Music from Portugal – Zeca Afonso

Zeca Afonso (1929-1987) was a Portuguese folk and political musician. Zeca lived in Angola and Mosambik in his youth and later studied in Coimbra, Portugal. In 1974, his politicaly banned song “Grândola, Vila Morena” was played by the radio after midnight and became a symbol in the fight against the dictatorship and started the Carnation Revolution.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaLWqy4e7ls

Really an amazing musician so have a listen to “Canção de Embalar” too:

Music from the US – A Boy and His Kite

Dave Wilton is a musician from Colorado, US, best knwon for his great indie folk/rock music. Within his project ‘A Boy and His Kite’ Wilton released his debut album in 2012. Have a listen to his nice song “Cover Your Tracks”, which was included in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Pt. 2:

Music from Australia – David Craft

David Craft is an australian dark folk musician. After playing in various bands for several years (e.g. Big Old Bears), David Craft started his solo career. Listen to his nice relaxed song “Smokey Lungs and Dirty Puns”:

Music from Georgia – The Trio Mandili

Another one from Georgia , this little country on the coast of the Black sea , with a long and interesting history and especially in musical regards very impressive ; these people seem to sing all day long , everywhere – beautyful

Here is the Trio Mandili with their song “Apareka”

Music from Canada – Happy birthday Leonard Cohen

Leonard Norman Cohen,  (born September 21, 1934 in Montreal) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and writer. Today he is 80 years old.

Leonard Cohen became well-known with songs like Suzanne, Hallelujah, First we take Manhattan, Bird on a wire , the partizan and a lot of other great songs of his work.

The sisters of Mercy (band) has been named after a song of Cohen, Nirvana mentioned him in their song “Pennyroyal Tea”

the Partizan , le partisan was the favourite song of a friend on FB, Kurt Heering , a writer from germany , died one year ago, his FB account is still online , but not active anymore, the gap in my friendship list remembers me always on this song

Lyrics

I’m on my time with everyone
I have very bad posture

I sit and drink Pennyroyal Tea
Distill the life that’s inside of me
I sit and drink Pennyroyal Tea
I’m anemic royalty

Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld
So I can sigh eternally

Music from Guinea/US – Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate

A US-African Hip Hop Duo with african music influences – Sekou Kouyate from Guine the African Jimi Hendix of the Kora and Joe Dricscoll  from ney York present a fusion of Reggae, Hip Hop , Folk and Afro Beat

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