lot people – Michael Dorf http://michaeldorf.org/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 23:40:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://michaeldorf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/default1.png lot people – Michael Dorf http://michaeldorf.org/ 32 32 Maine tries to attract young workers by paying off student loans https://michaeldorf.org/maine-tries-to-attract-young-workers-by-paying-off-student-loans/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 20:30:58 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/maine-tries-to-attract-young-workers-by-paying-off-student-loans/ Maine lawmakers are trying to entice young workers by forgiving up to $40,000 in student loan debt to first-time home buyers. Maine Senate President troy jackson Recount Business Intern Pine Tree State has a significant challenge filling its job market. Residents are aging and retiring, while at the same time, younger workers may not have […]]]>

Maine lawmakers are trying to entice young workers by forgiving up to $40,000 in student loan debt to first-time home buyers.

Maine Senate President troy jackson Recount Business Intern Pine Tree State has a significant challenge filling its job market. Residents are aging and retiring, while at the same time, younger workers may not have the funds for a down payment or the financial record of an experienced buyer.

“A lot of people are trapped in debt. I very strongly believe it was intentional,” Jackson said.

According to a report by the Maine State Housing Authority, the top two reasons people put off buying a home are that they can’t save enough for a down payment and they don’t feel sufficiently secure financially due to existing loan debt.

The Maine Smart Buy program would allow eligible first-time home buyers to purchase a home through the MaineHousing First Home Loan Program and receive a rebate of up to $40,000.

The Maine Smart Buy program is designed after similar programs in Maryland and Illinois. To be eligible, participants must have a student debt balance between $5,000 and $40,000 and work with the state to pay off the debt by the time participants close their homes. It must also be their primary residence for at least five years or else they will be required to repay some of the student loan assistance to the state.

Entrants must also have a minimum credit score of 640 to be eligible and the home must be valued between $86,600 and $131,100 depending on location and family size. Other details of the bill are still being worked out by the Maine Senate, which sits until April.

Student loan debt is the third highest debt Americans carry behind mortgage debt and credit card debt totaling $1.7 trillion. President Joe Biden pledged to forgive $10,000 in student loan debt ahead of the presidential election but has rarely mentioned it since. Also, Biden did not mention canceling student debt in his State of the Union. address this week.

Biden erased student debt for people with disabilities students and victims of for-profit activities colleges. He also has widened the pause in student loan repayments until May 1.

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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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Big Daddy Kane apologizes for mistaking ASL performer for rowdy spectator https://michaeldorf.org/big-daddy-kane-apologizes-for-mistaking-asl-performer-for-rowdy-spectator/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 18:33:57 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/big-daddy-kane-apologizes-for-mistaking-asl-performer-for-rowdy-spectator/ Rapper Big Daddy Kane has shared a home video explaining he mistook an ASL performer for a spectator who took the stage during his performance. (Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage) Big Daddy Kane is apologizing for pushing an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter off stage during a Friday night performance. The rapper, 53, took to Instagram to […]]]>

Rapper Big Daddy Kane has shared a home video explaining he mistook an ASL performer for a spectator who took the stage during his performance. (Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Big Daddy Kane is apologizing for pushing an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter off stage during a Friday night performance.

The rapper, 53, took to Instagram to share a personal message about the incident, describing it as a misunderstanding as he didn’t know anyone would be on stage with him during the performance. He also issued a “sincere apology” to the performer, whom he identified as Billy Sanders. Sanders has already gone viral thanks to the moniker #ASLBae.

“So I know a lot of people saw that,” Kane said, before launching into a music video showing him repeatedly pushing Sanders, who translated his performance behind a large pile of concert gear.

“But see what you didn’t see is that,” said Kane, who returned to the video, which shows him shaking hands with Sanders after the song ended. On the video, Kane can be heard saying “they didn’t tell me what was going on” and telling the audience “understood and understood, I want everyone to enjoy it, can you feel me?”

Kane continued, explaining that the incident was simply a case of mistaken identity.

“I’ve done a lot of crazy things in my life. But I would never try to disrespect a performer who does sign language for the deaf community on stage,” he explained. didn’t tell me what was going on. Nobody told my manager that there would be an artist. We had no idea, so when I walked on stage and saw someone uttering the lyrics, I was trying to get them out of the stage.

