*He might not be able to form a coherent sentence yet, but boy can this toddler put together a beat! The boy knows his stuff. Adults didn’t think much of it when the little boy started playing around with the knobs and buttons of a sophisticated music system at first, but after a while, when they noticed him paying attention to song selections and boppin’ his head in rhythm to the base-heavy beats, they knew this was no fluke.
Now, Oratilwe Hlongwane is given much respect as “DJ AJ,” South Africa’s youngest disc jockey.
The DJ does his thing at shopping malls in and around Johannesburg, South Africa; where crowds gather to watch him; whipping out their cellphones to share his talent on social media – where he has become a phenomenon.Continue reading →
*At some point during a Charlie Wilson show you will no doubt find yourself declaring, “Now this is what showmanship looks like!” And even days later, with the music still in your head, you will be like, “I want to do that again!” Wilson brought his ‘Forever Charlie’ tour to Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater for a 2-night engagement with romantic crooners Joe and KEM and folks are still talking about it
Showing no signs of weary,the 62-year-old former member of The Gap Band struts, jumps, sings and dances during his nearly two-hour performance. It was indeed a sight to behold.
This was a night for lovers. And it started with Joe, the handsome R&B/soul singer who made many women swoon with his hits ‘All the Things (Your Man Won’t Do’) and ‘I Wanna Know.’ It’s been a while since audiences have seen the singer, and they let him know that he was missed. With no unnecessary flair cluttering his performance, this man, who released his 11th studio album in June of 2014, had the women eating out of his hands. Simply by being him. Continue reading →
*I’m telling you, if you’re about that life, you might want to look at the case of rapper Mac Phillips, who was convicted of the 2001 murder of a concertgoer and is serving 30 years in prison as a result. Not that the prosecutor had any evidence of a forensic nature against him. No past criminal activity he could put on the rapper. Nuh uh, he went straight for the jugular.
In this case, his music.
Now McKinley “Mac” Phipps has a lot of time on his hands. As a resident at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Tammy Parish, Louisiana, he has plenty of opportunities to recall the words of his best-known song.
No matter how slick its worded, when the legendary blue-eyed soul duo, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall and John Oates heard that an artisanal granola company from Brooklyn was calling one of their hipster-friendly products “Haulin’ Oats,” they proved the words of the 1982 mega-hit that was ‘I Can’t Go For That’ (No Can Do).
The legendary duo claim in their Brooklyn federal suit that Red Hook-based Early Bird is profiting off of the brand they built. “The name and mark Haulin’ Oats is an obvious play upon Plaintiff’s well-known Hall & Oates mark, and was selected by defendant in an effort to trade off of the fame and notoriety associated with the artist’s and plaintiff’s well-known marks,” the suit states.Continue reading →
*Sounds like music legend Madonna is starting to feel her age. Oh not in the way that she’s admitting to any aches and pains associated with getting older; but more like what it feels like to be treated as ‘less than’ or ‘not as good as,’ or ‘not holding the same value as.’ I mean, can you imagine someone referring to Madonna as an ‘old broad?’ She can’t! So she broached the topic of ageism in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, and in doing so, compared it to racism and homophobia.
“It’s still the one area where you can totally discriminate against somebody and talk shit,” the 56-year-old pop singer said. “Because of their age. Only females, though. Not males. So in that respect, we still live in a very sexist society.”
*The Ailey organization proudly continues its mission of using dance to educate, inspire and entertain people of all ages. Now, with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on its way to L.A. as they embark upon their North American tour, the troupe is giving public school students the opportunity to experience residencies via the legendary Alvin Ailey American masterpiece, “Revelations,” not only the best known and most often seen modern dance performance, but an innovative curriculum-based initiative designed to inspire students to study language arts, social studies and dance in depth.
The residency is being sponsored by The Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation, and Ailey Arts in Education Programs in Los Angeles will have residencies at two schools – Glenn Hammond Curtiss Middle School and Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School from March 9th – 13th. All expenses will be paid by the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation through a gift from the Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation.
*Known for creating some of the most memorable songs in music history, and helping to formulate the Motown sound, the audience at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center in Arcadia, California was treated to music royalty when The Four Tops performed on Saturday night to a nearly sold out crowd. With only one remaining original member left, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, the show would have had a more bittersweet overtone were it not for the beautiful homage paid to original members – former lead singer Levi Stubbs, who passed away in 2008; Lawrence Payton, Sr. (1997) and Renaldo Benson (2005). Continue reading →
*We’ve heard a lot of stories of how people are affected by music. It puts some people in the mood to dance, of course. While is puts others in the mood to make love. Some music inspires us to write, while some makes us want to just put the headphones on and go for a nice long walk. But there is one British mother who doesn’t fit into any of these categories. She claims music — more specifically, the music of brilliant songwriter, singer, producer and dancer Ne-yo, causes her to have crippling seizures.
No lie. This is what she claims, and further, it has been proven scientifically.
Now we know Ne-yo has always wanted people to be moved by his music. But this, my friends, is taking that a bit far, don’t you think? Continue reading →