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Ali Farka Toure

Ali Ibrahim “Farka” Touré (October 31, 1939 – March 7, 2006) was a Malian singer and guitarist, and one of the African continent’s most internationally renowned musicians. His music is widely regarded as representing a point of intersection of traditional Malian music and its North American cousin, the blues. The belief that the latter is historically derived from the former is reflected in Martin Scorsese’s often quoted characterization of Touré’s tradition as constituting "the DNA of the blues". Touré was ranked number 76 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

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Hokum Hotshots

The Hokum Hotshots are a blues/roots duo from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, UK. Consisting of Pete Mason (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Jim Murray (vocals, guitar), the duo, formed in 1969, are legends on the local folk scene and recorded two CDs in the late 1990s, Still in the Game and Guitar Swing. The Hotshots recorded Maybe it's the Blues in 1985 which was released on vinyl. The Hotshots, as well as playing their own arrangements, have reworked old delta blues standards by Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Bill Broonzy, among many others.

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Rico Rodriguez

Emmanuel Rodriguez (Rico, Reco, El Reco) (b. 1934) is a Jamaican trombonist. Born on 17th October 1934 in Kingston, Jamaica, by the age of ten he had learnt to play the trombone from strict nuns. In the 1950s, Rodriguez became a Rasta, and became closely musically related to Rasta drummer Count Ossie. He recorded with many producers, including Prince Buster and Lloyd 'Matador' Daley. In 1961, Rodriguez moved to Eng;and, where he continued to play in bands.

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Conquering Lion

1. Conquering Lion aka Congo Natty aka Rebel MC is the stage name of Jungle producer and Toaster Michael West. "Conquering Lion" is short for "the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah," one of emperor's Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia many titles. 2. Conquering Lion (http://www.myspace.com/conqueringli0n) is also a dub/reggae/hardcore band from Tetovo, Macedonia. This is the official last.fm page of this band: http://www.last.fm/music/Conquering+Lion+%28Mk%29

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Half Pint

Half Pint (born Lindon Roberts) is a Jamaican , , and singer. He was born in the West Kingston enclave of Rose Lane. He was nicknamed "Half Pint" by a Mr. Brown, who was the father of one of his mother's friends in nearby Waterhouse. Half Pint also refers to a Miami Bass rap artist. Pint's first single, Sally, was released in 1983 followed by Winsome, which went on to be covered by The Rolling Stones in 1987. Other singles by Pint include Mr. Landlord, Level The Vibes, Substitute Lover, and the hit single, Victory.

Read more about Half Pint on Last.fm.

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Groundation

Groundation is a Fusion-Reggae band based in Sonoma County, California. It was established in 1998 by Harrison Stafford, Ryan Newman and Marcus Urani upon their meeting at the Jazz program at Sonoma State University. Groundation's music incorporates the lyrical struggle of Roots Reggae, the progressive musicianship of Funk/Jazz fusion, and other-worldly transcendental Dub. The 9-piece band creates an altogether new Reggae sound, featuring swirling horns, stout poly-rhythmics, and soulful harmony vocals.

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Dallas Frasca

"Frasca is truley one of Australia's most inspiring and strong willed female Artists" Reverb Mag DALLAS FRASCA – BIO Dallas and her band have just returned from New York with their second full length album in hand, where they worked with Australian producer Andy Baldwin (Bjork, Chrissie Amphlett, Living End, Kram, Cat Empire) at Rola Pola Studio’s in Brooklyn. One of the tracks from the upcoming album has been mixed by the legendary producer Tchad Blake (Black Keys, Elvis Costello, Pearl Jam, Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow, The Dandy Warhols, Gomez) in the south of France.

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Tarrus Riley

Tarrus Riley born Omar Riley in Bronx, New York, is a promising reggae singer and songwriter. His early years were spent in music studios and traveling the world with his dad. He picked up something special along the way. He is a songwriter of uncommon intelligence, breadth with a deft touch. His emotional and spiritual IQ matches his heartfelt sincerity. As a singer, his vocal style is reassuring. It conveys his every mood, concern and context eloquently. His songwriting is bold, yet definitive, passionate and authentic, without being strident or overly militant.

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