DARING DOCCIES Documentary Film Festival – 29 JUL – 5 AUG

29 July to 5 August marks the inaugural dates of a new life-altering documentary film festival by Flamedrop Productions, hitting the screens at The Labia Theatre, Cape Town.

The various brave and determined filmmakers pull no punches as they tackle subjects that affect us all and the planet we share.

These highly acclaimed and award-winning movies include:

MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN (debut SA theatrical run)
[ Screened daily from 29 JULY – 5 AUGUST ]

Michael Campbell is one of the few hundred white farmers left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began his violent ‘Land Reform’ program in 2000. Since then the country has descended into chaos. The filmmakers took their freedom and lives in their hands as they documented Campbell’s fight against the government.
(Lawyer Jeremy Gauntlett who assisting with the making of the movie will handle a Q&A at the opening screening on 29 July. If Ben Freeth, another main contributor to the making of the documentary can get here from Harare, he will also be present, otherwise phone interviews can be arranged).

[ FRI 30 JUL 6:15pm / WED 4 AUG 8:30pm ]

Award-winning rebel tattoo artist Brandon Bond and his colleagues took it upon themselves to rescue & rehab some of the over 70 pit bulls used in the illegal dog fighting ring facilitated by convicted football star Michael Vick. Standing up for underdogs in all walks of life, this movie proves the classic cliché of not judging a book by its cover, be it human beings or dogs. Also features Danny Trejo, Michael Berryman, Pixie Acia and Donal Logue.

GAS HOLE (SA Theatrical Premiere)

[ SAT 31 JUL 6:15pm / TUES 3 AUG 6:15pm / THUR 5 AUG 8:30pm ]

A new documentary about the history of Oil prices and the future of alternative fuels. The film, narrated by Peter Gallagher, features interviews with a wide range of viewpoints from US Department of Energy Officials, Congressional leaders, Alternative Fuel Producers, Alternative Fuel Consumers (such as actor Joshua Jackson), Professors of Economics & Psychology and more…

Why are alternative fuels and more efficient engines not being implemented more widely, and who stands to gain…?

I.O.U.S.A. (SA Theatrical Premiere)

[ SAT 31 JUL 8:30pm / MON 2 AUG 6:15pm ]

What affects the US economy, affects the world. Throughout history, the American government has found it nearly impossible to spend only what has been raised through taxes. Wielding candid interviews with both average American taxpayers and government officials, Sundance veteran Patrick Creadon (Wordplay) helps demystify the nation’s financial practices and policies.

Be afraid…




‘Zeitgeist – The Movie’ and ‘Zeitgeist – Addendum’ were created to communicate highly important social understandings which most of the world’s population are generally not aware of.

The first film focuses on suppressed historical & modern information about currently dominant social institutions, while also exploring what could be in store for humanity if the power structures at large continue their patterns of self-interest, corruption, and consolidation.

The second film, Zeitgeist: Addendum, attempts to locate the root causes of this pervasive social corruption, while offering a solution. This solution is not based on politics, morality, laws, or any other “establishment” notions of human affairs, but rather on a modern, non-superstitious based understanding of what we are and how we align with nature, to which we are a part. The work advocates a new social system which is updated to present day knowledge, highly influenced by the life long work of Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project.

THE THREAT – La Minaccia (SA Theatrical Premiere)

[ SUN 1 AUG 6:15pm / MON 2 AUG 8:30pm / WED 4 AUG 6:15pm ]

“Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution are the greatest threat since the time of the Soviet Union and communism” > Doctrine for Asymmetric War Against Venezuela, U.S. Army, 2006.

This is the starting point for a journey across the country, which gave rise to the “red wave” in Latin America. Does Venezuela represent the dream of a new socialist society or is it just another distortion of populism and dictatorship?


[ SUN 1 AUG 8:30pm / TUE
3 AUG 8:30pm / THUR 5 AUG 6:15pm ]

This doccie tells the story of the controversial Black Metal music genre which was born in Norway and expanding across Europe (and the globe) during the 1990s, as a fiercely anti-religious barrage with a sonic overload. With highly publicized media cases of murder, suicide and church burnings associated with many of the bands, this evolution of the Heavy Metal genre made society sit up and take note once again, but not necessarily for the right reasons.

