Music from Congo Brazzaville – Niasony Okomo

Niasony Okomo is a congolese singer from Lima, who came to Germany in the age of 13. As she describes herself on her facebook page she sings about her soul, which is torn between Africa and Europe. You could absolutely feel this contrast in her deep voice while she’s performing Afrobeats, traditional Soukous and driving Reggae. Listen to her nice song “Nasina” about a story about trickery and disappointment – a parable for the ongoing desperate situation in the Congo.

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Music from Turkey – Cem Karaca

Cem Karaca, born in 1945 was a turkish rock singer who died in 2004. After an military coup in 1980, many intellectuals were arested, and so he left for an exile in Germany. My friend Emre is a big fan of him – for right! Listen to his amazing song “Oh Be”, including the “most turkish” instrument, the saz, or baglama. It’s a bout his wish to come back to his homeland Turkey. But he wasn’t allowed…

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