hip hop – Michael Dorf http://michaeldorf.org/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 23:59:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://michaeldorf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/default1.png hip hop – Michael Dorf http://michaeldorf.org/ 32 32 Freestyle Love Supreme is a mic moment for the Foxboro performer https://michaeldorf.org/freestyle-love-supreme-is-a-mic-moment-for-the-foxboro-performer/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 09:00:27 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/freestyle-love-supreme-is-a-mic-moment-for-the-foxboro-performer/ R. Scott Reedy Performer Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan first developed an interest in beat boxing – the skill that would take him to Broadway – while a student in the music program at Foxboro High School. With his subsequent success in vocal percussion, Sullivan became a founding member of Freestyle Love Supreme, an improv hip-hop group […]]]>

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Performer Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan first developed an interest in beat boxing – the skill that would take him to Broadway – while a student in the music program at Foxboro High School.

With his subsequent success in vocal percussion, Sullivan became a founding member of Freestyle Love Supreme, an improv hip-hop group formed in 2004 by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Veneziale and Thomas Kail who performed on Broadway in two engagements. limited edition, in 2019. and 2021.

The Broadway production was conceived by Veneziale with its co-creators Miranda – the composer, lyricist and author of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Hamilton” – and Kail, the Tony-winning director of this musical to success.

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Sullivan was featured in both Broadway series of “Freestyle Love Supreme,” which received a special 2020 Tony Award, and is part of the national tour set to take place at the Emerson Colonial Theater in Boston on March 18.

“I met Lin-Manuel through that show and we’ve been on many trips together since then,” Sullivan said by phone from Seattle. “He’s been training where he is now from the start. He’s a great guy. At his birthday parties, he’ll have his friends from high school as well as the celebrities he knows.

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Española native in Super Bowl spotlight as Rams Mariachi performer | Local News https://michaeldorf.org/espanola-native-in-super-bowl-spotlight-as-rams-mariachi-performer-local-news/ Sat, 12 Feb 2022 06:12:16 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/espanola-native-in-super-bowl-spotlight-as-rams-mariachi-performer-local-news/ Members of the Mariachi Rams wear blue and gold uniforms that reflect the up-and-coming NFL team they’re associated with, but the core of the group is pure turquoise. Española native Santiago Alberto is the musical director of the nine-piece band that will serenade those arriving at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., for Super Bowl LVI […]]]>

Members of the Mariachi Rams wear blue and gold uniforms that reflect the up-and-coming NFL team they’re associated with, but the core of the group is pure turquoise.

Española native Santiago Alberto is the musical director of the nine-piece band that will serenade those arriving at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., for Super Bowl LVI on Sunday. The Los Angeles-area resident has been with the group since its inception in 2019 and said the Rams are the only major sports team with an affiliated mariachi band; it was founded by group manager Jose Hernandez.

During the season, Alberto said, the group happened before Rams home games and then on the field between the first and second quarters. Sunday’s pre-game roster only is the result of the NFL, not the team, producing on-field entertainment for the Super Bowl.

Alberto, 29, said the news circulated in northern New Mexico.

“Because New Mexico doesn’t have an NFL team, everyone in my hometown of Española is usually Broncos fans or Cowboys fans,” he said Friday. . “But they become Rams fans because they know I play in the mariachi. It’s really cool to see that.

Alberto, the son of Spanish singer Angel Espinoza, said he relishes the chance to share a style of music he is passionate about with fans who may not know him.

“Every home game is an audience of 70,000 people,” he said.

The origins of Mariachi music can be traced back to the Jalisco region of Mexico in the 1800s. It is performed by musicians dressed so neatly and specifically that it would be hard to confuse them with anything else, and the sounds come from singing , guitarrón (a great acoustic bass), mexican vihuela (rhythm guitar), harp, guitar, violin and trumpet.

As musical director, Alberto sings and can play all of these instruments, as well as drums and piano. He also writes arrangements for his fellow musicians when the band tackles non-mariachi music – a task that can be a challenge, given that the instruments used in mariachi are markedly different from those used to create rock and music. hip hop.

