Music from Iceland – Thorunn Antonia

Thorunn Antonia is an Icelandic singer and a songwriter.

She has worked as on various music projects all over the world. She started doing music at a very young with help from her father who is a known Icelandic musician, but her career started with a solo record in 2001 called Those little things. The same year she moved to London and signed a record deal with BMG. There she was a part of the indie pop duo The Honeymoon who released the record Dialogue but parted ways shortly after that.

She moved to Los Angeles and sang and traveled the world with the Danish band Junior Senior when they were at their most popular. In 2006 she joined the Band Fields as a singer and keyboard/synth player. They signed to Atlantic records worldwide and recorded 2 albums Hollow mountains and Everything last winter.

In 2009 she was based in Los Angeles working with Dhani Harrison´s band Thenewno2, a project she is still a part of and recorded a cover record of Velvet Underground and Nico with Beck for his record club.

(Source: Facebook)

Have a listen to her amazing song “Too Late”:

Music from UK – Nalini Blossom (Mica Ella )

Mica Ella A.K.A Nalini Blossom is a sound healer and devotional singer, originally from UK.
Over the last 15 years, she has been on a journey around the world, immersing herself in various musical styles which embrace many sacred traditions including Indian mantras, Hebrew prayers, Sufi Zikr, Medicine chants from Amazonian Rainforest and Mexica ( Red Road) tradition.

She holds devotional music circles internationally and has recently worked with incorporating prayersongs in cacao ceremonies …As a service to Gaia , Mica Ella has also been working with the EarthGrid and Planetary chakra points through ceremony incorporating Light and Sound in many sacred sites .

One of Mica Ella ‘s greatest’s loves, however, is to improvise in flow and open space with other musicians. In London, UK, she co created The Sacred Sound Collective, a group of musicians that came together to create improvisational prayer space for meditation and dance . (Bio from http://liquid-flow.com/users/mica-ella)

Here is her “Water Blessing Song ” (This Japanese mantra , “The Grand Invocation” is a very powerful prayer. It has been promoted by Dr Masaru Emoto of the Emoto Peace Project to assist in purifying the planetary waters , since the Fukushima meltdown .)

and the “circle of women “

Music from Switzerland – Christian Zehnder

Christian Zehnder is a singer, componist and musician from Sitzerland. He is really a voice artist , combining the Jodeling from his home country with the overtone singing from Mongolia .

Watch him sing “Picnicwith a monk ” a live performance in the chappel of Romainmontier

and a documentary , featuring Hun Huur Tur from Mongolia (with english subtitle)

 

Music from Norway – Anders Nilsen

Anders Nilsen is a Norwegian singer, producer and comedian. The song “Salsa Tequila” is the result of it: a dance beat within some non-sens made up a #1 hit! As he says himself he doesn’t speak spanish – he just mixes different words. Very nice one, with a great cover potential!

An official Dutch parody:

And a Sander Hoogendoorn cover:

Music from Finland – Steve ´n ´Seagulls

Steve ´n Seagulls is a folk cover band from Perunamaa / Finland , they´ve “specialised” on covering Heavy Metal songs from AC/DC , Dio or Iron Maiden , here is their newest cover of Thunderstruck from the faboulos AC/DC

Crazy finish people , i love them , Steve n Seagull are Irwin Remmel, Musta Magisteri, Puikkonen,Hermann and Wild Till Hiltunen

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Music from Italy – Ganes

Ganes is a female Trio , two sisters Elisabeth and Marlene Schuen and her cousin Maria Molling. They grew up in the  Dolomites mountains (LA Val ) and still sing their songs in ladinic language , a common dialect in the Dolomites (SouthTirol) .

They sing in Italian , french , englich and also in this special ladinic dialect.

Here is their newest song from their new album “Capriuce ” 2014 , have a look on their homepage 

and a documentary on their work

 

Music from Germany/the US – Iggy and the German Kids

We´ve presented already once this band http://xworldmusic.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/music-from-germany-the-us-iggy-the-german-kids/

they´ve just released a new single , i heared “Mary Jane ” yesterday in the radio , don´t miss it , great song

 

Music from France – Jean-Jacques Goldman

Jean-Jacques Goldman is a french singer-songwriter born in 1951. He was born in Paris to an immigrant Polish Jewish father and a German Jewish mother and made it to a Grammy Awarded musician. Have a listen to his nice song “Je te donne”: