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.
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.
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
Haitian roots band Lakou Mizik has a new music video featuring the track “Pran Ka Mwen” from the new album “Wa Di Yo.”
The video was developed, produced and directed by graduating students from Cine Institute, Haiti’s only film school.
The song “Pran Ka Mwen” was adapted and updated by Lakou Mizik from an old song performed by a woman named Francilia and recorded by the ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax in 1935. In Haitian Kreyol “Pran Ka Mwen” means ‘take care of me.”
Cine Institute is a division of Artists Institute, a scholarship based school focused on growing Haiti’s creative economy through professional training in Filmmaking, Audio Engineering and Music Production. To support the organization, visit: http://www.artistsinstitute.org
Mauritanian sensation Noura Mint Seymali has released a new music video titled “Na Sane”. This song appears in Noura Mint Seymali’s upcoming album “Arbina” scheduled for release on September 16th, 2016.
The video was directed by Loïc Hoquet. Noura Mint Seymali’s band includes Noura Mint Seymali on vocals and ardin; Jeiche Ould Chighaly on guitar; Ousmane Touré on bass; and Matthew Tinari on drums.
Arbina is Noura Mint Seymali’s second international recording. Her previous album was the critically acclaimed Tzenni.
Bluegrass band Earls of Leicester has released a new music video featuring Release “The Train That Carried My Girl from Town”, one of the singles from its new album Rattle & Roar.
The lineup includes Jerry Douglas on dobro, Shawn Camp on lead vocals and guitar; multi-instrumentalist Jeff White on high harmony and mandolin; Charlie Cushman on banjo and guitars; Johnny Warren on fiddle; and Barry Bales on vocals and bass.
To capture the atmosphere of a live show, Rattle & Roar was recorded in one room, with all of the band members around microphones, with no separation between them.
Lalah Hathaway has released a new video for her neo-soul song “Mirror.” The video burns slowly as the song does also. Its lyrics are straight to the point and ask us, with incredible clarity, to love the image that we see in the mirror.
There is something remarkably proverbial about Lalah Hathaway’s singing, again, and again, poignantly each time, to “stop hiding yourself” in “Mirror.” It reminds of advice given in the form of sayings that can be heard in homes being told by a person to someone in need of help. Are proverbs still a thing in this American culture of advanced capitalism?
Hasn’t public education and public libraries and the necessity to educate one’s self “by the book” in order to get a job replaced proverbs with texts by known writers, revered for their knowledge? One would think so. While listening to Hathaway’s neo-soul song, rooted in the infamous soul aesthetic that came about at a much different stage of American capitalism, the listener is transported out of the world in which he or she lives and into one where proverbial knowledge seems to be what matters. It’s beautiful and reveals the possibilities of music.
Hathaway’s song might just be opening a door to temporarily feeling an alternative to mass culture not only through the song’s message and the song’s non-pop rhythm, but also through the fact that the message feels powerfully proverbial.
Colombian arranger, composer, vocalist and flute player Verny Varela, has released his single “Vive el Momento” (Live the Moment), co-produced by Luis Bonillas and Luisito Quintero, who also played on percussion.
Music collaborations include bassist Ruben Rodriguez, best known for having contributed to New York’s modern salsa sound in his work with Sergio George and who has recorded over 250 albums with artists Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Ruben Blades, Isaac Delgado and Marc Anthony; as well as Cuban Axel Tosca on piano.
A celebrated artistic voice in the Washington D.C. area, Verny Varela has worked as singer, composer and arranger for several artists among which is the world celebrated trip-hop, acid jazz and electronica band, Thievery Corporation, for whom he wrote and sang on the albums The Richest Man in Babylon (2002), The Cosmic Game (2005) and Radio Retaliation (2008).
In 1997, Varela was Gabino Pampini’s orchestra leader and later played for Tito Gómez’ orchestra with whom he toured Europe and North America. He recorded in 2002 with the Broadway Orchestra of New York on their 40th anniversary album. He released his first album, Amar de Nuevo (Love Again) in 2004, followed by Gracias (Thank You) in 2006; album which he fully composed and musically arranged.
In 2012 he released his third album, Evolución (Evolution) . Varela has also recorded a bachata and a fusion album. His musical style carries a wide-range of genres.
Presently, Verny Varela teaches in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Howard University and is pursuing his doctorate in African studies.
Upcoming concerts include:
June 9 – Casa Maryland
June 17 – National Reagan Airport
Agust 12 – Montgomery Festival
July 9 – Colombian Embassy
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