Christmas Songs: Music from Nigeria/ the US – Tolu Akande

Tolu Akande is the 2nd child of Nigerian immigrants who made their way to Chicago, IL in hopes of securing a better lifestyle for themselves and their future children. Have a listen to his great christmas song “Wa,Ẹyin Olotọ”:

 

Music from Ireland – Hozier

Hozier, actually Hozier Andrew Byrne (born March 17, 1990 in Bray), is an Irish folk-rock musician.

Andrew Hozier-Byrne is the son of a blues musician and therefore grew up with music. At 15, he was a member of his first band. In 2012 Hozier then began a solo career and released a year later, his debut single Take Me to Church.

Music from Germany – Dunkelbunt // Klezmer

Dunkelbunt, born as Ulf Lindemann in 1979 in Hamburg is a german producer, musician and DJ, who’s now living in Vienna, Austria. Have a listen to his amazing song “The Stojka Empire” featuring Harry Stojka:

Music from Canada – Ben Caplan

The music of Ben Caplan is diverse, ranging from poetic ballads to frenetic gypsy anthems. But even when the band delivers the roughest of bar room stomps, there is a surprising depth and musicianship to the songs. Expressive percussion, upright bass, violin, sax, clarinet, flute, and terrific use of call and response sing-along choruses all help Caplan stand out from the masses. (from his Homepage)

There is nothing more to say about this musician , have a look on his music video clip “Down to the River”

Music from the US – Adam Lempel and the Heartbeats

Adam Lempel is a musician and composer who lives in Amsterdam via Baltimore. He plays in the bands Adam Lempel and the Heartbeats, Weekends and Winks. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2009 with a degree in philosophy and now studies classical music composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

The Song “Echo ” has become famous in germany as it has been used as a the background music for a lingerie advertisement