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Frore and Shane Morris have created Ochre, a freshly discovered memory of the first human forms of art.
Ochre is part of a new form of tribal hypnotic electronic music evoking the spirits of the oldest of mysteries. Caves can be dangerous places. Fear starts because there is a total absence of light beyond the entrance. Cave systems comprise some of the last unexplored regions on Earth.

Ochre occurs naturally in rocks and soil where ferric minerals have pooled and formed, a naturally occurring pigment that is rich in iron. There are variations in color, yellow ochre, red ochre, purple ochre, sienna, and umber, deep red and an especially bright red pigment the color of blood, hand prints made by blowing pigment over hands pressed against the cave surface, hand stencil-shapes and animal drawings, using multiple colors.

Ochre is the stunning fourth collaborative release on Spotted Peccary Music from veteran artists Frore (Paul Casper) & Shane Morris, and the album takes its name from the reddish-brown petroglyphs in ancient caves. Inspired by these timeless works, revered for ages after those who painted them have perished, Ochre seems to ask the question: “What does it mean to make something that lives on after you’re gone?”

With these collaborations with Frore, Morris has found many ways to imagine this territory. “I believe we both are inspired by archeology and new discoveries, particularly from the prehistoric eras. Witnessing these environments always seem to trigger the imagination of what was and may have been.”

Some of the instruments used by Frore and Shane Morris to create Ochre include analog, digital and modular synthesizers, frame drums, udu, gongs, shaker, and the chromatic flute. An udu is a sort of pear shaped clay jug with a special hole in it, played by slapping one’s palm variously. A frame drum is a drum that has a drumhead width greater than its depth and is possibly one of the most ancient musical instruments, the drumhead is stretched over a round, wooden frame. The synergy between these two instruments, udu and frame drum, are some of the key dynamics to the unique sound of Ochre.

The sound is slowly emerging from the cave to the surface, I hear wooden voices or grumbling. "From Spark to Flame" (8:52), the drums bring order from out of the chaotic jungle and the light increases as the trance boogie gathers, just let it take you up there. Imagine breathing the air that has remained down here from so long ago, and the first who came exploring new areas and discovering "Formations" (5:54), the sustained drone tones that flow in and out flickering shadows on the cave walls as the tones catch and then fade. "Into the Dust" (11:29) expands the frame drum drama, the dancer's circle rotates, extending time through all the changes. I can hear that the echo is deep, and I am helplessly swaying in the tempo. Now a slight metal sound which eventually forms a melodic pattern, all very sparse. "Hidden Meaning" (7:09) goes spiraling into the distances beyond. It takes you there.

With some barking drum beats I think there is much more metal being tapped and allowed to reverberate, flute and sustained echos never dense or cluttered, ferric colors tingle through the atmosphere, the beat takes over and the fires burn providing light, "Ochre" (12:52) carries as the marchers climb the inside of the mountain. I hear a slow growling and ringing that leads into a cosmic abyss, I swear that we are flying somehow, because the air is so big. "Waiting for Eternity" (9:13) until the voices of the cavern dwellers creep into the atmosphere, what music they make!

Our unexplained need as humans to leave something of ourselves behind drives so much of our imagination. To create something that wasn't there before. To draw on a cave or cliff wall 40,000 years ago or record an ambient album in the 21 century and wonder how long your mark will last until it all becomes dust. Our tools can be used to describe sensory events, such as sound, movement, color, shape, or action, sensing concepts or sensing ideas, a union of senses grounded in how we activate concepts. Cave paintings, like the experience of art, can only be individual, and depends on a person's unique knowledge, experiences and history, what it is that remains when experiences induced by the piece are accurately balanced with obvious semantics induced by the same piece. I think this makes the listener both strongly think about and strongly experience a new approach to music.

Frore seeks to fuse technology with historic imagery and sound design. “It never gets old for me, to imagine how far back our ancestors go. The terror of life, but more importantly, the awe they must have felt observing the natural world around them.”

Mastered by Howard Givens, Ochre is available for streaming and downloading, including high resolution studio master formats. The project's images and layout were designed by Daniel Pipitone, Spotted Peccary Studios NE. Experience this digital new release, Ochre, now on your platform of choice: https://orcd.co/ochre-spm and at Bandcamp.

For artist interviews, review copies, or promotional requests, please contact Beth Ann Hilton via beth@spottedpeccary.com

Tracklist:
1 From Spark to Flame
2 Formations
3 Into the Dust
4 Hidden Meaning
5 Ochre
6 Waiting for Eternity

Links:
Music Smartlink: https://orcd.co/ochre-spm
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/live/xnnVDh5k47Q?si=fj7Jo7b8L_UEL2DZ
Spotted Peccary Album Page: https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/ochre/
Bandcamp: https://frore-shanemorris.bandcamp.com/album/ochre
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spottedpeccary/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spottedpeccary

About Frore:
The music of Frore has been featured on the Hearts of Space radio show, the Star’s End radio show and is frequently played on Stillstream.com, the ambient radio channel among other outlets. Paul has a unique approach to ambient music, always seeking to fuse what he calls “primitive sounds” with current technology. Paul isn’t sure why he uses so many world fusion and tribal sounds in his Frore music project. As a child, he always wanted to discover lost indigenous tribes in the forest, loving the mystery and excitement surrounding such a concept. To Paul, his music makes him realize how nothing much changes with people, that music is a fundamental human impulse and an attempt to make sounds to “fight off the loneliness.”
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About Shane Morris:
Shane Morris is a percussionist, synthesist, and composer of ambient electronic music. Inspired by nature, patterns, and systems, he shapes ethereal realms, polyrhythmic grooves, and tribal soundscapes using a variety of acoustic and electronic instruments, processing, hardware and software. A solo artist since 2008, Shane’s interests span most areas of the ambient genre from dark to light, space to melodic, beatless to beats. Shane is an avid live performer and improvisor playing regularly at City Skies and Electro-Music festivals, as well as numerous live internet performances. He also holds a BA in Anthropology and Music with an emphasis in “Trance” and has been playing music professionally for nearly 20 years. SHANEMORRISMUSIC.COM

About Spotted Peccary Music:
Portland-based Spotted Peccary Music is North America’s finest independent record label with a focus on deep, vast and introspective soundscapes. For over three decades, the artists of Spotted Peccary have been on a mission to develop, produce, publish and release ultra-high-quality, deep-listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. Every release is carefully prepared in a variety of high-quality formats from MP3 to high-res studio masters. In 2023, they were named Best Independent Record Label by the HIMAwards. Explore more than 200 titles and 50 artists released over 38 years of excellence at SpottedPeccary.com and AmbientElectronic.com.
The song \ The song "Venom" by Quenellx95 explores themes of struggle, perseverance, and the resilience to overcome challenges. The lyrics convey a feeling of being lost and walking in the dark, searching for a better life but feeling hopeless and alone. The artist expresses a desire for light, hope, and survival, relying on faith and spirituality to guide them through difficult times.

The mention of putting faith in God and letting the soul float in the clouds suggests a need for divine intervention and guidance. The repeated line "We can't survive in this night" emphasizes the urgency and desperation for a change in circumstances.

The artist describes the weariness and exhaustion of fighting an internal battle, feeling as though their prayers have been unanswered and their vision clouded. The metaphor of the fog-filled eyes symbolizes a lack of clarity and a struggle to see a way forward. Despite feeling isolated and numb, there is a determination to keep going and "get venom" – possibly representing the empowerment to fight back against negativity and adversity.

The second verse emphasizes a sense of rising above the negativity and hate. The artist compares themselves to a shark, ready to bite back at those who try to bring them down. They express a need to break free from chains and escape the confines of their current situation. The mention of "God give me a strength" and the plea for a pace to settle this devil on their shoulder reflects a desire for strength, resilience, and guidance to overcome personal demons and challenges.

Overall, "Venom" conveys a message of resilience and determination in the face of darkness and adversity. It serves as a reminder to keep pushing forward, relying on faith and inner strength to overcome obstacles.
Best album of the year 2022 -23 Transglobal World Music Chart Our second cd Banjara released by Uren Production was featured on the Top 100 best albums of the year 2022 - 23 on the prestigious Transglobal World Music Chart.
We sincerely thank all our listeners the radios and programmers who continue to show their unconditional support and love.
If you want to feature us in your program for coming season do not wait to send us a email : baul.meets.saz@gmail.com
Lungile M da christified poet (Biography) (Lungile M da christified poet Biography)

Lungile M da christified poet whose real name is Thembalethu Lungile Mdletshe
Born on (May 10, 1994) is an South African poet, writter, podcaster, . known as Professional Lungile M da christified poet, One of the most Best underground raido podcaster, she has often been nominated from INK Awards. 2022 she won an award (Best poet) from Ink awards. Her poet style has been defined as a soul founder, Thembalethu Lungile Mdletshe grown up from Mpangeni and also lived in Mandeni. 2005 she moved to Durban, Enanda where she discovered her talents. She loved being a broadcaster and acting. She didn't like poetry when she was young. But in 2011 She started to love it, She's inspired by Sbu da Poet. Lungile M da christified poet attended the women's conference in Nanda at the Carr Nation International church. where she recited the poem in 2011 from the Love life book. That was her first perfomance. 2020 she started writing poems. The first poem she wrote was called "Remember my heart" 2021 she performed her poems at local events. then she got the chance to be Nominated in the INK Awards. And won her first award. 2023 she was also Nominated from INK awards,
She worn as the best poet and the best female artist.
Dive into the Ambient World of Jason Vitelli\'s \ Brooklyn based songwriter and composer Jason Vitelli has released a brand new single “Night Falls”.

This song takes us on a deep instrumental journey; a deeply felt ode to his home city of NYC and the residents of “Strong Island.” It starts out with an uplifting disco beat, followed by vibraphone, Dulcitone and relaxing string harmonies. This creates a unique ambient, downtempo electronica vibe throughout.

Jason says:

“A little funk goes a long way to vibrate our eardrums into aural bliss.”

“Night Falls” is the first single to be released from his newest project of music without lyrics entitled “1. Ambient Corridors”, where he returns to his roots with a collection of instrumental electronic music reflecting his background writing for student films, documentaries and short films.

In this new project, Vitelli says that it marks “a return to form; re-establishing work I’d done years ago and building upon it.”

“Night Falls” allows the listener a unique journey into Vitelli’s creative musical palette, with electronic and orchestration elements. It is a stand out piece amongst Vitelli’s other singer songwriting projects.

Jason Vitelli’s musical career has so far been extremely varied, with performances at well known listening rooms in New York as well as a sideman for jazz combos, and street busking. Nashville Music Guide have described him as “a musical phenomena” who has opened up a whole new horizon of musical possibilities.

Stay current with Jason Vitelli on his website www.jasonvitelli.com and social media.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/track/4WzFmyLiPaNb324grR1SbZ?si=9ef7ec94a4b64c2e
According to the legends at hand, the moniker AeTopus suggests time (Ae), while “Topus” loosely means place. This makes for the perfect aural experience, creating legends and contemporary spiritual moments centered on imagined ancient sacred sites. Music suggests opportunities, choices, wishful thinking, and best of all, creative illusion. Bryan Hughes is a multi-media artist whose music is influenced as much by the arts and nature, as by the human experience. Music for the imagination and soul, a deeper, richer investigation of progressive electro-acoustic music. Hughes as AeTopus has won a Zone Music Reporter Award (ZMR) for Best Electronic album, and earned three Best Electronic album nominations. Cup is the first album by AeTopus on Spotted Peccary Music. Something more is out there, yet to be discovered, with unfolding heraldry and cinematic flourishes hidden inside a gentle vaporscape which forms like clouds that glow with changing colors.

Named for the Zen parable of the Broken Cup, which teaches acceptance in the face of misfortune, Cup is a new album of solitude and celebration by veteran electronic music artist AeTopus (Bryan Hughes), and his first release on the Spotted Peccary Music label. On Cup, AeTopus explores humanity’s place in nature through a stunning synthesis of electronic beats and rhythmic structures combined with saturated ambiences of enduring beauty. Experience Cup now on your platform of choice: https://orcd.co/aetopus-cup and at Bandcamp.

With this new album, AeTopus continues to evolve as an artist, capturing the calm and wildness of the forest in thirteen tracks of complex serenity, suggesting the solace found when, divested from external pressures, one embraces their own impermanence.

When composing, AeTopus builds lush soundscapes from pulsing electronic sequences and traditional percussion, then subtracts and subtracts from them. As a trained visual artist, AeTopus learned the value of negative space and applies that knowledge to these compositions. This approach leaves fragments of interlocking elements with simultaneous sparseness and complexity. “Pure” ebbs and flows around an odd-meter beat, briefly interrupted by sylvan guitar. “Glance” swells from a stuttering warble into a subtle, propulsive rhythm. “Access” hypnotizes with its strobing beat, a darkly reflective counterpoint to the album’s peacefulness. Ultimately, Cup is a work of passion that demonstrates the artistic process throughout all the pieces with such refined, beautiful expression.

In AeTopus’s own words: “Cup is the product of my time in the natural world, and of the realization that the universe is scarcely affected by the triumphs, tragedies, and day-to-day lives of even the greatest of personalities, the mightiest of nations, or the most enduring of belief systems.” Cup is an album of exploration and acceptance, a celebration of our place in the cosmos, however small it may be.

Mastered by Howard Givens at Spotted Peccary PNW Studios, Cup is available as a CD and for streaming and downloading, including high resolution studio master formats. The project's images and layout were designed by Daniel Pipitone, Spotted Peccary Studios NE.

Listen to the AeTopus interview on Tones & Drones: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/tonesanddrones/episodes/Tones--Drones-w-AeTopus-e28p78p

Watch an interview with AeTopus by Fairfax City News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RJuWY_QFjI

Links:
Music Smartlink: https://orcd.co/aetopus-cup
Amazon: https://a.co/d/0VQKoPV
Tidal: http://www.tidal.com/album/317835892
Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/album/cup/1708642623
Spotted Peccary Album Page: https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/cup/
Bandcamp: https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/album/cup
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spottedpeccary/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spottedpeccary
About Quenellx95 Quenellx95, is a multi-talented artist from South Africa.

Kwanele Vuyani Mbonambi, also known as Professional Quenellx95, is a multi-talented artist from South Africa. August 20, , he has made a name for himself as a singer, rapper, dancer, and producer. scene, he is considered one of the best in his generation, particularly in the realm of county pop music.

Hailing from a city in South Africa, earned the title of the "King of Black Country Pop Music." His unique musical style incorporates various influences from genres like hip hop and pop music, resulting in that sets him apart from his contemporaries. With his catchy melodies and relatable lyrics, he resonates with listeners who appreciate his versatility and ability to tell stories songs in Quenellx95's music revolves around love, romance, and desire. His lyrics often explore the depths of emotions associated with relationships, capturing both the exhilaration and the pain that come with them. he delves fast-paced lifestyles, raising questions about pays for a life filled with excitement and excess.

While Quenellx95's songs can be upbeat and energetic, he also delves into more profound topics, such as loneliness and emotional conflicts. His ability to connect with his audience level has endeared him to many. Listeners appreciate his willingness to open up and address issues that are taboo in society.

Despite being an underground artist, Quenellx95 has managed to gather a devoted fan base. His fans authenticity and musical talent, drawing comparisons to legendary artists like Eminem. Like Eminem, Quenellx95 possesses a stage presence that captivates and leaves a lasting impression witness his performances.

Beyond his music,ell also known for his exceptional dancing skills.izing moves add another layer of entertainment to his live shows, creating experience for his audience to connect with listeners through music and dance makes him a multi-faceted is constantly pushing boundaries and reinventing himself in the industry.

As an artist, Quenellx95 has proven that talent knows no boundaries. an underground artist, he has gained but also internationally. This achievement speaks volumes about the impact his music people.

Looking future, it is clear that Quenellx95 has a promising career ahead blend of county pop music, hip hop influences, and heartfelt lyrics, he is poised to take the music industry by storm. As his fan base continues to grow, so does his influence, and it is only a matter of time before he Kwanele Vuyani Mbonambi, or Professional Quenellx95, is a South African artist who has made a significant impact. Known for his versatility as a singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, and producer, as one of the best underground county pop singers in his With a distinct musical style and relatable lyrics, Quenellx95 has garnered a dedicated following and drawn comparisons to icons like Eminem. Through his performances and storytelling, he connects with his audience on an emotional music. As he continues to evolve as an artist, the future looks this rising star.
As Chronology unfolds, Chronotope Project’s meticulous and narrative approach to song writing becomes even more apparent and vibrant in fresh light. The opening track “Unwinding the Dream” expands way beyond its original context and textures; classical flourishes ebb and flow around an anchoring sequencer ostinato, until mysterious voices pull the listener back to where the piece began. “Ghost in the Machine,” unreleased from the Gnosis sessions, explores the Cartesian duality of mind and matter through the ethereal croon of the Haken Continuum (mind/ghost) and a 7/8 Euclidean rhythm (matter/machine). Originally recorded as “Awakening,” in 1985, “Arctic Spring” is as spare and majestic as the landscape the title would suggest, where a cello curves like a cool wind through glacial, expansive guitar chords and electronic subtleties. Orchestral closer “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” embraces strings swept aloft by trumpets and timpani. Originally conceived as a ballet, the track follows a Muse as she dances around amassed humanity, brightening their lives with her effervescent song. A violin sings her part in the drama, pirouetting around strings and woodwinds.

The final track is a whole different style of music. Suddenly we are in the movies, orchestral strings rich and full, sudden cinematic velocity, is that a gigantic cathedral organ, with shimmering bowed strings? "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (7:38) delivers a romantic tone, strings and rich orchestral arrangements. Each of these tracks speak of insight derived from triumph over the heaviest of burdens, and perhaps the notion of a singularity of one event contradicting the possibilities of eternal recurrences. Music that contains an acceptance of the remaining tragedy of wisdom. Each track is full of glorious unique characteristics, as if different spirits wrote parts of each of them. There is only one guy doing all this, yet it sounds like there could be a thousand gifted expert musicians and composers employed there, the sound is very powerful and detailed, each track shows perfection. Just listen.

“Chronotope” refers to the essential unity of space and time, a concept with numerous expressions in literature, physics and the arts. Jeffrey Ericson Allen is an Oregonian composer, cellist and electronic music recording artist with an extensive and eclectic background in classical, new acoustic and theatrical music production. CHRONOLOGY is music that comes from timeless attention and awareness, acknowledging thousands of years of human experience, rendered by electronic synthesizers, sometimes with a Haken Continuum Fingerboard, joined at different times by the cello, the shakuhachi flute, the (low) Irish whistle, the strings of a koto, the rare ethereal delight of wordless vocals, and the infinitely entrancing realms of hand percussion.

“Every composer hopes that each new work advances beyond the last,” reflects Allen, and Chronology is a shining example of this. Past work from previous albums, entirely re-envisioned, validate this evolution of Chronotope Project’s musical expression. Chronology, the sixth release by Chronotope Project on Spotted Peccary Music, is alternately dreamy and mystical, orchestral and complex. Ten generous tracks both soothe and electrify the inner senses, creating an enriching life experience. On this album, Jeffrey Ericson Allen, aka Chronotope Project, illuminates his favorite musical endeavors of the past, reforging them compositionally and sonically, foretelling a future that introduces new works and inspiring directions.

Earlier Chronotope Project releases on Spotted Peccary Music include Gnosis (2021, SPM-2807), Lotus Rising (2018, SPM-2806), Ovum (2017, SPM-2805), Passages (2016, SPM-2804), and Dawn Treader (2015, SPM-2803). His contemplative art music has been featured on distinguished and nationally-syndicated radio programs including Hearts of Space, Echoes, Journeyscapes, Galactic Travels, Star's End, and Ultima Thule. Chronotope Project represents his most recent expression as a creator of contemporary progressive ambient music. "Chronotope" refers to the essential unity of space and time, a concept with numerous expressions in literature, physics and the arts. The music of Chronotope Project explores this time-space confluence and invites the listener on ambient journeys of deep texture infused with gentle pulsing rhythms and soulful melodies.
Quenellx95 the first Black person singing country pop music Ekasi from Durban, KwaMashu Section E, Quenellx95 is the first Artist Singing Country Pop Music in KwaMashu, Ntuzuma, Enanda, Including all areas in Durban where black people live. He started singing this type of music in 2010 known as Triple coma producing music for the record label No fear Entertainment, he left it in 2011 and went to New talent zone Entertainment in the area of ​​Ntuzuma where he started releasing a song with his brother Vukile Mbonambi He also known as Veekay da Stoner. the song became popular in Ntuzuma and New town A. also released a song at Pm Production, "I Blow the World" which was also a popular song played in the area of Ntuzuma, the song was played in taxis, car washes, and people played it on the street. in 2013 he released a single track, Rock&Roll song "What the Fuck Girl" instrumental by chainsmokers downloaded beat, and also Released 'Let Roll on' and Homage those songs were rock and roll, people were surprised that a black person sings this kind of music Ekasi. that’s when they started calling him the king of country music Ekasi. Even at home, they started to see that he had talent for his Music. of the performances in the local area, they were shocked when he entered at the stage and heard a strange kind of music in their ears right there. in the year 2017 to 2019 he released the last songs under the name of Triple coma. in 2020 he changed the name and stylised to Quenellx95,
A name derived from his real name.
(Kwa - Que - Nele - Nell) x95 comes from the year he was born in 1995. Then his name was changed to Quenellx95.
from the year 2022 his music also changed to country pop music, and Rock&roll Music.
Get to know A Z I E L Musawenkosi Ndhlovu, also known by his stage name A Z I E L, is an R&B/Soul artist, sound engineer, and producer hailing from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Born on June 15, 1999, in Bubi rurals, Musawenkosi discovered his passion for music at the age of 15 and began recording his own songs in 2016.

A Z I E L's discography includes a variety of projects that showcase his talent and versatility. In 2020, he released his debut album, "Finally 21," followed by the mixtape "Love Over Lust" in 2021. His sophomore album, "Issues," was released in 2022. Additionally, A Z I E L has released two EP's in 2023, titled "Voice Of Africa" and "Chords."

Throughout his career, A Z I E L has achieved notable accolades and recognition for his work. He was nominated for Best Hip-hop Artist at the Mzansi Arts and Media Awards, solidifying his position as a rising talent in the music industry. He also earned the impressive position of number 50 on the PowerFm Top 100 Hip-hop Basement for the year 2021, further establishing his presence in the hip-hop scene.

