lundi 21 janvier 2013

Lang Ching-shan





Lang Ching-Shan was born in Jiangsu, China. His father often traveled to Nanjing and Shanghai and brought photos home, helping to cultivate Lang Ching-shan’s interest in photography. He began studying at Shanghai Nanyang High School in 1904, where his love of photography was ignited by teacher Li Jing-lan. When Lang Ching-shan was in his teens, he was able to take part in photography activities that were very popular at the time. In 1912 Lang Ching-shan joined Shanghai's Shanghai Journal newspaper to work in the advertising department, and he would occasionally take and publish pictures of current events. Lang Ching-shan began working at the Shanghai Times in 1926, where he began working as a photojournalist. In 1927 Lang Ching-Shan formed the Chinese Photographic Association with his friends and held his first photography exhibit. In 1931 he opened the Ching-Shan Photography Studio in Shanghai, which specialized in portraits and advertising photography. In 1934 Lang Ching-shan's first photography collection, Mosquito With Flowers, was chosen by the UK Photography Salon. In 1939, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Louis J M Daguerre's invention of photography, Lang held a solo exhibition in Shanghai and published Composite Pictures and Chinese Art by Ching-shan Lang. In 1942 he was honored with Britain's FRPS and America's FPSA fellowships. After 1949 Lang Ching-shan moved to Taiwan and settled there. On March 25, 1953 he founded the China Photographers Association (CPA) and in 1966 he formed The Federation of Asian Photographic Art. After 1981 Lang accepted invitations to visit France and the United States. He held solo exhibitions and was a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism in the US.
The earliest photographic work of Lang Ching-Shan that can be found in an art catalog is a pictorial photograph from 1919. Hermitage, a photo taken in 1963 and collected by the TFAM, is a combination of pictorial photography and composite photography. The work is a combination of negatives of a pine tree and master artists Da Qian. The colors are a natural blend of light and dark. There is the masterly mist effect of Chinese ink paintings as well as elegant and simple scenes that remind one of the Southern Song master, Ma-lin, and his work  Listening Quietly to Soughing Pines. It is one of Lang Jing-shan's representative photographic works.

Soul (Seal)




studio album by British-Nigerian singer Seal

1. A change is gonna come

2. I can t stand the rain

3. It s a man s man s man s world

4. Here I am come and take me

5. I ve been loving you too long

6. It s alright

7. If you don t know me by now

8. Knock on wood

9. I m still in love with you

10. Free

11. Stand by me

12. People get ready

dimanche 8 avril 2012

Nigeria 70 - Lagos Jumps







... It was the sound of post-independence Nigeria, a time of celebration and wealth but, ultimately, of political oppression. The music reflected the times - a heady mix of traditional rhythms and big band highlife with the new rock, soul and jazz sounds crackling through transistor radios from Europe and the U.S. The rulebook of Nigerian musical heritage was ripped up as Santana, The Beatles and James Brown became as relevant to young players as Nigerian heroes like Haruna Ishola, Victor Olaiya and E. T. Mensah. Led by the towering influence of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, established Nigerian stars and the rawest of college bands alike forged new fusions and began using their music confidently as a vehicle for new variations of traditional parables and thinly veiled social commentary...
-> http://www.strut-records.com/content/nigeria-70-lagos-jumps
and more http://ecards.k7-de.com/strut/www/nigeria70/

Erykah Badu (The Healer)




The Healer (Hip Hop)

[Words - Erykah Badu]
Peace and love ya’ll
How ya’ll doing?

[Audience]
Cheers

[Words - Erykah Badu]
Is this how ya’ll feel
Brother’s ya’ll alright?

[Brother's]
Yah

[Words - Erykah Badu]
Can I ask the elders in the house if I can speak freely? Ya, okay. Well my name is Erykah Badu, also known as Medulla alagata, also known as Cerebellum, also known as Annie, also known as analog girl in the digital world. Also Known as Maria Mexico, also known as low down Eric brown, also known as Humdi Lila Allah Jehova, Yahweh Dios Ma’ad Jah
Rastafara fyah dance, sex, music, hip-hop, also known as.

