TECHNO, SPOKEN WORD & WORLD MUSIC – THREE DISKS, 3 REVIEWS

Since June I had promised to look at some French music I bought at Lancaster Great House, and since then even more albums popped up for me to glance at…

Manu Leonard played some techno flavored dub as Jerome Radigois did some speed sculpting on the grounds of Lancaster back in May. Here’s [most of] what his MySpace page says {edited};-

“After an EP released in 2007, “We are what happens” is Manusound first album in 2008.

Being one of the founder members of the dub band ? YOSH ?, Manu Leonard aka MANUSOUND allowed himself to explore new sounds through his laboratory. Being one of the founder members of the dub band “YOSHI, who we heard from right from the start when they released their first album (PIAS, 2006) in particular during the
Telerama dub festival“and the” Transmusicales Rennes ” MANUSOUND allowed himself to explore new sounds through his laboratory.

From a tragic, sharp, punchy (n?7Enrichis toi“) or completely quirky (n?3 N’importe quoi“) spoken word, this first album reveals a many facets personality. From a tragic, sharp, punchy (No. 7Enrich yourself“) or completly quirky (No. 3Anything“) spoken word, this first album reveals personality has many facets.

Unusual and surprising, the sound mixing goes from a boiling hot electronic music (n?2Peep show“), a cosmic dub (n?5Le doigt sur la g?chette“, n?1Une fus?e plastique“) to rock and drum’n'bass sounds (n?10 “You have the right“). Unusual and surprising, mixing the sound goes from a boiling hot electronic music to cosmic dub or rock and drum’n'bass sounds.

The project is also surprising on stage, an unbridled show by Manusound, performer using samplers, keyboards and effects. The project is also surprising on stage, an unbridled show by Manusound, performer using samplers, keyboards and effects.

The musical video “Peep show“, by the Chilean video director Txalo Toloza, is also available on this album. The music video “Peep Show“, by the Chilean Txalo Toloza video director, is also available on this album. It was shot in Barcelona with the Catalan performer Sonia Gomez between summer and autumn 2007. It was shot in Barcelona with the Catalan performer Sonia Gomez between summer and autumn 2007.

Many collaborations gave birth to this album: words from the writer Caryl Ferey melt into Yosh crew’s smart and meticulous arrangements spiced by the unclassified Sonia Gomez’s craziness (“Peep Show“) lead to a full, deep, wide-ranging album with a real innovative style. Many collaborations gave birth to this album: words from the writer Caryl Ferey melt into Yosh crew’s smart and meticulous arrangements spiced by the unclassified Sonia Gomez’s crazyness ( “Peep Show“) lead to a full, deep, wide-ranging album with a real innovative style.

MANUSOUND flows his dub Dreadzone’s way, venturing into a high standard spoken word in French. At the end of the day, it feels like a mate is taking us for a ride in a convertible car on a sunny day. And that’s so nice and pleasant!” Fr?d?ric P?guillant from TELERAMA

Album “Nous sommes ce qui arrive” MANUSOUND (Foutadawa/pias) 11 titres Sortie nationale mai 2008 12 euros + 2 euros de frais de port Album “We are what happens” MANUSOUND (Foutadawa/pias) 11 national titles released in May 2008 12 euros + 2 euros de frais de port”

Then Playing For Change, a non-profit music group making a pun on change as in coins from buskers or change as in making a difference in the world through music. they have been busy and they have a special issue DVD & CD. They record buskers around the world and mix their songs into one harmony to encourage folk to assist in planetary unification via melodies pure and simple. The compact disk has ten cuts but fairly lengthy selections whereas the DVD definitely leaves you wanting more…

“After nearly a month on the road, the PFC Band’s brief Summer Tour has come to an end. This journey began in Glastonbury, UK, then continued in Los Angeles, California. Along the way the PFC Band welcomed a new musician to its ranks, Titi Tsira of South Africa (to learn more about Titi, click here to check out this recent blog about her).

The band’s final show in New Orleans last Saturday was a truly special evening. Over the course of the month the band spent traveling and performing together, they gelled as musicians, and deepened their relationship as friends. This show was webcast live on Tipitina’s website, however, so many PFC Community members tuned in to listen that we actually crashed their server! We have since spoken to Tipitina’s, and they are planning to post the 2 1/2 hour show for us sometime soon. As soon as we have any information about when this will happen, we will be sharing it with the community! In the meantime, we will be adding photos from the Tipitina’s show Friday morning, come back and check them out then in the news section of playingforchange.com.

Today, PFC is excited to present episode #12, “Mystery Train.” This song features Roberto Luti and Washboard Chaz collaborating from different parts of New Orleans to create a beautiful version of the Junior Parker / Sam Phillips classic. We hope you’ll check this out, and continue to stay active in the Playing For Change Movement.

As always, we love to hear from you. If you would like to share any video (or written) responses to “Mystery Train,” or anything else about the PFC Movement, upload them to your favorite streaming video site, and send the links to participate@playingforchange.com.

One Love,
Playing For Change

Beny Blaq is a second-generation Yankee Bajan who was here recently under the banner of the NCF, the night he performed he did two smart things… He sold his CD for $10 U.S. or twenty Bajan and he left the cussing for his disk and not to his audience and sponsors that night… He strongly believes in freedom of speech but understands the price for such a privilege is not only eternal vigilance but using proper discretion.

His bio tends to support his seemingly contradictory viewpoints;-

“Born to the world August 31, 1977, Brooklyn, NY native Beny Blaq discovered he had an interest in poetry at the age of 13. Inspired by the revolutionary art form of poetry and spoken word which he calls the “greatest forum of expression”; he decided to give his writing verbal life. Beny would call his writings simple but passionate, shadowing his own life and experiences. In a quest to quench the thirst of cerebral freedom, he has taken his journey and his message to the masses. Beny has performed and featured nationally at various open mic venues and community events. He has conducted writing workshops in various public schools, headlined at the Larry Neal Awarded play “Prison Poetry” at the historical Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC and recently embarked on the NACA Mid-Atlantic College tour. Beny has also been blessed with the opportunity to appear on various radio and TV outlets and has recently made an appearance on HBO?s hit series ?The Wire?. Inspired by the great poets Sonia Sanchez, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Haki Madhubuti and many others, he proudly walks in the footsteps of those who went before him and knocked down doors for poets and independent artists today. Beny penned the phrase SILENCE IS FORBIDDEN to represent his belief that the current state of the world demands that we can no longer afford to be silent. He believes that unifying through this art form will open the doors for himself as well as other independent artist to realize and manifest their dreams. His mission and passion is to not only write and share his words, but to help create a space for artists to share their art and talent with the world while also living prosperous lives for themselves and generations to come.”

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