Music from Ireland – L´Orkestina

ORKESTINA, as the name suggests, is a mini-balcan-gypsy orchestra, specialising in the fusion of east european music with the languages of the west: jazz and Irish music.ORKESTINA is made up of musicians from various countries, a fact which peppers its compositions and arrangements with a rich diversity and colour. It’s founder and leader, Colum Pettit (Cork, Ireland) has put together a multiethnic, multicoloured group which include styles and flavours from all over Europe. At the moment, ORKESTINA is a quartet made up of an Irish violinist, an accordinist and double bass from Catalunya and a bulgarian maestro of the Gadulka. The combined musical influences and virtuosity of these four musicians deliver a repertoire in which the various musical styles of eastern and western europe are mixed together to produce a seamless whole.

Here is their song ” Jewish Gypsy”

Music from Romania – Taraf de Haidouks

Taraf de Haïdouks are a Romanian gypsy combo consisting of 13 Roma musicians. These are from the 3000-strong community Clejani in the middle of the historical region of Wallachia in Romania’s south-east, about 40 km south of Bucharest, near the Bulgarian border.

The name of the combo goes back to Taraf (= band) and Hajdú (Heiducken a people  fighting for freedom ) , just so: Hajdú-orchestra.

The music is a combination of diferent influences of Balkan and Gypsy Music from Romania , former Yougoslavia Bulgaria mixed with components of oriental music from Turkey and Greece:

In 2002 the world famous violonist and head of the band Nicolae Neacsu, born 1924 died .

45 minutes of Gypsy Power Music

Music from the UK – Bliss

Bliss (German: happiness, bliss) is an English rock and pop band from London. Bliss was founded in 1986 by Rachel Morrison (vocals) and Paul Ralphes (bass)  in Coventry and was later added, with others , as with today’s London music producer Tom E Morrison as a guitarist. In 2007, the band released the best-of-album Spirit of Man. Two German musician, guitarist Tom E Morrison and drummer Michael Witzel  came 1990 on the band.

For Those who love the sound of Enya or Fleetwood Mac

Here is their song “Desert Sun” chill out music at his finest !

 

Music from Germany – Tobias Schuler

Tobias Schuler , a multi instrumentalist from Schramberg (Black Forrest ) Germany ( a town near me , around 30 km away )  , playing at least 20 differnt instruments , watch this ^^

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 Kenya – Wambura Mitaru

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 “

 

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 – Quadro Nuevo

Quadro Nuevo , an instrumental quartet , founded 1996 in Salzburg/Austria , a group from germany , the european answer of argentinian tango.

They won several prizes, gave already over 3000 concerts all over the world . They play in concert halls , pubs and on festivals , but they often practise their music also as street muscians.

Here is their song “Nature Boy”

 

Music from Iceland – Pollapönk

The ESC Song from Iceland , i loved it , but as i heard it sounds partly very familiar to me, but at this moment i could not name , where i heard the song , partly especially the refrain before .

Later i found out , what seemed to me so wellknown

Here are Pollapönk with theis song “Enga Fordoma”

and this is the song which is related to it , a cover version of “Magic Carpet Ride ” by Fat Boy Slim

a song which was formerly written by the Band “Steppenwolf” ,

Have a look and tell me if you agree