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  • Duane O'Conner Captures the Calypso Monarch Title of Trinidad & Tobago

    4 Mar 2012, 20:33 by musicdish



    It has been said that Caribbean countries only appreciate their heroes when they have passed on, but when it comes to Calypso superstar, Duane Donald O'Connor, that isn't the case. This amazing artist is realizing huge fame while he's still very much alive, demonstrated on February 20, 2012, when Duane O'Connor dethroned Karene Asche at the Calypso Monarch competition, securing the $1 million first prize. Remaining true to his social and political commentary art form, his two songs, "The Hunt is On" and "Long Live Calypso," received the judge's collective nod to take home the crown at the Dimanche Gras show.

    Video: http://youtu.be/q-ZpHndBidk

    As the Young King for 2012, Duane is a unique talent with a love of music heard through his dominant blend of artistic folk music that addresses political, social and Caribbean issues distinctive to his style. Leaving his audiences captivated by his melodic sounds, Duane combines calypso lyrics with mesmerizing rhythms that literally make the heart soar. Born in Port Spain, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, he was drawn to Calypso music at an early age, when even as a toddler, he showed signs of having an ear for music, which his parents noticed immediately. Influenced by his father, who is a prolific composer/song writer and by his mother who supports him wherever and whenever he performs, Duane had the love and encouragement of family right from the very start.

    Duane successfully participated in calypso competitions throughout grade school and later went on to the University of the West Indies. Using his education and musical abilities, he masterfully combined his education and musical talent to send a message of unity, responsibility and harmony to the world. His long lists of credits are many and in addition to being crowned the King at the Dimanche Gras show, he has also been a winner of Stars of Tomorrow as well as being a seven time Gold Awardee, five time Young Kings finalist, five time National Calypso semi finalist, three time unmatched Monarch finalist and winner of the Emancipation Monarch in 2003. Songs to his credit include Status, Forget the Branch, Stand T&T, Thriller and Jourvert Morning to name a few. Duane has literally turned his inspired passion into a successful career. In combination with his musical career, Duane also serves as a Police Officer, where he works with youth in the Arts throughout the Western part of the country. Never in the history of the Trinidad & Tobago Police department has a police officer ever captured the prestigious Calypso Monarch title, a title Duane proudly wears.

    This week in recognition of his huge win, many articles appeared in publications including Calypso Vibrations, Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, CTNT World, Youtube, Trinidad Express, Guardian Media and Twitter. The generously proportioned 6 feet 7 inch entertainer is a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Junior Calypso organization committee where he stands on a solid foundation as he performs to keep calypso alive. He also serves as a Master of Ceremonies at some of the organization's important programs and often hosts the annual Kiddies Carnival Calypso show being held in the capital city. As a testament to his talent, his debut CD titled "The Right Voice" was a clear demonstration as to how Duane O'Connor views his role as an entertainer and as a man.

    To learn more about Duane you may visit him at www.Calypsovibrations.com or e-mail him at dbernard2010@att.net or thriller4u@gmail.com
    Telephone 323-845-5354
  • American Voices Now Accepting Ensemble Applications To Tour With US Department of…

    12 Dec 2011, 21:24 by musicdish



    Who/What:
    American Voices, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is now accepting ensemble applications for the American Music Abroad 2012-2013 touring season.

    To represent the full spectrum of the American musical landscape, musical ensembles from across the United States that specialize in Hip Hop, Rock & Roll, Jazz, Country, and other American roots music including but not limited to Native American, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Gospel and Zydeco are invited to apply for this international exchange program. The American Music Abroad program offers the opportunity to conduct musical exchange tours abroad, particularly to countries not often visited by American musicians, to foster cross-cultural engagement and understanding.

    When:
    January 16, 2012: Application deadline 5pm PST
    January 27, 2012: Announcement of up to 40 ensembles invited to live auditions.
    Mid-February, 2012: Live Auditions.
    Spring/Summer 2012: Announcement of 2012-13 American Music Abroad finalists.

    Where:
    More information and applications for the 2012-2013 tours are available at www.exchanges.state.gov and www.americanvoices.org/ama
    Musicians inquiring about applications can call 314-732-1323, email: ama@americanvoices.org or skype: americanmusicabroad

    Background:
    American Music Abroad engages with people across the world through music. Working in partnership, American Voices and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will produce a series of month-long, multi-country cultural exchange programs for approximately 10 ensembles drawn from a wide variety of American musical genres.

    Through public concerts, interactive performances with local musicians, lectures and workshops, the American Music Abroad program builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's vision of "smart power" diplomacy, which embraces the full range of diplomatic tools - in this case music - to bring people together and foster greater understanding.
  • Need Your Vote, thanks in advance!

    9 Jul 2009, 11:35 by Sparkeyd

    I was nominated for two awards recently, winning depends on public voting on my site are the links.

    1. Nominated for an Underground Music Awards - vote now, daily
    2. Nominated by the Internet Radio Magazine for one of the Best Independent Artists of 2009 voting begins July 15, 2009



    Bless
    SparkeySparkey DrakesCaught Up
  • 12 The Band Invited To Showcase At Canadian Music Fest '09

    5 Feb 2009, 17:04 by musicdish

    Trinidad-based 12 The Band have been officially invited to perform for Canadian Music Week, considered to be one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. Held in Toronto from March 11th to 14th, the band and their representative, Eric de Fontenay with MusicDish, will be available to meet with the over 3,000 industry movers and shakers that attend the event annually.

    12 The Band at Canadian Music Fest '09
    Date: Thursday, March 12
    Time: To Be Confirmed
    Place: Revival
    783 College St. West
    Cover: free with CMW wristband

    12 The Band completed their debut album "Streets and Avenues," which they performed live at the prestigious Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica, followed by a showcase at the 2008 London Calling Music Conference in London. They have toured Britain playing in some of the prominent night clubs on the Central London music scene like The Sin Club, The Bar Fly, Momo's Cargo and Canvas and has performed live on the BBC Radio Show "Outlook." 12 has also played at the Birmingham Carnival, Nottinghill Carnival and the Yaashantewaa Calypso Tent which is the first and only calypso tent in London. 12 has performed in the Alliance Francaise Fete de La Musique opening for international recording artists such as Chris Combette and Orange Sky.

    12 The Band fuses Alternative Rock with indigenous Caribbean influences such Calypso and Reggae, as well as other popular forms such as Soul and Jazz... a unique sound they affectionately call Earth Force Music.

    http://www.12theband.com
    http://www.myspace.com/12theband
  • MusicDish To Represent 12 The Band At MIDEM

    10 Jan 2009, 01:46 by musicdish

    MusicDish President Eric de Fontenay will be representing Trinidad-based 12 The Band at this year's MIDEM conference being held in Cannes, France. Mr. de Fontenay will be meeting particularly with Canadian-based music companies, seeking for licensing/distribution, booking and management opportunities. The band has been invited to showcase Canadian Music Week this March in Toronto and plan an active schedule in Canada in the subsequent months.

    12 The Band completed their debut album "Streets and Avenues," which they performed live at the prestigious Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica, followed by a showcase at the 2008 London Calling Music Conference in London. They have toured Britain playing in some of the prominent night clubs on the Central London music scene like The Sin Club, The Bar Fly, Momo's Cargo and Canvas and has performed live on the BBC Radio Show "Outlook." 12 has also played at the Birmingham Carnival, Nottinghill Carnival and the Yaashantewaa Calypso Tent which is the first and only calypso tent in London. 12 has performed in the Alliance Francaise Fete de La Musique opening for international recording artists such as Chris Combette and Orange Sky.

    12 The Band fuses Alternative Rock with indigenous Caribbean influences such Calypso and Reggae, as well as other popular forms such as Soul and Jazz... a unique sound they affectionately call Earth Force Music.

    Websites:
    http://www.12theband.com
    http://www.myspace.com/12theband
    http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=123900

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  • Aliki Vougiouklaki / Αλίκη Βουγιουκλάκη), the modern Aphrodite...

    6 Dec 2008, 22:49 by mandrak2000



    " Thalassa platia " in Mantalena / Madalena (1960)


    Madalena (1960)


    Φεύγουν τα νιάτα / Leaving the young


    Xtypokardia sto thranio (1963)


    Aliki Vougiouklaki singing a rebetiko's battle


    I kori mou I sosialistria / My daughter the socialist (1966)


    Ηλιος πάνω / Ilios pano


    Λευτέρη


    "Marina" in Diplopennies/Chorevontas Syrtaki/ En dansant le syrtaki (1966)



    Aliki Vougiouklaki (Greek: Αλίκη Βουγιουκλάκη) (July 20, 1934 - July 23, 1996) was a Greek film actress. She was considered as one of the most, if not the most, popular and successful actresses of the cinema of Greece...
    ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliki_Vougiouklaki )



    Aliki on myspace : http://uk.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=131632268
  • Live Music Archive - free live concerts, very cool

    3 Aug 2008, 15:06 by dumpita

    I found the internet archive database yesterday. There are lots of live acts of some cool bands.

    Cool bands include Fugazi, Dub Trio, and the Spam Allstars. But there are a lot more.

    check it out

    http://www.archive.org/details/etree
  • Dub trio live - free downloads

    3 Aug 2008, 15:06 by dumpita

    I found the internet archive database yesterday. There are lots of live acts of some cool bands.

    Cool bands include Fugazi, Dub Trio, and the Spam Allstars. But there are a lot more.

    check it out

    http://www.archive.org/details/etree
  • Nuevos descubrimientos - recent discoveries

    19 Apr 2008, 22:35 by dumpita

    Una lista de lo que he encontrado recientemente que recomiendo con toda.

    Here is a list of some recent musical discoveries I recommend to anyone who loves reggae music. This list will keep growing. Please help me expand it.

    Sebastian Sturm buen roots reggae. Muy recomendado.

    Lloyd Charmers

    Ernest Ranglin

    Rico Rodriguez

    Love Joys para el que quiere escuchar buen dub.

    Hugh Mundell buen roots
  • Do You Really Wanna Know About Some Gangsta S**t -- Reflections on Calypso Music

    5 Aug 2007, 15:48 by BlindWilliam

    A friend recently sought some artist recommendations. It became a reason to sift through my calypso tracks and reflect.

    In its simplest forms, calypso is carnival music in Trinidad. Because it jams outrageous, calypso spread throughout the caribbean world and ultimately across the atlantic to England and Africa. From what we can hear, it goes back at least to the earliest years of recorded sound. The Lion, a dominant calypsonian, takes its carnival roots to make the claim that its true roots go back to the troubadours.

    Calypso forms an astonishing parallel afro-diasporic universe that developed on a tiny island in the caribbean at the same time that Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, and others were inventing their own world of 34s, signifying monkeys, dry wells, honey drippers -- ya know: some gangsta shit. Calypso does just the same. Here's the dealio:

    Sucka MCs

    For starters is all about public competition among calypsonians, singers with crews of backing musicians. Calypsonians bring on fierce identities, badass outfits, outlandish boasting, explicit attacks on each others' reps and make it into a battle annually for recognition as the King of Calypso. Check it out:

    War Declaration
    &
    My Reply to Houdini
    &
    Calypso War
    &
    Picong Duel

    There is no better version of the dozens than this last song, whether by Bo Diddley, Eric Dolphy(I am for real on this -- you should hear him signify on John Coltrane in their live recordings together, or Ludacris.

    It's Like That

    Topical and in its own present tense, the best calypso is all over what's shakin in Trinidad. Crime, politics, political crimes. Check it out:

    Seven Skeletons Found in the Yard
    &
    I Don't Know How the Young Men Living
    &
    Governor's Resignation
    &
    No Crime No Law
    &
    Too Botheration

    This last one is as good a political blues as The Last Poets can drop. Mad polysci, ma brovahs.

    Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics

    There is plenty of the good stuff in calypso. From at least the 50s calypsonians kept british colonial censors busy with records not fit for respectable youths. The tradition of outlandish innuendo goes way back, but master calypsonian The Mighty Sparrow takes the prize. Check it out:

    Bag of Sugar
    &
    Big Plantain
    &
    Sell the Pussy

    Not to be topped, other calypsonians add their own explicit lyrics to the mix. Check it out:

    PUSSY CAT
    &
    Naughty Little Flea
    &
    Belly Lick

    Hot Ghetto Mess

    Calypsonians make the Booker Ts and other social climbers blush w/ their bad manners, imperfect educations and Rick James role modeling. Check it out:

    Congo Man
    &
    Mama, Look at Bubu
    &
    The Underground Train
    & even
    Is She Is, Or Is She Ain't

    Race Matters

    But at its core, calypso is, like the whole tradition, humbly and peacefully proud of itself and what it dew. There are no more simple right views of the whole world than:

    If You're Not White, You're Black
    &
    Birth Of Ghana
    &
    Black Is Beautiful
    &
    Africa Here I Come
    &
    Mix Up Matrimony

    When Lord Beginner sings in the 50s that "racial segregation gone to hell," he predicts the future as optimistically anyone.

    In its way, calypso is another version of the
    , , early -- you know: any thread in the Great Black Music fabric. It is full of itself: living in its own moment, timely and not timeless, at once walking on the earth and redeeming.

    My favorite hiphop song of the moment is The Way I Live. It has all the gangsta shit rolled up in one song: ballin, Grey Goose and Red Bull, Benjamins stacked one inch taller than great danes, and, best of all the claim "name elevated but I still act average" (someone's gotta write mo 'bout that line). Calypso got the same trick: roll it all up. Listen up.