world music – a

Welcome to World Music – a musical journey around the world. The object of this segment is to showcase artists from around the world, and in particular the musical styles synonymous with each country, and since this is the first segment, we will be starting at A.


Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra, is a sovereign landlocked microstate on the Iberian Peninsula, in the eastern Pyrenees, bordered by France to the north and Spain to the south.

Andorra is the sixth-smallest state in Europe, with an area of 468 square kilometres (181 sq mi) and a population of approximately 79,034. The Andorran people are a Romance ethnic group of originally Catalan descent. Andorra is the world’s 16th-smallest country by land and 11th-smallest by population. Its capital, Andorra la Vella, is the highest capital city in Europe, at an elevation of 1,023 metres (3,356 feet) above sea level. The official language is Catalan, but Spanish, Portuguese, and French are also commonly spoken.

The Principality of Andorra is home to folk dances like the contrapàs and marratxa, which survive in Sant Julià de Lòria especially. Andorran folk music has similarities to the music in nearby regions of France and Spain, but is especially Catalan in character, especially in the presence of dances like the sardana. Other Andorran folk dances include contrapàs in Andorra la Vella and Saint Anne’s dance in Escaldes-Engordany.

Traditional Music

And now some traditional music from Andorra

Featured Artist

Persefone is an Andorran progressive death metal band formed in October 2001. The band’s name is derived from Persephone, a figure in Greek Mythology, and if you like the following track, you can check out their website here.

Love to know what you thought of the music from Andorra, and of course if you have any suggestions for countries to feature, please let me know in the comments.

Take a second and add a comment or a video of your own. We can’t wait to see what you have to say!

See you next Wednesday for our next destination in this music journey, and don’t forget your passport.

© A-DAW Arts


  1. Reblogged this on The Elephant's Trunk and commented:

    Welcome to our newest member
    of The Rhythm Section –
    DA Whittam
    (the artist formerly known as Nope, Not Pam).
    This segment is unlike any of the others –
    it’s a global melodic excursion.
    And what’s even better is
    you don’t have to pack your bags
    for this musical journey!
    Sit back and take a trip around the
    Word of Music.

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  2. What a great post! I’m going to enjoy traveling around the world without leaving my comfy recliner! The Andorran music was wonderful!
    My favorite music is from Sicily (where else!). The little island has always been very rich in folk songs, serenades, lullabies, Christmas carols – you name it. If there’s an event in life, the Sicilian people will sing about it, always accompanied by the merranzanu ( a mouth harp). Whether picking fruit, making a pizza or baptizing a baby, there’s a song for that!
    These days Palermo, Sicily is the liveliest and best-known jazz spot in all of Italy.
    Thanks for a great post, Deb, and welcome to The Rhythm Section!

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    1. I think we’ll all be surprised by the diversity of the music, it’s been a real eye opener for me … though X has proven problematic

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  3. World music…the one and only universal language.
    Great addition to the oeuvre of The Rhythmic Section.

    Double kudos for featuring a metal band! The metal universe is probably the most active in producing interesting new music .
    Maybe during the music journey around the world, folk metal groups featured occasionally would be a nice addition.

    (Persephone’s title track Katabasis would make more sense to those understanding Hellenic if it was written as Katavasis, which sounds the same as the Hellenic word κατάβασις meaning to descend)

    {And as luck would have it I was listening to Parkway Drive earlier!}

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    1. Great comment, Nick! I’m with you re Metal. I’ve been easing my way into it on my other segment, In The Groove, but I’ll get there soon enough. Pazienza, amico mio. I didn’t want to scare anyone away with Manowar! 😂

      The amount of music to choose from is incredible!

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    2. I must admit I don’t know much about heavy metal but I really enjoyed this track. We have a lot of styles on this journey, thanks 😊

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