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In Latin America and Europe, this guy is virtually an icon who seems to have taken the role of Bob Marley. Manu Chao is a wandering artist who for years never had his own place, staying forever on the move, as though addicted to the travel itself. He was born in Paris to Spanish parents, growing up to the sound bolero at home and rock'n'roll in the streets.


It is now two decades since Manu Chao released his higly popular 'Clandestino' album. At the cross-fade of the millennium, it sounded perfect: a mix of simple acoustic sound and bare vocals, underlined by the clear message to all minority groups in the darkest parts of European and South American reality. 

Four continents come together for Manu Chao's 'Clandestino'


It seems that since the initial release of the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army in 2003, the crowds at sporting events all over the world have adopted it as their favorite chant.


One of the origin legends claims that the trend started at a Milan bar when the fans of the Belgian football club Club Brugge KV heard the original tune and started singing along. A few years later, Brugge fans cheered for their club in Rome with the song, and it began catching on in Italy. 


AS Roma captain at the time, Francesco Totti, recounted later:


Seven Nation Army riff conquers sport and classical music


Bourrée is a French folk dance typically danced with quick, skipping steps. The dancers sometimes wear wooden clogs to accentuate the sounds made by their feet. The bourrée was among the dances from which ballet derived its early movements. 


Stylized bourrées have been composed as conceptual pieces since the 16th century. In suites of Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel, the bourrée often appears as one of the optional movements.


The fifth movement from Bach's Suite in E minor for Lute is arguably one of the most famous pieces among guitarists. It dates to Bach's mid Weimar period (1708-1717). Here is the 'Bourrèe' played by Andrès Segovia:

Bourrée: French folk dance from the Bach suite inspired prog-rock flute and the work of Sir Paul McCartney


Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) knew how to combine traditional Irish music with Italian Baroque that was the preferred choice of the high society at that time. The repetition of short motifs as well as the particular way of building tension reveal O'Carolan's knowledge of the leading styles in the Baroque era. His experiments with harp music influenced a whole new genre, as it were: the Celtic Classics.


O’Carolan, who was the son of an iron founder, lost his sight to smallpox at the age of 18, and spent most of his life as a travelling harpist. However, he gained fame due to his gift of composing harp music and writing songs, mostly in Irish, with the exception of one English tune.


The Celtic Baroque roots of 'Stairway to Heaven'

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