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Skilz Drop\'s \

Skilz has had a pretty solid 2017 
 thusfar. She's been through a
 public eye. She continues to prove that 
her creativity bares no
 boundaries. Today she drop's her
 latest single " Run it off " a 
completely good joint that allows
 Skilz vocals to shrine brighter
 than the production.While Skilz's
 strenght as a song writer is 
honesty. This brand new single
 track of her's is a solid proof
 supporting the talent in her.The
 fast rising star has been on a 
pretty meteoric rise to some
 mainstream succèss this year
 looking to keep her buzz alive 
and strong

 

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Sarah Ragsdale Is Ready for the \

 Singer-songstress Sarah Ragsdale comes to us today with an impressive song by the name of "Next Time." A new single from her upcoming record which is due out this Friday, October 6th, her stunning vocals and intricate instrumentation bring a bold and delightful sound to your speakers. Throughout her songs, Ragsdale shaes elements of her real life events and 'enchanting rhymes,' which create a vivid storyline for each of her songs. "Next Time," is a prime example of her writing skills. Her vocals float like a cloud over a graceful bed of music that has Ragsdale standing above the rest. Her talent will bring her miles, and with the release of "Whimsical Romance," it is safe to say that Sarah Ragsdale is on her way to becoming a household name. Check out her new single below, and grab a copy of her new record when it hits online stores this week.

Listen to “Next Time” here:https://soundcloud.com/sarahragsdale/next-time-1

 

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A is for Atom Brings a New Song for Fall

Outdoing himself once again, A is for atom has shared a new piece from his upcoming record; a song titled "Last Man on the Moon.: An ethnocloud favorite for quite some time, A is for Atom has been on our radar for a couple of years now. Creating insightful tunes that will have your eardrums in love, the moniker of singer-songwriter Mike Cykoski, goes above and beyond to outdo himself each and every time. The song is a beautiful and harmonious as it brings up tales of nostalgia and elements of being lonely. Yearning for the past, and perhaps even a childhood, A is for Atom is here with the song that perfectly helps to close out 2017.

 

Give a listen to the single from A is for Atom here: https://soundcloud.com/aisforatom/last-man-on-the-moon

 

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BIOGRAPHY OF DEDE VEZA

 


Hélder Alcinio Hangabi Bunga, son of David Mário João and Helena Veza, was born on 26 October 1978 in the province of Uige, municipality of Uige Angola.

Migrates to Luanda to three years old, lived in Miramar many years and made the primary studies in funge school in Operario district in Luanda, where the companinha a neighbor called Haile (Nick), after school walked with pianos, and They were to play until the end of the day.

From early on his love of music manifested itself. He liked in the house of his uncle Cananito Alexandre big picture of Angona music, when it sang.
Very fond of the seventh art, friend of literature and painting, he emigrated with his mother Helena Veza, and his two brothers to (SOUTH AFRICA) where in addition to the digital world, got music knowledge that increased their desire in the art.

Still in Infancy he sang to his younger brother Jojo Veza that very well danced to the neighbors on the street grandson Garcia, Miramar neighborhood. and so he went wherever he went up on the outside of Angola.
After several years back to Angola, he starts working in the video world as camera assistant with Mr. Eduardo Capelo and Velasco. in television production.
In 1996, 1997 filming and also worked in the organization of party rav (shows) with DJ Mauro Madaleno, SEBEM, Ze Maria, Paulucho, Dj Porkchop, Show Karang, Prince Wadada, and the SSP.

In 2000, he began working in the production of their first album in the old studio echoes of Peace with Ze fix, Nekila, Beto Max, in Yuri's company Cunha Yeye junior, Matias Damásio, Dj tipilartes, Tito Olivio, DJ Evil, If wrong, Dj Viriato Victor, Chico Viegas, Dj Angelo Gabriel Thiema, Dj Nelo Kass, Keima cylinders, and KING RECORDS in Holland.

For stealing one of his songs, also known as wakimono, the record was not edited and the contract was canceled. still he continued to work having produced several successful issues such as the Clio ta crazy pump are bewitch you, false alarm, and rain on boda Yuri share of the wedge, recorded in the old studio Beto max.

He also participated in Shows within Angola for several years, in the company of TIC TAC, PEDRUK, Calo Pascoal, TONY AMADO, Vaiola CAT, WELWICTHA, DJ MANIA, SAUSAGE AND CRAZY COW, SQUID PASSION, Bangão, KING AT NICE, KATANA , VIRGILIO FIRE, BOBANI KING, the ACTUAL among other artists ...

In 2005 no longer publish music themes, most still producing and composing behind the scenes, in the old intention to grow and produce a healthy acoustically album for those who like their music.
In 2006 it created the D VEZA CONTROL, his musical producer.

currently has one album released in the Portuguese market and in Angola, with the title `` One More Cebola`` 14 tracks published by Ls Productions.

 

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Here's a link to an interview with me in the McKendree University Magazine (Spring 2017).  It's part of a larger section on jazz.  Scroll down and you'll see it.   

 

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Believe Representing VIP 267

Bostwana has long been where it’s at, and
right now the music scene is flourishing
every which way. Bee represents a
vital sound from Africa's most
dangerous streets — one that, like Mostwako, is deeply affected by all the
violence but never weighed down by it.
His poetic lyrics might move you to tears,
but the hope that cuts through them will
make it feel okay to smile when you’re
done. His music feeds off the influence of
his Zim
upbringing, making his music sound the
least Zimbabwean, so to speak, of maybe all
his contemporaries. But it’s that difference
that might just put him ahead. —

 

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Believe Representing VIP 267

Bostwana has long been where it’s at, and
right now the music scene is flourishing
every which way. Bee represents a
vital sound from Africa's most
dangerous streets — one that, like Mostwako, is deeply affected by all the
violence but never weighed down by it.
His poetic lyrics might move you to tears,
but the hope that cuts through them will
make it feel okay to smile when you’re
done. His music feeds off the influence of
his Zim
upbringing, making his music sound the
least Zimbabwean, so to speak, of maybe all
his contemporaries. But it’s that difference
that might just put him ahead. —

 

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“Congratulations to The HHYG Queen Astar who tops the BEAT100 Music Audio Chart with winning track \'Till i Die\'

A rising star in the RAP/R&B 
world, Astar has already
 achieved huge success with her
 two hit single's  'Cuba' and 'Till i
 die'. Zim native singer
-songwriter ,Astar has just made 
an unforgettable record. "Till i Die"
 has became first Zim chart-
topper, hitting number 1 on the
 Beat100 Hot 40 , and peaking 
within the top 5 of multiple 
other countries ,including the United
 Kingdom ,Ireland, and Spain 
among others . "Till I die" has
 already made a huge splash on 
the World Wide Beat100 music
 chart ,and it's not hard to see 
why. Her soulful, R&B vocals 
paired with her hip-hop edge and
 sincere lyrics are a sure recipe 
for perfection.The HIPU HOPU
 YEKUGHETTO (hhyg) and VIP
 MUSIC GROUP fans are
 enthusiastically cheering up for Astar.

 

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Astar Zim First Beat100 Music Chart Winner

The two time World Wide 
Beat100 music chart winner 
singer Astar is guaranteed to reel
 you in with her soulful, honey
-smooth voice and introspective 
lyrics. She may only be 24, but
 Astar's musicality shows 
evidence of maturity far beyond 
her years.Astar is taking over 
with her R&B/RAP vibes and
 powerful, emotive voice. She's 
fiery character with a unique,
 smooth vocal quality - her tracks
 'Cuba' and 'Till i die' are people's
 favourite. Astar made it into the
 scene through the Local music 
brand HHYG "hipu
 hopu yekughetto". Astar is one of the
 brightest stars in modern rap. 
She broke into the mainstream
 chart with her huge track 'Cuba'
 this year -

 

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Beto Hales Breathes Life into \

Beto Hale has just released his new single, "Orbs of Light," the title track of his newest album. A critically-acclaimed musician who has been involved in the music scene a greater part of his life, song brings out the heart and soul into his work. 

Beto wrote, performed, and co-produced and played drums, percussion, bass, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, keyboards, piano, and sang lead and backing vocals on 90% of the album, which is no small feat to say the least. Beto Hale states of the track 

"This was originally conceived as a song about hope; amidst the negativity that surrounds us today, I am talking about being strong, believing in yourself, no matter how many terrible things you have witnessed or experienced. The Orbs (in my mind) represent the eyes, which in turn reflect ones spirit. It is also a song about connection; I believe the only thing that can possibly save us as a species is love, helping each other, believing in ourselves as a group. I believe there is true evil in the world, and one has to face it, bravely, to destroy it. Our generation has a huge responsibility to make the hard choices: are we going to be complacent, or are we going to act?"