The initial video of the musician pushing the man, taken by a bystander, generated significant internet traffic, leading some to criticize Kane’s actions.

“But no one showed the clip of me apologizing to the brother and allowing him to stay on stage and finish the show. No one showed the clip of me apologizing to the crowd. Because, like I said in the clip, I want everyone to enjoy the show, and that means even those who can’t hear it,” Kane shared in his video message.

Kane closed his home video by reiterating his support for all viewers, including those who are hard of hearing.

“Anyway, much respect to the deaf community. I will never disrespect you, and again, lots of love for this artist,” he said. “Again, I apologize, brother.”

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Chico High Music Boosters Containing Musical Instrument Player – Chico Enterprise-Record https://michaeldorf.org/chico-high-music-boosters-containing-musical-instrument-player-chico-enterprise-record/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/chico-high-music-boosters-containing-musical-instrument-player-chico-enterprise-record/ CHICO – New Chico High School Music Boosters are hosting a musical instrument drive to benefit music education. “Our January 8th instrument drive is an opportunity for music education supporters to pass on the instruments they have on hand, just in time for the end-of-year cleanup,” said Sean Maiorano. , president of the Boosters. “We […]]]>

CHICO – New Chico High School Music Boosters are hosting a musical instrument drive to benefit music education.

“Our January 8th instrument drive is an opportunity for music education supporters to pass on the instruments they have on hand, just in time for the end-of-year cleanup,” said Sean Maiorano. , president of the Boosters. “We plan to make this an annual event.”

Once-loved or additional musical instruments may find new purpose as donations to benefit symphony, concert and marching orchestras as well as choir programs at Chico High, according to a news release.

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on January 8, people can drop off instruments for volunteers in the stadium parking lot at Chico High.

The band from Chico High School performs Friday, October 22, 2021 at the 2021 Almond Bowl at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, CA. (Tom Angel/Contributed)

The Boosters are looking for any new or used instrument with the exception of pianos. “A lot of people might have old instruments in their cupboards that might be suitable for transmitting,” Maiorano said.

The Boosters hope the campaign will be successful. After the drive, the instruments will be carefully cleaned. Students have been wearing masks and cleaning instruments after use since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are excited to see what the community has and how to support the music program at Chico High. We want children of all ages to participate in the music. It’s enriching and students who participate in music do better in school and it’s also a good social experience for them,” said Maiorano.

Music Boosters are similar to sports boosters.

“I think it’s important to support the arts and increase the resources the school already has,” Maiorano said.

Donors can contact the organizers to make special arrangements for picking up or delivering instruments. Both new and “lightly used” instruments in need of repair are welcome. Large instruments such as pianos cannot be accepted at this time due to their size and cost, according to a press release.

Chico High teacher Ruben Morales, who leads band, guitar and piano lessons, said the instruments would be loaned to students who cannot afford to buy or rent them.

“We are very grateful to the community for any donations that may come in. There is always a need for quality instruments at all levels of our public school music programs. Any student playing an instrument that is difficult to use will have a less enjoyable time than a student who plays an instrument that works very well and may end up thinking he is the problem when it is the instrument itself. Every student deserves to have a quality music education, and having a quality instrument is a great way to ensure that happens,” Morales said. “In particular, we are always looking for more saxophones and trombones, but all instruments in the band are welcome. At the moment we don’t have an orchestra, but that might change in the near future. All instruments are going to need repairs, so if you cannot donate an instrument but still want to help, please consider donating to Chico High Music Boosters.

All booster donations go directly to enriching music education at school.

Maiorano said the instrumental player is just one of the ways the new nonprofit aims to support Chico High’s choir and instrumental programs. “Music Boosters raise funds to purchase instruments, music and provide resources that support the growth of music programs,” he said. “We also work on grant writing and support teachers in organizing enrichment activities such as field trips, college visits, choir retreats, guest speakers and others. events and opportunities.”

The boosters held a silent dessert auction during the band’s Dec. 8 concert and previously teamed up with Nothing Bundt Cakes for a fundraiser. The volunteers also sold stickers, temporary tattoos and other “musical swags” at soccer games and other school events, according to the press release.

Anyone wishing to support music education at Chico High can also donate directly to the Music Boosters fund through the North Valley Community Foundation at https://www.nvcf.org/funds/Chico-High-Music-Boosters.

