If your native language isn't English, is there any music in your native language that you can recommend me?

I enjoy listening to music in languages other than English. Do you have any artists/bands you'd like to recommend me? I'm very open-minded regarding the language. It can be a "common" language or one that's very "exotic" (for lack of better words).

In case you'd like to know, I'm more into calm music. Folk, singer-songwriter, traditional, blues, pop and rock is also fine, just not too wild (no metal or punk rock please ;-)).

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  • I recommend korean songs, very popular these days!

    R&b/hiphop: dean, zico, epik high, crush, planetarium records, code kunst, dpr live,..

    Pop & other: bts, exo, ikon, winner, mamamoo, twice, red velvet, astro, pentagon, vav, bigbang, shinee,..

    The mvs are also really cool and asthetic and they're really good dancers. You might find something you like :)

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    • Danke :-). Kennst du irgendwelche Deutschen Singer-Songwriter? Sowas wie Norah Jones, aber auf Deutsch? Der Einzige, den ich kenne, ist Reinhard Mey, aber der ist mir ein bissl zu alt ;-).

  • Sure! I'm from Argentina. There's plenty of bands I could recommend you, but I'll start with this one from some decades ago.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGDvXgTBd8k

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    • Beautiful, love it! I really enjoy melancholic music and Argentinians are masters at that :-).

    • haha yes. But this band is one of the most important bands in argentinean rock music of all times :D But it was not a very conventional rock, they were one of a kind really, especially Alberto Spinetta, the songwriter, singer and guitarrist

    • Sounds great. I will definitely look more into it :-). I like Spanish music. My dad loves salsa music (he's also really good at dancing it) but that's a little too "cheerful" and wild for my taste ;-). I like it a little more calm...

  • Samuli Putro makes some great music in Finnish, but they are more great because of the lyrics than the music itself. 😄

    Mitäpä jos is one if my favorites.
    https://youtu.be/hVHXQaDKrb8

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    • Thank you :-). I have one Finnish band I already listen to, they're called "Värttinä". I don't know if you know them... I think they're not super famous (but I might be wrong). They're kinda special but really like their music.

    • Yes, I know Värttinä. That sort of folk music is not very popular here. 😄

    • Oh and by the way, I really like that song you've posted (although I don't understand anything). You've hit my music taste pretty well :-).

  • Well just a suggestion in case you want to check out Turkish music;
    Cevapsız Çınlama - Aleyna Tilki
    Kırk Yılda Bir Gibisin - Murat Dalkılıç
    Bangır Bangır - Gülşen
    Sen Olsan Bari - Aleyna Tilki

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    • Thank you! Can you tell what their names are?

    • Buco & Srđan -Kad se jednom rastanemo
      Oliver - Nocturno
      Opća Opasnost - Jednom kad noć
      It's Croatian. :)

  • Mark Foster, Andrea Bourani, Tim Bendzko, Max Giesinger, Fantas, Clueso. We have lots of talented singer https://youtu.be/H-RrCQQAdK4

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  • Andalouse by Kendji Girac. It's french
    https://youtu.be/FndmvPkI1Ms

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  • Not all of them are my favourites but;

    Andre hazes
    Mr. Polska/ ronnieflex/ boazvandebeatz
    Marco borsato
    Trijtje oosterhuis
    Edsilia rombley
    Bløf (one of my favourites)
    Het goede doel

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  • "Ego" by Willy William or "Dernière danse" by Indila. "Elle me dit" by Mika is good too. All french songs. But I mostly listen to K-POP sooo lol

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  • ALL FRENCH songs, reggaeton (Spanish), funk (Portuguese), Italian music (they have your type of music, the calm ballads)

    I listen to everything except English music (I still do, just not as much as French music)

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    • My native languages are both English and French. I’m what you would call an Anglo-Francophone

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    • Okay ☺️ did you like them?

    • God no! reggaeton is the worst music that exists in the Spanish language, I do not know why it has triumphed so much out there, many Latin Americans are embarrassed when they mention it.

  • Well, I would recommend you Mark Forster. He is a german kinda pop singer, I guess. His musoc is very good and his very popular in Germany.

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    • I love him!!! And I’m British and have to girl translate his lyrics haha!