A Z I E L has collaborated with a range of talented artists, including Luminous, Lungz D, Fliptunemusic, Loxion Messiah, Helen, Tapiwa Fresh, Mlue Jay, Mecca, khid Marque, Visionaries, Jay_Arr, and You Fired_Up Touch. These collaborations have allowed him to explore different musical styles and create dynamic tracks that resonate with his audience.

Offstage, A Z I E L is a dedicated sound engineer and producer, honing his skills and constantly seeking innovative ways to enhance his musical creations. With his commitment to music, rich vocals, and ability to connect with listeners on a deep level, A Z I E L is poised to make a lasting impact in the R&B/Soul genre and beyond.

In 2021, A Z I E L founded his own record label, Big Part Of The Process, showcasing his entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to supporting other talented artists. With his passion for music, commitment to his craft, and impressive accomplishments, A Z I E L is a rising star in the music industry, poised to make waves both locally and globally.
I Gotcha Covered Some indie music communities have a trend of disparaging major record labels. Today's musicians may shudder at the idea of receiving a 360 record deal; the label "sell out" is swiftly applied to independent musicians who give up their independence and join with a major label. 

Canadian artist Ali Hugo is still basking in the glory of "The Home Boy" album's popularity. A celebration of the music Hugo listened to while growing up in Canada. Hugo is following up that triumph with an album of cover songs on which he has remixed the tunes.

A major record label might encourage one of its signed artists to release a cover song album as a follow-up to a well-received tribute album. Salutations to radio stations and legendary musicians whose music has brought you such delight are one thing, but releasing a follow-up cover album as an expected Follow, Likes, Views, Streams & Comments booster on social media platforms is quite another. Commentators on the music industry might ask this question. Is Hugo selling out?

Hugo replies, "Not really," The fact that I work in the music industry and have worked so hard to create wonderful music makes it only natural that I would want the widest possible audience to hear it. It's one thing to have skills and create excellent songs, but quite another to archive your assets beneath your bed. When you have to make your own business decisions and realize that major labels are only there to assist you, putting butter on your bread, then following the trend of criticizing major labels doesn't seem feasible. Furthermore, How feasible is the idea of artistic independence? Hugo inquires.

Hugo says, "I mean I'm affiliated with Virgin/UMG Records through my distributor Intercept/INgrooves and with a high number of releases being uploaded to streaming platforms each day, using major label strategies to Ali Hugo releases helps me rise above the noise and also helps make it easy to get positive nods from my affiliation with a Major label like Virgin Records."

Hugo showed that the new album "I Gotcha Covered" is not just a follower of a major label strategy trend, My team used the exact same process as for my prior albums, which began with market research. The findings indicated that there is a large demand for this type of music album. The increase in the amount of cover songs being uploaded on social & music platforms every day is a reality of the times we're living in, particularly with the emergence of  trending cover songs on platforms like TikTok and Instagram Reals.

Hugo continues by describing how the circumstances surrounding the release of albums like "I Gotcha Covered" have evolved. I don't think I would be interested in doing a cover songs album, if I had to involve my attorneys in order to obtain licensing agreements and deal with the hassle of releasing a cover album like in the past decades. Making an album of cover songs is less onerous today thanks to the ability to retain mechanical rights and the simplification of the procedure made possible by distributors and agencies like Harry fox.

Hugo has chosen catchy tracks to be included on the new album, including renditions of Belinda Carlisle, Bryan Adams, and Lionel Richie songs, to mention a few. 

Hugo claims that the difficulty in producing an album like "I Gotcha Covered" is remaining faithful to the lyricist's intentions while avoiding alienating fans of the songs' original versions. Hugo rejects the idea that musicians should take care their recordings of cover songs don't overshadow their original work. Whether it's an original song or a cover, I always give any song I select to record my all. Patti Labelle's cover of "Over The Rainbow" is a fantastic illustration of how many artists have adopted covered songs and made them a significant part of their careers.


 The first single “Love Never Dies” from Hugo’s new album “I Gotcha Covered" is available for streaming and download everywhere.


Stephen Jaymes Paints a Vivid Musical Dreamscape with \ In the realm of folk-rock, authenticity often serves as a guiding light, and Stephen Jaymes illuminates this path brilliantly with his latest single, "Tokyo."

The second installment in his suite of summer singles, this track is a sonic journey to a place beyond reality, where two souls create their own world despite the impending chaos of a changing climate. As "Tokyo" unfurls, it's impossible not to feel the rhythmic pull of the opening guitar riff. The song kicks off with an infectious energy that invites your head to bob in time with the music.

However, it's not the Japanese city that Jaymes beckons us towards; rather, it's an ethereal space shared between two individuals. This mystical destination becomes a vehicle for transcendence, a way to rise above the apocalyptic scenes that increasingly define our world. In the eyes of the singer, Tokyo ceases to be a physical place; it's a mythological name from a pre-apocalyptic era, a nostalgic echo of times gone by.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHoAoHiC3Bw

Stephen Jaymes emerges as a musical storyteller who defies easy categorization. His style might be likened to Charles Bukowski swapping whiskey for psychedelic mushrooms while consuming Rumi's poetry and Phil Ochs' records. The Los Angeles-based artist blends punk sensibilities with poetic lyricism, resulting in a unique fusion of sonic noir and post-apocalyptic folk.

With the release of "Tokyo" and a forthcoming debut full-length album, Stephen Jaymes embarks on a creative journey marked by sharp focus and a quest for truth. His music is a reflection of his refusal to partake in the grand deceptions of the world, leaving only the genuine and the authentic to flourish.

In Stephen Jaymes, we find a self-contained artist who masterfully wields multiple instruments, writes evocative songs, lends his voice to profound narratives, and expertly produces his work. His compositions resonate with the spirit of Prince's playful innovation, delivering clever wordplay and occasional funk influences. Yet, they also evoke the grandeur and mysticism reminiscent of Leonard Cohen.
The music of India is amazing to my Western ears, diverse and inspiring, also complex and steeped in history. All that matters is whether you like the music, as I do. One can always enjoy all seventeen tracks of this sound without knowing much about it. I am a curious listener and constantly seek to find out more. Blending traditional ideas with modern technology, what I love most about this album is the voice gliding upon the foundation of beats and melodic magic.
Jay Singh, aka J2, is the successful record producer and composer behind Indian Trap. Jay rose to prominence after winning the prestigious Ministry of Sound DJ Idol Competition in 2002. He has since produced and remixed songs for various artists, including LL Cool J, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, and Madonna. He burst on the pop music scene as J2 with the release of the smash hit “Dare La La La,” which he co-wrote and produced for Shakira’s 10th studio album; the track debuted in the Top 10 of most international charts. A reworked version titled “La La La” Brazil” was the official theme song for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and is featured on the One Love, One Rhythm World Cup album. The song was also used in a T-Mobile commercial and Shakira’s Activia commercial, which became the most shared advertisement of 2014 and has over 2 billion streams to date. J2’s compositions have appeared in over 100 films, trailers, video games, television shows, and advertisements. They gathered over 250 million streams across YouTube and other major DSPs.
Subramanian Jaya Jananiy, known all over the world as S. J. Jananiy, is a Multi Global Award-Winning versatile musician, composer (Indian Classical and Western Classical), Playback Singer, Performer, Songwriter, Music Director, Music Producer, Record Producer, Keyboardist, Independent Artist and Research Scholar. She is also a Musical Ambassador and Advisory Board Outreach Ambassador for Project Peace on Earth. As a youngster, keenly watching her uncle playing keyboard and guitar, she started to play the keyboard whenever she sang. She started acquiring knowledge in music through her uncle’s guidance and support. After her school time, she simply loved to sing along with karaoke and grew up listening to A.R.Rahman’s soundtracks, where she got familiar with chord progressions which she learned to play on the keyboard. She has given around 1000 stage shows and concerts. She has given around 100 Carnatic classical keyboard concerts.
S. J. and her uncle designed the concept-series Classic Waves — beginning with Kannan songs in Tamil in 2007, including traditional songs for which Jananiy conducted, arranged and produced music that is the Fusion album series. This concept fetched them good recognition and became a popular number. Next they presented Classic Waves 2 — Silambosai (2010), Classic Waves 3 — Hit songs on Lord Shiva (Label:JSJ Audio- 2011), Classic Marvel (1, 2, 3, 4 , concept-series); and with respect to Carnatic classical, Classic Hits in Keyboard, Pancharatna Krithis in Keyboard and Kannan songs in Keyboard, and Chants were her other albums.
She has composed music for the Tamil Movie “Prabha,” the audio was launched during August 2015. She continues to compose music and she sings for a number of private albums, short films and some advertisements. She now has her own rapidly growing music business, she has so far released around 70 music albums under her JSJ Audio label, including such specialties as Carnatic Classical Vocal, Carnatic Classical Keyboard, Devotional, Fusion, New Age, Indian Pop, Electronic Pop and Contemporary music.

I am not familiar with Hindu traditions and mythology, so to get deeper into understanding what I am hearing, I did a simple review of Wikipedia just as you could do, looking up interesting words and terms. Here is a short version of what I have discovered.
The word Mantra might be translated as “tool of thought” in Sanskrit. Mantras are recited to overcome the problems and obstacles of life, and are intended as prayers for the commencement of a particular event, like marriage, always on the occasion of childbirth, as a cure for an illness, to improve a sour relationship, or simply to begin any auspicious ceremony without hindrance.
When we repeat a mantra, we direct our energy inward, allowing us to connect with our deeper selves and gain greater control over our minds; mantra chanting, or singing, has helped millions of people improve their lives and effect positive change. Imagine that matter is vibration and the cosmos is sound. Mantras are prayers that harmoniously vibrate with the universe.
There are some animated versions of some of the MANTRAS tracks available for watching on Indian Trap's YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/@IndianTrap
J2 has thought alot about this fantastic opportunity to blend the ancient traditions with modern beats. “Three thousand years old mantras that go right to the heart of matter and contemporary music that has emerged from the streets, from ordinary people… we’re talking about roots. Music is the medicine for the soul, Plato said. At its best, music is a cosmic energy that removes negativity and obstacles, bringing peace, focus and satisfaction to all who listen. Ever heard of Bach? The journey may be long, but we are on the right track. Mantras are prayers that ‘vibe’ with the universe," muses Indian Trap. "What better lyrics can a composer ask for? Jananiy brought the mantras, and I brought my music!"

Before jumping in any deeper, seven of the tracks are “Bija” (pronounced beej) mantras, with chakra themes layered between the deity stories, glowing and rising, the journey begins with a prayer bell and takes form with what sounds to me like an invocation… “Muladhara (1st Chakra Root C — LAM)” (2:22)
The English name for muladhara is root chakra. It is symbolized by a lotus with four petals and the color pink or red. The term muladhara comes from the Sanskrit mula, meaning “root,” and adhara, meaning “support” or “base.” The Root Chakra is the foundation of the physical structure of the body. Balancing this chakra is said to form the supportive foundation for higher spiritual development.
Now the music is taking a new form, I hear chimes and complex layering of multi tracked voices and beats, blending rhymes and traditions… “Parvati Mantra” (3:21). Parvati is a Hindu goddess, a daughter of the Lord of the Mountains and Queen Mena. Parvati is known for her devotion to Lord Shiva, and it is thought that chanting her mantras will confer this devotion to your own relationships. Parvati is depicted in various forms and is revered as a symbol of feminine power and grace. She is the gentle and nurturing aspect of the goddess energy. Full of kindness and compassion, this represents the symbol of divine strength, power, love, and productiveness. As a goddess of family and love, she is the ideal entity to turn to for help with marriage, parenting, and fertility.
As an element of Maha Shakti, the mother of the cosmos, Parvati is connected to both the universal and individual energies of creation. The Parvati mantra comes in different forms, each with its own benefits, and is often used interchangeably with Shakti mantras. Parvati is the defender and origin of the cosmos and all of humankind. It is said that these divine powers have created this earth and we are simply the living beings residing on this planet.
Next a more complex combination of the story being sung and the playful percussion weaving a delightful track, to me the sound is imploring and invoking… “Ganesh Mantra” (3:42). Lord Ganesha is the god of knowledge and wisdom, who appears in many ways, but according to popular belief, can be seen with the head of an elephant with the trunk resting upon his human body, and his plump belly protruding out. He has four arms, each arm has a different function. The upper hands hold a noose (Pasha) and an ax (goad). The bottom hands have different roles too. One of the hands is making the Abhay Mudra sign, while the other hand is holding a bowl full of modak.
The word “mudra” is Sanskrit for “seal” or “sign,” and takes the form of hand positions. Each mudra has a specific meaning. The Abhaya Mudra is a sacred hand gesture that symbolizes fearlessness, peace, and protection. Modak is a sweet dumpling dish popular in many Indian states and cultures.
Again the prayer bell sounds, I hear a distant male voice chanting OM and joins the female voice in a new invocation, a sweet blending of chants… “Swadhisthana (2nd Chakra Sacral D — VAM)” (2:22). The word Swadhisthana is derived from two Sanskrit words, “Swa” meaning self and “Adhishthana” meaning established. “Swadhisthana” means something like one’s own abode, a personal space for supporting the personal expansion and exploration of sexuality, desires, and creativity. The Sacral Chakra is linked with emotion and the unconscious.
Now I think I hear more electronic processing on the opening voices, with a very catchy new bump ta bump ta beat that lifts the whole assembly, lightly gliding and playfully bouncing about the voices push and pull on the tricky beat foundation… “Saraswati Mantra” (3:43)
Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of Learning, Music, Craft, Wisdom, Arts, and Auspiciousness. She is honored as the Mother of Vedas and teaching, singing, skill, knowledge, disciplines, and grace. She is depicted as a beautiful fair Goddess with Four arms, wearing a spotless white saree and seated on a white lotus. Her four arms represent the four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness, and ego. The sound is direct and compelling, the voices mix like a human flute dancing on the notes, sometimes bending with emotion, I hear the passion build as the voice darts about.
The next track is titled “Gayatri Mantra” (3:21) It is believed that by chanting the Gayatri mantra and firmly establishing it in the mind, if you carry on your life and do the work that is ordained for you. Your life will be full of happiness, you will accumulate spiritual light, and that you will not only raise your own vibratory level but also the levels of those around you, your family and friends, your circle of acquaintances, and the entire global community. The sound of the Gayatri mantra brings us back to our own true nature, which is pure consciousness itself. It reminds us that we are already perfect beings, and that we have been given everything we need to manifest our highest potential. We remember that we are divinely connected to the universe, and that we are blessed by its abundance.
J2 shares more of his insights, “Listening to the “Gayatri Mantra” really helps me in improving my concentration and creativity. It allows me to enhance my productivity and aids me to take my music production to the next level. I have always considered myself a sound designer. When I learned that the Shaivite Hindu tradition believes that matter is vibration and the cosmos is sound, it got me thinking. We talk about someone having great vibes, don’t we? Don’t we say that some people vibe well together? These seemingly trivial words have a profound meaning. Mantras are prayers that vibe with the universe. What better lyrics can a composer ask for? Jananiy brought the mantras and I brought my music.”
A new calling emerges, across the prayer bell I hear melodic almost groaning and imploring, eventually building and rising… “Manipura (3rd Chakra Solar Plexus E — RAM)” (2:22). “Manipura” is a Sanskrit word which is roughly translated as “city of jewels.” It also translates to “lustrous gem” or “resplendent gem.” The position of Manipura is stated as being behind the navel. Manipura is the place where upward flowing spiritual energy or prana, and Apana (downward flowing pranic energy) meet. This chakra is associated with fire and the power of transformation. It is also believed to have a magnetic effect, attracting prana from the universe. The Manipura chakra acts as the marrow of personal power. Manipura is often associated with the colors yellow, blue in classical tantra, and red in the Nath tradition.
In the mix I think I hear a strange squeeling voice, the song begins softly and then works up to calling and shouting, the beat is staggered and complex… “Vishnu Mantra” (3:03) is the ideal mantra to recite before commencing any major task. Vishnu is considered the preserver of the Universe, and is known for his acts of slaying demons and saving humankind. The many hands of Vishnu always carry objects representing the things he is responsible for, such as a Lotus flower as an example of a glorious existence and liberation, a mace which represents mental and physical strength, a conch shell which produces the sound ‘Om’ and represents the primeval sound of creation, and the Wheel of Auspicious Vision, a disc which symbolizes the mind.
Vishnu is one of the principal deities of Hinduism and is known as the Preserver. Vishnu is usually shown with a human body, but with blue skin and four arms. His hands are usually each carrying an object, all with symbolic meaning. The physical existence of Vishnu is represented by the two arms in the front, while the two arms at the back represent his presence in the spiritual world. Whenever the world is threatened with evil, chaos, and destructive forces, Vishnu descends in the form of an avatar to restore the cosmic order, and protect dharma. Dharma is the cosmic law underlying right behavior and social order.
Now I hear the calling and weaving with the beats, the voice is spectacular and there is what sounds to me like a comical cartoon voice in the mix, as always the beats are sizzling and steady… “Shiva Mantra (Om Namah Shivaya)” (3:36) “Shiva Mantra” was picked up as a favorite track for TikTok’s popular yoga #BalanceChallenge
The figure of Shiva today is a combination of various older deities into a single figure. Shiva is often pictured with a serpent around his neck, beneath the adorning crescent moon, the holy river Ganga flows from his matted hair, and the third eye on his forehead is closed, this is the eye that turns everything in front of it into ashes when opened. The trishula or trident is his physical weapon, and he often holds the damaru drum, which is used in meditation practices.
Again the prayer bell sounds and I hear a signifying voice building the story and calling together the forces… “Anahata (4th Chakra Sacred Heart F — YAM)” (2:22) and Anahata is represented by a lotus flower with twelve petals. Inside there is a smoky region at the intersection of two triangles, creating a shatkona. The shatkona is a symbol used in Hindu Yantra, representing the union of male and female. Anahata is the Sanskrit term used for the heart chakra. In Sanskrit, anahata means “unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten” and is associated with balance, calmness, and serenity. Anahata is associated with the ability to make decisions outside the realm of karma. It is the fourth primary chakra and serves as our center of love for oneself and others, compassion, empathy and forgiveness. It refers to the serene state Samadhi which is related to the continuous sound of the heart region.
I hear chanting voices with a ceremonial dancing beat, always calling, always a calm steady beat… “Lakshmi Mantra” (3:33). Lakshmi is the divine consort of Lord Vishnu the preserver of the universe. But that is not all she is, to many she is the divine force that helps Vishnu maintain the universe. She is often depicted in red clothes and adorned with gold jewelry. She has a calm and soothing expression, and is always seen with a lotus in her hand which signifies her as the symbol of Beauty. Her four hands represent the four goals of human life considered important to the Hindu way of life — Dharma (Righteousness and Duty) Kama (Worldly Desires), Artha (Wealth and Prosperity) and Moksha (Salvation). Her palms are always open and sometimes coins are seen pouring from them signifying that she is the source of wealth and prosperity. She is shown sitting or standing on a lotus in a beautiful garden or in the blue-ocean. Around her are either two or four white elephants giving Her ‘Abhishekam’ with the water. Her ‘Vahana’ or riding mounts are a white elephant and an owl.
Now the strength of the pace increases, the voices call and respond back and forth then combine into greater strength, I feel a dancing lightness with calling and proclaiming… “Durga Mantra (Om Katyayanaya Vidmahe)” (3:15) The Goddess Durga is said to be one of the most powerful deities in the Hindu religion. She is also known by the name of Devi or Shakti which in Hindi means ‘woman’ and ‘power’ respectively. The word Durga in Sanskrit means ‘a fort’ which symbolizes the fact that Goddess Durga is the epitome of strength and womanhood. Other times Goddess Durga is referred to as Durgati Nashini which translates to ‘the one who eliminates suffering.’ She treats her worshippers just like a mother treats her children. She loves in a most caring way and she is equally likely to get angry when required. Goddess Durga blesses her worshippers with strength, patience and many such virtues, but she destroys the things that need to be destroyed. This mantra begins with the word Om, which is the main mantra of all mantras. It is a salute to Maa Durga in her form as Katyayani, the sixth form of Durga. Goddess Durga is also known as Shakti or Devi, the protective mother of the universe and the embodiment of true womanhood; she is also worshipped as the one who eliminates suffering. She is the most powerful deity and protects all that is good and harmonious in the world. It is believed that by chanting her mantras, one can protect themselves from evil and negativity; she blesses her children by helping them overcome all misfortunes and evils.
Change comes, I hear the bell and a voice calling, the suspense grows, in the mix a male voice chants OM and a song forms from the emerging fragments… “Vishuddha (5th Chakra Throat G — HAM)” (2:22). Vishuddha is often associated with the thyroid gland in the human endocrine system. This gland is in the neck, and produces hormones essential for growth and maturation. In its most abstract form, Vishuddha is associated with higher discrimination and is associated with creativity and self-expression. It is believed that when Vishuddha is open, negative experiences are transformed into wisdom and learning. When Vishuddha is closed, a person undergoes decay and death. Due to its position, it is known as the throat Chakra. According to Hindu tradition, this chakra is described as having a “white color” with sixteen purple or smoke-colored petals.
Here the beat slides and solidifies the voices… “Krishna Mantra” (3:36) and Krishna is often depicted wearing a silk golden yellow dhoti, and a peacock feather crown. In this form, he usually stands with one leg bent in front of the other in the Tribhanga posture, the snake Kaliya with its numerous hoods symbolizes the numerous desires we have. Sri Krishna’s splendor is that he was the greatest speaker of our timeless faith and the greatest interpreter of Hinduism. The Krishna mantra can be recited to obtain greater compassion, mental control, and self-understanding. The expertise, trust, confidence, and practice of the individual chanting the mantra make it potent. The chanting of Sri Krishna’s mantras is said to be a powerful cleansing gesture.
Now again the bell and the crying voices are slowly rising and then a burst of rapid singing and calling out… “Ajna (6th Chakra Third Eye A — OM)” (2:22) The Ajna chakra or third eye chakra is located in the center of the forehead between the eyebrows. The third eye is said to connect people to their intuition, give them the ability to communicate with the world, or help them receive messages from the past and the future. It is not a part of the physical body but considered to be part of the pranic system and is considered the eye of intuition and intellect. Its associated sense organ is the mind.
Eventually I hear a very strange rhythm, maybe this is an odd twisted science fiction machine, eventually leveling off to tell the story… “Kali Mantra” (3:00). The Goddess Kali looks frightening, the eyes of Kali are red in color which depicts rage. Her hair is shown disheveled, small fangs sometimes protrude out of her mouth and her tongue is lolling. The Goddess wears a skirt made of human arms and a garland which is made of human heads. The four-arm form of kali stands on the calm and prostate Shiva. All her four hands hold a different thing, mainly a sword, a Trishul (trident), a severed head, and a bowl or skull-cup (kapala) catching the blood of the severed head. The word Kali comes from the Sanskrit word Kala, which means time. Kali is the divine Protector of Earth, also known as Kalika is a Hindu goddess, but due to her destructive powers Kali is also known as “Dark Mother.” She represents Time, Change, Power, Creation, Preservation and Destruction.
Here I hear the bell and the invocation calls out to conclude the journey, we are at the top of the head… “Sahasrara (7th Chakra Crown B — AH)” (3:00). The Sahasrara or crown chakra is found on the top or the crown of the head, located precisely four finger widths above the crown of the head, residing in the “plane of truth and reality.” The chakra is violet in color. This energy center controls our connection to spirit, and our sense of universal consciousness, wisdom, unity and self-knowledge. Sahasrara is the 7th major chakra in tantric yoga traditions. Sahasrara is translated from Sanskrit meaning “thousand-petaled lotus,” literally because of the symbol’s lotus that has 1,000 petals. Sahasrara is aligned to seek an intimate relationship with the universe.
Now I feel calm and satisfied having addressed these ten major deities and the seven chakras. What I like most about the sound are the distinctive tempos and the acrobatic vocals, which bring history to life and provide a catchy framework to elevate these amazing traditions. This epic achievement belongs as much with the pop rotation club as it does with the soulful yoga and songs for traditional practitioners.
Jananiy’s vocals increasingly fulfill a prophecy put forth in 2018 by Indie Pulse Music, who wrote, “She has an astonishing voice and deceptive range — a brief perusal of her professional résumé might suggest, to the uninformed, that she is a singer whose sound is strongly connected to the Indian world, but that’s not the case. Jananiy has a voice ready for the global pop stage, capable of intense emotional shifts, and flawlessly tuned into the song’s musical demands. Many listeners will marvel at the control she exerts over her vocal instrument…”
The music never stops.