 

A groundbreaking artist who is always on the move, Beto Hale has definitely released one of the most noteworthy records of 2017. 

Give a listen to "Orbs of Light," here: https://soundcloud.com/beto-hale/01-orbs-of-light?in=beto-hale/sets/orbs-of-light-fyc

 

 

 

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MEL C -Zvipande On Repeat

Mel C Rap Queen drops her
 latest single "ZVIPANDE" MEL C
 has been working heavily over 
the past few years, breaking
 boundaries and pushing her
 creativity to the limit. While her
 music is rooted in R&B n RAP,  it's
 never been limited to the genre.
 She's been dropping some pretty
 solid loose singles throughout the
 year. Today she returns with
 "ZVIPANDE". There is much vocal
 performance from her on the song. 
Through the heavy bass,
 the frantic synths and glitchy 
vocal samples, the song takes 
you on a journey. While MEL C
 known for blurring the lines 
between genres, this is definitely 
a song that showcases her ability 
in doing so. The song sounds like
 something you'd hear in an after
-hours while scrambling to find
 your friends that you lost an hour
 prior. It has a party tone to it but
 there's also a sense of urgency to
 it as well. MEL C  already proven 
to be an incredible singer and
 songwriter. However, this single
 showcases her abilities in
 arrangement, composition and
 production.This record was made
 to inspire the common man to
 keep hustlin , even though it's
 difficult to survive out there right
 now. None of us are spared the 
struggle with this economic travesty.

 

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Dweezy Drop\'s a Bomb

DweezyBwoiWonder is set to 
drop another hit song from his 
Best On Best EP .The track is
 titled *GANDA GANDA*.The song
 features (ZimHipHop 2016Award
 Winner)Pyscho Tektonic , Jnr
 Garnet and Lorbee J..Ganda Ganda
 mainly speaks out about 
how people used to underrate us
 especially haters , but its them 
who want our music and want to
 see on shows ...Track dropping 
soon.

 

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Success or what?

Hi folks, just a few words this time.

When i was 12 I started to learn how to play guitar. Three years later it was time for the five string banjo, which the guy I bought it from taught me to play. 

In 1970 I built myself a 9-string tin-can resonator guitar and I still use it now (!). I could never have thought that would be possible when I built it, but it turned out better than I'd hoped for.

In 1988 an old classmate, BejaHemgård, told me that the Folk Music institute of Kaustinen, Finland, were asking for new material for the five-string kantele, an instrument I was familiar with since I was quite small, since a family we knew used to have a few of those. 

Initially I thought five notes can't make up a good melody, but then I thought about "Oh, when the saints go marching in" , "With a little help from my friends" and even "Ode to joy" by Beethoven (well, one note goes outside those five, but you can play it an octave higher :) ) so I though I'd have a go. 

First I wrote a tune I called "Cat on Slippery Ice", then one called "The old cat" (I seem to be a cat person), then I soon had 20+ composition. I won't call them songs, since they're instrumentals, except för "Väinön Pölyfööni", sung on my CD by Helka Elo, old workmate (must post a photo of her with her lizard soon).

Later yet, after thinking these tunes would just end up as sheet music, I got a new workmate, a young guy by name of Jonte Knif (yes, yes, THE Knifonium one!) who played not only clarinet, but a bunch of mediaeval woodwind instruments, and I thought we might start recording these tunes, especially as his then-girlfriend, Minna Väätänen, was an excellent celloist: And time signatures like 7/8 13/8 etc posed no problems at all for her, so we started, soon joined by my old violinist friend Christer Bergstén, blues guitarist J.J.Nyberg (Once a Milk Cow) and later even Kim Hansson and Hanski Ramström on guitars and Kjell Frisk on more woodwinds, and Brita "Buz" Holmström on classical guitar (not all on the same track though!)...

Woops - this seems to become a long story! Hope you've enjoyed it so far!

I will try to answer all questions, even in Swedish, Finnish and German.

Bye bye for now!

 

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Julian Markov
Julian Markov (09/28/17 07:15)
Hi Runaway, please try again. It should work. :)
The Runaway Kantele
The Runaway Kantele (09/26/17 14:26)
It also says: "Let's have some fun!" I say: well, why not, but how?
The Runaway Kantele
The Runaway Kantele (09/26/17 14:25)
Strangely enough, when I go to "Forums" it says: Forums home page. This board has no forums.
Aleks
Aleks (09/26/17 13:58)
It'strange. I do not have this problem. You had to login first with your password if you hadn't. :-)
I would suggest you to forget the link I sent to you. Login. Go to "Forums" and then to "Ethnic Musical Instruments". Thank you for your reply.
The Runaway Kantele
The Runaway Kantele (09/26/17 13:14)
Thanks for the tip! When I clicked that link, though, I received the following message:
"You are not authorised to read this forum"
Quite friendly, eh?
Aleks
Aleks (09/26/17 10:13)
Interesting instrument! You might want to write something more about the small kantele in the "Ethnic Musical Instruments" Forum section: https://ethnocloud.com/world-culture/forum/viewforum.php?f=7
Let more people know about it :-) Thanks.
Mel C The Rap Queen

Vibrant, witty and infectiously 
funky -rising star Mel C is a 
breath of fresh air in the world of
 Zimbabwean Urban music . The **-year-old rapper from Harare
 is busy carving her own path with
 killer lyrics and some serious
 confidence. Mel C has already
 achieved huge success with her
 hit single 'Zvipande'. The singer 
has also worked with the likes of 
 Tocky Vybes and many other 
local rappers. The rapper is also
 supporting one of the major local
 music brand 
'VIP MUSIC DISTRIBUTION '.
Her stage presence is second to none, and impossible not
 to love her cheeky tracks.

 

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STARJAY MUSIC BUZZ

Zimbabwe native StarJay is making huge
waves right now as one of the Zim hottest
male MCs. The 19-year-old rapper pairs
honest, straight-talking lyrics with
dancehall rhythms and undeniable
influences from Grime and Hip-Hop.

 

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ALI HUGO Interviewed on \

Singer-songwriter & musician Ali Hugo is interviewed on the show "Cutting Edge" from the Global Pod-Casting Network based in London. Ali talks about his DIY approach to making music and his success on the Indie & North American charts. To access the interview click on the link below:-

 

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-42b98-74511d

 

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Porcelan Comes to Life in a Song

Porcelan's latest endeavor comes in the form of the song "The Real Thing Don't Change." The enticing piece showcases her stunning artistry and intense vocal work, as she puts herself on your radar for 2017. Praised by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Porcelan is surely the real deal. She's bold and seductive as she makes the song her own.

 

Give the hot track a listen right here: https://www.soundcloud.com/porcelanmusic/the-real-thing-dont-change

 

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Sheyz Chereography

Sheron Dzambo populary known as Sheyz 
a young Zimbabwean dancer aged 17.
 Sheyz was born and raised in
 Kambuzuma and later moved to Glenorah.
 Shezy is a Triple Threat she can
do it all Sing, Dance, Act, Fashion
Model, and her Dancing Ability is
Remarkable the way she would hit
the Move without putting force into
it and make that Move look so
Smooth and Sultry and Sexy that's
what you call a Rare and also Gifted
Dancer , Shezy Dance Moves
are Clean and Entertaining to
Watch she got her own R&B Hip
Hop Style and she Combine that
Genre with the Genre of (Dance) and
it is Inspirational and Fun and
she is also Beautiful the way she
Wear her Make-Up and Clothes and
Mixed it with her Choreography she
Will always be Known for her
Dancing Abilities.

 

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Mzert Maybin
Mzert Maybin (10/10/17 17:03)
woooow Dats gee Kip t up sheyz
VIP MUSIC GROUP THE ZIM HIHOP ICON

To support and believe in the success 
of upcoming artists was and always will be a 
matter  close to the label's heart  and so the 
label is constantly scouting for fresh talent to 
develop  and produce. VIP MUSIC GROUP focuses on
 electronica, deep house ,Jazz, rnb, dancehall 
,break beats, hiphop, broken beats and techno.
 Notable signings who are helping to spread 
the label's name  include Kid Zeast , Tinie Jay , 
Pablo ,  Will Weezy, Boi Tunna , Fresco Boy, Sean Talent ,
 Diamond Kid, Tinky, Nicky, Tucciey, Mia , Cleo , Stania ,
 Bladgermk , Sheezy, J.Garnet, Mzert and Millie. The label is
 American and Zimbabwaen based. Thank you for opening your
  hearts and extending your love and support.

