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Music of the Month: March

Music of the Month: March

As we've mentioned in our earlier post What is Wander Women Abroad?

We want to use this platform to share music that we love from around the world.

Because we believe, music is a universal language that has the ability give us insight into the cultures and stories of the people creating it. 🗺 🎶

That being said, every month we are going to share some of our favorite international artists with all of you lovely peoples🎵🌎💃🏽

So here we go….

1.Bassekou Kouyate

Malian artist Bassekou Kouyaté is a true master of the Ngoni.

The ngoni or "n'goni" is a string instrument originating in West Africa. Its body is made of wood or calabash with dried animal (often goat) skinhead stretched over it.

Bassekou is an innovator yet maintains true to his traditions and culture all at the same time.

2. Dayme Arocena

Dayme Arocena is an award-winning Afro-Cuban jazz singer from Havana, Cuba

She has been described as Cuba's "finest young female singer" and is considered a musical prodigy.

She is a trained composer, arranger, choir director, and bandleader, in addition to being a singer.

Arocena is a strong believer in Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion based on Yoruba principles; to mark her faith, she frequently performs wearing a turban and dressed in white.

3. FKJ

Vincent Fenton aka French Kiwi Juice aka FKJ is a French multi-instrumentalist, singer, and musician.

FKJ has been described as a "pioneer" and "one of the flag bearers" of the new New French House genre.

Check out this epic live performance in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

4. Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. 🇦🇺

When I say multi I mean MULTI they play 20 instruments including guitar, bass, trumpet, flute, percussion, and saxophone.

They really are the 🐐

Funny thing is I stumbled across their music via one of those sponsored ads on Facebook. So looks like those ads really do work after all 🤷🏽‍♀️

5. Ibeyi

Ibeyi is a French musical duo consisting of twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz.

Their musical roots run deep into their french-cuban ancestry. They sing in English, French, Spanish and Yoruba, a Nigerian language spoken in West Africa by their ancestors before being taken to Cuba as slaves in the 1700s.

In Yoruba, Ibeyi (Ìbejì) means "twins".

Their music has elements of Yoruba, French and Afro-Cuban, and fuses jazz with beats, samples with traditional instruments

6. Yasmin Levy

Yasmin Levy started her musical journey as a Ladino (Judeo-Spanish language) singer. 🎤 🎶

She grew up in Jerusalem as the daughter of the head of the Ladino department at Israel's national radio station. 🇮🇱

Levy creates Flamenco, Turkish music, Ladino, Persian music and at times mixes them all together.

7. Nneka

Nneka Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress. She sings in English, Igbo, and Nigerian Pidgin.

Naijá or Nigerian Pidgin is an English-based pidgin and creole language spoken as a bridge language across Nigeria

Even though Nneka sings more than she raps, she claims hip hop to be her primary musical root and her greatest source of inspiration.

Her lyrics reflect much of her history and life in Nigeria as well as her time spent in Western Europe. Her songs stress the issues of capitalism, poverty, and war. They are often loaded with moral and biblical messages and references.

We hope you enjoy this collection of music from around the world 🌍

If you have a favorite artist that we haven’t mentioned, let us know and we will share them :)

Check back in each month to see our new list of artist.

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