Big Mimma is a Mediterranean Rock group from Sicily. Listen to their track “Pani Mottu”:
Moseqar is a producer and DJ from Al Qahirah, Egypt. Listen to his chillstep piece “Only One”:
Hasna El Bécharia is extraordinary. She is still the only woman in the Maghreb to play gnawi music, a ceremonial beat that has remained an exclusively male preserve since the animist beliefs of the Bilad es-Sudan, (in Arabic, the Land of the Blacks – today’s Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Niger and Chad) encountered the monotheist faith of Islam from across the desert. Her choice has exposed her to a great deal of rejection and sarcasm, but Hasna’s mind and soul are irrevocably bound up with the mystic trance music learnt from her father, a pious man who was himself a maâllem or master of gnawi (the plural of gnawa) syncretism, a black Sufism forged by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves in White Africa, also called diwan in East Algeria and stambali in Tunisia. Here is her song “Hakmet Lakdar”
Googoosh, born in 1951, is a female pop singer from Tehran, also known as Faegheh Atashin. Listen to her nice piece “Baghe Bi Bargi”:
Thanks for this nice suggestion, Orientaldrumming!
The Zig Zag Orchestra is a world and pop music group from Kosovo. Listen to their great piece “I Dehur Jam”:
BRANDNEW SONG! A song I don’t know more about, but it’s multi-cultural. Seems to be from Fore from Mali. But it’s awesome good african music. The ‘Ce n’est pas bon’ in the background is by Amadou & Mariam. About political and society problems. “C’est pas Bon”, in english: that’s not good:
Dobet Gnahoré, born in 1982, is a singer from Côte d’Ivoire. Since 1999, she’s living in Marseille, France due to civil wars in her homeland. Listen to her nice song “Abiani”:
The indie band Eric & Magill from Kenya and the US released a new album called “Two Travelers”. Really an interesting and relaxed indie album. Like it!
Listen to “They make it so good” too!
Cem Karaca, born in 1945 was a turkish rock singer who died in 2004. After an military coup in 1980, many intellectuals were arested, and so he left for an exile in Germany. My friend Emre is a big fan of him – for right! Listen to his amazing song “Oh Be”, including the “most turkish” instrument, the saz, or baglama. It’s a bout his wish to come back to his homeland Turkey. But he wasn’t allowed…
Listen to Mein Deutscher Freund
Lowkey is an US-american rapper and political activist of English and Iraqi descent. In 2012 he startet a hiatus to concentrate on his studies. Listen to his song “Long Live Palenstine”. For a palestine solution with peace. No war between the religions.