Growing up in Cameroon, I’m quite used to listening to music without understanding the words. From Makossa and Bikutsi in different dialects to Hindi music and Rai – not speaking or understanding a language has never been a reason not to listen to music. Which is why I’m surprised at how little non-English/French or Pidgin music I listen to nowadays.  So here’s a little something different from the Netherlands in a familiar beat- two different Artists- Diorno Braaf and Jayh. First up Jayh Jawson:

Suggestions welcome- what non-English music you listening to these days?


  1. Ma Bedie

    October 23, 2014 at 1:03 pm Reply

    I loved these…

    Check out Plus Vivant by Lokua Kanza. One of my favorite Congolese musicians who sings in French, English, Spanish and Lingala.

    As for songs I love that I can not understand, check out Kumu neexul by Viviane Ndour from Senegal. I loved the griot drums, and her Sahelian voice in guttural Wolof.

  2. Nune Woska

    October 5, 2014 at 6:25 pm Reply

    Hi I'm like you, i usually listen music from everywhere but in nether land language it's feel weird. In the past i used to see the name of Badio passing on my tweeter tl but never care about his music. Eventhough this nether land language sounds weird, he got beautiful visuals.
    Otherwise, those last times i listen to french music like
    Christophe Mae – Tomber sous le charme
    Tal – A l'international
    Tal – Marcher au soleil
    Shy'm – Et si

  3. Unknown

    October 5, 2014 at 6:50 am Reply

    Oh i really like both of these!! I have no idea what they are saying but that has never been a issue for me. I listen to a lot of world beat like Suzanna Owiyo, but I also enjoy European or Carib Neo Soul like Les Nubians who have been around for several year but never fail to deliver!!

  4. Els Danquah

    October 4, 2014 at 8:23 am Reply

    That's so cool! I would have said these artists as well (because I speak dutch ( I live in Amsterdam)) but since I do understand them, I would say Stromae (french) 🙂
    You should listen to ' Blijf Hangen ' ( meaning Hang On) by Sharon Doorson & Jayh

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