Music from Palestina – Azam Ali & Naser Musa

“The Spirit of Sumud” A photography exhibition by photographer James Prineas.Faith (Eman) composed by Palestinian composer Naser Musa.
Performed by Azam Ali & Naser Musa

Azam Ali was very taken by these photographs of Palestine and the Palestinian people and asked Alfred Madain  if he can put them together in a video format to the song faith from her new album From Night to the Edge of Day.

Music from the US – Donnalou Stevens

“Older Ladies are divine ” , that´s what Donnalou Stevens , a singer /songwriter form San Francisco /California/US  is singing about in her song “Older Ladies” . A very positive song , that points to the good, incorruptible, and less superficial values ​​and she´s right.  Regarding the beauty always shown on tv and other media  , you have always to remember , that time leaves his traces on everybody´s face and body , the only thing that never changes is your mind – i like it , a very positive way of thinking

a very positive , funny and brave video

Music from South Africa – Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo (LBM) is an a cappella group from South Africa. The group was founded in the early 1960s in the township of Ladysmith (KwaZulu-Natal). The Black in the name refers to, Black Ox ‘, which (traditionally) is the strongest animal on a (African) farm. Mambazo means ax ‘.

Here is their song Nkosu Sikelel l´africa

 

Music from Costa Rica – Malpais

Malpaís is a band from Costa Rica, active from 1999 til 2011. The music of Malpaís is part of the Costa Rica-contemporary compositions work, called by the band “Costarican new song”. The musicians are trying to relate the concept to the early folk and protest folk tradition of Latin America, mixing musical structures of regional and local folk genres such as calypso and tambito with easy-listening jazz (breaks and progressions) and romantic lyrics inspired in Latin American songwriters in order to be perceived as if they are built on the solid tradition of their musical roots. The group takes its name from the most remote, jungle-cradled beach on the north-Pacific Nicoya Peninsula—the beach at road’s end.

Here is their song “Malpais”

Music from Ireland – L´Orkestina

ORKESTINA, as the name suggests, is a mini-balcan-gypsy orchestra, specialising in the fusion of east european music with the languages of the west: jazz and Irish music.ORKESTINA is made up of musicians from various countries, a fact which peppers its compositions and arrangements with a rich diversity and colour. It’s founder and leader, Colum Pettit (Cork, Ireland) has put together a multiethnic, multicoloured group which include styles and flavours from all over Europe. At the moment, ORKESTINA is a quartet made up of an Irish violinist, an accordinist and double bass from Catalunya and a bulgarian maestro of the Gadulka. The combined musical influences and virtuosity of these four musicians deliver a repertoire in which the various musical styles of eastern and western europe are mixed together to produce a seamless whole.

Here is their song ” Jewish Gypsy”

Music from Romania – Taraf de Haidouks

Taraf de Haïdouks are a Romanian gypsy combo consisting of 13 Roma musicians. These are from the 3000-strong community Clejani in the middle of the historical region of Wallachia in Romania’s south-east, about 40 km south of Bucharest, near the Bulgarian border.

The name of the combo goes back to Taraf (= band) and Hajdú (Heiducken a people  fighting for freedom ) , just so: Hajdú-orchestra.

The music is a combination of diferent influences of Balkan and Gypsy Music from Romania , former Yougoslavia Bulgaria mixed with components of oriental music from Turkey and Greece:

In 2002 the world famous violonist and head of the band Nicolae Neacsu, born 1924 died .

45 minutes of Gypsy Power Music

Music from Kenya – Wambura Mitaru

Wambura Mitaru’s eclectic and fluid music blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and sounds from her African background. A young, passionate singer and songwriter from Nairobi, her career began in high school with training in classical music. She attended the Kenya Conservatoire of Music for further studies until 2011. Wambura Mitaru creates a hybrid sound of groovy tunes with catchy lyrics, and wants the audience to sing along from all parts of the world of music.(berkley.edu)

Since 2008, Berklee’s Africa Scholars Programme has held auditions in Nairobi, Accra and Durban to offer talented musicians from across the continent the chance to be awarded scholarships to attend the college.

Wambura Mitaru was one of two African candidates awarded a full scholarship in 2010 for four years of study after what the interview panel described as her “natural talent and musical instincts.”

Here is her song ” Mala Mala “

 

Music from Morocco – Hamid el Kasri

Hamid El Kasri is a Moroccan performer of Moroccan Gnaoua style. He was born in 1961.

Hamid’s grandmother’s Sudanese husband was a virtuoso of Guembri also called haj’houj. Hamid El Kasri discovered Gnawa Sufi style at the very age of seven.

Later on, his powerful and clear voice made his first steps in musical scene very easy. In only few years, Hamid El Kasri became one of the most important names of Moroccan Gnaoua style. His popularity grew beyond borders and his talent won unanimous recognition.

Hamid El Kasri is an inescapable artist of Gnaoua Festival of Essaouira.

http://youtu.be/ZJBAn3nDl80

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