“We were very pleased with the response on campus and the community as a whole,” Maiorano said. “Access to a quality and nurturing music education environment is the top priority for boosters.”

According to the website of the North Valley Community Fund, which sponsors the Boosters, the purpose of the fund is to raise money to purchase instruments, music, and provide resources that support the growth of music programs at Chico High School. The sums collected by this fund will be distributed by the foundation on behalf of the fund according to the recommendations of the fund’s advisors. The parent-led non-profit organization Music Boosters was established in the fall of 2021.

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John Legend advises a street artist to sing “All of me” https://michaeldorf.org/john-legend-advises-a-street-artist-to-sing-all-of-me/ https://michaeldorf.org/john-legend-advises-a-street-artist-to-sing-all-of-me/#respond Fri, 22 Oct 2021 01:36:00 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/john-legend-advises-a-street-artist-to-sing-all-of-me/ A street musician by the name of Radha rao had a performance, unlike any other on Sunday night. Rao played the piano and sang “All of me” from John legend outside Faneuil Hall in Boston when she noticed he was in the small listening crowd. The Grammy Award-winning singer was visiting the venue with his […]]]>


A street musician by the name of Radha rao had a performance, unlike any other on Sunday night. Rao played the piano and sang “All of me” from John legend outside Faneuil Hall in Boston when she noticed he was in the small listening crowd. The Grammy Award-winning singer was visiting the venue with his family before his performance at the Orpheum when he bumped into Rao singing. The performance impressed him and he hugged and tipped the 22-year-old artist. The legend wore a mask and Rao had no idea he was in town before the one-time chance encounter. She shared photos and videos of the experience on Instagram and said it felt like “a mixture of divine timing and luck”.

Naturally, Rao admitted to being nervous when Legend removed his mask. She told the Boston Globe that she didn’t want to lose confidence and finished the song that is part of her two-hour set. She said that once she was done he expressed his feelings about her voice, the performance and her gratitude. “I really respect his art and his dedication, and, you know, the way he’s been able to move and impact others,” said the 22-year-old. “[I’ve] always loved “All of Me”. Of course, it’s not that recent to the song anymore, but I feel like it’s a timeless classic at this point.


The Boston University alum has regularly performed a mix of covers and original songs at Faneuil Hall on weekends since August. “A lot of people tend to ask, ‘Did you play him because he was there? “And the answer is no,” Rao said. “I was playing it, and then it popped up after I started the song, so it was a pretty shocking experience.”

Rao was also able to see his wife Chrissy Teigen: “At first, I didn’t really recognize it was him. It looked a lot like him, but he was wearing a mask. And then he took off his mask and his kids were there, and [Christy Teigen, his wife] was there, ”she told The Globe.

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Sir Trill Viral Video Musical artist reacted on social media https://michaeldorf.org/sir-trill-viral-video-musical-artist-reacted-on-social-media/ https://michaeldorf.org/sir-trill-viral-video-musical-artist-reacted-on-social-media/#respond Thu, 14 Oct 2021 15:06:48 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/sir-trill-viral-video-musical-artist-reacted-on-social-media/ Sir Trill viral video: With Amapiano singer naming Sir Tril, his manager spoke out after the star was accused of hanging out with “underage girls” in a viral video that was shared on Twitter on Monday, October 11. The video went completely viral on the internet, Sir Trill was criticized on Twitter after a video […]]]>


Sir Trill viral video: With Amapiano singer naming Sir Tril, his manager spoke out after the star was accused of hanging out with “underage girls” in a viral video that was shared on Twitter on Monday, October 11. The video went completely viral on the internet, Sir Trill was criticized on Twitter after a video of him with girls who looked ‘underage’ in a hotel room went viral.

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In the video, the Amapiano star is seen sitting on the bed and is busy with his cell phone while two girls sit next to him on the bed, this has led to numerous tweets slamming the singer for chilling with underage girls, there was another video that was shared on Twitter, the caption of the video was “taken advantage” of the girls.

There are also a lot of people who defend the artist.

Sir Trill’s director clears up the confusion

The manager of the artist named Maseko has since raised the situation in order to clear up the confusion surrounding the video, he explained that they were shooting a clip and that the clip was shot by a starstruck fan who posted it. on his Whatsapp status, from there it was shared on Facebook and Twitter.

