‘Caving’ by Ciqala

‘Caving’ is the latest single from Ciqala who blends a unique combination of alternative rock stylings with dark and evocative electronic instrumentation.

Ciqala, which means, ‘little one’ in Lakota, a native American language, takes inspiration from a wide range of sources including Blur, Suede, Pulp and Depeche Mode, resulting in the amalgamation of sounds that makes up her style.

Yet music is not the only thing to inspire the ambitious, boundary pushing musician. She also takes influence from the soundtracks of cult TV shows from the 80s like Chocky and The Tripods. As a result, there is a highly cinematic nature to the music that Ciqala is making which shines through on ‘Caving’.

Find out more on Ciqala here:

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_PmXSSU1fIjx14fmbzvsdg

http://www.yfi-music.com/ciqala

The Hip-Hop Storyteller: Tony Banks

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Music Bear Tony Banks is aiming to be perceived as the ultimate hip-hop storyteller, and his latest single ‘Run!’ would suggest that he is more than on his way to achieving this.

As part of the LGBT community, Tony has fought against the typical mainstream image that hip-hop music is a hetero-dominated genre, finding his own corner of the musical world which sees him mixing a potent blend of rap, dance and house with his own genre of hip-hop. It’s music for the club, it’s music for everyday and most importantly, it’s music for today with the way that it highlights the faults in society and the oppression of black lives in America.

Many perceive the genre of hip-hop to be nothing more than fast lyrics and attitude, but Tony Banks has transformed the style into something much more with ‘Run!’, managing to tell a story beneath the pulsating beats and soul inspired vocals of collaborators, EarthTone and JwlB.

Standing out from the crowd whilst going from nothing to something, all on his own merits with the help of his outspoken and unapologetic personality – Tony personifies the American Dream. This guy is more than just an artist.

Links:

www.facebook.com/musicbeartonybanks

https://twitter.com/MusicBearTonyB

https://www.instagram.com/musicbeartonyb/

https://www.youtube.com/MusicBearTonyBanks

https://soundcloud.com/musicbeartonybanks

Music Theory’s ‘Down the Aisle’

Love songs don’t come much purer than Music Theory’s ‘Down The Aisle’. Yes, love is a typical subject that a lot of artists write about, but fewer do it with as much honesty as Egyptian artist, Music Theory.

As a youngster, Music Theory admits that he was a shy character, but as he grew up he realised that music was a therapeutic release that allowed him to become more connected with his thoughts and dreams.

Music Theory categorises his style as mainstream pop, but he often strays into the worlds of rock, R&B and dance when it comes to creating his catchy style of music.

Inspired by some of the best in the business, including Maroon 5, Michael Jackson and Usher, Music Theory has a strong musical pedigree to live up to, but he certainly does this with ‘Down The Aisle’, which you can watch the video for here:

 

Check out more on Music Theory, as well as his blog, here:

Links:

http://mtmusictheory.blogspot.co.uk/ 

https://soundcloud.com/musictheory2016

https://www.facebook.com/musictheory2016/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNHe1k5TPYkM8EHLiaDkL_w

http://www.musictheory.zone

Beldon Haigh’s Anti-Trump Protest Song: ‘Freedom’

Standing up to the questionable presidency of Donald Trump is Scottish singer-songwriter, Beldon Haigh.

With his song of protest, ‘Freedom’ tells you everything you need to know about the 45th president of the USA and why you should stand up and protest his leadership. You might be wondering why a Scotsman is writing an Anti-Trump protest song, but in fact, Beldon’s wife is a Honduran immigrant with family in the US who fear that they may be deported. He is also concerned about the messages that Trump has sent out so far concerning race and sex, and he doesn’t want his three children to grow up in a world where these comments are considered acceptable.

Taking influence from the likes of Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Lou Reed, Beldon has penned an easy-listening pop-rock tune that is both pleasing to listen to, as well as being informative, with a powerful agenda.

Beldon’s affinity for writing ballads and protest songs is demonstrated through his quality musicianship and clever storytelling, employing touches of humour along with substantial lyricism that always has a purpose. As well as this, Beldon favours true musicality, utilising real musicians and real instruments to create his contemporary style of melodic pop-rock.

Find out more on Beldon Haigh here:

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008

Track Review: ‘Storytellers’ by Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla

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‘Storytellers’, originally written in 1977, but never released, is now out as a build up single to the reissue of Gaodhal’s Vision, by Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla, which is available from 28th April 2017.

The fusion album may be celebrating its 40th anniversary, but the sounds that lie within it are timeless. This song acts as a crucial example of the band’s indo-celtic flair, with the soft sounds of the violin caressing the notes; the melody feeling almost like a precursor to smooth soul classics such as George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’.

