Minyo Crusaders – Tanko Bushi

Minyo Crusaders revive a forgotten Japanese folk music masterpiece. Tanko Bushi is the most famous dance song performed at Japanese Bon Dance festivals (typically mid-August). Bon is a Japanese Buddhist custom celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years that honors the spirits of one’s ancestors. This custom has evolved into a family holiday where people return to ancestral family places to clean their ancestors’ graves in expectance that their spirits will revisit.

I like everything about this video. It’s traditional, it’s modern, it’s weird, it’s quirky. And I’m surprised that Minyo Crusaders’ full album, Echoes of Japan, was just nominated for a German Record Critics’ Award.

Maria Dimitriadi – Ena proino

I really love davidfromlille’s youtube channel. David is creating these wonderful music clips from trash, cult, and artouse films. There are some exceptions, but he mainly focuses on European films from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. This not only satisfies my interest in these films, but also my love for their soundtracks.

This is Ena Proino composed by Stavros Xarhakos and performed by Maria Dimitriadi. The song was featured in the Greek film Girls in the Sun (1968) and has become a classic. The film is about a Greek shepherd falling in love with a British girl. It was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film.