Du du ru ru
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[Chorus - Erykah Badu]
Humdi Lila Allah Jehova
Yahweh Dios Ma’ad Jah
Rastafara fyah dance, sex, music, hip-hop

It’s bigger than religion
hip-hop
it’s bigger than my niggas
hip-hop
it’s bigger than the government
Du du ru ru
Ru ru ru
This one fa’ Dilla, hip-hop

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[Verse One - Erykah Badu]
we ain’t dead said the children don’t believe it
We just made ourselves invisible
underwater, stove-top, blue flame scientist come out with your scales up
get baptized in the ocean of the hungry

Du du ru ru
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Ru ru ru

My niggas turn in to gods,
walls come tumblin…(aaahhh)

[Chorus - Erykah Badu]
Humdi lila Allah jehova
yahweh dios ma had ja
Rastafara fyah dance, sex, music, hip-hop

It’s bigger than religion
hip-hop
it’s bigger than my niggas
hip-hop
it’s bigger than the government
Du du ru ru
Ru ru ru
This one is the healer, hip-hop

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[Verse Two - Erykah Badu]
Told you we aint dead yet
we been livin’ through your internet
you don’t have to believe everything you think
we’ve been programmed wake up, we miss you.
they call you indigo, we call you Africa.
go get baptized in the ocean of the people
Du du ru ru
Ru ru ru
say reboot, refresh, restart.
fresh page, new day, o.g.’s, new key…

Du du ru ru
Ru ru ru
Du du ru ru
Ru ru ru



Produced by Madlib, "The Healer" is an ode to hip hop culture and a proclamation of its scope. It opens with a brief snippet from a song by Malcolm McLaren featuring the World's Famous Supreme Team. Music writer Piero Scaruffi describes the song's music as "trancey, exotic and brooding", while Sasha Frere-Jones notes "bells, unidentifiable knocks, a lonesome instrument that might be a sitar, or a guitar, and lots of empty space" in the musical backdrop, adding that "the music flirts with total stasis, though it still has an audible beat." Badu's lyrics, delivered in an incantation style, make reference to various names of God, including Humdililah, Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh, Jah, and Rastafari, while asserting hip hop to be "bigger than" social institutions such as religion and government. She explained the lyrics and religious references, saying "to me, hip-hop is felt in all religions - it has a healing power. I've recently been to Palestine, Jerusalem, Africa and a bunch of other places, and everyone is listening to hip-hop. There's something about that kicking snare sound that all kinds of people find meaning in."

-> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Amerykah_Part_One_%284th_World_War%29



Street Art


http://www.streetartutopia.com/?p=7433


Sabu Martinez and Sahib Shihab ("Nus")








vendredi 6 avril 2012

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars



Fondé sous l’impulsion de Reuben M. Koroma et de Francis John Langba « Franco », Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars est un groupe composé par des musiciens qui se sont retrouvés dans un camp de réfugiés de Guinée lors de la guerre civile qui a fait plus de 200.000 morts en Sierra Leone entre 1991 et 2002.


A l’origine de la formation du groupe, il y a Reuben M. Koroma et sa femme qui faisaient de la musique dans le camp de Kalia en Guinée pour distraire et soulager les réfugiés. C’est dans ce camp que ce groupe formé par Reuben M. Koroma (chef d’orchestre, lead vocal), Grace Efuah (voix) et Francis John Langba « Franco » (guitare rythmique, voix, kongroma) prend réellement forme et intègre d’autres réfugiés dont d’anciens musiciens de mêmes formations ou d’anciens collègues de travail.

C’est aussi dans ce camp qu’ils rencontrent l’auteur, compositeur et interprète canadien Chris Velan ainsi que les cinéastes américains Banker White et Zach Niles qui réaliseront en 2005 un film documentaire sur des réfugiés. Soutenu par l’UNHCR, le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies et le Sam Jones’ Island Studios de Freetown, le groupe entre en studio pour la réalisation de son premier album produit par Chris Velan. Enregistré durant le tournage du film et paru en 2006, Living Like A Refugee (Vivant comme un réfugié), en référence à la vie dans les camps de réfugiés, brasse divers styles musicaux comme le maringa traditionnel, le reggae, l’afro-beat, le hip hop, le folk, la pop et le jazz-rock soutenant des messages d’amour, d’espoir, d’unité et de paix.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Leone%27s_Refugee_All_Stars