 

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IMPORTANCE OF FEMALE\'S IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Whether people would like to admit it or
not, women have been a vital part of hip-
hop since its inception. In the genre, it's
pretty typical to tell different stories,
whether they're about your neighborhood,
beliefs, or experiences, so of course there is
plenty of room to be made for the women in
hip-hop who have something to say. We
started off with legends like Queen Latifah,
MC Lyte, Roxanne Shanté, and Salt N' Pepa.
Together these artists gave the culture
feminist anthems like "U.N.I.T.Y. ," fashion
statements never seen outside of a NY
neighborhood, one of the best rap beefs
ever, and wordplay you just don't hear
anymore.
Things were going strong for female
rappers, and they only got better and more
successful with time. Some people refer to
the late 90s - 2000s as a sort of golden age
of female rappers. There was Lil Kim, Da
Brat, Foxy Brown, Missy Elliott, Left Eye,
Lauryn Hill, Rah Digga, Remy Ma, and Trina.
Really the list goes on and on, and honestly
just listing them like this doesn't do them
and their contributions enough justice.
But after this golden age concluded things
got a little dull in the genre. Of course there
were some successful female artists here
and there, but you couldn't fill a stage with
all the popular female rappers -- there just
wasn't that many. Between 2010 and 2017,
Nicki Minaj was nominated in the BET
Awards category for Best Female Hip Hop
Artist, she won this category from
2010-2016. Between those six years, the
Queens rapper had practically no
competition. Second best wasn't even close
to the stardom Nicki had reached. For years
people complained about the unbalanced
category nominations, but the real blame
should have been on the record labels and
the fans for not taking a chance on female
rappers for so long.
However this year, there was an upset in the
category. Once again Nicki Minaj was
nominated even though many people believe
she hasn't released a true hip-hop album in
years, but this time she didn't win. Remy Ma
took the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist award
home this year, which inspired both support
and anger from hip hop fans -- and they
weren't all Nicki fans. Many viewers made
the argument that Cardi B, a new rapper
coming out of the Bronx, should have won.
Another strong argument could have been
made in the favor of another newer artist
that was nominated, Young M.A. These
debates that followed the award show days
later were very exciting; the fact that all the
artists nominated were serious contenders
means female rappers are finally on the up.
There is a growing number of underground
female rappers and the fans are hungry for
stories told by women.

 

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Cardamohm & Friends - Hybrid Seeds EP

Cardamohm is happy to present Hybrid Seeds, which offers an alternative vision of their debut album A Seed, blending machines and a whole bunch of magic flutes. The french ethno trance duo has invited some friends to remix five tracks and create these hybrid seeds with their own style, from deep psydub to groovy psytrance


Mastered by Adrien Sauvaget @X-Pand Sound Mastering, with artwork by BaBa Shikoine.

 

Cardamohm - Hybrid Seeds EP, artwork by BaBa Shikoine

 

Here is the tracklist:

1. La Embarcación (Johnfaustus Remix) 06:51
2. A Seed (4bstr4ck3r Remix) 04:26
3. Tazmania (Via'on Remix) 07:54
4. Take Off (Yuniversound Remix) 09:23
5. Gipsy Train (Neuromatic Remix) 07:04

Out on the 9th of september 2017, high quality free download on www.cardamohm.com !

 

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Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Beat's by the Books

September 2017 Issue:

Where's the Beat?
•West Africa, Bali, and India, birthplaces of polyrhythm, gamelan, and tala.

Ancient Future Performs Free Library Concert Series
•World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Arabic Percussion Virtuoso Antoine Lammam or Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar


Where's the Beat?

  Talking Drum, Gamelan, and Tabla

A. West Africa, Bali, and India, birthplaces of polyrhythm, gamelan, and tala.
B. Within every performer, where musical dreams are made.
C. In a rhythm training manual by Matthew Montfort called Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities.
D. In the new companion set from Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India.
E. Through world rhythm workshops and Skype study with Matthew Montfort.
F. All of the above.

The Answer

If you answered "all of the above," you are well on your way to finding the beat! Read on to find out how a training manual on the rhythms of Africa, Bali and India can help performers of all types reach their musical dreams, enable listeners to get more out of music, and is now bringing these ancient rhythms into the grooves of the future with the release of an audio companion edition for digital audio workstations, sequencers, computers, tablets, smartphones, CD players and other gizmos!

The Beginning, the Beat, the Book

Book Cover

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Mill Valley: Panoramic Press, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2.

This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists.

The New Guides and Grooves

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (AF-0001, 2005. V 4.0, 2017). New Preview Release!

This new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities is set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones. The tracks are also available on a CD/CD-ROM set. The material is presented in two complimentary formats: audio guide tracks and MIDI groove tracks.

The Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide Tracks is a set of 115 audio guide tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities that enable learning by ear.

The MIDI Groove Tracks

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India is a complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps.

The Eve Orchestra of West Africa

The Eve people of the island town of Anyako off the coast of Southeastern Ghana have developed a music rich in polyrhythmic interplay, such as in the drum music of takada, a dance and drumming club developed by the Eve women. The instruments of their percussion orchestra are detailed in the West African section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves.

The Interlocking Rhythms of Balinese Gamelan

A gamelan is an ensemble normally composed primarily of percussion. In Bali, orchestras of tuned gongs, bronze kettles, bronze metallophones, bamboo xylophones, drums, cymbals, and flutes fill the night air with animated music. Melodic parts interlock, divided in such a way that musicians play alternate notes to form the melody line. These interlocking parts, known as kotèkan, require cooperation and a keen sense of rhythm to perform. The Balinese section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves details the music and instruments of the Gamelan Semar Pegulingan and other ensembles.

The Rhythmic Cycles of India

The perception of the cyclic nature of life is reflected in Indian classical music through the device oftala,a recurring time-measure or rhythmic cycle. There are two different traditions in Indian classical music, the Carnatic music of South India and the Hindustani music of North India.

The tabla is a North Indian drum set comprised of two drums with goat-skin heads. For every sound on the drum there is a corresponding syllable. These syllables are known as bols. Each North Indian tala has a theka, a standard set of bols that identify the rhythmic cycle. The MIDI files of these thekas make excellent groove tracks for creating compositions or practicing. The North Indian section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves features a full explanation of the tabla bols complete with audio links to tabla samples of each bol, and files for VSTi instruments and GarageBand that remap the MIDI files to the included tabla samples.

The mridangam is a South Indian two-headed barrel drum made of jackwood with goatskin heads. South Indian drumming has a language all of its own known as solkattu. For the sounds produced by the mridangam, there are corresponding syllables known as konokol. The South Indian section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves features an explanation of the konokol syllables used in the solkattu compositions that are presented.

The Workshops and Skype Lessons

Matthew Montfort offers instruction based on Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities through online lessons via Skype and rhythm workshops at conservatories, public schools, and resorts.

The Quotes

"You can view this deceptively slim masterwork from a few different angles: as a friendly yet serious appetizer on three of the most sophisticated rhythm systems on earth; a chance to work on your rhythmic sight reading; a three-culture dip with matching mp3s for your ears; a gateway to exotic spices, complete with MIDI files, for your songwriting or drumming; or a fun way to organically digest complex time signatures. No matter how you slice it, this scholarly labor of love is packed with rich flavors for those patient enough to harvest them." – E.E. Bradman, Bass Player Magazine

"You've heard Afro-Pop, sitar, gamelan and world music for years. But do you know what they are and how they work? Better yet, would you like to play those twisted cross-rhythms and melodies? In Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities, Matthew Montfort, a founding member of the world music band Ancient Future, has put together the book for people who want to dig into world music with both hands. Wherever possible, Montfort has provided beat counts alongside the standard musical notation so even if you can't read music, you can still learn the rhythms." – Richard Kadrey, San Francisco Chronicle

"A hands-on exploration of Balinese, African, and Indian rhythms that should appeal to all musicians. One needn't play percussion instruments, or any instruments at all, for that matter, to use and benefit from the book." – Drums and Drumming

"Very highly recommended for any instrumentalists hoping to expand their rhythmic horizons. If you've never investigated the beautiful clash of African polyrhythm, the incredible interlocking textures of Balinese music, or the complex metric structure of Indian classical music, check out Ancient Traditions – it will blow your mind and deepen your groove." – Guitar Player

"If you're tired of programming your drum machine with the same old 4/4 back-beat, or you want to sharpen your rhythmic chops, this book is highly recommended." – Electronic Musician

The Performers

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities has been used and admired by many teachers and musicians around the world.

