Aura Msimang was born in South Africa. Her parents left their country because of their political activity. Aura lived most of her life abroad, in New York, Paris, and Brussels. In 1987, she settled in France.
Ty Showers (born November 10, 1960) composes and produces fusion, jazz, electronic jazz, nu-jazz, downtempo, jazz funk, jazz rock, electronic chill and an occasional slow jam. Ty plays keyboards, guitar and bass.
Ifang Bondi, meaning "take out yourself" in Mandinka language, grew out of the former Gambian band called the Super Eagles. Founded in the 60's the Super Eagles was the undisputed top group in the Gambia and Senegal. In 1968 they toured Ghana, making an enormous impact with their very African sound in a country which was shortly to produce Osibisa.
Laye Sow is a Fula, from Podor in the Futa Toro region of Northern Senegal, on the Mauritanian border. He was brought up on the African tradition of storytelling through song. He is often described a Muslim mystic.
May Nasr (b. 1965) is a Bahrain-born Lebanese singer. Born on the 8th August 1965 in Bahrain, in 1987 she gained a degree in Human Development and Social Work from Beirut University College. In 1997 she met the sound engineer Fareed Abul Kheir, who became her musical mentor, and whoo introduced her to Zaki Nassif.
Argile-recordings with Malian N'Goni-harp player Barry Sangare and South-Indian percussionist Ramesh Shotham. A cross between Wasulu and Indian music with a touch of reggae and a taste of jazz! Includes a wonderful 17 minute version of Abdullah Ibrahim Dollar Brand's composition "Ishmael".
Wust El Balad (Arabic: وسط البلد) is an Egyptian Soft rock band, founded in Cairo in 1999 by 2 of its current members, Ahmed Omran and Hany Adel. Currently the band consists of 8 members.
The band is considered to be the most successful rock act in Egypt, and the whole Arab world, as it's the first band in the region to gain such a huge success and acclaim such a large following.