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An Irish documentary named Ceolchuairt lamaice shot in Jamaica earlier this year, snatched the honor for the Best Documentary Series at 1st Sky Road TV & Film Fest in Galway in Ireland on 5th September. Produced by Laura Ni Cheallaigh and directed by Paddy Hayes, the movie is narrated by Gearoid Mac Lochlainn, the Irish poet.
Ceolchuairt lamaice was shot over twelve days and it carries interviews with Alpha Boys School’s guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, musician/producers Sly and Robbie, percussionist Bongo Herman, poet/activist Mutabaruka and musical director Winston ‘Sparrow’ Martin.
Lochlainn stated that working on the docu feature fulfilled one of his personal dreams. While speaking to a leading newspaper, he told that the experience renewed his love of reggae and gave him a deeper understanding of its global importance. More than ever the message of Rasta and reggae has so much to teach the world.
Ceolchuairt lamaice is part of a 6 piece series by TG4 named CeolChairt (which means Musical Journeys). This follows 6 artistes on a reality finding job of music that charmed them most. Lochlainn stated that Ceolchuairt lamaice records his own journey exploring the roots of reggae that was a huge influence on himself since he was a teenager growing up in troubled Belfast, through cover versions by punk rock bands such as The Clash, he came to know and love Jamaican recordings.
Video Rating: five / 5
When you see a Bob Dylan show, audience sees him a dim light and he barely knows his audience. There would be a great anticipation among Dylan fans at the St Kilda’s Palais Theatre to listen to the music maestro. And, more than that, Dylan would play when he likes to play. The fact heightened by the reality that the seventy three year old might decide to stop touring.
But this is the way it is with Bob Dylan. What he wanted to offer is what he did on Monday evening. Without an introduction, Bob walked onto a stage that is minimally lit with his group and started the Melbourne leg of Never Ending tour — becharming some of his audience.
Bob has selected to play theatres throughout Australia where the demand has gone beyond expectations for a fifteen-plus concert tour. Sporting a broad brimmed hat as well as southern gentleman get-up, the maestro shadowed by the microphones, lay bare a raspy growl.
He opened his performance with Things Have Changed like he did in Perth. It was not really the stuff to blow your hair back. Then he took charge. It started to flow when he went behind the piano. His harmonica was just flawless and it got a raucous applause from the audience.
His low-key approach and sometimes inaudible lyrics are very appealing to some people. Unlike some of his contemporaries, his music evolves constantly.
Video clip Ranking: 4 / five
If you have ever wanted to know about the fundamentals and history of DJing and breakdancing, then Rockford Hip Hop Congress is offering a once in a lifetime scope to community members. DJ Vic Monsta and Wrek’em have teamed up to bring hip hop inspired events. Collectively the duo has over ten years of experience. The hands-on workshops are open to public and they need no prior experience. Rockford Hip Hop Congress would not just teach you your selected art form’s history, but they would also offer attendees with basic sources, terminology, techniques and fundamentals.
As a bonus, the instructors would teach students the art of battling. No matter what your experience is, the workshops are designed to accommodate all sorts of people. Therefore, there is no problem if there you are a beginner who is just looking fun or someone who is looking to sharpen your skills, there is no problem.
All the hundred and one workshops would take place at 325 Studio, W. Jefferson St., downtown Rockford. Charges for workshops are US$ 5 each class and US$ 20 for the whole series.
The DJ 101 workshop would start on 30th June, Monday, and would go on every Monday till 21st July 21. Minimum age limit to take part in the class is 14. Classes would be from 4pm to 5 pm.
The Breakdance 101 workshop would take place each Thursday starting 3rd July and going on till Thursday. Kids’ classes (aged 5 – 12) would take place from 3 pm to 4 pm. The Junior class (aged 13 and older) would take place from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
Online video Rating: 5 / 5
Finally, it seems that Eminem has forgiven his mom in an emotional music video that was released on this year’s Mother’s Day. The controversial US rapper, who has talked about his carked raising in tracks such as Without Me and Cleanin’ Out My Closet, shows rare compunction in his new tracked titled Headlights. In the track, he makes mends with his mom, Debbie Mathers.
Eminem, whose actual name is Marshall Mathers, mustered in Spike Lee to direct the video for Headlights that includes lyrics disclosing his unhappiness that his own kids have never met their grandmom, except one time, which was just by accident.
The music video features an actress who played the role of her mother Debbie Mathers and describes the loneliness of her life as she is deliberately excluded from relishing her superstar son’s success as well as being allowed to get in touch with her grandkids.
At one point in the music video, the actress who plays Eminem’s mom watches her son on TV as he executes one of his trademark rap tracks. The video also shows Debbie Mathers trying to visit her son, but she is turned away by security his gated compound. In what could be the most heartbreaking moment of the video – the mother figure misidentifies a young man donning a hoodie at the park for her kid and attempts to embrace him only to be pushed aside.
The rap includes lines like: “Never thinking about who what I said hurt, in what verse/My mom probably got it the worst/The brunt of it, but as stubborn as we are/Did I take it too far?”
Movie Rating: 5 / 5
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Movie Score: four / 5