All tickets: R30 each

Booking Tel: 021 424 5927

The Labia Theatre is a licensed venue and drinks from the bar can be taken into the cinemas

For more movie info, trailers and the full DARING DOCCIES screening time schedule, check out:


Google Music Store plans ‘accelerated’

Google Music Store plans ‘accelerated’

Company speaks with Harry Fox, likely regarding royalties

Google is in “accelerated” talks regarding the launch of its Google Music Store, according to the New York Post. One aspect of those talks are said to be discussions with Harry Fox Agency, which the Post sees as a sign that discussions with labels have proceeded to the point where Google can begin to plan for mechanical royalties.

In this context, Google would be speaking with Harry Fox because it is likely planning on selling digital downloads that will require it to be a licensee. Harry Fox issues mechanical licenses for music publishers, collects and distributes those mechanical royalties and distributes synchronization fees for licenses granted prior to 2002.

It would make sense for Google to offer some sort of cloud-based service in addition to a download store. Mechanical royalties would not arise from such a service.

As Billboard reported last week, Google has hired attorney Elizabeth Moody to help it secure deals with copyright owners in the music industry. “Where it’s been going recently, it’s subscription models again, but it’s streaming from the cloud,” she told Billboard. “The technology has advanced where we can do that now, and the price points have come down.” .. Article source Hollywood reporter

Harry Brooks JNR debut album ‘5th Of April’ to be released in September

Harry Brooks JNR a superb young English singer/songwriter has just signed to Sony Music Africa!

25 year old Harry Brooks JNR moved to South Africa from the UK in late 2009.

‘I love South Africa’ says Harry, ‘the lifestyle, the weather, the people, the landscapes, and the diverse cultural melting pot, that South Africa is .

Harry’s musical background is an interesting one, based largely in song writing, he’s composed music with Busbee (Nashville, USA), Roger Sanchez, John McLaughlin & Studio B. Harry co-wrote ‘Baby Goodbye’ for Friday Hill which entered the UK Charts at #5 in 2005, he co-wrote ‘Bad Girl (At Night)’ for Dave Spoon feat. Lisa Maffia (whichwas granted the ultimate stamp of approval by becoming Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune & signed immediately by Apollo / Universal, going on to be a massive club hit). Harry has worked with producers like Lee Russell (David Grey, Ryan Adams) & with top Swedish producer Murlyn who produced hit records for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Christina Milian, Celine Dion & Sugababes.

Harry Brooks JNR started work on a solo album some 7 years ago with old friend and fellow musical genius (& producer) Mathias Wollo. Mathias has produced and/or written music for Lemar, Rascall Flatts, Meatloaf, Wiley, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Bananarama & Dannii Minogue, achieving a cluster of Top 5 singles in the UK & US in the process. He started out as a singer/songwriter and was signed up as a recording & live performance artist on V2 Records.

Mathias Wollo played all of the instruments on ‘5th Of April’ and instigated a lot of the songwriting in Nashville, USA with other A-List songwriters.

The album ‘5th Of April’ has been a labour of love, involving a huge amount of song writing & recording over a substantial period of time. ‘The album took a while to bring together’ says Mathias ‘we’re two artists with a strong respect for each others abilities, so we knew we’d finish it eventually’.

Fast forward to 2010, Harry Brooks JNR signs to Sony Music Africa’s South African Music division, resolute that he will begin his career as a recording artist in South Africa. ‘I want to start here’ says Harry, ‘hopefully I can grow alongside South Africa in the world in general over the next few years’.

‘Harry Brooks JNR is an unbelievably gifted artist, of a standard comparable to the very best in the world’ says Sean Watson, head of SA music at Sony Music Africa, ‘we’re expecting to take the current standard of local contemporary music in South Africa to the next level with Harry Brooks JNR…..Harry should be viewed as a local artist as he will be beginning his recording & performance career with us in South Africa, essentially joining the ranks of Sony Music Africa’s South African stars’.

Harry Brooks JNR’s debut album is titled ‘5th Of April’ and is scheduled for release in South Africa in September 2010.

Album single #1 ‘Take Me Home’ goes to radio on July 25th.

The music video for ‘Take Me Home’ was shot & directed by Thomas Ferrera on a 3 day shoot across the beautiful landscapes of South Africa.

To preview the new single & video & go to:






Chris Cornell (“Whole Lotta Love”), Pat Monahan (“Dance the Night Away”), Chester Bennington and Ray Manzarek (“Riders On The Storm”), Rob Thomas (“Sunshine Of Your Love”), Scott Weiland (“Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’”), Chris Daughtry (“Photograph”), Gavin Rossdale (“Bang A Gong”)

Plus: Nas (“Back In Black”), india.arie and Yo-Yo Ma (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”), Joe Cocker (“Little Wing”), Jonny Lang (“I Ain’t Superstitious”), and more!

Follows trilogy of award-winning album collaborations by Carlos Santana and Clive Davis – Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), and All That I Am (2005)

The longest-running, most successful partnership in the history of rock takes flight anew, as legendary Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees Carlos Santana and Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, collaborate on the brand new concept album, GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME, arriving in stores September 21st on Arista Records. The album was co-produced by Carlos Santana and Clive Davis with tracks produced by Matt Serletic and Howard Benson.

Working from their collective encyclopedic knowledge of rock, Carlos Santana and Clive Davis devised a list of guitar-centric titles – and then invited a Who’s Who of guest vocalists to perform on every track. Singers range from Chris Cornell (on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”), Pat Monahan (on Van Halen’s “Dance the Night Away”), Chester Bennington and Ray Manzarek (on The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm”), Rob Thomas (on Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love), Scott Weiland (on the Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’”), Chris Daughtry (on Def Leppard’s “Photograph”), Gavin Rossdale (on T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong”) to rapper Nas (on AC/DC’s “Back In Black”), veteran Joe Cocker (on Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”), and more.

A very special dedication to George Harrison comes together on GUITAR HEAVEN…, with “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” featuring singer india.arie and master cellist Yo-Yo Ma. “Listening to the song,” Olivia Harrison told Carlos, “it made me jump for joy and cry at the same time.” (Please see below for a working track listing.)

Along with these stars, Carlos offers “supreme validation and compliment” to his full-time band for their work on GUITAR HEAVEN…, their first entire full-length studio album recording together. Band members who join him on the album include Dennis Chambers (drums), Benny Rietveld (bass), Karl Perrazo (timbales), Tommy Anthony (rhythm guitar), Freddie Ravel (keyboards), Andy Vargas (background vocals), and Raul Rekow (Congas). Bill Ortiz (trumpet) and Jeff Cressman (trombone) also appear on the record.

“To create these songs,” said Carlos, “it took an incredible amount of trust – from Matt Serletic, and from Howard Benson, and all these incredible singers, all these incredible musicians, they had to trust me, and I trusted Clive, so it’s a chain reaction of love, because that’s the highest form of love that there is on this planet: Trust.”

“The cuts are special and the guest stars are special,” said Clive Davis. “But what is unique and why this album stands for more than just the individual songs or titles, is that they were indeed chosen because they’re guitar classics. And they celebrate the guitar because of the performance of Carlos Santana.”

GUITAR HEAVEN… is the first new studio album by Santana since their trilogy of consecutive blockbusterArista releases: Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), and All That I Am (2005). All three albums were produced by Carlos Santana and Clive Davis. They represented a warm and well-received reunion with the executive who first signed Santana to Columbia Records (after seeing them at San Francisco’s Fillmore West over Christmas week, 1968, at Bill Graham’s request). Clive oversaw their formative years on the path to international superstardom starting in 1969, with the release of their debut album on August 18th, the Monday after their historic Saturday performance at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair.

Three decades later in 1999, Supernatural became – and remains – an unsurpassed industry phenom, 15-times RIAA platinum in the U.S. alone, nearly double that number of sales globally, the #6 best-selling album in Soundscan history. Supernatural spent 102 weeks on the Billboard chart including 12 weeks at #1. Its success was fueled by the #1 singles “Smooth” (co-written by and feat­ur­ing Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty) and “Maria Maria” (featur­ing Product G&B).

Most significantly, Supernatural generated nine GRAMMY awards, an all-time record for a single album project, including Album Of the Year and Best Rock Album, as well as Record Of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration, all for “Smooth”; plus Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group for “Maria Maria.” There were also premiere Latin GRAMMY Award wins (the show’s first year) for Record Of The Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo/Group.

Supernatural was a hard act to follow – but 2002’s Shaman gave Santana a second consecutive #1 multi-platinum album, propelled by the GRAMMY-winning Top 5 single “The Game of Love” featuring Michelle Branch; and Top 10 “Why Don’t You and I” with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. Third in this series of collaborative albums was 2005’s All That I Am, which entered Soundscan at #2, highlighted by the anthemic rocker “Just Feel Better,” featuring Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.

Ultimate Santana was released in 2007, the first career-spanning anthology to include touchstone tracks from the band’s earliest hitmaking years on Columbia Records (“Evil Ways,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Oye Como Va,” “Samba Pa Ti,” “Everybody’s Everything,” “No One To Depend On,” “Europa”) – alongside material from the three Arista albums, the groundbreaking collaborations plus new and previously unreleased tracks.

It has been more than 40 years since the original Santana Blues Band played its first shows at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West in San Francisco, opening for The Who in October 1967. Santana is unique among all the first generation Bay Area bands for sustaining its success on the charts and on the road as a sold-out stadium attraction. Their track record boasts 20 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums (including their first 14 consecutive certifications) and lifetime sales of more than 90 million albums worldwide. GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME carries the continuum to the next generation.


“Whole Lotta Love” featuring Chris Cornell (Led Zeppelin)

“Sunshine Of Your Love” featuring Rob Thomas (Cream)

“Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’” featuring Scott Weiland (The Rolling Stones)

“Dance the Night Away” featuring Pat Monahan (Van Halen)

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” featuring india.arie and Yo-Yo Ma (The Beatles)

“Bang A Gong” featuring Gavin Rossdale (T. Rex)

“Smoke On the Water” featuring Jacoby Shaddix (Deep Purple)

“Photograph” featuring Chris Daughtry (Def Leppard)

“Back In Black” featuring Nas (AC/DC)

“Little Wing” featuring Joe Cocker (Jimi Hendrix)

“Riders On the Storm” featuring Chester Bennington and Ray Manzarek (The Doors)

“I Ain’t Superstitious” featuring Jonny Lang (Howlin’ Wolf, Jeff Beck Group)

“Fortunate Son” featuring Scott Stapp (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Santana new album coming -called Guitar Heaven

Last year I saw the show in Vegas and Santana had the drummer from Chic ..now the bloke is engaged!

Musician and philanthropist Carlos Santana proposed to acclaimed drummer Cindy Blackman onstage during his Friday, July 9 concert at the Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL. Carlos popped the question four songs into the show—the Chicago area stop on Santana’s Universal Tone Tour 2010—following Cindy’s virtuoso drum solo on the Santana hit “Corazon Espinado.” After she accepted, the just-engaged couple kissed, and the audience broke out into cheers.

“Cindy and I are blessed to have found each other,” said Carlos Santana. “Being in love is a gift from the universe, and the spirit and vibrations that come with it are infinitely powerful. I look forward to expressing that incredible energy through my music, and in helping to tip the balance toward more love in the world with what Cindy and I share.”

Santana’s engagement to Blackman comes almost two months into the first leg of the Universal Tone Tour 2010, with North American dates featuring Steve Winwood as opener. Blackman is a jazz and rock drummer who has recorded and toured extensively with Lenny Kravitz, and played with a wide range of artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, and Bill Laswell.

The Universal Tone Tour’s second leg begins late September with a month-long European itinerary that follows a string of late August/early September performances of Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through The Hits at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The Joint is the only place west of the Mississippi where Santana will play live in the U.S. through 2010 (supernaturalsantana.com).

The Universal Tone Tour 2010 presents hits from Santana’s four-decades-long career, as well as songs from a forthcoming album.

Set for release September 21 on Arista Records, Guitar Heaven: Santana Performs The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time is the first new studio album by the Santana Band since its trilogy of consecutive, award-winning blockbuster releases: Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), and All That I Am (2005). As with those earlier classic Arista titles, Guitar Heaven—featuring guest vocalists including Pat Monahan, Joe Cocker, Rob Thomas, and Gavin Rossdale—was co-produced by Carlos Santana and legendary music executive Clive Davis. Their partnership dates back to 1968, when Davis first signed Santana to Columbia Records—after seeing them at San Francisco’s Fillmore West, at Bill Graham’s request.

Santana’s most recent release was the 2010 reissue of Supernatural as a 2-CD Legacy Edition—featuring 11 previously unissued bonus tracks—in celebration of the classic nine-time GRAMMY-winning album’s 10th anniversary.

For more information: www.santana.com

Music Exchange speaker sets up amazing show for 21 Aug in Cape Town

Andrew Mac one of the fantastic speakers at this years Music Exchange and also the leader of the band Flat Stanley has set up an amazing show called Symphonic Rocks featuring amongst others

Just Jinjer, Louise Carver and a host of other top SA acts backed by a full 65 piece symphony orchestra.

On August 21st, the Grand Arena at Grandwest Casino, Cape Town, will play host to an evening of epic musical entertainment; Symphonic Rocks.

The all-star line-up includes Flat Stanley, Just Jinjer, Louise Carver, Watershed, aKING & Gang of Instrumentals who will each be performing some of their most-loved hits. Backed by the intense power of a full orchestra, you will witness these bands taken to new and dizzying heights of musical prowess.

This musical extravaganza is the brainchild of Flat Stanley front man Andy Mac: ‘It has taken 6 years of dreaming and several months of planning to make this show happen. Now, with the help of Heineken and in association with 5FM, I am finally able to not only realize this dream, but also share it with some of our musical friends as they join us for this one night spectacular in Cape Town. It wasn’t easy to pull this off, but I absolutely can’t wait to see people’s reactions”.

Franco Maria Maggi, Heineken® Marketing Manager: “We are obviously very proud of getting this off the ground with Andy and all the other artists. We have no doubt all in attendance will be completely blown away by this unique experience.”

Aluta & The Mystics – Jamie Catto’s new release with SA Artist

When Jamie Catto (Faithless, 1 Giant Leap) met Aluta Lichaba in South Africa to write and record her duet with Michael Stipe for 1 Giant Leap, he made a mental note in thick black marker pen to return and make a whole album with her. Just months later, they were back in the studio creating what would become Aluta & The Mystics’ debut album ‘The Struggle Continues’, a rare gem that is due for Australian release during July.

It’s not surprising that Aluta left such an impression. Aside from her musical gift and stunning features, her story is one that sounds more like a movie theme than reality. And given that story she holds a irresistible and almost defiant positivity.

Her birth name, derived from the Portuguese phrase ‘A luta continua’ which was used as a rallying cry during Mozambique’s war for independence, is translated in English as "The struggle Continues", aptly given to her when she was born during the struggle of the South African people at that time.

Due to the increasing conflict going on, and her parent’s involvement in the fight against apartheid and the injustice happening around them, the family was forced to flee from South Africa in the boot of a car. Settling in a refugee camp for a year, then moving to a home in Mazimbu, not far away from a small town called Morogoro, Tanzania provided by African National Congress (ANC). Aluta lived with her family amongst many other South African who had fled for their lives, for another 9 years before eventually being safe to return to South Africa.

"In those days in South Africa, ANC members were taken away and still nobody knows what happened with many of them. It was not safe for my parents to be in South Africa because the cops were looking for my dad"

The notions of ‘struggle’ for her, her family and her beloved country would become the cornerstone of future Aluta and The Mystics recordings, with the other cornerstone being Reggae music.

Fast forward more than ten years, Aluta and Jamie settle into in a small studio in Johannesburg to begin the recording process. With the lyrics and heritage of reggae perhaps more attuned to the present day climate of South Africa, with the rallying calls of emancipation and One Love, Catto invited renowned Reggae/Roots producer Nick "Manasseh" Raphael to collaborate.

Also a collection of acclaimed international reggae musicians contributed to the recording process, including lead and slide guitar, congas, percussion, alto sax, organ, horns, tenor and soprano sax trumpet and viola, making the album change dynamically and acoustically on each track, but keeping the tread of the album tightly woven together.

Kicking off the album by paying homage to one of Reggae’s greats, Aluta & the Mystics give their own rendition of Bob Marley’s ‘Mellow Mood’ before easing us into their rolling reggae vibe of ‘Things’. ‘Shake your Bones’ is trademark reggae at its best and will get your hips shaking and head nodding during the colder months we have ahead of us. The charming ‘Ain’t No Money’ reminds us that money wont hold your hand when you need a hand to hold – a truth that we should all remember in this life of excess that we lead. ‘Back To You’, featuring Brother Culture gives us a glimpse of what it must be like to overcome a childhood of fear, change and finding a road back to home. ‘Every Little’ features Jamie contributing his vocal talents to give a different dimension to the album.

This is a delicately beautiful album with spirit, positivity and soul-nourishing rhythm will linger in your mind and heart long after the last track has finished.

Artist: Aluta & The Mystics
Album Title: The Struggle Continues
Label: One World Music, Australia
Released: 9th July 2010

Jax Panik’s forthcoming album ‘I Am Jax Panik’ in September 2010.

Jax Panik’s forthcoming album ‘I Am Jax Panik’ in September 2010.

Enigmatic creative musical force Jax Panik returns with a sophomore album release in September 2010 entitled ‘I Am Jax Panik’.

Jax Panik snuck into the lime light with the smash hit single ‘Cigarettes & Cinnamon’ – a song submitted to 5fm independently in 2008 that went on to be a #1 hit on the station ..

The development of Jax Panik is an evolutionary story of continuing significance, starting out as a ‘one man bedroom outfit’ & evolving into a full blown studio project with key creative partnerships & synergies in place.

Jax Panik combines music with a strong visual element in the conceptualisation process, the development and inspiration around ‘I Am Jax Panik’ mixes this with a relentless work ethic, outstanding creative vision and unique original insights….

Jax Panik are an act representing the future, combining web promotional strategies & virals on a global level into every new step forward they take ..

Sneak Previews of the new album have been garnering significant interest internationally.

Jax Paniks new single ‘Get Up (If You’re Hot)’ goes to radio on Monday 18th July. Preview it here:


The ‘Get Up (If You’re Hot) music video will be delivered to TV shortly, with continued announcements in the build up to album release ..

Jax Panik are: Jax Van Heerden & Johnny De Ridder.

A year ago today I was in New York. Thank you Sipho for allowing me to work on and a wonderful project .

A year ago today I was in New York. Thank you Sipho for allowing me to work on and a wonderful project .

All Mandela day is asking is to give 67 mins of your time to do some good.

You may ask what have I done ? These pics serve two purposes, memories and a call to action.

A person’s memory gets jogged does it not? So hence this letter to my friends.

During June this year I got asked to help talk and show kids on a code teen programme how to work cd players and some lessons about the music business along with my great friend Gavin Taylor. The programme ran for 4 weeks under the direction of Karen Burt and culminated in a variety performance at the school. What a joy it was to give kids a chance and for them to learn that they can do it with hard work and willingness to learn . All we are citzens need to do is give some time during the year to people less fortunate than us, just do something from the heart.

This short extract was taken from the www.variety.com re the show last year at RadioCityMusic Hall.

The main event, however, was the concert, scaled down from its initial MadisonSquareGarden location last month, which managed to achieve accessibility without dumbing down. While the big names certainly did not disappoint — Aretha Franklin was particularly fiery in her performance of "Make Them Hear You" — the real knockout punches were delivered by unexpected sources.

France’s first lady Carla Bruni, for instance, teamed with Dave Stewart for a steely and stirring rendition of "Blowin’ in the Wind" — a particularly fitting selection to celebrate Mandela’s life — while Baaba Maal eked a full spectrum of emotions from "With My Two Hands." While those pairings brought together performers from relatively close quarters, it proved particularly intriguing to see cross-cultural boundary crossings like Alicia Keys and Angelique Kidjo’s "Afrika."

African-based performers offered plenty of powerful perfs, notably saxophonist Sipho Mabuse, who brought down the house with the soulful "Shikisha.

.. and so it starts – La Celebracion de España

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