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”


Music from Canada – Downhere

Downhere, formed in 1999, is a canadian alternative rock band. They won the Juno Award, and already released six albums. Here’s their song “You’re Not Alone”:

Music from Turkey – Muslum Baba

Muslum Baba, also know as Müslüm Gürses, born in 1953, is a turkish singer. After a car accident he was already manifested death, but he rescued himself out of a charnel house. Here’s his nice song “Seni Yazdim Kalbime”:

Music from Nigerian – Fela Kuti

Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938 — 2 August 1997), or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, pioneer of Afrobeat music, human rights activist, and political maverick. Here is the song “Teacher Don’t teach Me No Nonsense “

Find his son music “Rise” here

Music from Mali – Kandia Kouyaté

Kandia Kouyaté (also known as Kandja Kouyaté, born in 1959 in Kita, Mali) is a Malian jelimuso (a female griot) and kora player. Here is the song “Woulalé”

Music from the US – R.E.M.

One of my favourite bands when I was younger, R.E.M., from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 collapsed last year. Here’s their classic “Losing My Religion”, from the album Out Of Time:

Music from Barbados – Rupee

Rupee, born in 1975, is a soca musiciand from Barbados, who was born to a german mother and a bajan father. Here’s his song “God Needed an Angel“:

Listen I’m a Bajan here

This was a Music-Suggestion from The Ultimate Lifestyle Blog, thanks!