Stranger Sounds: Scandinavia

A Spotify playlist celebrating Scandinavian jazz with a bit of folk and avant pop

This playlist includes a variety of Scandinavian jazz songs with a bit of folk and avant pop. Although it may seem surprising, many Black American jazz musicians made Copenhagen their home in the 1960s and ‘70s. As professor Ethelene Whitmire writes in Stranger’s Guide: Scandinavia, “Copenhagen was a cosmopolitan alternative to the racism and economic problems plaguing these jazz musicians back home.”



With this guide, you’ll get a new and fascinating look into Scandinavia. Dive into freezing waters, where ice swimming is once again popular. Bask in the joys of kräftskiva, the summer crayfish celebration. Tour Norway’s humane prisons and learn the ...

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