Lily Allen: It’s not me, it’s you

Lily Allen

Cheeky and outspoken London singer-songwriter Lily Allen looks the part of a carefree party girl ready for a night out on the town so it is hard to imagine her, even a little, as the forlorn mum she feels like. Sometimes the plain speaking is disconcerting for the politically-correct-verging-on-hypocritically-intolerant listener but the no-nonsense audience will filter through the not-always-comfortable form. Lily says it as she feels it and means it, and so she writes and sings it. So what sometimes … Read on…

Herbert Grönemeyer

Herbert Gröenemeyer

Outside of German-speaking countries, Herbert Grönemeyer is most likely discovered in schools during a language lesson where the German teacher, weary of imparting the quite foreign vocabulary and definitely difficult grammar of her adopted tongue, would most gratefully play the pop singer-songwriter’s songs. They have depth and speak with feisty lyricism of social and human issues that transcend its original country’s borders (Marie, Sie magt Muzik nur wenn sie laut ist) and with warmth and serenity … Read on…

Amina: a modern Scheherazade

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About Amina Amina is a symbol of successful musical fusion between Arab and Western worlds emerging right in the 1980s when World music is rising. Her artistic make-up brought her up in two cultures, the cultural melting pot of the Tunisian city of Carthage (with Maghrebi music, Italian variety and the music of Joan Baez and James Brown brought through the Tabarka Festival) and Paris, where she attended the Conservatoire briefly for some formal musical training and was introduced to classical works and exposed … Read on…

Achinoam Nini aka Noa, the wild flower

Achinoam Nini aka Noa in Maremma, Italy - Photo by Michela Nunes

Achinoam Nini aka Noa It would be a crime to box up Achinoam Nini aka Noa as a world artist whatever that means. There is seldom a musician with more variety in their music, calling her roots at times, or just having a hint of them in the back of a song, but always first singing a song not a genre. She sings fluently in English, Italian, French and Hebrew, goes from Folk to Pop … Read on…

Little Sparrow – Katie Ware is Sending the message

Katie Ware takes you with the lovely film of her voice, the gentle strum of her guitar and accompanying bowed strings to a magical world where you tumble gently down the music hole. The Flame feels like the most exquisite burn and the message she is sending comes out like a spell. Her enchantment is such that the recordings match the live performances, each perfectly testifying of her stage name “Little Sparrow”. Her music has … Read on…

Doug Seegers: Going Down The River

Doug Seegers

Not many know better what it is to be a struggling musician like Doug Seegers does, who lived homeless in the USA until he was discovered by Swedish country singer and TV personality Jill Johnson. From singing on the streets to being nominated for a Grammis Award for Folk/Singer-songwriter of the Year, we can only expect more from this craftsman who pours it all through country music, his guitar and a voice that carries as … Read on…

Coucou, here is Charlotte Dipanda

Already a familiar voice in the music scene, Charlotte Dipanda has accompanied the greatest musicians live and in studio including international legend Manu Dibango, Malian griotte Rokia Traore, Congolese star Papa Wemba and French star Axelle Red. She takes her vocals to the next step when she goes solo in 2008 with her debut album Mispa followed 2 years later by a sophomore album “Dube l’am” which shows the Cameroonian singer speaking as per the album title of what she … Read on…

Siedah Garett, the woman behind the man in the mirror

Siedah Garett, the woman behind the man in the mirror Few artists can boast the collaborations that Siedah Garett does. Just the mention of her name reminds us of Michael Jackson for whom she did not just perform backing vocals on his Bad songs or sang duets with him (I just can’t stop loving you), she co-wrote songs, in particular the acclaimed number 1 Man in the mirror and Keep the faith. It is no surprise … Read on…

Sonja Marie: And I gave my love to you

About Sonja Marie It is so easy to forget people when they are not in your face all the time, yet again, maybe some singer-songwriters need to be in your face to be noticed. Sonja Marie lets her music do the talking. She is better known for her soulful contribution to the acclaimed “Waiting to Exhale” original soundtrack album with her first release ever, “And I gave my love to you” and the only singer … Read on…

Simon Cousins’ music: Finding love in each stranger’s eyes

Simon Cousins is a musician that is open to people and true to his music and a real uncomplicated pleasure to listen to. He has his own style and his personality transpires in his music. His performances have a playful and conversational aspect to them that give a convivial spirit to his music and the impression that he is no stranger to his audience (and once he sings, he certainly is no longer one). He turns familiar-sounding songs into a new experience which makes one wonder if, in … Read on…