The veteran Boys have had their usual six months of international touring and recording highlights. They have covered Australia and New Zealand and have just finished a series of outstanding performances with Peter Gabriel on his recent European Growing Up tour where they had audiences dancing in the aisles to their own gospel favourites and in one of the most beautiful moments of Peters show accompany him on the song Sky Blue (from the recent album Up). Whilst in London for two nights at Wembley Arena the Boys were invited to appear (for a second time) on the TV programme Later With Jools Holland ( which was broadcast on June 3 on BBC 2 ).
On the recording front the Blind Boys have been invited to guest on a whole range of recent albums including Jools Hollands Small World Big Band (Volume 2) More Friends from which Rock Me was the successful and much played single; Lou Reeds critically acclaimed musical artwork the Raven and Ibrahim Ferrers Buenos Hermanos.
Early this year the Boys were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame at the Dove Awards. They won the Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album and performed Higher Ground from their recent album at the ceremony.
Blind Boys of Alabama Looking Forward To!
The Fighting Temptations Staring Cuba Gooding and Beyonce Knowles, this Paramount movies release features an on screen performance of Soldier from the Blind Boys.
Brother Bear, the big Disney animation of the year, will have the Blind Boys singing a Phil Collins composition as the title song of the movie.
Summer touring from May to September
Throughout the USA the Boys will be performing dates with Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, John Hiatt and Etta James. September 20 is a performance at the New York Literary Festival, NYC. Check out all the dates on the touring section of the website.
Go Tell It On the Mountain to be released on Real World Records. This is the Boys first Christmas album and classic seasonal songs are given a radical and unique interpretation. The guest line up includes Tom Waits (Go Tell It On the Mountain), Mavis Staples (Born In Bethlehem), Solomon Burke (I Pray On Christmas), Aaron Neville (Joy To The World), Shelby Lynne (The Christmas Song), Michael Franti , Les Mc Cann with others still to be announced. Instrumental guests include John Medeski (Hammond B3 and piano), Duke Robilard (guitar), Danny Thompson (double bass), Michael Jerome (drums) with special appearances by Robert Randolf (pedal Steel guitar).
Pina's track 'I Loved The Way' is in an Italian film called 'Dillo Con Parole Mie' (Say It With Words) which is about a group of young Italian adults who go on holiday to Greece, and the resulting love affairs and post adolescent complications they encounter during their stay. The track will also appear in the French film 'Ta Soeur', directed by Martin Valente.
Pina is currently working on her next album.
Uzbek singing star Sevara Nazarkhan has been invited to perform as support for Peter Gabriel on a selection of his European dates in France , Germany and Spain. She will be performing with a five piece band including the master musician Toir Kuziyev on doutar (long necked oud) who is also featured on her album. Following the outstanding critical acclaim to her album Yol Bolsin these concerts will be the first opportunity for audiences in these countries to see Sevara live. The list of dates can be found under Tour Dates.
Celts, was released this week in America, with press and radio both taking
The albums first single Rise Above It was #1 most added at AAA radio this
week (according to three industry tracking publications: R&R, The Network,
FMQB), with influential stations such as KCRW in Los Angeles, WXPN in
Philadelphia, and WRLT in Nashville among those who are spinning the song.
Meanwhile, NY Newsday recently called Seed a swirl of sounds - from Irish
pipes, to the African kora harp-lute to flamenco to the Indian dohl drum.
And this weeks CMJ calls Seed an example of what can happen when
cultural borders are crossed, and borders erased. Seed supports the
universal truism that theres more to be gained by unity than division.
Pina's album 'Quick Look' has received two nominations for the Amadeus Austrian Music Awards 2003 (Austro-Grammy) in the categories Newcomer and National Female Pop/Rock. The Awards ceremony takes place on 7th May. For details of other national and international nominees go to www.amadeus-award.at