LINKS
Multi-platforms: https://ffm.to/k58wjk4
S. J.: https://sjjananiy.com/
S.J. social links: https://www.flowcode.com/page/jananiysj
India Trap: https://www.indiantrap.com/
The Videos: https://www.youtube.com/@IndianTrap

Track listing
1. Muladhara (1st Chakra Root C - LAM) 2:22
2. Parvati Mantra 3:21
3. Ganesh Mantra 3:42
4. Swadhisthana (2nd Chakra Sacral D - VAM) 2:22
5. Saraswati Mantra 3:43
6. Gayatri Mantra 3:21
7. Manipura (3rd Chakra Solar Plexus E - RAM) 2:22
8. Vishnu Mantra 3:03
9. Shiva Mantra (Om Namah Shivaya) 3:36
10. Anahata (4th Chakra Sacred Heart F - YAM) 2:22
11. Lakshmi Mantra 3:33
12. Durga Mantra (Om Katyayanaya Vidmahe) 3:15
13. Vishuddha (5th Chakra Throat G - HAM) 2:22
14. Krishna Mantra 3:36
15. Ajna (6th Chakra Third Eye A - OM) 2:22
16. Kali Mantra 3:00
17. Sahasrara (7th Chakra Crown B - AH) 3:00

Mantras are practiced and used everyday by millions of people all over the world, to train their minds, better their lives, and to bring about positive changes, whether healthful, financial or personal. According to Chopra.com, “At the end of the day, the mantra is meant to bring you back to simplicity.”

“Working with Jay for this very special album was highly explorative, fusing the Vedic Mantras, his Indian Trap music, and many vocalizations," said S. J., "The songs have at least 30 different vocal layers, along with a unique collage of taans, aalaaps, swaras, and improvisations that blend beautifully with harmonies for Jay’s amazing tracks!"
MANTRAS by Indian Trap and S. J. Jananiy has been accepted for consideration in the 66th Annual GRAMMYⓇ Awards in the New Age, Ambient, or Chant category.
Two helmeted space travelers watch the gigantic forms approach. The sound is an atmospheric instrumental with a beat sensibility. Pretty much all of these tracks have beats, and the tempo is perhaps from a soundtrack for the most odd movie featuring traditional circa 1950s plots with spaceships and astronauts. The overall feeling is not too dense or crowded, with lots of instruments floating atop bass-driven melodic tempos containing some funky textural accents, but still from within the inventive ambient electronic genre, weird soundscapes and the expanding art of atmospheric illusions. Hyperion V (the V is pronounced “five”) is Ben Cox, Thomas Park and Plexus.

Borrowing on vaguely familiar musical tonalities and rhythms, the visionary artists set about creating a rhythmic and melodic immersion of another timeframe yet to be discovered. Employing a variety of electronic sound sources while utilizing a process of generative composition they unlock our imagination through sonic manipulation and propel us into this undiscovered territory.

Thematically, Accretion Disc examines the human need to explore the unknown, our immortal obsession with the many mysteries waiting in the night sky. In this work, Hyperion V (pronounced "five") recall the cosmic yearning of bygone eras touched on by Vangelis, Brian Eno, Holger Czukay and the darkly human introspection of Massive Attack, launching their investigation through twelve conjoined tracks.

The opening track “Astasis” struts along a modular groove punctuated by robotic vocal samples, drum and bass like a rocket propelling the listener through the infinite. Contrarily, “Surface Gravity” evokes the eerie serenity of sunlight on an alien tundra, as chimes glisten and shimmer over a stuttering trip hop beat. The propulsive “Baryogenesis” opens with an odd-time bassline before terse, marching drums and interstellar synth chords make a contrapuntal rhythm. Submerged vocal samples warble in the distant depths, muted across immeasurable vastness. The mesmerizing “Graviton” screeches and bends like an electric guitar’s snarl before exploding into an ecstatic trance beat.

“Accretion Disc takes a nod from the classic days of electronica,” suggests Park, “bringing vintage chill melodies into the present with generative features, glitchy sounds, and state-of-the-art composition and mastering techniques. Bill Laswell and Eno/Byrne’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts works come to mind.”

Continuing the thought, Cox adds, “This one is hard to categorize. I’d call this 'controlled chaos with groove' if I had to boil it down. I agree with Thomas’ Byrne/Eno comparison, but maybe with some Orb and KLF mixed in, and a sprinkle of The Art Of Noise on the top.”

As if written in the stars, Accretion Disc is destined to be a popular and lively addition to ambient, electronic, and chillout radio programs and playlists. This unique and gripping interstellar journey moves fluidly between atmospheric soundscapes and propulsive grooves, traversing the space-time continuum, while alluding to the staggering emptiness of space. Fortunately, listeners may now enjoy the adventurous thrill of daring to cross it from the safety of their deep listening spaces.

Spotted Peccary Music will live stream Accretion Disc throughout the day today on its 24/7/365 streaming channel SPMLive.

Ben Cox has two releases on Spotted Peccary Music including Consciousness, and other tricks of the light (2020), and On Water (2005). Thomas Park, aka Mystified has five releases on Spotted Peccary Music including Yenisei Crossing (2020), Morning City (2017), Evolution (2014), Emergence (2013), and Epoch (2012). Accretion Disc is the first Spotted Peccary featuring Plexus.

Mastered by Howard Givens at Spotted Peccary PNW Studios, Accretion Disc is available for streaming and downloading, including high resolution studio master formats. The project's images were created by Jourdan Laik, while the layout and other paintings were designed by Daniel Pipitone, Spotted Peccary Studios NE.

Tracklist:
1 Astasis (4:26)
2 Surface Gravity (4:06)
3 Lagrangian Point (4:08)
4 Spectroscopic Binary (4:37)
5 Baryogenesis (5:49)
6 Deep Sky Object (4:44)
7 Oumuamua (4:23)
8 Synchronous Orbit (5:02)
9 Protoplanet (4:38)
10 Graviton (3:15)
11 Flare Star (5:24)
12 Coronal Mass Ejection (6:32)

Links:
Music Smartlink: https://orcd.co/accretion-disc
Spotted Peccary Album Page: https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/accretion-disc/
Hyperion V Official Website: https://hyperionv.com
Hyperion V Social Media: https://electronicmusic.social/@HyperionV/110831869390852975
Bandcamp: https://hyperion-v.bandcamp.com/album/accretion-disc
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spottedpeccary/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spottedpeccary

Portland-based Spotted Peccary Music is North America’s finest independent record label with a focus on deep, vast and introspective soundscapes. For over three decades, the artists of Spotted Peccary have been on a mission to develop, produce, publish and release ultra-high-quality, deep-listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. Every release is carefully prepared in a variety of high-quality formats from MP3 to high-res studio masters. In 2023, they were named Best Independent Record Label by the HIMAwards. Explore more than 200 titles and 50 artists released over 38 years of excellence at www.SpottedPeccary.com.
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»MAMBO VIPI is a colorful drum band from Chemnitz. They play, sing and dance various traditional African songs and rhythms. It was founded in 2012 by Arba Manillah from Iringa, Tanzania from a drum class. In the meantime they have already recorded their first album. The name ›MAMBO VIPI‹ comes from the Kiswahili language and means: ›How are you?‹ The

#Bala Ranks
»Bala Ranks [is] one of the most famous Afro-Reggae singers, songwriters and guitarists from The Gambia. Touring and studio work experiences in Europe and Africa.« (facebook.com/mansajalimovement) »Born on 26 July 1980, Musa Kuyateh, popularly known as Bala Ranks is a Gambian Afro-reggae artist born in a family of griots. His family has a number of singers and players of

#Basscalacao!
»SAMBA LEIPZIG – WELCOME. Brazilian percussion combines rhythm, power, momentum and tact, as well as the joy of life and movement. If you also want to be carried away by this impressive music, you will find information about my offers on these pages. I look forward to meeting you! – Marian Kania«* (basscalacao.de). [* »Beating since I was fourteen

#Bouba Diakite
»Bouba Diakité is a Berlin based drumming school.« (Afrobizgermany) »Drummer, dancer, singer, choreographer... Bouba Diakité is an artist through and through. With his open, warm, inspiring manner, he always manages to cast a spell over people. Anyone who has had the pleasure of experiencing the energy created together in this way will become this moment

#Capoeira Leipzig Ginga de Corpo
»Group Ginga de Corpo has existed in Leipzig for over ten years, inspired and directed by Mestre Will. We appreciate a mixture of traditional and modern Capoeira aspects and see ourselves as a community that finds its enthusiasm in Capoeira through collaboration. Born in Brazil, Capoeira rose to become a Brazilian cultural asset over the course of several centuries and is now

#Christian Bakotessa
GUITARIST, SINGER, COMPOSER »Pierre Christian Bakotessa Kobolo (born October 20, 1980 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo) is a German-Congolese musician. Bakotessa grew up with his uncle in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, because his parents were too young to take care of him. At 17, he joined the town's church choir. After the military

#Commander Messiah
+++++ he was born in nigeria on the 3rd of december 1973, grew up in ghana, now based in germany + odey edu popularly known as »commander messiah« is from yala local government area of ​​cross river state, born into late rtd sergeant gabriel teacher edu and cristiana edu family at 190 battalion owode

#Dembo Jobarteh
Not to be confused with information on the person of Dembo Jobarteh 1976–2008, we can try to provide the following information about Dembo Jobarteh as he will attend our 2023 festival with Kora recitals and Kora workshops: »Born in 1967 [?], Dembo Jobarteh is a member of a famous African griot family. The nephew of

#DJ Hot Hammer (Top Vibez Sound)
»DJ Hot( )Hammer from Gambia-Italy-Germany plays Dancehall, Afrobeats, Hip-Hop and Trap... Since we all only play well, vybz 2 all the Music Lovers.« (M. S. — DJ Hot Hammer dal Gambia-Italia-Germania Suona Dancehall, Afrobeats, Hip-Hop e Trap… Visto che tutti noi suoniamo solo bene, vybz 2 tutti gli Amanti della Musica.) || Contact / News / Booking /

#DJ King Buntaloo
Dear DJ King Buntaloo, please send us some information about yourself - thank you in advance! YILP International eV // NUMBER OF CONTRIBUTION VIEWS (since counting from October 27th, 2021): 825 More readings? DJ King J Che on request: Publications: Information material from the Amadeu Antonio Foundation Berlin (updated: April 2023) Bouba Diakité Renewed acknowledgments, June 2020

#DJ King J Che
Dear DJ King J Che, Please send us additional information to complete this information about you as an artist. We thank you in advance. YILP International eV // NUMBER OF POST VIEWS (since counting from October 27th, 2021): 814 More readings? DJ King Buntaloo Children's aid project GamKids: online donations, donations in kind, school sponsorships for Gambian children and young people on

#DJ Randy
»DJ Randy is originally from Lagos, Nigeria. […] In 2011 he started as a DJ with the main genre being Afro Beat. He soon made a good name for himself in Leipzig and the surrounding area. This contributed to the fact that the location in which he djed became more and more crowded and to the fact that he also received offers from other promoters. Later

#DJane Marcela
Business card EVENTS & TRANSLATION (phone)

#Dolus Mutombo & Bena Kwetu
»Since 2013 Dolus Mutombo & his band have been playing music together. Bena Kwetu currently has four band members. The main instruments are being played by Tobias (piano), Ralf (e-bass) and Andreas (percussions) and Amuri (guitar). The bands' highlights in 2016 were playing at the African Festival in Leipzig and Freudenstadt and taking part at

#Group Culture Sangw'ikiyago zone Ngagara (National Ballet of Burundi)
We are the Burundians drumming! THE GROUP BALLET NATIONAL founded in 1987, started with 27 members. They range in age from eight to 50 years. The group performs the Burundian dance, which is an old traditional dance and was usually played for Kings. The dance should bring people together and aims to bring happiness and

#Jah Hero
»After many years of playing in bands and in collaboration with other musicians, Jah Hero finally released his highly anticipated debut solo album ›Chants of Freedom‹ on the 16th of March 2016. Recorded in Berlin, where the artist now resides, this album is packed with international influences, and describes a courageous journey of compelling

#Jalikebba Kuyateh
»Singer, Kora Player, Songwriter« (jalikebba.com). »Jalikebba Kuyateh is a dynamic kora player and singer from The Gambia. He belongs to the Mandinka ethnic group and grew up in a traditional griot family. His concert activities regularly take him to many European countries. Jalikebba has produced several CDs and his songs have been in the ›top of the charts‹ several times

#Juffureh Band of Sukuta in The Gambia
»West-African Music ensemble earlier also known as Super Juffureh Band International, temporarily performing as side project Dembadou Band 2009. Genre: World Music / Afro Manding / Gambian Afrobeat / Dance Music / African Funk / Independent Music… According to critics, they are ›one of the most influential bands in The Gambia‹, but still mostly

#Kokobasaï
The French ensemble ›KokobaSaï‹ comes from different cultural and musical origins and takes you into a powerful mixture of percussions and Guinean traditional singing, blues and guitar improvisations, is mystified by didgerdidoo and guttural singing. This frenzied mixture takes you straight to the heart of the jungle, that of magic, that of frenzied dances, the aborigines and Africa. (Self-disclosure

#Lanaya
»Modern Manding Music & Dance from Burkina Faso« (lanaya-denou.de). »Workshops: percussion, balafon, N'goni (West African harp), dance. Lanaya (Trust) won two awards in 2013: 1st Prize: Sharq Taronalari, International Competition in Uzbekistan by UNESCO[,] and the Creole Prize Berlin-Brandenburg. All musicians come from Burkina Faso, West Africa and can draw on the rich cultural and musical heritage of the people living there

#Lancei Dioubate
A longer excerpt from the artist's homepage as part of the Wontanara collective is permitted here: »Growing up in a griot family, LANCEI DIOUBATE learned to play various instruments as a child in Guinea (Conakry). Members of griot families such as the Dioubate and Kouyaté (to which he belongs on both his father's and his mother's side) are more oral in West Africa as custodians of history

#madamtamtam*
»We are 14 women. Our enthusiasm for West African dance and drum music brought us together. We play and dance on djembes and doundouns - some of us for more than 15 years, others have just discovered their passion for it. And we enjoy sharing our joy and passion for this music with others

#Mamadi Kouyate
»MAMADI KOUYATE: Balafon & Djembé. Born in 1990 in Bamako (Mali), grew up in Niagassola (Guinea), from 1999 balafon lessons with grandfathers and uncles. In Niagassola, the UNESCO-protected Ur-Balafon ('Sosso Bala') from 1205 is kept under lock and key. It is only taken out and played one day a year. Only one person is allowed to play it: the guardian. He is

#Mandingkora Band
The »Mandingkora Band plays traditional West African music that dates back to the 11th century. Founded in Leipzig by Kalilu Kanuteh.« (facebook.com/pg/mandingkoraband) Kalilu Kanuteh – Kora. »Kalilu Kanuteh was born in The Gambia, West Africa. His father, Fabala Kanuteh, is a well-known balafon player in Gambia and his mother, Fatou Diabaté, are Griots from the Manding people in

#Mayakan
"Ancient beat orchestra" (www.mayakan-band.com). »Music is necessary. It is in all aspects of our lives. Mayakan understands music in the context of the current human situation. This is a challenge. We aim to be thoughtful, creative, and give music that makes you think. True, there are many spiritual elements from different faiths in our music. we

#Mbila Band
»Music from Africa in Dresden« (mbila.beepworld.de). »On December 7, 1996, some Mozambicans met in a basement in Radebeul and because they enjoyed making music, they wanted to found a music band. At the beginning they had only a few instruments and hardly any technology. At that time they mainly played in the student club of the Technical University of Dresden. From the fee could

#Mborodis Group & Simba Group
The dance ensembles Mborodis Group and Simba Group from Sukuta in Gambia, accompanied by the Taranga Cultural Group, gave 1000 (African) Drums performances in parts of the Gambian events of the 2nd Intercultural Africa Festival, excerpts of which could be recorded on video. »A short history about how I started and what really inspired me to become a Zimba.

#Melissa Hie
« [S]oliste djembé/sabar/balafon (Bordeaux). Percussionist and dancer, elle est une des musiciennes au féminin du groupe Benkadi de Bordeaux. Formée à l'âge de neuf ans par son père aux instruments traditionnels tels que le balafon et le barra, c'est au djembé que Mélissa s'est révélée. Elle intègre asor plusieurs formations de genres different en tant

#Mo Bittaye
Master drummer Mohammed Bittaye was born in The Gambia. From an early age he recognized his passion for playing the drum and dancing. In 1990 he became champion at the Gambia National Youth Week with the Darragi Cultural Group, which then won the national championship for culture and drama in 1991 and defended the title until 1995.

#Modou Seck & Ensemble Tam Tam Magic
»MODOU SECK was born in Dakar/Senegal in the caste of the Griots. Griots are drummers, dancers and singers who uphold and preserve the traditions of their tribe through the practice of their art. He was a member of the National Ballet and had already worked in Senegal as a teacher in the rhythmic education of children and young people. His craft, as well as the

#Nungu Kina
»African Drum & Dance«. »An African drum band from Leipzig. ›Ndungu Kina‹ comes from the Kiyombe language spoken in Congo and means ›drum and dance‹. Because the Leipzig band inspires their audience with traditional African drums, their rhythms, singing, dancing and shows. They convey the African mentality with joy and ease

#Noma Nkwali
"Musician, Actress, Dancer & Entrepreneur based in Europe & Zim. It's all about music" (facebook.com/noma.mkwanzi). »Noma Nkwali (born Nomathamsanqa Mkwananzi in Bulawayo Zimbabwe) is a Zimbabwean artist based in Germany. In 2006 Nkwali landed a role as a lead singer and dancer in the circus show ›Mother Africa‹. She went solo in 2015 and released

#Papa Dula Band
»The ten-strong Papa Dula Band has grown out of the art and culture venue of the same name in the city of Halle an der Saale since 2012 with a changing line-up. The resulting reggae type is better described by singer and bandleader Abdul as boomfire reggae. He is fully behind the rhythm and the expression of the sound, both vocally and in terms of dancing. The

#Rama N'Goni
»'Rama N'Goni' [real name Alimatou Djakité] was born in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. She started making music at the age of four with her father, Limani Fatié Traoré. He taught Rama to play the N'Goni. The N'Goni is traditionally only played by Hunters and Dozos. Rama is next to her instrument, which she plays perfectly,

#Rebellion The Recaller
»Rebellion the Recaller (also Rebellion Da Recaller or Rebellion, actually Bafoday Drammeh or Bafode Dramé; *1979 in Paris, France) is a Gambian reggae singer. Rebellion the Recaller was born in France to West African immigrants. From the age of eleven he lived in The Gambia. There he was a member of the band The Inspired Ones before pursuing his solo career

#Rootsmanding
»The Roots Manding drum, dance and song group are five to eight artists from Africa. Her musical roots lie in playing the traditional rhythms and melodies of West Africa. The most important instrument of the group is the kora (African harp lute), accompanied by drums and dance.« (reggaemanding.de/band.htm) Diehi Tanguy Franck – Doundouns. Abdou »Sam« Jarju - vocals & kora - see

#Sam & Reggae Manding Band
»The Sam & Reggae Manding Band is a band formed in Dresden in 2000 and now based in Leipzig. The different musical and cultural origins of the musicians are expressed in a mixture of traditional West African manding rhythms and reggae sounds. The band plays in a classic reggae formation.« (reggaemanding.de/band.htm) Karl Blütchen – drums. Abdou "Sam" Jarju. »Band leaders, Kora players,

#Samba da Palmeira Pintada
»Brazilian rhythms from Leipzig« (palmeira-pintada.net). »In 2002, the first Leipzig Samba enthusiasts came together to form a Bateria, and in 2008 the Samba Pintada eV was founded. A lot has happened since then: people have come and gone, the musical spectrum has expanded, the name has been changed to Samba da Palmeira Pintada, and we have numerous samba performances, parties and excursions

#Sarr Kairaba
SARR KAIRABA is a master of drum music from Senegal, known for the National Ballet of Senegal, on concert tours in Spain, Japan, South Korea, Canada and the world, active since 1978 until today. Drummer in the National Ballet of Senegal. Training at the Lycee Lamine Gueye. Dakar hometown / Leipzig current place of residence. (facebook.com/sarr.kairaba) »SARR KAIRABA is a musician with Senegalese

