Music from the UK – Cinematic Orchestra

The Cinematic Orchestra is a british jazz and electronic band formed in 1999. Refound them today and listened to many of their interesting pieces. Really like these downtempo and nu jazz songs! Have a listen to their great dreamy song “To Build A Home”:

Music from Congo DR – Wendo Kolosoy

Antoine Wendo Kolosoy (April 25, 1925 – July 28, 2008), known as Papa Wendo, was a Congolese musician. He was considered the “Father” of Congolese rumba music, a musical style blending rumba, beguine, waltz, tango and cha-cha.

Wendo was born in 1925 in Mushie territory, Mai-Ndombe District of western Congo, then under Belgian colonial rule. His father died when he was seven, and his mother, a singer herself, died shortly thereafter. He was taken to live in an orphanage run by the Society of the Missionaries of Africa, and remained there until he was 12 or 13, expelled when the fathers disapproved of the lyrics of his songs. Wendo began playing guitar and performing at age 11.

Kolosoy became a professional singer almost by chance after having worked also as a boxer, sailor and longshoreman in Congo, Cameroon and Senegal. From 13 Wendo traveled as a worker on the Congo River ferries, and entertained passengers on the long trips. Between 1941 and 1946 he traveled as a sometime professional boxer, as far from home as Dakar, Senegal. Here´s his song “Camille “

Music from Finland – Piirpauke

Piirpauke is a Finnish band that combined elements of early folk and jazz in their music. The band was founded in 1974 by multi-instrumentalist Sakari Kukko.

The band had some commercial success with the songs Konevitsan Kirkonkellot, Soi vienosti murheeni soitto, Swedish Reggae and Imala Maika. Over the years, 20 albums have been released.

Music from the US -Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra

Antibalas founded 1998  (Spanish for “bulletproof”) is a Brooklyn-based afrobeat band that is modeled after Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band and Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive Orchestra. Although their music generally follows the musical architecture and language of afrobeat, it incorporates elements of jazz, funk, dub, improvised music, and traditional drumming from Cuba and West Africa.(wiki)

Here is their song “Uprising”

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 Greece/Canada – Katerine Duska

Listen to the song “One in a Million” by Katerine Duska, born in Montreal to greek parents, and now living in Athens. Her music includes elements of indie pop, indie folk, neo-soul and blues elements and is led by her amazing voice!

Music from the US – Steve Gorn

Steve Gorn (* in New York City) is an American jazz and world musician (soprano saxophone, flutes).
Gorn studied composition at the Pennsylvania State University. Under the influence of musicians such as Bismallah Khan, Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, his interest in Eastern music was born. In 1969 he went to Benares, where he met the Sarangimaster Gopal Misra and then in Calcuttahe was  student of Bansurimaster  Gour Goswami

Music from Mali – Le Mystère Jazz de Tombouctou

….. The opening track to the LP, “Leli”, immediately launches into the big brass sound and ostinato lead guitar which identify Mystère Jazz’s Malian style. The brass and guitar sections are also teasers for later solo passages – and what solos they are. Malian music of this period is renown for the quality of the lead guitar solos (e.g. National “A” Orchestra, Orchestre Regional de Kayes, Super Djata Band, etc) and Mystère Jazz are right up there with the best. ….

Info from : http://www.radioafrica.com.au/

what a great sound

Music from the US – Darondo

Darondo (actually William Pulliam, * born 1946 in Berkeley, † June 9, 2013 in San Francisco ) was an American soul and funk singer who was active in the music scene of San Francisco.

Here is his song “Didn´t I ”