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Danay Suárez – cuban singer and composer

Danay Suarez, singer and composer, born in Cuba in 1985 and began her links with the world of music through movement of Cuban rap. She first collaborated with some of their representatives as a vocalist and improviser, and then ventured into the composition to create their own songs and raps.

Her voice does not go unnoticed and in 2008 the company Havana Club decided to include in its catalog Havana Cultura project. Her collaborations as a solo lead for the Havana Cultura stages around the world, and between 2009 and 2011 participated in international events and shows in Paris, Manchester, London, Leeds, Holland and other European cities. In these shows knows the renowned British DJ Gilles Peterson, who will become next to Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca, the musical producer of her CD Danay Suarez, Havana Cultura Sessions, her first foray into the world of jazz, and who gives a new twist to her career by fusing elements of hip hop with jazz and traditional Cuban music.

In 2012 performed with British DJ Bad dreams Nights Track CD ‘s first single Bad in Cuba and performs video clip in Paris to promote the song. She is currently immersed in her new album, CD Manuals Words

Kinny

Caitlin ‘Kinny’ Simpson is half Jamaican and half Native Indian and was born in Canada. She is a classically trained Opera singer, but her love for reggae and jazz always came first and touring with a reggae band resulted in her visiting Norway and deciding to live there. This is where she met Espen and beautiful music began! After the release of the album, Kinny became a regular visitor to the UK with gigs at The Big Chill, Cargo, Jazz Café, Concorde 2, Native, and across Europe. From these travels she hooked up with a variety of producers and started making some fine, fine music. Her track with TM Juke on his Forward album was a sign of things to come. Since then she has worked with Nostalgia 77, Hint, Diesler, Quantic as well as being asked to write lyrics and record for Massive Attack. From befriending and working with the musicians and producers around her, her songwriting and collaborations excel from the warmth and personality she puts into the music (along with a special talent) and she delivers some wonderful music. (Myspace)

More info can be found on her tru thoughts profile here: http://www.tru-thoughts.co.uk/artists/kinny

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Akua Naru – “Live & Aflame Sessions” (2012) Session Videos

My recommendation for today is the new artist Akua Naru born in New Haven, CT (USA) who released her first album “…The Journey Aflame” in 2011 and in a short time solidified herself on the scene as a model for what women can be in hip hop.
Here is the playlist for “Live & Aflame Sessions”
Enjoy!

Naru has performed with the Afro Beat pioneer and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, toured with classic Hip Hop group Lords Of The Underground, & shared the stage/collaborated with artists Patrice, Tete, Ursula Rucker, Blitz The Ambassador, german production powerhouse JR &Ph7, Detroit emcee Elzhi, Wax Tailor, Uk rapper TY, Voice Of Germany soul singer, Mic Donet, and recently featured on a new Red Hot release along side Tuneyards and legends Angelique Kidjo and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of the legendary Roots crew.

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Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh, born Winston Hubert McIntosh (19 October[1] 1944 – 11 September 1987), was a Jamaican reggae musician who was a core member of the band The Wailers (1963–1974), and who afterward had a successful solo career as well as being a promoter of Rastafari.

Peter Tosh was born in Grange Hill, Jamaica, an illegitimate child to a mother too young to care for him properly. He was raised by his aunt. He began to sing and learn guitar at an early age, inspired by American radio stations. After a notable career with The Wailers and as a solo musician, he was murdered at his home during a robbery.

more about Peter Tosh

Tinariwen

Tinariwen are often associated with just one image: that of Touareg rebels leading the charge, machine gun in hand and electric guitar slung over the shoulder. The band ditch this cliché on their fifth album ‘Tassili’ and it’s for the best. The founding members abandoned their weapons long ago and on this new album they have engineered a minor aesthetic revolution by setting the electric guitar – the instrument which became their mascot and made them famous – to one side and giving pride of place to acoustic sounds, recorded right in the heart of the desert, which is the landscape of their existence, the cradle of their culture and the source of their inspiration. You might even call this radical move a return to the very essence of their art, a return which, paradoxically, has also opened the doors to some intriguing collaborations with members of TV On The Radio, Nels Cline (Wilco’s guitarist) or The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.