#Shaun Gracie
»Shaun Gracie studied for 25 years with various masters (Yamoussa Camara, Alisco Diabate, etc.) in the USA and Guinea and was a percussionist in various ensembles. He has lived in Germany since 2000 and founded Ashé Outou and Mayakan in Leipzig. Shaun teaches West African drumming, culture and history and dance accompaniment.« (www.dunyaio.com/kursleiter-innen/shaun) de.linkedin.com/in/shaun-gracie-22607717 ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE 1ST INTERCULTURAL

#Soy Deging
// NUMBER OF POST VIEWS (since counting from 10/27/2021): 844

#TFK
»Cameroonean musician, rapper and producer.«(youtube.com/@tfkkingz95/about) social media: fb.com/tfkmusicofficial/ e-mail: rnjuhu@yahoo.com phone contact: 015214616481 ——* // NUMBER OF CONTRIBUTIONS VIEWS (since counting from 10/27/2021): 28 More readings? Image impressions from Leipzig and Gambia Noma Nkwali AFRICA FESTIVALS : UPDATE (!): Preview, ORIENTATION & also help for accreditation as artists for : Africa Festivals and African Culture Days in the Federal Republic of Germany

#Tagna Fuse
“We are Tagna Fuse. A band from Leipzig that has set itself the goal of merging North-West-African Gnawa with funky and jazzy sounds to create an unmistakable and intoxicating sound. Polyphonic vocals, driving percussion and melodious guitars accompany the booming Guembri on its world tour and lead you through sensitive passages to ecstatic flights of fancy. Love

#Taranga Cultural Group
The Taranga Cultural Group from Sukuta in Gambia, a percussion and vocal ensemble, accompanied the dance performance of the Mborodis and Simba groups during a Gambian event part of the 2nd Intercultural Africa Festival 1000 (African) Drums. Unfortunately, we only have little information about the musicians themselves... // NUMBER OF CONTRIBUTION VIEWS (since counting from October 27th, 2021): 1,336 More readings? review

#Teacher Oliver Band
Self-disclosure of the band in March 2022: We are the Teacher Oliver Band from Halle an der Saale or originally from Tanzania. Our lead singer Oliver has been in Germany since 2014. He composed most of the songs himself and teaches them to his "students", his band members. Hence "Teacher Oliver". Our music is a mix of reggae, afro beat

#Trio Farema
»Music and dance inspired by Latin American music and West African rhythms and dances from Guinea. A trio performance with power.« (Fête de la musique Leipzig, 2023) * // NUMBER OF CONTRIBUTION VIEWS (since counting from October 27th, 2021): 43 More readings? Wontanará Ndungu Kina Bouba Diakité Lanaya Review of the previous festivals (programme, programs and thanks), end of NOVEMBER

#Vollmondorchester
»The full moon orchestra consists of musicians from Leipzig, who turn the full moon night into a lavish dance night every month. The musicians, with different musical backgrounds, are united by their love of playing and improvisation, as well as the reinterpretation of old classics. The repertoire ranges from funky standard, to hot, dusty Latin/Soul, or Afrobeat with a respectful bow to Fela Kuti & Co, to

#Wontanara
"African Dances and Music in Leipzig" (wontanaraleipzig.com/djembe-kollektiv-wontanara). »The 'Music Collective Wontanara' is a collective of musicians and dancers who live in Leipzig and are enthusiastic about art and African culture. The ›Collective Wontanara‹, which sometimes appears in a cast of two and sometimes in a cast of over 15 people, sees itself more as the result

#Yard Vibes Crew
they are welcome about every year (!) , and we are thankful and glad about their musical support for our African reggae concerts part : from the yet legendary band's Technical Rider, read below their on before collaborations … »YARD VIBES CREW IS A ROOTS REGGAE BACK-UP BAND BASED IN GERMANY AND HAS A MIXED

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You can also listen to a Soundcloud playlist of fellow musicians here : cf. https://soundcloud.com/yilp/sets/1000-drums-artists


We were very happy to create supplementary lists for the artists, ensembles and bands listed above:

♬ Videos of her, until 2020 cf. https://1000drums.yilp.de/kuenstlerinneninformation-videos-befreundeter-musikerinnen-ensembles-und-bands-youtube-bis-2020/

♬ Video update, early 2021 cf. https://1000drums.yilp.de/kuenstlerinnen-information-neue-videoveroeffentlichungen-befreundeter-kuenstlerinnen-und-ensembles-youtube-2020-2021/

♬ Videos of musicians and ensembles, bands participating in the 4th Africa Festival 2022 cf. https://1000drums.yilp.de/youtube-video-referenzen-am-diesjaehrigen-4-internationalen-inter-und-soziokulturellen-afrika-festivals-beteiligter-musikerinnen-und-ensembles-bands-freie-zusammenstellung/


PPS. Festival Concert Records

In addition, we will soon be able to publish the results of the multi-track audio recordings
of all concerts of the 4th Festival 2022 (professionally painstakingly reproduced) (even if this is a few weeks later than initially announced). . .


Here are recordings of almost the first four years:

♬ 2019 audio: concert bootlegs cf. https://1000drums.yilp.de/konzert-tonaufzeichnungen-des-festivals-2019/

2 (2020) Gambia and Leipzig »1000 (AFRICAN) DRUMS« cf. https://1000drums.yilp.de/category/festival-2020/

♬ 2020 audio: concert bootlegs and feature [external] cf. https://archive.org/details/2nd-intercultural-africa-festival-1000-drums-9-18-2020-leipzig-f-r-g/audio-feature-2nd-intercultural-africa-festival-1000-(african)-drums-2020-yilp-international.mp3

3 (2021)? Incidentally, due to a mishap, the few recordings from 2021 at the 3rd festival were unfortunately deleted at the venue, i.e. overwritten on their data carriers, so no concert was preserved!

♬ 4 (2022) audio again: concert bootlegs cf. https://1000drums.yilp.de/klangaufzeichnungen-music-recordings-des-4-internationalen-inter-und-soziokulturellen-afrika-festivals-1000-drums-am-30-und-31-juli-2022-in-leipzig-bootlegs/



pPPS ! Registration form for musicians, ensembles and bands of African music and reggae for the upcoming festivals in 2023 and already in 2024ff. °
(° The upcoming festival is to take place again in the Kulturfabrik WERK 2 in Leipzig Connewitz at the end of August 2023 — the date has now been defined and project applications have been approved, partially approved and still in further preparation, on the way.)
... We as organizers of the annual 1000 Drums Africa Festival and all those involved in this festival welcome new and repeated registrations from ensembles and bands, unsolicited applications from musicians of African music and African Reggae or their agencies via the following contact form (but We also gratefully accept free letters throughout the year) :

> Invitation and question form for artists, ensembles and bands of African and world music: for a cooperation with us in future Africa festivals and beyond... (Please get in touch / just contact us!) cf. https://1000drums.yilp.de/32021
— We may not be able to realize your joint participation in the festival this year, but would like to make a note of you for the line-up of later episodes, also other concerts in Leipzig throughout the year and meanwhile help to spread your artistic concerns as far as we can via website- Blog and virtualization: text, image, sound, moving image presentation.

You can also get in touch with us freely in other ways (by telephone, via Messenger, in direct speech, by letter or newsletter) or (if you are too far away locally or prevented by time) you are very welcome to send us video/sound messages, which we will send to you in person want to play, embed, transmit and store the virtual festival portion non-commercially. . .

You can find contact information for our association. . . here cf. https://1000drums.yilp.de/contact/

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International Inter- and Sociocultural Africa Festival 1000 Drums at Leipzig, Federal Republic of Germany (annual since 2019) Prefaced: More on the festival project, all artist participations, project descriptions, reviews and outlooks you might find at the official festival website https://1000drums.yilp.de — thank you for your kind interest and consideration!

OUR COMMON CREDO. »The drum knows no borders, no countries, no skin color, the drum speaks the language of the heart and connects people.« (Damien Bilondo, founder of the en­semble ›Ndungu Kina‹ and one of more than 120 musicians who have taken part in the Festival of 1000 Drums so far.)

THE AFRICA FESTIVAL ›1000 Drums‹ (one year, in 2021, interim as ›African Nightlife‹) has been inviting drummers and guests to a joint event every year since 2019 to the City of Leipzig to make music, to concerts and workshops and thus enables artists, residents and guests to meet in this forum : in addition to barrier-free as possible African music concerts in an emphatically non-commercial or less commercial format, DJ music, dance, talks, drumming and other workshops for children, young people and adults an African bazaar is created at a public location in the city for two days with information stands, culinary offers of food and goods : African clothing, handicrafts, musicalia, accompanied by actions for children, on seating, standing and a stage. Accredited photojournalists are permitted to document the events in accordance with the law ; audio recordings and, in part, moving image recordings of the concerts are made for quite a number of those who are interested in Germany and abroad and are later processed and published for them. Within the annual Interactive community concert, after instruction and under the guidance of experienced musicians, the 1000 (rather 50) drums unite guests present in a shared play : all our guests are expressly invited to play along, bring their own drums and other musical instruments to the concert and thus one jam session, are invited to dance. Target group are / the festival is dedicated to and organized by : people with an African migration background and Roots, citizens of Leipzig and inter-/national guests, who thus make an important contribution to integration, but above all music lovers : adults, young people and families with children, all people interested on the continent of Africa antera. Announced and advertised, documented and virtualized in good time, the festival should go beyond Leipzig and the Free State of Saxony, as international music event be perceived in the long term and can have a touristic effect. As a community, we can, that is the goal, strengthen acceptance of African citizens in Saxony and Leipzig through the now regular open and mostly non-commercial event in which new perspectives on the continent of Africa are shown : still existing clichés and stereotypes about Africa should and can experience a change towards cosmopolitanism. Democratic culture, exchange and free participation are demonstrated, mutual acceptance and one’s own dignity are promoted. The festival also opens a forum of African Music in Europe and Overseas, one of her listeners and promoters, and invites you to the dialogue who seek to change prejudiced attitudes across generations and let them experience Africa’s cultural diversity. The culture of Leipzig, that of the Free State of Saxony and that of the Federal Republic of Germany contribute by this a celebration of peaceful encounter barrier-free music combining artistic genres, they create better understanding and general charity. In doing so, we are trying to reach an increasing number of guests, observers and interested parties in a better prepared manner every year and hope that the project will one day be classified in the context of larger, existing ones African Festivals in Germany and in Europe.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS AND ENSEMBLES, BANDS, COMPANIES: cf. https://1000drums.yilp.de/category/kuenstlerinnen-information/

VIRTUAL CONCERTS AND RECORDINGS SO FAR: cf. https://1000drums.yilp.de/virtuelle-konzerte/

ON THE 5(2023) 1000 Drums Africa Festival on August 26/27th, 2023: cf. https://1000drums.yilp.de/

DEVELOPMENT AID FOR CHILDREN, YOUNG ADULTS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN NEED IN THE GAMBIA: cf. https://1000drums.yilp.de/category/kinderhilfsprojekt-gamkids/

Y.I.L.P. International e.V.,
West-African Diaspora Association in Leipzig and other cities,
on August, 2023 — see also other ressources at https://www.yilp.de, https://1000drums.yilp.de, https://soundcloud.com/yilp, https://twitter.com/yilpinternatio1 !
Direct contact: mailto:info@yilp.de / tel:00493412282399.
Kristen Rae Bowden\'s Indie Pop \ Kristen Rae Bowden's latest offering, "Fault Lines," emerges as a dominant melodic force in the realm of pop music. This single showcases her prowess as both a singer and songwriter, leaving an indelible mark with its ground-shaking hooks.

The song's genesis lies in a breakup along California's scenic Highway 1, and the artful fusion of poetic lyrics and musical ingenuity is nothing short of captivating. Bowden employs a clever play on words, intertwining lines of blame with the concept of slipping tectonic plates, lending depth to the emotional landscape she explores. Her vocals carry the weight of lived experience, delivering the line "It's all your fault" with a raw, poignant intensity that resonates with anyone familiar with the sting of heartache. The chorus propels listeners into a world of seismic turmoil, where the fragility of relationships mirrors the instability of fault lines. The query "why can't you be mine?" lingers like an unspoken plea, echoing the sentiment of countless hearts in turmoil.

"Fault Lines" marries sleek, modern textures with a rhythmic warmth reminiscent of 1990s pop-rock. The blending of electric guitars and the velvety resonance of a Fender Rhodes creates a sonic tapestry that immerses the listener in a world of nostalgia, lyrically and sonically. Bowden's layered vocals provide a reflective quality, inviting listeners to delve into the emotional depths of the song.

Bowden's personal connection to the song is palpable as she shares, "There are times in my life when I feel my surroundings mirroring my feelings, or vice versa." This symbiotic relationship between emotions and environment is palpable throughout the track. The vulnerability of the lyrics is matched by the musical arrangement, crafting an experience that transcends mere entertainment and delves into the realm of art.

"Fault Lines" emerges as more than just a pop song; it's a profound, vibrational journey that taps into the universal human experience of love, loss, and the ever-present tremors of uncertainty. Kristen Rae Bowden's artistry shines brightly here, promising a timeless resonance that will surely stand the test of time.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/track/0MyvOoMXVPNzEbAU8l53m2?si=3cc4f035e8ca47e0

Follow Kristen via:
Website: https://kristenraebowden.com
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Southern California singer/songwriter Tom Ciurczak (Sir Zak) offers up an infectious blend of energetic rhythms, danceable beats and powerful storytelling lyrics that make you think you are listening to a crossbreed of Bruce Springsteen, Warren Zevon and Steve Earle, complete with Eagles-esque harmonies and hook-laden Eric Clapton style guitar work. Brought up to appreciate the intricacies of music by his father, a professional musician at the Military Academy of West Point, Tom learned, early on, about music’s complex and distinct sounds and rhythms as well as the imagery that great storytelling can evoke. Tom is fully-committed to life on the road as he regularly performs at music venues throughout California’s Southland to promote his own brand of Heartland Rock.

Playing live several times a week in small venues throughout Southern California, Ciurczak entertains his listeners with his unique version of outlaw rock, a sound that is simultaneously classic and modern. He embraces the fading tradition of perfecting his songs live on stage, often inviting others to sit in, and telling the stories behind the music along the way. A natural showman, Ciurczak plans to debut a new stage band in late August; dates will be announced on his calendar: https://tomciurczak.com/calendar

With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that I Ain’t Ever Growing Up has been welcomed at radio stations across America’s heartland, and by rock playlists like Given to Rock. Ciurczak continues to be praised for his storytelling abilities, instrumental prowess, and melodic throwbacks with a touch of humor. The Bandcamp Diaries referred to the album as, “a nostalgic journey that strikes a perfect balance between raw energy and soulful introspection, leaving listeners in the mood to look back on their own memories and cherish the good times they experienced and all the connections they made.” MakeMusicWith.Me writes that his storytelling abilities “paint vivid imagery and deliver suspenseful twists that instantly captivate the listener’s attention.”

With this album, Ciurczak finally shows his full range of musical styles and influences from Heartland Rock (“The Vault”), to ‘70s Prog (“Nights on Fire”), and Peter Gabriel-inspired World music (“Kilimanjaro Skies”). The styles of songs on the album, he says, pay homage to his musical heroes, and listeners will enjoy all new music with a retro feel inspired by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Warren Zevon, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and outlaw country singer-songwriter Steve Earle.

Ciurczak chose these eight energetic pieces from decades of songs he had written over the years while building a successful business, traveling, and raising a family. A few years ago, his daughter Kelly–who sings some of the background vocals on the album–encouraged him to begin sharing his songs with the world. In an exclusive with Lazie Indie Magazine, when asked about what advice he’d give artists like himself, he stated “I would tell someone to never give up on their dreams, because there will always be that lucky 10%.”
DANKO FROM LAY ZHANG’S MUSIC COLLECTIVE ‘D.N.A’ RELEASES NEW SINGLE “EXCEPT” Today, a new single is released under international idol Lay Zhang’s (LAY) very own music collective called the D.N.A Music Alliance, a curated collection of talented and emerging Chinese musicians that are to dominate the music industry on a global level. The new track, “Except,” is from rapper DANKO, which comes off the heels of back-to-back releases such as “21” by rapper GALI and “What She Said” by Vinida plus the group effort, “Break My Heart.” All releases are under the executive reproduction by LAY himself.


Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1CGOS_9Ytk

D.N.A’s stacked line up consisting of 7 talented artists, including DANKO, GALI, Vinida and LAY himself debuted the collective with a full group project called “Cyphers.” Along with an experienced production team, with one of their producers being GRAMMY® award-winning producer Murda Beatz, this group of artists continues to expand its global reach. This next release sets the tone with a new subunit of the Alliance that is long-awaited and showcases a distinct style.

LAY’s production skills shine through in his ability to craft captivating melodies, intricate beats, and atmospheric soundscapes that elevate the overall quality and aesthetics of the song. His creative vision and attention to detail contribute to the success and sonic appeal of the track, showcasing his versatility and talent as a multi-faceted artist in the realm of music production.

With a fluid flow, GALI’s abilities are unmatchable when it comes to style, he is a chameleon when it comes to adapting to different styles of music. GALI effortlessly showcases his lyrics and clever rhymes with his songs. With impeccable control and sense of flow, the artist creates a new style of rap that captivates the listener from start to finish.

Shanghai-based, hip-hop pioneer GALI is a rising star in the Chinese hip-hop music scene. He has established himself as a rapper and one of the most watched rappers in China, having been third runner-up of the 2020 hit show, Rap of China. His thoughtful lyrics and connotative taste distinguish him from other rappers. He continued to demonstrate that he is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry with the recent release of a single titled. “Stay With ME ((因你而在)” with YIHUIK (苡慧). The well-known Chinese rapper is all set to take his fans on an electrifying journey when he brings his much-anticipated ATLANTIS tour to Melbourne’s 170 Russell on Sunday, July 23, fresh from a slot at Australia’s premier festival Splendour in the Grass.

China-based rapper, DANKO is no stranger to the public in Asia and has become a household name from his vibrant career. He debuted in 2011 with his first album, “Illusion Human Nature” and soon became part of several known groups. He’s toured the United States and has released an array of hit singles, even appearing on the hit TV show, “The Rap of China’’ like his predecessors that brought him to prominence. This latest release is a testament to DANKO and LAY’s undeniable chemistry as artist and producer. The track showcases the pair’s perfect blend of rhythmic beats and verses to catch melodies effortlessly executed under a classical instrumental.

LAY has been and continues to be a household name in Asia, and his career his been a whirlwind the last three years after joining forces with Steve Aoki and will.i.am for the 2020 hit cross-cultural collaborationLove You More, reaching #1 on the QQ Music China chart. He then released a string of hits with an album, two EP’s, cross-genre collaborations and solo singles overseas further propelling his international star power. The Chinese icon is one of the most beloved stars in the region with a loyal and highly engaged 51 million followers on Weibo and over 14.2 million followers on Instagram. As a solo artist, the entrepreneur’s career has skyrocketed to tremendous success, becoming the highest-ranked Mando-pop star on Billboard 200 chart and the first Chinese artist to enter the iTunes Top 60 in the U.S.; with his third solo albumNAMANANA. Outside of music, he routinely showcases his skills for acting in TV and film roles, hosted multiple top-rated reality shows in Asia and is one of the most awarded artists in China. Now, LAY is working with a multitude of established and emerging artists to help bring their star power overseas with this project close to his heart.

 Folk singer Matt Zaddy Debuts Stunning Song “What Comes Around” With a sound that seamlessly blends folk rock and modern soul, there’s something for every music fan to love about singer/songwriter Matt Zaddy. For his new single, Zaddy went back in the studio with Emmy award winning and Juno nominated producer Ross Citrullo (The Sheepdogs, Julian Taylor Band). Together with Ross’ own version of the “Wrecking Crew,” and Matt’s partner in life and music, Heather Christine, this team of heavy hitters led to the high-energy result that is “What Comes Around.”

The song was inspired by the struggle to do what you love. When we’re busy, we don’t always think about the difficulties and hard times we all face in life. Despite how hard it is, all we can do is try to be positive, reflect, and remember to take it one day at a time; to fight another day to do what we love. This song is like a conversation that Zaddy is having in the mirror, or a conversation with his wife.

In essence, “What Comes Around” blends the uncertainty that comes with the daily grind with the hope you need to move forward, in a way that is motivating.

Listen in here : https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/mattzaddy/what-comes-around
The Tuesday Nighters Honor an Indigenous Soldier on New Single “Eddie” The Tuesday Nighters are a Canadian rock n’ roll band with a spirit found on the dance floors of downtown Toronto, and a soul in the small towns and countryside of Northern Ontario.

The song “Eddie” was inspired by the story of Private Eddie Namaypoke, an Indigenous soldier and residential school runaway who was killed in WWII and is buried in the Rome War Cemetery. The band wanted to honour him with this haunting retelling of Eddie’s very sad story through the power of music.

Songwriter Taylor Prestidge visited his grave there and later met his surviving family at Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung (The Manitou Mounds) in Northwestern Ontario (near Kenora). To our knowledge, this is the only time Eddie has been visited in that cemetery. This story was chronicled by Taylor in an article published in Maclean’s Remembrance Day Issue in 2016.

The band felt that it was extremely fitting that it was recorded at Jukasa Studio, which sits on the Six Nations Land. Furthermore, 50% of all proceeds from the song will be donated to the Downie Wenjack fund.

Take a moment to listen and reflect on “Eddie.”
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After earning accolades and awards with his debut album, Stairway to Nirvana, Indian-born composer, producer and guitarist Samir Bodhi builds on his new age vision through his second album, MEMORIES OF EMPATHY. Samir brings a Western-influenced collection resting on its Eastern foundations, driven by his need to restore empathy among a sea of human self-absorption. By bringing together different styles of music, Samir encourages listeners to reminisce fondly on where they come from, and what is meaningful, to enhance their compassion for their neighbors.

A resident of Southern California, Indian-born musical visionary and tenured professor Samir Bodhi's multi-faceted life and career reflects the classic immigrant experience of thriving in the pursuit of his creative and academic dreams. His accolades include accompanying legends such as Hemant Kumar, Runa Laila, Bani Thakur and Hoimonti Shukla and performing on Calcutta Television with famous artists in many prestigious venues in Calcutta, India. In the US, he performed with Ghazal badshah Jagjit Singh, composed Emotional Eyes, a modern Bengali album for his wife, singer Madhumita Chatterjee, and arranged and recorded the first ever Broadway-style Bengali musical Sinbad, performed in Los Angeles in 2006.

