Music Lanterns sheds light on The Zacas’ new EP “I Me”.

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TheZacas_cover_imageThe Zacas is an acoustic folk duo originating from South Africa’s capital Pretoria, consisting of brothers Luigi on vocals with Salva Zaca on guitar.

Their new E.P entitled “I me” was recorded at Undahouse Studios in South Africa and features the acoustic single “Bored With Me”. These recordings harness the melodic and instrumental beauty of an acoustic arrangement and suit the personal nature of the songs.

The Zacas describe their music as “…going back to the roots of acoustic music, representing who we are, our identity and our passion for a raw acoustic singer-songwriter style music”.

Salva studied classical music at Pro Arte Alphen Park and became a renowned classical guitarist in South Africa. His influences include Miles Davis who he grew to love while studying Jazz at Tshwane University of Technology.

Luigi studied Architecture and design and was trained for Opera before discovering a passion for jazz and rock through his biggest influence, Myles Kennedy.

The Zaca brothers have played a lot of shows in South Africa including the well-known Barnyard Theater but have since moved to Indianapolis in America where they are currently based.

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Music Lanterns on Gram Holl and the Berries’ “The Woods”

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Gram Holli and the Berries with Cornershop’s Drummer Andy Return from Tour to Release Album

Gram Holli_art_1500These lads from Lancashire say they are “born in Leigh, not On Sea, but on a navigation, absconded to Atherton, biked to Bolton, and were produced in Preston.” They’re fresh off a tour through Europe having played gigs in such places as Manchester, Milan and Munich.

The British Invasion is not over, boys and girls. Get ready for the second wave! Lancashire Lads ” Gram Holli and the Berries” are on the way. This Brit band was “born in Leigh, not On Sea, but on a navigation, absconded to Atherton, biked to Bolton, and were produced in Preston.”

They’re fresh off a tour through Europe having played gigs in such places as Manchester, Milan and Munich.

Who are these Lancastrian lads?

The Lancashire Lads are: “Gram Holli” (lead vocals, guitar, bass and keyboard), Cornershop’s Andy Flynn (drums), Richard (“bowing” strings), Steve (“blowing” brass) and Alan Gregson of West Orange Studios (“perfecting” production and background vocals).

Their melodic and catchy new album “The Woods” is a fine example of the band’s current musical musings. The album features the single “True Love” and is out now on Company Records.

The single ” True Love” and top remixes from Mikey Gallagher ( Hed Kandi/Ministry of Sound) of the album track “Rising Sun” available now online.

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Rise is new Madam Voodoo single on Music Lanterns

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Madam Voodoo consists of Cass, 7even and Dr G, whose influences stem from electronica from 1990s including psychedelic trance (psytrance), grunge and punk.

Rise-Single-Artwork-onlineOne of lead vocalist Cass’s earliest memories is using her grandparent’s dining table as a stage for her rendition of ‘Tits and Ass” from the musical A Chorus Line.

Emerging

In the early 2000’s Cass became a pioneer of the Melbourne shuffle after her all-consuming love of dance and trance music drew her into the emerging underground rave scene.

Songwriter 7Even draws inspiration from the depths of his social conscience to create lyrics and melodies that bring Madam Voodoo’s songs vividly to life.

Dr G previously featured in the down-tempo trip hop duo Aventine and, in the late 90s, appeared in a Coke ad shot from a helicopter above the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Electronic

Madam Voodoo’s sound, a thumping electronic music with a strong pop sensibility, is composed, recorded and mixed in their own studio.

The new single “Rise” has already been play-listed on Australia’s Triple J, Matchbox Radio 24, Pop Shop FM, London FM, Radio ZA Africa and Discover80s.fm.

The song was described by Noise Porn Magazine at the Miami Winter Music Conference as an “exciting and explosive track with a hook that will permeate your festival days”.

Madam Voodoo’s single “Rise” will be released on 30 March on Matchbox Recordings via Universal Music Operations and includes dance remixes from Hed Kandi’s Mikey Gallagher.

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Music Lanterns shines light on The Boy From the Crowd

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Anyone who fears that London’s bold musical heartbeat is faltering could be reassured by the recent arrival of The Boy From the Crowd on the scene.

Inclinations

The London-based rock duo comprises Vinny Piana and Vegas Ivy who formed The Boy From The Crowd when their musical inclinations collided in 2013.

