Global Grooves: What International Artists Do You Love?

by Britni Danielle

It’s no secret, I love music. I’ve written about it many times here at CLUTCH and have shared many of the artists that I’ve loved from the US and the UK. But lately, I’ve been listening outside of the box.

Because the African diaspora is vast…I find myself listening to music from around the globe.

Lately I’ve been rocking Nneka’s latest album, Soul Is Heavy and Rwandan artist Iyadede’s haunting groove, “The Love Mantra”  (which she dedicated to Trayvon Martin).

When I want to dance, I’ll throw on La Reina (the Queen) Celia Cruz (especially ‘Azucar Negra’), La India, or Fela Kuti and let my hips rock to the rhythm. Some days I’ll put on Samba to brighten the mood, and if I’m feeling introspective and want to chill, I’ll listen to Miriam Makeba, Jah Cure or Richie Spice.

Music has a way of being just what I need, no matter the mood….but how about you?

When it comes to music from around the world, what artists do you love to listen to?

 

  • iQgraphics

    im still loving nneka

  • OSHH

    Quadron
    Telepopmusik
    Astrud and Bebel Gilberto
    Imogen Heap
    Zero7
    Esthero
    Hooverphonic
    Bonobo
    etc etc etc

  • omfg

    susana baca
    eva ayllon
    omara portuondo
    ibrahim ferrer

  • n&h

    im listening to Seu Jorge right now. Cru is an awesome album. He is really talented and if any of you have not seen him portray Knockout Ned in City of God you should rent it tonight!

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com Perverted Alchemist

    Toshi Kubota
    Stephen Simmonds
    Jamiroquai
    The Cardigans
    Empire Of The Sun
    Mitlon Nasciamento
    Eumir Deodato

  • Ms. Information

    I’m old school so Fela Kuti and Anjelique Kidjo………and the Buena Vista Social Club.

  • nigerian sista

    I love Asa music

  • Whatever

    Currently…

    -Nneka
    -Omar (UK)
    -Blitz the Ambassador
    -Carlos Jobim
    -Always listening to reggae no matter what.

  • isola

    Beres Hammond
    Les Nubians
    Oliver Mtukudzi
    Floetry
    Popcaan
    Kes

    I still listen to Bob Marley almost every day.

  • http://method2hermadness.blogspot.com/ girlformerlyknownasgrace

    King Sunny Ade

  • michaboa

    sarkodie
    P-square
    D-banj
    soweto gospel choir
    fally ipupa
    koffi olamide

  • yessim

    all things reggae/dancehall/ragga
    bebel gilberto
    la reina de salsa dona celia cruz
    don omar
    nneka
    asa
    african boy
    les nubians
    floetry
    dj black coffee
    M.I.A.
    sade
    joss stone
    moloko
    dizzee rascal

  • yessim

    all things reggae/dancehall
    asa
    celia cruz
    bebel gilberto
    moloko
    dizzee rascal
    afrikan boy
    don omar
    joss stone
    fela kuti
    nneka
    sade

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Oh my!

    African Artistes:
    Lokua Konza
    Uche Agu-*current crush boyfriend*
    Sonny Badu
    Layori
    Banky W-limited to only his Lagos Party
    Eric Wainaina
    Nneka
    Cheb Khaled
    Magic System
    Awilo Longomba-crazy motherlover!
    Kaysha
    Fela Kuti-WICKED!
    Lucky Dube-RIP
    MALAIKA
    Oumou Sangare
    Koffi Olomide
    Papa Wemba

    Carribean
    Sizzla-anyone know whether he is going to be performing this summer?!
    Etana-humbra humbra! much respect
    Gyptian

  • yessim

    All things reggae and dancehall
    Roisin Murphy
    Moloko
    Les Nubians
    Asa
    Afrikan boy
    m.i.a.
    bebel Gilberto
    celia cruz
    don omar
    dizzee rascal
    fela kuti

  • EnsomCityEmpress

    my list is very long but i will list my top musicians, I am Jamaican so I dont consider all the reggae I list to International
    -Obrafour(Ghana)
    -Zaho(Algeria/Canada/France)
    -Kasha(France/Congo)
    -Monique Seka(Cameroon)
    -Zap Mama(Belguim/Congo)
    MC Solaar(Senegal/France)
    Soumia(France/Morroco)
    Youssou N’Dour ( Senegal)
    Reggie Rockstone
    Angelique Kudjo
    with every skip of my music player one of these artist along with reggae will pop up for sure :)

  • Dalili

    Brenda Fassi
    Salif Keita
    Mohammed Mounir
    Khadja Nin
    Mana
    Angelique Kidjo
    Les Nubians
    Miriam Makeba
    Dhalom Kids
    Celia Cruz

    **I tend to listen to compliations moreso than one artist. Putamayo has some great mixes, I play their Arabic Groove & Women of Africa cds from start to finish.

  • jujugee

    Zaki Ibrahim
    Qudaron
    Les Nubians
    Nneka

  • freebee33

    Grew up on reggae and soca love it, but currently my fav artist in that genre are Destra Garcia, Tessanne Chin, Alaine, Jah Cure & Jamelody just to name a few..

    From the UK, Daley, Emelie Sande, Andreya Triana. I’m also into New Zeland artists, Aaradhna, Kimbra, Maisey Rika and Erakah.

  • Dalili

    * I forgot Dobet Gnahore…Love her!

  • Zoe

    Little Dragon (all time fav)
    Selah Sue
    Telepopmusik
    Bonobo
    Phoenix
    James Blake
    Sbtrkt

  • mw

    this has nothing to do with your music list . . ..
    . . . .
    but

    kess could have anything he wanted from me at any point in the day

  • Brasilia

    Love Angelique Kidjo and Susana Baca (saw them bothe live last year, amazing).

  • Rachel

    K’naan! :D

  • omfg

    it’s weird because the people who do america style music and sing in english like quadron, radiohead, and little dragon, don’t even always register with me as being “foreign.”

    it’s strange but true for me.

  • janet

    i love nneka!

    i also love:
    ayo (nigerian/german)
    mélissa laveaux (haitian/canadian)
    sara tavares (cape verdean/portuguese)
    rokia traoré (mali)
    emeline michel (haitian)
    jocelyne béroard (martinican)

  • OSHH

    Honey how could I have forgetten Sade!

  • Anisa

    I listen to a lot of Arabic music and my favourites are Nancy Ajaj from Sudan, Elissa, Rola Saad, Sabah and Diana Haddad from Lebanon. Waed is an amazing singer who is a black Saudi Arabian woman.

    You guys should also check out Somali music, artists like Aar Maanta, Farhiya Fiska, Nimco Dareen, Hassan Adan Samatar and Maryam Mursal who’s worked with Nina Simone are amazing.

  • Anisa
  • Anisa

    Another great song from Diana Haddad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9BLVq5Al24&feature=relmfu

  • Joyful1

    Somi is constantly on my iPod! Check out her album red soil in my eyes. The single Ingele is the most beautiful song ever!

  • Bisous

    You pretty much named everyone I wanted to say :-P

  • Dalili

    You my sister are full of surprises! I wouldn’t have pegged you as an Eric Wainaina fan! Who knew! & yes, he rocks! Am off to listent to Daima! :-)

  • Aleah Smiles

    I’m all about some Dbanj and P-Square all day everday :-) There is some great music coming out of Nigeria!

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    my sistooo,

    Putamayo-is it a group or what is it oo?! It is giving me life right NOW! Listening to Waasiye.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    yes oo! and I might add I like Saida Karoli-Maria Salome and
    Skamaresssssssssssssssssssss-Madtraxx ft Red Republik

    -this song drives me nuttttttttt soo!

    :) Enjoy Daima!

  • LemonNLime

    @Mami – They are a music company that specializes in global and world music. They make AWESOME compilation mixes. The Brazilian one is mellow and relaxed…great for the beach. It is a great way to get introduced to other international artists. http://www.putumayo.com/

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    @ LnL,

    Thanks!!!:)

  • Dalili

    @LnL: Thanks for posting the link, didn’t think to do that.

    @African Mami: Glad to be of some help! :) You may like the Carribean Party on Putamayo as well.

  • http://www.nobabylonallowed.blog.com EnsomCityEmpress

    I forgot M.I.A! that ma girl!

  • Honey

    CONCHA BUIKA

  • Ciderkiss

    M.I.A.
    Les Nubians
    Do As Infinity
    Rain Bi
    Se7en
    Lata Mageshkar
    A.R. Rahman
    Scott Matthews
    Sylvan
    BOA
    Nujabes
    Namie Amuro
    Aaradhna
    Arcade Fire
    Ayumi Hamasaki
    Yoko Kanno
    Illaria Graziano
    Kenji Kawai
    Bonnie Pink
    The Kominas
    L’Arc En Ciel
    Sade
    Miike Snow
    Shreya Ghoshal
    The Smiths
    Susumu Hirasawa
    TELISU
    T.M. Revolution
    Uyama Hiroto
    Warda
    The Seatbelts
    Minmi
    Angelique Kidjo
    Sir Elton John
    Marcela Mangabeira
    Edith Piaf
    Ayo
    Jamelia

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