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Archive for April, 2015

Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox

Lovers of the early 20th century jazz sound will be so intuned literally with this band ” Postmodern jukebox”. Scott Bradlee has found a strange new way of connecting past with present clearly as the band’s name states while reworking 21st century pop hits in a variety of vintage styles — transforming Miley Cyrus ‘ “We Can’t Stop” into a ’50s-style doo wop number, giving  Macklemore”s “Thrift Shop” a ’20s jazz accent, crossing Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” with Irish folk music, and showing how Kesha’s “Die Young” would work as a classic country tune.  Now they redo radio head’s “creep” with a vintage look in black and white which with that sound and look combined takes this generation back to years of retro live performances in the 20’s. For more on this band check out www.postmodernjukebox.com and to view their latest video “creep” click here .

BELIZE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Belize International Jazz Festival (BIJF) is organized by National Institute of Culture & History of Belize (NICH) and is an important initiative that promotes heritage preservation of the multi-cultural nation, through wholesome ecological and educational tourism. This process hopes to collaborate with local culture makers, small and large business enterprises, and globally renowned artists committed to social, cultural and economic well-being. Throughout the Caribbean, major countries have identified music as a draw to develop their cultural tourism sector. Belize has identified the Belize International Jazz Festival to be its own festival to encourage citizens, visiting tourists and music enthusiasts to appreciate the use of outdoor venues, heritage sites, local cuisine and experience a rich culturally flavored nightlife. This Festival will contribute to local distinctiveness and boost the local economy by building on or creating Cultural Tourism. This year our focus will be to create and promote awareness of Jazz in Belize and provide a learning environment for our youth. This ten day festivity will be held from June 5th – 14th, 2015 and we have invited major local and international jazz artists to take part in and celebrate this true cultural experience with us. BIJF will encompass a free grand opening and closing, with smaller shows/gigs in between at smaller venues as well as workshops, master classes and a forum.

You are invited to The Bliss Centre on Friday, April 17th at 10AM to a press launch with the organizers of BIJF to find out more about what the festival is about and to share with your respective audiences.

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For more information contact Karen Vernon – karen.vernon@nichbelize.org / 227-2110

Cassandra Wilson

For the jazz lovers out there this lady totally captures the spirit of yester year. Not mimicking past artists but simply being her self and giving from her soul.Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as “a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field” by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work. She began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-’70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early 80’s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective. At the completion of her stint with M-Base, Cassandra sought a more acoustic context for her vocal expression. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn” which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenged the supremacy of the American Standard songbook. Wilson has continued interpreting in fresh and creative ways jazz, vintage blues, country and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D’Or, The Edison Music Award, and a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis’ “Blood on the Fields,” the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.In 2015, Cassandra Wilson joined forces with the prestigious label, Legacy, a subsidiary of Sony Music. Her latest release, Coming Forth By Day, will be released on the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth – April 7, 2015. For a brief listen on the artist’s new project check out

Cassandra Wilson ‘Couldn’t Wait’ To Reinvent The Billie Holiday Songbook

Ernestine

With so much accolades and awards under her belt such as the Krem Awards 2015 as Female Performer of the year, and song Carnival di cum from her latest album called Soca Party which won Carnival Road March Song of the year; Winner of the National Soca Song Competition 2011, Carnival Road March Song of 2010/ 2011, Artist of the Year 2011/2012 {Belize Soundfest Best Female Artist Awards}, No.1 Break out Tune 2010 and 2011, Best Soca Artist 2011/2012,Best Soca Song of 2011-2012 and Honoree of 2011/ 2012{BMA Awards} this female soca artist dubbed as Belize soca queen has travelled a long road . Ernestine was born in Belize City, Belize on November 19th, to Ernesto and Therese Lightburn Carballo and has 14 brothers. In 1997 Ernestine Hit the stage with the first Belizean artist group called (YAA) Young Artist Association with William Neal and the MD’s dance Group of hip-hop, Rap,dance hall…Then in 1999…She took voice training with Mrs. Brenda Armstrong in the Wesley College Choir . Ernestine from since that day was never the same as she always leads her choir with soprano high hitting keys…… Then in July 2003 Ernestine swept the entire audience all over the globe with her beautiful voice and karisma on KTV Held @ The Calypso(Princess Hotel Casino).For 3 weeks in a row she won with her Alicia Keys renditions…..That same year Ernestine took center stage with Belize SoundFest 2009-2012….for Belizean Musician Past and Present…… Mr. Tony Wright….Featuring the Playaz. Ernestine also worked with Francis Reneau Composer & Writer of music from England for the biggest project BELIZE @ 25 “WE ARE BELIZE”. Ernestine recently did openings for Machel Montano, Destra Garcia, Calypso Rose, Jah Cure, Cecile,Mr. Vegas,Konshens,Romain Virgo,T.O.k, Beenie Man and more. From doing a 3 month European tour with The Belize National Dance Company in 2012 to now presently on a Caribbean mini tour promoting her new album , Ernestine has her hands full. Recently in Jamaica and getting major coverage in the Jamaica Star and on the CVM morning show and not to mention major photo ops with artists such as Bounty Killa and Bunji Garlin , ernestine is definately flexing Belizean muscle overseas .Follow and like the page of Ernestine Carballo on Facebook to see her upcoming shows in L.A./ Chicago/ Miami/ New York, Caribbean and more.
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Watch Music Videos and subscribe to Youtube Channel on www.youtube.com/ernestine carballo.
Visit www.jamaicaobserver.com for more on ernestine
For bookings call 501-637-2897

Jhene Aiko

If you’re not hip to jhene and on this new age soul then its time you get on it . Jhene Aiko has been doing her thing from around the  2000’s with multiple features on several artists’ albums so she’s definately not a newby. After a brief break from the scene , she released  a mixtape named sailing soul then later her E.P ‘Sail out’ but not before getting rave reviews on being featured on Drakes album ‘Nothing was the same’. Now with her new album ‘Souled out’ being released in september of 2014 and getting attention worldwide, this is definately not an artiist to sleep on. Melodies that seem to capture her soul’s deepest intrinsic nature , to para phrases from tupac to fifty cent , her entire style can be considered different.  Her most recent video for the song ‘Eternal sunshine’ just dropped yesterday , You can watch and get souled out here .