Music from Congo DR – Lumio

Born as Charles Bofossa, better known by his stage name, Lumino, is a Congolese (DRC) artist/songwriter and Record Producer. His sounds are really wonderful and his wonderful voice fits perfectly to his gospel songs and ballads. Have a listen to “Beyond all”:

Music from Jamaica – Winston McAnuff

Winston McAnuff, also known under the stage name Electric Dread, (born 1957, in Mandeville) is a Jamaican singer and composer of reggae- and dub music. McAnuff was born in a family of preachers. He started his musical career, singing gospels in the church choir.

Although McAnuff had reasonable fame in Jamaica, none of his work was released elsewhere. It took til 2002 that his work was released in Europe. In 2002 the French record label Makasound released the first two albums and acompilation album Diary of the silent years. The release of the albums revived McAnuff’s career, notably in France. (wikipedia) 

Music from Denmark – Tina Dico

Tina Dico (born 14 October 1977 in Aarhus Åbyhøj as Tina Dickow) is a Danish pop singer and songwriter. In her home country she is active under her birth name Dickow, for the international market, she chose the stage name Dico.

Here is her song ” Count to Ten ” featuring Jonathan Kluth .

Music from the UK – Passenger

Maybe, we’re a bit late – but the story is interesting! Passenger is the stage name of Mike Rosenberg, a british folk-rock singer-songwriter. He started his career in the age of 16, went broke fast, but he never stopped, and had to play on the roads to get some money to life. His song “Let her go”, a #1 hit in many countries made hime famous. Today in the newspaper, I saw an interview with him, and he really struggled hard to this archievement.
Think this should be an incentive for all young musicians!

Music from the US – Iron & Wine

Iron & Wine is the stage name of Samuel Beam, an American indie folk musician, who was born in 1974. Listen to his great song “Cinder and Smoke”:

Music from Canada – Grimes

Grimes is the stage name of Charlie Boucher, born in 1988. Her music is a nice mix of dream-pop, indie and ambient. Listen to “Vanessa”:

Music from Ghana/Germany – Y´Akoto

Jennifer Yaa Akoto, well-known by his stage name  Y´Akoto,  born in Hamburg is daughter of a Ghanaian father and a German mother. Here is her song  “Diamonds”