Lou Harrison (1917-2003), prominent composer and founder of the American gamelan movement, called the work "a very useful contribution to musical scholarship."

Reinhard Flatischler, founder of the TaKeTiNa rhythm training process, was an early enthusiast of the method book.

John Bergamo (1940-2013), composer and coordinator of the percussion department at the California Institute of the Arts, found a copy of Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities when he cleaned out his desk at retirement. As he finally had the time available, he worked his way through it, after which he called the author to thank him for writing it, and encouraged him to write more world music training manuals. One is in the works.

Steve Smith, stellar jazz and rock drummer of Journey fame, went through the book in preparation for a percussion summit with tabla master Zakir Hussain.

Start your own journey to musical excellence with Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities!


Ancient Future Performs Free Library Concert Series

Photo of Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar

World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Arabic Percussion Virtuoso Antoine Lammam or Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar

One of the program variations of the trailblazing world fusion music ensemble, Ancient Future, this improvisatory duet features world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by either Arabic percussion virtuoso Antoine Lammam or Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar. Strains of flamenco, Arabic music, and Indian raga emanate from this duet performing renditions of music from Ancient Future's ground breaking world music recordings as well as many new unreleased works!

These hour long educational concerts by Ancient Future at Sonoma County libraries will introduce the audience to musical concepts from world music such as Indian and Arabic rhythms.

September Concerts
November ConcertsWinter Concerts'El Zaffa' by Ancient Future

El Zaffa on Ethnocloud
Video
of Arabic fusion music by Ancient Future

'Yearning for the Wind' by Ancient Future

Yearning for the Wind on YouTube
Video of Indian fusion music by Ancient Future

 

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Damien Kingsley Rapper\'s Biography

Blessing Wuranda aged 16. Popularary know by his stage name as Damien Kingsley.  A young Zimbabwean rapper who grew up living a frugal lifestyle. He grew up with no father and as  he grew up her mom was not happy in her marriage by  the fact that his father used to abuse his mother.  He grew up ambitiously aiming to be a star and also to  show his father that he could do without him. By working with different people Damien Kingsley  discovered his talent in music and that marked the first stage of his rise as a hip hop rapper.

 

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Ali Hugo\'s latest release \

Ali Hugo is an unconventional musician who follows his own musical path. Hugo is known for his long pauses between albums and single releases as well as a DIY approach to music recording and promotion. Hugo has enraptured his fans with the sudden release of his latest single “TEARS OF A BROKEN HEART” written, arranged & produced by Hugo. Although, the latest single is from Hugo’s 2015 Album “New Generation Farahan”, only three singles were released from that album. Then there was the usual long pause. Hugo’s website displays a letter from a pleading European fan asking him to release more songs from the album or make new music. To his fans delight, Hugo released the single and as Hugo’s twitter account states, “TEARS OF A BROKEN HEART” is by far the most successful of all his releases. The track has a dreamy quality to it of a fairytale love story able to capture the heart of any easy listening music genre fan. The song has been carefully crafted to capture new listeners while Hugo remains faithful to his fans, by maintaining simplicity to his melodious music writing approach. The album which the track is taken from is an eclectic collection of music genres which include a Euro dance single Enzo, Flowery Gown a classical single and the Moroccan/Spanish fusion single Ishbilia. All singles are available at Hugo’s online distribution partner Nimbit music. A departure from this is that the single “TEARS OF A BROKEN HEART” has been aggressively promoted by the online music retailer CD babe where it has been cataloged as a live track due to its live performance elements. Globally, Ali Hugo’s  single “TEARS OF A BROKEN HEART” will live up to the expectations of his fans but its release will also keep fans wondering, will this be the final track from the “ New Generation Farahan” album? Or can we expect more singles from this album? If yes, then when will Hugo get down to writing new music is probably what his fans what to know.

A review by

Jonathan Marcel,

Music Lover & Critic

 

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ASTAR THE NEW ZIMHIPHOP QUEEN

The Queen of hipu hopu yeku Ghetto doing it big!! Astar or Astar the Queen as some would like to call is making zim proud.... Her first single "Cuba" produced by bilbery (alpha records) is now sitting on number 1. Yes her first single is number 1 on the beat 100 chart... Her second single "I am the queen" is doing great on the chart. Please continue voting for these to singles by visiting the links provided below

 

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Sare Nau (9 1/2)

oronto Tabla Ensemble releases new single Nine-and-a-Half (Sare Nau)

The Toronto Tabla Ensemble (TTE) has released another exciting single titled Sare Nau, written in a rare rhythmic cycle of nine-and-a-half beats. The piece was composed by the Ensemble’s artistic director Ritesh Das and features an energetic layering of rhythms from the tabla, mridangam, ghatam, and drum kit. 

Sare Nau is the first collaboration between the TTE and drummer Nilan Chaudhuri, who transcribed the entire composition from the language of tabla to perform it on the drum kit. Chaudhuri is also an accomplished tabla player and the son of legendary tabla maestro, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. His background and mastery of both instruments has allowed him to provide a unique presence and sound on the track.

The single is the second to be heard from TTE’s sixth album, Bhumika scheduled for release in early 2018. The album focuses on the technique, energy, and versatility of classical North Indian rhythms augmented through collaboration and contemporary arrangements. Other guest artists include sarod player, Swapnamoy Banerjee, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Donald Quan, and Japanese taiko master, Kiyoshi Nagata.

Since 1991, the TTE has helped bring North Indian classical music to the mainstream in Toronto with its innovative concerts and recordings. The Ensemble has produced three music videos and five original albums, including the Juno-nominated Firedance. The Ensemble’s original music has been used in numerous films and commercials, and in 2003 the Ensemble was commissioned to create the current theme music for CBC Radio’s daily morning show, Metro Morning.

For more information on the new album and upcoming TTE concerts, visit: www.torontotabla.com

 

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HHYG Queen Astar New Release!!! \

The vocals are delivered with thrust. What I mean by thrust is that they are delivered with passion. Once you dive into  the lyrics and inspiration for this true  piece of art, you then completely appreciate the entire song. ASTAR The HHYG QUEEN  returns with brand new single "Iam The Queen" her Second  release after breaking onto the music scene earlier this year with her hit single "Cuba" . As we've come to expect from Astar  ,  "Iam the Queen" is an energetic hybrid of hiphop and trap. "Iam The Queen"  ,Astar is claiming that she is the Queen of Hiphop and indeed she is the Queen.  Astar deserves the crown,her lyrics ,beats ,quality, and  personality is on fleek unlike  other female rappers.

 

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Tinky Minaj Trending

Tinky Minaj is an emerging artist in Millz crew. She's only 18 but she's already garnering a lot of attention from the hip- hop scene. Her style is similar to her fellow group member Tuccizy in that they both use a lot of autotune and combine singing and rapping with really good beats. She's the type of artist that makes old hip-hop heads mad because her sound is unlike anything hip-hop has seen before. People try to discredit artists like her but they shouldn't, because she has a clear message and an aesthetic to back it up. She first found the spotlight in 2016. Since then she's been slowly gaining traction in the music world and in the fashion world.

 

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Apichat Pakwan releases new single E-Ong Muan Sun

Apichat Pawkan

A blend of Thai/ Lao music, dub, hiphop & electro

 

Apichat Pakwan is a group of musicians from Thailand & The Netherlands. They make what they call Esantronics - a hybrid mix of molam (folkmusic of the ethnic Lao, of whom the largest population is living in Esan, another name for Northeast-Thailand), dub, hiphop & electro. 


Unique about Apichat Pakwan is their mix of very traditional instruments with innovative live electronics, consisting of both digital and analog synthesis and signal processing, and fieldrecordings. 
They play original Esan repertory as well as their own new interpretations and compositions, all on a bass-heavy dub foundation - a combination which seems to blend very organically.

