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Tapestry - Release statement

Nava’, a Persian/Irish ensemble, launch their debut album

Tapestry’ 

Navá is a groundbreaking group of young musicians exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It is comprised of folk/bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe.

Their debut album, ‘Tapestry’ was recorded at Hellfire Studios, an intimate studio in the Dublin Mountains, overseen by Adrian Hart (I Draw Slow, Yurodny) and Tony Byrne (Julie Fowlis, Danù), with support from the Arts Council of Ireland. The album charts a unique sonic landscape, weaving material from the Irish and Persian traditions into a beguiling tapestry of sound, treating listeners to a joyous exploration of the connection between two venerable musical cultures.

The material ranges from an Irish/Iranian medley ‘The Rolling Wave/Chahar Mezrab’ through mesmerizing original tunes such as ‘Hess’ and 'The Semuta Jig’ via a bluegrass breakdown entitled ‘Magic Box’ through to the epic finale of ‘The Persian Connection’.

 The band, formed in late 2015, honed their sound through performances at Electric Picnic, Vantastival, Imbolc Festival (supporting Sharon Shannon) Kaleidoscope Night, the ‘Listen At’ concert series, IMC’s ‘Hotter Than July’ Festival, and The Chester Beatty Library.

 Late 2017 sees them launching their album as part of the ‘Tradition Now’ Concert Series at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with a performance at 6pm on Friday 6th October.

 www.navatheband.com

 

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Transcendencia

Transcendencia, the debut album from expert Flamenco guitarist, Holly Blazina, is a testament to modern influences combined with care and respect for the tradition. To maintain authenticity, Holly prepared for this album by immersing herself in the Flamenco culture and workshopping her original compositions with master Señor Paco Fernandez in Seville, Spain. The compositions and arrangements on Transcendencia explore the full expressive capacity of the nylon-stringed guitar while bringing in modern elements not traditionally found in Flamenco, such as saxophone, violin, piano and santur (Persian dulcimer). With palmas, percussion and vocals associated with the genre, Transcendencia brings Flamenco into the wider musical community to see it flourish.

“… an extension of the flamenco musical style with an added dimension, and it’s very effective.”

Terry Robins - The Whole Note

Read the Whole Review


The album is available now. 

CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/hollyblazina

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/transcendencia/id1275773586

 

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On Friendship and Composing

One of my good friends maintains that a musician’s relationship to their art is very much like any other relationship; it takes time, care and attention, it has its own dynamic and needs nourishment. I agree! Like any other encounter with a friend or lover, every time I write a piece the experience is different.

Sometimes two friends spontaneously meet and have a 20-minute conversation in the grocery store (guilty!). It’s rare anymore that the two decide in that moment to share a coffee, but I have been known to abandon my plans and spend the afternoon noodling around with some unanticipated passages when the Muse appears.

Sometimes a person comes to mind, so you find a moment to pick up the phone in hopes that the time is right for them, too. If so, two hours can pass in an instant and then you feel satisfied that all is right, even if all the world’s problems are not solved. Sometimes you can play ‘phone tag’ with the Muse for some time before you’re able to connect…

Last year I planned a show with dancers and knew which forms they’d be performing well in advance. When I arrived for rehearsal the day before the show, I felt like one of Santa’s elves as I gifted each dancer with a falseta (musical component) for their dance, written just for them.

For me, friendship is an extension of the way I study life – discourse and example help to clarify a view or better understand of an aspect of things. So, too, is my ongoing study of flamenco, which often culminates in a new piece. When I’m intending to write a full piece in a specific palo (flamenco sub-genre), it often starts with a playlist and a road trip or a glass of wine with a flamenco buddy. It might then move to learning some traditional material to play in dance class with my students. Eventually, it has been worked and reworked until something original appears – yet it still references the tradition.

Have you ever had a friend you don’t see for long periods of time but the moment you’re together it’s as if you were never apart? Some compositions have been like that for me. They come together over a period of years, yet they somehow manage to be fully integrated. Others are like love affairs – intense and consuming, and then they’re done.

One of the pieces on Transcendencia was written over a 12-day artist retreat at an ashram (a yogic spiritual centre). I was given a private cabin overlooking the lake with a mandate to finish & perform the piece within the allotted time. I arrived having done all the preparatory work and the Muse delivered with more than enough material to appropriately fit on one recorded track, plus some extra material to accompany a dance.

Like any friendship, I need to uphold my end. If the Muse calls and I don’t pick up, of course nothing will happen and eventually, it will stop calling. On the other hand, if I remain open, available and without expectation or agenda, the relationship is always productive.

 

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Believe Music Representing VIP Ent in Bostwana

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

 

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THE RE-EXPLORE

Silaji Daniel-Omar Saidi is 
releasing his 4th song called I 
WILL SPEAK on the 9th of 
December 2017. You have to 
here this one, so be available on
 the 19th of December to receive
 it on a link which will be provided 
on the same day or on 
WhatsApp. The song will be
 supported by "THE RE-EXPLORE"
 expedition which is start later in 2018.

 

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StarJay and Ella Dessy Refix Dropping Soon

Zim Native Jason Millz populary
 known as StarJay has announced
 that he has a new record 
"coming out very soon". The new
 record will be a cover featuring
 Nigerian most popular female
 singer Ella Dessy.This new
 coming record is a special 
dedication to Star's mom and the 
song title is " Every Woman".

 

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START LOCAL BEFORE GLOBAL

Nicole Beachy “Conquer your own territory before
you set out for bigger pastures. As a label and
management company I get a lot of emails
asking me to check out a band that is on the
other side of the world and who are not yet
even headlining our touring in their own
country. You need to make waves in your own
region before the expense and work it takes to
break a band over here is even a possible
consideration. Grow locally and expand first.
Don’t get caught up in trying to keep up with
other bands you might see touring outside of
your territory - this isn’t a race or competition
patience, hard work and truly being a great
live band every time you play will end up in
those airplane tickets becoming a reality.”
Owner & Manager, VIP ENTERTAINMENT

 

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Ammara Brown- Ammartia- Album Launch

After a lengthy sharpening process,
songstress Ammara Brown believes she
has finally struck the right chord and is
ready to take her position as the queen in
the male-dominated local music industry
with her maiden album set for release on
November 10.
By Kennedy Nyavaya
The potential make-or-break project
contains 14 songs, but that is hardly the
catch as contemporary music followers
would agree Ammara has sought the
crème de la crème of pop producers in the
land.
The list of heavyweights behind the album
titled Ammartia includes the likes of Simba
Tagz, Mr Kamera, Oskid and DJ Tamuka,
among others.
“I’m releasing the album because my
sound has come full circle. It’s ready,”
Ammara told The Standard Style.
With rising expectations, the National Arts
Merit Awards (Nama) Outstanding Female
Artist of the Year admits the struggle for
survival in the music industry is twice as
hard for females and requires a strong
soul to defy the “societal complexity”.
“Women have an uphill battle and frankly,
it’s not coming to an end any time soon,”
she said, adding that it is “beyond the
industry”.

 

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V-S-R STUDIO

(VIP STARS RECORDS)


-WHO WE ARE-

We are a music production
 company and recording studio.
 We are passionate about audio
 engineering and music
 production.

-OUR MISSION-

We bring out the best in our 
clients, by inspiring them to be 
original and to help shape their
 music into something that is truly 
world class.

-WHAT WE DO-

We provide all studio related
 services that you would expect at
 a world class recording studio.
 Recording, mixing, mastering and
 production.

-WE LOVE OUR CLIENTS-

Our clients come from different
 backgrounds and musical 
genre's. They know that they can
 always expect our full
 commitment on all projects.
V.S.R was started as a project
 studio that provides an
 exceptional quality recording and
 mixing service. Our goal is to
 provide musicians, songwriters,
 arrangers and producers with
 cutting-edge recording,
mixing and mastering technology
 with the knowledge to be
 competitive in today’s music
 industry. The studio offers a wide 
array of services and can
 accommodate any type of 
production or project. Our
 specialty is in live instrument and
 vocal tracking, and mixing, with 
full integration into MIDI
 software samplers and 
instruments.

