This Is America: Nicole Arbour defends ‘women’s edit’ of Childish Gambino hit


A YouTuber who created a “women’s edit” of Childish Gambino’s This Is America video says it’s been “misinterpreted”.

Nicole Arbour describes her post as a “female positive/empowerment video”.

She’s faced strong criticism online – including accusations of belittling “black pain” and “stealin[g] our culture for money”.

Others told her to “stop cheapening black art and creativity” – but Nicole says people are “wrongly portraying this as white vs black”

Donald Glover’s original This Is America music video was released on 5 May and was praised for its commentary on issues like racism and police violence.

One week later, Nicole posted her own version online.

Many people have argued that her video makes light of “black pain and oppression”, as well as “editing out the race issues in favour of the feminist issues.”

Nicole responded on social media, saying “this was not the intent or theme at all”.

“It was created with every intention of bringing a light to women’s experiences,” she said.

“It was a tongue in cheek way to give additional glory to what I believe is the most impactful piece of art in recent years.

“Due to the sensitive nature of the original, I understand why some people are wrongly portraying this as white vs black,” she added.

Nicole ended her statement with a call for others to “create their own version of this video”.

“Through this honesty, I believe we can discover a new level of empathy and understanding for each other.”

This isn’t the first time a Nicole Arbour video has caused controversy.

In 2015, she uploaded “Dear Fat People”, which was called out for fat-shaming.

“That video was made to offend people,” she said at the time, addressing the video on US chat show The View.

“It’s just satire, I’m just being silly.”


One Million Guitars – A chance for all children to discover music


Music is the only true universal language. The transformative power of music is unparalleled. It unites continents and humans like no other medium. Yet access to music education for our most vulnerable communities continues to diminish.

One Million Guitars is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Foundation on a mission to impact the lives of millions of children around the globe through the power of a musical instrument. Having early access to music education can transform the future of a great learner and affect the trajectory of their entire life. Apart from the subjective notion that music lifts the soul, it has been empirically shown that learners with the benefit of a musical training excel in other academic and creative domains. Yet so many of our brightest minds, those that can inspire future generations to improve our world, do not have access to a music education.

One Million Guitars, 1MG, is going to fix this dilemma, one guitar at a time. Under the leadership and vision of master musician David Broza, a lifelong peace ambassador and children’s advocate, over the next five years, 1MG will distribute more than one million guitars worldwide to children and leverage social media to create an online music academy and community of engaged, young learners.

These millions of kids will each be empowered by and granted a 1MG scholarship that includes a beautiful professional instrument built to last, online training by world renowned recording artists and professional musicians and access to local events and peer to peer training.

This all starts and ends with a kid with a guitar. Given the opportunity to surface the best version of themselves., millions of like minded children around the world will unite in a global chorus of personal growth, potential, diversity and peace.

Join us on this quest to bring the empowerment of music education into the lives of millions of kids.

How does it work?

1MG offers a 1MG Scholarship to young students that includes the 1MG signature guitar, extra strings as well as the 1MG starter instruction book. Students then need everything they need to start on their transformation journey. Additionally they will have access to online video tutorials created by some of the world’s leading artists as well as community contributors.

How can I help?

You can join the community of passionate individuals making a difference in million of kids lives in a variety of ways. Contact us to join the 1MG team and help in creating instructional content, doing community outreach and starting a 1MG group in a community in need as well as help our fundraising efforts. Contact Us

How do I contribute?

Head over to our GoFundMe.com page to contribute to our tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Foundation. Your contribution will go directly towards facilitating the 1MG program and manufacturing and distributing 1MG Guitars. Every $100 contributed facilitates another life altering event for a child that would otherwise never experience the transformative potential of a musical instrument.




The Latest from the Red Planet Orchestra


Somewhere on this earth exists a secret place isolated from the rest of the world. The last untouched paradise where we live the same way from where we started. We are, Humanity!

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WOW! — NYC’s Newest Concert Venue Pier 17 Rooftop


Kings of Leon, Amy Schumer, plus views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and the city skyline

 Welcome to Pier 17 in New York City’s Seaport District. This 1.5-acre rooftop has a capacity of 3,400 standing or 2,400 seated, with the Brooklyn Bridge serving as a backdrop as well as surrounding views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. In July, it debuts as the city’s premier rooftop concert venue.

A stone’s throw from the Financial District and the World Trade Center, ESPN’s new morning show Get Up! also films in the heart of Pier 17.

For ticket information on all shows visit Pier17NY.com or Ticketmaster

Pier 17 Show Schedule:
28-Jul Jon Batiste, The Dap-Kings (FREE community event)
1-Aug Amy Schumer and Friends
2-Aug Kings of Leon
3-Aug Kings of Leon
9-Aug Bebe Rexha
12-Aug Trevor Noah
19-Aug The Summer Ever After Tour feat. All Time Low & Dashboard Confessional
21-Aug Michael McDonald
24-Aug Hunter Hayes
25-Aug Gladys Knight & The O’Jays
6-Sep Jeff Dunham
7-Sep ZIGGY MARLEY — Rebellion Rises 2018 Tour
8-Sep deadmau5
21-Sep St. Lucia
28-Sep STS9
29-Sep STS9
30-Sep Diana Ross
5-Oct Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
6-Oct Pink Martini
7-Oct Paul Anka — Anka Sings Sinatra: His Songs, My Songs, My Way
12-Oct Thievery Corporation

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What is Stratos? A Product Review


Stratos Brass Embouchure Training System

The Stratos Brass Embouchure Training System is an adjustable attachment for all brass instruments designed to improve your embouchure. The Stratos Embouchure System helps to reduce mouthpiece pressure by counteracting the natural urge to pull the instrument closer to your face. This will directly improve your range, power, tone, stamina and overall playing. The Stratos System is handcrafted in the UK from high-quality aviation grade polished aluminium and simply attaches to the leadpipe of any brass instrument.

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Power Without Pressure

The Stratos Brass Embouchure Training System is a high-quality practice aid which reduces mouthpiece pressure and ensures a good jaw position. Excessive mouthpiece pressure restricts the flow of blood to the lips which results in reduced stamina. This is because the muscles at the sides of the lips are hardly being used and these muscles determine lip tension. The Stratos System encourages a balanced “floating” jaw position by reducing mouthpiece pressure and ensures the correct muscles are used. By using the Stratos System to encourage the correct position, musicians will develop an even tone throughout the entire range of their instrument.

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Fully Adjustable

The Stratos Embouchure System is incredibly versatile and can fit onto the leadpipe of any brass instrument. The system is easily adjustable to ensure the sprung cushioned cup sits comfortably against the musician. The Stratos System is handcrafted in the UK from professional aviation grade aluminium which is then polished to match the aesthetic of your brass instrument.

Reviews

“I want one and I want it now” Jens Lindemann CM – International Trumpet Soloist

“STRATOS is particularly useful in my warm-up, to focus my mind on the basics of a good embouchure set-up. Really useful … a great bit of kit” David Pyatt – Principal Horn, London Philharmonic Orchestra

“As an educator and a trombone player, I was so amazed with the STRATOS as a beneficial aid for the chops (lips) that every brass player should have. I believe this to be an invaluable tool for busy educators like myself. I would recommend it to all brass students.” Lord Chris Jeans – International Trombone Soloist

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Intuitive Guitar – Major Scale Modes. A fantastic new App for guitarists



Why is it that many video courses, guitar lessons, guitarists, apps and tutorials explain the concept of modes for guitar over and over again? Because they are very useful of course, but somewhat fail as one usually ends up with fretboard diagrams filled with dots and patterns and it all seems like a big intellectual challenge to memorize all positions at once, all keys, all strings… so many different combinations, and how to make them sound musical and flow through them without sounding like a robot is going up and down a scale?

We believe the solution is learning through intuition and repetition with carefully designed objective oriented practice routines. Time is important, so optimizing your practice time is essential to make progress and stop wasting time.

This approach to learning the modes of the major scale for guitar is simple and effective, just play along a practice routine for 10 minutes a day and the whole fretboard will start to open up for you. The routines cover all seven modes of the major scale parallel to each other in the key of C. We are approaching guitar fretboard visualization in 3-string shapes that cover only one octave, which makes them easy to manipulate, instead of large 6-string shapes, CAGED, 3 notes per string or other conventional shapes. This process will allow you to always keep in mind the intervallic relationship of the note you are playing against the root. Basic modal theory is included and we focus on the 7 modes of the major scale: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian.

Features:
– New effortless approach to learning music theory and skills
– Fly through the 7 Modes of the Major Scale
– 21 well designed guitar practice routines for daily practice
– 14 Backing tracks/modal loops with advanced audio pitch-shifting, tempo variations, and an equalizer
– Fully featured tab section with zoom, fast scrolling, loops, tempo and tonality change
– Modal Music Theory
– Built-in Metronome

We think that in today’s digital world privacy is of the utmost importance. You can read the complete policy here: http://www.amparosoft.com/privacy

NOTE: If you run into any issues, have questions or suggestions, please email us to amparosoft@gmail.com

All content is property of AmparoSoft
All music is composed and played by Otto Reina

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Kaleka Keys – Nitenge featuring KatOyo A Ayoo




Victor Kaleka, better known as “Kaleka Keys”, is a keyboard player/pianist, composer, song writer and performing artist born in Kenya and based in Nairobi. His music cuts across the genres of Afro- Jazz, Gospel music and R&B.

His music career started in 2012 after high school when he began working with different bands. He grew fast within the music industry through hard work, motivation and discipline. He has performed in events and festivals in Kenya such as Koroga Festival, Kwetu festival, Cake Festival and many others.

He has worked with some of Kenya’s popular artists like Juliani and LJ Maasai. Currently, he is playing for an artist called Kidum Kibido who is well recognized internationally.
Among the artists who inspire him are; Brian Culbertson, Chick Korea, Cory Henry, Richard Bona, Shawn Martin and George Duke. His vision is to bring African Fused Jazz with a different feel.

Everything he knows is self-taught. He trained himself to play the keyboard by ear, listening to other musicians and practicing with YouTube tutorials.

Kaleka Keys is currently working on his first Album called “Flower Garden”. He has released one Single out ‘Blind Love – Official Music Video’

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Gogo Simo, a unique East African sound




Gogo Simo is a seven piece band that plays almost every genre of music. They have recorded two albums titled Gogo Simo and Heshimu respectively. They completed their third album ‘UPAWA; which was launched on 2nd September, 2011. Gogo Simo is without a doubt the best band in Kenya.

They perform 5 days a week every week and are largely popular for entertaining at one of the leading TV shows ‘Churchill Live’. They entertain age groups from 25 to 85. The band consists of bass guitar, keyboards, drums, saxophones, percussion and female lead voice. Almost all the band members are vocalists in their own right. Once you’ve heard Gogo Simo, you keep coming back for more.

Band Members

1. Artist/1stKeyboard/Composer/CEO/Producer/Managing/Music Director: James Gogo

2.Keyboards/Vocals: Mike O W Jozee

3.Drums/Vocals: Mechack Niyo

4.Bass: Moses Karanja

5.Band leader/Saxophone/Vocals: Noah Saha

6.Assistant Band leader/Lead Guitar: David N Omamu

7.BGVs/Lead Vocals:Ruth Muhonja

 
Hometown
Mombasa, Kenya
General Manager
James Gogo
Press contact
+254 728 025 272
Booking agent
+254 728 025 272

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Scott Hutchinson aged 36, may you now find peace

Scott Hutchison, the lead singer and songwriter of the Scottish folk-rock band Frightened Rabbit, was found dead on Thursday near South Queensferry, Scotland, the Edinburgh police confirmed, after a days-long search for the musician, who was said to be in a “fragile state.”

The police could not immediately identify a cause of death, but said it was not being treated as suspicious.

Mr. Hutchison, 36, had not been seen since the early morning hours on Wednesday, when he left a hotel in South Queensferry after sending two cryptic messages on Twitter. He wrote: “Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones,” and “I’m away now. Thanks.”

Good luck SuRie in the Eurovision Song Contest


She’s a fan of Jeff Buckley who once harboured dreams of signing for Bella Union. So, can this dance diva succeed where Blue and Bonnie Tyler faltered?

“Welcome to my hooooome,” SuRie deadpans, before bursting into laughter. We are meeting ahead of the Eurovision final in Lisbon, and the UK’s contestant is perched on a velvet-upholstered chair in the opulent Portuguese embassy in London. She throws herself into the role of tour guide with aplomb. “If you see this tapestry,” she says, gesturing to a floor-to-ceiling artwork of a fleet of ships, “it depicts a voyage from Lisbon to the UK, and now I’m doing the reverse. I think there’s a lovely link.”

Today, SuRie, 29, is wearing roomy black athleisure; her candyfloss-coloured hair is cut into a short crop like Katy Perry’s. In the past her music has skewed slightly alternative, and pre-Eurovision she released a heartfelt piano-led cover of Jeff Buckley’s Lover, You Should’ve Come Over. But her current song, Storm, flips that 180 degrees: it’s a distillation of EDM and 90s dance that feels slightly dated but has the nefarious sticking power of an ad jingle. “Storms don’t last for ever,” SuRie belts out stagily, bringing to mind all those divas who have sung of making it through the rain to welcome a new day.

“It means a lot to me,” she says of her song. “I need a reminder sometimes to keep my chin up and keep perspective. If we come together, concentrating on love and positivity, we can get through it all.”

SuRie’s hope is that her posi-pop earworm will be enough to give the UK its first Eurovision win since Katrina and the Waves’ Love Shine a Light back in 1997. Even the most dedicated fan of the contest would find it hard to deny that the UK has dropped the ball in recent years, with unmemorable entries from Blue, Bonnie Tyler and last year’s balladeer, Lucie Jones. “I don’t know what the problem is,” SuRie says. “But I hope to be a small cog in that wheel of trying to improve the reputation.”