 The group was formed in Thailand by Olivier Schreuder (Amsterdam, 1980), who has been making new forms of electronic & Asian music for many years. He met the other musicians in the city of Khon Kaen, Thailand while studying the local traditional music & instruments.


The Thai musicians of the group are known as the most talented molam musicians of the new generation in Thailand: Pongsapon Upani (1991) & Artit Krajangsree (1989).
They are not only considered experts of the traditional repertory, but are also well-respected innovators of the genre who mix new technologies with the original acoustic instruments of Lao folkmusic. Furthermore, Pongsapon is the regular kaen-player (mouthorgan that is the main instrument in molam) of legendary artists Chaweewan Dumnern & Angkanang Khunchai, and a gifted molam-singer himself.
Named after last-mentioned molam-diva, Apichat Pakwan is completed by Thai percussion-player Angkanang Pimwankum (1992), with her 25 years the youngest member of the group.

 Animist Records
Apichat Pakwan released their first 10” vinyl single Angkanang in december 2016 on Animist Records. This recordlabel which name is inspired by the animism worldview[1], was founded by Olivier Schreuder and focusses on releasing innovative records in the field of electronic & global traditional music genres.

 Esantronics Live Tour
Apichat Pakwan made immediate impact with their first liveshows in Thailand. Their debut was performing at the Khon Kaen Filmfestival for around 1000 people, followed by shows at the famous local folkmusic club Kittasin. They also presented their Esantronics sound in Bangkok during the Thai New Year at the Siam Paragon Songkran Wonderland Festival 2017.
Following this succes the group tours in the Netherlands in June/July 2017. They present their first EP in Amsterdam at their European debut liveshow in OT301. Their shows on several festivals in the Netherlands are enthusiastically received by the audience and gain them many new fans – both Western & Thai.

 E-Ong Muan Sun
E-Ong Muan Sun means ‘Delicious Nutritious Banana’ in the Esan/Lao language, and E-Ong being a specific kind of banana that contains much more Vitmain C than others. It symbolizes the musical quality Apichat Pakwan intents to deliver with their music,
The release of the second 10” single E-Ong Muan Sun is  celebrated at a Rebel Up Soundclash party on 14 July 2017 in OCCII, Amsterdam.

The vinyl record contains a main version on the A- Side, and a dub version on the B-Side, continuing the concept of the first 10” Angkanang.

But the second 10” offers DJ’s & collectors of vinyl something quite unique and unusual: 6 infinite loops cut into the vinyl, based on the dub version of the record, encouraging to get creative with the distinctive sound of Apichat Pakwan.

The single already got picked up by BBC Radio, and raving reviews by leading DJ's worldwide:

"Sick" - FaltyDL (Brooklyn, USA)

"Feeling that dub" - Jacques Renault (Brooklyn DJ)

"Top quality" - DJ Paul T (Potato Head, Bali)

"This is f*cking excellent" - Tim 'Love' Lee (USA)

"Very enticing on the ears" - Aimee Lawrence (Barcelona/Ibiza)

"Love this.." - Tom Psychemagic (Cosmic Forest)

“Oh my, right in feelings. I love it! Straight into my collection. Thank you” - Ponty Mython (Vilnius)

“Weirdo Dub Mania, belter in every way - 5 out of 5” - The Cyclist (UK)

"This is dope" - Daniel Drumz (Poland)

“Interesting, like the drum sounds and groove, and it has loads of personality.”
- James Fox (London, UK)

 

Artist: Apichat Pakwan
Title:
E-ong Muan Sun
Cat.no.: Animist 002
Format: 10” vinyl on 45 RPM
Releasedate: 14 July 2017
Vinyl distribution: Painted Dog Records
Digital distribution: www.animist.nl


Tracklist:

A1. E-Ong Muan Sun
A2. Infinite Dub 1
A3. Infinite Dub 2
A4. Infinite Dub 3
B1. Yang Farang Dub
B2. Infinite Dub 4
B3. Infinite Dub 5
B4. Infinite Dub 6

Credits:
Pongsapon Upani:
khaen
Artit Krajangsree: phin
Olivier Schreuder: electronics, percussion, composition, production
Angkanang Pimwankum: percussion
Mastering: Ivo Statinski
Record cover design: Tran Ngoc Binh & Olivier Schreuder

Apichat Pakwan online:

-                Youtube Channel with videoclips & liveshows: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa_aEBxC-Jdt7Rbpx_xruSw

-                Animist Records (label): www.animist.nl

-                Facebook-page: https://www.facebook.com/ApichatPakwanOfficial

-                Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/apichat-pakwan

-                Music distribution: Painted Dog Records - http://www.painteddogrecords.com/

-                Bookings: info@animist.nl

 

Esantronics Tourdates 2017
15 June:  OT301, Amsterdam – EP Releaseparty with Discos Horizontes (DJ’s)
16 June:  Stroomhuis, Eindhoven - with Discos Horizontes (DJ’s)
23 June:  Hop The Groove, Brewpub De Kromme Haring, Utrecht
1 July:      Mystical Fantasy Fair, Heeswijk-Dinther

2 July:      Thailand Grand Festival, Den Haag

8 July:      Georgie’s Wundergarten Festival, Ruigoord

13 July:     Redlight Radio, Amsterdam
14 July:    OCCII, Amsterdam – 10” Releaseparty at Rebel Up Soundclash
16 July:    Blierock Festival, Venlo



[1] Animism = the belief that every phenomenon has a spirit, and is connected to all other things. This means that not only every human has a spirit, but also animals, trees, mountains and natural phenomena like thunder & rain. Examples of animist cultures are the Sioux in America, Shinto in Japan and many hilltribes in Southeast Asia.

 

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TONNY TEE STARK MARK

TONNY TEE IS A HIP HOP RAPPER BORN AND RAISED  IN  COAL TOWN OF HWANGE. HIS REAL NAME IS MILTON MARK NKOMO. STARTED  RAPPING HIP HOP IN 2015 & HAS WORKED WITH SEVERAL ARTISTS LIKE MZERT,THRILLER & ELBEE ASAPH C- MAR.  HE IS ALSO IN A CREW OF 4 (GHETTO SQUAD) AND LOOKING FORWAD TO WORK WITH DIFFERENT ARTIST FROM AROUND THE WORLD

 

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Meet  MJR

MJR THE RNB SINGER BORN AND RAISED IN A DOWN TOWN OF HWANGE.HIS REAL NAME  IS CEDRIC MOYO . HE STARTED HIS CAREER AS THE GHETTO SQURD PRODUCER BUT LATER HE VENTURED INTO MY OWN TASTE OF MUSIC AND HELPED ARTIST LIKE MZERT TO RISE. HE STARTED HIS TOUR IN MUSIC INDUSTRY IN 2015 HAVING BEEN EXPOSED TO VARIOUS ARTIST AND STILL LOOKING FORWARD TO A BRIGHTER FUTUER

 

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Press Release
Cha-li-x Releases New Single “Dung Deh”
Cha-li-x Releases New Single “Dung Deh”

Benna Gone Global Out Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

St. Johns, Antigua – August 7, 2017 – Growing up in Antigua, Cha-li-x found himself in love with two sounds; the one native to his Caribbean setting and one flowing in from the states. Artists like Bob Marley gave him his love of Reggae but soon enough he’d stumble upon hip hop. Come the mid-90’s he would find a way to fuse the two together and make something of his own. Today he’s still riding high on his record Benna Gone Global, and his latest single “Dung Deh.”

By the late 90’s Cha-li-x had emerged himself in the dancehall scene and found a place for his fusion style. By 2000 he was performing and really making a name for himself alongside Lee p Ching. By 2013 though Cha-li-x decided it was time to head out on his own once more and focus on his solo career.

Today he’s still performing in and around St. Johns in Antigua but hopes to cross over into the United States in the near future. Miami first due to their Caribbean influence in their music scene, and then elsewhere from there. Those interested in hearing more from Cha-li-x, or adding Benna Gone Global or “Dung Deh” to their playlists, can reach out via the information provided below.

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About:
Cha-li-x is an artist from St. Johns, Antigua who took his love of hip hop and reggae and fused it together to create his own style.

