Ryan Weber starting his own solo project “REW<<” is best known for beeing part of Eric & Magill, where he wrote some pieces, e.g. ‘All those I know’. Born in Wisconsin, US, he grew up and started playing some music with friends there. He’s a part armenian and was traveling around the world for some years, getting influenced by different music styles as Lingala and Tarab music from Kenya. While he wrote REW<< , he was traveling back to the United States after living in Kenya for two years. He describes this record as his emotions he felt while traveling and ending a chapter in his life. Ryan Weber wrote and recorded in hotel rooms in Kenya, India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia. He describes this in this way: ‘I think rather than being influenced by genre, I’m influenced by my surrounding, music is a component of surrounding, but not the whole, as am I, thus I try to channel what I’m feeling in that setting.’ Listen to “Departeueres“, an amazing collection of records, fitting perfectly here. Thanks Ryan Weber for these amazing sounds!
“While listening to Ryan Weber’s album “Departeueres” you could really chill down and enjoy these amazing soft dream pop melodies”
Toots & The Maytals are a jamaican reggae and ska music group, formed in 1963. Listen to their classic “Pressure Drop”, recorded in 1969, which was rated as No. 446 in the list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by the Rolling Stone magazine:
Au Revoir Simone, formed in 2003, are a Brooklyn based dream pop trio. Listen to their nice song “The Lucky One”:
Listen to this great native american song called “White Buffalo” from the album ‘The best of Indianer’:
Amr Diab, born in 1961 is an Egyptian singer of Mediterranean music, who was awarded for the World Music award as the Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist four times: 1998, 2002, 2007 and 2009. Listen to his popular song “El Leila”:
Damien Saez, born in 1977, is a french singer-songwriter from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. Listen to his 2002 single “Fils de france”:
Niasony Okomo is a congolese singer from Lima, who came to Germany in the age of 13. As she describes herself on her facebook page she sings about her soul, which is torn between Africa and Europe. You could absolutely feel this contrast in her deep voice while she’s performing Afrobeats, traditional Soukous and driving Reggae. Listen to her nice song “Nasina” about a story about trickery and disappointment – a parable for the ongoing desperate situation in the Congo.
Kilindu is a portugese Latin, Latin Jazz , World Music, Fado , Afro Cuban band of six musicians. Pedro Duarte, João Pedreira, Quim Preto, Pantera Pitra, Ivan Pedreira, Tiago Simão conceived a musical bridge across continents from Europe (Portugal), to America (Brazil) and to Africa (Angola). Now they’ve come together to create their own music, resulting in a very active online fan base working hard to spread the music. It’s their support allowing them to play gigs such as Optimus Alive 2013, where they supported the big bands like of Kings of Leon. Whether it’s Portuguese ‘Fado’ music, Cape Verde’s traditional ‘Morna’, Brazilian ‘Samba’ or Cuba’s ‘Habanera’, it is a blend of Latin jazz and Indie World Music traditions that serves their debut single well and makes them unique. Have a listen to their great single “O Que o Futuro Nos Traz”.
Paco de Lucia, born in 1947, was a great Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist from Andalusia. He brought the flamenco from Spain to the world. He is said to have died in the Mexican resort of Cancun as a result of a heart attack on thuesday.Rest in Peace! Listen to his concert live in Pula in 2006:
Róisín O is an Irish folk pop singer from Dublin. Her music is really catchy, and reminds me to icelandic alternative, indie pop music. Listen to her nice “Tea Song”:
Also listen to her piece Synchronicity