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.
Sultans of String releases 'El Bint El Shalabeya' from upcoming REFUGE album / CASHBOX CANADA
Posted: January 11, 2020 12:00 AM
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El Bint El Shalabeya
Over the past dozen years and six albums, McKhool and his bandmates - co-founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté, bassist Drew Birston, Cuban percussionist Rosendo ‘Chendy' Leon and second guitarist Eddie Paton - have excelled at both. Thrilling listeners around North America with their genre-hopping fusion of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, Sultans of String celebrate diversity and creativity with warmth and virtuosity. And they often do it with artists such as Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Richard Bona, Benoit Bourque (Bottine Souriante), Nikki Yanofsky, Alex Cuba, Ruben Blades, Crystal Shawanda and Ken Whiteley.
This newly released track "El Bint El Shalabeya" reinvents an ancient traditional Lebanese song, bringing in Syrian refugee Majd Sekkar, Algerian mandole player Fethi Nadjem, and Greek oud player Demetrios Petsalakis, who all now find their home in Canada. It is from the upcoming album REFUGE (releasing March 20, 2020), a project that is "centred around the positive contributions of refugees and new immigrants to U.S.A./Canada," says bandleader Chris McKhool, whose Lebanese grandfather stowed away on a ship bound for North America a century ago. "We are bringing in guests that are newcomers to this land, as well as global abassadors for peace".
The start of the recording process for Hurricane, the latest single off of Sultans of String's upcoming album REFUGE, began at Jukasa, a world-class recording facility on the Six Nations Indigenous reserve between Toronto and Buffalo. But violinist and bandleader Chris McKhool's favourite part of cutting this song may have been recording the strings in Istanbul, with Gündem Yayli Grubu, a collection of Roma string players that perform and record for many of the Turkish pop stars. "they have a very distinct sound, all of their own, that cannot be replicated anywhere on the planet". And indeed those strings give a strong flavour of the ‘old world' to Hurricane, which is an ode to the first Lebanese immigrants to North America.
Sultans of String releases Heart of Gold (Live) By NEIL YOUNG (Silver Fiddle Music) on Nov. 12, on Neil Young's Birthday!! This song has a lot of meaning to SOS leader Chris McKhool. He grew up in a classic music loving house. His mother was a piano teacher and all the kids from the neighbourhood would come to their living room for lesson. McKhool's first instrument was classical violin, which was amazing for ear training. He was even in a string orchestra called the National Capital String Academy, and loved it. But by the time he was a teenager, violin was kind of a square instrument, and when he got to high school he had learned enough about music already that he could teach himself how to play guitar and bought his first steel string guitar from Steve's Music in Ottawa where he grew up. A plywood model by Yamaha. Heart of Gold by Neil Young was the very first song he learned on it.
Celebrate the season AGAIN!! with 2015 JUNO Award nominees Sultans of String, for an adventurous musical trip around the world! SOS deliver an exuberant performance featuring originals, world-music inspired classics, and seasonal favourites to warm your heart on a cold winter's night. From fiery fiddle tunes to a Caribbean sleigh ride, this surprising and delightful holiday fiesta heats up when Sultans of String bring their signature sound to well known gems such as Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, The Huron Carol (with gorgeous newly-translated Indigenous lyrics), Little Drummer Boy, a Feliz Navidad ska party, a Turkish twist on Greensleeves, A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as a Gypsy-jazz inspired Django Christmas, and a Rumba-Flamenca fuelled Jingle Bells.
SiriusXM Independent Music Awards winners, Sultans of String are releasing their fifth album Subcontinental Drift featuring special guest, sitar master, Anwar Khurshid. The new album was produced by band co-founder Chris McKhool, recorded at The Drive Shed Recording Studios in Toronto. Subcontinental Drift is being released on Sultans of String/CEN through RED Distribution, a division of Sony Music on February 5.
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A note from the Sultans - We are so excited to share this music with you. For two days in June we brought together the finest musicians from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and others to realize our vision of recording with a full symphony. Having developed the live show under the guidance of conductor John Morris Russell (Cincinnati Pops), we were very excited to try to capture the magic of these incredible arrangements in a studio setting, under the direction of recording conductor Jamie Hopkings. What Jamie, along with orchestral engineer Gary Gray, arranger Rebecca Pellett, the incredible musicians, along with the rest of the team were able to achieve in two days was beyond our expectations. It was a thrill for us to hear the symphony parts in all their intricacies, as well as bring in some special guests we have always wanted to work with. Put on your best set of headphones, sit back, and enjoy!
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