Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mi Casa Holiday Mexico – Reservations now available

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Big news!

MCH Mexico (Season Finale) reservations will be available via www.micasaholiday.com now!

MCH Costa Rica (Season Opener) limited packages remaining!

Let all of your favorite people from around the world know that the highly anticipated and 7th annual MCH Season is around the corner. MCH Mexico **Early Bird pricing** is here. During **Early Bird**, all MCH hotel packages include the ‘MCH All Events Weekend pass’, with no additional cost. In addition, the ‘MCH Events Only package’ is available at a discounted rate during **Early Bird**. MCH packages will go quickly, so our recommendation is to reserve your package as quickly as possible in order to receive your first choice selection of MCH hotel options, travel dates, and the best discount on events packages.

For additional questions, contact a Mi Casa Holiday planner or contact MCH at www.micasaholiday.com.

Get ready to Rediscover Amazing!

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Google Uses Technology to Preserve Global Street Art

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The Google Art Project expands its collection of Street Art imagery from around the world

 

 The Google Art Project is working to preserve Street Art and make it available to global fans, anywhere and anytime. The Street Art collection features high resolution images and online exhibitions from museums and organizations around the world. By bringing together a wide variety of global partners, the goal is that everyone can enjoy these artworks long after the paint has faded from the walls.

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More than 50 new global partners have curated exhibitions and together provided more than 10,000 high resolution images, enabling street art fans to dive into the hidden details of paintings at the click of a mouse.

 

The Street Art collection first launched in June of 2014 with 30 global partners and has since doubled the number of images shared on the digital platform. The collection consists of high resolution images of street art from around the world as well as Street View panoramas of select murals. 

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“When the street is your canvas, the world becomes a gallery for everyone to enjoy. Technology provides a way to preserve these ephemeral artworks and make them available anywhere and anytime. This digital collection of more than 10,000 images, 160 new exhibits and animated GIF-iti art from more than 30 countries around the world brings vibrant street art off the walls to computers, mobile phones and wearables with just an Internet connection.” Amit Sood, Head of the Google Art Project.

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There are a number of ways to enjoy the collection from a range of devices. All of the images are now available on the new Google Art Project Chrome extension, Chromecast, Android Wear and mobile devices. TV screens can be turned into a vibrant backdrop and Street Art Watch Faces can be downloaded for Android Wear devices. On phones or tablets, users can browse through partners’ new apps to take a virtual tour or check out exhibits online.

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Photo credit: Andre Niesing

About The Google Art Project: 

The Google Art Project is dedicated to creating technology that helps the cultural community to bring their art, archives, heritage sites and other material online. The aim is to increase the range and volume of material from the cultural world that is available for people to explore online and in doing so, democratize access to it and preserve it for future generations.

Speck Products partners with Fusicology & Media Services NYC for WMC Events @ Oceans 10

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GigCave – Free Platform: Eye-Catching Press Kits for the Avid Musician

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GigCave provides a free platform where musicians can create, manage and host their electronic press kits, and music industry gatekeepers can easily see, hear and learn more about that band or musician. Additionally, GigCave has a first-of-its-kind mentorship program that allows musicians to communication one-on-one with industry professionals for advice ranging from making live performances better to songwriting tips (two of the mentors are Grammy Award-winners). This mentorship is included as part of its $50 three-month membership program.

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Exclusive Interview: Vusi Mahlasela | “20 Years of Freedom” Collaborative Tour with Hugh Masekela

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FUSICOLOGY: It is noted that while both Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela have been like-minded musical comrades at home in South Africa for years and shared the stage on several occasions, this marks their debut tour joining forces together.  What made this the right time to tour together?

VUSI MAHLASELA: IT’S SOMETHING WE’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO BUT WE’RE KIND OF LIKE TWO SHIPS IN THE NIGHT WITH OUR BUSY TOURING SCHEDULES.  WE REALIZED THAT IT WOULD BE GREAT TO JOIN FORCES AND CELEBRATE THE MUSIC THAT WAS SO IMPORTANT DURING THE STRUGGLE AND CONTINUES TO BE.

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FUS: Vusi’s last release “Say Africa” was released in 2010 which was produced by Taj Mahal and featured the track “Nak Upenda Africa” with Angelique Kidjo – how was it like working with her?

VUSI: ANGELIQUE IS AMAZING— ENDLESS ENERGY.  WE’VE WORKED TOGETHER MANY TIMES, SHARING THE STAGE ALL OVER THE WORLD.  SHE BROUGHT A GREAT TOUCH TO THE RECORD AND WE WERE SO HAPPY TO HAVE HER ON THAT SONG.

FUS: Are there plans for a follow up album?

VUSI: ALWAYS!

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FUS: Please share what it was like to perform at Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday

VUSI: IT WAS AN AMAZING NIGHT.  SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL HAPPENED— I WAS STANDING BACKSTAGE WAITING TO ON STAGE FOR MY PERFORMANCE AND ALL OF A SUDDEN MADIBA CAME ON STAGE IN A GOLF CART WITH HIS WIFE.  SOMEHOW I HADN’T HEARD THAT WE WERE SUPPOSED TO CLEAR THE STAGE TO MAKE ROOM FOR HIM AS HE WAS ABOUT TO GO ON STAGE AND HAVE “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” SUNG TO HIM.  ANYWAY, THERE I WAS AND ENDED UP GETTING WEDGED BETWEEN HIS GOLF CART AND SOME SOUND GEAR ON THE STAGE AND COULDN’T REALLY MOVE.  I GOT TO SIT THERE WITH FOR ABOUT 10 MINS WHILE HE WAITED FOR THEM TO CALL HIM ONTO THE STAGE.  THAT WAS THE LAST TIME I GOT TO BE IN HIS PRESENCE AND I’LL NEVER FORGET IT.

