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HAPPY NEW YEAR Premiere Party
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Caitlin Cary and The Small Ponds
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Artists Caitlin Cary and The Small Ponds
event::about The two met because it was fated. Or perhaps it was inevitable, since they both play music in the medium size town of Raleigh, North Carolina. But since destiny is, after all, inevitable, they spotted each other on their respective stages, were duly impressed, and they did meet. And because both of them make wonderful music, and because they’re a couple of smarties, they recognized the potential for beauty in alliance. The result is the fetching and forthright new music of The Small Ponds. Caitlin Cary has played the violin and written songs since she was little, but fell into music as a life when she joined the seminal alt.country band Whiskeytown as it was forming in Raleigh, where she was a graduate student in writing at N.C. State. Since then, she has released four solo recordings, formed a reknowned all-girl super-group called Tres Chicas, and made No Depression Magazine’s top 20 of the decade list with Begonias, an album of duets with Thad Cockrell. Matt Douglas’s training began with woodwind instruments, and he graduated as a contemporary music performance major from NYU. From there, he headed to Hungary on a Fulbright scholarship as a student of folk music traditions. It was there that he first picked up a guitar and began to write songs, which led to the formation of innovative pop ensemble The Proclivities, who recently released their second LP. Douglas has also lent his talents to the recordings of artists such as Josh Ritter, Erin McKeown, Mark Erelli, and Laura Cortese. Today, The Small Ponds are eagerly poised to share their songs with a wider audience. New, fast friends, Cary and Douglas are busy creating delightful new music based around their combined talents and their penchants for clear-headed, clear-spoken lyrics, precise, knowing arrangements, wide-ranging, emotionally packed songs—all brought to life by a tender vocal interplay that may inspire new entries to the dictionary definition of “duet.”
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The Eastern Sea
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Artists The Eastern Sea
event::about At times, it is easy for The Eastern Sea to forget that Austin, Texas is home. And for that reason, their self-titled record (in two parts) plays much like a travelogue, a recollection of distant places that tend to mimic their own, somehow foreign, neighborhoods. Musically, The Eastern Sea combines swelling post-rock-like percussion, energetic and melodic bass guitar, lofty wurlizter, synthesizer pads, and finger-picked guitar that can either float above the ground or come down like a ton of bricks. As a band, The Eastern Sea tends to mimic their own musical aesthetic, sometimes swelling to a massive 11-piece collective featuring string and brass instruments, and sometimes simplifying down to the core players in the group: Tomas Garcia-Olano (Bass/Keys), Zach Duran (Percussion), Kevin Thomas (Trumpet/Percussion), and Matthew Hines (Guitar/Vocals/Keys) are the solid foundation on which the band is built. The sound and unique sense of place heard on The Eastern Sea's two-part self-titled release also has much to do with the band's unique recording and music writing process. Having just graduated from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas as valedictorian of his senior class, singer/guitarist/songwriter Matthew Hines has had to work, along with the other full-time students in the band, to create something special despite an often insane schedule. As the band continues to grow on a regional and national level, what 90.5 KUT, Austin's nationally-renowned public radio, has said of the band certainly rings true. "Austin and the rest of the indie-pop world will be hearing a lot from this act for awhile."
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J. Irvin Dally
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Artists J. Irvin Dally
event::about The psychedelic explorations and folk troubadour inclinations of young Californian J Irvin Dally are informed equally by his nomadic trajectory and his introspective clarity. Dally lived in a variety of climates throughout the country, raised in southern Illinois as a preacher’s son, came of age in Colorado, grew in Spain, and found himself in Sacramento and Santa Rosa before setting up permanent shop outside Los Angeles. This transience inspires the sonically transmigratory music he’s played since 2005. Self taught and self styled, Dally cut his teeth as a member of Sacramento’s Brother before recording bedroom folk expansive enough to knock down all four walls. While rustic vocals, dusty guitar laments, and ornate washes of analog hiss and angelic, dream-like textures are hallmarks of Dally’s brand of reverberated mindbending folk, the breadth of his current catalog has reared both grainy pop gems and rollicking experimental suites. His cassette release “The Countryside of Southern Illinois and the Daydreams That Almost Got Me to 19 Years” reveals a single, multi-movement song, admirable in its adventurous spirit and precise focus over the course of 26 minutes. While reminiscent of spirit warriors Jana Hunter and The Incredible String Band, J Irvin Dally is a singular and unique voice – the sound of exploring guitars and analog instrumentation to its fully realization.
