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  Newsletter   # 5, May 2009  
         
 
 

"Hello Europopmusic fans..."

 
 

With our website we have the ambition to create a portal for European popmusic. An important objective is to promote European popmusic that is sung in the native tongue. The yearly platform for European popmusic on television is, of course, the Eurovision songcontest.

Now, a lot can be said against the festival in recent years. We still regret the faxct that the live orchestra is no longer part of the performances, the voice of the jury has been (partly) replaced for the voice of the public, and abandoning the rule to sing in your own language caused an avalanche of acts that sang in bad English and with a cheap tape to back them up.

We were glad to see that this year's edition contained a reasonable amount of serious acts that choose not to sing (completely) in English. 16 countries in total (if we include the UK and Ireland) of the 42 contestants sang in their own language. And ten of them even made it to the finals. Hoorah! We made our own list of the non-English singing entries.

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  The history of electronic music
within European pop
 
  Part 4: The Silver Apples & the Zodiak Free Arts Lab t 1  
 

In part 4 we take a look at the incorporation of electronic music at the end of the sixties and the first half of the seventies. Cause, although ‘Popcorn’ was a novelty hit, it would take almost another decade before the synthesizer would become a prime instrument in the stage act of pop and rock acts. How did the synthesizer get adopted into rock?

 
  In this chapter we take a closer look at the those pioneers that took the synthesizer out of it’s novelty niche into a full blown rock-stage act as an additional instrument to the classic guitar-bass-drums line up. And 1969 seems to be a key-year that marks the change. With the Zodiak Free Arts Lab in Berlin as the digital playground for acts like Cluster, Can, Neu and Tangerine Dream. Read more...  
   

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  Artist of the month...  
  Spliff
Julliette Greco
(France)
 
 

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This year madame Gréco celebrates her 60th year as a recoring artist. She will performing a few recitals in the Champs-Elysées theatre this June and she has just released a new album containing 14 new songs. It is only natural that we will pay homage to madame Gréco’s anniversary by presenting her as artist of this month. It is clear that Juliette Gréco is one of the few living legends of French chanson (next to Charles Aznavour and Zizi Jeanmaire). We can only hope and pray that she will be able to hold on to her strength and youthfulness for many years (and beautiful albums) to come…Read more...na

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  The best album from...  
  Frank Boeijen Groep
Czesław Niemen
(Poland)
Enigmatic (1969)
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Frank Boeijen Groep
Niemen was already a well-known figure in the Polish rockscene when he came up with idea of a concept album. According to the memoirs Niemen impulse came when he met Wojciech Młynarski at 1968 Festival in Sopot. The two were listening to the poet C. Norwid on stage and wondered what it would be like if such poetry would be turned into a mournful rhapsody. Thus the seed was lain for the 'Bema pamieci zalobny - rapsod' or 'Rhapsody in the Memory of Bem'. The track is the centrepiece from his 1969 album 'Enigmatic' and would lay the basis for the Polish progrock scene and would inspire a generation.

Click here to read why we consider 'Enigmatic' Czesław's masterpiece. Here you can also listen to and watch at a rare TV performance of the Rhapsody made in 1970 for Polish TV.

 

 
  In memoriam  
  Alain Bashung
Mari Trini, 7 april 2009
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Mari Trini passed away at a hospital in Murcia, Spain on April 7 at the age of 61. The cause of death has not yet been published, but it is said that she died of lung cancer. Mari Trini (real name Maria Trinidad Perez De Miravete Mille) was one of Spain's best and most famous female singer-songwriters, especially from the beginning of the seventies until the beginning of the nineties. Read the necrology...
 


 
 

In this newsletter...
Latest album reviews
Artists of the month...Juliette Greco !
The best album from...Czesław Niemen!
Newly added artists pages

Eurovision song contest - our way
In memoriam: Mari Trini

 

     
  Latest album reviews  
 

 

 
 
Vasilis Papakonstantinou (Greece)
Ourania Toksa Kinigo
 
 
Giorgos Dalaras (Greece)
To filtro (‘The filter’)
 
 

Juliette Greco (France)
Je me souviens de tout

 
 
Nikos Portokaloglou (Greece)
Strofi

 
 
Tiziano Ferro (Italy)
Alla mia età

 
 
Ljiljana Buttler (Bosnia/Herzogovina)
Frozen roses

 
     
  Eurovision - our way  
 

Below is our top-list of non-english singing acts of the Eurovision song contest of 2009. We also mention the actual final position the acts got at the night of the finals.For more information about the artists and what we thought of their performance go to the Eurovision 2009 page on the site.


Estonia
Urban Symphony
Rändajad
(Final position: 6)pace

Russia
Anastasia Prihodko
Mamo
(final position: 11)
space

Bosnia/Herzogovina
Regina
Bistra Voda
(Final position: 9)
space

Armenia
Inga & Angush
Jan Jan
(final position: 10)

Portugal
Flor de Lis
Todas as ruas do amor
(Final position:15)
space

France-
Patricia Kaas
Et S'il Fallait Le Faire
(Final position: 8)pace

Moldova
Nelly Ciobanu
Hora Din Moldova
(Final position: 14)
Latvia
Intars Busulis
Probka
(position in semi-finals: 19) space
Serbia
Marko Kon & Milan Nikolic
Cipela
(position in semi-finals: 10)
space
Croatia-
Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea
Lijepa Tena
(Final position: 18)
FYR Macedonia
Next Time
Neshto Shto Ke Ostane
(position in semi-finals: 10)
Slovakia -
Kamil Mikulčík & Nela Pocisková - Leť Tmou
(position in semi-finals: 18)
Spain
Soraya
La Noche Es Para Mí
(Final position: 23)
Andorra
Susanne Georgi
La Teva Decisió (Get A Life) (position in the semi-finals: 15)
 
  Newly added artists pages  
 

We add new artists pages to our website regurlarly. Recently added artists pages (click to link directly to the page):
Eleni Dimou (Greece)
Miroslav Žbirka (Slovakia)
Sheila (France)
Rowwen Hèze (Netherlands)
Tiziano Ferro (Italy)
Vlada Divljan & Idoli (Serbia)
Lena Platonos (Greece)
Vasilis Papakonstantinou (Greece)

 
     
  Any comments?  
  Naturally, all opinions are 100% subjective and strictly our own. However, we do our utmost best to present you the information as correctly as possible. Should you have any comments on this website, please let us know via e-mail: info@europopmusic.eu. Any comment that might help the evolution of this website is highly appreciated. We look forward hearing from you!  
 

 

 
 
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