Contact:
Cha-li-x
Keino Charles
chalix268@gmail.com

Links:
Official Site: http://cha-li-xtra.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/chaliXmisuc
Twitter: http://twiter.com/cha_li_x
Instagram: http://instagram.com/chalixhd
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/user3505008
Artist EPK: http://spark.adobe.com/page/6bKA76nFvO95h

 

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STAR-JAY WILL BE RELEASING A NEW ALBUM SOON

"Iam gonna start working on it soon. There's primary work being done right now. It's just in the first stages, really, so there's nothing really solid to tell. It's just in the preliminary stage, basically. "My way of approaching things is always the same. Every time i make a mixtape or such, the thought in my minds is not, 'How can i finally put my button on the secret to commercial success?' It doesn't roll that way with me. I simply try and make a combination of the best and most extreme that i feel i can at the time. This album will definately be a hit. I will collaborate with different artist from all corners of
Zimbabwe.

 

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VIP MUSIC LABEL IS LOOKING FOR ARTIST

VIP MUSIC GROUP is committed to supporting upcoming unsigned talent and providing audiences with the opportunity to see the best of new artist. Do not hesitate to send rnb, trap, jazz, pop, rock, country, hip hop, electronic, experimental, dub or dancehall. There is a process to getting a record deal, its not always the easiest thing to get your music out there. You must first understand how record labels truly work. You must begin to play on a consistent basis and begin to develop a devoted local fan base. Once you start being recognized by the general public and continue getting your music known, you begin to move to the next level in music. ONLY ORIGINAL MATERIAL NO SAMPLES PERIOD We work with artists who are passionate about music, who have talent and who are determined to get into the industry. We understand that the competition is fierce, but every year bands and artists make that breakthrough and we are an independent record label dedicated to helping you become one of them. VIP MUSIC GROUP is focused on musicians and upcoming musical artists who want to make a career for themselves in the entertainment industry, but who are frustrated they lack the contacts within that industry to enable them to break in. At Not Only Street Records we are dedicated to help you. Our goal is to help you make the break into this competitive industry so you can concentrate on building and developing your career within it."

 

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Leisure McCorkle Brings New Album to Life

Leisure McCorkle, an alternative rock artist from Charlotte, North Carolina who creates music deeply rooted in the nomadic endeavors he undergoes while traveling, has recently released 5000 Light Years Beyond the Speed of Sound, which was produced by longtime bass player “Big” Mike Mitschele, and is the darkest entry in the Leisure McCorkle oeuvre. “The latest album has morphed this idea into a ‘time traveler’ similar to Dr. Who. The idea is to play with concepts of time and space while creating a musical space for meaning, experience, and raw emotions,’” he shares.  

 

The 10-track album begins with an ambient sonic snippet that slowly comes into crisp clarity, yielding to the opening track, “Warehouse.” Atmospheric keys, yearning harmonies, and winsome hooks subtly adorn this acoustic pop-rock tune. Within it is a sweetly nostalgic peek into vet indie musician touring life.

 Watch "Turn It Up" now on YouTube -https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=so-ney2fkqA

 

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Maxwell Powers Puts Life in \

Maxwell Powers' career all started on night back in 2011, when he emerged from the ether with his keytar, determined to make something of himself. He proceeded to put out a series of YouTube videos combining synth-driven indie pop and no-budget filming to tell stories of life, love and the occasional existential crisis. The releases quickly garnered a cult-like following and have now been streamed over a million times.

 

"Death (It Feels Alright)" is the second single from Powers forthcoming 6 Things EP. While he recorded the entire album entirely in the corner of his living room, he collaborated with two veteran Bay Area Engineers/Producers: Mikael Eldridge (Tycho, DJ Shadow) and Sean Beresford (Run DMC, Third Eye Blind). The result is sonically rich tracks showing a diverse journey that is instantly catchy and rewards deeper listening.

 

Stream “Death (It Feels Alright)” here: https://soundcloud.com/maxwellpowers/death-it-feels-alright

 

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Alexander Howard Brings Solo Debut to the Table

The inspiration behind Alexander Howard’s solo debut came out of a songwriting trip to Los Angeles. During a late night Hollywood session, the singer and multi instrumentalist dialed in on writing artful pop, crafting guitars, synth, and soulful hooks.

 

Returning to his hometown of New York, he immediately set to work honing his voice and sound that would become his first solo efforts with Robopop, the masterminds behind Lana Del Ray's "Video Games" and Maroon 5's "Payphone."

 

Written and co-produced by Howard, the songs take inspiration from all walks of pop, ranging from sixties Motown to Top40 indie pop. Woven together by Howard’s pop rock vocals, his thematic songwriting and a sense of style all his own, this diverse offering is one of the most relevant NYC pop debuts in the current landscape.

 

Off-stage and outside the recording studio, Howard is a highly involved in New York’s fashion community, and has been featured in various society and editorial features in the New York Times and notable fashion blogs.

 

Listen to the new single "Mount Rushmore" on Soundcloud:

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Where\'s the Beat? From Ancient Rhythms to Future Grooves for Gizmos, Gadgets and Thingamajigs

Where's the Beat?

A. West Africa, Bali, and India, birthplaces of polyrhythm, gamelan, and tala.
B. Within every performer, where musical dreams are made.
C. In a rhythm training manual by Matthew Montfort called Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities.
D. In the new companion set from Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India.
E. Through world rhythm workshops and Skype study with Matthew Montfort.
F. All of the above.

The Answer

If you answered "all of the above," you are well on your way to finding the beat! Read on to find out how a training manual on the rhythms of Africa, Bali and India can help performers of all types reach their musical dreams, enable listeners to get more out of music, and is now bringing these ancient rhythms into the grooves of the future with the release of an audio companion edition for digital audio workstations, sequencers, computers, tablets, smartphones, CD players and other gizmos!

The Beginning, the Beat, the Book

Book Cover

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Mill Valley: Panoramic Press, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 list. Book and Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI files- $74.95 list. New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 list.

This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists. Indeed, Matthew Montfort, leader of the trailblazing world fusion music group Ancient Future, was inspired to write the book because it was difficult for him to find musicians who had the skills to perform multi-cultural music. African polyrhythms, Balinese kotèkan and Indian classical music were chosen as the source material for the training because these three traditions in combination cover the major types of rhythmic organization used in most of the world's music. By enabling home study of these non-Western rhythms with enough material for years of practice for most students, the training develops refined rhythmic skills, promotes multi-cultural musicianship, stimulates new ideas for composers and improvisers, and fosters cross-cultural music appreciation.

The New Guides and Grooves

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (AF-0001, 2005. V 4.0, 2017). New Preview Release! Companion MP3/MIDI Guide Tracks Download Set- $34.95 list. Companion Audio/MIDI Guide Tracks 2 Volume CD/CD-ROM Set- $39.95 list.

A new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities will be released in fall 2017. The preview beta release is on sale now at Ancient-Future.Com. The downloads are set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones. The tracks are also available on a CD/CD-ROM set.

West African drum music, Balinese gamelan, and Indian tala are oral traditions, and the new downloadable files make it very convenient to integrate the tradition of learning by ear into the rhythm studies. The material is presented in two complimentary formats: audio guide tracks and MIDI groove tracks, which are also available separately as downloads.

The Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide Tracks is a set of 115 audio guide tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities that help facilitate correct practice habits. The download version is divided into three zipped folders of MP3 files. Volume I covers the exercises in Chapter 1, West Africa, and Chapter 2, Bali. Volume II A covers the South Indian exercises in Chapter 3, India. Volume II B covers the North Indian exercises in Chapter 3, India, and Chapter 4, Future Possibilities. Two printable .pdf booklets are included: the A.T.F.P Audio Guide Tracks CD Booklet, a wrap around CD booklet with instructions for burning CDs if desired, and the A.T.F.P Audio Guide Track List, which includes the names, durations, tempo settings, and book page numbers for all 115 audio guide tracks.

The MIDI Groove Tracks

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India is a complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps with explanations of the sounds of West African drums, Balinese gamelan, South Indian mridangam, and North Indian tabla. A full set of tabla samples is included along with supporting files for using them with VSTi instruments (PC) and GarageBand (Mac).

The Eve Orchestra of West Africa

The Eve people of the island town of Anyako off the coast of Southeastern Ghana have developed a music rich in polyrhythmic interplay, such as in the drum music of takada, a dance and drumming club developed by the Eve women. The instruments of their percussion orchestra are detailed in the West African section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves. The exercises are arranged for General MIDI agogo, bongo, conga and maracas. MIDI maps of the Eve instruments are included for those who want to experiment with different drum sounds.

