Music from the US – Otis Redding // rhythm & blues

Otis Redding (1941-1967) was one of the most popular soul and rhythm & blues musicians in the world. After Redding died in 1967 in cause of a plane accident, his single Sittin’ on the Dock of a Bay” became a #1 hit in America. He wrote the song a few days before…

Music from the US – Jay Z & Alicia Keys

“Empire State of Mind” is a hip hop and soul song made by Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys. This song is actually one of the rap classics in the past years, within impressive chorus. The song about profanity and the problems in the different districts of New York, became a #1 single in the United States in 2009:

Music from Kenya – Naomi Wachira

Naomi Wachira was born and raised in a musical family in a small town called Kijabe, which is located on the Kenyan Great Rift Valley. At age 5 she joined her parents’ choir, which spurred her love affair with music as a way to not only understand the world, but also express her introverted self. (Facebook info )

There’s no doubt that there’s a better future in store for Naomi, especially after her great breakout year in 2013. Named the Best Folk Singer in Seattle by alt publication Seattle Weeklyand featured on their cover, Naomi became the toast of the town ( Bio on her Homepage )……… The result isNaomi Wachira’s debut full-length, a portrait of a Kenyan artist at home in the Pacific Northwestern United States.

Here is her song ” African Girl ” (according to the lyrics she must be around 45 years old :-) )

 

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 Congo DR/France – Gasandji

Gasandji is a congolese alternative, soul and jazz-fusion musician. Listen to her nice piece “Na lingui yo”:

Music from the UK – Hannah Williams and the Tastemakers

Good old soul music from the wonderful lady from the UK and her band the tastemakers , Hear her wonderful , sometimes hard and strong volominous  voice and her song – we can work it out – really a great song

As a daughter of a preacher , soul and gospel music has been part of her life; she is really the queen of deep soul