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These United States
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Artists These United States
event::about These United States surrender themselves to unbridled rock and roll exuberance: ringing guitars, thundering drums, desperate yearning bordering on hope. By turns larger-than-life and disarmingly intimate, this is folk in the truest sense - a record of the moment, of the cultural and emotional forces that animate everyday existence somewhere down below the headlines. (But never apart from them.) And These United States play it the way folk was meant to be played: hard, fast, big, slow, long, loud, loose, at last unburdened. They play like they mean it. Like there's never been a better time to be alive. Over the last three years These United States has played 600 shows, released four albums and gained the support of NPR's All Things Considered, World Cafe, and Mountain Stage, Spin, Paste, Filter, NY Times, Village Voice, Brooklyn Vegan, JamBase, The Onion, Daytrotter, My Old Kentucky Blog, KEXP, KCRW, WXPN, and WFUV. Festival highlights include: Lollapalooza, High Sierra, Pickathon, Glastonbury, Mt. Jam, XPoNential, Joshua Tree, Celebrate Brooklyn, and Forecastle.
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The American Secrets
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Artists The American Secrets
event::about The American Secrets In February of 2010, a new equation was formulated to solve the age-old question of how to make magic happen: 5 friends from 5 bands in the Detroit area = The American Secrets. Some call them a super group, others call them freaks of nature, and still others refuse to believe it’s happened. And these merry troubadours continue to make believers of the skeptics in every new town, every night, every time. It all started when Steve Saputo, at that time fronting his band Manna and Quail, decided to simply gather some of his close friends from the Detroit music scene to see if they could win Fox Sports Detroit’s annual “April in the D” contest. Write a song proclaiming the awesomeness of Detroit sports during the month of April (when, usually, the Piston, Tigers, and Red Wings are each playing) and win some cash while having your song and video used as a bumper in and out of commercials for every game. It was harmless fun, who knew what could happen? So he rallied Daniel Zott (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.), Bryon Rossi (Schaeffer), Danny Rossi (Breath and Dirt), and Mike Mulliniks (Danny Cox band), to hang out for a few hours to see what they could come up with. What they came up with was the winning song. Within a month their video aired over 1500 times to over 3 million viewers and quickly they became a household name in the greater Detroit, and Tri-state area. In addition, the band was easily recognized by their tongue-in-cheek videos released via a dedicated YouTube channel…quickly understanding that their music is literally the only thing they take seriously about themselves. Because of promotion obligations from winning the contest, Steve, Daniel, Bryon, Danny and Mike had to rally and write fast in order to have enough material for live performances that Fox Sports Detroit had scheduled for the band. Adding on a last minute moniker for the group to adopt, their first performance was at the Fillmore Detroit on opening day for the Detroit Tigers, and it’s been a non-stop ride ever since. While each of them would admit that the contest was just for kicks and giggles, none of them were prepared for the biggest surprise of all: how much fun they had writing, recording, and performing together. Shortly after performing a couple shows at the Fillmore and then Comerica Park before a Tigers game, the guys decided to write a full length record…again, just for fun. There were no pretenses going into it: 4 lead singers and a guitar virtuoso from 5 different bands in the Detroit area simply had so much fun writing and performing together that they decided to dedicate every Thursday evening towards this full-length…they would write and record one song each time they gathered…until they were finished. Halfway through this project, a friend emailed the band of yet another contest. It seemed that FreeCreditReport.com was re-branding itself and searching for a “real” band to use in their new commercials. FreeCreditScore.com was holding auditions for bands in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago…and also allowed online submissions as a fourth category. With their recent success in the competitive band world only a few months previously, the five gentlemen from Detroit rallied again for a last minute writing and video recording session…again, done in only a few hours…and submitted their video. And again, none of them were prepared for what would happen next. FreeCreditScore.com chose them as one of the 4 finalists in the band search. Before they knew it, they were on a plane to Los Angeles to film their finalist commercials and record the commercial songs for America to see…and vote. The final stage of the FreeCreditScore.com band search was left to America to decide…and decide they did. Not only did their hometown of Detroit rally around them, but apparently the rest of the country did too. Their combination of catchy indie-pop accessibility and quirky videos captured the attention and, dare we say, the hearts of America. FreeCreditScore.com named them the winners, and shortly thereafter, America would come to know the band that now calls itself “The American Secrets” as the next fun-loving, all-American, bearers of good news. Appearances at the LIFEbeat benefit with Ke$ha and B.o.B., the White Carpet at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, and the Live Nation - Fearless Friends Tour have done nothing short of leaving a wake of smiles and infectious pop rock songs stuck in the heads and hearts of listeners across the country. The American Secrets two EP’s “The Fight” and “The Flight” are currently available everywhere online…and are quickly causing all who hear to admit one undeniable fact: the secret is out.
