I spent last week at the World Music Expo in Budapest. It was great to meet and hear musicians from around the globe.
Missed it? Don't worry. Here's a rundown (in no particular order) of some of my favorite acts.
This band blew me away when I walked into their showcase on Thursday night. Members of group are originally from Bogota, Colombia, but they now live in Los Angeles.
They put on a high energy show and great use of technology and visuals that didn't overshadow the music.
Aziza Brahim was born and raised in a Saharawi refugee camp in Algeria. Although she didn't sing this tune, it's one of my favorites.
A-Wa means yes in Arabic. And if you were to ask me if I like their stuff, that's exactly the answer I would give you.
This trio of sisters hail from a remote farming community in southern Israel. Habib Galbi is the title track off their new album of the same name. All the tunes are updated versions of traditional Yemeni-Arabic women's songs.
Cheikh Lô was the winner of this year's WOMEX 15 Artist of the Year award. His new album is Balbalou andit's fantastic. I love the track "Degg Gai."
Emicida is a rapper from São Paulo, Brazil.
His showcase in Budapest was on Friday and I was most impressed by his band, especially the two percussionists. You may recognize the tune "Levante e Anda" ("Get Up, Stand Up"). It was part of the FIFA '15 Soundtrack.
I can imagine Blick Bassy singing his tunes somewhere along the Mississippi Delta.
His was the only daytime showcase I caught. He calls his music Folk Afro Blues.
I had the pleasure to speak with Hungarian singer-songwriter Bea Palya a day after her showcase. She told me she was heavily influenced by Joni Mitchell. Her songs are personal and sometimes controversial, tacking issues like abortion or sexuality.
Closing out my list is the group Vaudou Game.
Togo-born Peter Solo is leader and singer of the group. He formed Vaudou Game in 2012 in Lyon, France. He taught the band a bit about Voodoo culture and how to sing in the Mina language.
I put together a playlist with some my favorites. Enjoy!
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