Music from the US – Donnalou Stevens

“Older Ladies are divine ” , that´s what Donnalou Stevens , a singer /songwriter form San Francisco /California/US  is singing about in her song “Older Ladies” . A very positive song , that points to the good, incorruptible, and less superficial values ​​and she´s right.  Regarding the beauty always shown on tv and other media  , you have always to remember , that time leaves his traces on everybody´s face and body , the only thing that never changes is your mind – i like it , a very positive way of thinking

a very positive , funny and brave video

Music from Germany – Andreas Bourani

Andreas Bourani , a singer/songwriter from Augsburg /Germany with german/eyptian roots. The 27 year old Bourani released his first album in 2011 and had with the song “Nur in meinem Kopf ” a number one hit single in Germany. After his first success , he seemed to have disappeared ,  until May 2014 , when he released his new single “Auf uns” which became the official german world championship song 2014 and if you have watched the final between Argentina and Germany you could hear it after the game when the officials gave the cup to the german team.

Today the german team came back to Berlin/germany and half a million people waited on the street to welcome them , at least 400000 in front of the Brandenburger Tor , where Bourani opened the welcome party with his song.

and in better quality the official video from the song

In 2011 i had the honour to see Bourani in a Mini Concert , about 100 invited  guests have been there here is my report ( in german from 2011 ) Bourani changed a little bit , his haircut is shorter than 2011.

 http://dinnerfornoone.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/andreas-bourani-minikonzert-tuttlingen/

 

Music from Costa Rica – Malpais

Malpaís is a band from Costa Rica, active from 1999 til 2011. The music of Malpaís is part of the Costa Rica-contemporary compositions work, called by the band “Costarican new song”. The musicians are trying to relate the concept to the early folk and protest folk tradition of Latin America, mixing musical structures of regional and local folk genres such as calypso and tambito with easy-listening jazz (breaks and progressions) and romantic lyrics inspired in Latin American songwriters in order to be perceived as if they are built on the solid tradition of their musical roots. The group takes its name from the most remote, jungle-cradled beach on the north-Pacific Nicoya Peninsula—the beach at road’s end.

Here is their song “Malpais”

Music from the UK – Oi Va Voi

Oi Va Voi founded 1999 is an experimental rock group from London. She mixes traditional Eastern European and Jewish music with elements of rock and electronic music.

Oi Va Voi is jiddisch /jewish and means translated “Oh my goodness !”

The video is a music  inspired movie , showing lightning in slow motion

The song is called refugee

and Yuri (a tribute tu Juri Gagarin )

 

Music from the UK – Fad Gadget

Frank Tovey (born September 8, 1956 in London, † April 3, 2002 ibid; actually John Francis Tovey) was a British musician and pioneer of the British New Wave movement. He was also known by his pseudonym Fad Gadget.

He published in 1979 under the pseudonym Fad Gadget Tovey his debut single Back to Nature. Gadget was the first artist of the newly founded  Mute Records label. There were other gadget singles like Ricky’s hand, Fireside Favourite, Make Room / Lady Shave or Collapsing New People (the last single with the Berlin-based band Einstürzende Neubauten as guest musician). Until 1984, he published four albums Gadget Fireside Favourites (1980), Incontinent (1981), Under the Flag (1982) and Gag (1984).

In 1980, the then-unknown band Depeche Mode has bee  the opening act of gadget. After that concert Depeche Mode were taken at Mute Records.. Despite the high recognition he enjoys in the electronic music scene of the 1980s, his reputation remained rather low.

 

Music from France – Scarlett O´Hanna

Described as a format-killer composer, singer and producer with eclectic sensitivity, SCARLETT O’HANNA originates from France where she started to learn the piano at 6 and as a kid grew up listening to The Police, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Charles Trenet and Chopin. She forms a band in 2003, Cobson, records one album and plays mostly in France for about 7 years before splitting it up. O’Hanna gets noticed with minimal and mostly instrumental Cheap Bling Bling, first EP under her name, right before leaving France in 2010. She opens for Scout Niblett, Emily Jane White or Laura Veirs and then records 8-track album IMPOSTOR with Rudy Coclet in Brussels. In March 2011 Wilco invites her on a leg of their European tour as their support. While unsigned in Europe, Cocoheart records in Japan releases a special edition album featuring both records.

Few months ago Scarlett went back to France to record ROMANCE FLOATS in La Frette studios. (from her Homepage )

Here is her song “Dramamine”

Music from Germany – Varinia Akua

Marinia Akua , a soul and pop singer from germany just released her EP “From my heart into your ear ” , love this cover from hip hop singer Marteria , think thats the start of a great career

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):