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A New Year’s Greeting from Bermuda

We caught up with our old friend and client Elmore Warren, president of Fresh TV in Bermuda, recently. Fresh TV is Bermuda’s only independent community TV system, on the air since 2000.

Elmore had just finished a successful inaugural Bermuda Music Video Awards, honoring Bermuda’s top musical talent. The Awards included live performances and video mixing, Skype and Cable TV shout outs as well as the awards ceremony itself.

As Elmore explained:  

“It was about having a celebration of our local Bermuda music industry — that’s the most important thing — to show an appreciation of our artists. Many of the awards are attached to some of Bermuda’s cultural icons, past and present, including tributes to Bermuda born jazz great Lance Hayward, beloved Bermuda entertainment impresario, the late Eddy DeMello and balladeer Hubert Smith — some of the greatest in the industry. It is important to connect our young entertainers with the cultural icons of years gone by.”

Those striving and thriving in Bermuda’s entertainment industry that were recognized at the inaugural Fresh TV Awards, included…

Female rapper Imari Wade was named the Sally Bassett Best Female Artist of 2013 in a year that has seen her win Best Overall Rapper at the HOTT 1075 Hip Hop Challenge Awards.

Returning to Bermuda following a harrowing experience caught up in the Westgate Shopping Mall shoot out in Nairobi, dancer-singer-author Joanne Ball-Burgess is now in the news on a happier note picking up The Mary Prince International World Cross-over Artist of 2013.

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Ravi Shankar ‘Godfather of World Music’ Passes

Remembering Ravi ShankarWorld-renowned sitar player Ravi Shankar, the greatest ambassador of Indian music of the millenium  has died in San Diego, near his Escondido home of 30 years. He was 92.

Shankar was a recognized master of classical Indian music, an art form with roots that extend back more than 4,000 years. Through his contact with musicians of different cultures, Shankar was the first to introduce Indian music to western, mainstream audiences. Over his eight-decade career, he became a worldwide musical icon, especially through his work with the Beatles, and was labeled the “godfather of world music” by no less than George Harrison.

From Voice of America

Ravi Shankar was born in India and began his musical career in the 1930s, studying music and dance. At the age of 10, he moved to Paris to join his brother, the leader of a respected Indian dance troupe. He spent the next eight years traveling with the troupe across America, Europe and Asia. During that time, Ravi Shankar heard and met western music stars such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Cole Porter. Later, he decided to return to India and embark on a course of intensive study with a sitar master.

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Shankar played his first U.S. concert in 1956, introducing the western audiences to ragas, a complex Indian musical form often enhanced with drums and other instruments. He explained how each raga has its own personality, whether happy, sad, erotic or devotional. Shankar believed that, to effectively play a raga, a musician must have harmony within himself, follow the musical structure, and join in harmony with others.

“The basis of the system that’s known as the raga is the melody forms — hundreds and thousands of them,” said Shankar. “They have their own ascending and descending structure. They’re pentatonic, hexatonic or using all the seven notes, and different permutations and combinations. But the question of spirituality is something else. It is being trained from the very beginning to be at peace yourself when you perform.”

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