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JAZZ - WORLD with YOGI McCAW
"AFRICAN MUSIC SUMMIT "
June 28th 2014
On Saturday Night, June 28th 2014, Seattle was treated to a rare and outstanding taste of world class African music, put on by Abdul Ndiaye and African friends of the musicians in Seattle. They held it at the Washington Hall in the Central District. It was a wonderful event, with the musicians on the ballroom stage, and food and beverages being available to the concert attendees.
The featured country at this event was Guinea, West Africa. A number of highly talented Guinean musicians live in Seattle, and Abdul was able to bring in two world famous musicians from Guinea, triple Juno Award winning Alpha Yaya Diallo, and Prince Diabate, master of the Kora, a 21-stringed instrument whose sound falls somewhere between the sonic territory of a harp and a guitar.
Poster-Flyer from recent event
Thanks to our friends at Music Clout !
by Bob Doerschuk
Rocky Jones - Christian Dean
Courtesy of Render Records
© 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
DownDay could fit in equally at CMA Music Festival or on a bill with Metallica. But the Arkansas quartet’s hearts are pure, if power-chorded, Country.
Christian Dean and Rockey Jones, along with bassist Damon Shores and drummer Mike Martin, signed with Render Records in April 2013. Nearly two months later, the label released the band’s earlier, regional album, Chapter 1, along with “Back in the Day” (written by Jones, Dean, Steve Freeman and David Oneal). From the structure of the song to the catchy chorus, that debut single leaned strongly toward Country and began earning adds within a month on Country radio.( continued in CMA )
SPECIAL FEATURE BY GUEST WRITER MALCOLM KENNEDY
Preface by editor Bruce J Maier
When our Blues reporter NW journalist Rocky Nelson submitted this article for review the first thing I noticed that it was lengthy and rather personal. On the surface it was written by a man who has been a friend of Rocky's for many years and who has been known for his contributions to the Washington Blues Society, Malcolm Kennedy. As I read on it was apparent that we had on our hands a unique story within a story; a reflection through a beer glass if you will, of one's journey with his mate and wife of twenty-five years, Carolyn, but also a biography of his Blues-brother Rocky. I had never experienced this style of writing and yet, within it's borders was the hidden gem - The Blues, and a reason why anyone regardless of upbringing or color can have them. I hope our DGT readers will enjoy this article as much as I have. Here's an excerpt and a link to the full article :
Loathing, Fear and Moonshine In Centralia
by Malcolm Kennedy
About 10 years ago, I got active in the local blues community and eventually joined the Washington Blues Society. Very quickly, I volunteered to help out. I began by delivering Bluesletters to some of the local haunts in and around Ballard, and I then served as Merchandise Director on the Board of Directors. I took the blues society’s merch booth to many local blues functions, set up at the monthly Blues Bash at the Salmon Bay Eagles in Ballard, and, of course, represented at blues festivals selling t-shirts, CDs, and other blues related items. Carolyn was instrumental in supporting every facet of my volunteer work for the blues society. From spending countless hours in the booth, to reconciling the inventory and proceeds, loading, unloading and setting up… you name it. When I started writing for the Bluesletter, she was my first editor helping me with grammar, spelling and phrasing while doing her best to retain my words and feeling for this music through words. Carolyn was my partner in every sense of the word; she was there every step along the way. Carolyn also served a full term as Secretary on the Board as an elected officer: we were a team at home, in the blues community, and on the Board of the blues society. To borrow from the gospel side of the blues, I was supremely blessed. Wait. Check that. We were supremely blessed. FULL ARTICLE HERE
GUITAR NATION & FABULOUS FRIENDS
by Lou Anne Michel
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