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Sex With Strangers
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Artists Sex With Strangers
event::about Built in the shadows of rain-covered Vancouver BC, Sex With Strangers are Canada's greatest purveyors of "robot-rock". Named by SPIN as one of "7 Undiscovered Bands Worth a Listen", SWS has been gaining international momentum this past year thanks to their feverish live shows and sophisticated dance anthems. The band is making their second consecutive appearance at SXSW, as they gear up for the release of their third full-length album, "Frontier Justice" this April. Prepare to dance...
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Artists The Supervillains
event::about For almost a decade, the Supervillains have continued their fortuitous rise up the ranks of the musical totem pole and are now able to stake their claim as one of the nation's biggest names in the reggae and ska genres. Hailing from sub-tropical Orlando FL, the group showcases their love of reggae music while blending the sweet southern vocal harmonies of band cofounders Dominic Maresco (drums) and Scott "Skart" Suldo (guitars) with huge, ground moving bass lines provided by bassist Daniel Grundorf. Furious instrumental solos and keyboard melodies compliment the combo's penchant for formulating unique arrangements, drawing from a wide range of obvious influences. Their set-list keeps the listener on their feet as the band bounces around from up-tempo ska, roots reggae, rock hooks, and shout-along choruses with subject matter that pretty much covers the bases: women and partying. The Supervillains were established by Maresco and Suldo as a sign-of-the-times ska/punk band while they were still in high school, but soon found themselves gravitating more and more to the reggae side of the coin after over a dozen trips to the US Virgin Islands. After a couple early album successes, they were signed to LAW Records (owned by Hawaiian reggae act, Pepper) for their first national release "Grow Yer Own" (2006) and the subsequent breakout "Massive" (2008). Taking their high-octane "anything-goes" live show on the road, they have gained nationwide attention and respect by pounding out 200+ shows a year since signing with LAW. Casting a wide net, their musical versatility has opened the door to over a dozen assorted national tours with some of the nation's most distinguished acts. They have supported reggae tours (The Wailers, Inner Circle), reggae-rock tours (Slightly Stoopid, Pepper), ska tours (Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto), punk tours (Pennywise, Authority Zero), rock legends (Fishbone, English Beat), major festivals (Wakarusa, Earthday Birthday), and have twice been on the east-coast leg of the Jagermeister Music Tour. The band has recently made the jump to headlining their own national tours with promising results. FEB 2011- The Supervillains self-released thei fifth ful-length studio album, "Postcards from Paradise", on the band's new imprint, Rah Rah Records. They have teamed up with rock producer Brett Hestla (Framing Handley, Virgos Merlot) to craft an album that is straight to the point, capitalizing on the band's knack for writing honest, relatable songs and highlighting the unit's growth and musicianship. "Postcards" is a 14 song, 50 minute time bomb that comes at you from multiple angles; culminating with the monster title track, representing a fresh take for a band that has constantly evolved its sound from the beginning.