One example, Alberto said, was the adaptation of the 1995 song “California Love” by Tupac Shakur, featuring Dr. Dre (who, coincidentally, is among the Super Bowl halftime performers this year).

“We had to figure out how to sound like we had drums without having drums,” Alberto said.

Another challenge, he says: “I had never rapped before. I sing, but rapping is a whole different thing. So I had to figure out how to rap and not sound too corny.

Alberto said he did this by repeatedly listening to the original recordings and doing his best to copy the rappers’ sound.

Back in New Mexico, a proud Espinoza said she was thrilled for her son — and about the exposure he brings to mariachi music.

“They’re like rock stars right now,” she said of Mariachi Rams. “Wherever they go. I had the privilege of seeing them live in October at SoFi. It’s so exciting to see them up there on the big screen, and all those fans who love mariachi music. … Jalen Ramsey is a big fan and, of course, members of the Mariachi Rams are big fans of their team.

Ramsey, a star cornerback for the Rams, is an avowed fan of the group and posted an image of himself wearing a Rams Mariachi uniform on Instagram. He became interested after a trade brought him to Los Angeles in 2019, according to an ESPN report.

Band members met Ramsey via conference call amid pandemic restrictions, Alberto said.

“Jalen, when he saw the Mariachi Rams play the game, he loved the atmosphere,” he said. “So he contacted the people who made our suits and asked if he could have one made like ours. He ended up having a custom suit made. He sent all the members of the mariachi band an autographed jersey of him. So we sort of swapped.




The Rams playing at home for the Super Bowl is a happy coincidence; the location of the game had been chosen years earlier. The Rams also hosted the NFC title game and a wild card game – meaning it’s been a particularly busy season for Mariachi Rams.

“It’s like the planets have aligned, and it’s their time,” Espinoza said of the band. “They’re part of the Rams family, and it’s so cool, this collaboration.”

Espinoza has described herself as the biggest Mariachi Rams fan – a claim Ramsey might dispute. The performer said she loved “sitting in the back” and watching her son’s success.

“There’s nothing like a mother seeing her child’s dreams come true,” Espinoza said.

David Valdez of Albuquerque said he met Alberto about 15 years ago when they were both in the mariachi program at Española Valley High School. He shared Alberto’s and Espinoza’s enthusiasm for the rising profile of the mariachi, calling Rams Mariachi a “great first” for the musical style.

“More and more artists are starting to incorporate mariachi into their repertoires,” he said. “A lot of artists here in New Mexico are moving into making mariachi albums.”

As for his friend Alberto, “We have the same fire for the art of mariachi,” he said.

Asked what he misses most in New Mexico, Alberto quickly listed the twin joys of family and food. That said, he is happy with the way life is going.

“I just think it’s really cool that someone from Española, New Mexico can play music at the Super Bowl,” he said. “I went from playing Sundevil basketball games, singing the national anthem and playing school events to playing SoFi Stadium.”

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Syl Johnson, singer of highly sampled soul, funk and blues, dies at 85 https://michaeldorf.org/syl-johnson-singer-of-highly-sampled-soul-funk-and-blues-dies-at-85/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 09:15:21 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/syl-johnson-singer-of-highly-sampled-soul-funk-and-blues-dies-at-85/ Soul, funk and blues singer Syl Johnson, whose work became one of the most sampled in hip-hop history, died yesterday (6) at the age of 85. “He lived his life as a singer, musician and entrepreneur who loved black music,” his family wrote. “A fiery, fierce, fighter, always standing up for the pursuit of justice […]]]>

Soul, funk and blues singer Syl Johnson, whose work became one of the most sampled in hip-hop history, died yesterday (6) at the age of 85.

“He lived his life as a singer, musician and entrepreneur who loved black music,” his family wrote. “A fiery, fierce, fighter, always standing up for the pursuit of justice when it comes to his music and sound, he will be truly missed by all who crossed his path.”

Johnson was a notable recording artist on Twilight in the 1960s, with such hits as “Come On Sock It To Me” and the Civil Rights-era signature “Is It Because I’m Black”, then in the 1970s at Memphis Hi’s soul label. Here he struggled for the full advancement of his career competing with their most valuable star, Al Green; Ironically, Johnson had his biggest soul hit when a cover of Green’s “Take Me To The River” reached No. 7 in 1975.