He said that they were filming a clip as one of the girls was very excited to see Sir Trill and she recorded a video, she posted it on her Whatsapp status and the video was taken from her status qu ‘she posted on Whatsapp, then she was uploaded to Facebook and Twitter.

He further stated that they didn’t even bother to correct anything because we knew there was nothing behind the video, the problem is how it is posted on the internet with those legends who deliberately put a bad light on the artist, knowing full storyline helps and it has even changed people’s outlook.

The claims were attested by musician Vukani Khoza that all girls were over 16, so they are not minors, a child is legally considered to be under 18 in South Africa, the age of consent is 16 years old. . It seems like people are posting nuisances just to get perspective on the whole situation, which is pretty sad to see.



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MANPAC to host Anything Goes from the Stray Cats Theater Company | Mandurah Courier https://michaeldorf.org/manpac-to-host-anything-goes-from-the-stray-cats-theater-company-mandurah-courier/ https://michaeldorf.org/manpac-to-host-anything-goes-from-the-stray-cats-theater-company-mandurah-courier/#respond Wed, 29 Sep 2021 04:38:00 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/manpac-to-host-anything-goes-from-the-stray-cats-theater-company-mandurah-courier/ FUTURE STAR: Emily Lambert will take on the iconic role of Reno Sweeney. Photo: Deirdre Khoo. Emily Lambert started performing on stage at her Mandurah Elementary School, and now she is preparing to take on the role of Reno Sweeney, one of the world’s most iconic musical theater roles, at the Mandurah Performing Arts Center. […]]]>


FUTURE STAR: Emily Lambert will take on the iconic role of Reno Sweeney. Photo: Deirdre Khoo.

Emily Lambert started performing on stage at her Mandurah Elementary School, and now she is preparing to take on the role of Reno Sweeney, one of the world’s most iconic musical theater roles, at the Mandurah Performing Arts Center.

“When I was younger, I took a few dance lessons on and off,” Ms. Lambert said.

“My quest for talent in school started in grade two and I told my mom I was going to enter the competition.

“She asked me what I was going to sing and I said the national anthem because it was the only song I knew,” she said with a laugh.

“I made it to the talent show grand finale and have been singing ever since.”

Over the years, Ms. Lambert began to take dancing more seriously, taking singing lessons and auditioning for local community theater performances, where she had the opportunity to take on a number of lead roles. .

Ms Lambert, who is in her first year of a bachelor’s degree in musical theater at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), scored the role of Reno Sweeney in Stray Cats Theater Company’s production of Cole’s classic musical. Carry All is well.

“I think it’s such a great show,” she said.

“It’s a product of the day – with that in mind.

“I’ve never played a dancer and dance leader role before – it’s an opportunity of a lifetime and a great skill to have under your belt.

“The music in the show is absolutely amazing – a lot of people watching would recognize the songs because most of them have been turned into jazz standards.”

Ms Lambert added that the character of Reno Sweeney was a powerful role to play.

“Having a prominent wife is just amazing – no one bothers Reno.

“She’s sassy and fun, she’s just great.”

After she and her WAAPA classmates were hit by the COVID lockdowns, Ms. Lambert said she was so grateful that the WA theater is booming.

“It’s a struggle when you’re online but learning a lot of skills – I couldn’t edit videos before, but I can cut a video now and know how to use iMovie,” she said with a laugh. .

“I think for me personally it’s just about seizing every opportunity because we don’t know what the future holds.

“Having access to the studios and everything in WA is so important and it’s really exciting that we can do all of this here when a lot of places in the world can’t.

“I think local theater is a great way to keep people together – right now human contact and positive theater experiences are important.

“The WA Community Theater is going to thrive because we are fortunate to have great venues here like the MANPAC which is such a great venue and we are so lucky to have it here.

All is well opens October 7 and tickets are available through the MANPAC website.


