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Sweden has a rich musical tradition, from medieval folkloric ballads to hip hop. Nordic music, pre-Christian faded with time, although there are historical re-creations based on instruments found in Viking sites. Among the instruments used are the lur (a sort of trumpet), simple string instruments, wooden flutes and drums. It is possible that some features of the music Viking remain until today in traditional Swedish songs.
Traditional music in Sweden is an important music scene, both in the traditional style and modern style, which often incorporates elements of other genres like rock and jazz. Among the main groups of traditional Swedish music highlights Vasen (only group that uses an instrument called Swedish nyckelharpa), Garmarna, Nordman, and Hedningarna. There is also the music Lapps, yoik call, which is a kind of song that is part of the traditional spirituality of the people Lapps, who has won worldwide recognition in the traditional music. Sweden is a big market for music and new age of environmental awareness, as well as for rock and pop music containing messages of liberalism and the left.
Sweden also has a prominent tradition in choral music, derived in part from the cultural importance of folk music. In fact, of the 9.2 million inhabitants, it is estimated that between 500 and 600 thousand people sing in choirs.
Agnetha Faltskog of the Swedish group ABBA, in a concert in 1977.
Sweden is the third largest music exporter in the world, with over 800 million dollars of revenue in 2007, surpassed only by the U.S. and the UK. ABBA was one of the first bands from Sweden that became famous around the world, even among the most successful artists, with nearly 370 million albums sold. With ABBA, the music of Sweden enters a new era, in which the Swedish pop won international . Other bands that became famous worldwide are Roxette, Ace of Base, Europe, and The Cardigans among others. In addition, Sweden has won four times in the Song Festival Eurovision with ABBA, the Herreys, and Carola H ggkvist Charlotte Perrelli.
Another type of music that has become more important in Sweden is metal and heavy metal (including sub-death metal, progressive metal and power metal). Some Swedish bands who excel in this genre are Therion, Falconer, At the Gates, Scar Symmetry, In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Opeth, Dissection, Arch Enemy, Soilwork, Hammerfall, Dark Funeral, Amon Amarth, Meshuggah and the vocalist of Nightwish , Anette Olzon, among others.
Finally, jazz is one of the major genera within the Swedish music. During the past sixty years has maintained a high artistic standard, largely because of the local bands that are influenced by other countries such as Belgium, France, UK and USA. Lars Gullin is the maximum representative of the Swedish jazz. Spain: New service for streaming music subscription will be released in September … Lina Mosquera on Mexico: Nokia launches online music store …
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