After reaching #1 on Amazon’s New Age New Release chart and #4 on the Zone Music Reporter’s Global Airplay charts with his debut album, Stairway to Nirvana Samir Bodhi returns to new age fusion with a second collection, MEMORIES OF EMPATHY. Building on the album’s predecessor, Bodhi develops his greater musical vision to bring different cultures and communities together to increase mutual understanding and human empathy.

Bodhi bands together with friends and renowned musicians to produce a new age fusion of traditional Indian melodies and instruments merged with relaxing Western beats. The album has been referred to as one that blueprints a new world order suitable for fans of various interests, musical tastes, and lifestyles.

Bodhi envisions the album to have an important impact on all listeners. He says, “If we want to create a more peaceful world, we all must start with empathy, putting one in another person's situation. I hope that the six tracks we have created in the new album will bring peace and help people to have more empathy in their lives. I hope they take some time to understand someone else's situation, to be empathetic.”

Bodhi’s new album serves as a greater reflection of his multifaceted perspectives as an Indian-born musical visionary and internationally-recognized scientist and scholar who thrives in pursuit of his ambitions. The album piggybacks off Bodhi’s greater vision to connect people beyond their many differences through music, a vision that he began with his first album two years ago.

Memories of Empathy is a product of cooperation among talented artists working alongside Bodhi to reminisce on more empathetic days. The album features three tracks co-produced by guitarist/bassist Sanjoy Das and three by American multi-instrumentalist David Vito Gregoli. Sanjoy Das previously collaborated with Bodhi in the development of Stairway to Nirvana, and has been featured on Ustad Zakir Hussain’s “Huzur” live series and MTV India. The final track, “World of Empathy,” features the Indian film composer and Indosphere keyboardist Louis Banks, who has also been referred to as the “Godfather of Indian Jazz.”

A Samir Bodhi album isn’t complete without transcendent vocals. Bollywood singer Madhumita Chatterjee and Indian classical vocalist Supriyo Dutta’s vocals can be heard on the album’s “Have and Have Nots” track. Madhumita Chatterjee has co-sung with legends such as Anup Jalota and Kumar Sanu, and has collaborated with several composers in India and Hollywood; she and Samir Bodhi are married. Supriyo Dutta has performed all over the world and trained under critically acclaimed Indian classical artists such as Pandit Ramkrishna Basu.

Critics have already raved about Samir Bodhi’s latest collection, speaking highly of its ability to revive human spirits and its uplifting essence. Vivek Kumar, writing for New Music Alert, opines, “He infuses a lofty purpose into his music, every time coming up with a startling new theme connected to reviving human spirits and emancipating human feelings. The end results from his compositions wish to transform humans and revive the world."

We can see that the gap between the haves and have-nots is widening and that people’s self-absorption is reducing human empathy to a distant recollection, according to Samir Bodhi. Memories of Empathy is easy flowing and comfortable music reconciling and unifying seemingly disparate elements of human nature and the perceived difference between the rich and poor of both Eastern and Western worlds. Memories of Empathy excels in reminding us to help people on their spiritual path and connecting with others, finding our internal emotions that match another person's emotions within a soothing East meets West sonic and rhythmic aesthetic.

This second album from Samir Bodhi explores the natural capacity to place oneself in another's position, resonating with the feelings or attitudes present in oneself and the ability to share the feelings of another. On his first album, Stairway to Nirvana, as well as on this newest release, Samir has the ability to stir, thrill, and inspire while reminding us that we should not rush any aspect, the sound is rich, polished, glossy, exceptionally professional, lush, atmospheric and on this album feels mostly Western influenced, while including many traditional elements expressing Indian sensibilities.

The artists heard on Memories of Empathy are:
Samir Bodhi on Nylon Guitar, Ableton; Partha Paul on Synth, Saxophone, Rhythm Programming
Madhumita Chatterjee, Bollywood vocalist
Sanjoy Das on Guitar, Bass
David Vito Gregoli on Synth, Piano, 6 & 12 String guitars, Bass, Fretless bass, Irish Bouzouki, Mandolin, Dumbek, Accordion, Cello, Sarangi samples, 808 drums, Gondola sounds
Sandip Chatterjee on Santoor
Subir Ray on Indian flute
Joydeb Nandi on Tabla
Louis Banks on Electronic Piano

TRACKS
1 Have and Have Nots (5:53)
2 Heaven So High (4:27)
3 Affinity (6:30)
4 Compassion-Karuna (5:38)
5 Indifference (4:43)
6 World of Empathy (6:48)

https://samirbodhi.hearnow.com/memories-of-empathy
SAULIUS PETREIKIS PRESENTS THE CONCERT FILM \ The first international world music festival in Lithuania - "Sun Music" - has been turned into a concert film. It features performances and conversations about music, creativity and concert activities by festival guests, full of warmth and good feeling.

"I believe that this concert will allow us to hear lesser-known musicians from neighbouring countries and broaden the audience's knowledge of world music," says Saulius Petreikis, the festival director. His mission is to bring together and nurture the world music community and promote music-making at home.

The musical part of the concert is complemented by short conversations with the festival guests about creativity, world music and neighbouring countries.

According to Viktorija Buivydė, Head of Development at the Teachers' House, it was great to see the sun and warmth from the festival's title land on the stage and then spread throughout the auditorium.

"After the concert, many people mentioned that they had been on a short holiday, as it were. There was an atmosphere of cosiness and friendliness throughout the festival. We invited the audience not to be afraid to bring their children, even though it was an evening concert. It was incredible how well they took to the music and were very exemplary spectators, sometimes waving and jumping in the aisles. We wanted our festival to be cosy and immediate, and the appreciation of the youngest audience members was the best proof that we had succeeded," she says.

A particularly important part of the events was the education for the whole family - a lecture by Dr. Eirim Velička on "What is world music?", Laima Jansonė (kanklės, Latvia), Kaspars Kurdeko (percussion, Latvia), Andre Maaker (guitar, Estonia) and Peedu Kass (double bass, Estonia).

The culmination of the festival in Vilnius Teachers' House was the closing concert in the Great Hall. It featured guests from abroad, and the evening continued with a joint performance by the participants, joined by musicians from Lithuania.

The organisers are also pleased to announce that this year will mark the third edition of the Sun Music Festival. World music evenings and educational events will take place from 8-12 November at the Vilnius Teachers' House and St Catherine's Church.

This year's events will feature bands from Finland, Estonia, Sweden and Lithuania. The detailed programme of the festival will be announced in the near future, and those who are looking forward to the festival can already buy a festival season ticket.

The concert was recorded and directed by Paulius Dragūnas.

Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1ejI0osxio&t=1806s
Michel Neray Comes Alive on  “The Road” from debut LP As a singer-songwriter, Michel combines the lyrical sensibilities of Leonard Cohen, the musical styling of Jason Isbell, and the vocal versatility of Billy Joel. His songs are musical journeys that dig deep into the human experience, with ear worm worthy melodies and quirky, intelligent lyrics.

As a professional motivational speaker, Michel also peppers his live shows with stories and conversation that keep the audience engaged beyond the music.

Michel’s debut LP Kiss The Rock comes from an at first contradictory kayaking method. When you are in white water and approaching a jutting rock your instinct is to paddle away from the impediment, in reality the safest method is to lean into contact with the rock and let the current push you to its side. The metaphor of kissing the rock to life is all about embracing our challenges.

The collection of songs is a dynamic blend of Americana and singer-songwriter, where Michel’s unique artistic voice and inspirations meld. Focus single “The Road” is a reflective and vulnerable track, whilst being driving in tone and cathartic in meaning. An allegory to our personal journey as we travel through existence often in an uncertain space.

“we are all ‘driving through the night with one headlight, but it’s better than driving blind’.”

Listen in here: https://open.spotify.com/album/7jzJWlb4LjNeSMDrf4Kqr6?si=y6qtZ29aQjG4FU3X8hyNfA&nd=1
Sia Shells Is Free On “Your Mermaid” Toronto based singer-songwriter and real life mermaid Sia Shells rhymes about the everyday magic we find through relationships, self love, reflection and dreams. Her emotive contralto vocals juxtaposed against enchanting lyrics and upbeat dream pop sounds instantly transport you underwater.

Coinciding perfectly with Disney’s live action version of The Little Mermaid, Sia has created “Your Mermaid,” an anthem for her ocean loving beach babes. The tropical seashell sounds evoke the nostalgia of Ariel, Flounder and co. while the chorus resembles the ethereal calls of a siren, managing to keep it positive and uplifting instead of too moody and dark.

Listen in here: https://open.spotify.com/album/2MMUyU4rwJ0dxQDx6Wdbg9?referral=labelaffiliate&utm_source=1101lwVm8oGb&utm_medium=Indie_Distrokid&utm_campaign=labelaffiliate
Listening to Love Walks Through Rain is as easy as taking in a breeze, the instrumental piano magic just flows, eventually bringing a full spectrum of the quiet emotions. Every track is unique, and each note brings a history. What I hear is music that reaches beyond New Age, and leans toward a classical piano crossover and neo-classical, a sound that, somehow transcends spiritual levels and transports the listener to a higher plane. Ann helps us feel all emotions with this album. Much of this album is written in honor of her beloved dogs that have emotionally carried her through some serious challenges in her life. Feel the transformative power of the artist’s perseverance and the spiritual medicine of the dogs’ energies.

After over a quarter century of enamoring audiences on the Concert stage and on the Airwaves, Ann Sweeten’s signature style is recognized worldwide. Her style is decidedly unique, embracing not only the classical realm, but aspects of jazz, film scoring, new age and popular music. One of the most decorated pianists of the last 26 years with albums consistently ranking in the Top 5 ZMR Radio Charts, Sweeten is also one of the most played modern instrumentalists in North America. She is a Steinway Artist, a featured C.A.R.E. Artist with Healing HealthCare Systems. A Breast Cancer survivor twice over and currently battling leukemia, Ms. Sweeten is a passionate individual and artist, a staunch environmentalist, animal activist and vegetarian.

The dance between the higher piano melodies and the soft rhythmically slower tones of the other instruments helps the listener to experience feelings of relief, hope and calm. It embodies a respect for the good memories in life. Guest performers include Charlie Bisharat (Violin), Eugene Friesen (Cello), Nancy Rumbel (English Horn), Premik Russell-Tubbs (Akai EWI Wind Synthesizer, Soprano Saxophone), Will Ackerman (Guitar), Tom Eaton (Bass).

The first track sets the mood that warmly stays through the whole album, a fresh, slightly melancholic but always delightfully uplifting combination of feelings. Love is clearly the focus of this music. “Valley Greene” (4:22) lays out the terrain, this solo piano version speaks of showing that you care, of making someone feel special, telling them they are loved, and doing things for them.

Love transcends the human species, and includes many of our warmest canine companions. How do dogs show their affection? “Glimmer” (5:21) might refer to eyes that shine with a warm wavering light, the piano is joined by strings. The key is to maintain natural eye contact while you’re playing or just rubbing a furry back or nosey noggin. Now looking to the heavens above, “Seirios” (4:08) is the Greek name for Canis Majoris, the ancient Dog Star, sometimes known as Sirius. Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky and has been romanticized for millenia. “The Winter’s Circle” (5:33), an homage to those six stars in the darkest sky, also known as the Winter Hexagon. Sometimes on a dark and clear moonless night, you can see part of the softly glowing river of stars that we call the Milky Way, meandering right through the center of the Winter Hexagon. I think I hear a violin and the English Horn.

Perhaps we do best and feel a sense of joy when we see our partner happy, and when they are sad or depressed, we feel their blue mood, too. “Love Walks Through Rain” (4:54) sharing laughter and tears, the course of love never runs always easily. Now for the hardest of the emotions. A requiem is performed for the dead, “Red–Requiem for an Old Friend” (5:58) completes the circle of emotions, not all forms of love are the same. This track was inspired by a Red Maple that stood in the yard of her and her husband’s home for 40 years before it had to be cut down. The massive tree lived for two centuries and its root ball weighed over 5000 lbs.

Stepping back now, take a moment to indulge an ancestral instinct, finding a familiar path through “The Hills of Riversong” (5:32). I think that the music endeavors to capture the original voices and remain true to the ancients. As with any modern heartbreak, “The Shadow of You” (4:38) remains, sometimes we follow familiar shadows around and do the things that they used to do. On the track “Through Jasmine’s Eyes” (5:12) I hear sparkling runs, strings and a horn. The melody and twinkle of these sweet uplifting piano notes show the happy, pure and innocent nature of Jasmine’s personality. I remember my first dog, a thunderstorm of fuzzy playfulness, and how I would tell her my deepest childhood secrets. Emerging “Out of the Fog” (4:42) the guest musicians blend their instrumental voices with the piano, like water, with Saxophone (Premik Russel-Tubbs), Bass (Tom Eaton), & Guitar (Will Ackerman). Like a sunset, the colors change and bring new feelings, I hear layers of quietly energetic positive intricate full-hearted and beautiful sensations.

The album closes, like bookends, with “Valley Greene Orchestral Reprise” (4:26). I hear the marvelous violin, echoing phrases, with the supporting cello and calming English Horn. Each time I listen, I find that Love Walks Through the Rain is a deeply soul-stirring experience that envelops me in a blanket of lush, melodic reverie bringing strong and positive emotional and mental states. The feeling grows steadily, with strength and courage, and emerges, out of the misty fog, and on into the light.

"Sweeten has a special gift for translating emotion into musical form,” writes Ron Schepper of Textura, adding “While her music is sometimes categorized as New Age, it transcends that designation for its intensity of emotion... Sweeten excels at fashioning material that speaks with immediacy to listeners’ inner lives, no matter how different their experiences might be.”

Showcasing Sweeten's extraordinary talent as a pianist, composer and producer, Love Walks Through Rain features 11 deeply personal original tracks drawing from her own life experiences. This new work reflects her unique ability to translate emotions into melodies while treating listeners to an elegant blend of classical, new age, and contemporary instrumental elements.

During a particularly challenging few years, Sweeten found solace in her musical expression, and emerged evermore convinced of the resilience that love provides in the face of life's challenges. Each track tells a story – shared in her generous liner notes – weaving together themes of loss, healing, and the transformative power of love.

She shares, “Love keeps you going and I have been blessed in that: my husband has always been right by my side. Love is the steady gate as we navigate life's ups and downs. And my love for my dogs, and their love for me, will always warm my heart and cocoon my soul." The songs "Through Jasmine's Eyes" and "The Shadow of You" pay tribute to Sweeten's beloved canine companions, who are featured in poems and pictures in the CD booklet's generous liner notes.

To record the album, Sweeten returned to Imaginary Road Studios to co-produce the album with Will Ackerman and Tom Easton, her ninth album recorded at the famed studio in Vermont. Guest performances on the album include Charlie Bisharat (Violin), Eugene Friesen (Cello), Nancy Rumbel (English Horn), Premik Russell-Tubbs (EWI, Soprano Saxophone), Will Ackerman (Guitar) and Tom Eaton (Bass).

Listeners can expect to be swept away by the album's emotional depth and its ability to touch the very core of the human spirit. Love Walks Through Rain is not merely an album; it is an experience that invites listeners to embrace their emotions and join Sweeten in finding solace in her music. With a career spanning over two decades, Sweeten has established herself as one of the most prominent figures in contemporary instrumental music. Her previous albums have garnered critical acclaim and earned numerous awards and accolades. "Love Walks Through Rain" builds upon Sweeten's already impressive body of work, showcasing her growth as an artist while maintaining her distinctive style.

Love Walks Through Rain is now available on all major streaming platforms and the CD can be purchased through Ann Sweeten's official website, www.annsweeten.com/ or Amazon.com. To stay updated on her latest news and upcoming performances, follow Ann Sweeten on social media: https://www.facebook.com/annsweetenfans and https://www.instagram.com/annsweeten1/

PREMIERE: NEW VIDEO IS RELEASED My tribute to 3 GENII of Armenian origin from Tiflis, a town where a poet-musician, a painter and a film director were desperately longing for beauty in (respectively) 3 consecutive centuries-18th, 19th and 20th!
SAYAT-NOVA: Kani Vur Jan Im/ As long as I live...
Folk-rock rendition & Video Collage by Lucineh Hovanissian © 2023
Visuals: from ''Hakob Hovnatanian''(short, 1967) by Sergei Parajanov
The song was in the TOP 40 on Ethnocloud for many months
https://ethnocloud.com/Lucineh_Hovanissian/?song=6791&b=2124
NOW ENJOY THE VIDEO MADE OF STUNNING “FRAMES” by Hakob HOVNATANIAN, dubbed “The Raphael of Tiflis”, and Sergei PARAJANOV- the poet in cinema!
https://ethnocloud.com/Lucineh_Hovanissian/?y_video=17219&b=2124
Star Goes Nova Goes Spiritual in her New Single \ EDM and sound artist Star Goes Nova's new neo-classical and spiritual song, "Eye," transports listeners to a realm of ethereal beauty and celestial wonder, immersing them in a world where acoustic grandeur meets electronic innovation.

Dedicated to the spring holidays of awakening and rebirth, "Eye" depicts a medieval Spring dance, surrounded by the resplendent melodies and harmonies created by the interplay of the harp and piano. The cathedral ambiance adds a touch of grandeur, further immersing the listener in a reverie of timeless celebration. The composition evokes images of starbursts and the vibrant energy of Easter, Solstice, and May Day festivities, embracing the joy and renewal of the season.

"Eye" is a testament to Star Goes Nova's ability to merge the realms of classical beauty and contemporary innovation. It invites listeners to experience the convergence of traditional and electronic elements, creating a symphony that resonates deep within the soul.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/track/2fBtSqessQYz2pzHhGmlKh?si=e2c527680e604a87

Star Goes Nova, also known as Christine Law, is a multifaceted musician and composer whose artistry spans genres and eras. Her creative vision is rooted in a profound exploration of space, time, and thought, allowing her to craft epic narratives that bridge past and future. Drawing upon her 115-year-old piano, power drums, and deep bass music, she weaves intricate sonic tales that resonate with the human spirit and invite listeners to embark on introspective journeys. Each composition becomes an empathic space where stargazing, personal empowerment, and the exchange of thoughts from other worlds intertwine.

With a rich musical background that includes touring and recording with notable artists, such as Martha Davis and Jan Kuehnemunde, Christine Law's expertise shines through in Star Goes Nova's meticulously crafted compositions. Collaborating with Grammy-winning producer John Baffa and esteemed songwriters Suzanne Paris and David Holster, Star Goes Nova's music embraces a collaborative spirit, resulting in awe-inspiring sonic landscapes that transcend boundaries.
Peter Calandra\'s New Age \ Prepare to be transported to a serene and ethereal realm with Peter Calandra's new age composition, "Lost Island." Calandra, a seasoned composer and keyboard player, demonstrates his mastery of diverse musical styles, blending influences from renowned thinkers like Brian Eno and Olafur Arnalds to create a captivating and introspective musical experience.

In "Lost Island," Calandra showcases his exploration of various techniques and methods of creating melodies. Drawing inspiration from Brian Eno's experimental approach, he incorporates elaborate treatments, including delays, reverbs, and pitch shifting, to imbue the piano with a mesmerizing aura. This technique adds layers of texture and depth to the music, evoking a sense of mystery and wonder.

Another great source of influence for Calandra is Olafur Arnalds, who utilizes Yamaha's Disklavier system to create random patterns based on input rules. In a similar vein, Calandra incorporates elements of this technique, generating a spontaneous and unplanned soundscape that serves as an inspiring foundation for his improvisation. The result is a harmonious fusion of structured composition and intuitive musical exploration, as Calandra reacts to the captivating music he hears.

Throughout his extensive career, Calandra has established himself as a prolific composer and keyboard player, seamlessly navigating various genres such as world music, jazz, contemporary jazz, new age, pop, and neo-classical. What unites his diverse body of work is the undeniable lyrical expressiveness of his compositions and the purity and purposefulness of his musicianship. His talent and dedication to his craft have not gone unnoticed, with several of his recent albums earning nominations for ZMR Awards.

In addition to his solo work, Calandra has made significant contributions to the world of Film & TV composition. With a portfolio that spans over 100 films and more than 2000 compositions for television, his music has graced the screens of major networks and prestigious events. From scoring the FIFA World Cup Theme for FOX Sports to composing for the Kennedy Center Honors on CBS, Calandra's ability to create evocative and captivating soundscapes has garnered critical acclaim.

"Lost Island" serves as a testament to Calandra's artistic vision and his ability to transport listeners to a realm of tranquility and introspection. With its delicate melodies, atmospheric treatments, and spontaneous improvisation, this composition showcases Calandra's immense talent and his deep understanding of the power of music to evoke emotions and transport listeners to otherworldly landscapes.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/track/5yB8hyaviswMxtzGkIeT5s?si=172d262236e64cf3

Prepare to embark on a journey of sonic discovery as you immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Peter Calandra's "Lost Island."
Todd Mosby Shares Captivating Jazz Piece \ Prepare to be transported to a place of enchantment with Todd Mosby's vibrant contemporary jazz single, "Place in the Sun."

This upbeat and joyous composition showcases Mosby's prowess as a jazz guitarist and songwriter, infusing the track with elements of funk, Motown, and 1970s jazz fusion. With dreamy Sérgio Mendes-style female vocals, a grooving rhythm section, and Mosby's lyrical yet dexterous guitar playing, "Place in the Sun" captures the transcendent essence of beautiful natural environments and evokes a sense of spirituality and mystery.

Part of Mosby's upcoming album, 'Land of Enchantment,' "Place in the Sun" offers a sonic exploration of the visual, emotive, and spiritual interactions the artist experiences within the borders of New Mexico. The song pays melodic homage to Tom Scott's 'Tom Cat' album, which served as an early inspiration for Mosby's musical journey.

This captivating composition brings together an impressive lineup of A-list musicians, including drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, saxophonist Tom Scott, bassist Rhonda Smith, keyboardist Dapo Torimiro, vocalist Laura Vall, Grammy-winning producer Jeff Weber, and Emmy and Grammy-winning engineer Clark Germain. Their collective talents contribute to the rich and textured soundscapes that elevate "Place in the Sun" to new heights.