-OUR RECORD LABEL-

VIP MUSIC GROUP is a full-
service digital marketing agency
 for the  music industry. From
 branding, graphic design,
 inbound marketing, social media 
integration, website
 development and maintenance 
to copywriting, targeted PR and
 online management, VIP MUSIC 
GROUP provides leading advice 
and supervision for music brands 
of all sizes We sign artist from diffirent backgrounds and
 musical genres

-OUR DETAILS-

Location - Harare, Borrowdale Helensvale 

Contact:

Ryan Nocs --0774116620

Jason Millz-- 0718580713

Email
millz0185@gmail.com

 

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All About My New Song -Olivia- Dweezy 1 on 1 Interview with  VIP Media

VIP MEDIA: First the Fans would
 like to know who is Dweezy Bwoi
 Wonder. Can you tell us a brief
 introduction about yourself ?


Dweezy Bwoi Wonder: Birth
 name Dylan Michael from
 Bulawayo Zimbabwe ..stage
 name Dweezy Bwoi
 Wonder ,started doing music
 2009 and I'm a AfroPop /Hip Hop
 Artist

VIP MEDIA: When we caught up 
with Mzoe 7 a few months ago,
 he dropped the bomb on us that
 you were working together. How 
did that whole situation come
 together?

Dweezy Bwoi Wonder: It
 happened like l emailed him my
 AfroPop track that was titled
 "African Girl " he listened to that
 track and it seemed to be a good
 track to him ..he then said let's
 do a collaboration song .then so 
quick we got the producer
 "K'Dollar " to get the beat for
 us ..then boom we recorded the
 track ..so it's under mixing and mastering now .

VIP MEDIA: Can u tell us a brief
 information about your new
 upcoming song?

Dweezy Bwoi Wonder: My new
 song is titled OLIVIA  .the song is
 all bout whereby a
 guy loves a girl but a girl wants to take a guy
 into a friend zone no matter how
 the guy trys to impress the girl
 with everything ..but the girl
 stands still on friend zone ..Olivia
 is the girl (drop name)

VIP MEDIA: Why did you choose
 the name Olivia ?

Dweezy Bwoi Wonder: Olivia it
 was just a pick name ...dat l jus
 picked and it corresponds easy
 with the chorus ..and no one will 
catch feelings over that 
name ..it's just so unique

VIP MEDIA: What really inspired
 you to collaborate with Mzoe 7 
and lorbee J ?

Dweezy Bwoi Wonder: Mzoe7 is
 a big name in the industry ..he a
 hard worker who is no doubt to 
work with ..it's a blessing to work
 with him just like Nasty C
 collaborating Jay Z so yeah it's 
the same with me and
 Mzoe7 ..then Lorbee is a real
 talented guy who comes with 
hard work

VIP MEDIA: What are the 
expected release dates for the single ?

Dweezy Bwoi Wonder: Set to be
 released on the 20th of 
November

VIP MEDIA: What are you hoping
 For ?

Dweezy Bwoi Wonder: For fans
 appreciation and to hit the 
streets hard with this track to be 
an anthem

VIP MEDIA: Do you have
 anything more we can expect 
from you before the end of the
 year ?

Dweezy Bwoi Wonder: Yeah I
 have an Extended Play (EP) 
Launch Next Month .

VIP MEDIA: Thank you  very 
much Dweezy Bwoi Wonder, do
 you have any words  to say to
 your fans ?

Dweezy Bwoi Wonder:  I promise
 them nothing but the best out of 
this BEST ON BEST EP...good 
music only

VIP MEDIA: How can fans get in
 touch with you ?

 Dweezy Bwoi Wonder: Facebook
 Account -Dylan Dweezy Mattvan 
Facebook page-Dweezy Bwoi Wonder
Instagram -DweezyBwoiWonder 
Twitter-DweezyBwoi 
What's App /Calls :
+263713510919 ,
+263713898215
Email@ dylandweezymattvan5@gmail.com

 VIP MEDIA:  Thank you for sharing with us

 

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USA: Eleventh world fusion album by Gino Foti released on Net Dot Music indie label

Bija Mantras of the Seven Chakras - the fourth in a series of conceptual albums in the ethnic fusion, meditation, and spiritual music genres by jazz/world fusion bass guitarist & keyboard player Gino Foti, has been released by Net Dot Music.

 It features two ten-minute guided meditations, five all-instrumental accompaniment tracks (including a timed meditation that can be looped), and pronunciation guides for all the seed sounds/syllables of the seven primary chakras, that when spoken or chanted, can activate and resonate the energy of their associated chakras, to help create balance and harmony in an individual's mind, body, and soul.
http://worldjazznews.blogspot.ca/2017/09/usa-eleventh-world-fusion-album-by-gino.html

 

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The Story Behind Ali Hugo\'s New EP [Time Machine]

In the late 90’s Ali Hugo was attending summer school at Bathurst High, Eglington West; in Ontario Canada. By the end of that summer, Ali had written a bunch of songs that were laying around everywhere in his room at home. Ali understood that success required him to do more than just writing the songs and singing them acapella. Ali wanted to bring his songs to life, so he started researching on a couple of studios in Toronto, but they were all out of his reach. A kid who worked part-time at Ryerson University’s Pizza Pizza outlet, for $7 an hour, could in no way afford to pay those kinds of studio time rates. By a stroke of luck, Ali ended up on the doorsteps of Mitchell Lepidus & David Ashley, owners of “Twice Shy” productions studio. The team of Ali Hugo, David Ashley, and Mitchell Lepidus worked well together because, Hugo had complete autonomy to write, arrange and produce the materials for a professional demo.  David was left with doing the sequencing & programming of the songs, while Mitch played guitars and sang backing vocals. Satisfied with the 10 songs professional Demo and having saved up enough money,  Hugo took this valuable possession  recorded on a DAT  to “Studio 9”; a high profile studio in downtown Toronto , which boasts hosting recording sessions of renowned artists such as “Marc Cohn”, “Alannah Myles” & “The Cranberries”. At “Studio 9”, Hugo digitally mixed the Demo. When the mixing at “studio 9” was completed, Hugo took the Demo to “Punch Media”  where he teamed up with “Martin Lees” for additional mixing & mastering.

After the Demo polishing process was completed, Ali tried hard to get a record deal; but with not much success; Hugo shelved the DATS. Many years later and after a long time-out, Hugo pursued his music career again. This time; as a multi-instrumentalist musician in the easy listening genre. After the success of Hugo’s “New Generation Farahan’ album, Hugo decided to re-master the demo from “back in the day” and release tracks of his earlier recordings. But how do you remaster songs recorded on a DAT? When it came to studios which were set up after Y2K, the same question was always asked of Hugo “what the heck is a DAT?!”

Hugo recognized the importance of digitizing the songs, so it was back to North York Ontario Canada where the engineers at “Digital Treasures”, helped with the “Digitization Process”. Once the songs were digitized, Hugo inputted his developed skills as a sound engineer, to re-master and enhance the sound quality of the songs, using the sophisticated and innovative technology provided by PreSonus. After completing the whole process of time traveling the songs from the 90’s into 2017, Hugo encountered resistance to releasing the songs by HugoProductions Record Label. However, after a long series of debates & negotiations, the team at  HugoProductions Record Label relented to releasing four tracks with the agreement that releasing the tracks would be Hugo’s own endeavor.

Track List:-

1-So Much Love

2-This Love is True

3-You’ll Find Love

4-Sunshine

 

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Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Future of Ancient Future

November 2017 Issue:

Help Build Our Future: Join a Campaign to Save Music
•Check Out This Video Shedding Light on the Artist's Plight in the Digital Age

Free Library Concert Series Continues After the Fires
•World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Arabic Percussion Virtuoso Antoine Lammam or Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar

Guitar Summit at Wu Wei Temple in Fairfax
•Featuring Matthew Montfort (Scalloped Fretboard Guitar) and Teja Gerken (Fingerstyle Guitar)

Beats Book Brings Bang for the Buck
•Sale Celebrates New Audio Guides and Grooves for Gizmos


Help Build Our Future: Join a Campaign to Save Music

YouTube Can Do Better Content Creators Coalition Video

Check Out This Video Shedding Light on the Artist's Plight in the Digital Age

By Matthew Montfort

I'm on the board of directors of the Content Creators Coalition, a nonprofit uniting artists organizing in favor of fair rates for music. We just released two funny new videos referencing Apple's "Hi, I'm a Mac" campaign that take aim at YouTube's tiny compensation for ad-supported streams and its takedown process for unauthorized usage that is basically impossible for artists to use.