He has become best known in recent years for the sheer number of samples of his work in the burgeoning field of hip-hop, much to his continued anger. Chief among these was his 1967 Top 20 R&B hit “Different Strokes,” whose horn line was used by the Wu-Tang Clan, while his vocals were appropriated by Kanye West and Jay Z on “Joy”. The track was also part of De La Soul’s “The Magic Number”. Eric B & Rakim“I know you have a soul” and public enemy“Fight the power”.

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The bluesy, uncompromising “Is It Because I’m Black?”, an early 1970s No. 11 soul hit, drew samples from the Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, and Cypress Hill. The allegedly unauthorized use of the latter prompted Johnson to sue, but he lost the case in 2008 and again on appeal three years later. In 2012, he reached an agreement with West and Jay-Z regarding their use of “Different Strokes”.

Johnson was born Sylvester Thompson on July 1, 1939 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He moved to South Chicago as a teenager and first recorded for Federal in 1959. That was in 1967 before “Come On Sock It To Me” secured him his first national recognition. He went on to amass 19 R&B chart entries over the next 15 years, including subsequent stints at his own label Shama and at Boardwalk.

Johnson retired in the late 1980s to develop a fried fish restaurant, Solomon’s Fishery, which became a chain, primarily in the Chicago area. But he made a comeback a few years later and recorded with his daughter Syleena Johnson, a collaborator of West. The re-release of his catalog of albums by Chicago-based band Numero in 2010 led to two Grammy nominations. Johnson was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2019.

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A documentary about his life, Syl Johnson: Whichever way the wind blowsdirected by Rob Hatch-Miller, has been made available on demand for the first time exclusively on Vimeo. In it, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA notes, “A lot of people may not know this man’s name, Syl Johnson, but they know his music.”

The Numero Group released a tribute that reflected both Johnson’s fiery character and their deep affection for him. “If only one artist could be considered a mascot for Numero, Mississippi-born soul man Syl Johnson was,” they wrote. “He was the first major artist to give our humble Southside Chicago operation a chance – even though he threatened to sue us during that first conversation.”

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Music Artist Kitty Gata and Method Man Join Forces for New Song https://michaeldorf.org/music-artist-kitty-gata-and-method-man-join-forces-for-new-song/ Mon, 31 Jan 2022 22:06:24 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/music-artist-kitty-gata-and-method-man-join-forces-for-new-song/ Kitty Gata and Method Man reunite as new rapper BK jumps into the ring with a Wu-Tang vet. Gata Pussy is a Brooklyn, New York native who rose to fame in the past year. This female hip-hop artist has made a name for herself by amassing over 250,000 followers on Instagram and has a hit […]]]>



Kitty Gata and Method Man reunite as new rapper BK jumps into the ring with a Wu-Tang vet.


Gata Pussy is a Brooklyn, New York native who rose to fame in the past year. This female hip-hop artist has made a name for herself by amassing over 250,000 followers on Instagram and has a hit single featuring method man out now.

Kitty Gata is not new to the entertainment world, having been recording and making music since she was 15 years old. Kitty is also known for her acting and comedy sketches. She’s a refreshing breath of fresh air, because she doesn’t do mumble rapping. Rather Kitty Gata is known for her lyrical raps and vocals to back herself up.

Even if you’re not from Brooklyn, you should add Kitty Gata to your list of favorite New York artists. She’s already releasing classics, and her new single Lust won’t disappoint when it’s released in June 2021. Follow Kitty on instagram and subscribe to her YouTube today. You won’t want to miss this next level.

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Power in truth for Offaly’s hip-hop performer https://michaeldorf.org/power-in-truth-for-offalys-hip-hop-performer/ Mon, 31 Jan 2022 11:00:10 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/power-in-truth-for-offalys-hip-hop-performer/ Offaly’s hip-hop performer Shane G. Published: Mon 31 Jan 2022, 11:00 Last update: Mon Jan 31 2022, 8:39 PM If the promise of his early projects is any way to gauge the potential for what could still be to come, then hip-hop artist Shane Gorry might just be Offaly’s musical powerhouse to celebrate in the […]]]>

Offaly’s hip-hop performer Shane G.

