GFO Records has released a full length documentary film, Devil In My Kitchen, featuring blues recording artist, Iron Mike Norton. The film follows Iron Mike on his 2013 and 2014 tours and offers viewers an insight into the world of working blues musicians and the challenges they face. Iron Mike discusses his roots, his relationship with mentor Sonny Landreth, and his controversial take on the modern blues genre and the club scene in the United States.
Also featured in the film are various artists from across the globe including Demian Band, Deak Harp, David Dunavent & Evol Love, and Rose Ridge as well as interviews from blues historian Roger Stolle and blues enthusiast Chuck Ellis.
The film has been released to Youtube and can be viewed for free at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opG4R-YSirA
The Herald – Zimbabwe: Musicians Unite for Charity
Several popular musicians will descend on Masvingo on Saturday next week for a concert to raise funds to benefit a patient who is due to travel to India for a kidney transplant. The musical gala, being organised by the Zimbabwe Amalgamated Housing Association, will be headlined by dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu and will include gospel musicians Mathias Mhere and Sabatian Magacha.
Other performers to entertain the crowd at the show to be held at the Caravan Park will be veteran sungura singer Somandla Ndebele and gifted dancer Zoey Sifelani.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, ZAHA director general Killer Zivhu, who is also the Chivi Rural District Council chairman, said they were touched by Mollen Makoni (27)’s plight and roped in the musicians to assist in raising at least $25 000 for the trip to India.
Mollen will be accompanied by her mother Locardia and sister Tendai (20) who will donate a kidney to her.
Mollen and her mother will spend three months in India, while Tendai will be back after a month.
Zivhu through ZAHA, has provided $4300 for tickets to India for the three. Zivhu called on Zimbabweans to come forward to help Mollen regain her health and live her normal life to continue with her studies at Great Zimbabwe University where she is studying for a degree in marketing.
“As Zimbabweans, we need to love and assist each other during difficult times for the betterment of our country,” he said.
“We cannot let the poor die because they do not have money and as a leader I thought I should engage these artists to assist her with money.
“Zimbabweans must always come together in times like these and I am very confident that will be able to save Mollen’s life.”
Zivhu said Zimbabweans must emulate First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe’s philanthropic work that has benefited a lot of the underprivileged in society.
“I admire the First Lady for the good job she is doing for orphans at Mazowe, may the Lord grant the First Family their wishes in life so that they can continue to help the poor people,” he said.
Speaking while nearly shedding tears, Mollen thanked Zivhu and the musicians for coming up with a programme to help save her life.
She said she had stopped attending lessons at Great Zimbabwe University because of the adverse effects of her condition.
“I need to go for dialysis at least twice a week, I vomit each morning and my body is generally weak,” she said. “Sometimes my whole body becomes swollen and I am no longer able to walk for more than 15 minutes.”
Speaking at the press conference, Suluman, Mathias and Sabatian said they were ready to help Mollen out of her difficult situation. They called on other musicians and Zimbabweans in general to spare their time to help the suffering in their communities.
“As artists we are taking this stance on Mollen to show Zimbabweans that we also got a heart for other people,” said Suluman.
“Lets take this programme to other provinces because it will help others to know there are some who care for them.”
The musical show will run under the theme: “A dollar can save life” and under the banner of “Wezhira Ndionewo”, a programme pioneered by Zivhu to encourage those privileged to help their communities.
Those interested in helping Mollen can deposit funds in her Standard Chartered Bank account number 8700271942400 Rusape Branch under the name Mollen Ndanatsei Makoni. Funds can also be deposited into her Ecocash number 0773026314.
David Bowie Records New Single With Maria Schneider Orchestra
Jazz musicians Donny McCaslin and Ryan Keberle contribute
David Bowie has recorded a new single, called “Sue (or In A Season of Crime),” that is said to be jazz-oriented. The track was recorded this summer in New York with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, with saxophonist Donny McCaslin and trombonist Ryan Kebrle soloing. Schneider also arranged the song and co-wrote it with Bowie. The track will also be released as part of a new album, Nothing Has Changed, on Nov. 14. (The album is a collection of tracks dating as far back as 1964; “Sue” is said to be the only new track on the set.)