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Dash & Will
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Artists Dash & Will
event::about Charlie Thorpe and Josie De Sousa-Reay first butted heads in a Melbourne classroom twelve years back at the ripe old age of nine. Wind the clock forward and hostilities are put on hold so that they might form their indie folk duo Dash & Will (names they would have been called had they been born boys). Folk soon turned to pop and early demos won over Mercury Records head honcho Peter Karpin. Ignoring any traditional pop stylings, the pair's major label debut single, 'Pick You Up', (released May 2008) heralded a sparklingly-fresh new Australian act on the rise. Upon its release, the girls' authoritative, undeniable long-player Up In Something peaked at number four on the ARIA Heatseekers chart,and was followed up with international support slots for the Tings Tings, the Kooks, and the Futureheads.Dash & Will also thrilled punters on festival line-ups including Homebake, Southbound, and Falls.In March 2010 the girls headed off to the US to begin work on album two.With a SXSW slot just around the corner and upcoming shows throughout Australia and the U.K, get ready for a BIG Dash & Will twenty-eleven!
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Artists King Kapisi
event::about One of the illest emcee producers hailing from the South Pacific with the ability to vibe audiences into his world of music. He brings to the stage an eclectic mix of rock, reggae, roots, drum n' bass, hip-hop, jazz, dubstep, dancehall, funk and r'nb. Kapisi usually performs with his six piece band however he plans to convert audiences with his live n direct deejay sound system. Bring your sneakers! He released his debut single Sub-Cranium in 1998 with it hitting the New Zealand charts at No.8 in its first week. Since then he has released three award winning albums and fifteen music videos. He has also played alongside acts such as Black Eye Peas, Janet Jackson, Moby, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Talib Kweli, Metallica, Micheal Franti and Spearhead, Afrika Bambaata, Cold Crush Brothers, A.G, Lord Finesse, Dilated Peoples, Roots Manuva, Coolio, The Fugees, Luciano, Jean Grae, Bunny Rugs and more. He is currently working on his fourth album Hip-Hop Lives Here featuring an array of artists including Rakaa Iriscience (Dilated Peoples), Monsta Ganjah, Che Fu, Bunny Rugs (Third World), Tha Feelstyle, Uptown Swuite, Luciano (Jamaican Reggae Star), Thaitanium, The Mint Chicks and more. Due for release May 2011.
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Bliss N Eso
Artists Bliss N Eso
event::about Australia's record-smashing hip-hop act, Bliss N Eso, are set to touch down in the U.S. and begin their long-term assault on the continent. The Sydney-based trio have exploded in the past two years and are generating huge amounts of hype, both in their home country and with an increasing fan base across the globe. Their latest #1 platinum album includes collaborations with RZA and long-time friend Xzibit, both of which have helped spread their word to the masses across the ocean. They have broken all kinds of records down under, including the highest and fastest selling tours by a hip-hop act alongside records for album sales and single charts. Their last two albums have both spawned the equal highest amount of tracks in JJJ's iconic Hottest 100 in their respective years, and they have headlined most of the country's biggest festivals in recent times. Bliss N Eso are renowned for their electrifying live performance, which helped generate their huge fan base in a time when Australian radio wouldn't play the genre. They'll give U.S. audiences one of their first ever glimpses of this raw energy at their performances at the Vibe Magazine Stages (16th March at 10.45pm), and at the Aussie BBQ showcases in New York and Austin. Anyone that's seen Bliss N Eso in the flesh will know that this is an absolute must-see, but their international fan base will just have to be content that they'll have no idea what to expect.