Todd Mosby is a highly regarded Indian and jazz guitarist whose music reflects the vibrant cultural blend of St. Louis, drawing from Indian, African-American, and Americana traditions. His unique musical language seamlessly weaves together elements of western composition, jazz improvisation, and Indian raga music, setting him apart as a truly versatile and innovative artist.

"Place in the Sun" serves as a testament to Mosby's ability to create captivating and immersive musical experiences. Through his masterful guitar work and thoughtful compositions, he invites listeners on a journey to a realm where melody and rhythm intertwine with the essence of natural beauty.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/track/4FnFjE5q1FCJzrZc21FlbG?si=cc39925d9f904a47
Need a little extra backup for that daunting task ahead of you? Give the empowering Vishnu mantra a try, advises Los Angeles-based producer Indian Trap aka J2 (Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Shakira) who is releasing a fourth single – “Vishnu Mantra (Mangalam Bhagwan Vishnu)” – from his inspired collaboration with prolific recording artist and producer S. J. Jananiy, who performs vocals on the forthcoming modern mantra chant album. Mantras are prayers, often based in Hinduism or Buddhism, that millions have used daily for over three thousand years; they are repeated to honor and appeal to the gods and deities of numerous spiritual traditions across the world. Vishnu is the preserver and protector of the universe. Whenever the world is threatened with evil, chaos, and destructive forces, Vishnu descends in the form of an avatar to restore the cosmic order, and protect dharma.

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“Listening to the Vishnu mantra fills me with a deep sense of inner peace and tranquility bringing a calming effect to my mind. It greatly assists me in gaining clarity and focus in my daily work life,” said J2, a prolific producer and DJ, adding, "I want to reach the next generation with these mantras. At its best, music is a cosmic energy that removes negativity and obstacles…that's what people want and need now."

"Mangalam Bhagwan Vishnu" is the ideal mantra to recite before commencing any major task. Vishnu is considered the preserver of the Universe, and is known for his acts of slaying demons and saving humankind. The many hands of Vishnu always carry special objects in them, representing the things he is responsible for.

A dynamic lyric video for the single features a performance by polygenre singer S. J. Jananiy, who is currently an ICMA Ambassador, and a five-time nominee in the 2023 International Singer Songwriter Association, Inc. Awards (ISSA). A charmingly serene Jananiy is featured in the album's official videos for each mantra, providing an enjoyable and family-friendly sing-along approach to learning the mantras. Jananiy recorded her vocals and the instruments for the mantra project at her Three Dot Recording Studio in Chennai, India. On this project, she is "very much enjoying the challenge of combining the classical and contemporary Indian vocal techniques," she says, "working with at least 30 different vocal layers, a unique collage of taans, aalaaps, swaras, and improvisations that blend beautifully with harmonies."

The album, set to release this August, is further supported by a robust social media campaign engaging social media reels, animated stories and vibrant posts. Prior to "Vishnu Mantra," the collaborators released "Shiva Mantra," "Durga Mantra," and "Parvati Mantra," with all three tracks garnering tens of thousands of likes in streaming and social media. "Shiva Mantra" was picked up as a favorite track for TikTok's popular yoga #BalanceChallenge, and "Parvati Mantra" was shared by the AP and dozens of Indian media outlents. Each track on the forthcoming album coincides with one of the many festivals celebrating the Hindu gods and deities.

"Vishnu Mantra" smartlink to listen, buy or watch: https://ffm.to/j0mexrz
Indian Trap Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indiantrap/
Indian Trap Website: https://www.indiantrap.com/
S. J. Jananiy Official Website: https://sjjananiy.com/
S. J. Jananiy Socials: https://www.flowcode.com/page/jananiysj

About Jay Singh:
Jay Singh, aka J2, is the successful record producer and composer behind Indian Trap. Jay rose to prominence after winning the prestigious Ministry of Sound DJ Idol Competition in 2002. He has since produced and remixed songs for various artists, including LL Cool J, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, and Madonna. He burst on the pop music scene as J2 with the release of the smash hit “Dare La La La,” which he co-wrote and produced for Shakira’s 10th studio album; the track debuted in the Top 10 of most international charts. A reworked version titled “La La La” Brazil” was the official theme song for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and is featured on the One Love, One Rhythm World Cup album. The song was also used in a T-Mobile commercial and Shakira’s Activia commercial, which became the most shared advertisement of 2014 and has over 2 billion streams to date. J2’s compositions have appeared in over 100 films, trailers, video games, television shows, and advertisements. They gathered over 250 million streams across YouTube and other major DSPs. https://www.indiantrap.com/

About S. J. Jananiy:
S. J. Jananiy was a child prodigy who is currently pursuing her Ph. D. in Indian Music. She is a multi-Global-Award-Winning Composer. She studied Carnatic (South Indian), Hindustani (North Indian), and Western classical vocal traditions. She has an ATCL Vocal, Grade 8 in Western Classical Music, and studied piano and Western Classical Music theory at Trinity College, London. She plays the harp and synthesizer. She owns JSJ Audio and 3 Dot Recording Studios, providing international music services as a polygenre film-score composer, songwriter, performer, arranger, music producer, and sound engineer. She graduated from SMC, Chennai, with a degree in Economics. She has an M.A. in Indian music and an M. Phil from QMC, Chennai. She has received the Indian National Award, State Awards and many other Awards. Between 2018 and 2022, she received nine Global Music Awards, PSAs, and an ICMA for Best of Asia. https://sjjananiy.com/

Connect:
Indian Trap Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indiantrap/
Indian Trap Website: https://www.indiantrap.com/
S. J. Jananiy Socials: https://www.flowcode.com/page/jananiysj
A biome is a biogeographical unit consisting of a biological community that has formed in response to the physical environment; currently, it is also musical inspiration. BIOME, Frore’s first solo project for Spotted Peccary Music, releases today, percolating with world instruments, drones, pads, sequencer lines and even touches of industrial and IDM. Frore's lush landscape is best described as psychedelic ambient music, and it is an album to get lost in. Listen on the platform of your choice at https://orcd.co/frore-biome.

Our mystical ancient grandfathers were known to look to the skies for insight and enlightenment, experiencing timeless tribal magic through carefully watching the dark skies of eternity. We can look to the moon for comfort and guidance. Frore’s Biome makes me think of cosmic tribal sound machines that run at a steady hypnotic pace. As the machines shift and shimmer, they morph seamlessly from one pulse-beat to the next, with intricate weaving parts forming music to travel by mind in spacetime. I love the enchanting sounds of spellbinding deep trance percussion. Sometimes I can slow my racing thoughts and imagine that the hypnotic music can actually activate awareness and help connect us all with a deeper existence. While the machine is running, the feeling is forever. Obviously the machine does not actually run on and on forever. Does it?

"Frore" (pronounced Fror) is an archaic adjective meaning "frosty or icy." Fittingly, the artist behind the moniker, Paul Casper, was inspired, in part, by the wonders of nature, and by BBC Earth with David Attenborough, and nature documentaries like "Fantastic Fungi." Nature studies, including recent evidence that trees talk to each other, also lend to the scope of the album.

"Think about how the infinitesimal makes up our reality and the environment. How small can we go? What universes are within matter and is our universe just a tiny speck of a larger one?" Casper speculates, “I'm sure there are scientists, physicists and mathematicians who have answers, but I’m just a guy who makes sounds, so I make sounds while thinking about it. I think this album is the most “Frore” to date, I can hear all the things I love: world instruments, drones, pads, sequencer lines and even touches of industrial and IDM.”

The music of Frore has been featured on radio shows including Hearts of Space, Star’s End, and is frequently played on Stillstream.com's ambient radio channel, among others. Frore collaborated with fellow Spotted Peccary Music artist Shane Morris on earlier label releases Blood Moon (SPM-9083), Eclipse (SPM-9085), and Horizon (SPM-9089).

Casper has a unique approach to ambient music, always seeking to fuse what he calls “primitive sounds” with current technology; he is creative with his gear in this debut solo outing, inviting the listener into a world of wonders. The opener “Algae Bloom” hypnotizes as a flute winnows through a landscape of tribal drums and ethereal pads. On “Protozoa,” a sequencer bassline rises from an expansive texture; flute chords and industrial flourishes ebb and flow around it to conjure the complexities of the microbial world. He used a variety of instruments to bring BIOME to life: Radikal Technologies Accelerator, Nord A1R, bansuri and death whistle; on the closing “Mycelium Dreams,” he mimicked the sound of a gamelan by playing a set of singing bowls upside down. Sonically, BIOME is as multifaceted as its inspiration, opening up new forms of trance power and trance dreams.

"Honestly, I always feel adrift and only partly connected to everything," Frore adds. "Sometimes I think making music is a way to ease that loneliness and connect to something...or at least give my imagination some place to go."

Mastered by Ben Cox, the album is available in 24-BIT Audiophile, CD Quality Lossless Download in the SpottedPeccary.com shop and on Apple Music; MP3 streaming formats can be found worldwide, and at https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/

Spotted Peccary Music will live stream BIOME throughout the day of release on its 24/7/365 streaming channel SPMLive: https://linktr.ee/ambientelectronic.tv

About Frore:
Frore is the ambient music project of Paul Casper, a musician hailing from southeastern Virginia, in the USA. Paul has a unique approach to ambient music, always seeking to fuse what he calls “primitive sounds” with current technology. To Paul, his music makes him realize how nothing much changes with people, that music is a fundamental human impulse and an attempt to make sounds to “fight off the loneliness.” Paul isn’t sure why he uses so many world fusion and tribal sounds in his Frore music project. As a child, he always wanted to discover lost indigenous tribes in the forest, loving the mystery and excitement surrounding such a concept.

About Spotted Peccary Music:
Portland-based Spotted Peccary Music is North America’s finest independent record label with a focus on deep, vast and introspective soundscapes. For over three decades, the artists of Spotted Peccary have been on a mission to develop, produce, publish and release ultra-high-quality, deep-listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. Every release is carefully prepared in a variety of high-quality formats from MP3 to high-res studio masters. Explore more than 165 titles and 45 artists released over 37 years of excellence at www.SpottedPeccary.com and www.AmbientElectronic.com.

Tracklist:
1 Algae Bloom (8:59)
2 Trapped in Amber (9:48)
3 Protozoa (9:46)
4 Fern Cluster (8:11)
5 Luminous and Tangled (9:13)
6 Mycelium Dreams (13:50)

Links:
Music Smartlink: https://orcd.co/frore-biome
Spotted Peccary Album Page: https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/biome/
Bandcamp: https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spottedpeccary/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spottedpeccary
Parvati is a Hindu goddess, a daughter of the Lord of the Mountains and Queen Mena. Parvati is known for her devotion to Shiva, and it is thought that chanting her mantras will confer this devotion to your own relationships. She is the gentle and nurturing aspect of the goddess energy, full of kindness and compassion. Parvati is the symbol of divine strength, power, love, and productiveness. As a goddess of family and love, she is the ideal entity to turn to for help with marriage, parenting, and fertility.

Indian Trap aka J2 (Shakira, LL Cool J, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Madonna) released his third single — “Parvati Mantra (Aigiri Nandini)” — co-written with award-winning South Indian artist S. J. Jananiy, who performs all the vocals on the forthcoming album. The renowned L.A. producer is collaborating with Jananiy to create an entirely new sound for yoga, dance, and spiritual music fans: combining ancient Sanskrit mantras with classical Indian vocal techniques and contemporary Trap Music.

"I want to reach the next generation with these mantras,” says Indian Trap. "When I learned that the Shaivite Hindu tradition believes that matter is vibration and the cosmos is sound, it got me thinking! At its best, music is a cosmic energy that removes negativity and obstacles, bringing peace, focus, and satisfaction to all who listen. That's what people want and need."

Mantras are prayers that millions have used daily for over three thousand years; there are many mantras to honor and appeal to the gods and deities. Parvati, also known as Uma, is the supreme goddess in Hinduism representing the qualities of beauty, compassion, creativity, and strength. According to Hindu mythology, Parvati was created by Shakti to attract the mourning Shiva's attention, and won his heart by relating to him through his passions and determination. Parvati's intellect and spirit ultimately diverted Shiva's focus from his meditation to her, and to the rest of the universe. Parvati is Lord Shiva's consort, and they live together in bliss with their children, Ganesh and Skanda. Along with Lakshmi and Saraswati, Parvati forms the Tridevi, a powerful triad of eminent Hindu goddesses.

Polygenre singer S. J. Jananiy is currently a five-time nominee in the 2023 International Singer Songwriter Association, Inc. Awards (ISSA), including International Female Vocalist of the Year, Int'l. Female Singer of the Year, Int'l. Female Songwriter of the Year, Int'l. Vocal Duo of the Year and Int'l. Female Music Video of the Year; details and voting at https://issasongwriters.com/2023-issa-awards-nominees/. She recorded her vocals and the instruments for the mantra project with a hypnotic beat and melodic synths, Indian temple bells, flutes and 808 basses, very much enjoying the challenge of combining the classical and contemporary Indian vocal techniques, she says.

Described by Cineblitz as having a "magical essence," the single is now available worldwide. A dynamic lyric video features a performance by Jananiy, and is further supported by a robust social media campaign engaging social media reels, stories and posts. Prior to "Parvati Mantra," the collaborators released "Shiva Mantra" and "Durga Mantra" with both tracks garnering tens of thousands of likes in streaming and social media; "Shiva Mantra" was picked up as a favorite track for TikTok's popular yoga #BalanceChallenge. Each track on the forthcoming album coincides with one of the many festivals celebrating the Hindu Gods and deities; the complete album is expected to release this summer.

The song lyrics translate as the following:

Salutations to lord of all beings, Salutations to god of Gods,
Salutations to the death, to god of death, salutations to the great light,
Salutations to he who he made Manmatha (one who churns the mind) into ashes,
Salutations to one who is calm by nature,
Salutations to the consort of Parvathi who has a blue neck.

Chorus:
Salutations to the daughter of the mountain, who fills the whole World with Joy, for whom the whole world is a divine play and who is praised by Nandi, who dwell on the summit of the Vindhyas, the best of the mountains, who gives joy to Lord Vishnu (being his sister) and who is praised by Lord Indra,

Goddess, who is the consort of the one with blue throat (Lord Shiva), who has many many relations in this world (being the cosmic mother) and who created abundance (in creation), victory to you, the destroyer of the demon Mahishasura, who has beautiful locks of hair and who is the daughter of the mountain.

The Story of Parvati

Parvati is depicted in various forms and is revered as a symbol of feminine power and grace. The Aigir Nandini mantra in the song praises the divine qualities of the goddess, including her strength, beauty, and victory over the demon Mahishasura (a deceitful demon who pursues his evil ways by shape-shifting).

Parvati, also known as Uma, is a Hindu deity and the supreme goddess in Hinduism. She represents beauty, compassion, creativity, and strength. Parvati is Lord Shiva’s consort and together they have two children, Ganesh and Skanda. She is also known by several other Hindu names including Adi-shakti, Kali, Goddess Laxmi, Adi Parashakti, Shakti, Devi, Durga, Tripura Sundari, Sati, Saraswati, Tridevi, Chinnamasta, and more.

As an element of Maha Shakti, the mother of the cosmos, Parvati is connected to both the universal and individual energies of creation. The Parvati mantra comes in different forms, each with its own benefits, and is often used interchangeably with Shakti mantras. Parvati is the defender and origin of the cosmos and all of humankind.

According to Hindu mythology, Shakti took the form of Parvati to awaken Shiva from his meditative state after he withdrew from the world following the loss of his wife. Parvati was created by Shakti to attract Shiva’s attention and won his heart by relating to him through his passions and determination. Parvati’s intellect and spirit ultimately diverted Shiva’s focus from his meditation to her and the rest of the universe.

Parvati carries a three-pronged trident which removes evil on the physical, mental and spiritual levels. In the human body, the trident represents the place where the three main energy channels, or nadi, meet at the third eye. The central channel, which is the longer, central point on the trident, continues upwards to the crown. Parvati is part of a trinity of Hindu goddesses that also includes Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and learning. It is said that these divine powers have created this earth and we are the living beings residing on this planet.

Aigiri Nandini is a very popular devotional stotra of Goddess Durga Devi written by Guru Adi Shankaracharya. A stotra can be a description, a conversation, or a prayer, but always with a poetic structure. In Sanskrit, Giri means mountain, and Aigiri means daughter of the Mountain king. Nandini means the one who gives joy to the world.

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Learn more about the artists:
Indian Trap Website: https://www.indiantrap.com/
S. J. Jananiy Socials: https://www.flowcode.com/page/jananiysj

Official Video: Parvati Mantra (Aigiri Nandini) | Indian Trap | S. J. Jananiy
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New ALBUM from TapRoots Hey there TapRoots fans. Just wanting to let you know that we have a number of new songs up on Ethnocloud for you to check out. They all come from the new TapRoots album, The Resonance Within, just released March 20. You can stream/download the album using this link: https://taproots.hearnow.com/the-resonance-within

And if you want to purchase a hard copy of the CD, you can get it here on the TapRoots website: https://www.thetaprootsmovement.com/product-page/the-resonance-within-cd

Be sure to let me know what you think of the new songs in the comments below each song, and keep on doing what you do to support independent artists and music!
Bridge the gap! Music crosses borders, bridges differences, and unites us around the world. We are one! Hang tough, stay safe, believe, and take a deep breath.

Music truly has a unique ability to connect people across cultures, languages, and borders. It has the power to inspire, soothe, uplift, and energize us, and it can create a sense of shared experience and community.

Especially during challenging times, like the ones we are currently facing, music can be a source of comfort and hope. It can help us cope with stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, and remind us that we are not alone in our struggles.

So let's hang tough, stay safe, and take care of ourselves and each other. And let's continue to believe in the power of music to bring us together and unite us as one global community.
Sean O’Bryan Smith is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, award winning film composer, record producer and world renowned solo recording artist. Sean has spent the bulk of his career as a professional recording/touring bassist working with over 100 major and independent label recording artists from across the globe including Kenny Rogers, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, George Clinton and Larry Carlton. He has been seen performing live with artists on ABC, CBS, Fox, CMT, GAC and his bass work continues to be heard worldwide on major terrestrial and streaming radio stations including SiriusXM.

Newest album:

Musings of an Occasional Somebody
Produced, composed and performed by Sean O’Bryan Smith
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Home By the Sea Studios, Boca Raton, FL by Sean O’Bryan Smith
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/seanobryansmith/musings-of-an-occasional-somebody

Musings of an Occasional Somebody features a collection of Smith originals as well as collaborations with an all-star lineup of top artists including John Gregorius, Brannan Lane, John Fluker, World music legend Chinmaya Dunster, Dieter Spears and Keith Medley. The release is Smith’s eighth full length studio project. "I do all the drum programming with the exception of the opening track which is Mitch Ross. All basses and most of the keyboards are me with exception of the guests. Some of the guitars are me and I play Puerto Rican Cuatro on "The Fog" and "Isla del Paraiso," which is the mandolin sounding instrument." Recent accomplishments include two of his musical compositions being featured in the 2021 Emmy Award winning documentary film “Songbirds” from Beckett Arts Project. Sean is currently composing the complete score for their follow up film “Beautiful Faces.”

"I have an extremely diverse career in multiple areas of the industry. I have been a highly successful Nashville recording/touring bassist with some of the top country artists, a signed jazz bass player and an award winning film composer. I’m now a collection of all those things. The “occasional somebody” is a tongue in cheek nod to when I get notoriety in the industry and those times I don’t. In ‘17, I retired from the industry and moved to Boca Raton. That didn’t last long."

"I discovered John Gregorius’ work and was blown away by what he was doing. I knew I wanted to work with him and emailed him through his website. He was impressed with my background in the industry. We struck up a fast friendship and I immediately started recording basses for his album In Awe. This threw me right into the new age market. Since then, I’ve recorded with Tom Eaton, Chinmaya Dunster, ELEON, Matzumi, Keith Medley, John Fluker and have projects coming with Juan Sanchez and Michael Kollwitz. I feel like I’m finally home musically."

Dieter Spears did the cover art. Inhauscreative is his moniker online and he’s also a featured artist in the album. Search the IMDb and you will find that Dieter Spears is known for The Traveler - Bunny Cycler (2018), DeathHaus (2018) and Lwa: All Saints' Eve (2020). Spears is also a gifted image-smith, you can find some of his work on Getty images, find more links in the footnotes below.

The composer has a remarkable lifelong love of music for film and television. Musings of an Occasional Somebody is his New Age Music side, lots of guitars, bass of course, chimes and other extraordinary percussion and plenty of guest instrumentalists to be savored. What I hear is purely instrumental and presents a tremendous gift for interlocking perfect clockwork finger guitars.

“The Great Mystery”
Sean O’Bryan Smith - Electric Upright Bass
John Gregorius - Guitars and keyboard
Mitch Ross - Drums

What does "great mystery" mean? Perhaps some reality hidden in the past and revealed as the greatest mystery of life. Give it a little time, is it the power or the sacredness that resides in everything? Is it the role of the invisible in our daily lives? Some might believe that the invisible realm is far away. "The Great Mystery" (3:59) This makes me sway, caught in a strange dance as mysterious as the deep dark sea. I feel waves rolling beneath me and marvel at the union of precision, always turning as the dance progresses, adding on as we go, the future, at a perfect pace, step following step.

“The Fog”
Sean O’Bryan Smith - Electric Upright Bass, Drum programming, Keyboards, Puerto Rican Cuatro
John Gregorius - Guitars

The Cuatro is composed of several parts that work together to formulate the distinguishable sound of the instrument. Cuatro means four in Spanish; the instrument's 15th century predecessors were the Spanish vihuela and the Portuguese cavaquinho, the latter having four strings like the cuatro. The Puerto Rican Cuatro is shaped more like a viola than a guitar, with ten strings in five courses, tuned in fourths from low to high. The instrument is heard on "The Fog" (5:53) feat. John Gregorius. I love how the big drum leads the way at a steady basic pulse, I seek that shaman spirit sound and the drum touches the soul deep in there, each beat is strong. The mood is mysterious, with lush guitar runs and flourishes.

“Over Land and Sea”
Sean O’Bryan Smith - Electric Upright Bass, Drum programming, Keyboards, Electric Guitar
Keith Medley - Harp Guitar and Fretless Guitar
Chinmaya Dunster - Sarod and Acoustic Guitar

I think that the next track is a story of travel by air, "Over Land and Sea" (5:59) I think I hear an expansive melody and finger snap hand percussion, happy and upbeat, with synth flute and stringed instruments. One special instrument has a nice bend, the note shifts bringing me on a transition from mirage to island, finishing in shimmering chimes.

