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Great Reviews for Ben Harper- Blind Boys collaboration

On the release today (20 September) of the new album "There Will Be Light" (Virgin Records) the response in the UK press couldn't be better ! The Guardian says of the album: "Harper's soft, blues-drenched vocals marry seamlessly with those of septuagenarian gospel veterans the Blind Boys.." The Independent On Sunday called it "Passionate, inspired, simple and uplifting....this does for gospel/blues what 'O Brother' did for country".

Published 20th Sep 2004, 12:00pm »

Catch the Blind Boys on US TV

The Blind Boys of Alabama and Ben Harper will be promoting their new collaboration album 'There Will Be Light' (Virgin) on the forthcoming American TVs: October 11th is Letterman, October 13th Carson Daly and November 19 Leno.

Published 20th Sep 2004, 10:37am »

Special Live Appearance of Ben Harper & The Blind Boys!

A unique show on Tuesday October 12 at New York's Apollo Theatre will see Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals on stage with The Blind Boys of Alabama. Following the release of their fantastic collaborative album 'There Will Be Light' (Virgin Records) this should be an extraordinary show!

Published 17th Sep 2004, 5:26pm »

New album released on 20 September!

"Champagne and Grits" hits the streets on Monday 20th September.....the next installment of the weird and wonderous journey of the extraordinary recording career of the legendary Little Axe!

Published 17th Sep 2004, 5:11pm »

Pina Hops to PRE for New Release

The very wonderful legendary Tchad Blake has just finished mixing 'Guess You Got It', the new album by Pina. A selection of fabulous new songs absorbing influences from rock, blues, folk, New Orleans swamp sounds reinterpreted by Pina's wonderful unique voice!
Pina's new album will be released on the new imprint PRE in early 2005. She will be joining Liverpool's Sizer Barker as the second release on the label. Watch this space for news!

Published 17th Sep 2004, 3:40pm »

Solo album due out next year!

Iarla has been busy at his own studio at home in Ireland creating tracks for his new solo album. Expect the usual combination of exquisite heart-breaking Irish tunes in a unique contemporary context. Watch this space for news of the release date in 2005.

Published 14th Sep 2004, 1:14pm »

Afro Celts New album on its way!

In between a busy schedule of other projects, writing sound tracks and solo work, the Afro Celts have had their heads down at their own Britannia Row studios in London creating the new band album. Due for release in Spring 2005......we hope to have some previews soon!

Published 14th Sep 2004, 1:12pm »

Ozo's Unique Hip Hope Style Chosen for iPod ad!

'Saturday Night' from Ozomatli's latest album 'Street Signs' has been selected as the music for the iPod TV ad leading up to Christmas. Check out the new ad on the American iPod website!

Published 14th Sep 2004, 1:08pm »

Afro Celts Music Featured in 'Hotel Rwanda' movie

"Ten years ago, some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda - and in an era of high-speed communication and round-the-clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only three months, almost 1 million people were brutally murdered. In the face of these unspeakable actions, inspired by his love for his family, an ordinary man summons extraordinary courage to save the lives of over a thousand helpless refugees by granting them shelter in the hotel he manages. Harrowing and deeply moving, Hotel Rwanda is his story. "

The Afro Celts have written music for this upcoming movie directed by Terry George and starring Don Cheadle, Nick Holte and Joaquin Phoenix. To be released in December 2004.

Published 14th Sep 2004, 12:36pm »

Award-Winning Musical returns NYC for 20th Anniversary

The Gospel At Colonus Returns.
Famed Broadway Hit To Grace Stage Of Legendary Apollo Theater .
Featuring:
Charles S. Dutton & the Blind Boys Of Alabama

New York, New York -- It is said the second time around is always better but when it comes to the 20th time—like the 20th anniversary of the internationally award-winning musical, THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS —the exhilarating magic and excitement of this production’s reprise after two decades of touring is sure to surpass its own extraordinary theatrical acclaim. New York’s legendary Apollo Theater will serve as the celebratory backdrop this fall for the return of this timeless ancient Greek drama transposed into a contemporary, foot-stomping gospel masterpiece starring noted theater, film and television actor CHARLES S. DUTTON, the Grammy-famed BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA featuring Clarence Fountain, THE LEGENDARY SOUL STIRRERS and several New York choirs. The production is slated to run at the Apollo Theater October 25th to November 7th, 2004
Acclaimed as a landmark work of the American Musical theater and backed with years of critical praise including OBIE Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Performance (Morgan Freeman in 1983-84 season), a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominations, an LA Drama Critics Circle, and other awards, THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS is an exuberant retelling of Sophocles’ classic Greek tragedy (Oedipus at Colonus) set in the context of a Pentecostal gospel service. Its theme of suffering and redemption stays true to the original drama but is modernized with the driving passion of ground-shaking gospel music, notable performers, and church choirs celebrating the 2400-year-old myth of Oedipus with a rousing gospel and blues score.

The Gospel At Colonus

The musical focuses on the story of the blind king Oedipus, banished from Thebes and searching for salvation until he arrives at the city of Colonus to make peace with his past and his children before he transitions to his final resting place.
THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS, which has been broadcast on public television as a part of Great Performances, is the brainchild of playwright and director Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson. They will be actively involved in the reprise production at the Apollo Theater this fall.

THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS premiered in New York in 1983 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Over the years, this dazzling production has appeared nationwide, in Europe and South America.
The 20th anniversary celebration of COLONUS at the Apollo Theater is sure to attract original audience members of decades ago who want to re-capture the play’s incredible experience. While its audiences have been large and diverse, the fall production is sure to attract Harlem’s increasingly diverse community, mainstream theater lovers, students of literature, Greek mythology, and religion; church members and, of course, New York’s Black community where many will be able to personally relate to the expressions of joy and faith framed upon the historic Apollo stage.
While Broadway works through ways to further embrace diverse audiences, the Apollo Theater continues to cultivate an audience of its own where traditional audiences of color now share the venue with uptown’s growing mainstream community eager to experience authentic black culture.

Published 10th Sep 2004, 11:36am »

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