Welcome to the Cultural Reads Newsletter with worldwide book, music, and movie recommendations. I’m now in Brazil for work, so I’m sending you all sunny greetings!
Now, onto the newsletter with Best Non-Fiction Books, Rwandan Music, Worldwide Games, Atlas Obscura, Huge Music Database & Turkish Thriller.
What better way to improve your life than through books?
That’s why, after the best novels to read in 2024, I now present you the best non-fiction books.
It’s a top 10 based on my favorite reads from last year, focusing on health, fitness, and spirituality.
This might be weird to say, but these two singers seem to form the sweetest, most kind-hearted group ever.
Adrian and Janvier learned to play music by Janvier’s older brother, who died during Rwanda’s brutal genocide.
In their fantastic Tiny Desk Concert, the singers say they formed the band to process their nation’s trauma and unite Rwanda’s tribes: Tutsi, Hutu, and Twa.
In their words: “Anyone over the age of 29 in Rwanda is a genocide surivor, but that doesn’t define us. Love does.”
If you don’t believe them, trust their Grammy-winning producer (who also worked with Tinariwen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott & the Zomba Prison Project). When he met them, he told his partner: “What these guys do is precious and rare. Don’t fuck it up!”
If you’re tired of visiting the same old places and need a unique way to discover the world, Atlas Obscura is your thing.
This book is an explorer’s guide to the world’s hidden wonders, with over 700 of the world’s strangest and most curious places.
Burning Days is a gripping Turkish film that dives deep into the web of political intrigue and corruption.
Set in a small town, it follows Emre, a young prosecutor sent from Istanbul. His task is to investigate water-related corruption. His idealistic approach quickly turns people against him, putting his life at risk.
Although it’s a little slow at times, it’s an intense, thought-provoking cinema experience.
You can watch it on YouTube, Apple, and Prime.