The Interlocking Rhythms of Balinese Gamelan

A gamelan is an ensemble normally composed primarily of percussion. In Bali, orchestras of tuned gongs, bronze kettles, bronze metallophones, bamboo xylophones, drums, cymbals, and flutes fill the night air with animated music. Melodic parts interlock, divided in such a way that musicians play alternate notes to form the melody line. These interlocking parts, known as kotèkan, require cooperation and a keen sense of rhythm to perform. The Balinese section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves details the music and instruments of the Gamelan Semar Pegulingan and other ensembles.

The Rhythmic Cycles of India

The perception of the cyclic nature of life is reflected in Indian classical music through the device oftala,a recurring time-measure or rhythmic cycle. There are two different traditions in Indian classical music, the Carnatic music of South India and the Hindustani music of North India.

The tabla is a North Indian drum set comprised of two drums with goat-skin heads. For every sound on the drum there is a corresponding syllable. These syllables are known as bols. Each North Indian tala has a theka, a standard set of bols that identify the rhythmic cycle. The MIDI files of these thekas are arranged for General MIDI conga and bongo, and make excellent groove tracks for creating compositions or practicing. The North Indian section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves features a full explanation of the tabla bols complete with audio links to tabla samples of each bol, and files for VSTi instruments and GarageBand that remap the MIDI files to the included tabla samples.

The mridangam is a South Indian two-headed barrel drum made of jackwood with goatskin heads. South Indian drumming has a language all of its own known as solkattu. For the sounds produced by the mridangam, there are corresponding syllables known as konokol. The South Indian section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves features an explanation of the konokol syllables used in the solkattu compositions that are presented. The South Indian rhythm exercises have been arranged for General MIDI conga and bongo. Instructions and sequencer files are included to help in remapping the MIDI files to tabla or mridangam samples.

The Author

Matthew Montfort

Scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort has devoted his life to cross-cultural music through his role as the leader of the world music group Ancient Future. He spent years of study with some of the world's best musicians, such as gamelan director K.R.T. Wasitodipuro, North Indian sarod master Ali Akbar Khan, and vina master K.S. Subramanian, with whom he did an intensive study of South Indian note-bending techniques. He has recorded with legendary world music figures ranging from Bolivian panpipe master Gonzalo Vargas to tabla maestros Swapan Chaudhuri and Zakir Hussain, and performed concerts worldwide, from the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain to the Festival of India in Mumbai. He has taught masterclasses at prestigious universities, schools, camps, museums, and resorts, and has over four decades of teaching experience, including two on the faculty of Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco. He is recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by DigitalDreamDoor.com, a curated "best of" site, along with such luminaries as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Merle Travis, John Renbourn, Tommy Emmanuel, and Alex De Grassi. He was interviewed in the December 2009 Les Paul issue of Guitar Player Magazine about the scalloped fretboard guitar and the application of the rules of Indian raga to the music of Jimi Hendrix as exemplified by "Purple Raga" from his debut solo recording, Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar.

The Workshops and Skype Lessons

Matthew Montfort offers instruction based on Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities through online lessons via Skype and rhythm workshops at conservatories, public schools, and resorts.

The Quotes

"You can view this deceptively slim masterwork from a few different angles: as a friendly yet serious appetizer on three of the most sophisticated rhythm systems on earth; a chance to work on your rhythmic sight reading; a three-culture dip with matching mp3s for your ears; a gateway to exotic spices, complete with MIDI files, for your songwriting or drumming; or a fun way to organically digest complex time signatures. No matter how you slice it, this scholarly labor of love is packed with rich flavors for those patient enough to harvest them." – E.E. Bradman, Bass Player Magazine

"You've heard Afro-Pop, sitar, gamelan and world music for years. But do you know what they are and how they work? Better yet, would you like to play those twisted cross-rhythms and melodies? In Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities, Matthew Montfort, a founding member of the world music band Ancient Future, has put together the book for people who want to dig into world music with both hands. The first section of the book covers traditional music of West Africa, Bali and India with theories and exercises. Wherever possible, Montfort has provided beat counts alongside the standard musical notation so even if you can't read music, you can still learn the rhythms. The last section of the book mixes patterns from different cultures, demonstrating the powerful music these simple exercises can generate." – Richard Kadrey, San Francisco Chronicle

"A hands-on exploration of Balinese, African, and Indian rhythms that should appeal to all musicians. One needn't play percussion instruments, or any instruments at all, for that matter, to use and benefit from the book." – Drums and Drumming

"A very practical manual. There is enough material to keep interested musicians busy for years. Montfort has done a great service for western musicians interested in world music. A pleasure to work with." – Option

"Very highly recommended for any instrumentalists hoping to expand their rhythmic horizons. If you've never investigated the beautiful clash of African polyrhythm, the incredible interlocking textures of Balinese music, or the complex metric structure of Indian classical music, check out Ancient Traditions – it will blow your mind and deepen your groove." – Guitar Player

"If you're tired of programming your drum machine with the same old 4/4 back-beat, or you want to sharpen your rhythmic chops, this book is highly recommended." – Electronic Musician

"An excellent book for use in percussion technique sessions or other classroom situations. The descriptive material is lucidly written and is aimed at a novice." – Percussive Notes

"Not just a book about world music, but a guide book on how to create it. Sections include styles of Northern and Southern India, West Africa and Balinese gamelan. In the 'Future Possibilities' section, you see how to combine styles into something new, weird and beautiful." – Covert Culture Sourcebook

"Offers a series of enjoyable exercises based on authentic rhythms and mnemonic found in the featured cultures. Appropriate for grade 3+ though adult expert, all can be performed using hands, voice, body or desks, cans, etc. or traditional instruments." – World Music at West Music

The Performers

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities has been used and admired by many teachers and musicians around the world.

Lou Harrison (1917-2003), prominent composer and founder of the American gamelan movement, called the work "a very useful contribution to musical scholarship."

Reinhard Flatischler, founder of the TaKeTiNa rhythm training process, was an early enthusiast of the method book.

John Bergamo (1940-2013), composer and coordinator of the percussion department at the California Institute of the Arts, found a copy of Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities when he cleaned out his desk at retirement. As he finally had the time available, he worked his way through it, after which he called the author to thank him for writing it, and encouraged him to write more world music training manuals. One is in the works.

Steve Smith, stellar jazz and rock drummer of Journey fame, went through the book in preparation for a percussion summit with tabla master Zakir Hussain.

Start your own journey to musical excellence with Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities!

The Promotion

Ancient Traditions Future Possibilities Audio Guide Tracks One Sheet

Review and exam copies of the Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks are available as downloads to media outlets and music schools. Send requests to info@ancient-future.com.

The promotion campaign includes rhythm workshops at conservatories, public schools, and resorts; videos at www.youtube.com/ancientfuture; interviews and reviews in major newspapers, magazines, web sites, and on radio; and free introductory rhythm lessons online at Ancient-Future.Com, a high traffic world music education site.

The Retail and Wholesale Outlets

Available online at www.ancient-future.com, and wholesale to retail outlets and music schools from:

Ancient-Future.Com Books and Records, P.O. Box 264, Kentfield CA 94914-0264.
Email: info@ancient-future.com. Tel: 415-459-1892.

 

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Shawnee Kilgore and Joss Whedon \

Joss Whedon & Shawnee Kligore have shared an exclusive video of them creating their single " Break The Skin" at Ocean Studios in Burbank, California.

 

We’ve all seen glimpses of Joss Whedon’s musical-theatre side. Tunes from Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and “Once More, With Feeling” from Buffy have been stuck in all of our heads. But did you know that Joss Whedon has also tapped into his singer-songwriter folky side?We can now add co-writing and producing an EP with Texas singer songwriter, Shawnee Kilgore to the mix.

Pouring his heart into writing the majority of lyrics, Joss Whedon gets personal and this video you can see him in full fun collaboration mode. This collaboration began as story like no other. One late night, Joss Whedon, alone in a hotel room on the road was scrolling through Kickstarter and became instantly moved by Shawnee Kilgore’s voice and music. He backed her project selecting the reward of a personalized original song. He took it one step further by asking to write the song with her. Lyrics and melodies were passed between the two, and they enjoyed collaborating so much ”Back to Eden” the EP was born.

