FANFAN: Pioneering Mauritian musician passes away

Pamplemousses – VIJAY SHAH via Mo Ti News

Louis Gabriel Joseph, one of the pioneers of the national music of Mauritius, has passed away aged 88 yesterday, local news site Mo Ti News reports. Known among his peers and generations of listeners as ‘Fanfan’, Joseph passed on from age-related issues at the Hospice Saint Jean de Dieu in the town of Pamplemousses, in the island’s north.

 

Fanfan was widely revered as one of the signature personalities behind the development of sega music as a popular genre from the 1940s until fairly recently. Sega is a musical style peculiar to Mauritius, sung in Mauritian Creole (Kreol, or simply Mauritian) to the beat of drums, triangles and more recently, keyboards and synthesizers. It was developed by people of mixed African and French origins, most descendants of slaves who used their heritage of African music to get over the drudgery of their lives and enjoy what little spare time they could get.

Joseph was a stalwart and proponent of ‘sega tipik’ (typical or traditional sega), which was in vogue until around the 1980s before it was usurped by other genres, many from outside the island.

During his career, which began after the Second World War, Joseph recorded fifty songs. He cut his first record, titled “Ma Bolema”, in 1949, and released his last production, “Kito Lev Néné”, fifty years later under the Ballerina Music label. Joseph considered himself a guardian of the traditional form of sega, a dying art now, and with contemporaries such as Serge Lebrasse and Ti Frère, tried to actively promote the cultural values of his country.

SOURCES:

Mo Ti News, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/motinews/

“[Vidéo] Musique locale : Fanfan s’éteint à 88 ans” – Mo Ti News (18 August 2018) https://moti.news/video/video-musique-locale-fanfan-seteint-a-88-ans

“The Recording Industry in Mauritius” – Sabrina Quirin and In-House DRC, Music in Africa (30 September 2016) https://www.musicinafrica.net/magazine/recording-industry-mauritius

VIDEO CREDIT:

“Fanfan: «Mo dimann Dieu le Père ramass mwa»” – l’express, YouTube (via Mo Ti News) (28 July 2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxMoPmS_dmI

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SULLEE J: Steady ft. Chino XL, Tabesh and Sayras

If you are a keen listener of authentic, straight-from-the-source Baltimore rap, then you have probably heard of Sullee J, a.k.a. Sullee Justice. Here at HEM News Agency, I have covered many of this rising music star’s releases, and now he has come out with a brand-new collaboration to tantalise your eardrums.

Released this past Saturday (21st July 2018), the latest single, “Steady”, is the product of a jam with New York’s Chino XL (Derek Keith Barbosa), who has been well-received in hip-hop circles for his technically accomplished style consisting of self-consciously over-the-top punchlines, which has led some to dub him the ‘Lyrical Messiah’.

Featuring alongside Sullee and Chino is Tabesh and Sayras, two underground Persian rappers, bringing the conscious Farsi lyricism to a worldwide audience. The track was produced by Sayrus productions with artwork by Reza Aghaei.

Steady is hip-hop at its rawest with powerful and intense Farsi and English lyrics, true East meets West unified on a style from the projects of America’s cities. Dark and steady, this one takes the genre back to its roots.

You can listen to the new single on YouTube and Spotify and download it at iTunes.

 

 

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SOURCE:

Sullee Justice.

BERMONDSEY CARNIVAL: With a Latin American twist

London – VIJAY SHAH

If you like family days out and happen to be south of the river in London this Saturday, there is a cool dance festival just waiting to be visited, completely free of charge. The Bermondsey Carnival, being held at the Southwark Park this Saturday, 30th June 2018, is the perfect family fun in the sun session, with a summery mix of dance, music, events for adults and children and its own funfair.

South London is home to many vibrant Latin American communities, with Londoners from Brazil and Colombia forming the majority of them. This year, the Bermondsey Carnival will honour local South American communities by taking on a Latino/a theme, with performances from the Abba Gold Girls, the singer-songwriter Mancie Baker and a Salute to Sinatra from Louis Hoover, the original star of the Broadway show.

 

There will also be dance workshops (including a children’s dance tent for the little ones to practice their samba and Fortnite emote dances) and fun activities such as making masks, alongside food and drinks stalls. Look out for the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, a massive jumble boot sale’ hosted by local residents, and the Plaza Latina with its South American music, food and dance, the Plaza is new for 2018.

The Create and Play Zone
An assortment of talented artists, performers and designers providing a multitude of engaging things to do

Nest Box and Mask Making Workshops with Café Gallery
Crafty Beasts Making Workshops with Time & Talents
Totally Wild Foraging Adventure walks running throughout the day (12.30pm – 1.30pm – 2.30pm – 3.30pm)
Jumping Bean Stories and Rhyme Tent (12.15pm – 1.15pm – 2.30pm – 3.30pm – 4.30pm)
Make Theatre with London Bubble Theatre. Turn yourself into a story gatherer, a story teller, a character creator or a history maker In the beautiful Bubble Yurt throughout the day from: 12pm to 4pm.

SE16 DANCE Tent hosted by the Movement Factory.
Come and take part in an exclusive range of free dance workshops running throughout the day. No previous dance experience necessary

SE16 Dance Tent Workshops Times
12.00 to 12.30: Musical Mayhem- Musical Theatre
12.30 to 13.15: The Movement Factory- Street Dance
13.15 to 13.40: Kinetika Bloco
Performances Times

13.40 to 14.00- Kinetika Bloco
14.00 to 14.25 – Musical Mayhem
14.25 to 14.30 – Ellz & Sharz
14.30 to 14.40 – Hazel
14.40 to 14.50 – The Mia Dancers
14.50 to 14.55 – Jerdy
14.55 to 15.00 -Ellie
15.00 to 15.05 – Gawz
15.05 to 15.10 – Double Twist Dance Co.
15.10 to 15.30 – Southwark Gymnastics
15.30 to 15.40 – DHK Shortman
16.00 to 16.45 – DHK Shortman / Dance Hall
16.45 to 17.30 – The Movement Factory

The festival is being organised by Southwark Council, along with Bermondsey Beat and The Friends of Southwark Park.

Sat 30th June, 12pm- 8pm: Bermondsey Carnival
Southwark Park, Gomm Rd, SE16 2TX

SOURCES:

Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984

Super London, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/SuperLNDN

Skint London Mag, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/SkintLondon

“Top Skint picks for the Weekend!” – Skint London (29 June 2018) http://www.skintlondon.com/top-skint-picks-for-the-weekend-48/

“Bermondsey Carnival 2018” – WISE16.CO.UK https://www.wise16.co.uk/free-bermondsey-carnival-2018-at-southwark-park/

IMAGE CREDIT:

“Samba procession @ Carnival De Cuba, London 2008” – jf 1234, Flickr (29 June 2008) https://www.flickr.com/photos/kde-head/2622435786

SULLEE J: Revolutionary featuring KXNG Crooked, Sullee Justice & more

Baltimore-based Pakistani-American rapper, Sullee J, also known as Sullee Justice, has announced the release of a new single this month, made in collaboration with rap legend KXNG Crooked (Crooked I) and others.  The fresh new banger, “Revolutionary”, has already been making waves, and is the latest in a long line of collaborations between the two artists these past few years. The song also crosses borders with an entrance all the way from Iran, Big Majazi (who raps powerfully in his native language, Farsi), and Great Britain’s Thir13en also providing vocal talent. Combining the instrumental hip-hop style of the 1990s with today’s trap beat, Revolutionary is a song that tells the struggle of life, while energising you ‘like a warrior’. The song aims to not only be a great track to listen to, but also as a vehicle to disseminate the truth. The song is now available for listening and download on various outlets, with proceeds going to charity.

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KXNG Crooked might be known to the masses for his role in former rap supergroup, Slaughterhouse, but he has always been supportive of up and coming artists. He has blessed many freestyle circles and cyphers over the years, proving to be one of the hottest rappers in the game. Today, KXNG Crooked, Sullee Justice, Big Majazi and Thir13een get together and release their joint single, “Revolutionary”.

Baltimore’s Sullee Justice has worked with KXNG Crooked on multiple tracks over the years, and is widely known for his philanthropy, cameos in music videos such as Eminem ft. Beyonce “Walk on Water” and major collaborations with artists such as Royce Da 5’9, Young Noble, D12, Canibus and more. He has an upcoming album titled “Spear” which is soon to drop toward the end of this year. Sullee J is known for consistently conveying a positive and powerful message in his music. He and Big Majazi from Iran designed the project behind “Revolutionary”. They recruited Thir13een from the UK for the hook. The track embodies each artist’s perspective on the world, lyrically over a tight beat.

As KXNG Crooked states in the song, “You can put a revolutionary in jail, but you can’t jail the revolution.”

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Youtube: https://youtu.be/v96Rf0a8rw8

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4xVMPO7Qp4OHnwLImNXsLh?si=1SM3tAyFR9qDqiVwnG8vhA

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1391542511?ls=1&app=itunes

Follow the artists on Twitter at @CrookedIntriago @bigmajazi @Thir13eenBeatz & @SulleeJustice

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SOURCES/VIDEO CREDIT:

Sullee Justice/Sullee J Management

 

SULLEE J: ft. Alyson Blaire – Make You Mine

 

Sullee Justice, the ‘thinking fan’s rapper’ from the US city of Baltimore, has launched a new single this past Friday, entitled “Make You Mine” and featuring R&B/soul singer Alyson Blaire.

The song comes fresh from Sullee J’s latest album, and is the third to be released after he recently collaborated with KXNG Crooked of Shady Records and Templar’s of Hip Hop artist Beast 1333. It’s a clash between reggaeton (a musical style that has enjoyed a steady resurgence this year) and Sullee J’s genre of choice: hip-hop. Starting with an ethereal and dreamy beat, the track soon drops into a gentle rap with words and a couple appearing on screen. Subtle Spanish influences, Sullee’s masterful words and plenty of setting sun make this an ideal track for first date rides in a convertible on a hot summer’s evening.

“Make You Mine” and Sullee J’s other jams are available for fans to purchase on all outlets, including iTunes, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon & more.

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@SulleeJ85

SOURCE/IMAGE CREDIT:

Sullee Justice.

SULLEE J: Special appearance with Eminem & Beyonce

 

2018 could well be the year that goes places for Baltimore rapper and musician Sullee J (Sullee Justice). The artist, well known for his many collaborations with other artists from the northern United States involved in the hip-hop and rap genres, has had many of these linkups covered here on HEM News Agency. But, just as 2018 is only a week old, Sullee J has ramped up things to another level, making a special brief cameo in the new Eminem single “Walk on Water”. Veteran rapper Eminem, behind many early hits such as ‘Stan’, ‘Lose Yourself’ and ‘The Way I Am’, has recently returned with a vengeance to the music scene, and for Walk on Water, the blond fast-talking one has teamed up with the original Queen Bey of R&B, Beyoncé.

To celebrate the recent collab with Eminem, he has released a special remix of the latter’s new hit ‘River’, itself a collaboration with British pop singer Ed Sheeran. River comes off of the album Revival, which was released under Eminem’s own labels in December 2017. Alongside the remix, Sullee has also put out a funky lyrics-only video on YouTube, which you can check out below. A free MP3 download of the River remix has also been made available on Soundcloud.

 

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SOURCES/IMAGE CREDIT:

Sullee J.

SULLEE J: Pay Homage ft. Fudge

 

Accomplished Baltimore rap artist Sullee Justice (Sullee J) returns with a brand new single off his fresh new EP album “Spear”, released this past Wednesday. The single, “Pay Homage” is a special collaboration with local talent Fudge, with production by Valentine Beats.

Pay Homage focuses on the passion that fuels an artist as they head for their big break and struggles they face as they try to climb to the top of their game. One hundred percent animated and with backing vocals from both Sullee and Fudge, you hear the struggle told as a story while navigating life, police corruption, Islamophobia, crime and other issues of now. Even the Donald makes an appearance sitting in the Oval Room, voting people off like he was an America’s Got Talent judge.

The video highlights the hypocrisy in the American mainstream media, particularly against the Muslim community and how certain circumstances are staged in order to encourage hatred against a minority.

Pay Homage’s amazing new video can be viewed on the official GlobalFaction YouTube channel and you can also listen free of charge and download it to your Spotify album here.

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#TeamJustice

 

 

SOURCE/CREDITS:

Team Justice, GlobalFaction

EU FLAG PROMS: ‘Brexiteers’ angered by Royal Proms pro-EU flag distribution

London – VIJAY SHAH via JEFF FARRELL and The Independent

As the United Kingdom heads for its possible withdrawal from the European Union in two years’ time, supporters of EU withdrawal, informally known as Brexiteers, have hit out at a pro-EU campaign group who distributed EU flags to visitors at a music festival, The Independent reports.

The campaign group, EU Flag Proms Team, a previously unknown collective which favours UK remaining part of the European Union, had planned to distribute EU flags and banners outside the Royal Albert Hall in London, which plays host to a televised classical music festival, the Proms, which is specially promoted by the national public service broadcaster BBC. 

 

During the final day of the festival, known as the Last Night, EU Flag Proms team members planned to give out the 10,000 blue and yellow flags free to concertgoers to support EU closeness, while wearing t-shirts with the slogan “thank EU for the music EU”. EU Flag Proms explained the unusual stunt was to highlight how music is a universal language” that transcends borders.

It is a tradition among audiences at the Proms to wave national flags when national anthems are played, so for example the Union Flag (Union Jack) is waved when the song “Rule Britannia” is performed. As many classical composers featured at the Proms are from mainland Europe, it was hoped that the Proms’ visitors would be more supportive of Europe as a whole. The BBC’s own symphony orchestra featured music by the late composers Jean Sibelius and Richard Wagner, from Finland and Germany respectively.

A spokesman for EU Flags Proms Team told The Telegraph paper: “During the Age of Enlightenment Mozart, Handel and Bach all lived and worked for part of their lives in London.

“Presumably under the Brexit dark ages, they would not be welcome. What an appalling backward step for our country.

“We hope that the EU flags will remind the audience, the musicians and those watching from all over the world that music is a universal language that unites people, breaking down barriers and promoting communication, understanding, and peace.”

Leading supporters of Brexit, however have condemned EU Flag Proms, claiming that music can also be a signifier of national identity. Vociferous and controversial Brexit supporter, Nigel Farage, former leader of the right-wing nationalist UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party), said to the Independent that he hoped Brexiteers would stage a similar counter-campaign distributing UK flags to Proms visitors. He said, referring to EU Flag Proms explanation for their campaign: “As for this airy fairy ‘music crosses all borders’ nonsense, music is also an important part of national symbolism in every part of the world.”

Farage said he planned to contact a former UKIP donor, Aaron Banks to possibly bankroll the counter-campaign, but due to the donor being abroad, the UKIP Union Flag giveaway did not take place for the Proms this year.

EU Flags Proms Team last year staged a similar Brexit protest outside the Royal Albert Hall, and handed out 2,500 EU flags to members of the public who turned up for Last Night of the Proms 2016.

British politicians are currently in negotiations with the European Union over the terms of withdrawal from the Union, which the UK was one of the first members of since it joined in 1973. The UK Brexit negotiation team has been slammed at home for heading into the talks unprepared and the EU has also been criticised for demanding a £50 billion ‘divorce settlement’ from the UK, for various projects and commitments made during the UK’s membership of the union. The United Kingdom plans to withdraw completely in 2019 after the two-year notice period after it triggered the Article 50 clause this year. There have been calls for a second referendum, either on the terms of Brexit or the withdrawal itself.

SOURCES:

Sarah Harness.

We Are The 48% – #StopBrexit, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1586336064998120/

“Brexiteers furious over thousands of EU flags handed out at Last Night of the Proms” – Jeff Farrell, The Telegraph (9 September 2017) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/eu-flags-brexit-last-night-proms-bbc-royal-albert-hall-london-a7938206.html

IMAGE CREDIT:

“Flagging Support” – Dave Kellam, Flickr (24 February 2007) https://www.flickr.com/photos/davekellam/414918350

SULLEE J: Reborn [Video] ft. Beast 1333

 

Baltimore’s Sullee Justice features artist Beast 1333 of the Temple of Hip Hop organisation and UK’s DJ Trickalome on the second single “Reborn” produced by Dansonn beats off his upcoming album. This track was made in the hopes of reviving listeners from the darkest thoughts and deepest of pains. From the increasing rate of suicide our world is facing and the lack of support people receive in the times of need, music like this is appreciated. This song not only will help you feel better, but hopefully gives you an alternative outlook and saves you from yourself. We all have had moments where we have felt like nothing else matters and why do we even need to exist anymore. We ask ourselves, would it make a difference if we were here any longer? This song speaks to you! This song tells you why you’re important and why you matter and why you must belong. Listen and “Be Reborn”.

 

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1262221104?ls=1&app=itunes

@Beast1333
@SulleeJ85
@Trickalome

SOURCES:

Sullee J Management.

SULLEE J: “Who Am I” with Don Streat

 

After the successful release of his hit single “Slangin Knowledge” in February of this year, acclaimed Baltimore rapper Sullee J has once again linked up with fellow musician Don Streat to release a brand new track in the past week. Their latest collaboration, “Who Am I” also features the talents of Vietnam & Alyson Blaire. The music video was produced by Profitt Productions Films. It features the rappers in a tough and gritty urban scene of dereliction, interspersed with footage of children labouring in a Congolese mine and news footage of the recent riots in the US and disturbances in Italy. The song talks about the harsh realities of life and of those who went to make it big, only to get dragged deep under in a world of crime, drugs and destitution. Each of the artists comes forward to tell a story in powerful words to make you think about life’s struggles and blessings, while getting you to be awake and conscious, while Alyson Blaire provided the backing chorus, asking the inevitable question that every individual facing the struggle asks…. who am I?

Sullee J (a.k.a Sullee Justice) has announced that he and Don Streat are also commencing work on a new project called The Reprogram, and have been actively recruiting other musicians from the Baltimore hip-hop/rap scene to produce music with a greater purpose. Who Am I is one of the first fruits of the new project’s labour, and has given a platform for upcoming artists like Vietnam and Alyson Blaire to show the world about themselves in their respective verses while  displaying several realities across the globe that cover famine, police brutality, corruption and more. The Reprogram is now opening more opportunities for local artists to become involved with Sullee J and Don Streat and bring out meaningful messages in their bars.

 

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SOURCE/IMAGE CREDITS:

Sullee J Management.