I am familiar with Virunga, the volcanoes and mountain gorillas thanks to the incredible music group, Samba Mapangala. Naturally, I am looking forward to watching this Oscar nominated documentary by Orlando Von Einsiedel. You can watch the official trailer here and I’ve also embedded a relevant song by Samba Mapangala, called “Les Gorilles de Montagnes“, for your listening pleasure.
“VIRUNGA is the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world’s forgotten and a gripping expose of the realities of life in the Congo. In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers – including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a caretaker of orphan gorillas and a Belgian conservationist – protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo’s rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war in May 2012, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they’ve worked so hard to protect.”
German reggae singer Gentleman and British / Vincentian Marlon Roudette of Mattafix sing the 2005 hit song “Big City Life” by Mattafix on MTV Unplugged. Amazing version of a timeless song performed by a full string and wind instrument orchestra, featuring the legendary Dean Fraser on the sax. A big collaboration!
Check it out here:
I discovered this band and Syster Sol in 2007 when I stumbled onto this video. A great song and video by the Swedish reggae band, Livelihood. I was impressed then and still love the video and song today. Watch and listen for yourself here…
The Washington D.C. based Greek American Christos DC, aka Christopher Vrenios, and Jamaican Kenyatta Hill, son of legendary singer Joseph Hill of the reggae group Culture, present the first single and music video off Christo’s new 2014 album, “Long Road”. Christos DC is an up-and-coming reggae artist and CEO at Honest Music; a multi-instrumentalist with a beautiful voice. The message is simple and very relevant considering today’s smartphone and social media obsession: we have to talk more to each other. Great music and lyrics by both artists, much respect to the Greek and African diaspora for keeping it real!
“…born and raised in Washington, D.C. by parents who sang opera and taught voice professionally. He takes his name from his Greek heritage using a nickname given to him by his grandmother & also to represent his birthplace that set the tone of his musical journey.
His sound is best described as a blend of Downtempo, Reggae with overtones of jazz”.
Read Christos DC’s impressive bio here: http://www.christosdc.com/about
Honest Music Productions. Cinematics by ViZionCreative.
Kenyatta Hill is the son of the late legendary Jamaican roots reggae singer Joseph “Culture” Hill, who is known primarily for his work with the band Culture in the 70s and 80s. This is one of my favourite tracks off Kenyatta’s new LP “Riddim of Life”. His voice resembles his father’s, who must have been a huge influence on him, as he was and still is to so many people. All in all, a great new artist with a powerful message in his music. The video, shot in Jamaica, is very well made and is full of beautiful cultural scenes. from Kenyatta singing on the beach to food, music, sports, art, nature and, of course, the people.
An Honest Music Production. Visuals by DUB AFRICA.
This well made lyric video features Jamaican raggamuffin dancehall reggae dj and singer Papa Michigan, of the singing duo Michigan & Smiley, and the unique voice of Yami Bolo. From Papa Michigan’s new EP, “DJ Legend”. Respect to the artists behind the music and the video! Enjoy!