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

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:

www.myspace.com/jaxpanik

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.

Lira and Soweto Spiritual Singers Nelson Mandela Tribute

Lira gets Madiba’s 92nd party started with stirring live tribute

Performing at Sony’s 3D experience pavilion “3D world Created by Sony” at Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, on 4th July two weeks ahead of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s birthday on July 18th.

The highlight of the evening’s performance was undoubtedly when Lira performed a version of the 1985 anti-apartheid anthem, “(Something Inside) So Strong”, written by British poet, songwriter and singer, Labi Siffre.

“(Something Inside) So Strong” was just one of several songs performed by the multi-award winning, multi-platinum-selling artist in honour of Mr Mandela and beamed into his home via a live Skype link.

A recorded version of the performance is now available on YouTube and several other digital platforms. Go to

The Awesome 80s DVD Collection returns in 4 weeks time on 2nd August 2010 with Vol. 4!

THE AWESOME 80s DVD COLLECTION RETURNS IN 4 WEEKS TIME ON 2ND AUGUST 2010 WITH VOL. 4!

Following on from the GOLD-CERTIFIED Awesome 80s Music Video Collection Vol. 3 and Vol. 2 DVDs, Sony Music is proud to announce the release of Awesome 80s Music Video Collection Vol. 4 DVD on Monday 2nd August 2010.

Once again the very best music videos have been selected to be included in this very popular 80s DVD series.

Superstar artists Michael Jackson, George Michael, Simple Minds, Tina Turner, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Spandau Ballet, UB40, Duran Duran and Erasure are among the 40 chart-topping video hits from 1980 – 1989, to be included on Vol. 4, which packs in over 2½ of music!

Vol. 4 begins with a special ‘zombie’ edit of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, considered to be the most famous and influential music video of all time [‘Thriller’ was inducted into the National
Film Registry
in December 2009, the first music video to ever be
inducted], and ends with the recently re-formed Lotus Eaters and their 1983 hit ‘The First Picture of You’, which reached #15 on the UK singles chart.

As with the previous Awesome 80s DVD releases, all the videos included on Vol. 4 have been digitally remastered to obtain the highest quality possible and the audio is available in crystal-clear Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and also in PCM Stereo.

AWESOME 80S MUSIC VIDEO COLLECTION VOL. 4

1. THRILLER [EDIT] – MICHAEL JACKSON (1984)

2. FAITH – GEORGE MICHAEL (1987)

3. GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR – BILLY OCEAN (1988)

4. CHAINS OF LOVE – ERASURE (1988)

5. LOVE ON YOUR SIDE – THOMPSON TWINS (1983)

6. THE MORE YOU LIVE, THE MORE YOU LOVE – A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS (1984)

7. LOVE ACTION (I BELIEVE IN LOVE) – THE HUMAN LEAGUE (1981)

8. HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO – BONNIE TYLER (1984)

9. THE LOOK – ROXETTE (1989)

10. ALIVE & KICKING – SIMPLE MINDS (1985)

11. WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT – TINA TURNER (1984)

12. CHINA GIRL – DAVID BOWIE (1983)

13. WHEN TOMORROW COMES – EURYTHMICS (1986)

14. THE KING OF ROCK ‘N ROLL – PREFAB SPROUT (1988)

15. ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE – SPANDAU BALLET (1984)

16. SO IN LOVE – ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK (1985)

17. WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY – RICK ASTLEY (1987)

18. SHOULDN’T DO THAT – KAJA (1985) [Previously known as ‘Kajagoogoo]

19. KARMA CHAMELEON – CULTURE CLUB (1983)

20. DON’T FORGET ME (WHEN I’M GONE) – GLASS TIGER (1986)

21. NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW – STARSHIP (1987)

22. RED RED WINE – UB40 (1983)

23. VOICES CARRY – ‘TIL TUESDAY (1985)

24. COME LIVE WITH ME – HEAVEN 17 (1983)

25. DIGNITY [US VERSION] – DEACON BLUE (1987)

26. WISHFUL THINKING – CHINA CRISIS (1983)

27. CARS – GARY NUMAN (1980)

28. ECHO BEACH – MARTHA & THE MUFFINS (1980)

29. TALK TALK – TALK TALK (1982)

30. MIDNIGHT MAN – FLASH & THE PAN (1985)

31. TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP – THE ROMANTICS (1983)

32. HEARTBREAK BEAT – THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS (1987)

33. WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY – ALISON MOYET (1987)

34. RISE TO THE OCCASION [HIP HOP MIX] – CLIMIE FISHER (1987)

35. ETERNAL FLAME – BANGLES (1989)

36. NOTORIOUS – DURAN DURAN (1986)

37. IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT – SANDRA (1985)

38. DIGGING YOUR SCENE – THE BLOW MONKEYS (1986)

39. FAVOURITE SHIRTS (BOY MEETS GIRL) – HAIRCUT 100 (1981)

40. THE FIRST PICTURE OF YOU – LOTUS EATERS (1983)

BONUS FEATURE:

  • Special ‘shuffle’ continuous-play function [perfect for home entertainment, parties, braais, etc]

It’s time for Ke Nako as jpre collaborates with international superstars

IT’S TIME FOR KE NAKO AS JPRE COLLABORATES WITH INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARS

Twenty years after helping Nelson Mandela unify South Africa, Jpre is joined by Wyclef Jean, Jazmine Sullivan and B. Howard on People’s Anthem

Cape Town, 29 June 2010: As the world watched Nelson Mandela walk free from prison in 1990, a schoolteacher named John Pretorius sang his heart out in front of 120,000 people on a song he wrote just for the occasion, Sekunjalo Ke Nako. This year sees this historically significant song revamped on a collaboration with international superstar Wyclef Jean, 5-time Grammy Nominee Jazmine Sullivan and B. Howard, this years most anticipated artist.

“With the help of Mr. Mandela and the addition of Wyclef, Jazmine, and B. Howard, the song’s message of Unity, Peace, and Love showcases Africa’s humanity and humility. We hope it will reach the four corners of the globe and become the ‘People’s Anthem’,” said Jpre, a personal friend of the late Michael Jackson, who had committed to join the other artists on this track prior to his untimely death in June 2009.

Sekunjalo Ke Nako was first performed at the Grand Parade Rally in Cape Town, hours after Madiba was released from 27 years in prison. As the rally continued Jpre took the stage and as he sang, Mandela broke into the now famous “Madiba Jive.” The crowd exploded and for the first time since Colonial rule in South Africa, blacks and whites celebrated together with freedom in their minds. It was at that unifying moment that Mr. Mandela asked Jpre to join him at all future political rallies to help win the election of 1994. Ke Nako became Mandela’s unofficial campaign song. As in 1994, the 2010 FIFA World Cup marks another milestone for South Africa and the African continent.

Ke Nako incorporates four main languages of South Africa – Sotho, Zulu Xhosa and English. Produced by B. Howard and interwoven with local artists and choirs including The Soweto Male Choir, the late Lucky Dube’s Band, The Cape Minstrels Musicians and the Boere Orchestra, Ke Nako perfectly blends the rich history of Africa with the international pop sounds of today. Influenced by the powerful message of the original song, FIFA made “KE NAKO” the official slogan of the 2010 World Cup. Currently, Ke Nako is receiving great applaud in Japan with its alignment to a food brand of the same name. The song has impressed the Japanese to such an extent that Jpre was requested to conduct personal performances of the song in front of the Japanese football team as motivation prior to their matches at the World Cup.

Jpre has worked with numerous international performing artists including Jennifer Hudson and LL Cool J and has a close personal relationship with the Jackson family. Jpre’s album is currently in the process of being reworked and will be on the shelves late 2010. The current version of Ke Nako can be found on Sony Music’s Listen Up! The Official 2010 Fifa World Cup Album.

Waka Fever has caught on around the globe

Waka Fever has caught on around the globe. Immediately following Shakira’s headline performance of the official FIFA World Cup song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” at the kick-off concert of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the song has exploded onto the scene with the music video quickly becoming one of the most-viewed clips on YouTube and the song anchoring the #1 spot on charts in over 15 countries.

“Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” has gone #1 in over 15 countries, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Paraguay, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland. In Mexico, it has held the #1 spot for 5 weeks in a row. The song—which will also be performed by Shakira at the closing ceremonies of the World Cup finals—is the top selling single on digital and mobile platforms in nearly all countries in which it is available for purchase.

The official music video has become an Internet sensation, with over 15 million views on YouTube (averaging 2 million visits per day). The video captures the multicultural spirit of the World Cup, featuring dancers and musicians from countries around the globe as well as key players from several countries: Leo Messi (Argentina), Dani Alves (Brazil), Gerard Pique (Spain), Rafa Marquez (Mexico) and Carlos Kameni (Cameroon).The players wear Shakira’s Waka Waka T-shirts sold during the World Cup period by Mango, with proceeds going to supply aid to primary schools in South Africa. The video introduces the “Waka Waka” dance, which has been imitated by over 83 fan-organized flash mobs in 55 countries, as a show of support for 1GOAL, for which Shakira is an official ambassador.

“Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” is featured on the official World Cup album “Listen Up!,” whose proceeds will go to “20 Centers for 2010,” an initiative to achieve social change via the construction of twenty “Football for Hope” community centers throughout Africa. The song is inspired by the 1986 global hit “Zangalewa” by the group Golden Sounds of Cameroon. The song features Zolani Mahola of the South African group Freshlyground

Pan African musicians aren’t all that well known in South Africa. Go get this record

Pan African musicians aren’t all that well known in South Africa.

‘One Africa – African All Stars, Volume 1’

Tay Grin – ‘Focus Africa’

He is Malawi’s most famous rapper by far. At age 9, Limbani Kalilani aka TAY GRIN asserted he would be his own boss. At 14 he predicted two things; that he would own his own company and be a rap music sensation before he was 21. The first rap artist to make an impression on Tay Grin was Jay-z. To find his individual and distinctive rap voice however, Tay looked inwards at his African soul and found that the roots of his Chewa heritage and Malawian culture gave him his true and unique style that complemented the original American hip-hop template.

Banky W – ‘Do It Like This’

Born in the States to Nigerian parents, he moved to Nigeria, West Africa at the tender age of 5 where he learned to appreciate both the beauty and the sorrows of living in the motherland. There he heard the traditional African music and rhythms that are deeply rooted in his sound and faced the harsh realities of everyday life. Ever the entrepreneur, he started a record label, Empire Mate$ Entertainment with his buddies; recorded an EP ‘Undeniable’ and sold records out of the trunk of his car, at local barbershops and performed anywhere he could.

Ikechukwu – ‘Killz TY Mix’

The rap artiste, popularly known as Ikechukwu, was born Ikechukwu Ugonna Onunaku in Manassas, Virginia, USA to Nigerian parents but was flown back home to Nigeria

before his first birthday. After opening shows for Dela-Soul and Common in 2000 and steadily doing shows in New York, New Jersey and Maryland, Ikechukwu knew the time was right for a solo album. His debut effort, ‘Son Of The Soil’ was a resounding success and a wake up call to the budding hip hop scene in Nigeria. Ikechkwu is also accomplished in

the martial arts.

Sasha – ‘Adara’

She shares her birthday (21 May) with her father. She started off rapping with a group of male family friends and soon realised that her chosen stage name ‘Sasha’ was more than just a name when her friend’s Russian mom told her ‘Sasha’ meant ‘Victory’. In August 2004, Sasha added another feather to her hat by becoming West Africa’s first female rapper to represent Nigeria in the KORA West African preliminaries held in Ghana. Sasha has studied Law at the University of Lagos.

Gazza – ‘Sea Side’

Lazarus Karandu Shikumbu known by his stage name Gazza, is a Namibian musician from Oshakati. Gazza is a multi genre talented musician; he has shown influences from kwaito, hip hop, reggae and dancehall in his music. As a soccer lover, he nicknamed himself Gazza after famous English soccer player Paul Gascoigne. After completing his high school he went to study in South Africa where he fell in love with kwaito music. He’s one of the most commercially successful recording artists in Namibia.

Stagga Don Dada – ‘Pressure’

Stagga a.k.a Ralph was born to a Motswana (from Botswana) mother and a Jamaican father in the UK. After going through the drudgery of normal adult life, finishing college, getting married and all, he finally found his calling in music, albeit unplanned. In Botswana, Ralph made his presence felt by taking on local MC’s, on the popular youth radio station Yarona FM. For a man who has yet to release a full-length album, Stagga’s reputation so preceded him that based on the strength of his EP release alone he was invited to perform in Dubai, France and the US (N.Y), where he proved beyond measure that he is a true African MC.

Nneka – ‘Heartbeat’

Born Nneka Egbuna in Warri, Nigeria, in 1981, she emigrated at age 19 to Hamburg, Germany, with plans to study anthropology. Influenced by the towering legacies of Fela Kuti and Bob Marley as well as by contemporary urban American artists such as Mos Def and Lauryn Hill, she also pursued a career in music upon arriving in Germany. In time, she met and began working closely with DJ Farhot and made her recording debut in 2005 with ‘The Uncomfortable Truth’, an introductory five-song EP followed later in the year by the full-length album ‘Victim of Truth’.

Okyeame Kwame ft Richie – ‘Woso’

Born in 1976, this married graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is undoubtedly one of Ghana’s finest rappers and also boasts a multitude of

awards and nominations, including Channel O and Ghana Music Awards. Okyeame is a former member of the Ghanaian rap group ‘Okyeame’ and to date, he has released 2 solo albums.

2 Face – ‘Feeling You’

Innocent Idibia is a Nigerian musician and songwriter. His major breakthrough was composing and singing the jingles in the famous radio show GB Fan Club in Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS) in 1996. He later relocated to Lagos and joined up with his ex-IMT mate BlackFace to form Plantashun Boyz and started calling himself ‘2Face’ in 1996. His award winning hit track ‘African Queen’ was used as the sound track of the 2006 comedy film, Phat Girlz, making him even more recognized internationally. He has

also won the MOBO and MTV Best African Act award Artist: 2 Face, Song Title: ‘Feeling You’, over the years.

Nameless – ‘Sinzia’

Born David Mathenge in Nairobi Kenya, Nameless ventured into the world of music in 1999, while still a student at the University of Nairobi pursuing a degree in Architecture. He

won a freestyle battle and landed himself a recording stint with one of Kenya’s leading music producers Tedd Josiah. In 2006, Nameless got international recognition and was

nominated for the prestigious MTV Europe Awards, under best male artist, Africa.

Nakaaya – ‘Mr Politician’

Nakaaya Sumari (born September 3, 1982 in Arusha, Tanzania) is Tanzanian R&B-hip hop singer. She is the oldest of five children. Her younger sister, Nancy Sumari, was Miss Tanzania 2005 and Miss World Africa. In February 2008 she released her debut album, ‘Nervous Conditions’. The album did well on radio, but the follow up single, ‘Mr. Politician’ was a huge hit across east Africa. The video enjoyed wide rotation and made Nakaaya hugely popular. She has also worked as a goodwill Ambassador for the East African

Community and is now based in Kenya.

Wax – ‘Miss Real, Mr Regular’

Born in Cameroon and based in South Africa, 28-year-old Wax aka Nde Ndifonka, has made his mark across the continent as one of Africa’s most influential

youngsters, excelling as a social activist, humanitarian, renaissance writer and world-class musician. As a performer of relevance, he carries his messages of

love and compassion throughout the world. His first single ‘Miss Real, Mr. Regular’ is gaining wide recognition on commercial radio and TV stations across Africa.

Blu 3 – ‘Where You Are’

BLU 3 stands for Beautiful Ladies of Uganda and is East Africa’s hottest all-girl group made up of Mya Baganda, Jackie Chandiru and Lilian Mbabazi. The trio recently released their third album called ‘Be Free’. BLU 3 seamlessly blends English, Luganda and Swahili lyrics together into a melodic journey through various genres of music including R&B, Pop, Dancehall, Hip Hop, House and Afro Beat. With numerous chart topping hits and awards under their belts, these girls are headed for international stardom.

Nox – ‘Wandinoda’

Enock Guni a.k.a NOX was born on 6 September 1983 in Masvingo in Zimbabwe. He started singing at a very early age and he first got recognition in the mid 2000’s with a single called ‘Maria’. Nox is one of Zimbabwe’s most popular urban musicians and is also known for his flamboyant videos and high energy live performances. To date, he has recorded 4

albums and he is working on the 5th one. He also has an honors degree in marketing.

Redsan – ‘Yule Pale’

Redsan whose real name is Swabri Mohamed was born and bred in Kenya. He is the first African artist to introduce the new generation of dancehall reggae in Africa. He has performed with artistes like Sean Paul, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Brick and Lace, Keri Hillson just to mention a few. Redsan is the new era of dancehall reggae with international

cross over hits like ‘Yule Pale’, ‘Touch’, ‘Desire’, and ‘Wanipa Raha’. Redsan continues to put Africa in the light with his musical artistry

Dude Miyaki – ‘Format’

He was born to Nigerian parents in 1977 in Akoko South. At the age of 10 his father bought him a piano which was his first musical instrument. He has not looked back ever since.

Dudu studied broadcasting at the New York film academy. In 2008 he returned to South Africa and he linked up with an old friend who led him to a record label that was looking for a

Nigerian artist. Since then he made such an impression that he has become the glory of that label to date. Dudu, like his late father, also sings with his church choir.

R KELLY FOR CAPE TOWN TODAY AT 18H30 TONIGHT

R KELLY will be performing The Official Anthem, Sign Of A Victory, at the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony on June 11th.

He will be making a whirlwind stop in Cape town today and will be appearing at the Grand Parade at 18h30 with the mayor of Cape Town .

THE SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS

18:30: Balcony Ceremony with Mayor

19:04 -19:25: Mr Kelly on stage

JUSTIN BERGH TO LAUNCH THIRD ALBUM AT WEMBLEY SQUARE ON WED 9 JUNE 2010 @ 5.30PM

JUSTIN BERGH TO LAUNCH THIRD ALBUM AT WEMBLEY SQUARE ON WED 9 JUNE 2010 @ 5.30PM

South African singer songwriter Justin Bergh launches his anticipated third album “Inside Out” at Wembley Square, Cape Town on Wednesday 9 June 2010 from 17h30. Justin will be performing an acoustic set of tracks from the album, including the first single “Special” and his latest chart hit “Miss America”, penned by international recording artist Bryan Adams. “Inside Out” will be available digitally at Nokia Music Store from 7 June 2010. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinBergh or click to www.justinbergh.com to preview the album.

JUSTIN BERGH TO LAUNCH THIRD ALBUM AT WEMBLEY SQUARE ON WED 9 JUNE 2010

JUSTIN BERGH TO LAUNCH THIRD ALBUM AT WEMBLEY SQUARE

Cape Town, 26 May 2010: South African singer songwriter Justin Bergh launches his anticipated third album “Inside Out” at Wembley Square, Cape Town on Wednesday 9 June 2010 from 17h30. Justin will be performing an acoustic set of tracks from the album, including the first single “Special” and his latest chart hit “Miss America”, penned by international recording artist Bryan Adams. “Inside Out” will be available digitally at Nokia Music Store from 7 June 2010. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinBergh or click to www.justinbergh.com to preview the album.

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