 

Take a look at "Break the Skin"

https://youtu.be/mOnsm5Iqbi8

 

 

 

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Lehna

Travels


Posted by: Lehna
Travels

After 6 month in India, finishing the track "Govinda" and  performing a lot withy my new band Arambolla and jamming with different musicians from around the world i have been 3 month in Moldavia.
I had the great pleasure to participate in the "Art Labyrinth" festival in Moldavia. There i started my new project "Gates of silence" music for mediation. It was a beautiful festival in the middle of the Moldavian countryside. Surrounded from forests and wild flower fields i was playing for some mediation groups. There i realized how great to is to play for people who are mediate or doing yoga.
Now the first tracks are released on Bandcamp https://lehna.bandcamp.com/album/gates-of-silence.
Lets see how it goes but for sure i will do more music in this direction.

Thanx for reading. Send you love from around the world.
Erich

 

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It's all about networking, For the past few weeks i've bin engaging & investing my time into my music . As my brother Allways say u have to walk with your music 'aka' networking. Maybe for all this time i was a bit stuborn or jus did not se the Bigger picture,but now i see the light . PUSH PUSH PUSH  walk with your music, along side your music, Do Not sit on your music, NETWORK the music ...

 

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VIP MUSIC GROUP

To support and believe in the success of upcoming artists was and always will be a matter  close to the label's heart  and so the label is constantly scouting for fresh talent to develop  and produce. VIP MUSIC GROUP focuses on electronica, deep house ,Jazz, rnb, dancehall ,break beats, hiphop, broken beats and techno. Notable signings who are helping to spread the label's name  include Kid Zeast , Tinie Jay , Pablo ,  Will Weezy, Boi Tunna , Fresco Boy, Sean Talent , Diamond Kid, Tinky, Nicky, Tucciey, Mia , Cleo , Stania and Millie. The label is American and Zimbabwaen based. Thank you for opening your  hearts and extending your love and support.

 

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Zvinhu Zvirikushupa on hit!!! Fresco boy ft G bells

Shingirira hit maker is back again with another banger. Famous Fresco Boy has did it again , this time with rock G Bells. Fresco and G bells they have released a banger titled 'Zvinhu Zvikushupa'. This brand new song is painting a modern picture of our lives  , the difficulties which people are facing and how there are striving to get  dollars. The content of the song is educative. it alludes a moral lesson on how to care and understand others .This brand new song will definately be a hit.It was produced by Oskid one of the best producers in Zimbabwe.

 

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Josh Taerk Brings Back the Good Ole\' Days of Rock N Roll with New Single

Josh Taerk has an amazing history - he was playing local venues in Toronto when Max Weinberg - drummer for Bruce Springsteen – saw him play. Max was so impressed, he  invited Josh to open for him at his sold out show in New Jersey, as well as play with him onstage to pay tribute to the late Clarence Clemons at Summerfest. He was then selected to play the 7908 John Oates Aspen Songwriters Festival, where he met another great mentor and now friend, John Oates who would later record back up vocals on his album and connect him to his producer Teddy Morgan.

 

Listen to “Rock N Roll On” Here: https://soundcloud.com/joshtaerk/rock-n-roll-on/s-uL5q8

 

This past year, Josh toured the U.S. where his latest single “Anywhere Love Took Us” charted on Hot AC Commercial Radio. On tour, Josh and his band have opened for famed blues guitarist Robin Trower (Procol Harum), Kevin Costner & Modern West, Jon McLaughlin, Austin Jones amongst others; and have played shows from coast to coast. They even headlined a show in his hometown of Toronto this past March.

 

 

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VIP MUSIC DISTRIBUTION

VIP MUSIC DISTRIBUTION is an American  record company. The Company was  founded by Nicole Beechy and Jason Millz.  VIP MUSIC GROUP is one of the most productive record label at present and yet comprises of artist that are the most selling artist in the hiphop industry. And yet one of the labels with numerous members. Our vision and mission  is the same basis of Symphonic Distribution.We believe that every independent music creator should have access to technolgy resources ,and knowledge that will improve their chances of success .Through an open and transparent line of  communication , continuous development of our platforms, and passion for music and its creators, we will always work hard to be a trusted partner of every music creator to ensure that they are on the same playing fields as majors.

 

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Will Wezzy \

Zimbabwean native Will Wezzy came onto the scene strong with release of his infectious No 1 single , "Zvakapressa". The song was more successful. Again Will Weezy is working on single track titled " Tamba Musika" which will be released soon. The track will be the next hit song in the charts.He will finally give his fans a taste of what they had been missing .Stay alert the track will be dropping any time

 

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 Lisa Marie Ellingsen's "A Little Help From Above"
https://soundcloud.com/user-458505865/a-little-help-from-above/s-OuOo2

Singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Ellingsen’s alt-Americana sound has a timeless quality. Combining accomplished guitar playing with clear, heartfelt vocals, Ellingsen’s music is influenced by many uniquely American styles, including rock n’ roll, blues, folk, and country. The sound is refreshingly down-to-earth, with a quality reminiscent of her musical heroes Lucinda Williams and Kathleen Edwards.


​A compilation of both old and new original songs, the upcoming Lisa Marie Ellingsen album “Nola to Noho” is a tribute to the circuitous route the songwriter took as a musician. Produced by Grammy nominated producer Anand Nayak, the album was recorded at Sonelab Studios (Easthampton, MA) and mastered by Mark Alan Miller, also at Sonelab Studios. The album features Ellingsen’s originals, with Ellingsen on rhythm, lead guitar, harmonica and vocals. Boasting Anand Nayak on guitar, mandolin, and pedal steel, Paul Kochanski on bass, and Jason Smith on drums, the album also features Saera Kochanski/Wishbone Zoe (back-up vocals) and singer-songwriter Kris Delmhorst (back-up vocals and cello). “Nola to Noho” gives fans a satisfying taste of Ellingsen’s alt-Americana sound. While the album features some straightforward rock n’ roll numbers, there is a country leaning to some of the songs, such as “The Nightlife” and “Estela.” “Nola to Noho” also offers songs with a more oldtime sound, such as “A Little Help from Above,” along with a feature instrumental. Ellingsen’s lyrics deal with issues of being comfortable with one’s own identity, mental health struggles, and political apathy, along with some more whimsical themes, such as the (fictional) true crime tune “The Getaway.”

 

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Support our Community Project / Crowdfunding Campaign

Dear Ethnocloud Community,

Until recently, Folklang was a project at the local college and was funded by the city of Tübingen and the German Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees (BAMF). This funding has now run out and we are trying to stand on our own feet. In the last two years a community of over 100 musicians from all over the world has come together in Tübingen around this project, and life wouldn’t be the same without it. We want to keep Folklang going, and with your support we can!!

 

Check out our Crowdfunding Campaign here:

https://www.startnext.com/en/folklang

If you like what you see and hear, please share the link with your friends and family!

 

If you want to be kept up to date on the project, sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfykdcQEYRmhhYSwp4IR5lhv2MTTu69uPB-4HNGObr4dKMeNw/viewform

 

Thank you,

Folklang

 

 

 

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1403 Brings out the Stars \

1403 explores emotions and sounds outside his professional purview. The results are singular, but also invite a wide swath of artful comparisons, including Coldplay, Radiohead, Adele, and Paolo Nutini.

 

“Tonight,” is a romantic slice of singer-songwriter intimacy showcasing 1403's dreamy vocals. The song’s emotionality is raw but the source of turmoil artfully veiled, is it expressing desperate love or despondency over death? The album’s darkly gorgeous video favors the former interpretation with an elegant and amorous night-themed narrative.

 

It was produced by Grammy Award-winning Philadelphia-based Joe ‘The Butcher’ Nicolo (Fugees, Billy Joel, Lauryn Hill).

 


"Tonight" by 1403: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK12LCm1IQs

 

 

 

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It\'s \

Lead by Washington, D.C.-based musician Carter Louthian, Carter Lou & the Project's beginnings stem from tragic circumstances. The night before he was set to go to college, Lou snapped: his two best friends had recently killed themselves a day apart, and his girlfriend had just broken his heart. Combined with the reality of the packaged post-college suburban life he was heading toward, he felt even more emptiness. He boldly told his parents that he wasn't going to university in the morning and has chosen to pursue music instead. Since then, the band has packed out numerous headlining shows and earning a prestigious endorsement from PRS Guitars.

 

"Do Or Die" is the video for first single from Carter Lou & the Project's forthcoming self-titled album, produced by Mark Williams and Rick Beato (Shinedown, Needtobreathe). The single's lyrical content arises from Lou's past heartbreak and finding the strength and trust to fall back in love again.

 

"Do Or Die": 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mvLp8YkaWk

 

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