Audio: Otherworldly Bob Dylan Tribute Album, ‘From Another World,’ Out Feb. 11, 2014

You’ve never heard Bob Dylan songs sung like the versions on From Another World: A Tribute to Bob Dylan.

“I wanted people who were like Dylan. People with the same spirit, poets in their own culture,” Producer Alain Weber told American Songwriter> magazine. “Some of them knew his music, others didn’t. We translated the lyrics. It was vital that they could identify with the words, to feel the images and meanings.”

It’s hard to tell that these are Dylan’s songs. The melodies are absent and the lyrics sung in other languages. All the same, it’s really cool music and the fact that the interpretations are so radical is totally in keeping with Dylan’s own art.

From the website of Buda Music, the label releasing the album:

“These interpretations of Bob Dylan’s songs have-been compiled as a tribute to His single poetic achievement, both, traditional and avant-garde, both, humanist and prophetic. Artists coming from diverse tribal and traditional cultures in All which poetry and music still POSSESS has strong social or ritual significance, In Their Own-have captured the way so obvious universal themes in Dylan’s songs. ‘Soneros’ from Cuba, Gypsies from Rumania and Hungary, from Rajasthan poets, musicians of the Nile, Persian masters, all perform a song for icts Chosen thematic connection to Their Own culture. The lyrics of the songs-have-been translated into the native language of Each artist and Then tailored to the following verse and rhythmical patterns of Each vocal and musical style.”

Tracks:

1. All Along The Watchtower – Eliades Ochoa (Cuba)
2. Mr Tambourine Man – Purna Das Baul & Bapi Das Baul (Bengal, India)
3. Corrina Corrina – Taraf De Haïdouks (Rumania)
4. I Want You – Burma Orchestra Saing Waing (Myanmar)
5. Every Grain Of Sand – Salah Aghili (Iran)
6. Tangled Up In Blue – The Musicians of the Nile (Egypt)
7. Jokerman – Divana (Rajasthan, India)
8. Blowin’ In The Wind – Kek Lang (Hungary)
9. I Want You – Trio Mei Li De Dao (Taïwan)
10. With God On Our Side – Lhamo Dukpa (Bhutan)
11. Man Gave Names To All The Animals – Sayfi Mohamed Tahar (Algeria)
12. Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35 – Kocani Orkestar (Macedonia)
13. Father Of Night – Aboriginal People Yolingu of Yalakun (Arnhem Land, Australia)

Check out some of the music.

“Mr. Tambourine Man,” Purna Das Baul & Bapi Das Baul, Bengal, India:

“Father of Night,” Aboriginal people Yolingu of Yalakun, Arhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia:

And if you understand French, here’s a video about the album:

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