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09 février 2007

Reggae stars and rock wannabes live on stage

Young rock stars of the future are gearing up for this year's Rock 2007 @ George Ward, the school's annual rock concert. Already nine acts, ranging in age for 12 to over 17, are lined up for the evening on March 9, with music styles ranging from rock to rap.

All profits from this year's concert are going to the GBSS charity, Stepping Stones Opportunity Pre-school in Trowbridge and The Jonah Wright Fund. Included on the bill is singer Kelly Woolford, who has just released her debut CD of self-written material, pictured below, and started gigging with a backing band.

She played her first gig at the Fox in Broughton Gifford last Thursday night, and will be on stage again tomorrow night at the George Ward School's Valentines Ball. The CD is on sale at £3 to raise money for the GBSS charity.

Rock 2007 includes an auction which already has items donated by top local musicians such as Nick Mason and Peter Gabriel, and promises to be a great night. Tickets are on sale now at £5 (£6 on the door) from (01225) 705866...

WOMAD acts announced

New artists for this years WOMAD festival line-up have just been announced by the organisers.

Peter Gabriel's World of Music, Arts & Dance is taking place at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury on 27 to 29 July this year.

It will feature over 70 world-class artists from 40 countries performing over three days. The full line-up so far is as follows, with many more acts due to be announced over the coming months: Baaba Maal (Senegal), Balkan Beat Box (Israel/USA), Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (Mali), Ben Taylor (USA), Bill Cobham (USA), Candi Staton (USA), Cesaria Evora (Cape Verde), CJ Chenier (USA), Daara J (Senegal), DJ Shantel (Germany), El Tanbura (Egypt), Imagined Village (UK), Kronos Quartet (USA), Kung Nei & Ouch Savy (Cambodia), Lila Downs (Mexico), Mariza (Portugal), Marzoug (Algeria), Samba Mapangala & Orchestre Virunga (Kenya/Democratic Republic of Congo), Sam Tshabalala (South Africa), Serta-Gesar Troupe (Tibet), Sheila Chandra (UK), Steel Pulse (UK), The Dhol Foundation (UK), Toots and the Maytals (Jamaica), Toumast (Niger), Warsaw Village Band (Poland).

Tickets for the event are already selling very well, and WOMAD is pleased to announce some details on how to get discounted tickets. Previously available until the end of January, our 'Early Bird' offer is now open until Wednesday 28 February. During this period, a Weekend ticket will cost £110 before the price rises to £120 from 1 March onwards.

We are also offering discounted Weekend tickets to residents local to Charlton Park, who live within the SN16 postcode area. These limited-availability tickets are priced at £50 and are being sold on a first come, first served basis. Set in a picturesque rural landscape in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, Charlton Park is the new home for the WOMAD Festival in our 25th anniversary year. This beautiful location presents an opportunity to experience the festival in a truly green, pleasant and spacious environment.

Charlton Park is situated just outside the historic abbey town of Malmesbury in North Wiltshire. Easily accessible by road and rail, the festival site is just seven miles from Junction 17 of the M4, only one hundred miles due west of London, and less than thirty miles away from Bath, Bristol and Swindon. WOMAD Charlton Park will welcome an audience of 20,000 and will feature seven stages and workshop areas, including a children's village, many more activities and festival features, all in the idyllic environment of Charlton's open lawns and rolling fields.

Alongside the new attractions of Charlton Park, WOMAD's familiar feast of entertainment and celebration will remain: brilliant live music; weekend camping; a full programme of participatory workshops for adults and children; Taste The World sessions; late night dance, DJ's and grooves at Club WOMAD; relaxed entertainment on Thursday evening; a children's procession on Sunday; a chance to 'shop around the world' at over 250 international food, drink, arts, craft and merchandise stalls in our Global Village; sumptuous site decoration featuring hundreds of flags, projections, visual art and temporary structures; plus the unrivalled atmosphere that our audience simply loves.

TICKET DETAILS Weekend ticket: £110 ('Early Bird' price - previously available until 31 January, now available until 28 February) Weekend ticket: £120 (Standard price - available from 1 March) SN16 Weekend ticket: £50 (to residents of SN16 postcode area, limited availability) Thursday Camping ticket: £10 (Allows access to festival site from 26 July) All Weekend tickets include free camping from Friday - Monday.

Concessions available.

Families are entitled to savings as two children aged 13 and under can come free with each adult ticket buyer.

BOOK BY PHONE OR FAX (from 12 Feb) Tel: 0845 146 1735 Lines open Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm for credit/debit card bookings Fax bookings: 0870 720 2128

3:01pm Tuesday 6th February 2007

By Benjamin Parkes

06 février 2007

With album, tour, Paula Cole reignites career

New music due for June release


ROCKPORT, Mass. — After a seven-year hiatus, Paula Cole says her music career has come full circle.

Cole, who grew up in Rockport before becoming a hit singer-songwriter in the 1990s, will embark on her first concert tour in seven years, “Lessons in Life 07/08,” later this year.

Cole’s fifth album, “Courage,” tentatively will be released in June. Cole said the music is more gentle than her earlier albums, recorded prior to her hiatus from the public spotlight.

Before her cross-country tour, Cole will perform at her alma mater, the Berklee School of Music in Boston, on Feb. 16. Cole said she views this show as a “thank you” to her college, her family, her hometown and others who have supported her career throughout the years.

“I want to thank the Rockport community for their support, and this show will be for them, my hometown,” Cole, the daughter of Stephanie and Jim Cole of King Street, said.

Cole said she’s preparing for the upcoming show by singing a little bit each day and trying to not get sick. Cole is also thinking about the overall arch of the show, which will include songs the audience knows as well as songs from her upcoming album.

Cole will also feature her new band at the concert, which she said is “breathtakingly great.” Rehearsals with the band have given Cole goose bumps, she said, because of their talent and energy.

Cole’s ‘Courage’

“Courage” has been Cole’s mantra over the past seven years, the 38-year-old said. She knew for years that her next album would have this title — the word is sung in numerous instances throughout the album, Cole said.

It took courage to get out of an unhappy marriage in her time off, she said, and to start working again in an industry in which her former record label said she would never get a second chance.

Cole said she took the time off after spending seven years of constant touring and recording, which she said was a long time to work nonstop. It began in 1993 when she joined Peter Gabriel’s world tour as a backup singer. During that time she recorded three albums: “Harbinger” in 1994, “This Fire” in 1996 and “Amen” in 1999. She toured as an opening act for Melissa Etheridge and Sarah McLachlan. She had hits with “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait,” both from her second album. She won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1998, along with a number of Boston Music Awards.

“My personal life atrophied, and I needed to step off the hamster wheel,” she said. “I wanted motherhood. I wanted a child. It felt increasingly inauthentic to be living the young dream (of a life of touring).”

When under the radar of the public’s sight, Cole moved to Los Angeles, severed her ties with Warner Brothers, her recording label, and had her first child, Sky, who is now 5.

But more recently, she moved back East and became reacquainted with Bobby Colomby, who managed a deal with Universal/Decca Records for Cole’s next album.

“Now I’m working on resurrecting everything,” Cole said. “It’s exciting not to know (what the future holds) and to be in the moment. ... (With a music career and being a mother) I’m not going to have a cookie-cutter life, that’s for sure.”

Cole said her “wonderful little girl” is her first priority, and her “Lessons in Life 07/08” tour will be scheduled around Sky’s school schedule. She adds that singing keeps her happy, and it was weird to be a singer every day, then all of a sudden not to be.

Cole said she’s looking forward to the second chapter in her life, which she will appreciate more after reflecting on her life in her time off.

A new sound

“Courage” will offer a new sound from Cole, which she said is not as angry as her earlier work.

The album has a greater stylistic range, she said, with an eclectic mix of songs for the radio, and others — including one that features Herbie Hancock — that sound as though they could be from the 1940s.

“‘Courage’ is about love and picking up the pieces,” Cole said. “All my albums are honest and autobiographical.”

Cole attempted to compose her fourth album with her former record label during her hiatus, but it never came out. After composing 20 songs, she “had to walk away” from the songs as part of her contract, she said. Cole said this was a positive thing, however, because it released her from the baggage she felt she was carrying with her at the time.

The new album is a “completely new body of work,” she said, in which she co-wrote her lyrics, rather than writing them by herself.

Unlike her earlier albums, Cole didn’t produce the new album. She was solely a singer-songwriter on the project, making the project more fun. Colomby also helped bring the fun back into music writing, she said.

Coming full circle

Moving to Los Angeles was a “delusional attempt to find happiness,” Cole said, because your life will follow you wherever you go.

In her time there, she said, she found herself missing her East Coast roots. And having a child made her want to go “full circle.”

“I’m so lucky that I grew up in Rockport; I know that now,” Cole said. “When I was younger, I was antsy and wanted to move to the big city. I might have taken for granted the delicious salt air, the small, caring community and the natural beauty (of Rockport).”

Cole said Rockport’s small-town charm created her work ethic and her inclination to be naive at times.

“East Oceanside,” the fictional location of her greatest hits album, “Postcards from East Oceanside,” which was released last summer, is Rockport, she said, a town she tries to go back to as much as possible. Cole said her best friends to date are the ones she met in kindergarten and third grade.

Cole said returning to her old stomping grounds of Rockport and Boston recharges her heart and soul. When looking to her upcoming concert at Berklee and beyond, Cole said there are “a lot of good things” to come.

Jason Simpson writes for the Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times.

Real World Studios Choose sE

Real World’s Studios take delivery of the sE range of microphones and conclude: ‘great results’, ‘the best performance for the money’ and ‘build quality amongst the best out there’…

Real World Studios should need no introduction. This idyllic suite of top class recording and writing rooms has become something of a legend in its relatively short existence. Set up by Peter Gabriel, the complex houses the most state of the art equipment within some of the most beautiful surroundings the UK has to offer. The facility has recently taken stock of a range of sE microphones for its new Mill Side studio, as in house engineer Dom Monks and senior sound engineer Marco Migliari explain…

“Real World own both a Gemini, an sE2200a and a pair of sE3s. (I also own a z5600a),” explains Dom. “Bruno Ellingham [another producer and engineer at Real World], first put me on to sE mics. He had a few on demo and was getting really great results from them.”

“The great thing about sE mics is their value for money. Because any producer or artist can afford their own sE mic they're not restricted to where they record, so it's that much easier to maintain continuity. And compared to other 'low cost' mics on the market they just sound more expensive.”

Marco agrees: “We wanted to offer a selection of microphones that would both fit the budget and be rugged enough to withstand the abuse they're typically subjected to, and also deliver the best performance for the money.”

And both Dom and Marco are agreed that the build quality is another major plus point of the range…

“The value for money is obvious, but beyond that the sonics and the build quality are amongst the best out there for new mics,” says Dom.

“Also priceless are the rugged cases they come with, something that mics three times the price often don't have,” adds Marco. “The accessories that are included in the price such as cradles, mounting kits etc. have proved to be useful and reliable in all situations.”

In summary, then, it’s fair to say that the sE range has been a hit over at Real World

“Whilst both the Gemini and the z5600a are both great work-horse mics,” says Dom, “I have had experiences where they are just better suited to a certain singer than some high-end vintage valve mics. I've seen this happen on other people’s sessions as well. They just suit some people’s voices better than any other mic.”

“They're easy to position and have all of the on-board options you'd need to do a good job, like roll-off filters, pads and changeable polar pattern,” concludes Marco. “The package was just right: good quality mics, solid build, a selection of useful and lasting accessories and a decent aluminium case for each mic or pair. Add this to a competitive price, and you've got an easy decision in your hands. I particularly like the tone of the SE2200a – it's hard to find another mic in the same price range that could deliver a better performance.”

Marco is currently producing the band The Moonfish (see their page at with a lot more production and mixing work lined up for 2007. Dom also has lots of work lined up at Real World: “plenty of things to do and lessons to learn!” he says.

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05 février 2007

World Peace One

Le samedi 11 Août 2007, EarthOne Productions proposera "World Peace One," le plus grand rassemblement humanitaire jamais organisé au monde.

L'évènement sera retransmis en direct depuis les quinze plus grandes villes du monde pendant 24 heures non-stop en respectant les 24 fuseaux horaires.

Tout au long de sa diffusion, World Peace One réunira le monde en musique et touchera la bagatelle de 3 milliards et demi de téléspectateurs potentiels à travers 180 pays puisque ce concert sera diffusé non seulement à la télévision mais aussi sur les ondes radio, sur Internet et sur le réseau des téléphones mobiles.

En parallèle une campagne de sensibilisation sera organisée pour récolter des fonds pour la plus noble des ambitions : faire cesser de manière définitive tous les conflits mondiaux.

World Peace One réunira non seulement des chanteurs mais aussi des acteurs, des athlètes, des prix Nobel, des docteurs, des scientifiques, des diplomates, des leaders politiques et des citoyens du monde qui à leur échelle donnent de leur temps et des moyens pour cette cause primordiale de la paix dans le monde.

Parmi les villes choisies on peut citer :

Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul, Pékin, Moscou, Dubaï, Johannesburg, le Caire, Berlin, Londres, Rio de Janeiro , New-York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles.

Enfin, voici la liste ( non-exhaustive ) des participants qui ont d'ores et déjà donné leur aval pour se produire ce jour-là :

U2, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Carlos Santana, Yes, Shakira, the Rolling Stones, Earth Wind & Fire, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting, David Bowie, Lionel Richie, the Goo Goo Dolls, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner, The Eagles, Pearl Jam, Moby, Alanis Morissette, Phil Collins, Eminem, Wyclef Jean, Will Smith, Usher, Mary J. Blige, JZ, Beyonce, Pink, Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Janet Jackson, Baby Face, Greenday, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Bon Jovi, Outkast, Sarah McLachlan, Enya, Paul Simon, The Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Rascal Flatts, Tricia Yearwood, Keith Urban, Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Ricky Martin, Mark Antony, David Bisbal, Juanes, Luis Miguel, Alejandro Sanz, Gilberto Gil, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Tony Bennett, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, et plein de célébrités représentatives de chaque pays du monde.

Retrouvez tous les détails de cet évènement ici

04 février 2007

Sun City Owner

The shock news that Manchester has won the race to provide the site for the UK's first "super casino" has turned the spotlight on South African Sol Kerzner...

"Sanctions breaker"

Sun City made Kerzner one of the richest men in Africa. While he was able to persuade artists such as Elton John and Shirley Bassey to perform at the casino, on the pretext that it was in an "independent" country, other stars boycotted the venue.

A 1985 album, Sun City, by Artists United Against Apartheid including Little Steven and Peter Gabriel, attacked Kerzner as a sanctions breaker. It was something he continued to deny claiming the resort encouraged harmony among the races.

In an interview in 2005 he said what excited him "was that, in a country where the races had been kept apart by law, we'd created a place where people of all colours could eat together, gamble together, watch international shows together, even sleep together."
Kerzner began facing other attacks, this time over alleged corruption. He was acused of having bribed a homeland leader, a charge that hung for years until it was finally dismissed by the South African attorney general.

Further allegations, in 1986, claiming he had bribed the former leader of Transkei, were dropped in 1993.

Kerzner gave money both to the white National Party and the African National Congress. After coming to power, Nelson Mandela confirmed that the ANC had received £140,000 from him saying "[the Kerzners are] an example of a family not only interested in their own enrichment, but willing to give something back."

Kerzner remained close to Mandela and now lives a flamboyant lifestyle, not least in his choice of brides. He numbers the first ever South African Miss World among the four women he has married.

He has a taste for the company of celebrities with Liza Minnelli, Shirley Bassey, Bono and Tracey Emin among the guests for his 70th birthday party at his Monaco villa.

Over the years Kerzner has moved his core businesses away from South Africa, expanding into the Bahamas, where he is now based, the USA and, now, the UK.

While he still has to retender for the Manchester casino it would be a brave man who could look at his record and bet against him getting it. Unlike the many punters who will eventually cross the threshold of the new venue, when it comes to business deals, Sol Krezner is not a gambler.