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 :-) )
Wambura Mitaru’s eclectic and fluid music blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and sounds from her African background. A young, passionate singer and songwriter from Nairobi, her career began in high school with training in classical music. She attended the Kenya Conservatoire of Music for further studies until 2011. Wambura Mitaru creates a hybrid sound of groovy tunes with catchy lyrics, and wants the audience to sing along from all parts of the world of music.(berkley.edu)
Since 2008, Berklee’s Africa Scholars Programme has held auditions in Nairobi, Accra and Durban to offer talented musicians from across the continent the chance to be awarded scholarships to attend the college.
Wambura Mitaru was one of two African candidates awarded a full scholarship in 2010 for four years of study after what the interview panel described as her “natural talent and musical instincts.”
Here is her song ” Mala Mala “
Originally born in Liberia, Joseph Eid grew up in the suburbs of New York. He was raised in a strict and traditional home where the arts were only supported as a hobbie and never a career. So when it was time for college, he studied psychology and pre-med but all the while, he was always dreaming about a career in music. After his first semester in Medical school, the dream got too big to hold and Joseph made the bold choice of dropping out and moving to New York City to pursue music. He joined a band, picked up a guitar, and the songs poured out like rain. His journey led him to Los Angeles in 2007 where he started playing regularly at open mikes and showcases. Shortly after, he began working with world-renowned guitarist/songwriter David Lamar, honing his songwriting at weekly showcases at the Stone Bar, leading the prolific singer/songwriter to write over 30 new songs as well as record his Debut EP Cardiac Output (josepheidmusic.com).
The result of his work is his first released studio album ‘Human’ on november 19th. Listen to his first single “Ready Now”, an amazing piece, where Eid is playing with the rythm and a lush instrumentation. Also a really good video!
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”:
Diana Ernestine Earle Ross (* 26. März 1944 in Detroit, Michigan) , today 70 years old
Aradhna is a band that fuses traditional Indian devotional music (bhajans) with Christ-centered themes, composed primarily in the Hindi language, in addition to Bihari, Bhojpuri and Braj Basha languages.The band members include Chris Hale (lead vocals, sitar), Peter Hicks (acoustic guitar, sitar) and Travis McAfee (bass). Tabla Player Jim Fiest regularly plays with the band. (wiki)
Here is their songt “Mukteshwar”
Au Revoir Simone, formed in 2003, are a Brooklyn based dream pop trio. Listen to their nice song “The Lucky One”: