Music from Mali – Samba Toure

Recorded at Studio Mali in Bamako, in the autumn of 2012, Samba is joined by his regular band members Djimé Sissoko (n’goni ) and Madou Sanogo (congas, djembe) and guests such as the legendary, master of the soku (a one-stringed violin) Zoumana Tereta and the fast-rising Malian neo-traditional singer Aminata Wassidje Traore. Additionally, Hugo Race (The Bad Seeds, Dirtmusic, Fatalists) contributes an array of subtile atmospherics on guitar and keyboards. (youtube)

Translated lyrics:

Be Ki Don (Everybody Dance)
Song of celebration. When an artist enters a court or a village, the people gather to sing and dance.

Men know that Samba arrives
Women know that Samba arrives
Children know that Samba arrives
Everyone welcomes Samba Touré.

Why do you not talk together?
Brothers and sisters, couples, talk to each other
Not just on happy days
Life lasts only a few days, be united.

Men know that Samba arrives
Women know that Samba arrives
Children know that Samba arrives
Everyone welcomes Samba Touré.

 

Music from Mali – Tamikrest

Tamikrest (Tamashek for the node, the alliance, the future) is a band whose members belong to the people of the Tuareg. The band was founded in 2006. They  mix Tuareg music with Western rock and pop music. Her singing is in Tamashek. Main songwriter of the band’s frontman Ousmane Ag Mossa.

Here is their song “Toumast Anlet ” from their 2013 album “Chatma”

and a clip with live pictures “awesome “

 

Music from Niger – Bombino

Omara “Bombino” Moctar is an internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter from Agadez, Niger. His music frequently addresses Tuareg geopolitical concerns and is sung in the Tuareg language of Tamashek. Bombino is the subject of the documentary film Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion.

Here is his song “Amidine”

Music from Morocco – Nabyla Maan

Nabyla Maan (Arabic : نبيلة معان ) is a young Moroccan singer-songwriter, born on December 6, 1987 in Fes, Morocco.

Nabyla recorded her first album in 2005 “D’nya”, in which she sings in Moroccan Arabic, Classical Arabic and French, including two reprises of Nass El Ghiwane’s famous songs “Allah Ya Molana” and “Essiniya”. Her album was sold to hundreds of thousand copies and allowed her to be showcased in concerts in Morocco and Europe. At age 19, she was the youngest Arab and African artist to perform at the Olympia music hall in Paris. (wiki )

Here ist the title song of her first album ” D´nya “

Music from Côte d’Ivoire – Espoir 2000

Espoir 2000 is a Zouglou group from the Côte d’Ivoire/ Ivory Coast. The group was formed by three young men in the community of Koumassi, Abidjan in 1997. In their songs they are announcing the society problems. Listen to their great song “Je t’aime”:

Music from Mali – Amadou et Mariam

This is a song from Amadou & Mariam, musical duo from Mali, formed in 1974. Amadou lost his vision at the age of 16 while Mariam became blind at age 5 as a consequence of untreated measles[wiki]. Here’s their nice song “je pense a toi ” ( I think of you ! really a nice love song )

 

 

Music from Senegal – Laba Sosseh

Laba Badara Sosseh (* March 12, 1943  in Bathurst, now Banjul, Gambia; † September 20, 2007 in Dakar, Senegal) was a senegambian  salsa musician.

Here is song “Aminata “

Music from Morocco – Hamid Bouchnak

Hamid Bouchnak (born 13 May 1969 in Oujda) is a Moroccan raï singer.

Here is his song “Bambara” a mashup of traditional hythms and pop music elements

in 1998 he (Hamid ) wrote a song for the national soccer team “Allez allez ” what means  Go ! Go !

unfortunately the soccer team is not qualified for the world championship this year but their neighbours Algeria

Music from Egypt – Amr Diab

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”:

Music from Congo Brazzaville – Niasony Okomo

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.