Music from Jamaica – Black Uhuru

Black Uhuru are a Jamaican reggae group formed in 1972, initially as Uhuru (Swahili for ‘freedom’). The group has undergone several line-up changes over the years, with Derrick “Duckie” Simpson as the mainstay. They had their most successful period in the 1980s, with their album Anthem winning the first ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1985. (wikipedia) 

Edit : just saw this one was my 750th posting on worldmusic in nearly two years :-) i´m happy

Here is their famous song “Guess whos coming to dinner “

 

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 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!!

Music from Jamaica – Toots & The Maytals

Toots & The Maytals are a jamaican reggae and ska music group, formed in 1963. Listen to their classic “Pressure Drop”, recorded in 1969, which was rated as No. 446 in the list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by the Rolling Stone magazine:

Music from Congo Brazzaville – Niasony Okomo

Niasony Okomo is a congolese singer from Lima, who came to Germany in the age of 13. As she describes herself on her facebook page she sings about her soul, which is torn between Africa and Europe. You could absolutely feel this contrast in her deep voice while she’s performing Afrobeats, traditional Soukous and driving Reggae. Listen to her nice song “Nasina” about a story about trickery and disappointment – a parable for the ongoing desperate situation in the Congo.

Music from Algeria – Gnawa Diffusion

Gnawa Diffusion is a French-Algerian musical group created June 27, 1992 at Grenoble  around Amazigh Kateb, son of Algerian writer Kateb Yacine.
The texts of the group are in Arabic, French and English. The rhythms are very mixed race: a mix of rock, reggae, etc., and different music of Algeria as the styles Chaabi, Gnawa, etc..

Here is their song ” Saharagga” , the second one is a live clip

Music from Jamaica -Ijahman Levi ( Trevor Sutherland )

Ijahman Levi (born 1946 in Manchester Parish, Jamaica as Trevor Sutherland) is a roots-reggae musician. His debut album, Haile I Hymn was released in 1978 under the label Iceland Records. His nickname Ijahman Levi he received after he converted to the Rastafari movement, as he sat 1972-1974 in prison.

Here is his song ” Jah is no secret” from his debut album “Haile i Hymn”