“What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong’s Classic, Performed with Traditional Chinese Instruments

Several years back, we featured Matteo, a band from Salt Lake City, performing the Talking Heads’ 1983 hit, “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody).” And they were playing the Heads’ new wave, avant-garde music with traditional Chinese instruments.  Now they’re back with another clip. Above we have them performing “What a Wonderful World,” a song written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, and first recorded and made famous by the great Louis Armstrong in 1967. Watch a classic performance below.

Last year, Matteo ran a Kickstarter campaign where they promised this to any backer who pledged more than $100: “Your choice of a song for MATTEO to cover (and we mean any song) which will then be dedicated and sung to you in a youtube video posted for the world to see…” Someone named “Jennifer” kicked in her $100+. And, for Jennifer, they performed Armstrong’s standard. Hope you enjoy. And don’t miss some other great instances of west-meets-east below.

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  • Mister P says:

    Well, to each his own. I think it’s remarkable how they managed to make supposedly exotic instruments sound like overplayed acoustic indie music. Ignoring the buzz words of ‘traditional’ and ‘Chinese’, it’s a fine cover – I liked it for that.

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