      Apart from au revoir of course 😏

  • Finnish: Robin, Haloo Helsinki! and JVG

    Robin has such an incredible voice 🙌🏼

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  • Yeah you can listen Bollywood music it's good

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  • You should check out Ridsa

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  • Interesting... Will try to find...

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  • Folk-ish: Banda do Mar, Rock: Pitty

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  • You can try them: D'cinnamon

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  • La Sonora dinamita... Spanish group. Cumbia.

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  • Listen to A. R. Rahman 's song

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  • I have a question about this. No judgement, I just really can't wrap my head around it. I've heard songs in other languages and if I can't understand the lyrics, I don't really get much out of it. What's the appeal, if you can't understand the lyrics?

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    • That's the good question. I'm actually someone who cares quite a lot about good lyrics. That being said, there are musicians whose music I find so beautiful that I don't need to understand their texts. For example I've been listening to Andrea Boccelli since I was a kid. Something about him (his voice, his music etc.) just always touched my heart.

      Plus, there's another reason. I'm really into languages (I've also studied linguistics). And even when I don't understand a foreign language, I like to listen to it. For me, the languages themselves have something very musical, poetic. For example when I listen to Japanese songs, I don't understand the lyrics but I appreciate the beauty of the language. Or when I listen to songs like that first one that curiousnorway posted, it transports me to a different time. It makes me imagine myself in medieval Norway. These are just two examples but of course it works with other languages too.
      I hope that made sense :-).

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    • I really appreciate the responses. I think I can understand that "from a distance" kind of way, as in I can understand how it's so amazing to people. I've definitely heard music like that. For me personally, I like to know "why", do I guess hearing a raw emotion in a song i can't understand makes me... Uncomfortable? Like I hear it and since I can't know a reason or explaination it leaves me feeling like I can't help. Even if it is a popular song, I just can't fully connect.
      So again, thanks for the effort put into the response, I really do appreciate it.

    • No problem :-). And I think I understand your view too.

  • You could try Kollegah and Farid Bang. They just destroyed the music award with the highest prestige here, it went viral and now the whole country is going crazy. #Bangermusic #RipEcho

    But you won't like it since it's aggressive rap...
    Maybe try Capo with Lambo Diablo GT
    Or "Bist du down" from Ace Tee (this one is calm).

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    • Danke. Ja, ich habe gelesen Farid Bang macht ausserdem extrem homophobe und sexistische Texte, das finde ich nich so toll. Ist das nicht der Typ, der mal in dieser Fernsehshow mit Uri Geller auftrat? ;-).
      Ich werd mir Ace Tee angucken. Ich suche vor allem auch Deutsche Singer-Songwriter. Sowas wie Norah Jones. Ich mag Reinhard Mey, aber ich suche noch nach jemand jüngeren.

    • Ob er mit Uri Geller einen Auftritt hatte, weiß ich nicht. Farid hat einige schon sehr provozierende Punchlines, jedoch stellen die Medien ihn auch gerne absichtlich in einem schlechten Licht dar, so hat er sich zum Beispiel bei der Echovergabe öffentlich in seiner Rede entschuldigt, was absichtlich von den Mainstream medien wie Bild, RTL und co verschwiegen wurde, um den Hass zu schüren. Ebenso verschwiegen wurde, dass Kollegah allen jüdischen Fans kostenlos Zutritt zu allen Konzerten von ihm und Farid gewährt. Von da her vertraue ich den Medien nicht mehr so ganz. Man mag halten von ihnen was man will, aber dass jetzt alle ihre Echos zurückgeben ist kindisch. Dieser Preis orientiert sich nicht nach einer Jury, sondern Verkaufszahlen und das Album JBG3 von Boss und Banger ist eben Platin gegangen. Kann dir bei deiner Suche leider nicht weiter helfen, wünsche aber viel Glück

  • Yeah! this band. One of my favourite folk rock group from the 70's-80's..
    This song is about narration of bringing news to people about what's happening at home, cry of the nation during the Martial Law era by dictator.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_G04Mj0ZzAA

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  • I don't really listen Dutch music. The worst Dutch song paid by taxpayer's money is the famous 'Koningslied'.

