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Linkin Park's Chester Bennington: 'Festivals Kill Live Music' - News ...

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington: 'Festivals Kill Live Music' - News ... | Music | Scoop.it
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington thinks festivals are killing live music: "Rock 'n' roll is not meant to be played with the sun shining on your face."
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This is very interesting. I like the 'sun shining on your face' quote, but I also love festivals, so I'm inclined to disagree with him.

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Exploring Electronic Music in South Africa: "The Future Looks Awesome" | Think Africa Press

Exploring Electronic Music in South Africa: "The Future Looks Awesome" | Think Africa Press | Music | Scoop.it

Township tech’ is an intriguing juxtaposition. It was first coined a few years ago by DJ and rapper Spoek Mathambo, who appointed himself the "prince" of it in the process, and the phrase injects a sense of freshness into one of South Africa’s most misunderstood creative hubs.

 

“A setup can cost as little as 1500 Rand [$140],” says Mathambo of the basic materials needed to create a track. “Some of the biggest songs this country has ever produced − ‘Township Funk’ by DJ Mujava, for example − were produced on a very simple home computer set-up.”

 

He is speaking to Think Africa Press ahead of the release of his new documentary, Future Sounds of Mzansi. The film is Mathambo's feature-length debut, directed in partnership with filmmaker Lebo Rasethaba, and it explores South Africa’s upcoming electronic music scene as it ventures beyond Mathambo's stomping ground of the townships of Johannesburg and across the whole country.

 

Mathambo had already proven his talent for visuals. In his live sets, for instance, flamboyant stage and light shows bridge the gaps between music, dance, theatre and film, clearly influenced by the powerful aesthetics of Nollywood's 'spiritual thrillers'. “It freaks out his family and I can’t argue with that!” says Mathambo of one of his previous producer’s reactions to the horror-film aspects of his work. It seems to be no coincidence that Spoek means ‘ghost’ in Afrikaans.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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How cool is this?! Love listening to the music of other cultures.

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Highasakite: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

My first time seeing this Norwegian band was at a fairly soulless convention center in Austin, Texas. They transformed that big, open room into an intimate affair. So having them perform at...
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NPR Tiny Desk concerts are the best. They make me want to work at NPR even though I have no experience with radio or journalism at all, haha.

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