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event::about Two years ago (2008), a local kid named Mbekezeli “GAMEBOUY” Ndlovu made headlines after performing with renowned American rapper, Game (formerly The Game), at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg. The US wordsmith was so impressed that he promised to fly the then ten-year-old Ndlovu to the US for high profile collaborations. Although this did not come to fruition, Ndlovu has not given up his musical dreams. The Jo'burg native, who is now popularly known as GAMEBOUY, has since inked a record deal with TSOTSI TAAL Productions, a local record label that has produced top acts such as Teargas, Mamilion and former management to BLK JKS in Africa. TSOTSI TAAL and GAMEBOUY are in the process of recording a full-length studio album that will be released before the end of this year. GAMEBOUY says the album features his own compositions as well as few contributions from a number of noteworthy rappers, including Maraza, 635 and Cya. He adds that one of the most promising songs on the offering, “Letter to Jayceon”, is a dedication to Game. “This song basically describes my experience with him [Game] and also thanks him for giving me his chain. I also have a song called “Mama” which is a dedication to my mother. Basically it’s talking about my love for her. All my songs are great and I want to advise the elders and the youths to take a listen,” says the now twelve-year-old rapper. GAMEBOUY assures his audience that the album, which is titled “13”, has no offensive lyrics, after audiences at his debut performance expressed concern over the use of explicit lyrics. In preparation for a promotional tour for his debut album, GAMEBOUY recently performed at a hip hop concert at Moshito. “I am grateful that I performed at Moshito. It was a good experience performing next to Slikour, Deep Level and others, but I had to rush home because it was school night and getting late for my bed time,” he says with a smile on his face. His father Nhlanhla Ndlovu says "We are supporting him and would like to see him achieve greater things in the music industry." GAMEBOUY has recently put a LIVE Band together and this is quite a new and exciting experience. He is learning new dynamics and has also developed an interest for guitar. FUBU ambassador International companies are also starting to take notice of GAMEBOUY’s exceptional talent. At the beginning of this year, the young rapper was appointed as the face of FUBU, a world renowned clothing company. The company said it believed that GAMEBOUY was a “logical choice” as an ambassador for the FUBU brand. Together they have already collaborated on photo shoots and viral videos which appear online at www.fubu.co.za “There are also plans for GAMEBOUY and FUBU to launch music videos together when he releases his debut CD in 2011 FEB 19 titled 13,” says manager, Sibusiso “Sbu” Tshabalala. GAMEBOUY DEBUT CD DUE FOR RELEASE 19 FEBRUARY 2011 – TITLED “13”.
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event::about BORN and raised in Greenwich, south-east London, UK artist Smiler emerged on to the music scene when he released the 2006 street banger “Neighbourhood”, which was closely followed by the release of “Emancipation” which shot straight onto the playlist at BBC 1Xtra. Smiler’s impressive technical lyrical ability caught the attention of the likes of DJ 279 who hosted his first mixtape ‘Musical Omnibus’ in 2007. Picked up and publicly endorsed by DJ Premier in the US, this lead to a personal invite by Marly Marl and Power 105.1FM, to New York where Smiler did the media circuit with such Hip Hop luminaries as Styles P and Mobb Deep. Smiler dropped his most recent mix-tape “Clarity” in January 2010. Featuring collaborations from top UK acts including, Tinie Tempah, Ghetts, Roll Deep, and Nate James. And his single “Enza”, which received unprecedented support and accolades since the track broke online and video was released in April 2010. Publicly lauded on-air by US heavy-weights such as Nas, Damien Marley, Big Boi and Kelly Rowland, was at one stage the most played track on the 1Xtra and with “Enza” remaining number one on Westwood’s top 6 at 6. The video now featured on several major TV channels including MTV, MTV Base, MTV Hits, Flava, The Box, Kiss and AKA. Having completed a short tour on the Luminar circuit, Smiler performed in Glasgow at T in the Park festival alongside Jay-Z, Eminem, Black-Eyed Peas, Dizzee Rascal and Chipmunk, to name a few, and then went on to support Eddie Kadi at the O2 main Arena.
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Artists Sweatshop Union
event::about Sweatshop Union is the undisputed heavyweight of North Western hip-hop, and has earned a reputation as the hardest working collective in the region. Having performed over five hundred shows internationally, their live performance has become a mainstay of Canadian music. In 2002, a concept album was recorded called: Sweatshop Union. The record was released internationally on Battle Axe Records and the new group began their relentless touring schedule that has proven to be a key catalyst in their success. The next three records solidified Sweatshop Union's presence in rap music. The group co-signed to EMI and went out on the road touring with the Black Eyed Peas, Swollen Members and the Living Legends as well as opening shows for Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, and The Roots. Both college and commercial radio gave the albums substantial airtime and soon after came nominations for Juno Awards, a Canadian Radio Music Award, Much Music Video Awards and more. By 2006 Sweatshop Union had begun headlining shows in the U.S. and appearing at major festivals across North America. Recently, URB Magazine featured them in their next top 100. They're not alone in thinking that Sweatshop Union is a band worth keeping an eye on. Their consistently poignant music continues to become more relevant daily and the group shows no signs of slowing down. March 1st marked the release of the groups most ambitious record to date, an experimental concept album best described as a runaway mushroom trip through the inner and outer cosmos. They titled the record simply: Bill Murray. Along with recent releases from Sweatshop Unions' Dirty Circus and Pigeon Hole, the group aims to become the most prolific collective in hip hop.