If the promise of his early projects is any way to gauge the potential for what could still be to come, then hip-hop artist Shane Gorry might just be Offaly’s musical powerhouse to celebrate in the not-too-distant future.

Performing under the moniker Shane G, the Tullamore man turned to music to change his life, pouring his soul into his lyrics and beats to tackle some of life’s toughest challenges.

And in the process of resurrecting himself by battling addiction issues, Shane has also harnessed his talents to bravely use his own experiences as a way to help promote the topic of men’s mental health.

Once upon a time – and it’s a time not yet so distant – even the idea that Offaly was producing a hip-hop artist of any note would have been ridiculed as quickly as the idea that an artist like this be brave enough in spirit to address something as serious as mental health in their work. But things are changing. And Shane G is living proof of that.

Hip-hop is probably often seen as one of the last bastions of shameless bragging. Now, Shane G is hardly a man for whom confidence is rare. But what you will hear in his work is something deeper. These songs are drawn from a shallow well of MTV or reality TV in shape, gilded, scripted visions of “gang life” or something similar.

These songs are real, because it’s his life. And make no mistake, this kind of authenticity is perhaps the key element needed to form a true artist.

In tracks like “Searching” and “Man Just Cried” (featuring Last Singer Standing runner-up Tony Cunningham) or “It Is What It Is,” you find yourself captivated, almost hypnotized, by the sound of a man who doesn’t. is not ashamed to let his own voice be heard, both in terms of his verses being authentic depictions of his lived life, and those stories being shared in his own Offaly accent. There is always power in the truth. And in seeing someone speak and share their own truth, there is indeed a profound power.

And that, more than anything else, will prove to be the most magnetic factor in Shane G’s story as his music meets the world.

And speaking of truth, a fact often overlooked by critics of hip-hop is that it is – above all – a means of communication, of connection. And like country music, when both are done right, it’s just about telling stories.

Going back to Shane’s involvement in promoting men’s mental health, it’s clear that the drive to bare his own soul is something that exists in more than his songs. “Man Just Cried” is also the name of a podcast Shane has recorded, on which he is joined by that track’s star vocalist Tony Cunningham and Kieran “Wally” O’ Loughlin from Portlaoise.

On the podcast, the three men openly discuss their own personal struggles around their mental health, how they learned to confront and manage these issues, and the stigma that still exists around mental health, in particular. for some men.

The first two episodes of Man Just Cried are available on Shane’s YouTube channel, with more episodes coming soon.

Shane G emerges as an artist with a story to tell, and in the process he also emerges as a man with a story to tell. And both are powerful. Both are true. And both are human in essence. They are also stories worth hearing. So listen.

~ You can enjoy Shane’s music on SHANE G MUSIC on Soundcloud, Spotify and YouTube, and follow him under the same name on Facebook and Instagram.

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Super Bowl 2022: Who is Eminem, performer of the halftime show at Super Bowl LVI? https://michaeldorf.org/super-bowl-2022-who-is-eminem-performer-of-the-halftime-show-at-super-bowl-lvi/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 01:41:00 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/super-bowl-2022-who-is-eminem-performer-of-the-halftime-show-at-super-bowl-lvi/ The NFL Super Bowl LVI is right around the corner, and the 2022 halftime show is almost here. NBC Sports has you covered with everything you need to know about the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show, including a closer look at one of the performers of the night: Eminem. Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, […]]]>

The NFL Super Bowl LVI is right around the corner, and the 2022 halftime show is almost here. NBC Sports has you covered with everything you need to know about the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show, including a closer look at one of the performers of the night: Eminem.

Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar will collectively headline this year’s Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. The 2022 Super Bowl will take place on Sunday, February 13 and can be watched and broadcast live on NBC and Peacock.

