Rocky Dawuni, Ghana’s reggae maverick, has released the “Elevation” video. The song appears on his most recent album “Beats of Zion.” With its message of supporting the oppressed, “Elevation” aims to represent global diversity in everyday life and focus on the unrecognized heroes who are essential to making a difference in many communities and societies.
The visuals, made in India by director Sairam Sagiraju, used multiple locations along the way from Bangalore to Goa showing India in diverse ways as a visual allegory of inclusion and connectivity.
Dawuni is seen as a traveling storyteller, interacting in
scenes and identifying with various groups; promoting girl child education, liberation
of untouchables, celebration of elders, defense of wildlife and the merriment
of rural life.
In a time when divisive speech is on the rise, Rocky’s album Beats of Zion puts out an uplifting message about global unity and a worldview of solidarity. Rocky passionately says, “We live in a time when the elements of international morality need to be proclaimed as a guiding principle for how we engage and deal with each other, between individuals, between communities and among nations. It is a time for global mobilization for action on challenging sociopolitical issues like the environment and the refugee crisis. Beats of Zion is the drumbeat of war against apathy and re-energizing the forces of love and hope. Beats of Zion is the rhythm of change beating from a distance and getting louder to awaken positive consciousness.”
Greece-based multi-Instrumentalist, philanthropist and producer Johno is set to release has a new music video, a distinctive and stimulating cover of the song “Country Roads”, originally by John Denver. It appears on his new album The Road Not Taken.
Johno, draws on his many musical inspirations and travels. He takes this version to a new level of song and dance that still incorporates elements of folk and country music from the original, while staying true to a variety of other ethnic styles Johno is known for.
The new version includes delicate string parts and a
constant wall of drums that gives listeners a dancing upbeat rhythm throughout.
In doing so, Johno turns the original American ballad into a current one that
is more worldly.
The video itself is a collaboration that Johno had with director and animator Kleo Korai. They set out to make a substantial collage of visuals from the Johno’s travels over the last two years. As Johno explains, “I also always knew that the video for this one needs to reflect the wonderful road I’ve been through in the past years, with my musical backpack, and this John Denver classic in it.”
Celebrated guitarist and composer Carlos Santana has released the video electronic press kit from his upcoming album, Africa Speaks (Concord Records).
Santana and his eight-piece band (that includes Santana’s wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, on drums), got together at Shangri La Studios in Malibu to record a large number of tracks during a 10-day period. Acclaimed Afro-Spanish singer Buika provided the lead vocals throughout the album.
Les Amazones d’Afrique have released a new single titled ‘Amazones Power‘ (Real World Records). The current lineup includes some new faces, including female musicians from West Africa, joined by additional artists from Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Guyana, Spain and Algeria. Also featured are the male voices of Douranne and Magué from the Parisian band Nyoko Bokbae.
The group’s message is still loud and clear: Violence against women must stop. Women must be able to realize their potential and not be held back by the dominant patriarchy. ‘Amazones Power’ tackles these issues head on. “Never again, silence, violence. I want to live and to be free.”
Les Amazones d’Afrique’s debut album République Amazone came out in 2017 on Real World Records . The ensemble features three generations of women, who sing out in unison, calling for a future without the threat of female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual violence, lack of education and forced marriage.
The group will return for a series of concerts throughout Europe this summer.
Celebrated Brazilian singer Dona Onete, who is set to turn 80 this year, has released a new single titled Festa do Tubarão – Shark Party as a digital single. The song is also available as an extended 6-minute video that takes the viewer on a wild ride through her hometown of Belem.
appears on her upcoming album Rebujo, scheduled for release May 24, 2019. Festa
do Tubarão tells the story of a shark that swims into Belem’s Guajará Bay to have
fun, unperturbed by the legend of the “Boiúna” – the giant snake who lives in
the river, or the local piranha and traira fish.
The video begins with footage shot on Ilha do Combú, a forested island just south of Belem. Festa do Tubarão was filmed in various locations in the area of Belem and offers a look into this relatively unfamiliar corner of Brazil.
directors Lírio Ferreira (co-director of Baile Perfumado) and Natara Ney take the
viewers to Belem’s Ver-o-Peso – one of Brazil’s most vibrant markets – where we
find legendary local herb-seller ‘aunt’ Coló. Then we fly through the city to
Dona Onete’s home before visiting the Amazônia Legal marina where the ‘shark
party’ is in full swing – until Onete is transported 70km to the north east of
Belem to the “Boi de Máscaras” carnival in São Caetano de Odivelas where the cabeçudos
(big heads) and pierrôs (sad clowns) dance with her accompanied by carnival
brass-band Fanfarra Marajoara.
The title of
the new album, Rebujo, is a local slang for the currents in the Amazon river
that carry silt and nutrients from the river bed into the water, feeding its
inhabitants and giving the river its muddy color – however, as it gives, it
also takes, and the rebujo can easily overpower even the most experienced
swimmer. The album featured genres such as carimbós, high energy bangues, cumbia,
brega and samba.
Olivia Foa’i’s 2nd single “My Way” goes back to her Polynesian roots while still maintaining a mainstream feel. A bilingual Tokelauan-English track, “My Way” displays a unique balance between tribal and pop, produced by her brother (master percussionist of Te Vaka and composer of “Te Vaka Beats”) Matatia Foa’i.
No stranger to the stage or studio, Olivia has performed in 40 countries and featured on several tracks over Te Vaka’s 9 albums.
In 2017 she was nominated for “Best Pacific Female Artist” and won “Best Pacific Language Song” (for Tulou Tagaloa from the Moana soundtrack) in the Pacific Music Music Awards. Later in 2017 came the band’s latest hit, “Lakalaka” which was released through Walt Disney Records with a music video directed, choreographed and performed by Olivia.
Rising Americana and bluegrass stars Mandolin Orange have released “Time We Made Time,” a track from its upcoming album ‘Tides Of A Teardrop’ (February 1, 2019 on Yep Roc). The duo has revealed a splendid video for the single.
Mandolin Orange is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It includes Andrew Marlin on vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo and Emily Frantz on vocals, violin, and guitar. Mandolin Orange is known for its beautifully constructed vocal and instrumental interplay.
Los Angeles band Las Cafeteras has released a new video for the song ‘ El Feo Más Bello.’ It is a new collaboration with Kansas City band Making Movies. Additionally, the band continues its West Coast tour.
9/28- Rohnert Park, CA – Sonoma State University
9/30- Los Angeles, CA- LA Philharmonic 100th Anniversary
10/12- Birmingham, AL – University of Alabama
10/14- Memphis, TN – Levitt Shell
10/20- Los Angeles, CA – Pico Rivera Sports Arena- Demon Dayz Festival
11/2- Las Vegas, NV- Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza
11/3- Escondido, CA- California Center For The Arts
11/10- Long Beach, CA- CSU Long Beach
Eme Alfonso, one of Cuba’s most captivating young artists, has a new music video titled “Oroko”.
Oroko is a song dedicated to Oshún, the goddess of the Yoruba pantheon. Eme moves forward the family tradition. Her parents were the founders of one of cuba’s greatest bands, Síntesis. Eme combines Afro-Cuban music with other genres.
The track includes an arrangement performed by Harold López-Nussa and vocals by Sintesis.
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