“Isla del Paraiso”
Sean O’Bryan Smith - Electric Upright Bass, Drum Programming, Keyboards, Puerto Rican Cuatro
John Gregorius - Acoustic Guitar
John Fluker - Piano

Now I feel the story of paradise island, "Isla del Paraiso" (4:51) feat. the Puerto Rican Cuatro. On the breeze, a piano guitar dialog, finger shivers and just a few electronics.

"From the East"
Sean O’Bryan Smith - Electric Upright Bass, Drum Programming, Keyboards
Chinmaya Dunster - Sarod
Brannan Lane - Electric Piano

"From the East" (4:31) Find a fancy instrument featured, I taste definite cherry blossom sweetness with some blues moments and long gong shivers.

“Around Every Turn”
Sean O’Bryan Smith - Synth Bass, Drum Programming, Keyboards, Electric Guitar
Brannan Lane - Synthesizers
John Gregorius - Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Rick Krainak - Electric Guitar

"Around Every Turn" (3:51) feat. Brannan Lane, Rick Krainak & John Gregorius brings more electronics with the consistent musical finger guitar perfection, and that sweet light easy beat.

“New Day”
Sean O’Bryan Smith - 6 string Electric Bass, Electric Upright Bass, 8 string Bass, Electric Guitar, Loop programming, Keyboards
Dieter Spears - Keyboards, Loop programming, Drum Programming
Tommy Ogle - Saxophone
Rick Krainak - Electric Guitar

I think "New Day" (5:27) has a bit of a calypso groove, bringing for this track bigger electric guitars writing on the sky and a true sax magnifico, maybe the best part is the bass guitar jam.

"The Albatross and the Whale"
Sean O’Bryan Smith - 7 string Bass, Fretless Bass, Drum Programming, Keyboards
John Gregorius - Electric Guitar
Tommy Ogle - Saxophone

Someone said they are my brothers, what I hear is a tale told by guitars. The word albatross is sometimes used metaphorically to mean a psychological burden that feels like a curse, exiled from the skies and then weighed down by their giant wings. These inconstant animals can go for years without touching land. Albatross are expert gliders, 11-foot (3.4 meter) wingspan, holding their extended wings in place so that the air rushing around the wings generates lift, and they are known to sleep on the wing. The albatros you might imagine has a complicated mating dance. What do Whales mean in dreams? Imagine a whale breaking the ocean surface, sometimes having been submerged for more than 2 hours. Some whales can live for more than 200 years and some humpback whales sing, whistles, clicks, and chirps, complex songs in winter breeding areas. Whales that are found are respectfully addressed as “Lord.”

The ultimate track has the electronic number with horn sounds, "Chosen" (4:41) feat. Keith Medley, every note is exactly where it should be and I feel lucky to listen to this outstanding conspicuous final slide articulation. Perhaps we are seeking a new planet.

"Chosen"
Sean O’Bryan Smith - 8 string bass, keyboards
Keith Medley - Fretless Guitar

"Our goal as composers is to transport the listener. Sometimes it’s somewhere we want them to go and other times it’s creating a canvas for them to create their own story."

Hear what might be in Abe's tent, relaxation is easy when the music is precise and perfect. Rather happily, Musings of an Occasional Somebody presents some musings on what we have gained from this cumulative work in the world of musicology. The elegance is consistent, you can hear NS Design basses, Rybski basses, Vintage guitars and basses, Shaw Audio, EMG Pickups, Babicz Full Contact Hardware and V-Picks. Who are we? Why are we here? What is our future? Are we alone? Ponder human nature and identity, and what the human future might look like, such a favorable combination of circumstances, time, and place. Perfect instrumentals for the movies of your mind.

TRACKS
The Great Mystery
The Fog
Over Land and Sea
Isla del Paraiso
From the East
Around Every Turn
New Day
The Albatross and the Whale
Chosen

In 2007, Sean followed his own artist calling with his freshman solo album Tapestry. Featuring multiple talents including Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Jerry Marotta, Tapestry received worldwide recognition and continues to be in regular rotation with radio stations in multiple countries. Similar success was found with Sean’s follow up album entitled “Reflection” featuring jazz greats Chuck Loeb, Randy Brecker and Gerald Albright. Sean has released multiple projects since with similar success. The albums to follow were the guitar oriented releases Departure and Solitude followed by the release of his collection of film works The Composer Vol 1.

Beginning in 2012, Sean began to pursue his lifelong love of music for film and television. This soon landed him working on projects for film makers across the US as well as Canada and India. His score for the Canadian film “Serpent’s Lullaby” was recognized at the Cannes Film Festival and he has received awards for his music in the faith based films “Providence”, “94 Feet” and “Saving Faith”.

FOOTLINKS
The album:
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/seanobryansmith/musings-of-an-occasional-somebody
Sean’s film credits:
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6107063/
Dieter Spears
https://www.youtube.com/@inhauscreative
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8166256/
https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/dieter-spears
https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/dieter-spears
The moon has no light of its own, it shines by the reflected sunlight from the sun. I imagine a night sky with all of the stars appearing, seen from your favorite garden. The whole album A Walk in the Shadow Garden, by Rudy Adrian, takes place in deep twilight. What I hear is a light and elegant style of instrumental electronic music, within a dark, atmospheric examination of mysterious hidden places and nocturnal meditation. Clearly immensity is encouraged, with the use of polyphony and the increasing importance of keyboards with physical musical instruments such as the flute and guitar within relaxing and peaceful ambient electronic soundscapes, this brings about a more abstract and stylized view of nature. A Walk in the Shadow Garden seems to imitate the essence of nature, and to serve as an atmosphere for meditation.

Beneath the comfortless cold moon showing only the most essential aspects of nature, the title track, "A Walk in the Shadow Garden" (5:10) introduces this tour of imaginary horticultural night sounds. "Clouds Over Fields" (6:07) takes place at a high altitude, soaring sustained tones over an abundant perennial grassland approaching resplendent old trees. "Dawn Redwood" (3:54) perpetuates the sense of mystery, slowly transforming the perfect darkness into what happens before daylight. "Hemlock Grove" (4:59) has a shimmering glowing feeling, perhaps with chimes, flutes, and other air sounds.

Moss adds a sense of calm, age, and stillness, "Of Mosses and Liverworts" (6:05) presents percussive metallic taps, glowing slow tones. Maples are renowned for their autumn leaf color, usually have easily recognizable leaves and distinctive winged fruits, shaped to spin as they fall. "Maple Glen" (7:46) brings a sense of cosmic quiet, one might hear the rare night insects purr under their shelter, building presences. The quiet is consistently complete. "Rising Mist" (6:18) brings together the electronics with a piano, careful, deep limitless slow; nature is a distant choir. The light does not penetrate "Dark Waters" (6:31), one gets a sense of floating in darkness.

"Perchance to Dream" (8:56) is a phrase from the "To be, or not to be" soliloquy spoken by Shakespeare's Hamlet, this track gives a sense of slowly building wonderment unfolding as details emerge, new textures blossom and are sustained through glowing layers which provide only glimpses into the swirling clouds. "Beechwood" (1:29) might be a very short sound poem, flutes glow and reverberate, the Night Garden turns and retreats into the night sky. "Conversations with a Gardener" (7:26) brings philosophical reflections, each wordless conversation is very subtle, and there are some familiar textures that emerge returning from earlier in this journey.

A walk through a garden is a treat many of us may find mentally and physically restorative. And it doesn’t have to be your own garden - it could just as easily be a public park or a reserve of vegetation growing beside a highway or river. The shading boughs of trees during summer and paths between planted shrubs and flowers are quite different to the surroundings that most of us encounter at work or in our homes.
Rudy is hoping this album will evoke for the listener the feelings of exploring a garden, be it planted or wild.

He says, "The music is designed to be peaceful and restoring, and was created in a way to not draw attention to itself. Hence there are no vocals, no strongly discernible melody or rhythm, and indeed, the sounds themselves are designed and mixed to not stand out. Instead, the audio is to be simply a quiet and calm accompaniment for the listener as they rest, read, meditate or sleep.

"Much of the music on this album is inspired by my imaginations of a garden landscape. A long time ago I discovered it’s no good to take a keyboard out INTO a garden and try to be inspired, or even to compose while looking out at a view. The scenery tends to make the music sound better than it really is, and as a result, my musical judgment becomes compromised. Instead - just as many writers of prose and poetry also find - a blank wall is probably the best view while creating. This means that whatever is being created HAS to stand up by itself.

"I do get some inspiration from my growing collection of large-format books of photographs or paintings of New Zealand landscapes. In particular, a book by photographer John Johns called The Forest World of New Zealand, with its remarkable collection of photographs, is one I’ve been regularly drawn to nearly my whole life.

"When I’m creating music, the work tends to fall into three very distinct categories - firstly there’s the synthesizing of sounds - I’m often trying to create new sounds or tweaking existing ones. Then secondly, is the many hours I spend improvising with these sounds and trying to come up with a new idea on how to use them in a piece of music. Lastly is actually putting together a new music track, often trying to layer the sounds together in a satisfying way."

The garden is a shadowy and colorful environment and the music is about calming things down. The natural world continues to be a common thread in Rudy Adrian’s music through the exploration of sonic landscapes, where melody and rhythm play a secondary role to the tones and textures created by synthesizers, wood flutes and the human voice. Music and nature have always gone hand in hand for Rudy Adrian. He first started making electronic music while studying Forestry Science at the University of Canterbury, and in the following years at the University of Otago while completing a degree in Botany.

Currently, he details his nature walks on an impressive Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/rudyadrianmusic

TRACKS
1 A Walk in the Shadow Garden 5:10
2 Clouds Over Fields 6:07
3 Dawn Redwood 3:54
4 Hemlock Grove 4:59
5 Of Mosses and Liverworts 6:05
6 Maple Glen 7:46
7 Rising Mist 6:18
8 Dark Waters 6:31
9 Perchance to Dream 8:56
10 Beechwood 1:29
11 Conversations with a Gardener 7:26

https://rudy-adrian.bandcamp.com/
Izis y Choco Orta presentan nuevo sencillo \ Isis Rosario, mejor conocida como Izis "La Enfermera de la Salsa" lanza al mercado un nuevo sencillo titulado "Dos Mujeres Pal' Mundo" junto a la gran cantante, percusionista, bailarina y actriz Choco Orta.

Una canción con tremendo swing para los bailadores y, a su vez, transmite un mensaje enérgico en representación de las mujeres salseras. De tal manera, conmemoran el Dia Internacional de la Mujer.

Por consiguiente, "Dos Mujeres Pal' Mundo" fue escrita por el destacado compositor Pedro Jesús y arreglada por el maestro Ramon Sánchez. Además, el videoclip fue grabado en Santurce, Puerto Rico; frente al mural realizado en honor a Choco Orta, ubicado en la residencia de sus padres.

Las tomas fueron realizadas en la comunidad que vio crecer a Choco Orta, una mujer con gran legado musical y social, un ejemplo que sirve de inspiración para todas las mujeres.

"Dos Mujeres Pal' Mundo" ya se encuentra disponible en todas las plataformas digitales y el videoclip se puede apreciar a través del canal de YouTube de Izis "La Enfermera de la Salsa": https://youtu.be/BnCvX-Np6KY
William (Billy) Denk is a guitarist, synthesist, and composer. Billy’s recent focus has been to fuse elements of jazz, ambient, electronic, electro-acoustic into a collection of experimental avant garde recordings and performances. What I hear is a fresh blending of sustained gossamer tones beaming in the darkness, bringing a soft, tender, and romantic feeling. There is no hurry, I am floating and blissful, I hear pianos and woodwinds within the synthesizers.

Billy has been moving naturally into a more introspective phase of composing, and by redefining his path from jazz to ambient, we are able to perceive both distinct genres in new ways and to then realize that enjoying good music is what counts, not fitting into genres. Billy has been building a freewheeling, multi-faceted resume in Chicago jazz circles, playing a fusion of jazz, funk, Latin, rock and experimental music, with recordings starting in 2012. He has performed with Glazz Ensemble, Phil Ciancio, Ian Hall, John Weber Trio, Chris Greene Quartet, and Paul Abella Trio in addition to hosting concerts with his own trio and performing solo compositions.

What Billy brings with his new sound is his secret longtime passion for minimalist ambient music, a seasoned jazz player’s feeling for elements of structure, a sense of adventure and curiosity, and glimpses within the veils, layers of veils. I clearly hear a powerful blend of moods masterfully expressed via a fusion of ambient guitar, synth, electro-acoustic and organic sounds, using a combination of the Ableton Live digital audio workstation and a variety of synthesizers and effects pedals.

Looking at the sound, Billy reflects, “We can’t define what we see without the contrast between darkness and light.” In Praise of Shadows is inspired by and named after an essay on Japanese aesthetics by author and novelist Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, first published in 1933 and in English in 1977. Comparisons of light with darkness are used to contrast Western and Asian cultures. From “The Sun Was Shining” to “Unto This Light” and “Reflections in Darkness,” the eight tracks capture Billy’s various impressions of the theme.

The artist traces his inspiration in this genre back to the classic ‘80s-’90s Windham Hill vibe, legendary bands like Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream, influential ambient/electronic pioneer Steve Roach and other genre artists like Kevin Braheny and Hearts of Space artist Bill Douglas. Jeff Beck has always been a major inspiration too.

In 2019, after several decades as one of Chicagoland’s most renowned and versatile jazz guitarists, Billy made a creative shift in his recording career to begin exploring his longtime passion for minimalist ambient music. Engaging his talents as a composer and synthesist, he launched a prolific series of recordings, starting with the auspiciously titled Positive Space and Starbound, whose focal single “Solar Wind” has been a top streamer and featured track on Journeyscapes, a popular ambient electronic radio show.

Receiving his first acoustic guitar at age nine, Billy performed in folk and rock groups in high school while also playing clarinet in the school band. As he became more fluent playing jazz guitar, Billy started a regular jam session in nearby Woodstock, IL that evolved into the organization Jazz on the Square, which promoted jazz performance and education in the community. This included an annual jazz festival featuring predominantly Chicago-based jazz musicians, including Tim Fitzgerald, Chris Greene, Frank Russell, Outcast Jazz Band, and others. He also hosted the Northern Sky Jazz Show on Harvard Community Radio 101.3 FM, which featured music and interviews with musicians from Chicago and nationwide.

In this era, Billy released a total of five recordings — Soul Immersion (2019), Connection (2020), Introverse (2021), Blue Lotus Dream (2021) and Night Songs (2022). “In Fairness to You” is the first single off his next album In Praise of Shadows, which fuses elements of ambient, electronic, electro-acoustic, and jazz. This new track, “In Fairness to You” is now available on Bandcamp, and the album In Praise of Shadows will be available later this Spring.

“Both as a jazz musician and now as a composer and producer of ambient recordings, I feel that I have the depth and maturity to create music that resonates with people, that has something significant to say and shares heartfelt emotions that others can connect with,” Billy reflects. “I have been moving naturally into a more introspective phase of my composing, and it contrasts with some of the previous works that had more of a feeling of positivity and lightness, infused with repetitive sequencer-created patterns. I’ve always been interested in aesthetics and design, so the themes of Tanizaki’s book struck a chord and led to some interesting sonic explorations. The idea behind In Praise of Shadows is that we can’t define what we see without the contrast between darkness and light.”

Watch the minimalistic video: https://youtu.be/3i0gm7QbCTQ

Billy’s indie label Waltzing Square Recording is releasing the album, distributed worldwide by OneRPM. Music and production by Billy Denk. Art direction by Beau Skaronea & Erin Denk. Artwork by Billy Denk.

https://billydenkmusic.bandcamp.com/

Visit his official website at http://www.billydenk.com

The space between illumination and shadow reveals the shape, texture, and depth of our being…
Imagine that matter is vibration and the cosmos is sound. Mantras are prayers that harmoniously vibrate with the universe. On this newest track from Indian Trap, titled “Durga Mantra (Om Katyayanaya Vidmahe),” vocalist S. J. Jananiy provides a powerful and sublime vocal performance over a hypnotic beat and melodic synths, Indian temple bells, beats and flutes. What you will hear is a three thousand year old mantra modernized to go right to the heart of the here and now, as contemporary trap music that is re-emerging from the streets.

Working with at least 30 different vocal layers, Jananiy delivers a unique collage of taans, aalaaps, swaras, and improvisations that blend beautifully with harmonies, presenting her passion propelled by her own personal strength. Listeners will find spicy delight at these dramatic and fantastic imaginative and colorful depictions of this famous ancient Indian legend. This is a salute to Maa Durga in her form as Katyayani, the sixth form of Durga. “Durga Mantra (Om Katyayani Vidmahe)” begins with the expression Om, which is the syllable that sets into motion all Hindu mantras. Maa Durga’s divine presence is felt throughout the universe.

The Goddess Durga is said to be one of the most powerful deities in the Hindu religion. She is also known by the name of Devi or Shakti which in Hindi means ‘woman’ and ‘power’ respectively. Durga is a warrior goddess, she is depicted expressing her martial skills, usually seen as a motherly figure and a beautiful woman, riding a lion or tiger, with many arms, each carrying a deadly weapon.

Durga’s facial expression is traditionally derived from the belief that she is protective and violent not because of her hatred, egotism or getting pleasure in violence, but because she acts out of necessity, for the love of the good, for liberation of those who depend on her, and a mark of the beginning of the soul’s journey to creative freedom. Durga’s legend centers around combating evils and demonic forces that threaten peace, prosperity, and dharma, representing the power of good over evil. Durga is believed to unleash her divine wrath against the wicked for the liberation of the oppressed, and entails destruction to empower creation.

The word Durga in Sanskrit means ‘a fort’ which symbolizes the fact that Goddess Durga is the epitome of strength and womanhood. Other times Goddess Durga is referred to as Durgati Nashini which translates to ‘one who eliminates suffering.’ She treats her worshippers just like a mother treats her children. She loves in a most caring way and she is equally likely to get angry when required. This all sums up to say that Goddess Durga blesses her worshippers with strength, patience and many such virtues, but she destroys the things that need to be destroyed.

The Durga Mantra (Om Katyayanaya Vidmahe) pushes the envelope,“As a musician, my material is sound,” says Indian Trap. “I’ve always considered myself a sound designer. When I learned that the Shaivite Hindu tradition believes that matter is vibration and the cosmos is sound, it got me thinking! We talk about someone having great vibes, don’t we? Don’t we say that some people vibe well together? These seemingly trivial words have a profound meaning! Mantras are prayers that ‘vibe’ with the universe. What better lyrics can a composer ask for? Jananiy brought the mantras, and I brought my music! Three thousand years old mantras that go right to the heart of matter and contemporary music that has emerged from the streets, from ordinary people… we’re talking about roots! Music is the medicine for the soul, Plato said. At its best, music is a cosmic energy that removes negativity and obstacles, bringing peace, focus, and satisfaction to all who listen. Ever heard of Bach? The journey may be long, but we are on the right track.”

S. J. Jananiy reflects, “Working along with Jay for this very special single was highly explorative by fusing the Vedic Mantras, his Indian Trap music, and the many vocalizations. It got me thinking about how these Mantras, encased in Trap music and Indian raga-based music, could be performed live, and that got me curious about those possibilities. This song has at least 30 different vocal layers, along with a unique collage of taans, aalaaps, swaras, and improvisations that blend beautifully with harmonies for Jay’s track!”

This mantra begins with the word Om, which is the main mantra of all mantras. It is a salute to Maa Durga in her form as Katyayani, the sixth form of Durga. Her divine presence is felt throughout the universe, and she is also worshipped as Kanyakumari. The devotee prays that no matter what name she is called, she is always Durga.

Goddess Durga, also known as Shakti or Devi, is the protective mother of the universe and the embodiment of true womanhood. She is known as Durgatinashini, meaning "the one who eliminates suffering." Like a mother, she deeply loves her children and protects them, nurturing and caring for them, while also destroying their enemies.

Maa Durga is the ultimate manifestation of Shakti and the fundamental essence of the universe. She is the most powerful deity and protects all that is good and harmonious in the world. By chanting her mantras, one can protect themselves from evil and negativity. She blesses her children by helping them overcome all misfortunes and evils.

Jay Singh, aka J2, is the successful record producer and composer behind Indian Trap. Jay rose to prominence after winning the prestigious Ministry of Sound DJ Idol Competition in 2002. He has since produced and remixed songs for various artists, including LL Cool J, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, and Madonna. He burst onto the pop music scene as J2 with the release of the smash hit “Dare La La La,” which he co-wrote and produced for Shakira’s 10th studio album; the track debuted in the Top 10 of most international charts. A reworked version titled “La La La” Brazil” was the official theme song for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and is featured on the One Love, One Rhythm World Cup album. The song was also used in a T-Mobile commercial and Shakira’s Activia commercial, which became the most shared advertisement of 2014 and has over 2 billion streams to date. J2’s compositions have appeared in over 100 films, trailers, video games, television shows, and advertisements. They gathered over 250 million streams across YouTube and other major DSPs.

S. J. Jananiy was a child prodigy. She is a Multi-Global-Award-Winning Composer. She studied Carnatic (South Indian), Hindustani (North Indian), and Western classical vocal traditions. She has an ATCL Vocal, Grade 8 in Western Classical Music, and studied piano and Western Classical Music theory at Trinity College, London. She plays the harp and the synthesizer. She works as a film-score composer, songwriter, performer, arranger, music producer, and sound engineer. She graduated from SMC, Chennai, with a degree in Economics. She has an M.A. in Indian music and an M. Phil from QMC, Chennai. She is currently pursuing a Ph. D. in Indian Music. She has received the Indian National Award, State Awards & many other Awards.
Between 2018 and 2022, she received twelve Global Awards.

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Franck Biyong and Florie Namir Team Up on Empowering Anthem ‘Silence is Music’ https://www.mesmerized.io/franck-biyong-and-florie-namir-team-up-on-empowering-anthem-silence-is-music/



Historically, when the global order seems to be reaching a boiling point, art comes
to the rescue. In fact, one could argue that the primary role of artists is to inspire,
empower and drive cultural change, striving for the better. Well, Florie Namir and
Franck Biyong do exactly that.