RELATED: NFL 2022 playoffs, Super Bowl schedule: Bracket, dates, times, TV channel, scores

After releasing his first album Infinite in 1996 and Thin Shady EP in 1997, Eminem signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, which led to the release of The Slim Shady Album in 1999. His next two albums, The Marshall Mathers Album and The Eminem Show, were nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Since then, he has released seven more studio albums, with the most recent being released in 2020. Along with his music career, Eminem made his acting debut in 2002 with 8 miles, an autobiographical musical drama film about his life. The film was a box office hit and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself.”

Take a look at Eminem’s biography and career accolades below:

Eminem’s Biography

  • Where is Eminem from? He was born in St. Joseph, Missouri and grew up in Detroit, Michigan and Missouri
  • How old is Eminem? Age: 49
  • What is Eminem’s full name? Marshall Bruce Mathers III

Eminem’s musical career

  • Career: Rapper, songwriter, record producer, record manager, actor
  • Kind: hip-hop
  • Major label debut album: The Slim Shady Album released February 23, 1999
  • Most recent album: music to be murdered published on January 17, 2020
  • A record label: Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
  • Grammy Nominations: 44
  • Grammy wins: 15

Notable Eminem Songs

  • “My name is”
  • “The Real Slim Shady”
  • “Stan” (with Dido)
  • “Without me”
  • “Clean My Closet”
  • “You lose”
  • “Sing for the Moment”
  • “Just Lose It”
  • “Again” (with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent)
  • “When I am gone”
  • “Shake That” (with Nate Dogg)
  • “Not afraid”
  • “Love the Way You Lie” (with Rihanna)
  • “The Monster” (with Rihanna)
  • “River” (with Ed Sheeran)
  • “Homicide” (with logic)

How to watch the Super Bowl 2022

  • When: Sunday, February 13, 2022
  • Kick off time: 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT)
  • Or: SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California
  • TV channel: NBC
  • Direct: Peacock, NBCsports.com, NBC Sports app

To verify ProFootballTalk to learn more about the 2022 NFL Playoffs along with game previews, picks, recaps, news, rumors and more. NBC and Peacock will host the 2022 Super Bowl.

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Japanese performer Kenichi Ebina brings unique hip hop dance to Dubai https://michaeldorf.org/japanese-performer-kenichi-ebina-brings-unique-hip-hop-dance-to-dubai/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:00:30 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/japanese-performer-kenichi-ebina-brings-unique-hip-hop-dance-to-dubai/ Japanese performer Kenichi Ebina, who won the talent show “America’s Got Talent” in 2013, will bring his unique brand of dance to City Center Mirdif on January 19 as part of the mall’s Dubai Shopping Festival celebrations. Ebina combines freestyle, hip hop, mime, martial arts and jazz for a unique robotic dance form, which wowed […]]]>

Japanese performer Kenichi Ebina, who won the talent show “America’s Got Talent” in 2013, will bring his unique brand of dance to City Center Mirdif on January 19 as part of the mall’s Dubai Shopping Festival celebrations.

Ebina combines freestyle, hip hop, mime, martial arts and jazz for a unique robotic dance form, which wowed the judges on the hit show’s eighth season.

The biography on her official website states that Ebina went to study in the United States in 1994 and started hip hop dancing as a hobby.

Ebina then launched her dancing career with the group BiTriP in 2001. The Japanese dance troupe won first place and became the grand champion of Apollo Amateur Night, a competition at the famous music hall in New York. Ebina was also the two-time Apollo Amateur Night Grand Champion in 2006 and 2007.

Years later, he made a name for himself on the world stage by participating in “America’s Got Talent”. He performed two dance routines in the final and won on September 18, 2013.

His website also says he has performed at events including a private party for singer Madonna and a Cirque Du Soleil show.

Ebina, 47, will perform at City Center Mirdif on January 19 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

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Ronnie Scott is organizing an amnesty for musical instruments this month https://michaeldorf.org/ronnie-scott-is-organizing-an-amnesty-for-musical-instruments-this-month/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 13:52:00 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/ronnie-scott-is-organizing-an-amnesty-for-musical-instruments-this-month/ On Saturday, January 22, Ronnie Scott’s will host a Musical Instrument Amnesty Day, bringing together the city’s unused musical instruments. All the instruments – from plastic recorders to violins and state-of-the-art mixing boards – will be donated to school-aged children in the UK and overseas, enabling music education among communities around the world. This year […]]]>

On Saturday, January 22, Ronnie Scott’s will host a Musical Instrument Amnesty Day, bringing together the city’s unused musical instruments. All the instruments – from plastic recorders to violins and state-of-the-art mixing boards – will be donated to school-aged children in the UK and overseas, enabling music education among communities around the world.

