well as American garage rock. When they relocated to Jakarta in 1965, […]

If You’re a Viper is a song from the ’30s, full of references to the jazz scene’s favourite herb.   I first came across the song in Nathaniel West’s 1939 novel, The Day of the Locust, a savagely surreal look at the bottom feeders of Depression-era Hollywood. One of the book’s main characters is Faye […]

Just when it seemed Quentin Tarantino was safe on his throne as king of the American soundtrack, along came Wes Anderson and his Euro-Art sensibilities and knocked him clean off. From B-sides to Bollywood, Bowie to Britten, Wes Anderson’s soundtracks are as exquisitely crafted as the films themselves. ABCKO Records are set to release a […]

Shirley Ellis (1929-2005) was a vocalist and composer from the Bronx. She’s sometimes described as a novelty singer, though she was so much more than that. Her songs have stood the test of time, sounding just as fresh today as they did in the ’60s. Here’s three of her best-loved singles, offering a brief overview […]

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) was a composer of immense popularity, both in his lifetime and beyond. He is to Norwegian’s what Shakespeare is to the English, a favourite son and national treasure. Greig wrote a lot of great music – shorter pieces inspired by the rhythm and harmony of Norwegian folk dances – longer pieces in […]

Elizabeth Cotten was a heroine for the folk set of the early ’60s, an encyclopedia of folk standards and a real live link to the tunes they adored. Her own songs are now an established part of the repertoire, but for a quirk of fate, they might never have been known at all. Born in […]

In the late 60s/early 70s, the kings of out-rock in South America were a Peruvian band called Traffic Sound. For four years they brought acid rock to the masses, and their records are now highly prized by collectors of psychedelia around the world. Like many bands, Traffic Sound was created out of the dissolution of […]

Johnny Thunders, ne’er-do-well plank man for protoglam punksters (or protopunk glamsters) The New York Dolls, set the sneering template for the generation of snotty guitarists to come.  His sound was explosive. It wasn’t art. It was 50’s and 60’s R& B drunk at a party, a pocket full of pills and track marks on its […]

The Palladium days of the 50s and early 60s were the high point of Latin music in America, a golden age of Cuban rhythms and all night parties, of legendary Mambo Kings and  pin-up soneros. But in the late 60s, the glamorous band leaders were  replaced by a  gang of Puerto Rican kids coming from […]

Soul Makossa, a 1973 song by the Cameroonian multi-instrumentalist, Manu Dibango, is one of the few singles to break out of the world music ghetto and really play a part in shaping Western popular music. It helped to give birth to disco in New York, and provided Michael Jackson with a vocal hook for one […]

  Last year the Guinness Books of World Records recognised Asha Bhosle as being the most recorded artist in music history, having sung on over 11,00 records during a career spanning six decades. Although Asha recorded a variety of material, from Indian classical music to pop, she is best known as a playback singer for […]

Hello, and welcome to another journey into the musical wilderness. This week I’ve put together a trio of videos from American female singers from the 50s and 60s. First up is Wanda Jackson, the raucous “Queen of Rockabilly.” Wanda started her career as a country singer, but acting on the suggestion of none other than […]

Kevin Baker

The roots of Cuban popular music stretch across oceans and continents, giving rise to an overwhelming variety of styles. Mambo, to give just one example, is a European court dance integrating with African folk rhythms and American jazz; styles brought to Cuba by French colonialists, plantation slaves, and the mob, respectively. In this climate of […]

To listeners in the West, Ali Farka Toure is probably the most recognisable African guitarist there’s ever been. His collaborations with Ry Cooder and Toumani Diabaté earned him two Grammy awards, and he’s been internationally recognized as the Guitar God he undoubtedly was. The song below serves as a brilliant introduction to his style. Like […]

The tropical punch has been spiked with acid rock. You are now in Mutant territory. Songs flutter from icy bossa nova to Beatles baroque with the twitch of a conductor’s baton. The vocals are floating eight miles over head, smooth and dark, male and female. This is pop music at its strangest and most sensual. […]