    Brabant - Guus Meeuwis

    That being said, there are some nice Hebrew songs that I enjoy listening to.

    לילוהיי - יובל דיין
    יש לי הכול - שירי מימון
    לזאת שניצחה - עדן בן-זקן
    געגוע - עידן רייכל

    Do note, song is on the right. Artist is on the left

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    • Thank you! Hebrew is great, I've gotten a lot of Dutch suggestions already anyway and I like music in these kind of "exotic" languages :-).
      I didn't know you speak it that well, that's very impressive. Semitic languages aren't easy to learn for Europeans.

    • I'm not proficient in Hebrew, but I'm getting better talking with family. That is one advantage of having a lot of family speaking many different languages.

      My favourites from those Hebrew ones are געגוע and לילוהיי. I think they're great.

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  • From my language (Romani) i would recommend Shaban Bajramovic. He is a folk singer that has both calm and wild music. Serbian-Romani singer Adil is also good for calm songs.

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    • From Romania? I really like dj project

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    • @Pikachula
      Seems like you know something about everything. I'm getting more and more impressed as I'm reading the answers here and there's always you again ;-).

    • @BlueCoyote hahaga yes many things interest me. And i happen to be a big fan of foreign music, I can post some of what I know and like under my post for you 😋

  • I'm Belgian so I can basically choose between both French or Dutch songs.
    Stromae is a good artist, with my favourite song "Papaoutai".
    "De Eerste Sneeuw" by Jan de Wilde is my favourite Dutch one though.

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  • https://youtu.be/L4AlRpY5EkYhttps://youtu.be/jlHZ_Z8sUMshttps://youtu.be/2H0yWKdZM8g

    These are some songs that almost every Dutch person knows.

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  • i found this yesterday and like it even though i have no idea what they are on about
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToKDX4EGooc

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  • Pongsit Kampee (Thai)
    Left Handed (Malay)
    Wolfgang Niedeggen (BAP) (German)
    Die Toten Hosen (German)
    Marius Müller-Westernhagen (German)
    In Extremo (Latin, and ancient languages)
    Marihona (sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiSpeVsh7t0) (Thai)
    If you like pop: Cita Citata (Indonesian)
    Jaques Brel (French... well: Belgian)
    Mylène Farmer (French/Canadian)
    Manu Chao (Spanish)
    ...
    Pulcino Pio ( more or less all languages)

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    • Thank you very much :-). I'll need a while to listen to all of them. I'm especially intrigued by your Thai/Malay suggestions, as I don't know anyone in real life who comes from South East Asia and whom I could ask for such suggestions.

  • Well native Language Is English but i do enjoy ceza he Turkish rapper id would also recommend checking out Aida Nikolaychuk she amazing form the Ukraine

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  • Korean pop, I personally hate it, but I am friends with a lot of people who love it

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    • I like Korean folk music from the 1960s and 1970s. I've lived in South Korea for a while and that's what a lot of the long-distance bus drivers like to play when they're working. The music is rather melancholic but that's what I like about it. I still remember sitting on this empty bus late in evening, driving back to Seoul, outside it's dark and it's raining and the bus driver up front is playing some really beautiful Korean folk songs on the radio.
      I don't like K-Pop much. It's too cheesy for my taste.

  • https://youtu.be/C9iSUe87JLshttps://youtu.be/RbMxaw-vBGshttps://youtu.be/hSj2qHXjlfw

    Persian and Arabic are both my native langs, but these three are links to Persian songs (trust me Arabic songs make no sense, all about love and crap)

    try the first link, it's the most meaningful

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  • Radhe Shyam Chowrasiya night band.

    Song - Raaja RaaaJa Raaja

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  • A dano ama na Dali by Grafa

    Sedemte Ezera remix by Grafa

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  • In Spanish for me nothing exceeds the genius of the Cuban trova, the lyrics of Silvio Rodriguez are immortal, extraordinary, worthy of a Nobel. The greatest composer of the 20th century.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k359Hyzjx40

    I would place many bands from my country but I see that they have published too many videos and I do not want to saturate, maybe another day in another question.

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  • Emptiness by rohan rathore... its in English-hindi

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  • Voluspa verulven

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  • Mashrou' Leila is great

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