Last month, Angelique Kidjo won her fourth Grammy in the 'Best World Music' category. But it wasn't quite like every other year she had been nominated for the award. This time she shared the nomination with fellow African act Burna Boy, the first artist of the continent's current afropop scene to earn a nomination. While there's no question that Kidjo, who won for her 2019 album Celia, was beyond deserving (this was by no means a Kendrick-Macklemore scenario), Kidjo made the conscious decision to dedicate her award to Burna and urged viewers to pay attention to the wealth of new talent coming from the continent. "The new generation of artists coming from Africa are going to take you by storm and the time has come," said the artist.
'Take Africa Out of It and There's No Music for Y'all,' OkayAfrica caught up with the legendary Beninese singer following her recent Grammy win and her feature on the collaborative electronic track 'Milambi.'
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SoulTrackers responded big time last year when we debuted the song "Leaving LA" by the New York-based collective, Snack Cat. Mixing elements of Yacht Rock with 80s R&B – and even a touch of jazz, the band consistently delivers high infectious pop/soul with strong instrumentation. They've become "go to" musicians for many of the soul and rock artists in the region, and are popular at music festivals.
The band's newest single, "Young Love," comes out today, and it is another tasty slice of accessible – though deceptively complex - music. The song was born on an L.A. rooftop, where guitarist and bandleader Aleksi Glick was ruminating on his first serious relationship back in college, and all of the passionate twists and turns it took.
The band deftly handles the number, and hands us another winner we're enjoying. For (February 21, 2020) 'Young Love' is the SOUL TRACKS: First Listen
There are few concerts in the world that are awaited with as much excitement as the annual New Year's Concert from Vienna. Directed by Andris Nelsons, the Vienna Philharmonic ushered in 2020 with music from the Strauss family and more in the magnificent Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth, the 2020 Concert marked the first time that a work by Beethoven was performed at a New Year's Concert.
For Friday, January 21, 2020 the Vienna Philharmonic - 2020 New Year's Concert is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release'
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She is the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's artist in residence, the latest in a succession of supremely talented musicians to have held that post, including Sunwook Kim, Johannes Moser and Nemanja Radulovic. In a move that signals that she is different, Gabriela Montero began her tenure with an impromptu piano performance on Bournemouth Pier last October. The term ends on February 26 with a recital with the BSO principals at the Lighthouse.
The other dimension to her being different is her unique improvisational gift. It has given her a devoted following around the world. She can take any melody and just run with it, as many audiences have discovered. Montero is a fascinating and intriguing interviewee even from three thousand miles away. Our conversation ranged from power and politics, to human rights, the state of her native Venezuela and music as a force for good. Picture:Shelley Mosman
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Imogen Heap gives advice for aspiring musicians, shares favorite lyrics and explains why she's interested in a human-machine collaboration for an upcoming project.
With four full-length solo albums, two of which were self released, a record certified gold by the RCAA and two Grammy's under her belt, Imogen Heap, who hosted this year's The 2020 Grammys Premiere Ceremony ahead of the evening's telecast has been nominated for her work on Broadway's Harry Potter And The Cursed Child in the best musical theater album category. Heap's pioneering influence on pop music trends for the past decade have gone largely unnoticed. She is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and the first and only female artist to have won a Grammy for engineering her own album.
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What is the AI Interview ? Can AI have personality? The Wall Street Journal chose a half-dozen celebrities and fed their tweets, writings and interviews to an algorithm made by Botnik. We interviewed those celebrities, and then the algorithm, to see how it predicted their answers-and how close technology can come to being human.
It has been 12 years since I picked up the album Gently Weeps album by the Hawaiian ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro, largely to see what he did with the George Harrison title track. You can make up your own mind on that here, but for me that was all the impetus I needed when this album (with bassist Nolan Verner and guitarist Dave Preston) turned up.
Let's just say Shimabukuro is unlike any other ukulele player you will ever have heard. In fact you'd probably be surprised to learn that it is ukulele at all on most of these tracks where he brings out a lute-like quality (Lament with Pink Floyd-like atmospherics), something akin to an acoustic guitar (the more MOR Summer Rain) and on the furious hard rock opener When the Masks Come Down with Preston off the leash and the gritty, fist-tight tension of Twelve this is to ukulele what Rodrigo y Gabriela are to flamenco.
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‘Love Letters' marks a different direction for the internationally celebrated artist; it offers a shift in intimacy and content and comes at a pivotal time in her career as she signs to her new record label, Mercury KX.
