Wednesday, May 13, 2009

K'naan - "Wavin' Flag" (2009)

In the past five years, K'naan has risen in popularity around the world. The Somali-Canadian rapper/singer is fast becoming known for his inspirational, unifying and vivid material. Growing up in Mogadishu amid the still-ongoing Somali civil war was no doubt formative in making K'naan into the artist he is today. The hip-hop music his father sent him from America was probably similarly influential.

In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, K'naan made a new version with about 50 other Canadian artists, credited as Young Artists for Haiti, which went straight to #1 on the Canadian charts. A remix featuring French music producer David Guetta and American rapper/producer was made for an international release.

The song was chosen as Coca-Cola's promotional anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, hosted by South Africa. The song also appears on the soundtrack for the video games NBA 2K10 and 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

The English version was released as "Wavin' Flag (Celebration Mix)" by K'naan and many other bilingual and country-specific versions have been released. After the release of the Celebration Mix prior to the World Cup, "Wavin' Flag" reached number one in Germany, Switzerland and Austria and number two in Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Best Breakout Artists

Madcon was founded by Tshawe Baqwa and Yosef Wolde-Mariam in 1992.

Madcon is a multi-platinum award-winning Norwegian urban duo. The group has achieved international fame, due in large part to the international success of their single Beggin'. Madcon has won a World Music Award, sold millions of singles and compilations, and have performed and toured all over Europe.

In 2009, the band has continued with album releases all over Europe, and their debut release in the US and Australia.

[Madcon - Beggin'] video

Charles Hamilton
Musician. Producer. Songwriter. Lyricist. Psycho. Hippie. Genius. These words all connect through one name: Charles Hamilton.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Charles Hamilton was exposed to music at an early age. "My mother was an entertainment journalist for the Cleveland Call and Post, so she would take me with her to events when I was just a baby."

"I'm a HUGE Incubus fan. I love Incubus, Eminem, N*E*R*D, Jay-Z, Modest Mouse, Korn, Dr. Dre, Thelonius Monk, Aerosmith, 50 Cent, Mariyln Manson, Alchemist, The Isley Brothers, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails, Hi-Tek,... I just love good music. Good music that tells a story."

[Charles Hamilton - Brooklyn Girls] video

Tokyo Police Club
Tokyo Police Club is a Canadian indie rock band from Newmarket, Ontario, consisting of singer and bassist Dave Monks, guitarist Josh Hook, keyboardist Graham Wright, and drummer Greg Alsop.

Bassist/vocalist David Monks once described the band's music as "wide-eyed post-punk with a tendency to get over excited-so much so that someone has to come and tell it to settle down."

Rolling Stone: "If only all young guitar bands were smart enough to rock out this fast, banging out seven first-rate mod-punk party starters in barely more than sixteen minutes."

[Tokyo Police Club - Nature of the Experiment] video

N.A.S.A is an ongoing, predominantly indie hip hop creative collaboration between L.A.-based producers Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon. N.A.S.A. stands for North America/South America and, in addition to the two principals, includes approximately three dozen other artists from both coasts of the U.S. and abroad.

N.A.S.A.'s debut album, The Spirit of Apollo (released on February 17, 2009), prominently features Brazilian funk, it also brings together a diverse group of sounds from across the spectrum of musical genres. N.A.S.A. coordinated the Apollo album release with various street and skate artists, including Shepard Fairey and Marcel Dzama.

In addition to the album, the group intends to release a full-length documentary film that will include interviews with many of the artists who contributed to The Spirit of Apollo, as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the studio sessions. A remix record is also underway, as Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon plan to DJ a live tour that will include Brazilian percussionists, visual effects, art installations and special guests.

[N.A.S.A. - Gifted (ft Kanye West, Santogold, Lykke Li)] video