Word music star Oumou Sangaré has released a music video “Yere Faga” showcasing one of the tracks included in her upcoming album Mogoya. The new album is scheduled for release on May 19.
Yere Faga features Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen.
Spanish singer-songwriter Lara Bello will release a new album titled Sikame in 2017. As a preview, she has released an animated music video titled Sikame – El Alma de Oro.
The video was made by a new animation studio based in Granada (Spain) called El Buen Árbol, developed by two of Lara Bello’s favorite artists: Raúl Ruiz (El Niño de las Pinturas) and Lucas Carrillo.
Lara’s new recording features an impressive cast of world class musicians: Gil Goldstein, Richard Bona, Lionel Loueke, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent, Romero Lubambo, Rajiv Jayaweera, Leni Stern, Dave Eggar and Samuel Torres.
The album will be released by Biophilia Records, founded by pianist and composer Fabian Almazán, focused on music and ecology. The album will appear in a new physical format patented by the label.
Brixton act The Dandadda, created by producer Dan Vinci, has developed a fabulous hybrid sound, mixing electronica, reggae and other genres. The single “Heart Attack” is now available on video. This is the first single in a series of releases The Dandadda is planning to publish in the near future.
“Heart Attack” is motivated by the hyper-gentrification of Brixton. Dan Vinci grew up in this culturally diverse English city. He’s worked with reggae musicians from early in his career. The Dandadda has also involved well-known names in the project, such as Horace Andy (Massive Attack), Earl 16 (UB40), Junior Dan (Gorillaz), John Holt and The Ragga Twins (Skrillex).
The 19-minute documentary Walila: The Modern Sound of North African Sacred Music is now available online. The inspiring film, directed by independent filmmaker Reed Rickert, follows music producer Daniel Masson, best known for his Buddha Bar compilations.
Masson has the objective of creating a cultural bridge between the Western and Arab worlds. He traveled to Morocco to record musicians for his latest electronic music album. As the film develops to the final live performance of the album at the Festival of Sacred Music of Fes, the question in Daniel’s mind remains: Will this new blend of music styles be accepted by the Moroccan audience as well as the Western audience?
Acclaimed musicians Martín Perna (Antibalas, Ocote Soul Sounds), Gangbe Brass, several members of Antibalas, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo have participated in the recording of a song to support the Kids Against Malaria initiative. The message of the song is pretty basic: sleep under an insecticide treated mosquito net and get to a medical provider as soon as you’re feeling sick.
The Kids Against Malaria effort started with a song written by teacher Sim D’Souza and his students at an arts and music elementary school in Whydah (Oidah), Benin, called CIAMO. The song reached musician and filmmaker Jon Fine, who produced the song by enlisting the support of renowned Afrobeat and world music artists.
The video is available here:
The “Kids Against Malaria” project was launched. It’s a multi-language musical project focusing on malaria treatment and prevention. With the international team, the producers filmed and recorded in New York City and Benin with support from the United States Embassy in Benin, UNICEF, The President’s Malaria Initiative, USAID, Peace Corps, the CDC, The UN Foundation and Harvard University.
Malaria is still widespread in much of the world. About 3.2 billion people – nearly half the planet’s population – are at risk. The disease, spread by the bite of female mosquitoes infected with Plasmodium parasites, is generally deadly for pregnant women and children under the age of five. It’s estimated that 1,200 children a day are dying from malaria around the world. Malaria is both preventable and curable.
All the proceeds from downloads, music videos, ringtones, educational videos, and social media initiatives, earned from the song will benefit CIAMO School of Music (for arts education), The UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign (to purchase nets) and Harvard University’s Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe initiative (for Malaria research).
For more on information about the Kids Against Malaria project, visit Kidsagainstmalaria.com.
Finnish a cappella quartet Tuuletar has released a video featuring a live radio performance of the song Tuu kerää at WOMEX 2016 in Spain. The show, videotaped on October 20, 2016, was part of the EBU WOMEX Radio Live Studio Concerts.
Tuuletar’s album Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal has been at the top of the international world music charts during the last months.
Acclaimed reggae act Taj Weekes & Adowa have released a new music video titled “Let Your Voice be as Loud as your Silence.” This song appears in the band’s fifth album, “Love, Herb & Reggae.”
The song is an argument against passivity and a call to action.
Reggae star Alborosie has a new music video titled Strolling featuring guest artist Protoje. Strolling appears in Alborosie’s new album Freedom & Fyah.
The animated video was directed by Mauro Russo with art direction, animation and design by Fabio Gaudio. Editing and color grading by Andrea Belcastro. Animation team: Rob Grasso, Marcelo De Vivo, Eugenio Lostumbo and Giuseppe Talarico.
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A sensational band of guitarists, vocalists and the Basic Cable Band musicians performed the iconic B.B. King blues song “The Thrill Is Gone.” The late B.B. King, a 15-time GRAMMY award winner, was honored during the sold out show titled Icon: The Life and Legacy of B.B. King that took place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California on September 1, 2016.
The impressive list included guitarists Joe Bonamassa, Keb’ Mo’, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Slash, Quinn Sullivan, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Louis Walker, and singer-songwriter ZZ Ward with the show’s music director Jimmy Vivino of the “Conan” TV show, joined by the Basic Cable Band, who served as the house band for the evening.
Acclaimed roots reggae group, Taj Weekes & Adowa have released the music video “Here I Stand”. The song is the first single and centerpiece of Taj Weekes & Adowa 5th album, “Love, Herb & Reggae.” At its heart, the song is about love; love of many different kinds. It’s a song designed to create a movement of love and acceptance. Weekes states, “Love is a human rights issue. I don’t care who you love, all that matters is that you love.” With this sentiment, Weekes lyrically sought to create what has now been dubbed “an anti-homophobic anthem“, addressing head on the long standing issues that have created a wedge between the reggae and LGBT community.
The video, directed by award winning filmmaker Sachin Dharwadker, is produced in black and white. The masks and choreographed movements represent different types of relationships and at the center of it all is Taj Weekes declaring plainly and simply, “I will not judge.”
“Now what really is the problem, we’ve been talking much of love, is it wrong to love another, cause it’s not your kind of love” – Taj Weekes