BBC Radio 3 – The Essay, New Generation Thinkers 2021, A Brazilian Soprano in Jazz-Age Paris

Adjoa Osei celebrates Elsie Houston, who mixed Afro-Brazilian folk with European opera.

Xangô (the god of thunder) and Paso Ñañigo’, composed by the Cuban Moises Simons, were two of the numbers performed by Elsie Houston in the clubs of Paris in the 1920s. Also able to sing soprano in Portuguese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian, Elsie’s performances in Afro-Brazilian dialects chimed with the fashion for all things African. Adjoa Osei’s essay traces Elsie’s connections with Surrealist artists and writers, (there are photos of her taken by Man Ray), and looks at how she used her mixed race heritage to navigate her way through society and speak out for African-inspired arts.

Adjoa Osei is a researcher based at Trinity College, Cambridge.[…]

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Next Flight Home

A short film about discovering the things that make life worth living. A pigeon meets a dove and faces the decision on whether or not to leave the life he has built for himself in favor of following his heart.

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Mesmerizing Human Faces Emerge From Carefully Sculpted Metal Wires | My Modern Met

By Margherita Cole on June 27, 2022

It’s hard to believe these sculptures of bearded men who look like mythical gods are made entirely of wires.

Human faces come to life in the industrial sculptures of Darius Hulea. The Romania-based artist uses iron, stainless steel, brass, and copper as the materials for expressive portraits inspired by history and mythology. Inspired by the sketches of old masters, Hulea translates the quickness and fluidity of drawing into three-dimensional forms.

Despite the rigidity of his medium, his portfolio of sculptures displays a looseness and spontaneity not often associated with metal. Many of Hulea’s pieces take on the form of a man with long hair and a beard, and he weaves the wire together to mimic the appearance of long, unruly locks. The density of numerous individual wires creates an interesting texture reminiscent of hair blowing in the wind.[…]

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Tommy Blaize Band – Call Out Your Name [Grand Chapel Sessions]

Tommy Blaize Band performs ‘Call Out Your Name’ at Grand Chapel Studios.…

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RaFa Orchestra – Live In Tokyo Pt 2


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PALO! “Agua Pa’ Los Santos” • w/ Descemer Bueno & Pedrito Martinez • Musica Cubana Salsa Jazz Funk

“Agua Pa ‘Los Santos” cuenta con los artistas invitados Pedrito Martinez (voz principal, batá); Roman Díaz (poema de oración, batá, chekere) y Descemer Bueno (viz principal). Leslie Cartaya, voz principal; Philbert Armenteros, voz principal, batá; Ed Calle, sax; Raymer Olalde, timbales; Steve Roitstein, teclados y arreglos. Producido por Steve Roitstein. Coproducido por Bobby Macuen. Editado por Sam Tapia. Filmado por Ralf Gonzalez (DP), José Iglesias, Andrés Ramírez, Agape Lataillade y Joe Cardona. Filmado y grabado en Brown University, Providence, RI. Un agradecimiento especial a Richard Snyder por facilitar este proyecto. Para ver el documental nominado al Emmy detrás de esta canción, haga clic aquí:…
Drum Loops: Lee Levin. Guitarra: Dan Warner.

Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated PALO! is from Miami with artists from Cuba and the United States. PALO! mixes salsa, jazz and funk to create super groovy Latin music.
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Home of PALO! – Miami’s Afro-Cuban Funk Band (2017)

PALO! “Agua Pa’ Los Santos” featuring guest artists Pedrito Martinez (lead vocals, batá); Roman Diaz (prayer poem, batá, chekere) and Descemer Bueno (lead vocal). Leslie Cartaya, lead vocal; Philbert Armenteros, lead vocal, batá; Ed Calle, sax; Raymer Olalde, timbales; Steve Roitstein, keyboards & beats. Produced by Steve Roitstein. Co-produced by Bobby Macuen. Edited by Sam Tapia. Filmed by Ralf Gonzalez (DP), Jose Iglesias, Andres Ramirez, Agape Lataillade and Joe Cardona. Leslie Cartaya’s concert look: Yas Gonzalez. Filmed and recorded at Brown University, Providence, RI. Special thanks to Richard Snyder for facilitating this project. Search for “Ivy League Rumba” to watch the complete documentary behind this song. Drum loops: Lee Levin. Guitar loops: Dan Warner.


Agua Pa’ Los Santos
Written by Philbert Armenteros, Descemer Bueno, Leslie Cartaya, Roman Diaz, Bobby Macuen, Pedrito Martinez, Raymer Olalde, Steve Roitstein

CORO: Agua, agua pa’ los santos, agua

La lluvia que cae del cielo
Va fluyendo hacia el mar
Agua dulce de los rios
Que bendice Yemayá

Calor que me quite el frio
Yalorde mi madre Ochún
Antes de perdirle nada
Una ofrenda pa’ Oggun (CORO)

Los tambores estan sonando
Como el trueno de Changó
Anunciando a todo el mundo
Que el guerrero ya llegó

Sentimientos tan profundos
Tantos toques que bailé
Gracias al mas milagroso
El Viejo Babalú Ayé (CORO)

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A 15-color rainbow spiral made with 12,000 dominoes | The Kid Should See This

A rainbow spiral of 12,000 dominoes falls and rises a few times in this video from prolific domino YouTuber Lily Hevesh of Hevesh5, a collaboration with Steve Price of Sprice Machines and Hayden Russell, aka Dynamic Domino. They spent two days building the 15-color domino speed wall chain reaction.[…]

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Chocolate Dragon! 🐲 | amauryguichon

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@brodiemoss found this fella cruising the shallow waters of an uninhabited tropical island! 🐙 🏝 | earthpix

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Sculptures at Morton Arboretum Honor Humans & Nature Connection | My Modern Met

By Jessica Stewart on June 14, 2022


Daniel Popper is giving art and nature lovers three more reasons to visit The Morton Arboretum.

South African artist Daniel Popper is expanding his collection of sculptures at The Morton Arboretum. His Human+Nature exhibition has been on display at the 1,700-acre arboretum since 2021 and will remain on view until 2023. Already his largest-ever exhibition when it opened, Popper has added three more sculptures, which brings the total works up to eight.

The three new sculptures are a continuation of Popper’s goal to inspire awe as they connect people and trees. It’s a noble proposition that follows The Morton Arboretum’s work in helping trees thrive and in educating the public about their importance. And it’s fitting that the sculptures should arrive in 2022, which is the arboretum’s centennial. In fact, the smallest of Popper’s three new sculptures was created to celebrate this special occasion.

That sculpture, titled Ginkgo, will live outside the visitor’s center and is a beautiful greeting for guests. In the piece, the masklike face of a woman is framed by ginkgo leaves in a beautiful representation of the variety of trees that are found on the property. Given founder Jay Morton’s fondness for this noble tree, it’s only fitting that it should be used in the sculpture that celebrates the arboretum’s longevity. Many ginkgo trees have been planted on the grounds and, currently, there are 15 cultivars and 77 specimens in the collection.

Popper’s other works, Mycelia and Ephemera celebrate other fungi and plant life that guests can discover during their visit.[…]

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