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Esperanta muziko

There is a TON of music in Esperanto. Here are a few artists I'm familiar with. All of this is available through Vinilkosmo, which sells CDs and MP3s and now also has a streaming service. Which of course I'm subscribed to. :)

One thing I notice, listening to a lot of Esperanto music, is that you’ll often find somebody who’s just "the Esperanto version of _____". So you’ve got stuff like Solotronik’s "Maŝine Dance" which is a techno track overlaid with a person saying "dance like a machine, dance like a robot," again and again in Esperanto. (I’m gutted that that’s not on youtube to link to). Or you’ve got a rapper like “La Pafklik,” who’s so very gangsta in Esperanto. (I can’t make out most of what he’s saying because he talks too fast, but I’m sure it’s very fierce. “Pafklik” is the sound of the trigger on a gun.)*

It reminds me of Christian Contemporary music, where you’d have baptized versions of various musical styles, like 70s-80s bro-rock in Petra, or hair metal in Stryper, or new wave in Steve Taylor, or…. all of my references for CCM are from the 80s, I’m afraid.

Anyway, it’s a similar deal, a lot of Esperanto music seems like somebody took some other style of music an waved a magic Esperanto wand over it. But you know, that’s OK. Some of it’s pretty darn great anyway. Kapriol' sounds like Esperanto's answer to Steeleye Span… and it's completely awesome.

And there are some that just seem like their own original thing to me, like Persone/Martin Wiese, whom I dig the hell out of….

Persone / Martin kaj La Talpoj

Jonny M + Tone





OK, I mentioned Solotronik above as a kind of low-rent Kraftwerk, but some of his stuff is actually pretty engaging, in an off the wall kind of way. And he apparently performs live in headgear with bright green LEDs/lasers over his eyes, for that extra-robotic touch. Nice. Enjoy Kie Ne Plu.

* BTW, I just noticed that in the Apple Music album where I have listened to a little Pafklik, one of his songs is labeled as "Explicit." Good thing they labeled it! Wouldn't want the tender ears of young Esperantists to be corrupted by the filthy rhymes of Pafklik and Eterne Rima.