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HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula)
Artists HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula)
event::about Hip Hop Pantsula HHP South Africa's leading Hip Hop artist and Rapper One of Africa's most nominated performers with album, song and performance wins Platinum-selling artist Music collaborations with K'Naan, Nas and Talib Kwela Has shared the stage with top international artists such as Snoop Dog, Jamie Cullum and Angelique Kidjo Performed at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup Regional and final judge for 2010 Idols series (South Africa) Winner of Strictly Come Dancing (King of the Dancefloor) Nominated for: Best Newcomer (SAMA) - 2000 Most Promising Act In Africa (KORA) - 2000 Best Rap category (SAMA) - 2002, 2006 Best Rap Album (Metros) - 2006 Best Video (Channel O Awards) - 2006, 2007 Best Video (SAMA) - 2007 Best Male Artist (Channel O) - 2007 Best Special Effects (Channel O) - 2007 Best Director (Channel O) - 2007 Best Rap Artsits (Channel O) 2007 Best African Act (MTV Europe Music Awards) - 2007 Best Album (SAMA) 2008 -2- Record Of The Year (SAMA) - 2008 Best African Act (Nigerian Hip Hop Awards) 2008 Multi-Lingualism Award In Music (Pan-South African Language Board) 2008 Best Male Video (Channel -O Awards) 2008 Best African Southern (Channel-O Awards) 2008 Video Of The Year 'Music N Lights' (Channel-O Awards) 2008 Best African Act (MOBO Awards) 2008 Best Video Award (MAMA Awards) 2009 Best International Act (B.E.T. Awards) 2009 Best International Act (B.E.T. Awards) - 2010 Best African Act (MOBO Awards) 2010 Best Male Album (METRO Awards) 2010 Best Hip-Hop Album (METRO Awards) 2010 Awards Won: Best Record Label Award (Botswana Hip Hop Music Award) 2004 Best Male Artist (Kellogs' Star-in-You Kids awards) - 2006 People's Choice Award (Maftown Golden Awards) - 2007 Best Music Star (Maftown Golden Awards) - 2007 Season 3 King of The Dance Floor Winner (Strictly Come Dancing) 2007 Mzansi 'Music Star' Award (Stars Of Mzansi Awards) - 2008 Best Rap Album (SAMA) 2008 Best Male Artist (SAMA) 2008 Music Star of The Year (YOU Spectacular) 2008 Live Performer of The Year (HYPE Awards) 2008 Most Downloaded Song 'Music N Lights' (HYPE Awards) 2008 Best Hip Hop Artist Award (SAMA Awards) 2009 Best Hip Hop Album (Metro FM Awards) 2009 Best Hip Hop Album (Metro FM Awards) 2010 ..3/Biog -3- BIOGRAPHY: HHP walked away with two key awards at the 14th Annual South African Music Awards in May 2008, the noise in the Sun City Superbowl was nothing short of thunderous. Music industry pundits, his peers in the hip hop community and, most importantly, the fans in the gallery were united in their approval of his storming live appearance and SAMA award and all made it plain to hear, that his 'Best Male Solo Artist' and 'Best Rap Album' wins earned both critical (from the judges) and public approval. This was a mark of how far this gifted individual has come in his many years of carving out what is now an enviable solo career in the South African music industry. His win was also confirmation of HHP's peerless standing in the industry: as a lyricist and rapper of epic proportions, so highly regarded by his fellow artists that he's in constant demand as a collaborator; an artist and a musician, able to craft beats and melodies both memorable and fresh, and as an all round likeable guy. It's no surprise that HHP has a deep love for funk, soul, urban and vocally driven pop songs as well as his increasingly visible affection for traditional music. Growing up in his beloved Mmabatho (Mafiking, the capital of South Africa's North West Province) Jabulani Tsambo's father had a record collection that encouraged him to always keep his heart open to a variety of music styles. 'My father's LP collection was very diverse - Queen, Abba, Juluka, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes, Diana Ross, Andre Crouch, Chicago, Boston, Crosby Stills and Nash, and the O Jays are just some of the artists in there. And every time he played one of those LPs I could tell what mood he was in. That's when I started to understand music. Now I use that same understanding to speak to my fans or listeners. The amazing thing about music is that it communicates something different all the time to different people.' His belief in the power of music, delivers an intimate, personal message to a huge variety of listeners Hip-hop is a dominant influence and he is a rapper who delivers a richly satisfying listening experience with his ability to roll rhymes off his lips and create a rhythmical melody with words alone. 