Music from the US – A Boy and His Kite

Dave Wilton is a musician from Colorado, US, best knwon for his great indie folk/rock music. Within his project ‘A Boy and His Kite’ Wilton released his debut album in 2012. Have a listen to his nice song “Cover Your Tracks”, which was included in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Pt. 2:

Music from South Africa – Trevor Johnes

Trevor Johnes, born in 1949, is a South African film score composer. Listen to his soundtrack of “The last of the Mohicans”:

Music from Sweden – Black Ingvars

Black Ingvars is a swedish fun metal band, formed in 1995. Listen to their nice piece “Här Kommer Pippi Långstrump”, as a version of the Pippi Longstocking title song:

Music from Cape Verde – Luis Morais

The song “Boas Festas” – an end-of-year soundtrack heard everywhere on the radio and in the bars and taverns of Cape Verde – was written by the famous clarinettist Luis Morais, master of an entire generation of Cape Verdean musicians.  Wherever you go, whatever you do, either the original or one of the more modern versions of “Boas Festas” will be playing, its joyful yet nostalgic beat plunging listeners into contagious, euphoric sadness. The imminence of the New Year celebrations when all cares are forgotten irresistibly conjures up the image of a friend, brother or loved one, lost forever or gone to seek a better life elsewhere… In Cape Verde, there is always time for tears and memories before laughter and song…

Luis Morais died suddenly at the age of 67 on Wednesday the 25th September 2002 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Luis Morais is a legend in the land of Cesaria Evora. Born on the 10th February 1935 in Mindelo (São Vicente Island, Cape Verde), he spent his youth in Dakar, where he first studied and learnt the rudiments and theory of music, then composition. He began to play his favourite instruments, the clarinet and saxophone (alto and tenor), at Cape Verdean dances, very fashionable in Dakar at the time. Here is the song “Boas Festas”

Music from Cape verde – Bau

Rufino Almeida (12, 1962), best known as Bau born in Midelo, Cape Verde. Bau’s father was a stringed-instrument maker in Mindelo, the port of São Vicente island, the most famous in the Archipelago since the success of Cesaria Evora, also a native of this scrap of land that is also the home of many of Cape Verde’s greatest artists and composers.

At the start of the 90s, he recorded his first album with the Mindel Band, including the first pieces he had written himself – “Mindelo” (Lusafrica) – and performed on “Mar Azul”, the album that launched Cesaria Evora in 1991. In 1994, he joined the singer’s orchestra and, two years later, became its musical director, before passing the baton to pianist Nando Andrade in 1999. From the beginning of the 90s, Bau has published 6 solo albums of a sparkling beauty. Here is the song “Filosofia”

Music from the UK – The Wise Sound

The Wise Sound is a british producer and remixer. Like his a capella mix of the Hobbit soundtrack “Misty Mountains”:

Music from the UK – Adele

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, born in 1988, is a british soul and pop musician. Although her young age, she already won many (Grammy) Awards, and was certified platinum four times in the UK, and she’s really a great singer! Listen to the soundtrack of James Bond “Skyfall”: