Thomas Mapfumo (born 1945 in Marondera, Zimbabwe) is a Zimbabwean musician known as "The Lion of Zimbabwe" for his immense popularity and for the political influence he wields through his music. Pre-Independence, his songs openly called for the violent overthrow of the government, with lyrics like "Mothers, send your sons to war." Since the white government didn't understand Shona, however, at first they didn't realize how radical the songs were.
The Bulgarian Voices Angelite (also known as The Bulgarian Women's Choir Angelite or simply Angelite) is among the most renowned ensembles in the categories of Balkan and Bulgarian folk music.
This women's choir has performed practically everywhere: on the Red Square in Moscow, at the award ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize in Stockholm and at the Vatican. The cryptic, mysterious, perhaps even somewhat mystical quality that characterises the choir's sound arises primarily from the singers' preference for a second voice which is maintained a slight interval to the leading melody.
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Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra, is an American Afrobeat band from the Lower East Side of New York City, formed in 2001 by songwriter/producer Ray Lugo. Along with The Daktaris and Antibalas, they form part of the early New York Afrobeat scene that ignited the genre’s current global revival. ==Name Origin== The band's name, (pronounced kohːkohːloh), was taken from a 1970's term used in Spanish Harlem and parts of the Caribbean, often as a pejorative, to describe Latinos of African descent who were fans of Afro music.
Big Mountain are an American Reggae and Pop music act from San Diego, California, established in 1991. The band had a major hit in 1994 with a cover of Peter Frampton's "Baby I Love Your Way", which also featured in the soundtrack to the film Reality Bites. The follow-up single , "Sweet Sensual Love" reached number fifty-one in the UK, while Unity, the album it was on, went on to sell over a million copies worldwide. Their most recent album was Versions Undercover in 2008.
Cocoa Tea (Calvin Scott) born in Rocky Point, Clarendon was one of many vocalists who emerged from the dancehall 'explosion' of the early 80's in Jamaica. His honeyed voice brought him a healthy following with a marvellous vitality and purity of vocal tone.
He has recorded with most of the top producers on the island at one time or another and his body of work includes; 'Lost Me Sonia', 'Rocking Dolly', 'Good Life', 'Heathen' and countless others worth checking out.
The band was born in 2003 with the name "Pegatina Sound System" after Ovidi i Adrià meet Rubén, who up to that moment was playing solo. They decided to throw forward the project, without knowing to where it would go. One year later they had more than 20 performances under their belts and were one of the most active groups in the Catalan market. The band were starting to take part in festivals and performances in different places in Spain.
Aurea is a 23 year-old singer from Santiago do Cacém, Portugal.
Her first single for her debut album Aurea was Busy (For Me). This is an album with mainly soul music. Her main influences are Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone, John Mayer, Amy Winehouse, and James Morrison. She has also performed a virtual duet with Elvis Presley in Love Me Tender (Viva Elvis) (Duet with Aurea) for the Love Me Tender Duets - Viva Elvis Collection album, comemorative of the 75th birthday of the King.