Around the World in a Beat

Music brings people together. Music is celebration. Music is healing. Music is self expression.
If there’s one thing that can change the vibe during self isolation it’s music. If you’re starting to get restless inside, here’s a sampling to take you on an adventure around the world. All you need to do is sit back, pour that glass of wine, close your eyes and let the music take you there.

French Cafe Music

This French Cafe music by P’tit Jules and his orchestra, called Aux Terrasses des cafes de Paris, will transport you directly to the bliss of springtime in Paris. Picture sitting outside, watching the world wake up to warmer weather in Montmartres, as artists sketch and the flowers start to bloom. Smell the rich cafe creme and the wafts of pain au chocolates coming from the boulangerie next door.

Aux terrasses des cafés de Paris · P’tit Jules et son orchestre
P’tit jules et ses piafs, no. 1 (Mono Version)

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2. Spanish Guitar

Dreaming of the rustic warmth of Spain, the epic sunsets over rocky terrains, old stone towns built hundreds of years ago, deep full bodied red wines, manchego and olives with toasted bread rubbed with garlic and tomatoes. Add in a sweet spanish guitar serenade by Francisco Tárrega and you’re there.

– Capricho árabe

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3. Budapest’s Gypsy Symphony Orchestra

Wanting something a little more colorful? Budapest’s Gypsy Symphony Orchestra can liven spring cleaning or cooking with your family. It’s fun and playful, just like the city on the Danube.
Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra Cigánytűz 2008

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4. Chicago Blues

Chicago Blues are some of our favorites. Nights at Kingston Mines with Barbeque and live blues create the perfect playlist to create the best US road trip memories. Pour a cold one and let your spirit move to the musical medicine of Joanna Connor.

Joanna Connor
JOANNA CONNOR • Magic Sam Boogie • Sellersville Theater 9/13/17

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5. Jamaican Reggae

Jamaican Reggae can make any rainy day better. Shut those blinds and shake your hips to the feel good rhythms of one of the happiest places on earth. Day dream of the beach and the clear blue waters while you sit back, relax, and enjoy some delicious jerk chicken and a cold beer, Red Stripe of course!

Latin music makes any night feel warmer, it can play in the background or help get the dance party started. Until we make it back to the all-night dance parties in Latin America, this will keep us dreaming of those magical memories.
Manu Chao

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6. African music

African music soothes the soul and the Ladysmith Black Mambazo is so good it can put you in a blissful trance. Driving through the lush fields in Africa, mesmerized by the sounds of animals in their natural habitat, the unique tastes of their flavorful dishes, and the smells of the outdoors, will always warm our hearts.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded February 1, 2016.

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7. North African Desert Blues

North African Desert Blues are so unique and soulful. This music takes us back to camel rides under the painted galaxy overhead, and the deep hypnotic quality only found in the North African Desert.

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8. Tibetan Music

Tibetan Music is meditative and healing. Perfect for winding down into sweet dreams or waking early in the morning and stretching with your wake up yoga routine.

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9. Cuban Music

The vibrant energy of Cuban Music exudes happiness and the urge to get up and dance! For a light, feel good, chair dancing delight, Buena Vista Social Club is a favorite.

Buena Vista Social Club – Chan Chan (Official Audio)

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The best travel memories we make can be associated with the colors we see, the pictures we collect, the delicious meals we share, but also through the simple nostalgia that music brings. On days where you’re looking for something to do, or a new music to jam out to, try listening to this playlist for glimpses of the world around us. From slow and soulful African music to the upbeat energy Latin music brings, we can all be transported to new destinations through this unique way of traveling around the globe.