You Gotta Believe its Sharon tandy IT READS LIKE a tragic fairy tale: how a full-throated, music-mad young Jewish girl from the suburbs of Johannesburg fell in love with a man of mixed race, and followed him to England, not knowing really what to expect. Arriving in London virtually penniless, they marry, he becomes her manager and both are thrust into the forefront of a vibrant music scene, with records, TV dates and an impending sense of success. Our heroine becomes the envy of the industry via recording sessions and gigs with some of the greatest American soul legends of the day, whilst simultaneously enjoying the benefit of a highly regarded homegrown backing outfit for stage and studio. But just as it seems everything is about to happen, this tremendous visibility rapidly fades, leading only to fractured relationships, ill-health and eventual disillusion.
I bought this just a couple of days ago while holidaying in Holland. Minyeshu is an ethiopian singer and dancer based in the Netherlands. This is her second album apparently. A very nice, mellow mix of styles. An "evening" record.
Post by The Cloverdale Kid on Aug 8, 2008 13:15:16 GMT
A traditional African American String Band... I know I have thrown this out before, but after about two weeks, I still cannot give this a rest (strange, as music rolls in daily in large amounts 'round here and I have severe ADHD when it comes to it). Anyway- Here is a glimpse at the first art form developed in America. Popularized music of the Piedmont region during Reconstruction (1860's), these kids are making a music that is the parent of Bluegrass, Country (old time), Blues and Jazz and has sadly been all but lost to history. They take their guidance from Joe Thompson who pretty much has single-handedly kept this form alive for his lifetime (80 years). A stylistic resurgence that was long overdue in my humble opinion, as this stuff has always been very hard to find (unless you know an old timer with a basement full of 78's . Certainly not for everyone, but if an old Bluegrass or Country 78 has ever caught your ear- do yourself the favor www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdLRCSOZ7wo www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfPpWkKbwsg&feature=related A small slice of African American history (and American music) if you have the time Cheers CD