These days we asked all people in our association to share a few songs they like from their country to create a music playlist that represented all of us. Like this, we came out with a very enjoyable multicultural mix with songs from Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Ivory Coast or United Kingdom.
Such is the variety of artists selected that everyone saw themselves invaded with a host of artists to discover. So to make it easier, here is a selection of artists, grouped by nationality, that may interest you:
- Sílvia Pérez Cruz (Catalunya, 1983). Singer from Catalonia who emerged doing her own versions of traditional Spanish and flamenco songs. Her soft and unmistakable voice has made her one of the most valued singers on the Spanish scene, and she has created music alongside other great Hispanic musicians such as Jorge Drexler, Natalia Lafourcade or Joan Manuel Serrat. Each of her albums is completely different from the others, bringing together poetry, Spanish folk tales and theater. Some of the best known songs of her are: A grito pelao or Vestida de nit.
2. Ayax y Prok (Granada). Two young rapper twins who have won the hearts of all rap lovers in Spain. They are known for their very harsh and poetic lyrics, sometimes with great social content and a forceful live performance in which they leave even the last drop of sweat and tears. All their video clips and songs have very personal content, so they are always the ones who review their work until the end. Some of their songs are: Reproches, El grito del esclavo, L’enfant terrible…
3. Baiuca. Galician composer and DJ who mixes electronic music with traditional instruments and folk rhythms in his compositions. Baiuca is a word that is used in some places in Galicia and Brazil to refer to a popular tavern or tavern. Percussion, dolls, traditional songs and synthesizer. All that and more is Baiuca. His music is the result of experimenting with and drinking from the Galician culture. In addition, it is a formula so that the youngest do not lose the roots of traditional music and can also connect with folk styles. Some of his songs are: Veleno (ft. Rodrigo Cuevas) or Morriña.
- Fabrizio de André (Genova, 1940 – Milano, 1999). Singer-songwriter known throughout Italy for his songs that tell stories of outcasts, rebels, prostitutes, and criticize the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. The high artistic level of his compositions has crowned him a kind of poet in the Bel Paese. In his forty years of musical activity he produced fifteen albums, a relatively modest number, perhaps determined by the great attention that the author paid to the quality of his works. Some of his songs are: Bocca di Rosa, La Ballata Dell’Amore Cieco (O Della Vanita ‘) or La Guerra di Piero.
2. Baustelle. Italian alternative rock group, formed in 1996 in Montepulciano (Siena). Their music can vary from the sentimental song, to the danceable and typically indie ones; there are more complex songs such as psychedelic and instrumental pieces. Since they started playing, they have received many national awards for their music. Some of their songs are: Charlie fa surf or Love.
3. Caparezza (Molfetta, 1973). One of the most beloved rappers in all of Italy thanks to his energetic attitude and easily connected lyrics. By mixing various styles of music to create a unique and personal style, he has built a loyal fan base who continue to love his music after nearly 30 years on stage. Some of his songs are Una Chiave, La Scelta or Confusianesimo.
4. Levante (Sicilia, 1987). Indie-pop singer who became known for her 2013 single Alfonso. She continues to be one of the best known singers in Italy thanks to her songs full of good energy and catchy lyrics. Some of her songs are: Pezzo di me or Tikibombom.
- Gaël Faye (Burundi, 1982). Burundian-French singer and writer. His music is characterized by being of high poetic content where he explains his experiences as an immigrant in France. The sound of him could be defined as a mixture of slam-poetry and pop-rock, hiphop and ethnic melodies. In addition, he wrote a book, Petit Pays, where he compiles his experiences in Burundi when he was a child before the civil war broke out there and he had to move with his family to France. The book won multiple national literary awards. Some of his songs are: Tôt le matin or Respire.
2. Brav (Le Havre, 1982). Very engaged rapper who fights for human rights and against poverty and discrimination in France. His music has evolved through the years from pure rap to more melodic songs, but keeping his main social message. Some of his songs are: Nuit blanche, I Hate love and Error 404.
3. Jacques Brel (Belgium, 1929 – France, 1978). French-speaking Belgian singer-songwriter, actor, and filmmaker. His songs are recognized for the poetry and sincerity of his lyrics. Known all around Europe for his french-variety songs, he’s very recognized by his songs that analyze the society of the moment and his personal feelings. The emotion that he put into his performances and the way he sang made him an icon of Francophone music. Some of his songs are: Ne me quitte pas, Ces gens-là or Amsterdam.
4. Aya Nakamura (Mali, 1995). Singer who rose to the top of fame in 2018 with his single Djadja. With catchy lyrics and rhythms that mix Afrobeat sounds with pop and trap, Nakamura has become one of the singers of the moment not only in France, but internationally. With listening records, some of her best known songs are: Copines, Pookie or Jolie Nana.
- Blond. German indie pop band that was founded in 2011. Their original, comical and wacky music videos and lyrics have made them a cult band in Germany that is having great success with young audiences. Some of his songs are: Spinaci or Book.
2. AnnenMayKantereit. German folk-rock band from Cologne, formed in 2011. The group sings in German and English and its distinctive feature is the singular and ragged voice of the singer Henning May. In recent years they have won the love of their fans and are now one of the best-considered indie bands in the country. Some of their songs are: Ausgehen or Pocahontas.
3. Shindy (Germany, 1988). German-Greek rapper whose songs have been a great hit with young Germans thanks to their danceable rhythms with hints of rnb and trap. Some of his most known songs are: Nautilus, Babygirl or Affalterbach.
- Salif Keïta (Mali, 1949). Pop singer and songwriter known as “The African Golden Voice.” He is a direct descendant of King Sundiata Keita (1190-1255), who was the founder of the Mali Empire. Pop singer and songwriter known as “The African Golden Voice.” He is a direct descendant of King Sundiata Keita (1190-1255), who was the founder of the Mali Empire. Throughout his musical career he has composed great hits of Afro-pop music such as Madan, Yamore or Yambo, Yambo. In addition, belonging to an African minority such as the albino population, made him create his own foundation in 2005 in defense of the lives of albinos in Africa.
2. Burna Boy (Nigeria, 1991). In his music he mixes traditional African rhythms and instruments with other more modern ones such as rnb, trap or dancehall. His lyrics (in Ijaw, Yoruba and English) speak of respect towards the African community, Black Lives Matter or the social problems in Nigeria and other African countries. His music has earned him many music awards in the last years. Some of his songs are: Anybody, Onyeka or Ye.
3. Brenda Fassie (Cape Town, 1964 – Johannesburg, 2004). Anti-apartheid Afropop singer, also known as “The Queen of Pop in Africa”. Her most popular songs is Vuli Ndlela (Accept the situation), a song against people who spend the day criticizing and, especially, against all those who questioned her carefree life. Another of her well-known songs is Sum’Bulala (Don’t kill it), a song against violence that for years permeated (and continues to mark) South African daily life.
Written by: Nora Aragón