What is wonderful about this piece of music is that it takes you on a journey of feeling, allowing the listener to be swept along, with the highs and low of its varying paces and tones, into different realms of emotion.

There are so many musical elements to ‘Storytellers’ that it feels ahead of its time, for example the electric guitars that slide in midway through the track are still being echoed today through funk numbers like Daft Punk’s 2013 hit ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’.

Limerick-born Joe has said he plans to use his tools as a musician to combat the commercialism that currently surrounds St Patrick’s Day, and with skillful music such as his, I believe he’s going the right way about it.

 

Listen to ‘Storytellers’ here on itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/storytellers-feat-rory-gallagher-single/id1212148858 

Follow the band’s Facebook page and Twitter account:

https://www.facebook.com/shkaylaband/

https://twitter.com/shkayla

Plus, don’t miss out on their 40th anniversary concert either: http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/from-egypt-to-eire-40th-anniversary-of-gaodhals-vision

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Inspirational Car Crash Victim, Adam Lanceley, recalls the good times with ‘Those Rose Tinted Days’

The latest single from the ever-determined, London-based singer-songwriter aims to bring some West Coast sunshine to the British weather

Listen to ‘Those Rose Tinted Days’ here:

https://soundcloud.com/adam-129087330/those-rose-tinted-days

The trials of life have not held back the strong-minded singer-songwriter, Adam Lanceley, whose tragic car crash at the age of ten left him fighting for his life.

After his parents were told his chances of survival were slim and that he certainly would not walk again, Adam was determined to prove them wrong, having to re-learn many skills in the process, even how to talk.

Whilst struggling with depression in his adolescent years, Adam found that the best emotional outlet for his troubles was to write music.

He had tried his hand at acting, landing himself a place at the prestigious East 15 Acting School, but Adam realised that pretending to be someone else was not an effective medium to express his feelings. The side effects of Adam’s head injuries from the car crash had a detrimental impact on his mental health and music proved to be the only release.

Adam’s calling as a musician and his inspirational story has led to the creation of his fifth album, Postcards from Then…, from which the single ‘Those Rose Tinted Days’ is taken.

Although Adam’s musical style is difficult to pin down due to his use of unconventional instrumentation and old-skool recording methods, he takes inspiration from an eclectic range of artists including The Beach Boys, REM, Roy Orbison and even the Rolling Stones.

‘Those Rose Tinted Days’ is a powerful, reminiscent anthem driven by sun-drenched guitar riffs and backed up with Adam’s punchy vocal stylings that reflect his honest and considered song writing process. When it comes to lyrical inspiration, Adam’s mantra ‘as long as it means something to you’ makes itself evident through contemplative topics and cryptic poetics.

The album, Postcards from Then…, was recorded in Surbiton with two separate sound engineers, one of whom had provided the sound engineering for The Eagles during their last concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Adam also raises money for his chosen charity, the Brain and Spine Foundation through running, his second passion. He has competed in a number of 10K runs and has even completed the London marathon, despite being told to stop because of the pain in his feet.

Links:

https://play.spotify.com/artist/0UFbDrAYa0cnAp41cQnyNb

 

https://twitter.com/AdamLanceley

 

https://soundcloud.com/adam-129087330

Young Lioness of Africa Wiyaala Sets Up World Music Festival

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Wiyaala, the superstar Ghanaian songstress, often compared to Angelique Kidjo and Grace Jones, has taken a brave step by creating a new annual music festival in the remote town of Wa in the Upper West Region set to take place on the 23rd of December.

 

Known as the Djimba World Music Festival, the singer aka, the “Young Lioness of Africa” says: “I grew up in the region and it is very under represented. By starting the festival, I hope to shine a light on the music and art that exists in this part of Africa.  The north has a wealth of talent which is just not getting seen or heard. The festival is one of a number of steps I’m taking to encourage our musicians to showcase their talent to the world and to attract visitors to come and experience our unique way of life”

The effervescent singer, who will release her second album next year, added she was inspired to start the festival after performing at festivals in Europe including the world famous WOMAD Arts festival. “Glastonbury started with an audience of just 1500 people and I don’t see why we can’t manage at least that number and grow in years to come”

This year, Wiyaala will headline the maiden edition festival along with the Djimba World Band. Other acts appearing include, the traditional musician Stevo Atimbre in the style of the renowned King Ayisoba from the Upper East of Ghana. Reggie artist Jah Bone, local rap acts Samson B and Ghally are amongst the names also on the bill.

The festival takes place on the 23rd December at the Community Centre, Wa, in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Tickets are GHS 10 (£2) VIP (£4).

More info: https://web.facebook.com/DjimbaWorldMusicFestival/

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/wiyaala

https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala

https://twitter.com/Wiyaala