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 Mali – Tamikrest

Tamikrest (Tamashek for the node, the alliance, the future) is a band whose members belong to the people of the Tuareg. The band was founded in 2006. They  mix Tuareg music with Western rock and pop music. Her singing is in Tamashek. Main songwriter of the band’s frontman Ousmane Ag Mossa.

Here is their song “Toumast Anlet ” from their 2013 album “Chatma”

and a clip with live pictures “awesome “

 

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 Sweden – The Glade

The Glade is a folk and americana rock band from Stockholm. They were formed in 2008 by Tobias Gustavsson, Nils Janlöv and Jonas Carping. Later in 2012 the drummer Martin Karlsson joined the band. Their melodic rock is influenced by heavy elements and reminds me a bit of post rock. The released their album ‘What Turns On The Lights’ on Feb 17th 2014. Listen to their nice song “On Our Own”:

Music from France – Damien Saez

Damien Saez, born in 1977, is a french singer-songwriter from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. Listen to his 2002 single “Fils de france”:

Music from Russia/ Israel – Eugene Berger

Eugene Berger is a professional progressive rock, fusion and funk guitarist. He also works as a  studio and recording artist, as a composer, as a song arranger, as a music producer and as a guitar teacher. He was born in St. Petersburg and moved to Tel Aviv in 1992. Listen to his piece “Triple Core”:

Music from Germany – Rigna Folk

Rigna Folk , an art rock band from Ulm /Germany . On their Homepage they describe themselve as a band from a parallel universe and compare their music as a mixture of the music of Pink Floyd , Sigur Ros and Radiohead,

Rigna Folk ´s lyrics are in english and in russian language , quite a great  musical reunion

Today they released their new single “Shag “

 

Music from the US – The Last Goodnight

The Last Goodnight are an US-american alternative rock band Connecticut. They became famous in 2007 with their pop hit “Pictures Of You”: