A majority of youths like being busy all the time to avoid boredom and idleness. For the celebrated youth choir Cantate, their prayer has been answered. This is because these have a busy month of August by presenting their performances in Stortford as well as competing in the Mid Somerset Festival. This will be their first time of competing in this festival. It is for this reason that all the Cantate Choirs will be joining forces with an aim of presenting a summer concert that is both vibrant and moving.
The summer concert entitled singing together will see various members of Amici Cantate Choirs and Stortford-based Cantate come together to perform various items. Some of the items that they will be required to perform include Love Divine by Howard Goodall; Shenandoah by James Erb, African works as well as music from both screen and stage. It is important to note that singing together will take place at St. Michaels Church. The main aim of the spring concert will be bidding farewell to Elizabeth Shepherd who is the assistant music director. Elizabeth is considered to be a highly valued member of the Cantate team for several years now. It is for this reason that this concert is staged in order to bid her a vibrant farewell.
John Tripp who is the music director for Amici Cantate says he is very happy and is looking forward to joining forces with Cantate again when need be. The best thing about the concert is that, both the young and the old will have a chance of their voices being heard. For instance, all the Cantate parents will have an opportunity of singing together with their children in a concert that is considered to be formal for the very first time. The concert will be held on 12thMarch when Cantate will be giving their performance in the Mid Somerset Festival.
La Santa Cecilia‘s New Single El Hielo (ICE) is a cool yet protest-like anthem with lyrics about US immigration and customs enforcement. The group has a lovely and breathy vocal style that will make you enjoy every single line of the song, which is considered an elegant, cool and effortless track from the L.A quartet. It switched to record labels and it takes a very subtle whack at Sam’s immigration policy in general. Sung entirely in Spanish, the song is still is a song that anyone of any age can listen to.
The song is entertaining and custom made to express empathy for Latin American Immigrants including those that were brought as children by their parents to the United States. Such children often live a shadowy existence as second class citizens in the States and are in constant fear of deportation. The group behind this amazing song is led by bluesy diva La Marisoul, the Los Angeles band that takes its name from the patron saint of music.
They also blend with Stax style horns, funk, punk, son jarocho, mariachi trumpets and Klezmer into shiny aural collages. The new song also sketches the takes of 3 immigrants including Eva, a housekeeper and a gardener Jose, who can make your yard beautiful as Disneyland and Martha who arrived in the states as a child and dreams of going to school. However, she cannot go to school because she doesn’t have proper documentation or citizenship. Eva has an amazing character and a great personality because she is inspired by her own mother who makes a living as a housekeeper. The chorus of the song is full of great words and leaves listeners with a chill. One of the lines that will leave you with a chill is Cry, children cry when they get out, they cry when mom’s not coming to pick them up
Ciara is one of the most popular artists around today. She has been in the industry for a while, and captured a large number of audiences with her beautiful voice. Even though she has been quite an underground artist for a few years now, the young artist has made a comeback, releasing a great song that is expected to hit the airwaves for a long time. The singer who sat on the front row to debut her new single Body Party took many by surprise.
The artist sat at the front row and at the Givenchy runaway show in Paris. She was beautiful wearing a long sleeved black Givenchy gown and a skirt with a side slit. The shirt she wore also had a sheer panel, showing off her black bra underneath. During the event, Ciara ditched her signature long locks, instead she wore a short blond ombre bob and it was truly amazing as it gave her a whole new style.
After the show, the singer zipped on over to the bathroom where she gave her fans a preview of her new single. The Body Party acapella is an amazing song. It was even more entertaining as the artist offered a preview revealing her sexy body ad sexy dance moves. The moves are simply incredible and couldn’t be compared to the moves of top artists such as Rihanna and Beyonce. According to Ciara, the song just came on in time and in a very sincere place. She is currently working with her boyfriend Future whom she claims to be a very creative and amazing person. With his support, the 26 year old artist is able to express herself freely because Future brings out a new flavor in her. She says that Future teaches her new things that enhance her career life. The artist is also expected to release other songs including One Woman Army.
Devendra Banhart – one of the greatest musicians in modern history – is now streaming his latest album Mala online. The official release of the record was on March 11th, however you can now access some of the most exciting highlights of the album right on your computer too. The singer has also revealed his plan to visit the UK for the launch tour of the record, which was produced in LA. Banhart is expected to play in Brighton at The Old Market in June, Manchester and London Barbican in July.
He has been speaking very enthusiastically about the new album saying that it is a true representation of who he is and not the music he has released in the past. According to him, the album brings out the true picture of the creative artist that he is. He promises fans that the album will surely arouse their imaginations. If you have any lingering misgivings about the singer’s ability to produce quality tracks, then this album will definitely put them to rest.
Previously, the artist revealed that his second album What Will We Be, was produced using rented equipment and on a typical Tascam recorder obtained from a wager shop. He also noted that most of the traditional hip-hop tracks were done on the Tascam recorder. And considering the fact that his tracks are not hip-hop, he was really interested to hear how they would sound when done on equipment that used to record the favorite rap music. He was very eager to see how such technology was going to work for them.
Hercules and Love Affair are back again after their bit disappointing blue song last year which lacked flashiness and memorable lyrics. The band are trying to regain the scale of entertainment reach they had in 2008, their new song Release me will be part of the DJ KICKS series which should kick-start their careers a little bit.
The new song was written by Andy Butler in collaboration with DJ Whitney Fierce. Whitney’s diverse cultural and dance knowledge paired with her fantastic DJing skills, contributed well to the the quality of the song. Sounding like a hybrid of Stock Aitkin, Waterman and Manchesters own Hacienda, Release Me has a charming sound, entertaining elements and is set to do incredibly well. Thumbs up for exuberance!
The bust out of E-max by Mark Pistel with some original samples he had compiled in 91 made Hercules and Love Affair’s to dance in the studio. It made the song fantastic and musically entertaining. Definitely it would be a good song to listen and with guarantee to enjoy it. Don’t miss out this big and clever song by the incredible Hercules and Love Affair.
Nels Andrews was born in July 1972 in Oakland at the Alameda Naval Hospital, CA. He is the man behind the song small victories. Nels has his own ambitions which have helped him excel in the music industry. He has said that his main aim is to dress with dignity and style as he gets older and master playing the fiddle, memorising long poems and to continue surfing as long as he can.
Talking of his likes and dislikes, Nels emphasizes that bad coffee and ‘wacky’ early morning DJs are a big no-no. Oddly, the ‘small guys sticking by the mans side’ is something he finds admirable, as he likes museums and yard sales possibly more than he should!
As a big fan of the movies, Nels said that he often sees a film more than a few times. Among his favourites are Big Lebowski, Cinema Paradiso and City Lights. He also has a couple of celebrity crushes – his biggest crush is for Audrey Toutou in Amelie, and he admires Tom Waits.
Offering further insites, Nels advises that there are some things that all men should have. The list includes a good pair of boots, a decent suit, a waterproof coat, navigational tools and a library card.
If he had the money, Nels would perform gigs every night, this is his dream anyway. Elaborating on his gigging experience, Nels explains about his favourite gig to date. This was held on a tiny island of the North-West coast of Scotland. All people at the gig had to be shipped out on a small, smelly fishing boat and the location was sheiled by craggy cliffs in a small celebrity owned bay. Nels said he would give anything to re-live this memorable gig again.
For individuals who love Iconoclasts, the past Friday provided embarrassment of radical riches. On the same night, fans were also treated to true sounds pioneers of deconstructionist, experimental rock music and this included legendary Krautrock group Faust of the 70′s era with modern proponents of Ultraista approach. The latter is a super group Quasi which features Vanguard Radiohead producer and Nigel Godrich collaborator. The appearance of Faust at Redcat- which is best described as art space that is intimate within Los Angeles’ downtown Disney Hall Complex- was without question a rare event for the 4 decade old band.
On the other side, it is ideal to note that Ultraista recently released their debut album titled Ultraista sometime last week. As a matter of fact, the trio also held a concert at Echoplex nightclub in LA and this proved to be the first ever United States show. It comes in 7th overall after a couple of European dates. Despite the clear disparity between the 2 acts, there is a symbiotic link that exists between the two. It is not without any reason that Radiohead named a song ‘Faust Arp. This was a sign of paying homage to forbears whose plain refusal to stick and act by the rules inspired a new genre of great sideswiping masterpieces such as 2000’s Kid A.
