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Some People You Should Know:
a highly opinionated wandering through asian audio

1. Anggun - Jakarta
Self titled debut. Truly world music. She sings in Indonesian, French, and English. Great voice, borderless songs, beautiful woman. Visit her web site to find out more.

2. Faye Wong - Beijing
Only Love Strangers
Scenic Tour
Not for Sale

The most famous singer in Hong Kong (and the Chinese world). She's a true voice, not just some pop-doll.
"Scenic Tour" is her best, I think, but "Not For Sale" is also great, including a perfect cover of Tori Amos' "Silent All These Years".

3. Koji Yakusho - Japan

4. Hsu Chi - Taiwan
Best Collection

5. Vanessa Mae - Singapore/Britain
If you haven't heard of Vanessa, you will.  She's the new East/West poster girl - and given her exotic looks, a good choice. 
Born in Singapore to a Thai mother and Chinese father, then raised in England, she's a world class violinist who's building a gumbo of musical styles.   Classical-rock-techno-scottish-dance-funk only starts to describe this. Check it out, you're sure to find a few songs you like.

6. Michelle Yeoh - Malaysia

7. Jet Li - Mainland China

8. Maggie Cheung - Hong Kong

9. Dadawa - Mainland China
Sister Drum
Voices from the Sky

Chinese Box OST
Tibetan Chant influenced these "World Music" albums. But, really, these are better described as "Other-Worldly Music".

10. Gong Li - China

11. Zhang Yimou - China

12. The Brilliant Green - Japan
The best new Japanese band sounds like a cross between the Bangles and the Seatlle sound. Aggressive pop, with lyrics in English and Japanese.

13. Kitaro
Best Of Kitaro
Great music to use as the soundtrack for your life. East/West instrumentals that cover all moods.

14. Yothu Yindi

15. Hapa
In the Name Of Love

16. Nanase Aikawa - Japan
ID (her greatest hits collection)

The Best of the Rest