Thomas Mapfumo is again at odds with the regime of his beloved country. Just as his songs once spoke of rebellion in Rhodesia, today he remains resolutely a man of the people - rallying their street-level support in the struggle against the new tyranny of Mugabe. There is no immediate prospect of a return home from his adopted base in Eugene, Oregon, where he recorded 'Rise Up', his new Real World Records release.
Listen to the segment of BBC Radio 4's 'Today' programme where Mark Coles questions Charlie Musselwhite on why he has for the first time been prompted to write protest songs on his new CD 'Delta Hardware'
Yungchen Lhamo will be hosting a special evening in New York this week in aid of the Tibet House charity. Celebrating the release in America of her new album 'Ama' Yungchen will perform with a number of special guests including Joy Askew and Jamshied Sharifi, Kristoff Hahn and Bashiri Johnson.
The event will take place on Friday 5 May at 8pm at the Alfred Lerner Hall, Colombia Universit (2920 Broadway). For tickets call 1 866 468 7619.
Be amongst the first to buy Charlie Musselwhite's new CD "Delta Hardware" from our shop and recive a free copy of "Charle Musselwhite: A Visual Journey".
This specially created DVD is not commercially available and has been signed by Charlie Musselwhite.
Charlie Musselwhite performed at the sixth annual Jammy awards last week, joining in jams with two groups of artists. He performed first with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Steve Kimock (all with Grateful Dead connections), Mike Gordon (Phish), Angelique Kidjo, Baba Maal, and others on the songs Jingo, Iko Iko, and Voodoo Chile. Musselwhite then sat in with Little Feat and their guests Stephen and Ky-Mani Marley, Bela Fleck, and former Howlin' Wolf sideman Hubert Sumlin on the show-closing set, performing A Political Blues followed by Jammin and One Love. This continues a trend for Charlie who, over the last couple of years, has performed with everyone from Ben Harper to the Blind Boys of Alabama, G. Love to Gov¹t Mule, and many others.
An all-star lineup of area musicians -- including a couple of literal Allstars -- assembled April 10 at Ardent Studios in Midtown to work on the score for Craig Brewer's "Black Snake Moan," the Memphis filmmaker's eagerly awaited followup to "Hustle & Flow," which recently won the Oscar for Best Original Song.
"I have to figure out a way to show how raunchy blues music can be a religious experience," said Brewer, 34, whose new movie is about a nymphomaniacal young woman (Christina Ricci) "whose demons are chased away by the blues," in the form of a grizzled, God-fearing bluesman named Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson).
For "Hustle," Bomar assembled a lineup of veteran Stax musicians to create music that Brewer said was not just rhythmic but "cinematic." For "Black Snake," the musicians recruited by Bomar include local legend Jim Dickinson on keyboards; Dickinson's sons and North Mississippi Allstars members Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson on guitar and drums; Bomar on bass; and blues hero and former Memphian Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica.
Working and improvising from Bomar's score, the musicians played along to scenes from the film that were projected on a large screen in the studio, as engineer John Hampton and music editor Kevin Houston captured the results. Martial drum beats, soulful harmonica notes and tortured guitar riffs accompanied images of an angry Justin Timberlake, a stern Samuel L. Jackson and a chained and semi nude Christina Ricci. In a way, watching the recording process was like watching musicians play along to a screening of a silent movie.
Musselwhite, 62, who lives in Sonoma County, Calif., but is building a home in Clarksdale, Miss., said the sessions were "loose and relaxed and productive." He said he doesn't want his harmonica to overwhelm the images onscreen or the sounds of the other musicians. "Some players, they have all their licks memorized," he said. "They think about what they're going to play, but I try to think about what not to play. Tone and phrasing, that's what's important -- less is more. The feeling, that's the thing."
Apologies for our absence since around 6.30 PM on Thursday evening - our ISP was the victim of a "malicious attack" on the fiber running into their hosting center, and it's taken around 48 hours to get all the wires stitched back together. Hopefully normal service is now resumed.
The Blind Boys of Alabama continue to astound us all with their ongoing succession of awards! They took home the Traditional Gospel Album of the Year honor for their current release, "Atom Bomb," at this year's 37th annual GMA Music Awards (formerly the Dove Awards) held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. USA.
The Blind Boys of Alabama have teamed up with Dan Zanes on "Catch That Train! - Zane's first family album since the Grammy-nominated 'House Party."
The Blind Boys sing with Dan on a soulful recording of "Welcome Table." The record will be available May 16 at Starbucks locations and traditional retail.