• Bethany & Rufus To Join African Music Greats In Mali

    6 Mar 2009, 00:34 by musicdish


    Roots music duo Bethany Yarrow & Rufus Cappadocia (Bethany & Rufus) have made the hop across the Atlantic to Bamako, Mali, where they have been invited to perform at the 3rd Edition Daoula Festival on Saturday March 7th from 11:00PM - 3:00AM (Mali time). The Daoula Festival "Rencontres Autour du Cotton (Meeting around Cotton)" is committed to helping raise awareness of the problems faced by the African cotton sector. The festival, now in its third edition, takes place March 6-8 and welcomes artists from all backgrounds, including Bono, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Quincy Jones and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

    "It is a tremendous opportunity for us, and we are planning to record, both sonically and visually," noted Bethany Yarrow. "Our journey of singing these old folk songs - most of them African American - back in West Africa, which is, ultimately, their origin."

  • MusicDish Network Buzz - March 5, 2009

    5 Mar 2009, 19:36 by musicdish

    We had the opportunity to attend Digital Music Forum East, a brainstorming pow-wow for music industry honchos debating the best way to orchestrate a return to the industry's heyday. We met some new friends like Alexander Ljung, founder of SoundCloud - a site we've been using since mid-last year to share and promote music - very recommended, Joaquim Franz with Musicload, Germany's answer to iTunes, and Songbeat Founder Marco Rydmann who has been entangled in a lawsuit with Warner Music... what I refer to as the copyright lawyer's bailout or CLB. In any case, you can read our perspective on the various panels and discussions at http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=12352

    We also ran into JP Bommel, MIDEM's North American representative, who wanted to assure everyone that attendance did not take the draw-dropping plunge of 30-40% we had divined in our last newsletter, just a dip of 12% on 2008. Well, that's good news for all of us who depend on MIDEM to keep us busy in January. …