Milan Records today releases THE NEW POPE (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK FROM THE SKY – HBO – CANAL+ SERIES produced by FREMANTLE'S THE APARTMENT and WILDSIDE, co-produced with HAUT ET COURT TV and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO) with music by LELE MARCHITELLI.
Referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele," Jake Shimabukuro is a true virtuoso, and exhibits his talents once again with the release of ‘Trio', available February 14th through Music Theories Recordings.
Dave Soldier - Zajal is very unusual but very impressive / Jazz Quad
Posted: January 13, 2020 12:00 AM
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The third time I meet with the works of American musician Dave Solger (aka David Sulzer, a prominent neuropsychiatric scientist from Columbia University), and each time he amazes with the unusual, imagination and creativity of his musical projects. First it was The Eighth Hour of Amduat (2016) - an avant-garde opera (?) On the themes of Ancient Egypt, then The Brainwave Music Project (2017), a joint project with fellow scientist Brad Garton, where a computer program shot brain brain encephalographs of improvising musicians, translated they turned them into the language of music and turned them into the background for real improvisations. And now a project that can be attributed to archaeological excavations in the field of ethnic music in search of the roots of popular music. There is one more more politicized subtext here, but - about everything in order.
This time, Solger turned to Andalusia, a region in the south of Spain, during the X-XIII centuries, when it was dominated by Muslim Moors (Cordoba caliphate, then Granad emirate), and the reconquest (conquering the lands by Christian kingdoms) has not yet gained full power . This period, under fragile political equilibrium, is called the golden age for culture and science, when there was an intensive and mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and cultural values between Christians, Muslims and Jews. It was at that time that the foundations of such musical forms as fandango, buleri, peter, and gypsy flamenco or the poetry and song styles popular in Lebanon today in muvash and zajal (which gave the name to the album) were laid. Traces of that time are kept to the best of their ability in Spain even today - I saw them while traveling in Andalusia, I saw them and Solger, and from him they gave rise to the idea of the currently implemented project.
Solger composed compositions in the style of various stylistic trends in Andalusian music to verses by prominent Muslim (al-Amma al-Tusili, Ubad al-Quazazaz, ibn Sahl) and Jewish (Shmuel ha-Nagid, Moshe ibn Ezra, Yehud Halevi) poets of that time, added to them one composition to the verses of the great Sufi poet Jalaleddin Rumi, and gathered for their performance a large international team of instrumentalists and vocalists. The songs are in Arabic and Hebrew, Old Spanish and Farsi. These old-new songs are sung by Israeli singer of Sephardic origin Ana Nimouz, singer and oud singer from Lebanon Maurice Hadid, flamenco performers Triana Bautista and Ishmael Fernandez, and musicians from different countries and directions also play modern and traditional instruments. In this project, Solger himself plays the guitar (he specially took flamenco lessons) and keyboards, and he translated Jewish and Arabic texts into English.
This album is very unusual but very impressive. Least of all from entertaining music, most of all from ethnomusicology. It is interesting to listen to, but even better to watch. Solger posted the entire album publicly available on the Web. There, each composition is accompanied by its own video series: from the old silent cinema, to the works of Goya and Solger's partner on a number of projects by Vitaly Komar, one of the founders of social art. Highly recommend!
Zajal, renowned Downtown composer and instrumentalist Dave Soldier explores the beginning of popular song and locates it 1000 years ago at the intersection of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian cultures in southern Spain. Zajal, along with muwashaha, were the lyrics of medieval Andalusia. While many are still sung today (notably in Lebanon), their offspring are everywhere. On a trip to Spain in 2004, Soldier read about the Andalusian caliphate, when the Muslim, Christian and Jewish com- munities not only coexisted, but co-created much of the world we inhabit today. Together, they produced the novel, cowboy culture, the guitar, the dance suite, the Kabbalah, Maimonides and ibn Arabi and the discovery of the New World. And modern song: the zajal and muwashaha introduced the verse and chorus that are the backbone of popular music. Imitation of Andalusia's singing oud players begat the troubadours and the figure of the wandering poet and singer in its myriad incarnations, from Villon to Joni Mitchell.
Released for the one hundredth anniversary of the Soviet Revolution's toppling of the statue of Czar Alexander II at the Kremlin, this is the premiere recording of the socialist realist opera Naked Revolution by composer Dave Soldier with the Russian migr satirical artists Komar & Melamid.
The work was premiered at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis and the Kitchen in New York City in 1997. The central conceit was drawn from a series of dreams by Russian immigrants to New York (and in fact were dreams by Vitaly Komar). A collection of satirical heroic paintings in the socialist realist style, American Dreams, were created with the opera and toured museums and galleries and released as an art book: the CD cover and additional art in the CD are from this collection.