Music from the Netherlands – Tessa Rose Jackson

Tessa Rose Jackson, born in 1991, is a dutch siger-songwriter from Amsterdam. She describes her music as ‘How I feel within a week’ and released her first album ‘Songs From The Sandbox’ in 2013. Have a listen to her absolutely awesome song “(All the) King’s Horses):

Music from Germany/ the US – Iggy & The German Kids

Iggy & The German Kids is a collaboration between Singer/Songwriter Ignacio Uriarte and production duo DTC Music Productions.
Iggy is a 25 year old singer-songwriter from New York City. At the age of ten he became a member of the Metropolitan children’s chorus, where he sang in over thirty different operas along with performing solo pieces in Tosca, Magic Flute and Billy Bud. When his voice changed at 14 he started writing pop-songs influenced by his love of the Beatles. A self taught guitarist, bassist and pianist, Iggy also took two years of classical voice training after leaving the MET. Throughout college he played and toured with a number of rock bands.

After struggling as a indie-solo artist he began sending demos back in forth with two friends (Hubertus Dahlem and Frederic Todenhöfer) from Germany whom he had met In college. The three sparked an immediate chemistry that resulted in a prolific output of songs, undeniably the best work of his young career.
Over the past year the three of them have been working on what is going to be Iggy’s debut album as a solo artist. The new sound, characterized by elements of Brit-pop, electronica and classic Rock, infuses methodic and anthemic arrangements with strong melodies and clever lyrics (Source: Facebook). Listen to their great song “So Hard”:

Music from Greece – Kostis Maraveyas

Kostis Maraveyas (GreekΚωστής Μαραβέγιας), also known by his stage name Maraveyas ilegál or just Maraveyas,is a Greek singer-songwriter, performer, TV presenter and writer. He plays the accordionpianoguitarhammondfarfisa and he sings in Greek, English, Spanish and Italian. Although he began his musical career in the underground & alternative music scene of Italy and Greece, Maraveyas is nowadays considered a pop star in Greece, because of his latest wide success (wikipedia )

Here is his song “Monika” a beautyful and atmsopheric music clip from a gig unplugged in a coffee house

Music from Hungary – Pokolgep

Pokolgép is a Hungarian heavy metal band formed in the early 1980s (around 1982).They were among the first heavy metal bands in Hungary along with other bands like Moby Dick and Ossian.

My grandma came from Hungary and married a Croatian , in this region of former Yougoslavia lived a lot of people with hungarian or german origin, so they´ve learned in school as my mother and my father did , the german or the hungarian language . Unfortunately i never did , i learned french , english and italian in school .

Here is their metal ballad “Hol Van a szo ” what could be translated with ” Where is the sun ” the band name Pokolglep means “bomb “

by the way the band still consists

 

Music from Sweden – The Glade

The Glade is a folk and americana rock band from Stockholm. They were formed in 2008 by Tobias Gustavsson, Nils Janlöv and Jonas Carping. Later in 2012 the drummer Martin Karlsson joined the band. Their melodic rock is influenced by heavy elements and reminds me a bit of post rock. The released their album ‘What Turns On The Lights’ on Feb 17th 2014. Listen to their nice song “On Our Own”:

Music from France – Manjul

Manjul is the pseudonym of Julien Souletie, an artist and Dub musician , born in 1976 in the eighteenth arrondissement of Paris. After many years in the islands of Mayotte and Reunion he lives since  13 years in Mali.

Here is his song “Mabeya”

Music from the UK – 10CC

Read the article of Musicians in New Zealand and discovered that 10CC , a famous band in my Youth comes from there . I loved this song “Dreadlock Holidays” really an evergreen .In fact they come from Manchester , don´t know why they transferred this band which has founded 1966 and consisted til 2003 has been trasnferred to another continent. Two members of this band had a very famous solo /duo project called Godley & Creme

 

Music from Denmark – Kaka

Kaka, born in 1992, means brother in Swahili and is a great reggae and dancehall shootingstar from Sweden! Listen to the nice song “En sidste sang” in english ‘A last song’

Whenever I remind music from Denmark, I remind of Nephew and any more bands Truels told me about. Thanks Truels for this suggestion!!