For those of you who are familiar with the site, know that back in december Ariel Pink’s “Round and Round” was featured on “The take off year” (best of 2010 compilation album) which was released on christmas day . Well, this weekend I received confirmation of that decision when I stumbled across this cover from Staten Island’s own PS22 Chorus. An unlikely pick for a children’s choir, but definitely performed to perfection.
It is so cool to see Mr. B (the instructor) taking the initiative to introduce the kids to new music instead of cramming 16th century madrigals down their throats. I used to be in choir and I always hated the music we were forced to sing because it was so irrelevant to the time. Not saying that 16th century madrigals are not to be appreciated, but an update to the curriculum is always a positive. Big ups to the kids who participated and made it happen!!Read more →
My friend and mentor DJ Sun, released his latest project “Fun” off his ‘One Hundred’ album earlier this week. The album is an eclectic mix of sounds and samples from all across the world, strategically mixed to never move past 100bpm. The video was shot in Houston by Omari Soulfinger and this is what he had to say about working with the legend. “..you’ll never meet a dude more down to earth, sincere and modest. I was honored by DJ Sun to visually interpret one of his tracks, and at the same time give Houston some shine.” I couldn’t agree more, the Sun is definitely shining. Bless up!Read more →
“Right from start, Fania Records and its subsidiaries exceeded everybody’s expectations. The label was created in 1964. It penetrated the market so successfully and became so popular at the international level that its executives decided to broaden its talent in order to reach an even wider audience. The result? The wildly successful Fania All Stars, a group that brought together several of the label’s most popular artists. This move would further solidify the label’s standing in the international music scene.
The Fania All Stars’ first concert, “Live at the Red Garter,” was a promotional experiment designed solely to test the waters. The all-star cast included Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Ricardo Ray, and Bobby Cruz, and resulted in a live double album. The experiment couldn’t have been more successful. In 1971, the band revolutionized salsa as a genre with “Fania All Stars at the Cheetah,” a concert that was filmed and recorded live. In 1973, following a successful tour, the band made its first appearance at Yankee Stadium in New York. The stars performed before countless fans that had caught the fever and were swooning in the presence of consecrated performers of the genre such as Willie Colón, Johnny Pacheco, Bobby Valentín, Ray Barreto, and Mongo Santamaría.This concert, too, was filmed and recorded live, and set the standard in the music industry.”
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