Speaking of “world music,” I’m always on the lookout for Christmas music from other cultures. This list is part my favorites, part Twitter crowdsourcing:
One of my personal favorites; the inimitable Fairuz singing Sawt el Eid (Silent Night); I have and adore the whole album, which is freely downloadable (I can’t speak to the legality, but as the album is impossible to find by proper methods, I’ll link):
Betelehemu, sung by the African Children’s Choir. Fun memories, this one – my high school choir sang this! I remember us struggling over the language.
The Byzantine Hymn of the Nativity (Chanted by Nader Hajjar, Ottawa):
A rather lovely Czech Christmas carol, Štědrej večer nastal. Unfortunately, no info on the video:
And perhaps my favorite stumble-upon of the day, a series of South African Zulu Christmas songs sung by Siyabonga Cele in a German church. That voice!
More soon, assuming the contributions keep rolling in…