But YouTube promptly responded with its own takedown of our inital video post! As Richard Morgan wrote in the New York Post, "While videos of ISIS beheadings somehow slipped past YouTube censors, the video streaming site didn’t have any problems finding a playful ad campaign by some indie musicians — and promptly pulling the plug on it." The video was later restored when it became clear that pulling the video had caused a backlash that was generating negative publicity for YouTube.

What This Means for Ancient Future's World Fusion Music Mission

The videos demonstrate one of the major difficulties Ancient Future has in continuing its mission in the digital age. For emerging artists and those in less mainstream genres, the tech industry's "creative disruption" has "elevated" artists from workers or small businesses to beggars. No doubt you see lots of requests from artists seeking support through tech solicitation hubs such as Kickstarter. Unfortunately, it has come to my attention that I am sadly lacking in my solicitation skills.

Ancient Future has been experiencing a shortfall between the income we need to support our mission and the income that comes in from concerts and recordings. I tried to make up the difference by working non-stop on the computer, but this ended up causing tendon problems. It has come to the point where I can't personally continue to put in all the business hours necessary just to keep Ancient Future going, much less to expand our reach, which is what is necessary to further the mission of world fusion music.

I have come to the conclusion that Ancient Future needs a team of volunteers, benefactors, and superfans in order for world fusion music to reach its potential for social change. Here are some things you can do to help!

Ways to Support Ancient Future in the Digital AgeVolunteer Positions Available

Ancient Future needs a Director of Solicitations, Begging, and Busking to help raise money for activities, apply for grants, and explore starting a non-profit organization to support world fusion music. Other open positions include Concert Circuit Creator (duties include developing a circuit of world fusion friendly presenters and booking concerts), Anti-Social Media Manager (duties include encouraging cross-cultural pro-social responses on the anti-social media without simply enriching said companies at the expense of artists), and Traditional Media Archeologist (duties include searching through the charred remains of the traditional media to locate the whereabouts of current media contacts to maintain our database of world fusion friendly media).

Anyone interested in stepping forward is encouraged to email info@ancient-future.com. The positions could eventually become paid ones once financial support is generated by a genius Director of Solicitations, Begging, and Busking.

Direct Donation to Subsidize Concerts

Like the symphony, Ancient Future's world music rehearsals and performances cannot be supported by ticket sales alone. Yet arts funding has been cut drastically, especially in the USA and in California, and the advancement and indeed survival of the art of music is at stake.

You can help support Ancient Future's local San Francisco Bay Area concert season, or with a big enough donation, provide seed money to get Ancient Future to perform in your local area. Contributions can be made online or via check payable to "Ancient Future" sent to:

Ancient Future
PO Box 264
Kentfield, CA 94914-0264

Contributions are not currently tax deductible because Ancient Future is not registered as a 501(c) nonprofit organization. But hopefully Ancient Future's next Director of Solictations, Begging, and Busking (you?) can rectify that.

Donate to the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings

Photo of Bui Huu Nhut Recording A.F.A.R.Photo of Abbos Kosimov Recording A.F.A.R.
Bui Huu Nhut and Abbos Kosimov Recording A.F.A.R.. Photos by Michael Braden

The concept of the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings (A.F.A.R.) is to involve fans of world fusion music in supporting the production of an archive of live and studio recordings of cross cultural collaborations. The best of these recordings will be selected to be released commercially at a "future" date, at which point they will be on their way to becoming "ancient" recordings, hence the title.

There are four supporter thank-you packages available ranging from $15 to $75, and while donations to the A.F.A.R. project are not currently tax deductible, donations of any amount are greatly appreciated! Please do what you can to support the music. Detailed information on the various supporter packages and the benefits included can be found at www.ancient-future.com/afar.html.

