An Artists Duty is to shape and reflect the Times…………..Nina Simone interview circa 1960’s
Madonna’s Instagram Feed: May 2020
Malcom ❌ gives a powerful speech in 1965 at Oxford University. …………….. I’m not promoting violence but there comes a time when a Man or a Woman can no longer accept being treated like a second class citizen. The extremist behavior that I’m hoping and praying for Is Tolerance and Understanding. In all sectors of our communities. . This can only come through Education. Teaching our children that No Human Being should be persecuted or discriminated against or be treated less than Human based on the color of their skin. Their religion. Their sexual preference, their gender or their age. If a conversation is hard………….. it’s the one that needs to be had. ♥️ 🙏 ♥️ #malcomx #blacklivesmatter #nojusticenopeace
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Bob Dylan: “Pop means nothing to me, but Madonna is good”
But your songs are more than pop entertainment …
Some people say so. Not to me.
Pop entertainment means nothing to me. Nothing. You know, Madonna’s good. Madonna’s good, she’s talented, she puts all kind of stuff together, she’s learned her thing … But it’s the kind of thing which takes years and years out of your life to be able to do. You’ve got to sacrifice a whole lot to do that. Sacrifice. If you want to make it big, you’ve got to sacrifice a whole lot. It’s all the same, it’s all the same. [Laughs]
Guy Oseary Stepping Away From Day-to-Day Role at Maverick
He will continue to manage Madonna and U2 and consult Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, extending his deal with the touring company.
Guy Oseary is stepping away from his day-to-day role at his management collective Maverick to consult for Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino and further concentrate on his tech and entertainment entrepreneurial interests.
The news comes with a three-year extension of Oseary’s existing partnership with Live Nation, which purchased Maverick in 2013. He will still continue to manage Madonna and U2 under the Maverick banner.
Other managers using the Maverick umbrella will continue to operate under Live Nation’s Artist Nation division.
“I’m ready for my new chapter and welcome the opportunity to have more time to focus on management of Madonna and U2 while furthering my passion for identifying and incubating revolutionary businesses,” said Oseary in a statement. read more →
Billboard: Madonna on Batukadeiras, Portugal, Madame X
In 2017, Madonna thought she was moving to Portugal to “be a soccer mom,” but instead, the 61-year-old icon found inspiration for her then-upcoming album, Madame X, thanks to a friend she calls her “musical plug,” Dino d’Santiago. One night, the Cape Verde-born, Lisbon-based singer — who coached Madonna on how to speak Portuguese and sing in Portuguese and Creole — had arranged a concert for her by Batukadeiras Orquesta, a group of female drummers specializing in batuka, a rhythmic call-and-response style created in Cape Verde during the early days of the slave trade. “I’d never seen anything like it, never heard anything like it. So of course, I couldn’t get it out of my head,” says Madonna.
She invited several members of the collective to perform on her album and even brought some to the United States for her intimate Madame X tour that began last September in New York. (Its final two dates were canceled due to the pandemic.) “I thought about [my manager] Guy Oseary’s response to the cost of taking 22 women on the road with us,” says Madonna. (They ended up taking 14.) But her goal was set: “I wanted the audience to get a glimpse of [their] history.”
How did you discover the Orquesta Batukadeiras?
I discovered them once I met Dino d’Santiago, who I call my musical plug. He understood that I wanted to meet musicians and experience all the different traditions and genres that Portugal had to offer. He called me one day and said that he had something very special for me, but he couldn’t tell me what — he just said to show up at this place, at this time. At this point, he had already introduced me to some amazing musicians and brought me to some really cool places, clubs, etc. So, I went to this place — it’s hard to describe — it was like a bar that hadn’t been open in a while. They had opened it expressly for me. There was Abstract art on the wall and a few deer — you know, antlers. It was filled with people. There was a DJ playing electro-African-house music, and a girl singing in a silver lamé suit, and I thought, “Oh this can’t be what he asked me to come here for.” Dino said, “No, this is not what I want you to hear. It’s coming up.” There were some people dancing and eventually the music stopped — the crowds parted and on the other side of the room was a group of women sitting in a semi-circle in chairs, exactly as you saw them on my stage, but there were a lot more of them. They started playing their drums, drums that they held in their laps, and they started beating out these rhythms, and then they started singing and taking turns getting up and dancing. I was drawn to them and we walked closer and closer to them. It was wild – the way they played and the organic way they got up and took turns dancing together and singing solos. I asked Dino what language they were singing in. They were singing in Cape Verdean Creole. read more →
Vogue (12″ Remix video) is now online
Vogue (12″ Remix video) has been added to Madonna’s Official YouTube channel:
Hung Up (Live at Coachella 2006) to premiere on YouTube today!
HAIM inspired by Madonna
The ‘I Know Alone’ hitmakers have said they’re “so into” the singer – who they also dubbed an “icon” – and credited her decades-long career with inspiring them to start their own music journey.
Danielle Haim said: “I mean, I’ve always been so into Madonna and everything that she is and everything she’s like, I don’t know. I just think she’s a icon and I’ve been super into Ray of Light. Like that was like a huge inspiration on ‘Women in Music Pt. III’ – It’s just, everything about it. So amazing.
“I feel like Music is underrated and that’s the album that this next song is from, but also the song is so good. I honestly, I cried like for a while, like every morning I’d play it and I’d like, cry to it – No, but just the whole sentiment. Like, do you know what it feels like for a girl? Like it’s just … and the way that it’s written and all the sound, it’s just a great song.”
The band – made up of sisters Danielle, Este, and Alana – are gearing up to release their third album, ‘Women in Music Pt. III’, in June, and although they had finished work on the record prior to the lockdown imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, they chose to delay the release until the “initial shock” of the health crisis had subsided.