Music (153)

The origins of hip-hop share provenance with clog dancing as a street dance art form. Clogging was brought to the US in the mid-nineteenth century and local performers refined the steps into tap. Tap dancing was originally performed as an accompaniment to song and the percussive and rhythmic patterns produced by the snags heightened effectiveness. The movement grew larger as rhythms grew more intricate and greater emphasis was placed on elements of dance composition and design. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, refined the minstrel tradition, and Fred Astaire made ‘hoofing’ a modern art form and the cornerstone of Hip Hop.
In the liner notes to P.P. Arnold’s long-overdue release The Turning Tide, Barry Gibb refers to the singer as “a girl inside a woman. Childlike in many ways, and yet her voice was somehow ancient.” His words only begin to describe a too-oft-overlooked voice of the sixties, and the artist behind that voice, whom he brought into the studio to record ten tracks in 1969.
Monday, 26 February 2018 14:35

The World’s Best Musicians Turned Entrepreneurs

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There’s no doubt that pop, rock and rap stars are some of the highest-paid entertainers on our planet. They have worldwide followings, with sold-out tours wherever they go, as well as millions of album sales. You’d think that would be enough money in the bank but, for some people, the challenge of going into business and building on that foundation as a global icon has proved too great.
Thursday, 22 February 2018 11:50

A Short Biog of Wilson Pickett on ZANI

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Wilson Pickett was born in 1941, in Prattville, Alabama and the fourth of 11 children. The family moved to Detroit in his mid-teens and he sang in several Baptist church choirs. His forceful, passionate style of singing was developed between the sacred and the secular whilst singing on the streets with the other kids.
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:36

Wot's Wot in Bovver Rock

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I was waiting at a chemist with a brick in my hand
I needed some pills to make me feel grand
I was about to give this window my lot when ..
The cops are coming
The cops are coming
You'd better lock your door if you don't dig jail.”
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ZANI was conceived in late 2008 and the fan base gradually grew by word of mouth. Key contributors came from those of the music, film and fashion industry and the voice of ZANI grew louder. So, when in 2013 investor, contributor and fan of ZANI Alan McGee* offered his support to help restyle and relaunch the site it was inevitable that traffic would increase dramatically and continues to grow. *Alan McGee co-founder of Creation Records and new label 359 Music..

 

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