Live Video of A.F.A.R. Track

Prelude and Bookenka on Ethnocloud
Watch video on Ethnocloud


Free Library Concert Series Continues After the Fires

Antoine Lammam and Matthew Montfort Library Concert Photo

Arabic Percussion Virtuoso Antoine Lammam and World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort

Ancient Future's first concerts after October's devastating Northern California fires will be in areas that were very much under threat. The fires forced the evacuation of Ancient Future percussionist Antoine Lammam, who will be performing at three of the concerts. Fortunately his home was spared. Others, including supporters of Ancient Future, were not so lucky. Our hearts go out to everyone affected. The recovery will take a sustained commitment.

These free hour long educational concerts by Ancient Future at Sonoma County libraries will introduce the audience to Indian and Arabic rhythms and feature world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by either Arabic percussion virtuoso Antoine Lammam or Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar.

November ConcertsWinter Concerts

Photo of Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar

'El Zaffa' by Ancient Future

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

'Yearning for the Wind' by Ancient Future

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


Guitar Summit at Wu Wei Temple in Fairfax

Photo of Matthew MontfortPhoto of Teja Gerken

Featuring Matthew Montfort (Scalloped Fretboard Guitar) and Teja Gerken (Fingerstyle Guitar)

Friday, December 8, 8 PM, Wu Wei Tea Temple, 1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930. No cover. Suggested donation: $10 - $20. Info: visit wuweiteatemple.com.

Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar, an instrument with a modified fretboard in which the wood between frets has been carved out in order to facilitate intricate note-bending ornaments. He has released two solo CDs: Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar and Sympathetic Serenade, for which he is recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by DigitalDreamDoor.com.

Teja Gerken is a contemporary steel-string fingerstyle guitarist whose playing merges the styles of European guitar pioneers such as John Renbourn and Pierre Bensusan with the distinct sounds of American players such as Leo Kottke and Micheal Hedges. Known for his original compositions, many of which employ alternate tunings, two-handed tapping, percussive effects, and other extended guitar techniques, Teja will also bring Celtic, jazz, and classical styles to the summit.


Beats Book Brings Bang for the Buck

Book Cover

Sale Celebrates New Audio Guides and Grooves for Gizmos

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Mill Valley: Panoramic Press, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 (SALE $33.95). Book and Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI files- $74.95 (SALE $53.95). New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95).

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

New Guides and Grooves

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (AF-0001, 2005. V 4.0, 2017). New Release! Companion MP3/MIDI Guide Tracks Download Set- $34.95 (SALE 24.95). Companion Audio/MIDI Guide Tracks 2 Volume CD/CD-ROM Set- $39.95 (SALE $29.95).

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

Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: MP3 Audio Guide Tracks. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music (2005). New Release! Companion MP3 Audio Guide Tracks Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95).

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

MIDI Groove Tracks

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Version 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). New Release! MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95).

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

Workshops and Skype Lessons

60 Minute Skype Lesson. $75 (Sale $60). Custom private one hour online lesson via Skype or other video conferencing service.

Matthew Montfort offers instruction based on Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities through online lessons via Skype and rhythm workshops at conservatories, public schools, and resorts. He also offers instruction for all styles of guitar, ukulele, bass, mandolin, sitar, and other plucked instruments.

Quote

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

 

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Billy Crain Comes Alive

One of the most formative artists in the past few decades, Billy Crain takes his musicianship to a whole new level. The Nashville native has been garnering waves with a few new pieces from his latest endeavor due out later this month. Throughout his lengthy career he has played with the likes of The Allman Brothers and the Stones, to newer artists such as the Dixie Chicks. Taking on his solo work, we have the pleasure of chatting with Crain about his music and upcoming release, here at Ethnocloud.

 

When you are writing music, what comes first, the music or the lyrics?

 

It used to ALWAYS be music, melody, title, then lyrics but I have changed it up over the years. I keep a constantly flowing list of titles (nothing harder than trying to write a song with no title!) I also write poetry and bits of lyrics and store melodies and chord changes on my iPhone. I rarely just sit down and write a song anymore. I just look at my pile of ideas and put something together.
There really is no set formula that you have to use to write a song...


