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Connecting The World Through Music

Connecting The World Through Music

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Finding musical 'diamonds' in the slums of Paradise City A program in Brazil is offering free classical music training to children in the slumsIt's empowering the children and giving them a chance at a brighter futureThere are 11 million Brazilians living in slums; more than 1 billion worldwide are in slumsTop 10 CNN Hero Thulani Madondo is educating hundreds of slum kids in South Africa Sao Paulo, Brazil (CNN) -- The violin she uses is cheap by most standards: made in China, it costs about $150. But that's an absolute fortune for Yanca Leite.

[reQ] Uh Huh Her [Discography 2007-2011] reQ by :moolassa Uh Huh Her is an indie/electropop band that was formed in January 2007 and released their first EP on July 24, 2007. The band's name came from an album by artist PJ Harvey, titled Uh Huh Her. Camila Grey, a former member of the lo-fi rock band Mellowdrone, had not released any solo material prior to joining Uh Huh Her. Beethoven in the Congo: Kinshasa's classical orchestra Violin player Pauleth Masamba has been playing with the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste since the mid-1990s. "Music is one of the things that comforts me, takes off the stress and makes me happy," she says. The Kinshasa-based orchestra holds regular concerts in a bid to inspire a new generation of musicians and help locals to discover the world of classical music. Masamba, like many other members of the orchestra, lives in a typical Kinshasa neighborhood that has unpaved roads and is lined with sewage. Conductor Armand Diangienda (far right) is the founder and conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste.

Rebel salutes total wellness - Entertainment BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer waltersb@jamaicaobserver.com Monday, December 31, 2012 MUTABARUKA... urging the media to reverse the negativity (Photos: Karl McLarty) OUTSPOKEN poet/broadcaster Mutabaruka has lauded deejay Tony Rebel for steadfastly promoting positive reggae through his annual Rebel Salute show. Speaking at last Thursday's launch of the January 18-19 show at the Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Mutabaruka took the media to task for much of the negatives in the Jamaican society, which includes music.

First Afghanistan female rapper debuts - Entertainment Tuesday, October 09, 2012 | 9:09 AM KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- "Listen to my story! Listen to my pain and suffering!" Afghanistan's first female rapper Sosan Firooz pleads into her microphone. With her first rap song, the outspoken 23-year-old singer is making history in her homeland where society frowns on women who take the stage.

Muve Music, for Mobile Users, Thrives in Shadow of Competitors In its shadow, another service, Muve Music, has quietly built one of the largest subscriber bases in the business by going after a part of the market that most digital companies have largely ignored: people who may not have computers at all. Muve, a phone-based music plan sold through Cricket Wireless, offers unlimited song downloads for $10 a month, tucked inconspicuously into a customer’s monthly cellphone bill, which ranges from $55 to $65. In many ways its users defy the conventional profile of a digital music consumer.

6 Mixer Console Control Apps Offer Complete Control - Hospitality Tech Decisions Mixer specific console control apps recreate physical control boards on your mobile device. By Curtis Emery February 14, 2013 Omnipresence is trait possessed by none, but looked for by everyone. It is a pipe dream to be in complete control of everything, let alone be in all places at once, but it would make our jobs a whole lot easier if it were possible.

Music piracy - who’s on the moral high ground? 18 July 2012Last updated at 11:46 ET Google says it already removes two million links a month on requests from rights holders. It's a battle between one of the world's most powerful companies, Google, and the trade body representing British music labels, the BPI. The increasingly bitter confrontation over what responsibility the search firm has to help in the battle against web piracy is the subject of my film for Newsnight on Wednesday evening. First Spin: Hear Oddisee's 'People Hear What They See' "I'm not a star, somebody lied / I ride the subway as a car, I'm getting by." That's Oddisee on "Do It All," the collaborative track with his DC supergroup Diamond District, from his new album, People Hear What They See. The producer/rapper just kind of throws that line out there, subtly grounding Rick Ross' hammy modesty with a gentlemanly dose of honesty. This is but one of People Hear What They See's many thoughtful takes on rap's rote subjects. If there's a concept to the album, it would be approaching the entry-level boasts and well, bullshit of rap, and turning them into true, lived-in representations of everyday life. "American Greed" is the "get money" song with a widescreen worldview of risk and reward, and "You Know Who You Are," is a track for "the haters" twisted into a celebration of those who've supported you, and a request for introspection.

Cape Verde hip hop special – African hip hop radio May 2012 The May edition of African hip hop radio is a rendez-vous with Revoltod from the Lod Escur crew, our long time contributor who started doing Cabo shows for us while he was living in Cape Verde. Now based in Rotterdam, he’s still very active in the hip hop scenes of Cape Verde as well as the Netherlands. In the second hour from the Red Light Radio studio he plays some of his productions and other hot Cabo stuff, talks about gang culture and police abusing hip hop artists back home, and about two products that are important to Cape Verdean identity: grog, an alcoholic drink, and zouk, the Antillean music that made it big within Cabo communities worldwide.

CBGB Owners Plan a Festival and Seek a New Location The new owners of the club’s assets — some with ties to the original Bowery establishment — say they hope that the festival will revive the wide-open artistic aesthetic associated with CBGB, which in its heyday served as an incubator for influential acts like Television, Talking Heads, the Ramones, Blondie, Sonic Youth and Patti Smith. “We’re never going to recreate that moment in time,” said Tim Hayes, one of the investors. “We’re trying to continue the idea of supporting live music, making a lot of noise and being a part of New York City. The festival is one way we can do it. Eventually the club will be another way we can do it.”

Nelly Furtado: 'Swagger in spades' 7 May 2012Last updated at 01:12 GMT By Mark Savage BBC News entertainment reporter Nelly Furtado is releasing her first English-language album in six years It's been six years since Nelly Furtado's multi-platinum album Loose, which featured the smash hit single Maneater and collaborations with Justin Timberlake and Chris Martin. She followed it up with a Spanish language record that missed the UK top 100 altogether. So, as she returns to a commercial pop sound, the Canadian star has everything to prove. Ska pioneer Lloyd Brevett dies 4 May 2012Last updated at 05:58 ET Lloyd Brevett helped create an identifiably Jamaican sound Jamaican double bassist Lloyd Brevett, whose band The Skatalites pioneered ska music and paved the way for reggae, has died at the age of 80. The Skatalites formed in 1964 and combined jazz, R&B and mento to create ska and take a Jamaican sound around the world for the first time. Their songs included The Guns of Navarone and they backed acts including The Wailers and Prince Buster.

Vinyl Gets Its Groove Back From college dorm rooms to high school sleepovers, an all-but-extinct music medium has been showing up lately. And we don't mean CDs. Vinyl records, especially the full-length LPs that helped define the golden era of rock in the 1960s and '70s, are suddenly cool again.

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