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‘It has our energy, our story’: asakaa, Ghana’s vibrant drill rap scene

From the US and UK, drill has spread to Ghana, where it provides a voice for the excluded. On the streets of Kumasi, the scene’s MCs tell their storyAhead of a music video shoot on a leafy street in Kumasi, Ghana’s second city, Yaw Tog and his friends lounge on a kerb. Passersby approach the teenage star for pictures. “Fame is crazy, it came almost overnight,” he says. “I’m proud because I had a vision of what I wanted to do and I did it. Now we’re here.”A year ago, the 18-year-old could move be...
Tags: Music, UK, Africa, US, World news, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Grime, Ghana, Kumasi, Stormzy, Kumasi Ghana, Headie One, Yaw Tog


July linkfest

I haven’t recommended a book in a while, so this month I’m recommending two, both of them new, both of them about language. (And each one blurbed by the author of the other one, which must be a coincidence, right?) Highly Irregular, by Arika Okrent, looks at many of the things that make English such a weird language, some of which may be so familiar you’ve never questioned them. Why isn’t of spelled with a v? How come we say how come? Why do we say big spender and large pizza, but not large ...
Tags: Books, Fashion, Music, UK, Writing, US, Walgreens, New York Times, Linguistics, National Health Service, Starbucks, Words, French, British, Contests, Penguin Random House


How ABBA Won Eurovision and Became International Pop Stars (1974)

Eurovision, the flashy original song contest that captivates Europeans, tends to get roundly mocked in the U.S., where we choose our stars by having them sing other people’s songs on TV in ridiculous costumes. Nonetheless, Americans have fallen in love with many a contest winner, and that’s no more true than in the case of ABBA, the Swedish pop-disco juggernaut who broke through to international stardom when they won in 1974 with “Waterloo,” chosen twice as the greatest song in the compe...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Music, Japan, UK, Sweden, College, US, South Africa, Abba, Waterloo, Napoleon, Fernando, Phil Spector, Andersson, Benny Andersson


New Opera Company Debuts In Chicago

The Opera Festival of Chicago focuses on Italian works which may be somewhat familiar from recordings and broadcasts but rarely get professional productions in the US. They’re starting small (two one-acts and a concert), but plan to work up to four operas per year. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Music, US, Chicago


4 Reasons As to Why Do Truck Accidents Still Happen

Truck accidents should not be as common as they are. Modern trucks have laser sensors around the truck and the trailer. They have parking sensors as well as motion sensors for when they are surrounded by pedestrians. It’s not too much to ask to lower the number of truck accidents down because they almost always involve a serious injury or death. Approximately, 130,000 people have been killed or injured by trucks just in the past year alone. There are also 3.5 million truck drivers in the US an...
Tags: Safety, Life, US, Jazz, LASTER, Truck Accidents


Britney Spears: US House of Representatives introduces bill to end conservatorship abuse

Inspired by Spears’ case, the Free Act would bring protection and oversight to a ‘broken system’Britney Spears’ fight to end her conservatorship has inspired a new bipartisan proposal in the US House of Representatives.The Freedom and Right to Emancipate from Exploitation (Free) Act would allow a person bound by a conservatorship to petition to replace their court-appointed private conservator with a public conservator, family member or private agent without having to prove abuse. Continue readi...
Tags: Music, US, US news, Culture, US politics, House Of Representatives, Britney Spears, Spears, US House of Representatives


Stevie, Gladys, Nina … Summer of Soul uncovers a festival greater than Woodstock

As the US boiled with violence, 1969’s Harlem cultural festival nourished spirits with soul, jazz and gospel. Now, Questlove has turned lost footage of it into a brilliant, pertinent documentaryIt’s 29 June 1969, and at Harlem’s Mount Morris park (now Marcus Garvey park), the 5th Dimension are about to take the stage. The Los Angeles group are already stars, thanks to hits including Up, Up and Away and Aquarius, from the musical Hair, which topped the Billboard charts that spring. But their pop-...
Tags: Music, Film, US, Los Angeles, Soul, Culture, Pop and rock, Jazz, R&B, Black, Harlem, Woodstock, The Roots, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr, Marcus Garvey


‘An American riddle’: the black music trailblazer who died a white man

A fascinating new podcast delves into the life of Harry Pace, forgotten founder of the first black-owned record label in the US – and unlocks a shocking and prescient story about raceThere are, according to the academic Emmett Price, “six degrees of Harry Pace”. He is referring to the man born in 1884 who founded America’s first black-owned major record label; desegregated part of Chicago; mentored the founder of Ebony and Jet magazines and spearheaded the career of blues singer Ethel Waters. Pa...
Tags: Music, Television, Podcasts, Race, US, America, Chicago, Culture, Digital Media, Television & radio, Podcasting, Blues, Jad Abumrad, Harry Pace, Emmett Price, Ethel Waters Pace


What the Eagles’ “Hotel California” Really Means

During the Satanic panic of the 1980s, a new breed of witchfinder cast a dragnet through pop culture, scooping up songs, artists, and albums that were allegedly part of a demonic conspiracy to corrupt America’s youth. One song routinely appearing on such lists — “Hotel California” by the Eagles. Really? The Eagles? Biggest-selling rock band in the U.S.? Soft-rock superstars who paved the cocaine-colored way for even softer yacht rock superstars? They were hardly Black Sabbath, but ...
Tags: Facebook, Music, California, College, China, US, America, Bbc, George Orwell, David Bowie, Cbs, Ohio, Joni Mitchell, American Dream, Savage, John Fowles


‘There is no fear’: how a cold-war tour inspired Pakistan’s progressive jazz scene

A US state department initiative was the unlikely catalyst for a creative explosion of Pakistani rhythm and western improvIn 1956, a new weapon was unveiled in the cold war: jazz. That year, the US introduced the Jazz Ambassadors Tour, a showcase that sent American musicians overseas to parts of the world that were perceived to be under threat of Soviet influence.While they initially intended to send ballet dancers and symphony orchestras, the State Department were persuaded that the jazz perfor...
Tags: Asia, Music, Africa, US, Culture, Pakistan, Jazz, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, State Department, Experimental music


What It Takes To Develop an Audiobook App

Who said people don’t read books today? They do, but in a pretty specific and advanced way – people listen to books. These days not everyone can allocate some time to get the pleasure of reading, thus, audiobooks happily lend a hand. Wherever we are, we can enjoy audiobooks of our choice. Someone might ask why not simply download the file to the smartphone… The thing is that mobile apps provide much more options than just listening to books. Besides those services are convenient, so it’s not s...
Tags: UK, Technology, US, Jazz, Audiobook App


Sault: Nine review – a masterclass in anger and balm

(Forever Living Originals)The enigmatic collective’s fifth album in two years confounds expectations yet again – and is available for just 99 daysSault – a semi-anonymous UK collective – have already made their mark with four extraordinary albums in the space of two years. Releasing their works without much warning, unwilling to talk about their art, they have become a prolific leftfield outfit torching the rules. Nine, their fifth album, is available to buy and stream for 99 days (until 2 Octob...
Tags: Music, UK, London, US, Soul, Culture, Pop and rock, R&B, Little Simz, Chemical Brothers, SAULT, Michael Kiwanuka


Neu auf Netflix: Auf diese Serien & Filme kannst du dich im Juli freuen

Der Sommer ist hier! Damit steigen die Temperaturen immer weiter an und draußen wird es heißer und heißer. Dank der Lockerungen ist es jetzt auch endlich wieder möglich, in kleinem Kreis und mit Abstand zueinander im Park zu chillen, zu grillen oder sogar wieder schwimmen zu gehen, denn an vielen Orten sind die Freibäder bereits wieder geöffnet. Vielleicht brauchst du aber noch etwas Zeit, um dich wieder daran zu gewöhnen, unter Leute zu kommen. Möglicherweise stehst du auch nicht so besonders...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hollywood, US, Netflix, Paris, Cia, St Petersburg, Kennedy, Bild, Dalton, Kim Jong, Claire, Seite, Ridley, Wie


Last Man Standing review – Biggie and Tupac murder case reinvestigated

Nick Broomfield returns to the deaths of the two titans of 90s gangsta rap, and the disturbing influence of record label boss Suge KnightNearly 20 years ago, Nick Broomfield released his sensational documentary Biggie and Tupac, in which he uncovered hidden facts about the violent deaths of US rappers Tupac Shakur and Christopher “Biggie” Wallace, and found that intimate witnesses to this murderous bicoastal feud were willing to open up to a diffident, soft-spoken Englishman in ways they never w...
Tags: Music, Film, California, US, Los Angeles, Communities, Society, World news, US news, Rap, Culture, Young People, US crime, Gangs, Lapd, Notorious Big


DOWNLOAD ALBUM : I.N.F x Elz Sinatra – WHAT DOESN’T KILL US (Zip File)

Another newly dropped hot new jams by I.N.F x Elz Sinatra – WHAT DOESN’T KILL US, This album was published on 2021-06-28 23:46:48, You can download the zip album using any of the download links below Name: I.N.F x Elz Sinatra – WHAT DOESN’T KILL US Genre: Rap | Hip-Hop Year: 2021 Format: mp3 | 320 kbps Duration: 00:26:46 Size: 61 Mb props by HipHopA.net Name: I.N.F x Elz Sinatra – WHAT DOESN’T KILL US Genre: Rap | Hip-Hop Year: 2021 Format: mp3 | 320 kbps Duration: 00:26:46 Size: 61 Mb prop...
Tags: US, Jazz, Album, Elz Sinatra


Belinda Carlisle on punk, cocaine, body image and Buddhism: ‘I was born a little bit of a rebel’

As the singer for pioneering all-female band the Go-Go’s, Carlisle took on a sexist music industry – at a cost. She talks about overcoming addiction, the media’s obsession with her weight and finding happiness in her 60sIt hardly matters – who really cares about these things? – and yet it does. This year the Go-Go’s will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and earning a place at the museum in Cleveland, Ohio, for all its naffness, is still a mark of influence and recognition. “I alway...
Tags: Music, La, US, Culture, Pop and rock, Carlisle, CLEVELAND Ohio, Rock Roll Hall of Fame, Belinda Carlisle, Alison Ellwood


Evangelion Singer Utada Hikaru Corrupted by Gender Politics, Says She Is “Non-Binary”

The West has continued to corrupt all that is pure as things outside the US are slowly becoming infected with their science-defying gender politics, with Utada Hikaru, a singer perhaps best known for making songs for the Evangelion films, has “come out as non-binary”. Utada (who is fluent in both English and Japanese) appeared on […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Politics, Usa, Internet, Lgbt, US, West, Anime, Evangelion, Utada Hikaru, Utada, Utada Hikaru Corrupted


Jon Hassell, avant garde US composer, dies aged 84

Family and fellow musicians pay tribute to inventor of influential ‘fourth world’ musical aestheticJon Hassell, the influential American avant garde composer who invented the global-minded “fourth world” musical aesthetic, has died aged 84. In a statement, his family said the “iconic trumpet player, author and composer” died in the early hours of 26 June, after just over a year of health complications.In spring 2020, Hassell broke his leg in a fall at his recording studio and spent four months r...
Tags: Music, US, World news, US news, Culture, Can, Brian Eno, Experimental music, Peter Gabriel, Terry Riley, Hassell, Jon Hassell


Elton John and John Grant: ‘We help each other. We are both complicated people’

The pop legend and the US indie star have long been friends and fans of each other’s music. With Grant staying chez Elton and about to release a new album, the pair sat down to discuss politics, homophobia – and why Elton should never write lyricsIt’s a boiling hot day in rural Berkshire, and a man in navy satin Gucci shorts has just walked into his library. It’s all ornate chairs, wooden globes and Buddhist statues, its oiled shelves lined with books about history, the arts – and tons about mus...
Tags: Music, US, Music Industry, Culture, Pop and rock, LGBT rights, Elton John, Pride, Grant, Gucci, Elton, Berkshire, Buddhist, John Grant


Mykki Blanco: ‘I’ve helped to push open some closed doors. It’s a cool feeling’

The rapper has worked with Kanye and Madonna and blazed a trail for black queer pop. Their new mini album, they say, feels like the start of a new chapter…Mykki Blanco has just moved to Hollywood, and five minutes into our conversation, the 35-year old rapper’s beloved mother calls. “She needs to chill out. Like, I don’t work?” laughs Blanco. “She’s helping me pick out furniture and she’s gone crazy about the whole thing.” There is something pure about one of hip-hop’s most experimental figures ...
Tags: Europe, Music, New York, Hollywood, London, US, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, New York Times, Paris, Portugal, Madonna, Lgbtq, Elle


Fire Destroys One Of US’s Leading Organ Makers

Sparks from a malfunctioning fan appear to have ignited sawdust at the factory of Dobson Pipe Organ Builders in Lake City, Iowa on Tuesday afternoon, starting a fire that consumed almost everything but part of the exterior walls. Among the instruments Dobson is best known for are the organs at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, and Merton College, Oxford; the now-incinerated instrument under construction had been for the historic St. James...
Tags: Art, Music, Angels, US, Los Angeles, Sydney, Philadelphia, Sparks, Kimmel Center, Dobson, Merton College Oxford, 06.16.21, Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Lake City Iowa, St James King Street


I tried, and failed, to earn a living as an influencer. Here are 5 hard lessons I learned after gaining and losing thousands of social-media followers.

Brian Patrick Byrne built a following by posting videos and tweets about BTS. Big Hit Music, Brian Patrick Byrne I gained tens of thousands of followers by creating content about K-pop group BTS. My biggest mistake was trying to change my brand in order to earn a living. I ultimately decided that my mental health was more important than being an influencer. See more stories on Insider's business page. In 2020, I lost my job and decided to spend my free time pursuing a dream I'd had...
Tags: Twitter, Music, Media, Youtube, US, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Brian, Hannah Hart, Max, Bts, Influencers, McDonald, DUBLIN Ireland, Mediabase


Polo G: ‘Death and depression made me lean towards music. It became therapeutic’

The Chicago rapper’s last album spent 47 weeks in the UK chart, testament to the power of his raw, introspective tracks. He discusses his journey out of crime and drug use towards being one of rap’s biggest stars“Every day a battle, I’m exhausted and I’m weary / Make sure I smile in public, when alone, my eyes teary / I fought through it all, but that shit hurt me severely.” Even acknowledging the widespread vulnerability and emotional honesty in today’s rap scene, these are still startling lyri...
Tags: Music, UK, US, US news, Rap, Chicago, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Lil Peep, Juice WRLD


Tania Leon Wins 2021 Pulitzer for Music

The Pulitzer citation describes Stride as “a musical journey full of surprise, with powerful brass and rhythmic motifs that incorporate Black music traditions from the US and the Caribbean into a Western orchestral fabric.” – NewMusicBox
Tags: Art, Music, US, Caribbean, Tania León, 06.11.21


Another US Classical Radio Station To Leave The Air

Northeast Indiana Public Radio purchased the license for 94.1 FM in 2002 for $1.8 million and has been operating it since then as Classical 94.1 WBNI. But NIPR never raised enough money to cover both running costs and debt service from acquiring the frequency, so the broadcaster is now selling 94.1 FM — for $350,000 — to a licensee which will operate it as “Rhythm and Praise” with an Urban Gospel format. – Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
Tags: Art, Music, US, NIPR, 06.05.21, Northeast Indiana Public Radio


8 Best Not Well-Known Places in the US to Buy a House

Purchasing a rental property to amp up your investment portfolio can be a fantastic way to become a seasoned investor. If you make intelligent choices and put in the work, a rental property can be lucrative and rewarding. As a first-time investor, the idea of buying a property for rental purposes might feel overwhelming, but there are some ways to help prevent disaster and give you a good foundation and provide you with some incredible passive income. Real estate in certain cities can be highly ...
Tags: Utah, Money Matters, Maryland, California, Housing, La, Investments, US, San Francisco, Atlantic, House, Jazz, Dallas, Salt Lake City, North Carolina, Fort Worth


Music Stars Demand Streaming Music Regulation

It argues that streaming via services such as Spotify and Apple Music be legislated more like radio. “The law has not kept up with the pace of technological change and, as a result, performers and songwriters do not enjoy the same protections as they do in radio,” the letter states. “Today’s musicians receive very little income from their performances – most featured artists receive tiny fractions of a US cent per stream and session musicians receive nothing at all.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Spotify, Music, US, 06.07.21


If US Orchestras Want More Diverse Conductors, They Have A Source Of Them Very Near At Hand

Zachary Woolfe: “There are more of them than ever, and they go by a variety of titles: assistant, associate, fellow, resident. Almost every major orchestra has at least one, … [and they’re] a far more diverse group in which women and musicians of color have found success in recent years. … The question now is how soon they will enter the topmost ranks — and whether, as major orchestras search for music directors in the coming years, they will look toward the crowd right under their noses.” – Th...
Tags: Art, Music, US, ZACHARY WOOLFE, 06.04.21


Why Are Fewer People Getting Married These Days?

One of the most basic lifestyles we can imagine is going to school, getting a job, getting a house, getting married, then starting a family. This is the ideal circumstance that many of us grow up believing in. However, as we all know, life isn’t that simple anymore. In fact, the number of marriages that occur in the US is at an all-time low compared to the peak that we saw in the early 1980s. Marriage is continuing to take on a downward trend, but what exactly caused this? Why are fewer people g...
Tags: Marriage, US, Jazz


Choosing The Right Snack and Wine Combination

The pairing of a perfect bottle of wine with your food makes a beautiful evening even more beautiful. And what can be better than being with a few friends warming the cockles of your heart, over a glass of wine and enjoying together? A portion of good food to go with your wine helps to enhance the taste buds and experience and try new flavors. While sometimes it might get complicated to understand the best combination for your wine, many people tend to contemplate over their choice for a snack...
Tags: Food, Drinks, UK, US, Jazz, Wine, Snack, Provence, Italy Germany



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