Music from Costa Rica – Mekatelyu

Mekatelyu is a Costa Rican band formed in December 1998 when Gabriel Dávila (Gabo), bassist of the band, began to search for a new style of music that would fuse reggae roots with different Caribbean and Latinrhythms.

Here ist their song “Amarily Love Reggae “

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.