A funky, upbeat, pagode-fused rhythm and rainbow colors wake up the historic streets of Salvador, Brazil. In the middle of her “Me Gusta” music video excitement, Brazillian singer/songwriter Anitta struts her stuff on a white runway. She effortlessly switches between English and Spanish while flexing her sharp soprano voice and innate charm.
One of the most common things I’ve heard people miss most from pre-quarantine is concerts. Who doesn’t love the rush of seeing your favorite artist performing? How can a concert happen in the middle of a pandemic that spreads by people being too close to each other for too long? From October 23-25th, Atlanta is hosting one of few real concert events since the pandemic began.
It has been proven time and time again that nothing quite brings the world together like music. Whether it is the widespread meme appeal of bhangra hit “Tunak Tunak Tun,” or the inexplicable K-pop phenomenon, music has the power to link cultures from across the globe. One group attempting to harness this power is Major Lazer, a Jamaican-American trio that brings a Caribbean sound to mainstream pop and electronic dance music.
“We don't give a shit what anyone outside the band, our close family and friends, and our team think." These are the sentiments of James McGovern, the frontman of Irish rock group The Murder Capital, and his bandmates. The Murder Capital quintet is a rock band that is doing its best in changing the narrative of what listeners think about rock and punk rock bands. However, like many others before them, they don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks about what anyone outside of their family and close friends thinks. Especially when it comes to what their music represents.
After countless, senseless murders at the hands of police officers and other racist individuals, the Black community has rallied together to fight police brutality and speak out against systemic racism. A young black man from Jacksonville, Florida delivered his message through song.
Chester, Pennsylvania is a small city, with a population of a little over 30,000 people. It has a pretty rich history of basketball, starting with hall of fame University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach, Bo Ryan. Several current and former NBA players also call the location home, including Jameer Nelson, Tyreke Evans, and Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat to name a few. There’s also been some dope hip-hop contributors who hail from the area, like Roc Nation’s Jahlil Beats and one of Big Sean’s favorite keyboardist/producer, Amaire Johnson.