Posts Tagged ‘night owls

24
Aug
14

Night owl chat – Lila Downs

From Wikipedia:

Ana Lila Downs Sánchez, best known as Lila Downs (born September 9, 1968) is a Mexican-American singer-songwriter andactress. She performs her own compositions as well as tapping into Mexican traditional and popular music. She also incorporates indigenous Mexican influences and has recorded songs in many indigenous languages such as Mixtec, Zapotec, Mayan, Nahuatl andP’urhepecha (Tarascan). Born and raised in Oaxaca, she primarily studied at the Institute of Arts by Oaxaca and briefly attendedUniversity of Minnesota, before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She soon began performing in the traditional music scene of Oaxaca City.

Influenced by Chavela Vargas, Mercedes Sosa, Lucha Villa, and Amparo Ochoa, Lila Downs is recognized for her flamboyant, diverse and outré contributions to the music industry through her traditional and authentic fashion, the majority of which are based around Mexico’s indigenous peoples’ styles, cultures and heritages, which show through her performances and music videos. Her achievements include one Grammy Awards and two Latin Grammy Awards.

Besides her musical career, she involves herself with humanitarian causes and political activism, especially dealing with issues of Latin America’s indigenous.

She’s beautiful, she’s talented, and she rocks. For your end-of-weekend festivities, a bit of Señora Downs.

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Zapata se queda

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Naila

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18
Aug
14

Night owl chat – Paul Robeson

True story: Every once in a while, I’ll break out into “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”. And invariably, it’s Paul Robeson who tries to come out. He doesn’t, but once you hear him singing that song, no other voice can fill it  in your head.

For our night owl chat, some of the inestimable Paul Robeson.

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Ol’ Man River

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Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

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10
Aug
14

Night owl chat – What’s Going On?

Because Brother Marvin’s words are still timely

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What’s Going On?

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What’s Happening Brother?

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05
Aug
14

Night Owl Chat: New York City Electro, Circa 1982

You can’t really define electro music except by the way it makes you feel. Oh, you can say that it’s a mix of Kraftwerk and hip hop. But all you really want to do is get out on the dance floor and sweat. Many a dark and sweaty basement party in 1980s NYC was fueled by Africa Bambaataa and Planet Patrol. So, to lead you into the night, a little trip down my memory lane.

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Planet Patrol – Play At Your Own Risk

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Orbit – The Beat Goes On

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29
Jul
14

Night owl chat – What the world needs now is FLASH MOBS

When the world is being torn asunder, it’s time to remember our common humanity. Another in my series of people being joyously human in musical flash mobs.

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Flash mob marriage proposal – Chicago

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Glee flash mob – Seattle

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