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17 Passionate Street Musicians Across the Globe

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06 October 2017

Posted by Christian Lathom-Sharp

Buskers, travelling minstrels, undercover popstars (see BBC Radio 1); whatever name they go by, street musicians have populated cities across the world for centuries. UK cathedral cities, such as Bath and Oxford, have a long and proud tradition of street performance and no licence is required but popular spots have to be booked in advance. Other city authorities are not always so welcoming so buskers take their chances, hoping to make a bit of money before the police move them on.

Nowadays, one is just as likely to stumble upon a guitarist surrounded by various pedals and a loop station, a modern day one-man band, as you are a penny whistle player.

Music on the streets can make for a pleasant and convivial atmosphere. A lot of the time we walk on by but occasionally an ear catching rendition of a well-known song might cause us to slow our pace and take a moment to enjoy the sounds. Who knows, one could be in the presence of the next Ed Sheeran, a former busker himself. One thing that can be guaranteed; someone somewhere right now is singing Hallelujah.

We’ve selected 17 images depicting street musicians from Trinidad to Serbia via China, a global community united in music.

A busking guitarist sings on the streets of Barcelona whilst a Dad and his daughter look on as they pass by Sitting under Blackfriars Bridge, London.

A busking guitarist sings on the streets of Barcelona whilst a Dad and his daughter look on as they pass by Sitting under Blackfriars Bridge, London. Read less

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Rob Wood

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A Japanese lute player is captured deep in the moment.

A Japanese lute player is captured deep in the moment. Read less

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Almost dwarfed by his accordion, a young boy peers over the top of the instrument as he sits and plays on a street in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Almost dwarfed by his accordion, a young boy peers over the top of the instrument as he sits and plays on a street in Oaxaca, Mexico. Read less

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A close up of a street trumpeter blowing for it’s worth, eyes shut tight as he does so.

A close up of a street trumpeter blowing for it’s worth, eyes shut tight as he does so. Read less

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A bare-footed guitarist sits atop a speaker, his guitar across his lap as he plays. His CDs go unnoticed by two women who walk behind him.

A bare-footed guitarist sits atop a speaker, his guitar across his lap as he plays. His CDs go unnoticed by two women who walk behind him. Read less

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This colourful Marrakech musician remains unfazed as the camera clicks, singing and strumming his traditional stringed instrument, a few coins and a glass of refreshment to keep... Read more

This colourful Marrakech musician remains unfazed as the camera clicks, singing and strumming his traditional stringed instrument, a few coins and a glass of refreshment to keep him going. Read less

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The reflection of a passerby is seen in the window of a clothing store whilst an accordion player looks on, ever hopeful that his top hat sat on a small table will be filled to... Read more

The reflection of a passerby is seen in the window of a clothing store whilst an accordion player looks on, ever hopeful that his top hat sat on a small table will be filled to the brim before the day is out. Read less

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Mirjana

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In Shanghai, China, a blind musician plays his erhu, seemingly unaware of the man on the advertising poster behind him.

In Shanghai, China, a blind musician plays his erhu, seemingly unaware of the man on the advertising poster behind him. Read less

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Andy

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A quartet of street musicians; a guitarist, a double bassist and 2 percussionists, entertain on the streets of Sancti Spiritus, Cuba.

A quartet of street musicians; a guitarist, a double bassist and 2 percussionists, entertain on the streets of Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. Read less

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In this sombre and light leak photo, an erhu player on Wall Street, New York, plays, his case open at his feet for donations.

In this sombre and light leak photo, an erhu player on Wall Street, New York, plays, his case open at his feet for donations. Read less

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A young male accordionist sings as he sits on a street in Rua Augusta, Lisbon, Portugal. His tiny dog sits in front of him on a box, lifting a collection box in its mouth.

A young male accordionist sings as he sits on a street in Rua Augusta, Lisbon, Portugal. His tiny dog sits in front of him on a box, lifting a collection box in its mouth. Read less

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Stefan Ferreira

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On a street in Istanbul, Turkey, a grey-bearded man, wrapped up in a winter coat and hat with a scarf around his neck, plays a small wind instrument.

On a street in Istanbul, Turkey, a grey-bearded man, wrapped up in a winter coat and hat with a scarf around his neck, plays a small wind instrument. Read less

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Against a backdrop of colourful street art a saxophonist in Galway, Ireland, blasts away. People in the foreground walk past without taking much notice.

Against a backdrop of colourful street art a saxophonist in Galway, Ireland, blasts away. People in the foreground walk past without taking much notice. Read less

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Brian Phillips

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Shot from above, this street guitarist in Guanajuato, Mexico, remains incognito, hidden as he is by a black hat. Propped up against a wall, he strums away with a songbook and C... Read more

Shot from above, this street guitarist in Guanajuato, Mexico, remains incognito, hidden as he is by a black hat. Propped up against a wall, he strums away with a songbook and CDs spread out next to him. Read less

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Passersby are a blur as they stride past a hooded saxophone player on the streets of Belgrade, Serbia.

Passersby are a blur as they stride past a hooded saxophone player on the streets of Belgrade, Serbia. Read less

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Rea Vasic

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An elderly man, walking stick and water by his side, plays his accordion in Athens, Greece. A colourful background of green shuttered windows and a yellow wall are his chosen s... Read more

An elderly man, walking stick and water by his side, plays his accordion in Athens, Greece. A colourful background of green shuttered windows and a yellow wall are his chosen setting. Read less

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Manav Lohia

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In an underpass in Edinburgh, Scotland, a silhouetted busker plays as three people look on and enjoy.

In an underpass in Edinburgh, Scotland, a silhouetted busker plays as three people look on and enjoy. Read less

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Andy Walker

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