Sometimes, learning about Basque music when you reside outside of Euskadi can be difficult. There are new media available, including streaming music on the internet, but, still, it can be difficult to really sample and discover new groups.
Txema of Bilbo sent me a link to Ekaitzaldi, a blog that covers a wide range of Basque music. The only criterion is that the music was made in Euskadi. The styles range from punk to classical to, it appears, Latin as well. What’s more, and what may be questionable, legally, the blog offers downloads of the music. But, it might be a way to sample music before buying it.
From EuskoSare again. If you are big into instant messaging and want to give your IMing a Basque flavor, EuskoSare has some graphics that are perfect for you. Check out this site for a collection of graphics for both male and female identities. The one at left most closely resembles me. 🙂
A forum for Basques all over the world, Euskal Herria Aintzindari has news, a calendar of events, and, maybe most interestingly, a “Musika Txokoa” where you can listen to streams of various modern Basque music. The site is entirely in Euskara, which may be a challenge for some of us, but may also force us to learn a bit more.
Rosa Totorica, the US coordinator for EuskoSare, wrote to share the news about EuskoSare’s first online Short Film Contest, EuskoMovie 2008! They are looking for any film, recorded in any way, that is about 2 minutes or less and references Basque culture. The deadline is July 20, and there is a cash prize (1200 euros, which is a lot more dollars!). So, if you are at all interested, check out this announcement for more information.
I’ve made a slight redesign of the boxes on the right sidebar. Nothing dramatic, just a subtle change. The big differences are that the poll is a new format and the webnote list is gone. I’m not sure anyone cared about the webnote list. If removing that is something people care strongly about, let me know. And I hope that the new poll is “new and improved”.