'Always stay fresh, current and creative,' is HHP's mantra. 'Those three things mean the world to me. Without them, I'll just fizzle out,' he says. HHP is always working on new material and influences. After coming back from Brazil he truly has new sounds and rhythm to add to his already vast tones and melodies. 'Dumela' is the title that HHP (known to those close to him as Jabba) gave his latest album, a title that means warm greetings or hello, not just in South Africa, but in several other places in Africa. A name given to the album because this multi-award-winning, platinum-selling artist wears his pan-African heart firmly on his sleeve having teamed up with some of the continent's biggest stars and talents to create big-hearted songs of unity across borders. 'Dumela' is also a way of sending warm greetings to HHP's extensive and growing fanbase, in South Africa and increasingly, beyond its borders which has enabled the gifted musician to sustain and grow his career for the past 10 years. -4- 'DUMELA' offers kwaito, Afro house, Afro pop and more to create a defiantly South African set of tunes. For HHP being able to blur genre boundaries and work with a global cast of creative accomplices makes sense. 'It's all Motswako music,' he says simply, referring to the SeTswana word for mixture. In fact, there's a track titled 'Motswako Music' on 'Dumela' that is a paean to HHP's deeply-felt belief in the power of music to bring people together. HHP is called 'The illest lyricist' by Wyclef Jean and his music featured on his albums, proving that this artist can deliver with ease to his fans, to radio programmers, to video compilers, to critics, to South Africa, to Africa and across the globe, the idea that music can unite and deliver any message, across borders and genres. HHP is much more than a music artist, he is a leading presenter, TV personality, brand ambassador for global brands, takes his corporate social responsibility commitments very seriously, is a popular chat show guest, and will always go the extra mile to deliver a stunning performance that inevitably gets his audience on their feet singing and dancing. ' HHP is endorsed by Unilever S.A as the face of STATUS Deodorant. He has a talk show on SABC 1 which is sponsored by STATUS. The Talk show titled RESPECT has just concluded its second season. Two of the STATUS brands deodorants are distributed under the names and fragrance of HHP - Respect and HHP Salute; ' HHP is a Mindset Learn ambassador He has appeared on Mindset Learn television channels encouraging learners to stay in school and will promote the fact that it is actually hip to be knowledgeable. His main involvement with the Mindset Learn brand brought the 'cool back into school'. Frequently visiting schools, he plays a role in video lessons on critical subjects for our youth. ' HHP is the finder and host to the South African Annual SCRABBLE challenge alongside co-host Radio Station 5FM which is attended by leading S.A artists and personalities raising funds for Education and Literature. ' HHP has endorsed the S.A National Schools Nutrition Programme. As a true Humanitarian he gave his time and dedication to play an integral role in this programme. Currently the NSNP feeds an astounding number of over seven million learners on all school days in the nine provinces. A DVD also features HHP addressing the programme, visiting schools and speaking to business and the general public for an understanding of what the Programme is about. He believes in, and speaks to, our youth of S.A and Africa around education and nutrition, stressing and investing his time and heartfelt passion in ens…
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Artists Hadag Nahash
event::about Booming out of Jerusalem in 1996 HADAG NAHASH, became the biggest band Israel has to offer. Its music combines fresh Hip Hop, rock, reggae and funk sounds, and bringing forth tight grooves with Middle Eastern flavor. Their unique sound attracted many dedicated followers, as well as vast media reception. They’ve gained momentum year after year, and today are considered the best selling Hip Hop artist in Israel. Early in their career, Hadag Nahash managed to walk the fine line between popularity to social agenda. Known for their feverish agenda, they’ve become the social moral critics of Israeli society. Their songs promote equality and civil rights, and create a soundtrack to the local struggle against racism and corruption. This unique perspective made