Just wondering. It was a little funky and strange. (It was supposed to be) but it also worked. Someone had to write it. I couldn't tell from the credits.

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The songs in question, "Cantina Band 1 & 2," were written by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Williams was the composer for all the tracks in the movie.


I think this is the one you are looking for:

This is by the artists: Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes

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    Pretty sure Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes is fictional ;)
    – sudhanva
    Nov 23, 2017 at 6:03
  • Varun, good that was quick. How did you do that. I remember I had a very good friend who was a very famous musician who also liked his whisky. The bar scene was one of his favorites and he laughed and laughed
    – Eric
    Nov 23, 2017 at 6:07
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    The answer to 'who wrote the music for...' is usually John Williams!
    – sueelleker
    Nov 23, 2017 at 6:40
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    A disco version by Meco "Star Wars Theme/ Cantina Band" made it to #1 in Billboard Hot 100 list for two weeks in October 1977.
    – user76394
    Nov 23, 2017 at 7:47
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    @sudhanva if you read the first sentence in the linked Wiki page, it says they are fictional...
    – John Bell
    Nov 23, 2017 at 11:23

In-Universe we now have canon confirmation from the short story Not For Nothing that the music was an original composition by Bith composer and bandleader Figrin D’an and played in the cantina by his band, Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes.

The reason should be obvious: Figrin D’an is the best composer and bandleader you will ever find this side of the galaxy. We knew that if we left, we’d never be able to find another leader quite like him. When we’re getting thrown into shackles or washing sand out of our eyes, it’s hard to appreciate him. When we’re playing, nothing in all the worlds is better.


As we played another one of D’an’s newest songs (captivity had been strangely inspirational to him, I have to admit), I thought about those droids and the stormtroopers that searched for them. I thought about a possible reward. And then I decided that if that human could do us a favor without us knowing him at all, we could do those other humans a favor and not report them. We were safe now, and could keep playing.

From a Certain Point of View: Not for Nothing

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