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Edinburgh artist who worked with Rod Stewart is launching new music club in town https://michaeldorf.org/edinburgh-artist-who-worked-with-rod-stewart-is-launching-new-music-club-in-town/ https://michaeldorf.org/edinburgh-artist-who-worked-with-rod-stewart-is-launching-new-music-club-in-town/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/edinburgh-artist-who-worked-with-rod-stewart-is-launching-new-music-club-in-town/ A cellist from Edinburgh is launching a community project today, using music to help promote health and well-being. The revolutionary Stockbridge ‘Music Center’ will be led by professional cellist Clea Friend and will encourage interaction and friendship between people of all ages by providing opportunities to create, listen to and discuss music in an environment […]]]>


A cellist from Edinburgh is launching a community project today, using music to help promote health and well-being.

The revolutionary Stockbridge ‘Music Center’ will be led by professional cellist Clea Friend and will encourage interaction and friendship between people of all ages by providing opportunities to create, listen to and discuss music in an environment fun and safe.

Friend, a single mother of her eighteen year old daughter, has performed all over the world and has collaborated with famous artists such as Rod Stewart and Andrea Bocelli, has also been a community practitioner working with people with special needs for 20 years.

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In addition to performing with these elite artists, Friend has also been a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

She also works as an audio description in theaters, helping partially deaf people understand the show in more detail.

Outside of music, Clea is also trained as a counselor and is a certified yoga teacher. As the talent comes, there’s not much she can’t do.

The plan is to organize concerts and a “culture club” in the Saxe Coburg Street building in Stockbridge, with screenings of plays and opera followed by a discussion.

Friend will work closely with local schools and nursing homes as part of his role and perform regularly with Artisan, a professional classical music ensemble based in Edinburgh.

Speaking about this new project, Miss Friend said, “I am delighted to lead the Music Hub which seeks to promote health and wellness, communication, inclusion and inclusion through the creation and listening of music.

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“As a professional cellist and trained community music practitioner, I have a fusion of skills that feed off of each other and understand how music affects the brain and body and how it can be used to improve lives. people”.

Clea also studied at the University of Edinburgh and is a more than popular figure in the city among classical music lovers.

The Reverend John Cowie, Minister of Stockbridge Church, said members are “thrilled” at the prospect of this new “music hub” which also has an online presence:

“Clea brings great musical skills, local and international experience and a commitment to bringing people together safely through music, which is important as we come out of lockdown isolation.

“Stockbridge is considered a wealthy community, but there are a lot of people who suffer from loneliness and there are families who are not well off and we want to support them.”

Before the pandemic, Dr Cowie, who plays bassoon in a community orchestra, said the building was regularly used for concerts by artists like St Mary’s Music School and the Napier University Orchestra.


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For Winnipeg artist and activist Caid Jones, hip hop was a form of social studies https://michaeldorf.org/for-winnipeg-artist-and-activist-caid-jones-hip-hop-was-a-form-of-social-studies/ https://michaeldorf.org/for-winnipeg-artist-and-activist-caid-jones-hip-hop-was-a-form-of-social-studies/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 09:00:00 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/for-winnipeg-artist-and-activist-caid-jones-hip-hop-was-a-form-of-social-studies/ Cayden Carfrae isn’t just a hip-hop lover, he’s a self-proclaimed scholar of the genre. The 22-year-old Winnipeg musician, who plays the role of Caid Jones, grew up on a steady diet of guitar and classic rock, but that all changed when his father gave him a copy of The Eminem show over a decade ago. […]]]>




Cayden Carfrae isn’t just a hip-hop lover, he’s a self-proclaimed scholar of the genre.

The 22-year-old Winnipeg musician, who plays the role of Caid Jones, grew up on a steady diet of guitar and classic rock, but that all changed when his father gave him a copy of The Eminem show over a decade ago.

“It was love at first sight,” says Carfrae.

He played the album over and over again and eventually expanded his CD collection to include other rappers, such as Tupac, Dr. Dre, NWA, and Rakim. At 10, he became passionate about listening and researching, delving into hip hop history and the backstories of his favorite artists. Music has drawn the curtain on life as he knew it.

“He became a great teacher for me; I learned a lot about the world and I learned a lot about society,” says Carfrae. “There’s police corruption, there’s government corruption, gang wars, violence, poverty… my worldview before, when I was a little younger, was, ‘OK , well, the world is all rainbows and lollipops’, and once I got into hip hop it was a more authentic take on things. ”

Carfrae has since become an involved community advocate, but he hasn’t always been keen to give back.

