Archive for January, 2013

Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata

This week I thought we would look back at an artist most of you have probably never heard.  Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist.  In the 1960s she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music in the U.S. and around the world. She is best known for the song “Pata Pata”, first recorded in 1957 and released in the U.S. in 1967. She recorded and toured with many popular artists, such as Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, and her former husband Hugh Masekela.

She actively campaigned against the South African system of apartheid. As a result, the South African government revoked her citizenship and right of return. After the end of apartheid she returned home. She died on 9 November 2008 after performing in a concert in Italy.  Enjoy here most popular song Pata Pata as the song of the week.

Bastille – Flaws

Bastille are a band from South London, England, formed in 2010. Bastille started out as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith who later decided to form a band. The name of the band comes from Bastille Day; the day Dan Smith was born.  Bastille Day is the French equivalent of “Independence Day”.   The song of the week is off their new EP called Flaws release in Oct 2012.  The song on the EP that has made it to song of the week is also titled Flaws.  If you like it check out their first album to be released March 4, 2013 called Bad Blood.

Sorry that I have been really late (a new record for me) this week but work has taken over my life…back to work now.

Dropkick Murphys – Rose Tattoo

I think maybe it is because I have some Irish in me that I have a fondness of Celtic music.  Next year 2014 I will be celebrating my 50th birthday in Ireland in a pub…you are all welcome to come.  If you like Celtic music and punk music then you will like the Dropkick Murphys.  Dropkick Murphys released their eight album “Signed and Sealed in Blood” last week.  Like some artists you can get tired of listening to the Dropkick Murphys as many songs have a similar sound.  The song of the week (Rose Tattoo)  is toned down from their usual material and I quite liked it.  Have a listen.

For a more traditional song from Dropkick Murphys have a listen to “Going Out in Style” which is a great song to sing along to or dance to after a fews pints in an Irish pub!

 

Paul McCartney, David Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear – Cut Me Some Slack

David Grohl (former drummer in Nirvana and the lead vocalist, guitarist, and founder of the Foo Fighters has completed a documentary about a legendary studio in Los Angeles called Sound City.  Many major record albums we recorded in this studio.  The studio like record stores, no longer exisst.  David takes us back to the time when the studio was the place where some of the worlds best albums were created.  Back to the days of tape, to the days before digital.  The documentary will premier at the Sundance Film festival.  There is new music being created as the soundtrack to the documentary has a star studded cast.  The documentary spurred the creation of a new back Sound City and the album is called Real to Reel.  The first cut off the album is called Cut Me Some Slack and it is the song of the week. This song was played at the Sandy Hurricane relief concert and has the members of Nirvana playing with Paul McCartney.

Watch for the rest of the album to be released March 12, 2013 on iTunes.

 

 
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