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Monday, June 21, 2010

Music Monday: "Rollin inna Sunny" by Nebula868 featuring Terri Lyons

Not too long ago, when people spoke about local music, they didn't always mean "soca".  In fact, I remember a lot of pop and R&B in my growing up years.  Ever so often, I'll pull out my Best of Wildfire CD and spend an afternoon grooving at home to Tony Wilson and Oliver Chapman.  And Nadie La Fond's "Wanna Make Love to You" is still as sweet today as the day that I first heard it.

But Trinidad and Tobago does indeed produce a lot of local content other than soca music.  Most might only know the name Marlon Asher, but there is a whole raft of reggae artists here with recorded music.  There's rock, pop, soul, jazz... There's also a vibrant hip-hop movement with artists the likes of Chromatics and Spotrushaz, the latter of whom has a track on the 2K Sports' NBA 2K10 soundtrack.  But there's a whole lot more music out there and today I feature a track that I ran across this weekend.

Via TriniJungleJuice.com, I give you "Rollin inna Sunny" by Nebula868 and Terri Lyons, the daughter of Austin Lyons, our own phenom Super Blue.  Their video shot in and around Port of Spain features an icon that is distinctly Trinbagonian - a beat-up multicoloured Nissan Sunny.  It's a neat little production with at least one of the artists eschewing the obligatory American accent in delivering his vocal contribution.  Even if you're not a fan of hip-hop, it's worth a quick peep to see what some of our local artists are doing.

Link to the video at the TriniJungleJuice site is http://tinyurl.com/musicmonday20100521

Monday, June 14, 2010

Music Monday: "Het Wilhelmus"

Het Wilhelmus [Wikipedia] [Youtube], the National Anthem of the Netherlands, is considered the oldest National Anthem in the World.

Het Wilhelmus is played only once at a ceremony and, if possible, it is to be the last piece of music played.  Interestingly, when receiving a foreign head of state or emissary, it is not allowed to be played if there is no member of the Dutch Royal House present, something virtually unique in the world as most countries play their own anthem and then play the anthem of the foreign relation.

True fans of Oranje will know the sound if not the words of Het Wilhelmus, and the feeling of the hair standing on the backs of their necks as the camera pans the stoic faces of the Dutch football team.  Now ranked fourth-best team in the world by FIFA, they are considered the world's best team never to have lifted a World Cup.  They remain ever though my favourite underachievers.

In their honour as they start their 2010 World Cup championship campaign on this very Music Monday with a match against Denmark, I offer Het Wilhelmus, the National Anthem of the Netherlands.

UPDATE 6:03PM: Article updated to include links to Wikipedia article and YouTube video, and embedded video changed to one that includes vocals. Thanks, Simone!

UPDATE 6:05PM: They won the game by the way

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Music Monday: "I don't want to live on the moon" cover by Paul Dateh

One of the customs on social messaging site Twitter is "#MusicMonday", where on a Monday users share some audio or video that they like or to which they're listening.  From today, I'm extending that custom to this blog.  Further, I'll post on a Sunday night, since that will allow more people to pick up the post on a Monday morning.  For this first post, I'll start with something light.

Any member of the Sesame Street generation will remember the song, "I don't want to live on the moon", written by award-winning composer, the late Jeff Moss.  It was first performed by Ernie, and subsequently by Ernie again in duet with Aaron Neville.

This cover of the tune is performed by Paul Dateh on vocals and violin with Ken Belcher accompanying on acoustic guitar.  And thanks to my sister, Sonja, for sharing the video.

We had the benefit of some really nice music back then.  Do enjoy the performance.

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