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.
Liebert is a five-time Grammy nominee with multiple gold and platinum records. He has sold millions of records across the globe. A skilled practitioner of contemporary flamenco guitar, he is always a surprise on stage. He plays with lots of textures - contrasting traditional and electric instruments. Liebert will play songs from prior albums as well as songs from his latest albums.
Liebert's incredible global success on a musical level often seems like a simple outgrowth of his cultural background and powerful wanderlust in his formative years. Born in Cologne, Germany, he began playing guitar at 11 and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. After pursuing his rock and roll dreams first in his native Germany and then in Boston, he abandoned the frustrations and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In 1989, he formed Luna Negra and he has become one of the most successful instrumental artists, thrilling audiences worldwide and releasing a catalog of classic recordings. Best known for his Nouveau Flamenco guitar playing style, his debut album sold double-platinum and is still one of the bestselling guitar albums of all time.
"The Complete Santa Fe Sessions," Liebert's previous album, was released in May 2018.
Sante Fe, New Mexico - Stepping outside the creative box, Ottmar Liebert delivers something different on his new release Petals On The Path. POP' goes Ottmar Liebert, on this project where he straddles genres, pairs down to a trio format and, as always, delivers masterful guitar work. Evocative, moving and fresh Petals On The Path' will be will be available in three formats: CD from conventional and online retailers, via Burnside Distribution; Mp3 from the usual download stores (iTunes, Amazon etc.) as well as from Liebert's Listening Lounge'In Addition, audiophile fans can buy and download high definition 24bit/88.2KHz files from HDTracks.com, and Ottmar's label SSRI will also sell a special double CD package that contains the files in FLAC form. This HD FLAC package will be a very limited run and will only be available from his website and at concerts. Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra will be on tour all summer throughout the Western region of the U.S. Concert dates & updates can be found at www.ottmarliebert.com and below.
7 New 'ON' this week: 98 Total
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One Guitar, Ottmar Liebert's haunting new CD of solo acoustic guitar music is beautiful and deep. With 13 tracks of contemplation, meditation, exhalation, levitation and exquisite solitude, Liebert presents ghosts of Spanish flamenco, and dreamscapes of the New World. Ottmar Liebert has always been a creative thinker and doer, and 'One Guitar' absorbs musical traditions.
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Ottmar Liebert has put a fresh bloom on an inspiring collection of traditional, non-traditional, and new songs in his latest CD, the appropriately titled "Winter Rose." Liebert breathes new life into holiday favorites with sensitive, arrangements of O Little Town of Bethlehem and O Holy Night. The CD also includes fresh interpretations of rarely heard Holiday songs, including Les Roses D'Isphahan and Tchaikovsky's Le Cafe
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra - release their first new recordings since the award winning 2004 outing "La Semana. The Scent of Light available on CD through Burnside Distribution and as digital music files, via IODA Digital Distribution, on iTunes, amazon, emusic, Rhapsody etc. was recorded between Spring of 2005 and Spring of 2008. Ottmar says: "I figured 'One Guitar' was as minimalist as can be, 'Up Close' was the most minimalist one can be with a band (no overdubs, no editing etc.) and it was time to make the image large again. This album has a big sound and reminds me of The Hours between Night & Day which was recorded in Santa Barbara in 1993."
3 New 'ON' this week: 96 Total
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