Music of the UK – Kompendium

KOMPENDIUM is the title of a (probably) one-off project masterminded by Rob REED, the founder and keyboard player of Welsh Neo-Prog band MAGENTA.

The list of musicians contributing to the KOMPENDIUM project includes such Prog legends as Steve HACKETT (GENESIS), Francis DUNNERY (ex IT BITES), John MITCHELL (IT BITES, FROST*), Nick BARRETT (PENDRAGON), Nick BEGGS (STEVE HACKETT BAND, KAJAGOOGOO), Jakko JAKSZYK (20TH CENTURY SCHIZOID BAND), Gavin HARRISON (PORCUPINE TREE), Mel COLLINS (KING CRIMSON, CAMEL), Dave STEWART (HATFIELD AND THE NORTH, NATIONAL HEALTH, BRUFORD) and Troy DONOCKLEY (NIGHTWISH, BAD SHEPHERDS), with vocals provided by Welsh singer and songwriter Steve BALSAMO, famous for his lead role on the London version of Jesus Christ Superstar during the mid 1990s. There are also roles in the project for pedal steel guitarist B.J. COLE (ELTON JOHN, DAVID GILMOUR), opera singers Shan COTHI and Rhys MIERION, the ENGLISH CHAMBER CHOIR and choral group SYNERGY VOCALS.

Here is their song “Lily” featuring Steve Hackett , Robert reed and the voice of Angharad Brinn

Music from Georgia – The Trio Mandili

Another one from Georgia , this little country on the coast of the Black sea , with a long and interesting history and especially in musical regards very impressive ; these people seem to sing all day long , everywhere – beautyful

Here is the Trio Mandili with their song “Apareka”

Music from Canada – Happy birthday Leonard Cohen

Leonard Norman Cohen,  (born September 21, 1934 in Montreal) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and writer. Today he is 80 years old.

Leonard Cohen became well-known with songs like Suzanne, Hallelujah, First we take Manhattan, Bird on a wire , the partizan and a lot of other great songs of his work.

The sisters of Mercy (band) has been named after a song of Cohen, Nirvana mentioned him in their song “Pennyroyal Tea”

the Partizan , le partisan was the favourite song of a friend on FB, Kurt Heering , a writer from germany , died one year ago, his FB account is still online , but not active anymore, the gap in my friendship list remembers me always on this song

Lyrics

I’m on my time with everyone
I have very bad posture

I sit and drink Pennyroyal Tea
Distill the life that’s inside of me
I sit and drink Pennyroyal Tea
I’m anemic royalty

Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld
So I can sigh eternally

Music from Finland – Viktor Klimenko

Viktor Klimenko (* November 24, 1942 in Pyhäniemi, Karelia) is a Finnish singer and actor. Born in the Soviet Union his family settled afterwards to Finland. There he started his musical career, in 1965 he represented Finland with the song Aurinko laskee länteen but received no points , he was even in germany well known , especially for this song .

le soleil se couche a louest (the sun goes down iin the east )

Music from Guinea/US – Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate

A US-African Hip Hop Duo with african music influences – Sekou Kouyate from Guine the African Jimi Hendix of the Kora and Joe Dricscoll  from ney York present a fusion of Reggae, Hip Hop , Folk and Afro Beat

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