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M.I.A. is the latest artist to send the internet into a full-blown frenzy with a video. The short film by French director Romain Garvas, which has been pulled from YouTube and labeled as NSFW elsewhere, is set to the music of M.I.A.'s "Born Free."
Mulatu Astatke is a musical titan, in the same league as the likes of Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, yet he was first recognized to most people when The Paris-based world music record label, Buda Musique devoted the entire 4th installment of their respected series, Ethiopiques, to his compositions in 1998.
Astatke was born in 1943 in a town called Jimma in Ethiopia. His family sent him abroad to Wales to study chemical engineering, and instead, he came home with a degree in Music and a whole new sound brewing in his head. After Wales, he proceeded to the prestigious Berklee College of Music becoming the first African student to attend, studying the Vibraphone and percussion.
Read more, grab a few downloads, samples and more Ethiopian-influenced hip-hop after the jump.
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With the influx of blue-eyed soul coming out of the UK in the past decade (from Winehouse to Duffy to our lady Alice Russell), one has to question where these deep, obviously soul-influenced voices came from. Hint: watch this video to see what their parents were doing in the mid-seventies. This is a trailer for the soon-to-be-released movie, Souled Out (aka Soulboy), and it's about UK's Northern Soul scene and the famous Wigan Casino dance club. After the jump, check out a vintage video of the real thing: dancing at the Wigan Casino crica 1975.
Atticus Ross, the Grammy-nominated producer and musician has written his first feature film score for the Hughes Brothers’ much-anticipated post-apocalyptic adventure, The Book of Eli. Atticus has previously collaborated with Trent Reznor on four Nine Inch Nails albums and produced the Perry Farrell single “Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)” for the hit film Twilight.
Ross’ music is a unique hybrid score of electronic and organic elements; writing with his wife (Claudia Sarne) and brother (Leopold Ross), the basic tracks were recorded at his studio in Los Angeles before departing to London where it was finished in Abbey Road Studios with a full 80-piece orchestra. The soundtrack was released as a standard CD, a deluxe version featuring three bonus tracks, and an exclusive iTunes package featuring a remix of “Panoramic” by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek.
Check out the various Soundtrack packages here: bookofelimusic.com
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