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)Tanzania: Indian Fusion Elates Dar Audience
By Iman Mani
New Delhi-based eight-member ‘Soul Samvaad’ leader Murad Ali (third right and partly hidden), joins other members of the group to provide musical sounds as the traditional Kathak dancer, Mahua Shankar, displays some of the ancient dance steps, at the Indian Cultural Centre, along the Oysterbay coastline on Tuesday evening. (Photo by Iman Mani)
LOCAL music lovers were treated to a different blend of Indian Classical Culture on Tuesday evening. The New Delhi-based eight member ‘Soul Samvaad’ band had come with their blend of fusion, which kept on pumping out rhythmic sounds for well over an hour.
From the time they stepped onto the stage their unique blend of sounds, which brought Indian classical genres together with Western rhythms, flowed uninterrupted.
The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) Representative, Natalia Kanem, told the ‘Daily News’ she loved the show and found the music to be ‘exhilarating’ because of its very “deep seeded in terms of classical culture,” set in a ‘modern’ realm at the same time.
“I could also see a lot of the spirit of international cooperation, especially when the group played a number which they called “Dar es Salaam Blues,” Kanem added. Also present was the local veteran woman activities, who co-founded the Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) and the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), Fatma Aloo.
For her the show was ‘amazing.’ Apart from her complimentary words for the music she also noted that the single woman in the group of eight ‘reigned supreme’ for she played a leading directors role while on stage.
In effect the actual leader, Murad Ali, who plays the ‘sarangi,’ told the ‘Daily News’ before the performance, after they had finished sound checking that everybody in the band is the boss. He went on to explain that as the band’s name, Soul Samvaad, implies everybody is the boss.
The simple fact that all members have their own identity on stage, which blends together into forming one musical form, amplifies this for him.
As though to make his point clear, Ali, further explained, “Seeing that Samvaad means dialogue and soul is that inner self, the result is a dialogue of the soul.
Further, he continued this musical dialogue is between Indian and Western classical music. For him it is like experimenting with the goal of blending Indian music with Western.
That is seen and heard in the musical sounds they produce, which echoes sounds of Jazz, Rock and Soul rhythmic styles. Organisers of the concert, which were members of the Indian Culture Centre (ICC), have also reasons to be proud.
They managed to pull between 350 and 400 people to the show, along the Oysterbay peninsula. They even had a bonus seeing that the majority of the spectators were indigenous Tanzanians, who were Hindi students at the centre and their friends. They displayed their appreciation with laud cheers and applause after every number.
The meditative aspect usually associated with Indian music could be clearly heard, especially at the beginning of each song played. These formed a noticeable undercurrent that was ridden by a Jazzy, Funky, Rock rhythm and melody.
Before boarding their flight back to Delhi-India yesterday evening the musicians conducted a twohour workshop at the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Department (FPAD) of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).
Saluting the Jazz Greats at St James Studio
The music of the jazz greats – from Scott Joplin and Benny Goodman to Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock – is celebrated at four special shows this autumn at London’s St James Studio, located in St James Theatre, Palace Street, London W1. Hosted by JBGB Events, the ‘Wonderful Music of the Jazz Greats’ series follows the successful four Jazz Divas concerts presented earlier this year and will feature the music, stories and anecdotes of these jazz legends. The Wonderful Music of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw is on Saturday 18 October featuring clarinetist Mark Crooks with guitarist Colin Oxley, pianist John Pearce, bassist Dave Chamberlain and drummer Matt Home. Herbie Hancock’s music is honoured on 1 November with pianist Simon Browne’s Beyond Cantaloupe including trumpeter Fredie Gavita, saxophonist Kevin Flanagan, bassist Calum Gourlay and drummer Lewis Wright, while Scott Joplin and the Ragtime Masters is celebrated on 15 November by pianist and ragtime expert Keith Nichols with clarinetist Trevor Whiting and guitarist/banjoist Martin Wheatley. The series finishes with a triple-hit on 29 November when music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley is in the capable hands of pianist Chris Ingham’s Rebop, including trumpeter Paul Higgs, saxophonists Colin Watling and Kevin Flanagan, bassist Arnie Somogyi and drummer George Double. – Jon Newey
For more details visit www.stjamestheatre.co.uk