Different Countries – Different Music

Kristine Brandsdal Barane

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Five students from five different countries talk about their favourite music in general and favourites from their home country. What do they think about traditional Irish music?

Different countries means different cultures, various countries make various kind of music. Even though you might not understand songs with foreign languages, music is gifted to gather people and create an atmosphere. When I look at my “Global top 50”-playlist on Spotify, I find songs in Spanish, Norwegian, English, American and several other languages.

Five students about music:

  1. What genre of music do you prefer?
  2. What is your favourite music from your home country?
  3. Who is your favourite artist/band of all times?
  4. What do you think about Irish traditional music?
Alexandra Rondet fram France likes pop and folk music. Photo Credit Kristine B. Barane
Alexandra Rondet from France likes Pop and Folk music. Photo Credit Kristine B. Barane

Alexandra Rondet (24) from France

  1. I like pop and folk music. I grew up with this kind of music because my parents listened to it, so that is why I like it.
  2. From my own country it is punk and rock, I really like a song called Cendrillion by Téléphone. ‪
  3. It must be Simon & Garfunkel. Their music is both very melancholic and optimistic. They sing about good sides of life.
  4. Irish music is okay, but I do not listen to it. But if I am in a pub I might.
 Vivian Wong, from Malaysia.Photo Credit Kristine B. Barane
Vivian Wong from Malaysia likes pop music. Photo Credit Kristine B. Barane

Vivian Wong (21) from Malaysia

  1. Pop music is my favourite because it is fun.
  2. I do not listen to music from my own country because they do not make much music.
  3. I really like K-pop (Korean popular music) and a band called Girls’ Generation.
  4. Actually I have not heard any typical Irish music.
Katie Luisi from USA likes Indian and Classical music. Photo Credit Kristine B. Barane
Katie Luisi from USA likes Indian and Classical music. Photo Credit Kristine B. Barane

Katie Luisi (23) from Minnesota, USA

  1. Indie music is my favourite to listen to, because it is so relaxing and nice. But I also like classical music, as that is a part of my work. I am a vocal performer.
  2. It must be bluegrass, because of the cool instruments and the fast banjo.
  3. The Beatles. Their songs are creative and every song seems to be listenable.
  4. I was an Irish dancer before, so I used to listen to it a lot. I like it, and especially a band called Gaelic Storm.
Jordan O´Dwyer from Ireland and Kenya likes Dub Step music. Photo Credit Kristine B. Barane
Jordan O´Dwyer from Ireland and Kenya likes Dub Step music. Photo Credit Kristine B. Barane

Jordan O´Dwyer (21) half Kenyan and half Irish

  1. Trap music, also called Dub step. It is hard and filled with energy, so I like to work out while listening to it.
  2. I am from both Kenya and Ireland, but I really like traditional African music. That is because it is different with all the drumming.
  3. UB40 is my favourite group. It is more modern reggae and in a big contrast to the Dub Step music which I also enjoy.
  4. Irish music is cool, funky and very uplifting. I like that it is a mix of many traditional instruments.
Lisa Heilemann from Germany likes Indie Rock. Photo Credit Kristine B. Barane
Lisa Heilemann from Germany likes Indie Rock. Photo Credit Kristine B. Barane

Lisa Heilemann (22) from Germany

  1. That must be Indie Rock, because I like a lot of bands in this genre. Indie it is slightly softer than traditional rock music.
  2. Indie Rock here as well, “Madsen” is my favourite.
  3. I do not have a specific one, but I really like Robbie Williams.
  4. Irish music is very different from the mainstream music, so I like it a lot. The interaction of all the instruments makes it great.
  • Linda

    Great suggestions to expand my play-list!