• [My Gang] Gorillaz - Stylo : Reco of the Week 03 Mar 2010

    2 mar 2010, 23:00 av Babs_05

    Track: Stylo Featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack
    Artist: Gorillaz
    Album: Plastic Beach (8 Mar 10)
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    Video: Click the pic...

    YouTube, official video

    The biggest music news of the week, apart from the threat of closure to BBC 6 Music (see also BBC-o-gram and also the full review), is the new album from Gorillaz, due out next week and streaming in full now at NPR.

    There isn't much I can add to the excitement. Everyone knows who they are and can't have failed to have missed the eager anticipation online and in print.

    Plastic Beach is my joint number one album of 2010, along with Massive Attack's Heligoland. I was pleased to see The Sunday Times write positively about them:

    By Mark Edwards, 28 Feb 2010

    Next week, the new Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach, arrives. Alongside Damon Albarn and his usual cartoon crew, we will be treated to an extraordinary and eclectic line-up of guest stars. Plastic Beach features appearances by Lou Reed, Bobby Womack, Mark E Smith, Gruff Rhys, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, De La Soul, Kano, Bashy, even a reunion of The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon — rock legends, punk legends, soul legends, rap legends and grime luminaries, all brought together under the banner of pop’s most proudly manufactured band.

    Plastic Beach arrives just a few weeks after the similarly guest-starry Heligoland, the first album for seven years from Massive Attack. Heligoland includes contributions from long-time sparring partners Horace Andy and Martina Topley-Bird, alongside Hope Sandoval, Elbow’s Guy Garvey, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and Gorillaz’s (or, if you prefer, Blur’s) Damon Albarn.

    [...] Therein lies the secret of the success of both Plastic Beach and Heligoland. Both Damon Albarn and Massive Attack clearly have the talent, patience, open-mindedness and musical adventurousness to turn what might be simple guest appearances into true collaborations. When the guest stars become real musical partners, that’s when the album as a whole becomes more than the sum of its guest-starry parts.

    I couldn't reco the video for my favourite track from Heligoland, Paradise Circus, for its adult content. So to make up for it, I have chosen Stylo from Plastic Beach, which to my mind, is the same difference, i.e. both bands are as good as each other, though they sit at opposite ends of the same table.

    The video is wonderful. If you haven't seen it yet, go and do it now before reading any further. I'll help you - I'll post a nice big picture. Here are the donuts that appear in the video. mmMMmm. Go scroll up, right click on the pic, open the video in another tab, max the screen, and look out for... !!

    Stop peeking. Go scroll up. Source: as before

    For such an insanely sunny track, the underlying themes in the music and the video are morbidly dark. Bruce Willis looks the epitome of cool driving his 68 El Camino, throwing his trademark looks to camera.

    Source: as before

    The video is as funny as it is sunny as it is dark. The spectre of Death, wearing a mask borrowed from The Knife siblings, who takes the fat cop reaching out for the box of donuts, is a wacky touch. As if cartoon characters in a beat up car with real cops chasing after them isn't wacky enough already.

    Source: as before

    The music is like Massive Attack at a disco. Damon Albarn's hypnotic, seductive vocals set a tone that doesn't continue when he's blown out of the water when Bobby Womack appears. Mos Def adds to the aural flavour without imposing on it, providing richness and depth.

    Bruce Willis chases our kids over a cliff and into the sea, where their vehicle morphs into some sort of aquatic fish-like machine, heading for... where?... must be Plastic Beach.

    Source: as before

    You can hear an interview with Murdoc on BBC 6 Music in this podcast, which aired today.

    Stylo, along with Empire Ants, is as upbeat as the album gets. The album begins with an orchestral intro, moves on to Snoop Dogg channelling Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - before taking in an unexpected arabic mixed with grime theme. As innovative as the first half is, the second half quietens things down to a more steady and sedate pace, giving music that doesn't blow your mind on first listen then bore you, but the kind that you find yourself going back to, that will eventually contribute to the soundtrack of your life. But I would say that.

    Babs My Gang

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  • Jonatan Cerrada reprend "XXL" de Mylène Farmer

    8 okt 2009, 12:53 av JonatanCerradam

    Jonatan Cerrada reprend "XXL" de Mylène Farmer
    Jonatan Cerrada reprend "XXL" de Mylène Farmer
    Fort du succès de la comédie musicale consacrée à Charles Aznavour, "Je m'voyais déjà", Jonatan Cerrada prépare actuellement son troisième album pour une parution prévue en 2010. En préambule, le chanteur dévoile actuellement sur le Web, sa reprise de Mylène Farmer, "XXL" : découvrez la !
    Jonatan Cerrada est quand même le premier lauréat de "Nouvelle Star", en 2003, une émission aujourd'hui devenue plutôt élitiste, et qui aurait tendance à l'oublier... A 24 ans, le jeune homme reviendra l'an prochain avec un troisième et nouvel album - cinq ans après l'opus "La preuve du contraire" (Top 29 en 2005), qui avait amorcé un virage avec des textes beaucoup plus matures et engagés que ceux défendus à ses débuts (notamment "Un dimanche d'automne" ou "Ruban noir", sur les attentats meurtriers de Madrid en 2004). Pour l'heure, Jonatan Cerrada dévoile actuellement sur le Web, une reprise acoustique bien sentie du tube de Mylène Farmer, "XXL".

  • Jonatan Cerrada reprend Mylène Farmer XXL

    21 sep 2009, 20:05 av JonatanCerradam

    J'ai enregistré une vidéo pour faire plaisir à mes amis j'èspère qu'elle te plaira .

  • Oujda hosts third international rai festival

    28 jul 2009, 10:44 av simbad38

    Thousands of Moroccan rai fans gathered from Thursday through Saturday (July 25th) for a three-day international music event in Oujda, the capital of Morocco's Oriental region. Big-name Maghreb rai singers Rachid Berriah, Bilal, Reda Taliani, Cheba Zehouania, Mohamed Lamine and others captivated large audiences of dedicated rai enthusiasts.

    The event, which featured both traditional Moroccan folk music and modern songs, aimed to bring together international rai stars and also establish a reputation as one of Morocco's top arts spectaculars, festival director Farid Chourak told Magharebia.

    "It's a landmark event for musicians," said frequent participant Rachid Berriah. The well-known artist said the Oujda international festival was an opportunity for singers to meet and promote rai music.

    Mohamed Lamine agreed, saying that he felt fortunate to be taking part in such a high-profile event alongside so many established singers.

    The festival was founded in 2007 to help rai music take hold in the region and open it up to the influence of other musical genres. "We're trying to reflect the plural heritage of Morocco by opening up the musical culture of the Oriental Region," organisers explained.

    The Oujda rai celebration has proved to be a financial boon to the region.

    "The festival puts the spotlight on our city's development and boosts tourism and local investment," noted local teacher Nadia Hajri.

    High-calibre performers lit up the evenings during the festival. The elegant Latifa Raafat, a first-time participant to the festival, got the event under way with her well-known songs. The audience sang along in unison.

    "The event has attracted more than 700,000 people. That's a dream for any artist," Raafat said with joy. To the delight of spectators, Raafat sang a duet with Lamine that blended modern Moroccan music with rai.

    Ahmed, a young IT worker from Nador, said the event could not be missed, as it was an opportunity to come face-to-face with rai musicians.

    "Rai is best enjoyed live," he said, dancing along to Lamine's music.
  • Festivals in Tunisia

    15 jul 2009, 12:54 av simbad38

    Matmata Festival - Matmata (March)

    Festival Oriljazz (abril)

    Festival "Tozeur, the Oriental, the African" (April)

    International spring festival - Sbeitla (April)

    Arab poetry festival - Tozeur - (April)

    Carthage Jazz festival - Gammarth (April)

    Tozeur’s International Oasis Festival - Tozeur (December)

    Techno House festival - Gammarth (December)

    Dar Sebastian celebrates opera festival - lyrical festival -(December)

    Caravana Latina” Festival - Tozeur (December)

    Traditional Saharan festival - Douz (December)
  • ISF 2009 is developing. Update on Middle East

    28 jun 2009, 13:04 av talkingmusic

    For ISF 2009 the following countries have already entered artist and song.

    Egypt will come with ZeeZee Adel who will sing Waad Alaya.
    Iran comes withMehrshad and the song Masalan.
    Israel has the singer Miri Mesika, song Im Zot Ahava
    Lebanon: Nelly Makdessy - Keif Ansak
    Syria: Latifa with Fil Kam Youm Yalli Fato

    Countries who have not yet chosen a song are Jordania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunesia
  • Successful Carthage Festival comes to a close

    15 maj 2009, 23:48 av simbad38

    The 44th Carthage International Festival came to an end on Sunday. Reactions from organisers and fans have been positive, with large audiences turning out for a wide variety of Tunisian, Arab and Western music.

    The 44th annual Carthage International Festival ended Sunday (August 17th), bringing to a close what organisers are calling the most successful event in years in terms of attendance.

    "I think that the Tunisian performances were what attracted the audience," said 45-year-old Najib Belaid. "This may be because of the scheduling, and the festival manager was able to find out the secret of a successful recipe in Carthage."

    This year's festivities opened with a Tunisian performance entitled "Gathering and Gaiety" in which director Bechir Idrissi addressed different aspects of Tunisian culture and tradition, as well as youth-related issues.

    A number of Arab singing stars took part in this year's Carthage Festival, such as Majida El Roumi and Najwa Karam from Lebanon; Hani Shaker and Angham from Egypt; Latifa Arfaoui, Saber Rebai and Amina Fakhet from Tunisia and Kazem al-Saher from Iraq.

    The closing performance, also Tunisian, was entitled Ya Leil Ya Qamar (O night, O moon!) by Tunisian musician Mohammed Garfi, who presented lyrics and mouwashahat (terza rima) which sang of love and homeland.

    Mohammed Garfi also presented a number of Arab poems set to original music, most notably "Watani jabinak" by the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, sung by singer Slah Mesbah.

    The performance also featured classical music pieces from Mozart's operas "The Marriage of Figaro" and "The Magic Flute".

    About this blending of western and oriental music, music student Haitem Hdiri told Magharebia: "This is a courageous initiative because it is difficult to blend between the two styles. He also used musical pieces from operas as part of the Carthage Theatre. However, Garfi's music derives from oriental heritage and western opera art."

    Audience members were divided in their assessment of the closing performance. There were some who considered it inferiour to what Garfi has been presenting in terms of music, while others saw in it a good, innovative initiative.

    "I was actually surprised with this performance. It looked as if Garfi was giving a lesson to his students at the university. I didn't see Garfi as I know him in presenting Arab musical decorations. In fact, this performance was not suitable as a conclusion for Carthage," Anisa Youssef said.

    Another attendee, 15-year-old Olfa, disagreed. "I came here especially to enjoy what master Garfi presented. He has us accustomed to quality work, and he didn't disappoint us in this performance," she said.

    Wahid Kouki feels Garfi was correct in selecting the voices, such as Slah Mesbah and Noureddine Beji. "He is a refined artist," Kouki said, "and I'm thirsty for such performances."

    Noureddine Beji, a Tunisian musician, said, "Garfi is a great master and his thoughts are good. His music is wonderful, and he loves difficult things."

    Amani, 25 years old, said, "Carthage is one of the biggest Arab festivals. This edition featured many surprises and good performances. The opening was like a show that displayed Tunisian culture and heritage in all of its aspects. The closing performance was also Tunisian and many beautiful voices took part in it. We also can't forget that the Arab performances also attracted huge audiences, such as Kadhem Saher's performance."

    The next major event to be held at the Roman theatre in Carthage is an Arab and foreign cinema series from August 24th to 31st.
  • Tunisia opens Kairouan Spring Festival

    11 apr 2009, 04:23 av simbad38

    Under the theme "paces of identity in culture and arts", the 15th session of the Kairouan International Spring Festival opened on Friday (April 10th), TAP reported. Writers and artists from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and other countries will participate in several symposiums through April 14th.
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  • Midway. - projekt z oryginalną pisownią

    27 jan 2009, 06:28 av Kesomiel

    Midway.- to przypadkowo powstały bydgoski zespół, którego twórczość oscyluje między rockiem a popem. Sama nazwa „Midway.” nie jest już tylko zbiegiem okoliczności. „W połowie drogi”, ponieważ wszystko, co tworzy i osiąga skład jest tylko połową celów, jakie sobie wyznaczył. :)

    Pomysł na założenie zespołu zrodził się w październiku 2006 roku, kiedy to Michał postanowił zamieścić ogłoszenie o poszukiwanym składzie na portalu internetowym. Pierwszy poważny skład tworzyli: Michał, Daniel, Bogdan, Mieszko i Monika. W tym składzie udało się zagrać dwa koncerty w Bydgoszczy i Toruniu. Zespół rozpoczął pracę nad autorskim materiałem, podczas gdy z składu odeszli Monika i Daniel.

    Drugi etap istnienia Midway. to wakacje 2007 roku, gdy Michał zamieścił po raz drugi ogłoszenie na słynnym portalu rockmetal w poszukiwaniu wokalistki i drugiego gitarzysty. W ten oto sposób do zespołu trafia Magda. Współpraca w zespole układała się bardzo dobrze, lecz skład został osamotniony przez ponad pół roku, gdy Michał postanowił emigrować do „Ziemi Obiecanej” setek Polaków-Wielkiej Brytanii. Midway. nie zawiesza jednak działalności i dzielnie tworzy nowe kompozycje z towarzyszeniem automatu perkusyjnego i z pomocą znajomego Karola.

    Po powrocie Michała, do zespołu wraca drugi gitarzysta Daniel. Wraz z nim w nietypowej roli improwizującego pałkera Midway. gra pierwszy koncert w nowym składzie na początku marca 2008 roku. Potem zespół przenosi się do nowej sali prób, czyli klubu studenckiego „Beanus 70’ Reaktywacja”, gdzie w godzinach popołudniowych każdego weekendu męczy studentów UKW swoim procesem twórczym:)

    Wakacje 2008. Zespół wchodzi do studio by zarejestrować pierwszy materiał demonstracyjny. Efektem współpracy z Przemkiem (Dream Factory) jest kompilacja pięciu przypadkowo wybranych utworów zespołu.

    We wrześniu 2008 roku Daniel definitywnie decyduje się opuścić skład.

    Aktualnie Midway. nadal koncertuje, przygotowując się do premiery płytki demo;)

    Skład zespołu:

    magda - wokal
    bogdan - gitara
    mieszko - bas
    michał - perkusja

    Strona zespołu:

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