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FUS: In the documentary Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmonywhere, the days of Apartheid were recalled.  How was it to be a part of this doc and live through the fall of Apartheid?

VUSI: THE DIRECTOR OF THAT FILM, LEE HIRSCH, IS A GREAT GUY AND QUITE A CHARACTER.  HE WAS DOWN IN S. AFRICA IN MAMELODI HWERE I LIVE ALWAYS HANGING OUT WITH ME, MY GRANDMOTHERS, MY COMERADES.  WE DIDN’T REALLY KNOW WHAT THE FILM WOULD BE LIKE BUT IT TURNED OUT GREAT AND REALLY TELLS THE STORY WELL AND CONVEYS HOW IMPORTANT THE MUSIC TRULY WAS.

FUS: In 2007, Vusi spoke of apartheid and performed “Thula Mama” at the TED Conference in Arusha, Tanzania then in 2008 at TED in Monterey, CA – how was it like to do TED and are there future plans to do more of these types of conferences?

VUSI: TED IS GREAT AND I’VE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM THE OTHER SPEAKERS. IT’S A GREAT WAY TO UNPLUG FOR 3-4 DAYS AND JUST ABSORB SO MANY THOUGHTS.

 

 

Raphael Saadiq, BJ The Chicago Kid, Lee Fields – Generations of Soul

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E&J BRANDY, THREE MUSIC ICONS LAUNCH ‘GENERATIONS OF SOUL’

E&J PARTNERS WITH RAPHAEL SAADIQ, BJ THE CHICAGO KID, & LEE FIELDS FOR EXCLUSIVE FILM, MUSIC, AND LIVE PERFORMANCE SERIES

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E&J Brandy has launched its Generations of Soul campaign. Inspired by the rich and enduring heritage of soul music, Generations of Soul is an intimate look into soul’s resurgence, exploring the lineage and impact of the timeless genre with defining players of yesterday and today. Joined by iconic vocalist Lee Fields, Grammy-nominated Motown recording artist BJ the Chicago Kid, and Grammy-winning performer, producer, and songwriter Raphael Saadiq, E&J’s Generations of Soul looks to inspire new generations by celebrating the genre’s roots, its pioneers, and the contemporary artists who are shaping today’s music. The collaboration was announced today via Billboard.

 

Anna Bell, marketing director for E&J Brandy, said ‘At E&J, we remember where we came from.  The brand started in 1975 with a desire and a commitment to be the best.  As E&J celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year, we know that hard work and dedication made us what we are today. We’re proud of our roots and we celebrate those who are proud of theirs. And that is where Generations of Soul really came from.’

 

Generations of Soul begins with a film series to be released via E&J’s social media channels on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. The films feature interviews and performances filmed within an intimate club setting. The interviews provide an intimate look into the inspirations, influences, and passions of these great artists, highlighting the role soul music has played in their lives. All three musicians will also perform live renditions of songs both old and new, including an unreleased Raphael Saadiq song entitled, “Georgia.”  All content will be housed and regularly updated onwww.generationsofsoul.comfor the duration of the series.

 

Next month, on April 2, E&J will debut the campaign’s first event, an invitation-only, one-night performance dubbed Generations of Soul Live. The three artists will perform together for the first time ever at Los Angeles’ Mack Sennett Studios, a unique space built as a silent movie studio in 1916 by legendary producer Mack Sennett.

 

Generations of Soul will continue mid-year with the promotional release of the first of three limited edition 7″ vinyl recordings, each featuring music from a different Generations of Soul artist. The records include covers of classic soul songs and custom album photography, never to be available in this format again. The music will also be made available through E&J’s social media channels post-release.

 

The Generations of Soul campaign will culminate in October with one last concert event, this time featuring the three artists together in Chicago. Details are forthcoming but attendance will be by invitation only, largely through a flyaway sweepstakes that will be promoted via social media and retail activation.

Dipset Reunion in NYC

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There was a time after 9/11 when NY still had somewhat of an identity in rap. That time was run by The Dips. Killa Cam, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freaky Zeaky had the city on tilt at one point. That point has long since past but there are plenty of people that wave the Harlem Diplomats flag, and in turn the Dips keep the movement moving.

Brought together by Hot 97′s Funk Master Flex, Dipset started with some new records that had the right energy but wasn’t exactly what people came for. If you pay to see the Dips in 2015 you want the hits. Those Heatmakerz and Just Blaze bangers. The group almost immediately split up into solo sets starting with Jim Jones who had some highs but mostly lows. During most of his set the crowd was fairly calm (he saved Balling for the end of the show). Juelz set was on 10 the whole time. Freaky Zeaky showed just how important it is to have the right friends. I’m sure he gets a cut for just being on stage, shouting ad-libs, and dancing weird.

Cam’ron is still clearly the leader of the whole gang. It’s amazing to hear the different level of song structure and production on his songs compared to the rest of the Dips. I Really Mean It and Down and Out are just on another level even a decade after they were first released. Hell Rell came out for Get’em Daddy, though he had to fight through 2/3rds of the stage covered by non performers to do his verse.

If you’re a fan of the Dips you can’t really miss this show. They do everything, even Purple City Byrdgang.

STORY: Dashaun Simmons @rose13