Music from Mali – Samba Toure

Recorded at Studio Mali in Bamako, in the autumn of 2012, Samba is joined by his regular band members Djimé Sissoko (n’goni ) and Madou Sanogo (congas, djembe) and guests such as the legendary, master of the soku (a one-stringed violin) Zoumana Tereta and the fast-rising Malian neo-traditional singer Aminata Wassidje Traore. Additionally, Hugo Race (The Bad Seeds, Dirtmusic, Fatalists) contributes an array of subtile atmospherics on guitar and keyboards. (youtube)

Translated lyrics:

Be Ki Don (Everybody Dance)
Song of celebration. When an artist enters a court or a village, the people gather to sing and dance.

Men know that Samba arrives
Women know that Samba arrives
Children know that Samba arrives
Everyone welcomes Samba Touré.

Why do you not talk together?
Brothers and sisters, couples, talk to each other
Not just on happy days
Life lasts only a few days, be united.

Men know that Samba arrives
Women know that Samba arrives
Children know that Samba arrives
Everyone welcomes Samba Touré.

 

Music from Mali – Tamikrest

Tamikrest (Tamashek for the node, the alliance, the future) is a band whose members belong to the people of the Tuareg. The band was founded in 2006. They  mix Tuareg music with Western rock and pop music. Her singing is in Tamashek. Main songwriter of the band’s frontman Ousmane Ag Mossa.

Here is their song “Toumast Anlet ” from their 2013 album “Chatma”

and a clip with live pictures “awesome “

 

Music from Niger – Bombino

Omara “Bombino” Moctar is an internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter from Agadez, Niger. His music frequently addresses Tuareg geopolitical concerns and is sung in the Tuareg language of Tamashek. Bombino is the subject of the documentary film Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion.

Here is his song “Amidine”

Music from Morocco – Nabyla Maan

Nabyla Maan (Arabic : نبيلة معان ) is a young Moroccan singer-songwriter, born on December 6, 1987 in Fes, Morocco.

Nabyla recorded her first album in 2005 “D’nya”, in which she sings in Moroccan Arabic, Classical Arabic and French, including two reprises of Nass El Ghiwane’s famous songs “Allah Ya Molana” and “Essiniya”. Her album was sold to hundreds of thousand copies and allowed her to be showcased in concerts in Morocco and Europe. At age 19, she was the youngest Arab and African artist to perform at the Olympia music hall in Paris. (wiki )

Here ist the title song of her first album ” D´nya “

Music from Côte d’Ivoire – Espoir 2000

Espoir 2000 is a Zouglou group from the Côte d’Ivoire/ Ivory Coast. The group was formed by three young men in the community of Koumassi, Abidjan in 1997. In their songs they are announcing the society problems. Listen to their great song “Je t’aime”:

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 Mali – Amadou et Mariam

This is a song from Amadou & Mariam, musical duo from Mali, formed in 1974. Amadou lost his vision at the age of 16 while Mariam became blind at age 5 as a consequence of untreated measles[wiki]. Here’s their nice song “je pense a toi ” ( I think of you ! really a nice love song )

 

 

Music from Senegal – Laba Sosseh

Laba Badara Sosseh (* March 12, 1943  in Bathurst, now Banjul, Gambia; † September 20, 2007 in Dakar, Senegal) was a senegambian  salsa musician.

Here is song “Aminata “

Music from the US/ Armenia – Ryan Weber

Ryan Weber starting his own solo project “REW<<” is best known for beeing part of Eric & Magill, where he wrote some pieces, e.g. ‘All those I know’. Born in Wisconsin, US, he grew up and started playing some music with friends there. He’s a part armenian and was traveling around the world for some years, getting influenced by different music styles as Lingala and Tarab music from Kenya. While he wrote REW<< , he was traveling back to the United States after living in Kenya for two years. He describes this record as his emotions he felt while traveling and ending a chapter in his life. Ryan Weber wrote and recorded in hotel rooms in Kenya, India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia. He describes this in this way: ‘I think rather than being influenced by genre, I’m influenced by my surrounding, music is a component of surrounding, but not the whole, as am I, thus I try to channel what I’m feeling in that setting.’ Listen to “Departeueres“, an amazing collection of records, fitting perfectly here. Thanks Ryan Weber for these amazing sounds!

“While listening to Ryan Weber’s album “Departeueres” you could really chill down and enjoy these amazing soft dream pop melodies”

Music from Morocco – Hamid Bouchnak

Hamid Bouchnak (born 13 May 1969 in Oujda) is a Moroccan raï singer.

Here is his song “Bambara” a mashup of traditional hythms and pop music elements

in 1998 he (Hamid ) wrote a song for the national soccer team “Allez allez ” what means  Go ! Go !

unfortunately the soccer team is not qualified for the world championship this year but their neighbours Algeria