them the center of attention, both internationally as well as locally. Throughout the years, Hadag Nahash members have volunteered for various social causes around Israel. They are especially known for their activity in “the one shekel festival”, which is an NGO aimed at bridging cultural gaps, that was created by band member Shaanan Streett some nine years ago Almost a decade after their debut album, their bass vibes still boom the radio stations in Israel. They’ve received recognition over and over, and were rewarded for their work six times, with awards including: best band of the year, album of the year, best video of the year and best lyricists of the year. Almost every album they’ve released attained gold or platinum status. Israeli TV has several times aired documentary films about the band, its music, and its activities. Hadag Nahash’s success and agenda has paved their way to sharing stages with international acts such as The Black Eyed Peas and Cypress Hill, The Streets, Leeroy (Saian Supa Crew). They’ve toured the UK and the United States several times. In 2008 Hadag Nahash contributed their music to Adam Sandler’s movie “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan“, which exposed their unique and creative sound to vast audience worldwide. Last year, Hadag Nahash released their fifth studio album named “6″ with internationally acclaimed musical producer Yossi Fine at the helm. The album attained gold status in Israel.
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event::about Formed in September of 2009 Monarques has been steadily gaining traction as one of Portlands top bands. With influences ranging from Motown's Holland, Dozier, Holland to the songwriting and arrangements of the Beatles they produce a sound that is as classic as it is new. Their sound caught the ear of taste-maker Garrison Keillor in 2010 as he invited to the band to perform on A Prairie Home Companion. Monarques have been touring steadily and working hard on their first full length album which will be available this Spring.
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Artists The Black
event::about THE BLACK The Black features David Longoria on guitar and vocals, Matt Simon on drums, Jason Chronis on bass, and Alan Schaefer on guitar. The material of Sun in the Day Moon at Night was born at the big salmon house on the top of the hill in east austin where three of them once lived and two of them live today. David Longoria was once a member of ...And You Will Know us by the Trail of Dead, and Matt was a member of Voxtrot before joining The Black. At the heart of The Black is pure rock and roll. Sun in the Day Moon at Night is a mix of country, blues, swamp, and folk songs with an awareness of many other musics. Their music is classic, but it is not handed down like an antique. It isn't a fixed object that you place in a cluttered room with other objects. It is a living experience that is always up to date. You may have heard the music of Bob Dylan and The Band, Elvis Presley and The Velvet Underground, Hank Williams and other musicians of the past. The music was a living experience for them just as it is for The Black. Only the details of their life-situations are different. The music has the quality of an old path in the woods. The path may have been there for ages, but the vegetation has changed to reflect the season, the birds are different in number and species, and even the ground below is different. As one listens to the record, one sees their own footprint on the path. "This is our second full length, but it really does feel like our first," shares David Longoria. The Black released Tanglewood lp in 2005, The Donna EP in 2008, and the Little Hits b/w China 45 in 2009. They've shared the stage with Yo La Tengo, Fiery Furnaccs, Yellow Fever, Trail of Dead, Voxtrot, Deertick, Castanets, Vietnam, James Hand, White Denim, The Sword, Paula Nelson, Octopus Project, and many others.
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Artists Tony Scalzo
event::about Singer/songwriter for Austin, Texas based, Fastball. Tony has been working on a new solo record that will hopefully be finished by SXSW. His band is comprised of old and new friends from the Austin music scene. The bands live set features a slightly eclectic mix of rock and roll, country and r&b original songs loaded with hooks and melodies. Tony's music has always been influenced by artists like The Beatles and Elvis Costello. The Tony Scalzo Band manages to expand it's musical scope by throwing in some more blues and soul influences.