High school was tough. He struggled with the attendance and acceptance of his classmates; there were few things he felt he was good at. It was easy to adopt the angry attitude the world is against me from idols like Eminem.

This facade, however, faded when he discovered a love and a natural talent for poetry.

He was encouraged by an English teacher to continue writing and soon Carfrae made the connection between rhyming verses and rap verses. Poetry has allowed him to participate fully in an art form that he has enjoyed until now on the fringes.

“I realized after a lesson that (my poem) sounded a bit like rap if I read it a little faster and changed a few words,” he says. “Once I discovered hip hop there was a great sense of identity and pride as well – I can do that, it’s something I’m good at.”

He began to write every night, filling sheet after sheet of loose leaf with worms. Carfrae’s musical journey was supported by the support of his mother, stepfather and uncle, who gave him a keyboard and basic production software to start creating his own beats.

In June, he released his first EP, No distractions please. The seven-track album features a talented singer and provides insight into Carfrae’s outlook on life, beyond his years, a perspective that has been shaped by faith and learning from his own heritage.

Carfrae’s origins are Irish and Cree, but he knew little about his native background until he was 16. Her biological father was adopted and raised outside of his community without access to his culture. As an adult, he began to reconnect with his Cree roots and share what he was learning with Carfrae.

“I knew I was indigenous, but I was almost ashamed to grow up… because of the preconceptions of some people and the prejudices of some people,” says Carfrae. “Once I found my culture I was very proud.”

He immediately connected with ceremonies, the Seven Sacred Teachings, and the idea that music is medicine, not only for performers but also for listeners. He knew that was how he wanted to approach his career.

“I started to realize the true potential of power (of music) and what you can do with it if you use it right,” he says.

Thinking back to his early musical influences, Carfrae saw beyond anger and found solace in the honest expression of difficult experiences – he felt seen by Eminem’s songs about family conflicts and other rappers’ stories of systemic racism, injustice and suffering. He wanted to do the same for others, but with a positive message.

“I would rather contribute to the positive things in the world, rather than contribute to the negative,” he says. “I want to be able to have another person listen to me and find a relationship in it, not to feel so alone, not to feel like I’m the only person feeling this. That’s my goal because the music has helped me so much. ”

Carfrae approached his career with the same academic rigor that he applied to learning hip hop. He has spent countless hours researching the ins and outs of the music industry and how to market yourself as an artist. He teamed up with a local record company, Birthday Cake Media, to release No distractions please and started his own label, PayAttention Records, with a cousin and friend. The label is still in its infancy, but the partners hope to build Winnipeg’s hip-hop scene by providing a platform for BIPOC (black, Indigenous, people of color) and immigrant artists to get noticed.

Beyond music, Carfrae is involved in community outreach projects through Graffiti Gallery and CommUNITY 204. He also hosts a radio show on UMFM 101.5 called To hire! with his friend and collaborator Josue Davi, who shines a light on people and organizations that have a positive impact locally.

“I focus on the underserved, the people who have been most marginalized by colonialism and most affected by failing systems,” Carfrae said. Homelessness and substance abuse issues are a top priority, as he has seen both play out within his own family.

“Most of the time, people will overlook those (who are) … struggling with intergenerational addiction or trauma. A lot of these people just need housing, they need food security, they need food security. ‘love.”

Carfrae is currently working on a full album and collaborations with other local musicians. No distractions please is available on most major streaming platforms.

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“Everyone knows I’m a little nervous, but when I have the microphone in my hand, I stride forward” https://michaeldorf.org/everyone-knows-im-a-little-nervous-but-when-i-have-the-microphone-in-my-hand-i-stride-forward/ https://michaeldorf.org/everyone-knows-im-a-little-nervous-but-when-i-have-the-microphone-in-my-hand-i-stride-forward/#respond Mon, 06 Sep 2021 01:00:00 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/everyone-knows-im-a-little-nervous-but-when-i-have-the-microphone-in-my-hand-i-stride-forward/ Heather Small is the owner of one of the most influential voices in British music. Since the late 1980s, the West London-raised singer has enjoyed success both as a member of the dance group M People and as a solo artist. Now, after a forced period away from live performances due to the pandemic, she […]]]>


Heather Small is the owner of one of the most influential voices in British music. Since the late 1980s, the West London-raised singer has enjoyed success both as a member of the dance group M People and as a solo artist.

