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Spinning the Globe: Music

written by: silverqueen
Jim Farber wrote an article for Conde Nast Traveler called "Around the World in 50 Songs". He wrote, "A few familiar, seductive notes and we itch to dance like Zorba, to say aaah in Ipanema or to just feel all right in Jamaica". Let's see how many of these songs and the cultures the songs represent you can identify. Listen. What's that sound? A-wimoweh, a-wimoweh.

Question 1:

Solomon Linda, an African Zulu, wrote and recorded this song in 1939 that The Tokens took to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. Can you name the African lullaby and Broadway tune that begins ' A-Wimoweh, a-wimoweh?
The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Question 2:

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Paris, France is one of the most romantic cities in the world and La Vie en Rose is one of the most romantic and dramatic of French songs. Covered by many artists, La Vie en Rose was written and is the signature song of the woman called by the French, ' The Little Sparrow'.
Whose last name means sparrow in French?
Vanessa Paradis
Lily Pons
Edith Piaf

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Question 3:

In what country would you hear the tuva singing of Buddhist monks of the Dalai Lama?

Question 4:

Domenico Modugno wrote "Nel blu dipinto di blu". Dean Martin sings, "Volare, oh oh. E Contare, oh, oh. oh oh." In America we know this breezy song as ' Volare '. What does Volare mean in Italian?
To sing
To dance
To fly
To love

Question 5:

"One Love, One Heart. Let's get together and feel alright." The lyrics and music of this song brings to one's inner eye the beauty of the island of Jamaica. Yet examine closely the lyrics of ' One Love ', and you will find the concern this artist had for the poor and repressed people of Jamaica. Who is this artist that helped bring reggae music to the attention of the world?
Peter Tosh
Al Anderson
Bunny Wailer
Bob Marley

Question 6:

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Ravi Shankar brought this instrument to the world's attention during his appearance at George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh. Raga Khamaj, Ravi Shankar's most famous raga, was used in the film,' Gandhi ' What instrument does Ravi Shankar play in ' Gandhi'?

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Question 7:

The instrument is the bouzouki. The song is Kritikos Horos. What is the name of the movie that finds Anthony Quinn dancing on the beach at Stavros
Viva Zapata
Fiddler on the Roof
Zorba the Greek
Never on a Sunday

Question 8:

"Friday night and the lights are low" and on the floor "see that girl, watch the scene, diggin the Dancing Queen". Mr. Farber writes that this group is a ' virtual synonym ' for Sweden.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 9:

"Tall and tan and young and lovely" introduces "The Girl from Ipanema". One can picture the beaches of Brazil as "each one she passes goes aahhh". "The Girl from Ipanema" was an international hit and introduced the bossa nova to a world audience. However, in the lyrics of the song, what dance does the singer compare her to as she "swings so cool and sways so gentle"?

Question 10:

Now for the U.S.A. Mr. Farber writes ' razor sharp guitar riffs, driving beat and snarling vocal' makes this 1969 Steppenwolf song the ' biker rallying cry '. When I hear this song, I think of the movie ' Easy Rider ' as Captain America and Billy ride their bikes towards New Orleans and their destiny. What is the name of the song that 'listening to can make anyone feel like an outlaw'?
Evil Ways
Born to be Wild
Born in the USA
Magic Carpet Ride

Question 11:

This highway bisects the entire country. It is where Route 45 crosses this highway that blues great , Robert Johnson, sold his soul to the devil. Elvis Presley was born along this highway and Bessie Smith died on this highway. Bob Dylan wrote that on this highway you could find Georgia Sam, Mack the finger, Louie the king and the second mother with the seventh son.
What highway mentioned in the song also runs near Dylan's home town of Duluth, MN.?
Highway 61
Route 66
U.S. 1

Question 12:

"Little cable cars climb halfway to the stars" croons the singer of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco". Who is the singer most closely identified with "the city by the bay"?
Andy Williams
Tony Bennett
Dean Martin
Jim Nabors


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