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Wednesday 19 March 2014

The Sounds Of Sardinia

I was back in Paris briefly earlier in the week. It was a bit of a disappointing trip music-wise. Two of my favourite haunts - Crocodisc by the Sorbonne and the shop specialising in the music of the French-speaking Caribbean near Gare du Nord - were both closed, and I did not have time to get up to the African record shops round Chateau Rouge.

I did, however, discover a shop with a pleasingly eclectic international selection near Place de la Contrescarpe. There I picked up "Raighinas" by Marina Pittau, the finest - OK, the only - example of Sardinian folk music I have ever heard. Listen for yourselves. I am sure you will appreciate in particular the fine work on what we politely call these days the jaw harp on "Ballu Sardu".

"Goccius De Santa Luxia" - Marina Pittau

"Ballu Sardu" - Marina Pittau

How about a bit of Sardinian reggae to round things off?


  1. Really enjoying the prison-themed songs. Top-tastic!

  2. I should also add that Mudgrass is really quite clever