Christmas Songs: Music from Nigeria/ the US – Tolu Akande

Tolu Akande is the 2nd child of Nigerian immigrants who made their way to Chicago, IL in hopes of securing a better lifestyle for themselves and their future children. Have a listen to his great christmas song “Wa,Ẹyin Olotọ”:

 

Music from the US – Otis Redding // rhythm & blues

Otis Redding (1941-1967) was one of the most popular soul and rhythm & blues musicians in the world. After Redding died in 1967 in cause of a plane accident, his single Sittin’ on the Dock of a Bay” became a #1 hit in America. He wrote the song a few days before…

Music from the US – Honoka & Azita // Ukulele

“Composed of Honoka Katayama and Azita Ganjali, the young and dynamic ukulele duo Honoka & Azita first met at Ukulele Hale, a ukulele studio in Kaimuki, Hawaii founded by Jody Kamisato. Both girls garnered exceptional credentials as soloist, including individual awards in ukulele competitions throughout Hawaii. In late 2012, the girls combined their creative forces and began performing together as a duo. The two entered the 2013 International Ukulele Contest taking home 1st place in Group Division and were also awarded the highly prestigious title of MVP” (honokaandazita.com). Listen to their nice song “Bodysurfing”:

Music from the US – Dream Theater // Progressive Metal/ Rock

They were formed in 1985 and startet covering Rush and Iron Maiden: in the recent years Dream Theater, became very popular in the progressive metal and rock genre and won many awards so far. Have a listen to their nice song “This is the life”:

Music from the US – Slightly Stoopid // Reggae

Formed in 1995 by the childhood friends Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald, Slightly Stoopid released 7 albums so far. They band from Ocean Beach, California crew and generated its own musical sytle: “a fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk”. Have a listen to their great song “Wiseman”:

Music from the US – Vonagarden // Indie

Vonagarden is an US-american indie folk band from Nashville. Found this nice description on their ReverbNation site:

Vonagarden is an organic garden of hope. A band of friends creating a new sound filled with positive vibrations. Vona means “hope” in Icelandic. The founder, Garrett Miller’s vision is to bring refreshment to the hearts of people with sound that personifies the joy of rainfall after a drought, and sunlight on land to create a garden in the hearts of listeners….a vonagarden.

Have a listen to their nice song “After All You Have Done”: