You have got to check out Tamara Bubble! Tamara is a rapper, singer songwriter and commentator on the human condition. Bubble on Deck is a brilliant and hilarious podcast where Tamara will discuss any topic from airport security to Pringles. You can also check out Tamara’s EP release below.
On this EP release, Tamara doesn’t shy away from the stigma of being labeled a “female rapper” as long as you know she’s your favorite rapper PERIOD. Tamara Bubble is primarily known for her singing in many genres, but she’s back with 100% bars this time because her fans asked for it! Within 7 tracks, Tamara will turn you on, make you dance, think, and lyrically turn you out! Topics include domestic violence, gambling vs. saving, investing,
ENTERFIRE was created by NIKI B (Nicholas Nikoloudis) in 2017. It is a project which talks mostly about the time that is passing without mercy and the world which is changing continuously. The songs crafted meticulously combined with powerful lyrics have resulted in melodic metal with trash influence. The vocals can change from clean to brutal, scream and distorted depending on the feel of the song.
The videoclip for the band’s new single ‘Slave of time’ was shot at the ancient theatre of Thassos island in Greece. Many thanks to Thomas Doukinitsas who directed and shot the music video.
The leader of the band, Niki B, was born in Wales, UK, but he was raised on a greek island. From a youngster he grew up in a musical environment thanks to the rock bar owned by his family. He was deeply inspired by all the metal gods he was listening to and it did not take long until he started to feel the attraction of guitars. During his teenage years he played lead guitar and vocals in different bands, performed in live shows and recorded albums.
He knew where his dreams would lead him from a young teenager and in 2014 he decided to move to London to study music in a professional environment. From the time he started to master the guitar professionally he had to learn different styles and genres of music which took his techniques to a different level. On gaining new skills he explored innovative ways to produce new material.
Always wanting to evolve as an artist, Niki B became interested in the field of music production. From the moment he produced his first song he gained knowledge and he developed himself, until nowadays he is composing, recording and mastering his own music in his music studio.
Kunal, the bassist of ENTERFIRE, remembers when his love for music began “back to 1994, when my dad popped in Aerosmith’s – ‘Get A Grip’ into the car cassette player I was mesmerised by the gorgeous tones of a guitar through a Marshall Amplifier”. He started playing guitar in 2007 and followed a Pro Guitar course and a production and sound engineering course. He played bass for different bands, but also served as a producer and vocalist. “My preferred genres are, Punk, Classic Rock and Heavy Metal. My influences include Black Sabbath, Led Zepplin, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Motorhead, Anthrax, Kiss, Aerosmith, Guns N Roses, Pantera, Ozzy Osbourne, Blink 182, Sum 41.”
The rhythm guitarist, Ioakeim is the youngest member of the band and he discovered heavy metal, metalcore, thrash metal and death metal at the age of 12. By the age of 15 he was already playing in melodic death metal bands as a lead guitarist and bassist. In 2016 he moved to London to study guitar at the British Institute of Modern Music. He finds his inspiration in bands such as Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, Death, Sodom, Venom, Rotting Christ, Amon Amarth, Lamb of God, Slayer, Megadeth and Judas Priest.
Nick started playing drums at the age of 8 and during high school he was rocking the bars with his band. He decided to move in the UK at 18 and joined a BA creative musicianship course at Bimm London. “Through my time there I studied some interesting modules such as instrument technique , creative technology application and the basics of using Ableton and Logic software to create and record music.” His inspiration is coming from drummers such as John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) , Nicko Mcbrain (Iron Maiden), Mike Portnoy (ex Dream Theater).
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez’s “Remember Me” from the animated film Coco has just won the Best Original Song Academy Award.
This latest triumph is Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez’s second Academy Award together. The married couple won their first (and until now, only) Oscar for writing the international hit “Let It Go” from Frozen. That song (and the incredibly popular soundtrack it was featured on) also won them a pair of Grammys the following year. Robert Lopez is an EGOT winner, as he has also taken home an Emmy and a Tony Award, making him one of the few talents in history to do so.
“Remember Me” was sung by many different actors throughout the film, but the version that was released as a single was fronted by R&B superstar Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade. The track didn’t become anywhere near as ubiquitous a hit as “Let It Go,” though it was well-received and still did well enough in a few territories.
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez’s “Remember Me” beat out the following four other worthy songs: Pasek & Paul’s “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, Sufjan Stevens’ “Mystery of Love” from Coco, Diane Warren and Common’s “Stand Up for Something” from Marshall and Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson’s “Mighty River” from the film Mudbound.
…a virtuoso was, originally, a highly accomplished musician, but by the nineteenth century the term had become restricted to performers, both vocal and instrumental, whose technical accomplishments were so pronounced as to dazzle the public.
In recent years, the term virtuoso has been overused and downgraded to include any artist who has command over their instrument. The word ‘proficient’ should suffice when describing most accomplished performers however, once in a while, a musician will come along who goes way beyond just proficient. I am reminded of the likes of Paganini, Pavarotti and Jacqueline du Pre when looking to fit this bill.
Alexander Hrustevich fits the description perfectly. There is nobody more proficient at playing the accordion than Alexander.
Ukrainian-born Alexander Hrustevich is one of the best bayanists in the world. Mr. Hrustevich is constantly invited to perform in many countries, including Poland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Serbia, Brazil and many others. Just recently, he performed with legendary musician and composer, winner of several Grammy awards Bobby McFerrin in a sold out, three thousand audience arena in Kiev.
The very first notes will take your breath away… Alexader Hrustevich is able to play the most complicated transcriptions of violin, piano and orchestra pieces with the bayan; starting with Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and finishing with a fragment from Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” Using his ten fingers at the same time, he is able to easily play both orchestra and violin parts. For these extraordinary abilities people and critics call Mr. Hrustevich – “the man orchestra“.
As prof. David Yearsley writes about Mr. Hrustevich’s recording, which he saw on Youtube: “The small stage on which Hrustevich demonstrates his art is festooned with yellow and orange balloons and fake flower garlands. The camera is hand-held, but despite all of this, you can feel how great are this virtuoso’s gifts.” The professor also compares his interpretations of Bach Passacaglia with a pianist: “Tricky passages that the pianist divided between the two hands, Hrustevich manages with one. He revels in the virtuosic spectacle of fingers flying and sliding and contorting over buttons and in the same time picking almost every note cleanly. It’s rather like playing the Bach Passacaglia on a travel typewriter, only harder.”(The Musical Patriot).
Born in 1983, Alexander Hrustevich started to play the bayan by the age of 6. He graduated Ukraines National Academy of Music as a student of prof. Besfamilnov. Apart from his solo activity, he is also a member of the National Academy Orchestra.
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Soundsmyth was founded in 2003 by Steve Smith and his brother David, along with longtime friend Walt Collins. The three had been playing music together off and on since they were teenagers. In 2006 they were joined by vocalist Ray Palmer and began working on their first CD. A year later Walt left and was replaced on bass by Rich Holtz. Two more years passed before the recordings were finished, mixed and mastered. The CD release party for “We Returned to Rock and Roll” was held at the Token Lounge in Detroit on February 13th, 2009.Sometime after the Detroit gig, David expressed a desire to go back to playing keyboards. The search for a new drummer ended several weeks later when Allan Eberly joined the band. While recording their follow-up CD, Lora Beuoy was asked to join the band as a second vocalist. No sooner were the last tracks recorded that both Allan and Rich departed. The CD was finished in September 2010 but the release was delayed while the “Wolves of Winter” video and cover art were completed. In October David decided to leave the band so Steve and Ray set up shop in what was to become Barking Dogs Studio.
Lora’s husband Ken joined in the fall of 2010 followed by Steve’s daughter Jaclyn the following spring. Over the next four and a half years numerous drummers worked with the band until John Bowden filled the position in 2014. Due to their talent and unique musical style, the band continues to gain fans both locally and internationally.
‘Father of South African jazz’, who had career spanning more than five decades, dies aged 78
South Africans have paid tribute to Hugh Masekela, the legendary jazz musician and activist, who died on Tuesday aged 78.
The South African president, Jacob Zuma, said the nation would mourn a man who “kept the torch of freedom alive”. The arts and culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa, described Masekela as “one of the great architects of Afro-Jazz”. “A baobab tree has fallen,” Mthethwa wrote on Twitter.
A statement from the trumpeter’s family said Masekela “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg, where he lived and worked for much of his life, on Tuesday morning.
“A loving father, brother, grandfather and friend, our hearts beat with a profound loss. Hugh’s global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memories of millions across six continents,” the statement read.
Relatives described Masekela’s “ebullient and joyous life”.
Masekela had been suffering from prostate cancer for almost a decade. He last performed in 2010 in Johannesburg when he gave two concerts that were seen as an “epitaph” to his long career.
South African social media was flooded with tributes to “brother Hugh”, whose career and work was closely intertwined with the troubled politics of his homeland.
The singer Johnny Clegg described Masekela as “immensely bright and articulate … an outstanding musical pioneer and a robust debater, always holding to his South African roots.”
Masekela was born in Witbank, a mining town in eastern South Africa, and was given his first trumpet by the anti-apartheid activist archbishop Trevor Huddleston, who formed a pioneering jazz band in Soweto in the 1950s that became a launchpad for many of South Africa’s most famous jazz musicians.
Masekela went on to study in the UK and the US, where he had significant success.
As well as forming close friendships with jazz legends such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charles Mingus, Masekela performed alongside Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s.
He returned to Africa where he played with icons such as Nigeria’s Fela Kuti, and in 1974 he helped organise a three-day festival before the “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing clash in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
In 1976, the man who became known as the father of South African jazz composed Soweto Blues in response to the uprising in the vast township. He toured with Paul Simon in the 1980s while continuing his political engagement, writing Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela) in 1987. The song became an anthem of the anti-apartheid struggle. James Hall, a writer and broadcaster who spent time with Masekela in the 1990s, said he “could have prickly personality” at times “due to the tension and frustration of being away from his own country for so long”.
Masekela was briefly married to Miriam Makeba in the 1960s and remained on good terms with the South African singer after their divorce. “They had a wonderful friendship and were very, very close,” said Hall, who co-wrote Makeba’s autobiography.
Masekela refused to take citizenship anywhere outside South Africa “despite the open arms of many countries”, said his son, Selema Mabena Masekela, on Tuesday.
“My father’s life was the definition of activism and resistance. His belief [was] that the pure evil of a systematic racist oppression could and would be crushed. Instead he would continue to fight.”
After more than 30 years in exile, Masekela returned to South Africa in the early 90s after the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the end of apartheid.
In 2010 he performed at the opening ceremony of the football World Cup in Johannesburg.
Masekela had many fans overseas. “Hugh Masekela was a titan of jazz and of the anti-apartheid struggle. His courage, words and music inspired me … and strengthened the resolve of those fighting for justice in South Africa,” said Jeremy Corbyn on Twitter.
William Bloom Aka Will Anderson, is a phenomenal talent from Brisbane, Australia. Check out ‘Lionheart’ and the On Song interview to discover more about Will.
Will Anderson is not a middle aged Aussie comedian, he’s an equally talented 19 year old musician who blends modern production with smooth vocals, didgeridoos, guitar and percussion to create a soulful one of a kind sound.
His debut single “Notions” presents a clever mix of acoustic and electronic instruments and was written about shaping your own path. “The song is a conversation about loving someone or something and having influential people around you oppose it and advise against it. Its about saying “fuck it” and letting yourself love who you love and do what you love”
This kid was born with music in his blood. However he didn’t pick up his first musical instrument until age 15 when he was gifted with his dad’s hand-me-down guitar. 4 years on and Will has not only mastered the guitar but can play over 10 different instruments including 3 face melting didgeridoo’s. This guy is the living proof that men can multitask playing most of these instruments live, at once.
After countless hours of practice and under the guidance of local aboriginal and non-aboriginal mentors, the 19 year old now carves his own didgeridoos from the tree’s in his hometown. “I have always wanted to share and in the incredible aboriginal culture and bring people together with my music, these didgeridoos have let me do that”- Will Anderson.
While still at school, he gained national recognition in 2015 by winning the Peoples Choice Awards at Australia’s largest singer/songwriter program Telstra’s Road to Discovery and was named runner up in Queensland Music’s Most Promising Male Songwriter competition in 2016.
This was followed by several festival appearances such as Caloundra Music Festival, Caxton Street Festival and Byron Bay Bluesfest Busking in 2016 as well as supports slots with The Cat Empire, Busby Marou and Kingswood.
With a polished live show and a clear musical vision Will Anderson relocated from Mackay to Gold Coast at the beginning of 2017 to focus solely on music and is set to make a serious impact on the scene with the release of “Notions”.
“I wanted to create something new, something fresh, something that has never been done before” – Will Anderson on Notions.
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Much like last year, I have decided on a somewhat random number of albums. I do appreciate how the list format can be equal parts exciting and somewhat exhausting during this time of year. But for me, it’s a good place to mention a lot of albums that I loved but didn’t always get to write about or talk about a lot this year. In 2017, I went from (arguably) writing too much about music to not having nearly as much time to write about music as I wanted to. I hope to strike a balance in 2018. In the meantime, here are my 39 favorite albums of the year. Like last year, if there was good writing on the artist or album, I’ll link that as well.