After connecting through digital avenues, the two musical heroes used their combined
strengths to create a stunning piece of lyrical sensibility, ‘Silence is Music’. On an
eclectic bed of soothing, jazzy afrobeat, the two talents declare a message of cooperation
and peace, birthing a relatable song that seeks to highlight the power of dialogue
and self-acceptance.

This is a much-needed statement, especially during volatile and complex times. It also
works very well with Namir and Biyong’s artistries. The evocative vocals of the Israeli
songstress pair perfectly with Biyong’s masterful guitar playing and charming,
soulful vocal tone.

Recommended!

Discover ‘Silence is Music’ on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/00WPTjitBqhaJwa3Y4U923
The oud is a musical instrument that is widely used in Middle Eastern and North African music. It is a stringed instrument that is similar in appearance to a lute or a guitar, but with a smaller, more rounded body and a longer neck. The oud has been played for centuries, and it has a long and rich history in Arabic, Turkish, and Persian music.

The oud is typically made from wood, with a rounded body that is often made from a combination of thin wood strips that are glued together to form the shape. The neck of the oud is long and thin, with a fretboard that is often made from ebony or rosewood. The strings of the oud are usually made from gut, nylon, or steel, and they are tuned using pegs that are located at the top of the neck.

The oud is played by plucking the strings with a plectrum or with the fingers, and it is known for its rich, warm, and resonant sound. The oud is often used as a solo instrument, but it is also frequently used in ensembles with other instruments, such as the qanun, the ney, and the darbuka.

In addition to its use in traditional Middle Eastern and North African music, the oud has also been adopted by musicians in other parts of the world, and it has been incorporated into various genres of music, including jazz, rock, and world music. Today, the oud is recognized as one of the most iconic and beloved instruments in the world, with a unique sound that is instantly recognizable to music lovers everywhere.

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Some famous musicians that played the oud
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There have been many famous musicians throughout history who have played the oud, including:

1. Farid Al-Atrash: a Syrian-Egyptian composer, singer, and oud player who is considered one of the greatest oud players of the 20th century.

2. Munir Bashir: an Iraqi musician and composer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest oud players of all time.

3. Marcel Khalife: a Lebanese composer, singer, and oud player who is known for his innovative style of playing and his contributions to contemporary Arabic music.

4. Anouar Brahem: a Tunisian oud player and composer who has been praised for his fusion of traditional Arabic music with jazz and other genres.

5. Simon Shaheen: a Palestinian oud player, violinist, and composer who has been recognized for his virtuosity and his contributions to Arabic music.

6. Naseer Shamma: an Iraqi oud player and composer who has been instrumental in reviving interest in the oud and promoting it to a new generation of musicians.

7. Rabih Abou-Khalil: a Lebanese oud player and composer who has been praised for his fusion of traditional Arabic music with jazz and other genres.

These are just a few examples of the many talented musicians who have played the oud throughout history.
Eric Selby Reveals His 3rd Folk Album \'Dang Fool\' Folk singer/songwriter Eric Selby is a sought-after artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist. After many years behind both the drumkit and mixing board, Eric has finally stepped into the spotlight, releasing his first solo original music in 2020.

Now, Eric has welcomed the much anticipated 3rd full-length record, 'Dang Fool,' which is available on all music platforms.

Eric says he sees 'Dang Fool,' as the final chapter of a three-chapter journey. “The first chapter being my first record, 'Do, Baby.,' and the second being my next release, 'Where You Born At?' It really wasn’t planned or intended to be that way but it has evolved to be the coda on this part of my creative and emotional journey that, for some reason, I needed to communicate.”

'Dang Fool' is a retrospective look at an emotional journey that suggests that it is time to stop looking in the rearview mirror and it is time to start looking forward. "A good representation of this is that although I’ve never recorded a cover on any of my records but I felt that recording my own interpretation of The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows'' as the last song on this record was an apropos way to finish out this release since the title, alone, suggests hope, mystery and potential," he says.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/album/1PbwbI6jJ5jAhWuzUgIopc?si=te7WmnMkSSqXscuh57dw1Q

In 2022 alone, Eric was named a Finalist by the WAMMIE AWARDS for Best Folk Artist, Best Folk Album, Best Folk Song, and Best Pop Song. Roots Music Report listed both of Eric’s releases, 'Do, Baby.' and 'Where You Born At?' as their National TOP CONTEMPORARY FOLK ALBUM CHART's Best of 2021.

Eric has performed live and recorded with many talented artists, including, but not limited to, Ron Holloway (Warren Haynes, Dizzy Gillespie, The Allman Brothers, Sonny Rollins, Tedeschi/Trucks), Lenny Castro (Adele, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder), and Allison Russell (Birds of Chicago, Our Native Daughters).

Eric has been named Blue411's Drum Thumper “Jimi” Award winner, been nominated for multiple WAMMIE awards, inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, #1 on Blues411's charts multiple times and was featured in Modern Drummer for his approach and perspective in their “Drummer Blogs.”

Eric is a Soul Stew Records recording artist and endorses: SonoTone Premium Guitar & Bass Strings, Canopus Drums, Soultone Cymbals, Tycoon Percussion, The Grombal-Cymbal Accessories, CymbalChief, BEATO Bags and Ahead Drumsticks and is a DrumART showcased artist
Africa is a vast and diverse continent with a rich musical heritage. African music has had a profound impact on many musical genres, including jazz, blues, and rock, and has become increasingly popular worldwide in recent years. Here is an overview of some of the different styles of music from Africa:

1. Afrobeat: Afrobeat is a fusion of West African music, jazz, and funk that emerged in the 1970s. The music is characterized by complex rhythms, heavy use of percussion, and politically charged lyrics. The genre was popularized by Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, who was known for his social and political activism.

2. Highlife: Highlife is a genre that originated in Ghana in the early 20th century. It is characterized by its use of Western instruments, such as the guitar, and its incorporation of African rhythms and melodies. Highlife music is often associated with social gatherings and dance parties.

3. Soukous: Soukous is a style of dance music that originated in Congo in the 1930s. It is characterized by its use of African rhythms and Cuban rumba, as well as its distinctive guitar and vocal style. Soukous has been popular throughout Africa since the 1950s and has influenced many other styles of African music.

4. Mbalax: Mbalax is a genre of music that originated in Senegal in the 1970s. It is characterized by its use of complex rhythms and percussion, as well as its incorporation of Western instruments such as the guitar and keyboard. Mbalax is often associated with social and political commentary, and has become popular throughout West Africa.

5. Juju: Juju is a style of music that originated in Nigeria in the 1920s. It is characterized by its use of the talking drum, a traditional West African instrument, as well as its incorporation of Western instruments such as the guitar and accordion. Juju music is often associated with spiritual or religious themes, and is popular throughout Nigeria and other parts of West Africa.

6. Ghanian Highlife: Highlife music from Ghana evolved from traditional Akan music and European influences. The genre features lively rhythms, call-and-response vocals, and jazzy horns.

7. Ethio-jazz: Ethio-jazz is a fusion of jazz and traditional Ethiopian music. The genre emerged in the 1960s and 1970s and was popularized by musicians such as Mulatu Astatke. Ethio-jazz features complex rhythms, a pentatonic scale, and use of traditional instruments such as the krar and masenqo.

8. Malian Blues: Malian blues is a fusion of West African traditional music, American blues, and rock music. The genre features intricate guitar work, pentatonic scales, and call-and-response vocals. Musicians such as Ali Farka Touré and Tinariwen have popularized this style.

9. Taarab: Taarab is a style of music from East Africa that originated in Zanzibar. The genre features Arabic, Indian, and African influences and is characterized by the use of the oud, qanun, and accordion. Taarab music often features poetic lyrics and is associated with social and political commentary.

10. Afro-Cuban music: Afro-Cuban music emerged in Cuba in the early 20th century and features a fusion of African and Cuban music. The genre features complex rhythms, polyrhythms, and the use of traditional African instruments such as the bata and conga drums.

These are just a few examples of the many world music styles from Africa. Each region of Africa has its own unique musical heritage, and there are countless other genres and sub-genres to explore.

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Some famous world artists musicians from Africa
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There are many other world music styles from Africa beyond the ones I mentioned earlier. Here are some more examples:

1. Ghanian Highlife: Highlife music from Ghana evolved from traditional Akan music and European influences. The genre features lively rhythms, call-and-response vocals, and jazzy horns.

2. Ethio-jazz: Ethio-jazz is a fusion of jazz and traditional Ethiopian music. The genre emerged in the 1960s and 1970s and was popularized by musicians such as Mulatu Astatke. Ethio-jazz features complex rhythms, a pentatonic scale, and use of traditional instruments such as the krar and masenqo.

3. Malian Blues: Malian blues is a fusion of West African traditional music, American blues, and rock music. The genre features intricate guitar work, pentatonic scales, and call-and-response vocals. Musicians such as Ali Farka Touré and Tinariwen have popularized this style.

4. Taarab: Taarab is a style of music from East Africa that originated in Zanzibar. The genre features Arabic, Indian, and African influences and is characterized by the use of the oud, qanun, and accordion. Taarab music often features poetic lyrics and is associated with social and political commentary.

5. Afro-Cuban music: Afro-Cuban music emerged in Cuba in the early 20th century and features a fusion of African and Cuban music. The genre features complex rhythms, polyrhythms, and the use of traditional African instruments such as the bata and conga drums.

6. Fela Kuti: Fela Kuti, from Nigeria, was a pioneer of Afrobeat music. He was known for his socially and politically conscious lyrics and for his energetic and mesmerizing performances. Kuti's music has influenced countless musicians around the world.

7. Youssou N'Dour: Youssou N'Dour, from Senegal, is one of the most popular African musicians of all time. He has been a major force in popularizing Mbalax music, and has collaborated with many musicians from around the world. N'Dour has won multiple Grammy Awards for his music.

8. Miriam Makeba: Miriam Makeba, from South Africa, was a singer and activist who became known as "Mama Africa." She was a powerful voice against apartheid in South Africa, and her music combined traditional South African music with jazz and other genres. Makeba became a symbol of the struggle against racism and injustice.

9. Ali Farka Touré: Ali Farka Touré, from Mali, was a guitarist and singer who helped popularize Malian Blues music. His music was characterized by his intricate guitar playing and powerful vocals, and he was known for blending traditional West African music with American blues.

10. Salif Keita: Salif Keita, from Mali, is a singer and songwriter who has been called the "golden voice of Africa." He is known for his powerful vocals and his ability to blend different musical styles, including traditional West African music, jazz, and pop. Keita's music often addresses social and political issues in Africa.

These are just a few examples of the many famous world music musicians from Africa. There are countless other artists who have made significant contributions to world music and have helped to popularize African musical traditions around the world.
The shruti box is a small, handheld bellows-operated musical instrument that originated in the Indian subcontinent. It is also known as the surpeti, surpetiya, or swarpeti.

The shruti box is typically made of wood and has a series of metal or reed pipes inside that are tuned to specific notes. The bellows are used to create a continuous flow of air that causes the pipes to vibrate and produce a sustained, drone-like sound. The pitch of the sound can be adjusted by pulling or pushing the bellows to control the amount of air flowing through the pipes.

The shruti box is often used in Indian classical music and is particularly popular in the genres of Hindustani and Carnatic music. It is typically used as an accompaniment to other instruments or vocal performances, providing a constant drone that serves as a reference point for the other musicians.

In addition to its use in traditional Indian music, the shruti box has also been incorporated into contemporary music genres such as ambient and experimental music. Its ability to produce a sustained, meditative drone makes it a popular tool for sound healers and practitioners of yoga and meditation.

Overall, the shruti box is a versatile and unique musical instrument that has a rich cultural history and continues to be used in a variety of musical contexts.

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Some famous musician who played the shruti box
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The shruti box is primarily used as an accompaniment instrument in Indian classical music, and many well-known Indian classical musicians have played it during their performances. Here are a few examples:

1. Pandit Ravi Shankar: The legendary sitar player and composer, who is often credited with popularizing Indian classical music in the West, occasionally played the shruti box in his performances.

2. Ustad Ali Akbar Khan: The sarod maestro, who was a disciple of Ravi Shankar, also used the shruti box in his performances.

3. Pandit Jasraj: The renowned Hindustani classical vocalist was known for his powerful voice, which was often accompanied by the gentle drone of the shruti box.

4. Hariprasad Chaurasia: The renowned flutist and composer, who is known for his innovative approach to Indian classical music, has used the shruti box in some of his compositions.

5. Anoushka Shankar: The sitar player and composer, who is Ravi Shankar's daughter, has experimented with using the shruti box in some of her contemporary compositions.

These are just a few examples, and there are many other musicians who have used the shruti box in their performances, both in traditional and contemporary contexts.
Tanpura is a long-necked plucked string instrument widely used in the classical music of the Indian subcontinent. It is also known as tambura, tanpuri or drone. The instrument has a hollow body and usually four or five strings, which are tuned to the notes of the raga being performed.

The main purpose of the tanpura is to provide a drone or a continuous harmonic background to the music being played. The sound of the tanpura is soothing and meditative, and it creates a calming effect on the listener. The drone created by the tanpura also helps the musician to stay in tune and maintain the correct pitch throughout the performance.

The tanpura is played by plucking the strings with the fingers of the right hand, while the left hand is used to press and hold the strings against the frets. The instrument is usually played while sitting cross-legged on the floor, and it is placed on the lap or on a small stand in front of the musician.

There are several types of tanpuras, each with their own unique characteristics. The most common types are the male and female tanpuras, which differ in size and tuning. The male tanpura has a larger body and is tuned to a lower pitch, while the female tanpura is smaller and tuned to a higher pitch.

In addition to classical music, the tanpura is also used in devotional music and in fusion music. It is an integral part of the Indian music tradition and is considered to be one of the most important instruments in the classical repertoire.

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Some famous musicians that played the tanpura
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As the tanpura is an essential and ubiquitous instrument in Indian classical music, there have been many famous musicians who have played it. Here are some notable examples:

1. Pandit Ravi Shankar - A legendary sitar player and composer who is widely considered to be one of the greatest Indian classical musicians of all time. He frequently played the tanpura in his performances.

2. Ustad Vilayat Khan - A renowned sitar player who was known for his technical virtuosity and innovative style. He often played the tanpura in his performances.

3. Begum Akhtar - A celebrated ghazal and thumri singer who was known for her emotive and soulful voice. She used the tanpura as a drone accompaniment in her performances.

4. Pandit Jasraj - A classical vocalist who was known for his powerful and expressive voice. He often played the tanpura while singing.

5. Kishori Amonkar - A classical vocalist who was known for her unique style and innovative approach to raga interpretation. She frequently used the tanpura as a drone accompaniment in her performances.

These are just a few examples of the many famous musicians who have played the tanpura. The instrument has been an integral part of Indian classical music for centuries and continues to be a vital component of the tradition today.
Harmonium is a musical instrument that belongs to the family of reed organs. It is a small, hand-pumped keyboard instrument that produces sound by blowing air through reeds, which are thin strips of metal, similar to those found in an accordion or a harmonica.

The harmonium is played by pumping a set of bellows with one hand while the other hand plays the keyboard. The player can control the volume of the sound by pumping the bellows harder or softer, and can create a range of different tones by manipulating the stops, which are small knobs that control the airflow through different sets of reeds.

Harmoniums are commonly used in Indian classical music and devotional music, particularly in Hindu, Sikh, and Sufi traditions. They are also used in some styles of folk and popular music in South Asia.

Harmoniums come in a variety of sizes, from small, portable instruments that can be carried by hand, to larger, more elaborate models that are designed for use in concert halls or other large venues. They are often decorated with intricate carvings and colorful designs, making them not only a musical instrument but also a work of art.

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Some famous musicians that played the harmonium
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There are many famous musicians who have played the harmonium, especially in the context of Indian classical music and devotional music. Here are a few examples:

1. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi - a legendary Hindustani classical vocalist who often accompanied himself on the harmonium during his performances.

2. Ustad Bismillah Khan - a shehnai player who also played the harmonium and incorporated it into his music.

3. Annapurna Devi - a sitar player who also played the harmonium and was known for her unique approach to Indian classical music.

4. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - a Pakistani qawwali singer who often used the harmonium in his performances, blending traditional qawwali music with contemporary influences.

5. Pt. Ravi Shankar - a sitar player who also played the harmonium and incorporated it into some of his compositions.

6. Lata Mangeshkar - a famous Indian playback singer who has also played the harmonium on occasion.

7. John Lennon - The Beatles' song "We Can Work It Out" features a prominent harmonium part played by John Lennon.

8. Pete Townshend - The Who's song "Won't Get Fooled Again" also features a prominent harmonium part played by Pete Townshend.

9. Brian Jones - The Rolling Stones' song "Ruby Tuesday" features a beautiful harmonium part played by Brian Jones.

10. The Kinks - The Kinks' song "Sunny Afternoon" features a distinct harmonium riff played by Ray Davies.

11. Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan's song "Like a Rolling Stone" features a haunting harmonium part played by Al Kooper.

These are just a few examples of the many musicians who have incorporated the harmonium into their music. While the instrument has a particularly strong association with Indian classical music, it has been used in a variety of genres and can add a unique and distinctive sound to a song.
Tabla is a percussion instrument that is widely used in classical music and folk music of the Indian subcontinent. It consists of two small drums of different sizes, one played with the left hand and the other with the right hand.

The smaller drum is called the "dayan" or "tabla" and is made of wood, while the larger drum is called the "bayan" or "duggi" and is made of metal. The two drums are tuned to different pitches, with the dayan usually tuned to a higher pitch than the bayan.

The tabla is played by striking the drums with the fingers and palms of both hands, producing a wide range of sounds and rhythms. The musician can control the pitch and tone of the drum by applying pressure to the head of the drum with the fingers and palm.

The tabla is an essential instrument in Indian classical music, and it is often used to accompany vocal and instrumental performances. It is also used in fusion music, including jazz, world music, and electronic music.

Learning to play the tabla requires a lot of practice and dedication, and there are many schools and teachers who specialize in teaching this instrument. Tabla players often have a deep understanding of rhythm and timing, and they play a crucial role in creating the complex rhythms and grooves that are characteristic of Indian music.

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Some famous musicians that played tabla
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There have been many great musicians who have played the tabla, both in traditional Indian music and in contemporary genres. Here are a few notable examples:

1. Zakir Hussain - He is one of the most well-known tabla players in the world and has collaborated with a wide range of musicians from different genres, including jazz, classical, and world music.

2. Ustad Alla Rakha - He was a legendary tabla player and was the father of Zakir Hussain. He collaborated with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison of The Beatles.

3. Pandit Kishan Maharaj - He was a renowned tabla player and part of the Benaras gharana, one of the six main schools of tabla playing in India.

4. Anindo Chatterjee - He is a leading tabla player and has collaborated with many renowned musicians from India and abroad.

5. Bikram Ghosh - He is a versatile tabla player who has worked with a variety of genres, including Indian classical, fusion, and rock.

6. Aneesh Pradhan - He is a tabla player, percussionist, and composer who has worked with many prominent musicians in India.

These are just a few examples of the many talented tabla players who have made a significant contribution to the world of music.
The sitar is a plucked stringed musical instrument that is widely used in classical music from the Indian subcontinent. It is known for its distinctive sound and is often associated with Indian classical music.

The sitar is typically made of a gourd, which acts as the resonating chamber, and a long wooden neck with frets. The frets are movable, allowing the player to produce microtones, which are the intervals between the notes found in Western music. The sitar also has sympathetic strings, which vibrate in response to the notes played on the main strings, adding a rich and complex layer to the sound.

The sitar is played by sitting on the ground with the instrument placed on the player's lap. The player plucks the strings with a plectrum, called a mizrab, which is worn on the index finger of the right hand. The left hand is used to press down on the strings, producing different notes and microtones.

The sitar has a long and rich history, dating back several centuries. It has been played by many famous musicians, including Ravi Shankar, who popularized the instrument in the West and introduced it to a wider audience. Today, the sitar is used in a wide range of music genres, from traditional classical music to fusion and contemporary styles.

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Some famous musicians that played sitar
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There have been many famous musicians who have played the sitar, both in India and around the world. Here are a few examples:

1. Ravi Shankar: Shankar was one of the most famous sitar players of all time. He was a virtuoso musician and composer, and he played a major role in popularizing Indian classical music around the world.

2. Anoushka Shankar: Anoushka Shankar is Ravi Shankar's daughter, and she is also a highly accomplished sitar player. She has continued her father's legacy and has become a prominent figure in the world of Indian classical music.

3. Vilayat Khan: Vilayat Khan was a legendary sitar player who is often credited with introducing new techniques and styles to the instrument.

4. Nikhil Banerjee: Banerjee was another highly influential sitar player, known for his skill and virtuosity on the instrument.

5. Pandit Ravi Shankar's students: Shankar had many notable students who have gone on to become accomplished sitar players in their own right, including George Harrison of The Beatles, who learned to play sitar from Shankar and used the instrument in several of the band's songs.

These are just a few examples of the many talented sitar players who have left their mark on the world of music.
There are several large world music festivals that take place around the world. Here are some of the largest ones:

- WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) - WOMAD is a festival that takes place in different countries around the world. It was founded by Peter Gabriel in 1982 and features a diverse range of music from different cultures and countries.

- Roskilde Festival - Roskilde is a music festival held annually in Denmark. While it features a wide range of music genres, it also has a strong focus on world music, featuring acts from all over the world.

- Sziget Festival - Sziget is a music festival held annually in Budapest, Hungary. It is one of the largest music festivals in Europe, with over 500,000 visitors in recent years. While it features mostly rock, pop, and electronic music, it also has a World Music Stage that showcases a variety of music from different cultures.

- Womex (World Music Expo) - Womex is a trade fair and music festival that takes place annually in different locations around the world. It features concerts, conferences, and showcases of world music from different regions.

- Rainforest World Music Festival - Rainforest World Music Festival is an annual music festival held in Sarawak, Malaysia. It features a variety of world music genres and aims to promote the preservation of the rainforest and indigenous cultures.

- Gnaoua World Music Festival - The Gnaoua World Music Festival is held annually in Essaouira, Morocco. It features a variety of music genres but focuses on Gnaoua music, a traditional African style with roots in Morocco.

- Festival au Desert - Festival au Desert is an annual music festival held in Timbuktu, Mali. It features a variety of world music styles, including traditional African music, blues, and rock.

These are just a few examples of the largest world music festivals, but there are many others held around the world that showcase the diversity of music and cultures from different regions.
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