Dancehall culture has long influence modern music in the U.S.A., England, and now many African Countries. However, sometimes, Dancehall has been misunderstood as something dirty that the teens do when they go to the clubs. Bruk Out!, a documentary about dancehall, changes any misconceptions about Dancehall, its origins, and what it means to many of the dancers who take part in its community.
The film took a major look into the Dancehall scene from a woman’s prospective. Director, Cori Wapnowska, captured a side of the whole dance craze with an endearing approach that focused on several dancers on their way to the Dancehall championships in Jamaica. Each dancer went through many difficulties to live the life style of a Dancehall Queen while dealing with prejudices from their families and society.
After seeing this film, I must say that I was rather impressed. Cori weaves a interesting story that is a tribute to her amazing presentation style and film skills. The film changed my views on the dancehall dance style. For the first time, I saw a film that humanized the dancers instead of just presenting them as objects of desire as seen in every music video.
At the end of the film, the audience applauded. Cori had crafted a winner. Go see the film. Go buy the film. Go support Cori. Bruk Out! was one of the most enjoyable films I have seen all year, and I am not just talking about the dancing.
Also, we happened to have a dancehall queen in attendance. DHQ BRAT of Queen Moves. Check her out as she does a headstand at the Bruk Out premiere. Her website and information can be found below. The image set.
Below you will find a link to an interview with Cori Wapnowska and ReggaeCity. Read about the film maker’s view on the film and more. Special thanks to Reggae-City providing reggae news on the East and West Coast.
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Hailey Knox opened the night at the Mckittrick Hotel. Her voice had a light and upbeat quality to it. This matched her up beat music style. She infused many different styles into her music with a bit of hip hop and rock mixed to together. However, Hailey reveal her true talent with her amazing guitar skills. She covered several popular songs with ease while also putting her own spin on the different covers. Hailey is definitely a young talent who we will see more of on the music scene.
It wonderful to have the opportunity to view Elise LeGrows at the McKittrick Hotel. It’s not often that you see a great performance from a singer without the help of their band joining in on the performance. Elise alone carried this concert to the very end on her own talent. Her voice was sultry, strong, and assertive. Showing her confidence, she easily transitioned her voice from bass notes to high notes. She definitely had a presence reminiscent of the girl groups of the 50’s and 60’s who were not afraid to be bold. Each lyric Elise sung, emulated feelings and emotions that captivated the audience members in attendance. Not one person moved during her set. It was obvious to the see that Elise puts her whole soul into her music by accenting every note with sultry moves of her hands and her hips. She lead the audience on incredible journey of ups and downs as she belted out her sad story. Her ability to captivate the audience was amazing, because she did not have move an inch from the very spot where she first stepped at the beginning of the song. Definitely, Elisa carries the air of a professional songstress who has sung for years in clubs, bars, and who know where else. She is definitely not afraid to make you love her and her music.
Links to their respective sites can be found below. Enjoy the images!!!
One of the sure signs that the holiday season is upon us is the marching of the Macy’s Day Parade down The Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave in New York City). This year, I got a up close view of the parade thanks to my new press pass.
This parade truly is a spectacle to behold. From amazing clown performers to high school bands and cheers leaders and to famous musicians and actors, the parade was littered with happy and joyous music and tom foolery.
Now even though there we many famous celebrities in attendance, the stars of the parade were of course the giant balloons that march down the avenue. In attendance were Olaf from Frozen, Charlie Brown, Sponge Bob Square Pants, and Pikachu to name a few.
You can learn more about the Macy’s Day Parade by visiting the website below. However, you are here to enjoy the images. So listen to some holiday music and enjoy.
Very rarely do I get to see talent in its purest form. As part of new Art Renaissance transforming lower Westchester County, Andrew performed at the Pelham Art Center. Unfortunately, I only caught the last twenty minutes of his concert, however, I was not disappointed. This concert had all the makings of an opera performed in New York City’s world famous music houses.
Andrew Chukwuka Egbuchiem debut as soloist in 1999. Since then, he was a singer in Residence at Singers of United Lands Project. He toured Kenya, Switzerland, Chech Republic, Poland, Latvia, and now Pelham, NY.
Below you find some of Andrew’s music with some pictures of Andrews and his musicians after the concert.
How did I meet Carol Borges? Well, it was dark smokey night in the Jazz Club. I was looking for trouble, and she found me. In all the clubs in this dang city, why did she have walk into mine? I should not have had all that Whiskey in a Teacup.
Ahhh well, it did not happen like that actually. I was sitting watching a band play, and Carol came over to say hi. I have to admit I was really impressed with Carol’s voice. She has that old jazzy flavor that has been missing in music for a while. She has the voice, she has the moves, and she has the look. I am sure she will be an infinite Star!
Below you will find some of Carol’s music, and her info on her website. Please support Carol who is a student of the music program at CITY COLLEGE of C.U.N.Y. school system.
So press play on the video and look at some images.
On a dark and spooky night, hundreds of spectators lined up to see the one and only Village Halloween Parade. The parade participants put on a show that was worthy of Broadway. There were dancing Wonder Women, your favorite neighborhood Spiderman, creepy ghouls and goblins, and event Michael Jackson. I don’t know about how you feel, but he sure does scare me.
An earlier terrorist attempt did not put a damper on this crowd. They were going to show the world that New York City will not hide in fear. Congratulations to all the participants of the parade. By God’s grace, I will see you next year.
Ohhh!!! Is that a Tiger in the featured image?
Ohhhh sooooooo scary!!!!!!! J curls!!! What were they thinking!!!!
Song: Moon Eclipsed the Sun by Evolfo