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Korean Pop music, or K-Pop rarely reaches global success, so when a group in that genre beats out the likes of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Selena Gomez for an award, it’s a pretty huge deal, regardless of what the award is for. This is how powerful a cult-like following can be in music.
It is hard to resist a great “underdog” story. We love hearing about musicians and artists who struggled to get their work out there for years until finally someone gave them once in a lifetime chance. ” But that is only one aspect of the music industry.
Fittingly, twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz have taken the term and they are working towards making it a household name. They named their group Ibeyi to acknowledge their heritage, which also has a significant role in their music. Their journey to becoming one of the most soulful groups in music of any genre is one that’s filled with moments that speak to their spirituality. If you haven’t heard of the group Ibeyi, you will be pleased to learn about the two young ladies who are giving the world a dope sound to vibe to.
Hip-Hop is such an expansive genre of music. There are sounds that are specific to certain regions, new sub-genres that seem to pop up out of nowhere, and a new generation of artists picking up the mantle. Hip-Hop is more than music, it’s a living culture that is constantly evolving.
Music is perhaps the most broadly recognized language. Some form of creating sound and rhythm exists universally among different cultures. Regardless of whether the language of the lyrics are understood, people understand beautiful sounds, rhythms, and instruments.
“Reclaiming my history, my time, my power.” Singer/songwriter and actress Jojo wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. The 27-year old musician has been making hit singles since she was 13 years old. From “Leave (Get Out)” released in 2004 to “F*ck Apologies,” released in 2016.
Coheed and Cambria is a four man band that consists of guitarist/vocalists Claudio Sanchez and Travis Stever, drummer Josh Eppard, and Zach Cooper on the bass. Sanchez is the lead singer and also one of the primary songwriters. The group is renowned for their concept pieces because they’re each tied into one ongoing story, The Amory Wars. The 16-year long conceptual project is a science fiction comic book series, and the brainchild of Sanchez who doubles as an illustrator and writer of the comics.
“We can do two things when confronted with uncomfortable truth,” Canadian American musician Jordan Edward Benjamin told Billboard Magazine. “We can ignore the evidence, gaslight the victims, obfuscate facts and distract the public, or we can try and tackle these issues head-on and demand that systematic failure be met with systematic change. I believe art, and rock ‘n roll, must always side with the latter.” A quick snippet from any of Benjamin’s songs will let you know his mind is made up. ‘grandson,’ as he is affectionately known, decided early on that he would use his artistry to talk about hard truths. His debut EP, A Modern Tragedy vol. 1, conveys these truths with thought-provoking lyrics, genre-blending sounds, electric guitars, heavy metal clangs, unexpected bass drops and one-of-a-kind vocals.
“What’s most important to me is to be relatable. I don’t want to be out of reach, I want people to know that I am a regular person…I’m not out here to compete with anyone.
I’m going to try to outdo myself every single time.”
Introverted, laid back and down to earth, she is the epitome of a “girl next door.” At 5’4 and 125 pounds, the singer/dancer/songwriter is simple and low key, embracing her very own authentic flavor and style.