This year the Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation has teamed up with charities Music For All and Sistema England to ensure instruments donated under this year’s Musical Instrument Amnesty find the best new homes across the Kingdom. -United.

The iconic Frith Street venue will open between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the public to drop by and donate. Along with a cup of tea or a glass of bubbly, donors will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with stars and celebrities who have graced the Ronnie’s scene over the years, while learning more about the project and the impact their donation will have. All instruments are given a tracking number so donors can follow their instrument’s journey and see firsthand where in the world it will find its second life.

The 2019 Musical Instrument Amnesty was a huge success with over 300 donations pledged to new homes. Among the lucky recipients was London-based music charity World Heart Beat Music Academy, which provides music lessons and personal development opportunities for children and young people. Croydon-based Play for Progress, which works to build a world where societies ensure equal access to the use of arts, play and therapies in safe spaces, has also received donations from Amnesty . All donations will help a new generation of budding young stars who may one day grace Ronnie’s stage!

Over the years, the Ronnie Scott Musical Instrument Amnesty has welcomed several high-profile donors. Grammy and Brit Award winner Sam Smith donated a white violin from his iconic 2015 UK performance ‘Lay Me Down’ – the violin traveled from London to Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club with d other donations which were then forwarded to the MusicArt Society, a charity in Nepal that teaches underprivileged children to play donated instruments. British multi-instrumentalist Nithin Sawhney donated a guitar, Neil Cowley a violin, and two specially commissioned trumpets were made courtesy of two-time Edison Prize winner and American trumpeter Christian Scott.

In partnership with Music For All and Julian Lloyd Webber’s charity, Sistema England, all instruments will be verified and distributed to children whose access to music education has been compromised due to their social circumstances and/or their geographical location. Ultimately, the project aims to transform the lives of young people and communities through the power of music creation, a belief shared by Music For All, Sistema England and Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation, which organized the amnesty.

As part of Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation initiatives for 2022, the club will also help collect and repair broken or forgotten instruments, bringing them back to life and sharing them with the next generation of budding musicians. Projects for 2022 include workshops at Ronnie Scott’s, based on the successful Big Band in a Day program in which schoolchildren are invited to Ronnie’s to work alongside world-class musicians to form their own band. Ronnie’s encourages all genres of music for the program, including pop, hip-hop, RnB, blues and soul, ensuring our rehearsal space is accessible to young musicians from all walks of life.

Ada Ologbosere, Head of Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation, says of the 2022 Musical Instrument Amnesty: “What a wonderful opportunity for us to come together in the name of charity. It’s a great incentive – we’ve supported many young musicians over the years, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring back the Musical Instrument Amnesty for 2022. I look forward to meeting the members and other guests on January 22.’

Music For All says of the 2022 Musical Instrument Amnesty: “We are delighted to be working with the Ronnie Scott Charitable Foundation on this year’s Instrument Amnesty. The charity Music for All believes passionately in the power of music to change lives and works to create lasting impact for disadvantaged people and communities across the UK. We look forward to finding new homes for the instruments of amnesty, enabling and inspiring generations of musicians to come.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved. Donors can express interest viaa??ada@ronniescotts.co.uka??, then head to the legendary club on Frith Street on January 22 to make a donation.

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GOT7’s Jackson Wins Annual Musical Artist Award at Esquire’s 25th Anniversary Sweet Gala https://michaeldorf.org/got7s-jackson-wins-annual-musical-artist-award-at-esquires-25th-anniversary-sweet-gala/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/got7s-jackson-wins-annual-musical-artist-award-at-esquires-25th-anniversary-sweet-gala/ On January 5, GOT7’s Jackson was in attendance for Esquire’s 25th anniversary celebration at the Gentle Gala in Beijing, China. Dressing to stand out, he made the night even more special by winning the annual Music Artist award at the event, graciously accepting it as noted by fans. The stars seemed to have descended from […]]]>

On January 5, GOT7’s Jackson was in attendance for Esquire’s 25th anniversary celebration at the Gentle Gala in Beijing, China. Dressing to stand out, he made the night even more special by winning the annual Music Artist award at the event, graciously accepting it as noted by fans.