Now, after a forced period away from live performances due to the pandemic, she is finally back in front of the audience.

“This is what I do and this is where I am happiest,” she explains of a recent series of concerts across the UK. I missed it so much. It’s hard to explain because it’s intrinsic to who I am – singing, acting.

“I have been doing this for so long and for it to be taken away from you… When you see how a lot of people in the creative industries have been treated, it’s so sad and disappointing more than anything.”

Small, now 56, was still a teenager when she discovered her voice while listening to the music of Gladys Knight, known as Empress of Soul, and Aretha Franklin, aka Queen of Soul. These influences informed his debut group Hot House, a soulful trio that captured press attention in the late 1980s but failed to rock the charts.

Her first contact with fame came when she was recruited to sing the voice of Black Box’s hit hit, Ride On Time. The Italian group had run into legal trouble after sampling Loleatta Holloway’s 1980 single Love Sensation without permission and needed a new release.

Ride on Time topped the UK singles charts and soon Small worked with Manchester DJ Mike Pickering on a project they called M People, producing hits such as Testify, Moving On Up and One Night In. Heaven.

A decade and over 10 million records sold later, the band took a hiatus and Small released a solo album, Proud. There was another solo album and a stint on Strictly Come Dancing (she placed ninth) and time out of the limelight raising her son, James, from her relationship with the former rugby league player. Shaun Edwards.

Despite nearly three decades on stage, Small admits to still suffering from nerves. “It’s so exciting,” she suggests. I mean, terrifying too. Everyone knows I’m a little nervous, but when I have the microphone in my hand, I step forward. Everything belongs to me. I am the mistress of everything, I should say the teacher, of all life.

Small is emotional as she remembers the last few months since the so-called Freedom Day. “When I came back (to play live) there were people in the audience crying… because my performance was so bad,” she jokes.

“No! Just the relief and release and the joy of doing something that equates to habitual behavior. There is no such thing as music and live performances outside – singing, dancing, music, this festival aura It’s amazing, it’s liberating and it’s also intergenerational.

“Especially the last thing I did. There was literally a woman, she must have been 80, and there were young children like eight. And she had precisely come to see me play and her daughter was pointing the finger at the end of the show. I just felt this rush of warmth and joy.

“It’s the power of music and the power to come together. It’s like a common sense of well-being. Usually what I do is see people in their prime. I see people at their best. You miss it.

During the lockdown, Small kept herself busy by fulfilling a long-held dream and launching a clothing brand with her younger sister, Cheryl, who suffers from bipolar disorder. Through Proud Sista, the duo aim to celebrate biological and non-biological sisters and raise awareness of mental health issues.

Cheryl was diagnosed with bipolar at the age of 14 and thanks her older sister for helping her through – liaising with healthcare professionals and securing a long-term care plan that allowed her to pursue a career in business.

“Being in a situation where you are told if you leave your house it could kill you,” she begins. “That other people around you could be the source of your loss, or that you could be the source of someone else’s ill health.

“It can be very triggering for anyone with a mental illness of any kind. If you didn’t have a mental illness before, there are people out there that might get them started in this area. We wanted to do something that speaks to us and other people about these mental health issues and to stay strong. “

Created in response to the pandemic, Small wanted the clothing brand to be both motivating and inspiring. “It was like a metaphorical hug for people who might be in trouble,” she explains. “You may not have started with any, but now there are a lot of people who will have problems because they have been told to go against everything we would naturally do as beings. humans. And it can be very triggering.

Small may not have produced much new music over the past decade, but she made up for it with an almost constant touring schedule and regular charity work for Barnardo’s, Asthma UK and BeatBullying.

During the first months of the pandemic, she participated in a campaign with the World Health Organization to promote global solidarity, offering a cover of Sister Sledge’s We Are Family. There are times when her instincts as a mother and an activist intersect. “There will be a situation where a parent might think, ‘Oh, my kid is going through a rough patch.

“But even so, this could be the start of their first episode. “There is so much to watch out for, so it’s best to talk about it and also go to the doctor. Is this something you will have to live with for the long haul? Is it just something that you go through in a short time? Just to talk and not to be embarrassed and not to be ashamed. Heather Small is touring the UK in March 2022. Tickets are on sale now.


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