What is the inspiration and aspirations behind the latest single releases?

 


The first single was called "Cold Feet" and it was about all the times I wanted to go out there and grab my wife hard at work in the garden and move it to hard at work in the bedroom!!! I have a very beautiful wife and man she can turn me on. I will tell you a funny story. When it went Top 40, the preacher at my church made a really big deal about it after the Sunday service. A few months later we were in Honduras together. I was noodling on an acoustic guitar and started singing "Cold Feet" Father Ray got this horrified look on his face and said \'93Billy, you should have TOLD me that that song was about wanting to get lucky with your wife, and I said 'well you should've listened to the song first before plugging it. At least it was about my wife!!!' "Hard Places" is about our two adopted children. We were foster parents and ended up adopting them. One of their families blew up the garage making methamphetamine and the other little one was born addicted to heroin. They call them children from Hard Places. The song is about how the world looks to them through their eyes. 100% of the proceeds from this CD have gone to funding the Papillion Center for FASD.

 


What is the meaning behind the title of the tracks and what does it signify?


Well we KNOW what Cold Feet is about and Hard Places is about children born into this world through difficult birth, adoption, abuse, Fetal Alcohol Spectral disorder, Neo Natal Abstinance Syndrome, etc. These kids come with a myriad of problems. They may look normal and act normal but they have so much confusion inside. John Q Public doesn't always get to see what my wife and I see. These kids from Hard Places need to be loved and helped. It's just heart breaking what they and the families have to go through...



What is the ultimate inspiration when penning the tracks, especially on the new record?


God, of course for me. I ask for HIS guidance and I usually get it!! I like true life stuff. I spent 20 years as a staff songwriter on Music Row and I got so tired of writing what I THOUGHT everyone else wanted to hear on the radio. How many times can you rhyme with the word 'love'? Now I get to write what I would like to hear on the radio. Also each new CD has a concept and that concept is usually about helping some part of mankind. We give away the proceeds each record. Do I make any money? No, but I sure have a good time giving it away!!!

 

Do you produce and record your own records, or do you head into the studio?


I have a studio here at the house. I record, write, and produce all my CD's. I'm NOT the best guy at  telling other musicians what I hear in my head. I DO know how to get it on CD so I'm a lone wolf when it comes to my projects. 

 

We hear you have a new record in the works! What can you tell us about the theme of the upcoming piece, if you can spill any details of course.


Sure I can!! It "Broken Things," and 100% of the proceeds are going to an orphanage that we help support in Honduras. We are all from the Island of Misfit Toys (Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer,) but God doesn't see us that way. I have learned that you don't have to have big houses and shiny new cars to be happy. I still dress like I did in high school (jeans, jean shirts, and boots.) I drive a 2006 Cadillac that I love and I'm about as broken as they come and God STILL loves me. I wrote it with my wife, Sandy, by the way. There's a song called "Shark Heart" which is about sexual predators on the internet. "Under the Rainbow" is about a midwestern girl that goes to Broadway to pursue her dreams. Orphan is about exactly that including myself as in 2013, both my parents died within a month of each other. There's a lot of good stuff on there and of course there are plenty of guitars!!!!


What are your key musical goals for the end of the year?


Man Jeremy, I've already hit them. I have a song "Hard Places" sitting at #13 on the Top 200 AC Charts right now. "Cold Feet" made it to #38 starting falling off the charts and slowly dropped to #109 and THEN miraculously revived itself and is now at #55 and will have charted for a year straight in 2 weeks!!! Right now my goal is to get Broken Things mixed and mastered and that's about all that.

 

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Happy Birthday Sweet Pink

Happy Birthday, Sweetie! It is your special day
and I’ have posted this message to tell you how
lucky I am to have you.
Here’s to you, the culmination of all of my
hopes and dreams. May today be a day filled
with joy, blessings, and peace. Happy birthday,
dear one!

 

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Silaji Saidi Birthday Turn up 19 October

You all know that October is the
 month of legends. On the 19th of 
 October a star was born. VIP
 crew, family and friends will be
 celebrating Silaji Saidi's
 birthday.The hiphop and rnb
 gospel legend Silaji will be
 commemorating his birthday on 
the 19th day of October. Join 
Silaji to celebrate his birthday

 

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Skilz Drop\'s \

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

 

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Sarah Ragsdale Is Ready for the \

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

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

 

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A is for Atom Brings a New Song for Fall

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

 

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

 

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BIOGRAPHY OF DEDE VEZA

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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Astar Zim First Beat100 Music Chart Winner

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

 

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Beto Hales Breathes Life into \

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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MEL C -Zvipande On Repeat

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

 

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Dweezy Drop\'s a Bomb

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

 

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Success or what?

Hi folks, just a few words this time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bye bye for now!

 

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

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

 

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STARJAY MUSIC BUZZ

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

 

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ALI HUGO Interviewed on \

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

 

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

 

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Porcelan Comes to Life in a Song

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

 

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

 

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Sheyz Chereography

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

 

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VIP MUSIC GROUP THE ZIM HIHOP ICON

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

 

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IMPORTANCE OF FEMALE\'S IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

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

 

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Cardamohm & Friends - Hybrid Seeds EP

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


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

 

Cardamohm - Hybrid Seeds EP, artwork by BaBa Shikoine

 

Here is the tracklist:

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

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

 

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Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Beat's by the Books

September 2017 Issue:

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

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


Where's the Beat?

  Talking Drum, Gamelan, and Tabla

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

The Answer

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

The Beginning, the Beat, the Book

Book Cover

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

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

The New Guides and Grooves

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

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

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

The Audio Guide Tracks

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

The MIDI Groove Tracks

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

The Eve Orchestra of West Africa

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

The Interlocking Rhythms of Balinese Gamelan

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

The Rhythmic Cycles of India

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

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

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

The Workshops and Skype Lessons

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

The Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

The Performers

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ancient Future Performs Free Library Concert Series

Photo of Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar

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

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

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

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

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

'Yearning for the Wind' by Ancient Future

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

 

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Ali Hugo\'s latest release \

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

A review by

Jonathan Marcel,

Music Lover & Critic

 

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ASTAR THE NEW ZIMHIPHOP QUEEN

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

 

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Sare Nau (9 1/2)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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HHYG Queen Astar New Release!!! \

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

 

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Tinky Minaj Trending

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

 

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Apichat Pakwan releases new single E-Ong Muan Sun

Apichat Pawkan

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

 

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Sick" - FaltyDL (Brooklyn, USA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"This is dope" - Daniel Drumz (Poland)

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

 

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


Tracklist:

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

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

Apichat Pakwan online:

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

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

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

-                Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/apichat-pakwan

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

-                Bookings: info@animist.nl

 

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

2 July:      Thailand Grand Festival, Den Haag

8 July:      Georgie’s Wundergarten Festival, Ruigoord

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



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

 

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

Benna Gone Global Out Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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STAR-JAY WILL BE RELEASING A NEW ALBUM SOON

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

 

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VIP MUSIC LABEL IS LOOKING FOR ARTIST

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

 

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Leisure McCorkle Brings New Album to Life

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

 

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

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

 

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Maxwell Powers Puts Life in \

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Alexander Howard Brings Solo Debut to the Table

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

https://soundcloud.com/alexanderhoward/mount-rushmore

 

 

 

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

Where's the Beat?

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

The Answer

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

The Beginning, the Beat, the Book

Book Cover

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

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

The New Guides and Grooves

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

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

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

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

The Audio Guide Tracks

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

The MIDI Groove Tracks

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

The Eve Orchestra of West Africa

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

The Interlocking Rhythms of Balinese Gamelan

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

The Rhythmic Cycles of India

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

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

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

The Author

Matthew Montfort

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

The Workshops and Skype Lessons

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

The Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Performers

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Promotion

Ancient Traditions Future Possibilities Audio Guide Tracks One Sheet

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

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

The Retail and Wholesale Outlets

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

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

 

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Shawnee Kilgore and Joss Whedon \

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

 

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

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

 

Take a look at "Break the Skin"

https://youtu.be/mOnsm5Iqbi8

 

 

 

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