Music from Congo DR – Lumio

Born as Charles Bofossa, better known by his stage name, Lumino, is a Congolese (DRC) artist/songwriter and Record Producer. His sounds are really wonderful and his wonderful voice fits perfectly to his gospel songs and ballads. Have a listen to “Beyond all”:

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 Kenya – Naomi Wachira

Naomi Wachira was born and raised in a musical family in a small town called Kijabe, which is located on the Kenyan Great Rift Valley. At age 5 she joined her parents’ choir, which spurred her love affair with music as a way to not only understand the world, but also express her introverted self. (Facebook info )

There’s no doubt that there’s a better future in store for Naomi, especially after her great breakout year in 2013. Named the Best Folk Singer in Seattle by alt publication Seattle Weeklyand featured on their cover, Naomi became the toast of the town ( Bio on her Homepage )……… The result isNaomi Wachira’s debut full-length, a portrait of a Kenyan artist at home in the Pacific Northwestern United States.

Here is her song ” African Girl ” (according to the lyrics she must be around 45 years old :-) )

 

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 Germany – Quadro Nuevo

Quadro Nuevo , an instrumental quartet , founded 1996 in Salzburg/Austria , a group from germany , the european answer of argentinian tango.

They won several prizes, gave already over 3000 concerts all over the world . They play in concert halls , pubs and on festivals , but they often practise their music also as street muscians.

Here is their song “Nature Boy”

 

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