The stars seemed to have descended from the sky as Jackson Wang could be seen adorning a million-dollar-looking outfit that stole the show. Jackson Wang then shared it on his own Instagram account, and we couldn’t be more grateful! Check out her sparkly look below.

Sparkling toe to toe in the luxury brand he endorses, Fendi, TEAM WANG- the record label founded by the man himself, congratulating him on his historic Gentle Gala win. You can check the message below.

Notably, he also donned another fabulous costume in the main event after walking the red carpet. He was heard planning to work harder in 2022 after thanking the event for the award, concluding with his wish to feature more content.

After leaving JYP Entertainment in January 2021 along with his fellow GOT7 members, Jackson signed with Sublime Artist Agency, just like Youngjae, to promote his activities in South Korea. He released the English singles ‘LMLY’ and ‘Drive You Home’ last year as well as a debut album, ‘The Pack’ with his hip hop group PANTHEPACK.

It was nothing short of a marvel and we can only look forward to seeing what else Jackson Wang brings to us in 2022.

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Musical artist Ashley Marina features Elk County native in new clip | News https://michaeldorf.org/musical-artist-ashley-marina-features-elk-county-native-in-new-clip-news/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 13:00:00 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/musical-artist-ashley-marina-features-elk-county-native-in-new-clip-news/ Elk County native Will VanSlander was recently featured in a music video as a dancer for musical artist Ashely Marina. Marina, who also has roots in Pennsylvania, is best known for appearing in the fifteenth season of “America’s Got Talent”. She was able to use the show’s national exposure as a catalyst for a musical […]]]>


Elk County native Will VanSlander was recently featured in a music video as a dancer for musical artist Ashely Marina.

Marina, who also has roots in Pennsylvania, is best known for appearing in the fifteenth season of “America’s Got Talent”. She was able to use the show’s national exposure as a catalyst for a musical career.

VanSlander is currently a student at Slippery Rock University as a current dance major, with hopes of enrolling in theater in the next spring semester. VanSlander previously said: “Overall I try to get as much training as possible in all areas of the performing arts so that when a door opens for me I have the skills to do it. to undertake it with all the force. “

VanSlander’s interest in dance began at a very young age when he attended one of his sister’s dance recitals. He was in his second grade when he watched his sister’s performance at the April School of Dance recital. After seeing her perform a particular hip hop dance, he decided to give it a try, according to VanSlander.

VanSlander recalled that the opportunity to be in Marina’s video presented itself in a rather unsuspecting manner. “After one of my dance lessons in college, I was approached by my teacher. She told me that someone asked her if she had a dancer for a project, and that’s all she knew.

“She told me she could put me in touch if I was interested. I told him yes, and before I knew it, I was learning the choreography and shortly thereafter I was shooting the video.

Marina’s song and video are about a couple going through a tough time in their relationship. It starts with a fight between them for dinner, but as it progresses they start to work things out. The song called “Clouds Across the Sun” is a metaphor for the idea that these problems will pass and things will get better.

With the video project underway, VanSlander traveled to Pittsburgh to learn the choreography for the video. He and his dance partner spent hours practicing before the shoot.

“My partner and I spent two to three hours practicing with the choreographer, learning and creating the actual choreography, then another hour solidifying it on our own,” recalls VanSlander.

VanSlander seemed thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this video. “After all these years of training, it’s almost hard to believe that there is finally something of this caliber with my associated name.”

VanSlander said he couldn’t have accomplished this task without the help of Lauren and Brandi Mortimer, who were his dance partner and mother; choreographer Miranda Maleski; Jamal Woodson who did all of the behind-the-scenes work, and of course Ashley Marina, who created such a beautiful song.


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