Music from Algérie – Hasna El Bacharia

Hasna El Bécharia is extraordinary. She is still the only woman in the Maghreb to play gnawi music, a ceremonial beat that has remained an exclusively male preserve since the animist beliefs of the Bilad es-Sudan, (in Arabic, the Land of the Blacks – today’s Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Niger and Chad) encountered the monotheist faith of Islam from across the desert. Her choice has exposed her to a great deal of rejection and sarcasm, but Hasna’s mind and soul are irrevocably bound up with the mystic trance music learnt from her father, a pious man who was himself a maâllem or master of gnawi (the plural of gnawa) syncretism, a black Sufism forged by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves in White Africa, also called diwan in East Algeria and stambali in Tunisia. Here is her song “Hakmet Lakdar”

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Music from Zimbabwe, Mali & Nigeria – C’est pas bon

BRANDNEW SONG! A song I don’t know more about, but it’s multi-cultural. Seems to be from Fore from Mali. But it’s awesome good african music. The ‘Ce n’est pas bon’ in the background is by Amadou & Mariam. About political and society problems. “C’est pas Bon”, in english: that’s not good:

Music from Côte d’Ivoire – Dobet Gnahoré

Dobet Gnahoré, born in 1982, is a singer from Côte d’Ivoire. Since 1999, she’s living in Marseille, France due to civil wars in her homeland. Listen to her nice song “Abiani”:

Music from Kenya/the US – Eric & Magill

The indie band Eric & Magill from Kenya and the US released a new album called “Two Travelers”. Really an interesting and relaxed indie album. Like it!

Listen to “They make it so good” too!

Music from Algeria – Cheb Mami

Cheb Mami is an algerian Rai and pop musician, born in 1966. As I’m really a fan of african culture and music, I like his song “Aller les Africains”, in english: go on africans. Hope they’d start a way out of war up to peace.

Music from the UK – Mojave 3

Mojave 3 are a british dream and alternative pop band, arised of Slowdive members in 1995. Here’s their song “Prayer for the Paranoid”:

Music from Angola – Irmãos Verdade

Irmãos Verdade is a Angolan Kizomba/Semba Band. They decided to experiment the angolan Kuduro genre. Here is their fusion of Kizomba and Kuduro “Kuduro Kaliente”: