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Anoushka Shankar (अनुष्का शंकर) (b. 1981), is a sitar player and composer from India. She is the daughter of Ravi Shankar, Indian sitar player, and Sukanya Shankar. She began playing sitar under her fathers guidance at the age of nine and blossomed into a wonderful musician.
Celtic Thunder is a singing group composed of male soloists Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, George Donaldson, Neil Byrne - who played guitar and sang backup on the albums before he joined, and Colm Keegan. And, formerly, Damian McGinty, Tenor Paul Byrom and Emmet Cahill, who perform both solo and ensemble numbers. Celtic Thunder debuted in August 2007 at the Helix in Dublin, Ireland, accompanying the Celtic Concert Orchestra under the direction of Phil Coulter, the musical director of the group.
Celtic Woman is a musical group from Dublin, Ireland comprising five irish women with a repertoire that ranges from traditional Celtic tunes to modern songs. Current members include the three vocalists Máiréad Carlin, Susan McFadden, Lisa Lambe and the violinist Máiréad Nesbitt. Deirdre Shannon sang with the group during Ní Mhaolchatha's pregnancy in 2005-2006. Hayley Westenra, a New Zealander of Irish descent, sang with the group during its 2006-2007 tour as its sixth member.
When describing Cherish the Ladies, the critics say it best; "It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn't enjoy what they do", the Boston Globe, "An astonishing array of virtuosity", the Washington Post, "Expands the annals of Irish music in America, the music is passionate, tender and rambunctious", The New York Times and for the past twenty-seven years, Cherish the Ladies have proven themselves worthy to live up to these accolades and in doing so have become one of the most engaging ensembles in the history of Irish music.
Danú is an Irish traditional music band based in County Waterford, Ireland. First meeting in Waterford in 1994, it was after performing in the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in 2005 that the group decided to consolidate as a band. They play both traditional and original tunes and bring much energy to their music. Danu features Benny McCarthy on accordion, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh on vocals and tin whistle, Tom Doorley on flutes, whistles, and vocals, Eamon Doorley on bouzouki and fiddle, Donnchadh Gough on bodhran and uilleann pipes, Dónal Clancy on guitar, and Oisin McAuley on fiddle and vocals.
Gaelic Storm is a highly-acclaimed Celtic band. Their music ranges from traditional Irish and Scottish music to original tunes, in both the Celtic traditions. Gaelic Storm's origins can be traced back to 1996, when Patrick Murphy and Steve Wehmeyer joined with Steve Twigger and Uillean piper Brian Walsh to perform at O'Brien's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Santa Monica, California, of which Murphy was the manager. This led to a number of pub performances for the next year.
Googoosh (Persian : ﮔﻮﮔﻮش , born on 5th May 1950 (15th Ordibehesht 1329)) is an Iranian pop singer and former actress. Her career in the performing arts has spanned 5 decades. Following a 21-year performing ban imposed by the conservative government of Iran (where she continued to live following the 1979 Islamic revolution), Googoosh finally left the country in 2000 to undertake a world tour, re-establishing her status as the most successful Iranian artist of all time.
Habib Koité (born 1958 in Thiès, Senegal) is a solo singer, songwriter and guitarist, based in Mali. His band, Bamada, is a supergroup of West African musicians, including Kélétigui Diabaté playing balafon. Musical style: Koité is known primarily for his unique approach to playing the guitar by tuning it on a pentatonic scale and playing on open strings as one would on a kamale n'goni. Other pieces of his music sound more like the blues or flamenco which are two styles he learned under Khalilou Traore.
"Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness," says The Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel’s playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought Hanneke Cassel many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S.
Hiromi Uehara (上原ひろみ, born 26 March 1979) is a Japanese jazz composer and pianist. She is known for her virtuosic technique, energetic live performances and blend of jazz with other musical genres such as progressive rock, classical and fusion in her compositions. She performs as a trio alongside bassist Tony Grey and drummer Martin Valihora. On October 19, 2006, the trio added guitarist David Fiuczynski (from the Screaming Headless Torsos), to form Hiromi's Sonicbloom.
Paul-Alain Leclerc, popularly known as Julien Clerc (born October 4, 1947 in Paris) is a French singer. His father was a UNESCO employee and his mother is from Guadeloupe. Many of the chansons he sings were written by Étienne Roda-Gil, a long time collaborator. His brother, Gérard Leclerc, is a political commentator on France 2.
Katya is a R'n'B singer born in Kuusamo, Finland. She has been singing all her life. You can listen to her music from these links below ! www.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which was formed 1960 in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, have come to represent the traditional culture of South Africa. They are regarded as South Africa's cultural emissaries at home and around the world. They are a national treasure of the new South Africa in part because they embody the traditions suppressed in the old South Africa.
Les Nubians is the name of an "afropean" R&B Grammy-nominated duo composed of sisters Hélène (born 1975) and Célia Faussart (born 1979) from Bordeaux, France. Although born in France, the sisters moved with their parents to Chad in 1985. Seven years later, they returned to their home country. Despite receiving a lukewarm reception in France, they have become one of the most successful French-language musical groups in the U.
Lúnasa are an all-instrumental, acoustic group known for their exciting melodies and tunes, as well as their ability to combine the sounds of the fiddle, the flute, the uilleann pipes, the guitar, and the bass. Named after Lughnasadh, an ancient Irish harvest festival, Lúnasa was started when Seán Smyth, Trevor Hutchinson, and Donogh Hennessy briefly toured through Scandinavia in 1996. Upon their return to Ireland, they teamed up with Michael McGoldrick and John McSherry to record a few tracks for what would be their first album. In 1997, Kevin Crawford joined the group.
Mariachi Garibaldi is the performing ensemble from Southwestern College, the first school in the world to offer a college degree in mariachi music. Students study mariachi performance, music theory, instrumental and vocal technique, mariachi history, as well as general education requirements. Former students have moved on to receive Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music, perform mariachi profes-sionally, and they are beginning to fill the great need for mariachi teachers that exists across the US today.
Mariza Nunes (born December 16, 1973 in Mozambique) is a fado singer-songwriter on the World Connection label. She moved to Portugal when she was three, and was raised in one of the most traditional quarters of Lisbon, Mouraria, where she learned how to sing fado. She has a Portuguese father but her mother is from Mozambique (the song Transparente is a tribute to her African grandmother). For the Olympic Games of Athens 2004 she collaborated with Sting for the duet "A Thousand Years", released on the official pop album of the Athens Olympics Unity...
Mary Fahl has an almost Opera-like voice, exploring the reaches of folk and soft new age rock music. She was originally with the band October Project from 1993 to about 1995 for 2 albums until they split up. Fahl's most recent solo album is called The Other Side of Time and was released in 2003. This work was a mix of pop, opera and folk.
Max Raabe (born Matthias Otto, December 12, 1962, Lünen, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German singer. He is most well known as the founder and leader of the Palast Orchester. Career: Raabe developed an interest in the sound of German dance and film music of the 1920s and 1930s, such as the songs of the Comedian Harmonists, from seeing old films on television and from his parents' record collection. He formally studied music at the Berlin University of the Arts, intending originally to become a baritone opera singer.
Natalie MacMaster (born June 13, 1972) is an award-winning fiddler from the rural community of Troy in Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is one of the best-known musicians in the tradition of the driving cape breton fiddle music style, and has made a highly successful career as a touring musician, traveling to Europe and Asia and doing as many as 250 shows in a year. From a large musical family, she is the niece of Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster and the cousin of musicians Ashley MacIsaac and Andrea Beaton.
german Ottmar Liebert composes, performs and records music in a "nouveau flamenco" style, which mixes elements of flamenco with jazz, bossa nova, and other genres. Ottmar Liebert's music can be difficult to categorize, which is welcomed by the artist himself. It is usually placed in the new age section at record stores, or under world music from Spain. He has recorded with his band, Luna Negra, since 1990.
Patrizio Buanne grew up wanting to continue the tradition of being an Italian chef just like his father, who has first brought pizza from Napoli to Vienna in the late 60's. But it was his father Franco Buanne himself that said that he would probably chop his hands off- if he did. His parents didn't want that kind of life for their son, to work always evenings six days a week.
Composer, producer and performer Phil Coulter was the reigning king of contemporary Celtic music, becoming the best-selling Irish artist of his generation. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1942, Coulter began his career while studying music at Belfast's Queens University, writing the Capitol Showband's 1963 hit "Foolin' Time" and later penning the ensemble's 1965 Eurovision Song Contest entry "Walking the Streets in the Rain." Other notable compositions of the era include Twinkle's 1964 smash "Terry" and Them's oft-covered garage-rock classic "I Can Only Give You Everything.
Riccardo Fogli (born in Pontedera, Italy, October 21, 1947) is a famous Italian musician. His music style is mainly ballads and pop with lyrics in Italian. He won the Festival di Sanremo in 1982 with the song "Storie di tutti i giorni".
See Sérgio Mendes. Sérgio Santos Mendes (born Niteroi, 11 February 1941) is a Brazilian musician. Born the son of a physician in Niteroi, Brazil, Mendes attended the local conservatory with hopes of becoming a classical pianist. As his interest in jazz grew, he started playing in nightclubs in the late-1950s just as bossa nova, a jazz-inflected derivative of samba, was taking off.
Sweet Honey in the Rock is an all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble that has been producing music for more than thirty years. Although the members of the group have changed over time, the music of Sweet Honey in the Rock has consistently combined contemporary rhythms and narratives with a musical style rooted in the gospel music, spirituals and hymns of the Black church. Sweet Honey in the Rock was founded in 1973 by Bernice Johnson Reagon who formed the group out of the strongest singers from a vocal workshop she was teaching with the D.
The Ten Tenors formed while the members were pursuing opera studies at University during the mid-90s. After performing at corporate galas through their university days, in their final year at the Conservatorium, The Ten Tenors finally did what they'd always joked about - they created a show full of laughs, fun, cheeky camaraderie, and most incredibly, truly beautiful music and they hit the road. It was a risk, since they were self-funded and were absent without leave from the Opera School; clearly it was a risk that paid off. The thing they were 'onto' kept growing and growing, with relentless touring through the Australian outback honing the group's skills, in music and comedy.
The Celtic Tenors began life as the Three Irish Tenors on RTE's Theatre Nights on October 1995. The group at that time consisted of James Nelson, Niall Morris and Paul Hennessey.
The High Kings is an Irish ballad group formed by the same creators as Celtic Woman. Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey, and Darren Holden make up the group.
A popular and long-running Canadian-Irish folk group that saw their beginning in the 1960s, The Irish Rovers are particularly well-known for their hit recording of Shel Silverstein's "The Unicorn," although a great many more of their characteristically happy and oft-comical songs remain well-known to this day. In 2010, the band celebrated 45 years as recording artists, with their latest CD, "Gracehill Fair" and filming the DVD/television special "Home in Ireland", shot entirely on-location, throughout the northwest coast of Ireland.
The Irish Tenors started in 1998 by television producer, Bill Hughes, for a of PBS special The Irish Tenors. They have since recorded 5 PBS specials and 7 albums. The group's current line-up is Anthony Kearns, Finbar Wright, and Karl Scully. Bill Hughes formed the idea of a trio of Irish tenors during a Cannes festival at which the famous Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras and Plácido Domingo were performing.
Long before the Itals were a spark in their producer’s eye, Keith Porter recorded his first hit single, “Hitey Titey”, with the Westmorelites on the Studio One label in 1967. Around 1969, Keith became lead singer for a band named Soul Hermit, backed by Eugene Gray and Wignal Henry on guitars, and Reginald Seewell and Nash on base and drums. They played in numerous entertainment sectors of Jamaica until Owen Sinclair put together a new band in 1971.
UB40 are a British dub / reggae pop music band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band is one of the most culturally diverse dub Ska bands with musicians of English, Scottish, Irish, Yemeni and Jamaican parentage. The band is named from the paper form issued by the UK government's Department of Health and Social Security at the time of the band's formation for claiming unemployment benefit (UB40 = Unemployment Benefit, Form 40).
Ustad Zakir Hussain (born 9 March 1951), son of tabla player Ustad Allah Rakha, is the most famous classical tabla player in India (and, probably, in the world) today. He is appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large. He has won many awards and much recognition for his contributions. Zakir Hussain has worked with many leading Western and Indian artists, and has produced many works of East-West fusion, perhaps most notably with George Harrison.