Music from the Netherlands – Tessa Rose Jackson

Tessa Rose Jackson, born in 1991, is a dutch siger-songwriter from Amsterdam. She describes her music as ‘How I feel within a week’ and released her first album ‘Songs From The Sandbox’ in 2013. Have a listen to her absolutely awesome song “(All the) King’s Horses):

Music from Germany/ the US – Iggy & The German Kids

Iggy & The German Kids is a collaboration between Singer/Songwriter Ignacio Uriarte and production duo DTC Music Productions.
Iggy is a 25 year old singer-songwriter from New York City. At the age of ten he became a member of the Metropolitan children’s chorus, where he sang in over thirty different operas along with performing solo pieces in Tosca, Magic Flute and Billy Bud. When his voice changed at 14 he started writing pop-songs influenced by his love of the Beatles. A self taught guitarist, bassist and pianist, Iggy also took two years of classical voice training after leaving the MET. Throughout college he played and toured with a number of rock bands.

After struggling as a indie-solo artist he began sending demos back in forth with two friends (Hubertus Dahlem and Frederic Todenhöfer) from Germany whom he had met In college. The three sparked an immediate chemistry that resulted in a prolific output of songs, undeniably the best work of his young career.
Over the past year the three of them have been working on what is going to be Iggy’s debut album as a solo artist. The new sound, characterized by elements of Brit-pop, electronica and classic Rock, infuses methodic and anthemic arrangements with strong melodies and clever lyrics (Source: Facebook). Listen to their great song “So Hard”:

Music from Greece – Kostis Maraveyas

Kostis Maraveyas (GreekΚωστής Μαραβέγιας), also known by his stage name Maraveyas ilegál or just Maraveyas,is a Greek singer-songwriter, performer, TV presenter and writer. He plays the accordionpianoguitarhammondfarfisa and he sings in Greek, English, Spanish and Italian. Although he began his musical career in the underground & alternative music scene of Italy and Greece, Maraveyas is nowadays considered a pop star in Greece, because of his latest wide success (wikipedia )

Here is his song “Monika” a beautyful and atmsopheric music clip from a gig unplugged in a coffee house

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 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 Hungary – Pokolgep

Pokolgép is a Hungarian heavy metal band formed in the early 1980s (around 1982).They were among the first heavy metal bands in Hungary along with other bands like Moby Dick and Ossian.

My grandma came from Hungary and married a Croatian , in this region of former Yougoslavia lived a lot of people with hungarian or german origin, so they´ve learned in school as my mother and my father did , the german or the hungarian language . Unfortunately i never did , i learned french , english and italian in school .

Here is their metal ballad “Hol Van a szo ” what could be translated with ” Where is the sun ” the band name Pokolglep means “bomb “

by the way the band still consists

 

Music from Canada – The Souljazz Orchestra

The Souljazz Orchestra is a Canadian musical group based in Ottawa that has toured Canada, the United States and Europe. Their music is a fusion of soul, jazz, funk, afrobeat and Latin styles.

Here is their song “Insurrection”

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”: