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 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 the Dominican Republic – Fulanito

Fulanito is a Merenhouse group from the Dominican Republic. They have received acclaim from being one of the first groups to combine Merengue and House music, selling around 2 million albums around the world.

Here is their song “Guayando”

Music from the UK – 10CC

Read the article of Musicians in New Zealand and discovered that 10CC , a famous band in my Youth comes from there . I loved this song “Dreadlock Holidays” really an evergreen .In fact they come from Manchester , don´t know why they transferred this band which has founded 1966 and consisted til 2003 has been trasnferred to another continent. Two members of this band had a very famous solo /duo project called Godley & Creme

 

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

Music from the US – Au Revoir Simone

Au Revoir Simone, formed in 2003, are a Brooklyn based dream pop trio. Listen to their nice song “The Lucky One”:

Music from Ireland – Róisín O

Róisín O is an Irish folk pop singer from Dublin. Her music is really catchy, and reminds me to icelandic alternative, indie pop music. Listen to her nice “Tea Song”:

Also listen to her piece Synchronicity

Music from the Netherlands – Spinvis

Spinvis is a Dutch one-man project centred around Erik de Jong (born 2 February 1961, Spijkenisse). Using experimental, lo-fi music, Spinvis became an instant success in his home country, earning two gold records in the process and performing sold-out tours in both the Netherlands and Belgium. (wiki)

Here is his song “Dagen van Gras , Dagen van Stro”