Consequently, the Ultraista and Faust overlapping shows provided the perfect window to compare the 2 distinct generations in a bid to shatter conventional rock band. The legacy hung in the air and the need to build a bridge across roll and rock classical and contemporary music is not proving to be an easy one as the co-founder of Faust and explains. Faust has embodied krautrock and gone to the lengths of naming one of the songs to the genre. Krautrok has also proven to be well ahead of time and still manages to shock the future.
Flyleaf recently announced that Lacey Mosely, who has been their vocalist for over 10 years, is departing the band after the release Flyleaf’s third album New Horizons. Additionally, Flyleaf have also announced that Kristen May, former vocalist of the group Vedera will be replacing Mosley and singing live with the band on forthcoming tour dates.
The announcement was made Flyleaf’s Bassist, Pat Seals, who announced the news stating that the band was excited for a new chapter in the making of their band. Seals went on to ask fans to continue supporting their journey and bring inspiration and hope through their music. The band as a whole are also thankful and very grateful for the support they have continuously received from their fans and look forward to playing live for them soon with the new line-up.
Lacey Mosley said in her own statement that she was blessed and proud for her time in the band and for the opportunities to tour various places with her former band members whom she thought of as family. She also added that it had taken every member in the band to give so much so that the flyleaf would be possible. She also expressed her gratitude to the many fans worldwide, and said that she was very grateful to have recently become a mother to her son, Jack who is her life’s greatest blessing. The recent death of the sound engineer, Rich Caldwell who died in a shocking car accident made Lacey see life in a different perspective.
Apparently great musicians are born, not made. This offers a detailed explanation for the reason why nearly all governments in the world are investing money in order to ensure that music is taught at all primary and secondary schools. Music funding for example in the US, is estimated to have increased by 21% in recent years. A good chunk of resources set aside for funding music education in schools is being used to recruit traine music teachers.
Scores of parents are wondering if music lessons are of use to a five year old kid. Apparently, many parents have never understood that music lessons offer a great opportunity for children to discover their musical talent at a tender age. In England, the government has also taken music lessons seriously. According to the CEO of Arts Council of England, Alan Davey, music lessons in schools help in playing a key role in ensuring every kid is offered an opportunity to have a glimpse of the richness attributed to music. He added that the council is doing the best it can in order to protect music and dance lessons.
The message that every child can discover music has also reached out further to Venezuela too. The Venezuelan government has launched the El Sistema programme, which has been designed to offer music and instrumental training to all children who hail from poorer backgrounds. After the program has been introduced, the governments is expecting that every child will know how to play at least one musical instrument. The program is also expected to recruit choir masters in order to train children how to sing in choirs. A close government source has intimated that, the aim of introducing this program is to ensure that music lessons are not only accessible by children hailing from affluent families but also by children from poverty stricken families equally.
Two musicians from the group, Pussy Riots were over the weekend sent to different prisons where they are scheduled to server their two-year sentences for their anti-Putin performance in the main cathedral in Moscow. One of the two, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was sent to a prison in the Mordovia republic while the other one, Maria Alyokhina was sent to a prison in Perm region on Saturday. This is according to the information obtained from the Pussy Riot Twitter account. Tweet also read sentences such as, ”These are the most brutal colonies of all possible options.”
The prisons where the two were sent are known to be home to some of the country’s most dangerous criminals. In fact, Perm and Mordovia prisons are known to house some of the country’s top robbers, murderers and organised crime gangsters making them the most feared prisons in the country. The Defense lawyer for the two, Mark Feigin, says that he was not notified of the transfer of the two musicians who were held at the Moscow detention center on Monday. The lawyer only received confirmation from the prison officials that the two had been moved. However, the officials did not specify the exact location of the two stating that the information would only be shared with the immediate family of the musicians.
In August, it is reported that Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and another musician, Yekaterina Samutsevich, were convicted by a Moscow court of hooliganism that was infuriated by religious hatred. This was after their performance in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral. However, the third musician, Samutsevich’s case had been thrown out by an appeal whereby the court ruled that she was not among the masked women who had taken part in the performance. She had also filed a lawsuit against the Russian government in the European Court of Human Rights last week.