Music from Guinea – Fodé Baro

Fodé Baro, is a Guinean musician performing Afro-Zouk and folk music. Born in a Fulani-Mandingo notable family of the city of Kankan, where many griots come from, Fodé Baro is the exception to the rule according which, only griots can make music in Guinea.
From his early childhood, Fodé Baro is enchanted by the talent of the one called “the dragon of African song” aka Aboubacar Demba Camara, outstanding guinean artist from the 70s. As a teenager, Fode excels in the artistic subjects such as theatre and music… and starts playing n’goni and guitar. But for his parents, a young man of his rank cannot tarnish with artists; it would be a humiliation for the family. Here is the song “Yanfante”

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Music from the UK – Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton, born in 1945, is an english rock and blues musician, also well known as Slowhand. He is probably one of the most famous musicians of the last 50 years worldwide. Of course, he also won many awards and is ranked 2nd in the Rolling Stones Magazine for the 100 best guitarist of all time. On 12 march 2013, he’ll release a new album called ‘Old Sock’. Listen a song from it called “Gotta Get Over”:

Also listen to his damn awesome classic “Tears in Heaven”, a tribute song to his son Connor, who already died in the age of 4 years.

Also listen to him with JJ Cale here. Great pieces!

Music from Germany – Hans Blum

Hans Blum, born in 1928, is a german componist, singer and producer. Here’s one of his most popular songs called “Im Wagen Vor Mir” together with Daffi Cramer:

Music from Algeria – Cheb Mami

Cheb Mami is an algerian Rai and pop musician, born in 1966. As I’m really a fan of african culture and music, I like his song “Aller les Africains”, in english: go on africans. Hope they’d start a way out of war up to peace.

Music from South Africa – Seether

Seether, formed in 2002 in Pretoria, is a South African grunge rock band. They won several awards and are one of the most popular african rock groups. Listen to their great song “Afghanistan War”:

War should stop!

Music from UK-Jamaica – Linton Kwesi Johnson

Linton Kwesi Johnson (aka LKJ) (born 24 August 1952, Chapelton, Jamaica) is a UK-based dub poet. He became the second living poet, and the only black poet, to be published in the Penguin Modern Classics series.His performance poetry involves the recitation of his own verse in Jamaican Patois over dub-reggae, usually written in collaboration with renowned British reggae producer/artist Dennis Bovell. His middle name, “Kwesi”, is Ghanaian.Johnson studied for a degree in sociology at Goldsmiths College in New Cross, London (graduating in 1973), which currently holds his personal papers in its archives; in 2004 he became an Honorary Visiting Professor of Middlesex University in London. In 2005 he was awarded a silver Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica for distinguished eminence in the field of poetry.While still at school Johnson joined the British Black Panther Movement, helped to organise a poetry workshop within the movement, and developed his work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers.