A selection of great buskers from around the world.

Street music has probably been around as long as there have been streets.

The economics of playing for music next to an open guitar case has an ancient simplicity. There is no middleman, no stockholder, and no investment bank involved in the process; just a pure and direct exchange between artist and audience, and this might be why street music is so important.

Video Credits go to Gigs in the Streets – music, busking, cover songs

Jazz In Paris

Since busking musicians don’t rely on a complicated commercial structure, one would think that they have a lot of freedom to innovate. This turns out to be true; a lot of musical revolutions had their roots on the streets instead of the concert stage – maybe more so before radio and vinyl, but in recent generations also. Folk musicians like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan used to pass the hat as did many of the great musicians of San Francisco hippie culture like Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead.

 

 #BostonBandRU #LiveMusic #Busking – Adele Cover

Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities. In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given. Street performance is practiced all over the world and dates back to antiquity. People engaging in this practice are called street performers or buskers.

 #BostonBandRU #LiveMusic #Busking – Hit The Road Jack

The term busking was first noted in the English language around the middle 1860s in Great Britain. The verb to busk, from the word busker, comes from the Spanish root word buscar, with the meaning “to seek”. The Spanish word buscar in turn evolved from the Indo-European word *bhudh-skō (“to win, conquer”). It was used for many street acts, and title of a famous Spanish book about one of them, El Buscón.

 #BostonBandRU #LiveMusic #Busking – Love The Way You Lie

In medieval France buskers were known by the terms troubadours and jongleurs. In northern France they were known as trouveres. In old German buskers were known as Minnesingers and Spielleute. In obsolete French it evolved to busquer for “seek, prowl” and was generally used to describe prostitutes. In Russia buskers are called skomorokh and their first recorded history appears around the 11th century.

Despacito (DUO cover) – Busking in the streets of London, UK

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DUO band has performed to great acclaim across the UK and Europe, writing and arranging exciting new repertoires with unique, Flamenco-inspired interpretations of classical and modern songs. A new album will be released soon.

Find duo’s latest recordings on YouTube (duoguitarmusic) and Spotify (duoguitar).

Sweet Dreams (DUO cover) – Busking in the streets of London, UK

“Walk-by acts” are typically where the busker performs a musical, living statue or other act that does not have a distinct beginning or end and the public usually watch for a brief time. A walk by act may turn into a circle show if the act is unusual or very popular.

Susana Silva – What a Wonderful Life

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Susana arrived into London under tough circumstances. She had nothing but a bridge for a roof. Miraculously, the gift of a two string guitar, along with her extraordinary talent, saved her life. She began to perform on the South bank, which quickly built her a fan base and provided her with the funds to invest in better and better equipment (as well as a six string guitar). She has now found her home in this city, and is rapidly becoming a recognised name in the music scene.

Susana Silva – Survivor Cover Live Busking

So what do we fundamentally get from her performance?
We get the first-hand experience of a survivor that fought against the odds. We get a woman who sings from a place of authenticity and love, rather than ego. We get an abundance of breath-taking talent, with an equal measure of modesty.

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