World Cup of Music G

Music of Countries in Group G

Review of Matches Monday June 14

So two of the traditional favourites, Italy and Holland, played yesterday and both had tricky matches. Holland were up against a well-organised and hard-working Danish side but, after a helpful own goal, showed some class with Sneijder playing the best pass of the tournament so far to put through Elia; Kuyt following up to score and Elia showing that the Dutch have no need to rush Robben back. Like Germany, Holland looked a good side, but with more room for improvement. Being well-organised and hard-working Japan forced a win off Cameroon, for whom Paul Le Guen revealed himself as a Daft Coach just like Domenech, by playing his one world-class striker Eto’o as a winger. Le Guen has Cameroon well-disciplined and following the kind of instructions that will get them eliminated. Japan attacked without the directness of South Korea but were better organised with Nakazawa immense in defence. I expected Italy v Paraguay to be a draw as Paraguay had beaten Argentina and Brasil in qualifying and Italy aren’t as strong as 2006. Despite keeping their best strikers on the bench Paraguay well organised 4-4-2 proved hard to break-down until yet another goal-keeping error gifted them an equalizer, after which they looked good. At the moment the Jabulani ball looks like a missile designed by a scientist with no understanding of the tactile nature of football; too round, too bouncy and too much like a projectile. Goalies cant judge the bounce and free-kicks go into Row Z.

Group F; New Zealand v Slovakia June 15

New Zealand; have a mixed musical tradition that is both modern and Maori, its geographic isolation. I’ve been aware of it since the Easybeats in the 60s when the Beatles-driven British Invasion kicked in and prompted the development of a popular music industry in New Zealand. There is the typically broad range of music covering traditional, classical and popular styles available you expect from modern economies and is well covered by the Centre for New Zealand Music SOUNZ. Creatively driven by New Zealander Neil Finn, who with his brother Tim was awarded the OBE for services to New Zealand music, the classic Antipodean group Crowded House are globally successful. New single Saturday Sun is happy enough to see their fans through the heartache of this World Cup experience; Saturday Sun

Slovakia; has a typical Mitteleuropa musical tradition originating in Slovak folk-music then, under the Austro-Hungarian Empire, embracing more Romantic traditions. Historically liturgical song developed in Great Moravia, evolving into Plainsong before, in Slovakian cities including BratislavaBardejovLevoča and Kežmarok, German and Italian music became the primary influences. In the nineteenth century Moravian folk music influenced the work of Bella a contemporary of Dvořák. A key instrument in modern Slovakian folk is the fujara, identified by UNESCO as a masterpiece of our intangible global oral heritage. Whisper it then, here is the magical fujara;

Group G; Features unpopular favourites Brasil, North Korea, Cote d’Ivoire and Portugal and is this World Cup’s “Group of Death,” with three potential winners in it, Brasil ranked first and Portugal third in the world. Cote d’Ivoire with Dunga at his best are expected to be the most successful African team and come up against Ronaldo’s Portugal, third last time. As well as the Portuguese speaking clash of winkers delight Portugal v Brasil we also have the first re-run of possibly the most exciting match ever in the World Cup North Korea v Portugal. Unfancied North Korea had knocked out Italy 1-0 in 1966 and after 30 minutes lead Portugal 3-0 in the Quarter-Final. Then Golden Boot winner Eusebio scored 4 goals to enable Portugal to win 5-3. Fancy some of that then? Não piscar ou você vai perdê-la! Brasil and the winner of todays match between Cote d’Ivoire & Portugal to go through.

Cote d’Ivoire v Portugal June 15

Cote d’Ivoire; another West African musical culture that we draw on globally. Polyphony and Polyrhythms dominate amongst the sixty folk styles of the country. The modern music scene is susceptible to Congolese and other influences but tends to revitalise during political troubles, as with Coupé-Décalé after 2002. Reggae artist Alpha Blondy is probably their most successful international artist but here is DJ Kedjevara in the Coupé-Décalé style with tchoukou tchoukou

Portugal; has a powerful musical culture based on the penetrating sadness of Fado, but has a long history that goes back to Roman times. Strongly influenced by Catholicism Portuguese music developed differently to Spain since independence in 1153 and the establishment of formal music education in 1323. A classical music tradition centred in University town Coimbra developed with a great composers and musicians, especially on the organ, emerging from that. Fado started in Lisbon as the music of the urban poor, related to Portugal’s powerful seafaring tradition, played on the Portuguese guitar. In recent years new artists have popularised and evolved Fado, this is one of them, Mariza with Rosa Branco

Brasil v North Korea June 15

Brasil; have my favourite musical culture in the whole world, so difficult to simplify and capture its strong regional variations. Key cities are Salvador, where Olodum are located, Rio, with its Carioca lifestyle and Carnival-related Samba Schools, and urban, European Sao Paulo, where club culture drives new musical developments. Brasiliantv is a great video blog on Brasilian music. This is a Sao Paulo Confessions video from Suba, a producer whose electronics influenced the breakthrough of new artists like Cibelle and Bebel Gilberto, with the happiness of Felicidade; Oh it’s been disabled! No problemo, here is the even better Voce Gosta;

North Korea; has a mysterious musical culture in thrall to its dear leader; check Pyongyang Music Metro for up-to-date information form this allegedly axis of evil state. Not dissimilar to K-Pop from South Korea here are the Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble with the very South African title of Reunification Rainbow;

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