Enter / Support THE AFRICAN DREAM 2024 (Le Rêve Africain)

Enter / Support THE AFRICAN DREAM 2024 (Le Rêve Africain)

What is the African Dream (aka Le Rêve Africain)?

The African Dream (aka in French as Le Rêve Africain) is a dynamic talent spotter and online trade show dedicated to discovering, promoting, and celebrating African artists and their contributions to the global arts scene. For the past 15 years, it has served as a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their talents and connect with audiences worldwide. The team does talent spotting, online trade show, live events and performances, community engagement, and promotion of Afro Arts. The Afro Arts cover Music, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Dance, Film, Fashion, Poem, and Humour.

The African Dream Pepites (nuggets) coming to a venue near you

Over the past 15 years, the African dream team has had the privilege of discovering and showcasing a multitude of talented artists, and this year is no exception. Already, 136 new artists have joined their trade show, and the featured Pepites (as they are called, pepites stands for nuggets, as in artists of great talent and value in this case) may be coming to a venue near you.

This month (June 2024), you have the opportunity to experience their incredible talents live in:

  • in Paris, Saint Calais and Cajarc, France
  • in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • in Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • in New Hampshire and Downtown Madison
  • in Istanbul, Turkey

Celebrating 15 years of passionate support for Afro Arts

Fanie Fayar - The African Dream 2021

Fanie Fayar – The African Dream 2021

The African Dream is thrilled to announce its 15th anniversary to the artists, friends of the “Tour of Africa,” and Afro arts enthusiasts around the world. In July 2024, this African talent spotter and online trade show will be celebrating its 15 years helping and promoting African artists globally. The team promises the commemoration of this special anniversary with some special surprises through their networks. Join their networks to keep abreast of these exciting updates!

Share your passion

If you are an artist, you can apply now before the 30th of September 2024 at https://lereveafricain.wixsite.com/afropepiteshow/aps14-registration

If you are passionate about Afro Arts, then you are invited iinvited to share your Pepites on their public Facebook group or via the dedicated form. You are also invite to join any and/or all of their social network to find out how to celebrate the vibrant and diverse world of African art and help the team celebrate 15 years of supporting Afro arts!

Winners of The Ivors 2024 with Amazon Music

Winners of The Ivors 2024 with Amazon Music

About The Ivors 2024

The Ivors 2024, in partnership with Amazon Music, has announced the winners across 14 categories, celebrating remarkable achievements in songwriting and screen composing. This year’s ceremony featured unforgettable performances by Bruce Springsteen, Victoria Canal, and METTE, with a behind-the-scenes livestream on Twitch, making it the most significant celebration of songwriters and composers in the event’s history.

The Ivor Novello Awards, judged by esteemed songwriters and composers from The Ivors Academy, honour exceptional craft and creativity, adding to their prestige through peer recognition.

Highlights from The Ivors 2024: Outstanding People

  • Bruce Springsteen to Receive Prestigious Fellowship at The Ivors with Amazon MusicSongwriter of the Year with Amazon Music: RAYE received this prestigious award and used her acceptance speech to call on fellow songwriters to unite for better pay.
  • Fellowship of The Ivors Academy 2024: Bruce Springsteen was honoured with the Academy’s highest accolade, becoming the first international songwriter inducted into the Fellowship. He was introduced by Sir Paul McCartney, the first Ivors Academy Fellow, and concluded the ceremony with a live performance of “Thunder Road.”
  • Special International Award: Lana Del Rey was celebrated for her career and influence, with six UK number one records highlighting her significant impact and songwriting talent.
  • Outstanding Contribution to British Music: A long-overdue recognition for Bernie Taupin, 50 years after his first win with Sir Elton John for the song “Daniel
  • Visionary Award with Amazon Music: Skepta was honoured for his fearless creativity and significant impact on popular music.
  • Outstanding Song Collection with PRS for Music: KT Tunstall received this award, celebrating her 20-year career.

Highlights from The Ivors 2024: Outstanding releases and new talent

  • Best Contemporary Song: “Geronimo Blues” by Kwake Bass, Peter Bennie, Biscuit, Raven Bush (Speakers Corner Quartet), and Kae Tempest won this award.
  • Best Album: “Black Classical Music,” written by Yussef Dayes, Rocco Palladino, and Charlie Stacey, took home this honour.
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Victoria Canal, alongside Jonny Lattimer and Eg White, won for “Black Swan.” Canal had previously won the 2023 Rising Star Award.
  • PRS for Music Most Performed Work: Dave, Central Cee, Jo Caleb, and Jonny Leslie won for their collaboration on the UK’s biggest song of 2023, “Sprinter.”
  • Rising Star Award with Amazon Music: This award continues to highlight emerging talents in Britain and Ireland, with Master Peace being the recipient this year.

Screen Composition Categories

  • Emma Stone in Poor ThingsBest Original Film Score: Jerskin Fendrix for “Poor Things
  • Best Television Soundtrack: Arthur Sharpe for “The Following Events are Based on a Pack of Lies
  • Best Original Video Game Score: Stephen Barton and Gordy Haab for “Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Conclusion

The Ivors 2024 showcased the exceptional talent and contributions of songwriters and composers, reinforcing its reputation as a prestigious celebration of musical excellence.

Listen to the Ivors 2024 playlist on Amazon at
https://music.amazon.co.uk/playlists/B0C2J9MK91?marketplaceId=A1F83G8C2ARO7P&musicTerritory=GB&ref=dm_sh_cqAJJ8MYC7CZlUvH2J1TSnFOD

Find out more at https://ivorsacademy.com/awards/the-ivors/

The Exact Opposite release debut LP “Skill Issue”

The Exact Opposite release debut LP “Skill Issue”

Skill Issue drops 3rd May 2024

Introducing the highly anticipated debut album “Skill Issue” by the alternative indie sensation, The Exact Opposite, hailing from the vibrant musical landscape of Oxfordshire, UK. This electrifying work officially hits the airwaves on May 3rd across all major platforms.

The Band: The Exact Opposite

Band chemistry is often described as an enigmatic force, difficult to define yet impossible to ignore. The Exact Opposite, a dynamic new duo, undeniably possess this elusive quality in abundance. From the very first note of their debut album, “Skill Issue,” it’s evident that they share a profound musical connection that only deepens with each subsequent listen. This isn’t just an album; it’s a captivating journey through soundscapes brimming with raw energy and palpable chemistry, beckoning listeners to embark on a sonic adventure from start to finish.

The album

Kicking off with the electrifying track “Look At Him Go!”, the 12-track album bursts to life with angular riffs and an infectious sense of urgency, setting the tone for an exhilarating musical odyssey. Each track, meticulously crafted by Jamie Stuart (guitars/vocals) and Nigel Powell (drums/everything else), resonates with a defiant spirit and unwavering determination, reflecting their rich musical evolution over two decades.

Production

Having honed their chemistry during their tenure with Oxford’s Dive Dive, and later as integral members of Frank Turner’s renowned backing band, The Sleeping Souls, Stuart and Powell bring a wealth of experience and passion to their latest endeavor. Recorded in Johnny Greenwood from Radiohead’s esteemed home studio in Oxford, “Skill Issue” is a testament to their artistic prowess, expertly produced, engineered, and mixed entirely by Powell, with Stuart adding his signature flair.

With nods to their musical heritage intertwined with bold explorations into new sonic territories, “Skill Issue” emerges as a triumphant declaration of artistic vision and creative synergy. Mischa Pearlman aptly describes it as “a magnificent and brilliant piece of art,” and indeed, it’s an album that demands to be experienced in its entirety – an exhilarating sonic voyage that leaves a lasting impression on all who dare to embark upon it.

You can find The Exact Opposite on

Social media platforms

On music platforms

Live

  • May 10th at The Jericho Tavern in Oxford
  • May 11th at Aces & Eights in London
  • May 13th at The Exchange in Bristol
  • May 31st at The Pump in Trowbridge

https://www.theexactopposite.uk

NY PodCat present latest release “Who Knew”

NY PodCat present latest release “Who Knew”

About Who Knew

NY PodCat’s latest release, “Who Knew,” offers a compelling glimpse into the creative process behind the band’s music production. Crafted within the confines of Logic Pro X, this indie pop/rock gem emerges from a blend of experimentation and collaboration between Li Mann and Pete Sawchuk, the dynamic duo comprising NY PodCat. The song is complemented by a lyrics video that highlights the theme it explores.

The production of Who Knew

Mann’s testimonial unveils a meticulous crafting process, where grooves and rhythms serve as the catalyst for lyrical and melodic exploration. With an acute awareness of fleeting inspiration, Mann captures initial ideas via voice memos, ensuring no creative spark dissipates into the ether. Sawchuk’s instrumental prowess further enriches the sonic landscape, infusing layers of guitars, basslines, and keyboard embellishments that seamlessly intertwine with Mann’s vocal delivery.

An intriguing aspect of NY PodCat’s production ethos is their commitment to incorporating live drums, a decision rooted in a desire to inject an organic dimension into their sound. This attention to detail shines through in the rich texture and depth evident across all four of NY PodCat’s current releases, including “Who Knew.”

Furthermore, NY PodCat’s collaboration with Adam Alesi on drums from Musiversal Studios underscores their commitment to harnessing top-tier talent to elevate their musical output.

The story behind the track

Beyond the music itself, Mann’s narrative offers a glimpse into the duo’s collaborative synergy and the evolving nature of their creative partnership. Their hands-on approach extends to the mixing and mastering stages, where mutual consultation ensures a cohesive sonic vision that resonates with authenticity.

Thematically, “Who Knew” delves into the uncertainties of relationships, capturing the poignant realisation of enduring connections that defy initial expectations. Mann’s introspective lyricism invites listeners to reflect on the serendipitous nature of love and friendship, echoing sentiments of surprise and affirmation that resonate universally.

Get Who Knew now!

As the band continues to expand its online presence through its website, YouTube channel, and upcoming merchandise offerings, “Who Knew” serves as a testament to NY PodCat’s artistic evolution and unwavering dedication to delivering captivating musical experiences.

Listeners are encouraged to immerse themselves in the evocative soundscape of “Who Knew,” streaming, liking, subscribing, and supporting NY PodCat’s journey as they continue to leave an indelible mark on the indie music scene.

Download NOW from nypodcat.com

Belle Lundon: Journey Through Music, Acting, and Artistry

Belle Lundon: Journey Through Music, Acting, and Artistry

Meet Belle Lundon

Belle Lundon is a multifaceted artist excelling in the realms of music, acting, and songwriting. Born and raised amidst the vibrant culture of New Orleans, Louisiana, Belle’s artistic journey began to flourish when she relocated to Houston, Texas. Her passion for music and performing arts led her to pursue formal training at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts, situated in the creative hub of Valencia, California.

In 2016, Belle’s talent garnered widespread recognition when she emerged victorious in a music competition sponsored by Coca-Cola. This triumph catapulted her onto the illustrious stage of the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, where she mesmerized audiences with her soul-stirring rendition of “He Wants It All” by Forever Jones. Not content with covering others’ works, Belle embarked on her own creative endeavors, penning and recording the poignant track “My Soul to Keep,” which earned her the esteemed W.A.M. Awards for Best Gospel Song in 2020.

Beyond her musical achievements, Belle’s artistic prowess extends to the silver screen, with her upcoming film “The Other Side of Infinity” poised for release in the summer of 2024. While she calls Houston home for her music ventures, Belle frequently traverses to Los Angeles for television and film projects, showcasing her versatility as a performer.

A true artist at heart, Belle finds fulfillment in sharing her music with audiences far and wide. With aspirations to embark on global tours, she remains committed to crafting an authentic lifestyle rooted in integrity, success, and happiness.

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Belle LundonI write all my lyrics. Everything I write about are my raw emotions and from real experiences. I am always writing and journaling. My mind never rests unfortunately…unless it’s a Sunday. Then my thoughts are usually drowned out by the loudness of my family! I have a very loud family.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

James Brown taught me to be free during my performances. Michael Jackson taught me to never be contained to one genre. Grace Jones taught me that it’s okay to be a little strange. I really could go on and on about other artists…. But I honestly love doing my own thing! I don’t have any sponsors, any connections in the industry nor am I related to anyone famous. I just started my working relationship with my manager, Michael Stover, and he really believes in me. In less than a month, I was able to chart #12 on the iTunes Pop Chart for my song Space Cadet (Remix)! I’m very excited to work with him & MTS management. I’m also excited that I have talented producers who believe in my ability. It’s always nice to have a team of believers…my bandmates definitely keep me going!

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

I realized I wanted to do music professionally after listening to MJ’s “History” album. I loved the messages in the lyrics and MJ’s freedom to never be contained in one genre. I used to write MJ at 8 years old, telling him that I was going to be his “Queen of Pop”. I need to ask my Pops if he actually mailed those letters. I think he did because I once got a letter from Epic Records when I told them about being the next “Queen of Pop”. They wrote back and said to keep singing…so I never stopped (singing)!

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

I honestly can’t stick to one genre. It depends on how I’m feeling. I mostly listen to Pop, Gospel and R&B.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

There are quite a few undiscovered gems that are from my hometown in New Orleans. You can find them performing in the French Quarters. Their love of music radiates throughout the city and it causes people to dance in the streets!

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

Belle LundonSimple: I pray.

1 In Music: What other creative activity do you do that you are passionate about?

I love acting. I can’t even begin to describe how freeing it feels to step out of your world and become someone else. I’m a bit of a method actor so I eat, sleep, drink the characters I take on.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

To be able to be of service to others and help those in need. To be paid off my passions.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

In this industry, it’s important to find good people to share your art with. It is important to find trustworthy people that you can connect with.

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

There’s ALWAYS going to be upcoming projects. I don’t believe in quitting. I’ll be 100 years old still doing music and film! My next film release is called “Other Side of Infinity”(written, directed  & produced by James P Lay) which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and will be playing at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2024. I also have plenty more music projects coming out soon.

1 In Music: Thank you for taking our questions! Where do we find your music?

You can find my music on all streaming platforms. Also, follow all my social media platforms to stay updated on the latest news and music: (Linktr.ee/bellelundon).

BelleLundon.com