The pair shared musical influences from Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf, Captain Beefheart and Jon Spencer.

03_Cross_blackVinny, born in the south of France, toured Europe and the UK with various bands and composed soundtracks for films, including a Sundance favourite LoveSexy. Then Vegas added his pounding voodoo drums to Vinny’s long-cherished new musical venture.

Imperfections

Summing up his take on their approach, Vinny says: “One of the things that makes rock ’n’ roll great is its little imperfections and riding on the edge of disaster, knowing full well that any second it could all just fall apart.”

Their EP ‘Where the Bees Come to Die’, produced by Vinny and recorded in Maako studios, London, contains their first single Revelator, which is already receiving enthusiasm from the music press.

Future FM Magazine wrote: “The so-called “two-man team that’s putting the boot back into blues” seem to have recorded a winner of a tune”. Other bloggers such as We All Want Someone To Shout For joined their voices to this praise with: “A confident piece of British rock with an edgy blues rock finish,” and Examiner.com who say:  “Indie punk at its finest. Inspires a continued head nod.”

Lyrical

Revelator, already playlisted on radio internationally, introduces The Boy From the Crowd sound, which reverbs with a punk beat and guitar backing the lyrical delivery, interspersed with a Doorsy blues instrumental flourish between song-lines, giving an all-over nod to great London rock.

The Boy From the Crowd release their E.P. ‘Where the Bees Come To Die’ on 16th March through Matchbox Recordings with distribution through Universal Music Operations.

Music Lanterns focuses on new singer-songstress Anadean Sky

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Anadean Sky – Bad Dream single taken from E.P.  “Battle”

A classical pianist accomplished in percussion, drums and contemporary vocals from Sofia in Bulgaria called Nadya Nedyalkova went on to become the singer-songwriter and producer known today as Anadean Sky.

Still known as Nadya, Anadean Sky won talent competitions in Bulgaria with her band No Way before she moved to London to become the March 2012 winner of Snowdance’s Melange Factor.

Anadean Sky then went on to compete in the Melange Factor final in November 2012, hosted by Channel 5 presenter Bryan Lucas.

ASKYSINGLECOVERwebPreviously as a part of a three-piece girl band called Vantage, Anadean Sky had attracted the attention of Kevin Best of Best of London Music, who selected her to be showcased to music industry professionals.

Alongside her burgeoning music career, Anadean Sky works as a model in campaigns for Rimmel London, Reebok and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies.

Anadean Sky will be releasing her E.P “Battle” and the single “Bad Dream” on 24 November 2014 with distribution from Universal Music Operations.

Her single comes with dance remixes by Mikey Gallagher, a DJ and producer with Hed Kandi and Ministry of Sound.

Anadean Sky produced her single Bad Dream with the assistance of Denis Gadjetic at Gadget Studios and Ash Turner at Samurai Sound Studios in London.

Her single and forthcoming EP are available for purchase

Nigerian Artist Ray D to Launch Peace and Unity to World

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Chukwuba Raymond Nnamdi is known for his music as Ray D. He grew up in Nigeria with his widowed father and one of his sisters.

coverImageRay D started in music by joining the church choir at the age of 12. In November 2013 he released his first single London Girl, recorded with Imo State producer Freelance, and the song took Ray D to musical prominence in the eastern part of Nigeria.

Ray D was named Artist of the Year 2014 for Dancehall at the E-sure Celebrity Awards, which celebrates talent in the Nigerian entertainment industry, with Freelance scooping the next best producer award in 2013.

Overseas

He releases his first international single Peace & Unity with Vintess Innovation Entertainment (Glints Label France). The song has already had radio play in the UK and overseas.

True to the message in his new single, Ray D spends time as a peace Ambassador at Vintess Innovation Organization in France. The song promotes peace and unity amongst the youth in Africa and everywhere else. He is working towards a much more compassionate world through his music.

His philosophy is to work hard or, as he says, ‘big dream today, reality tomorrow.’

Opportunities

Ray D works with Vintess Innovation Entertainment to give young people more opportunities by creating platforms to allow them to realise their dreams and goals.

Next year Ray D will perform at various worldwide festivals including Festival Chorus in Nanterre (28 March – 8 April) and at festivals in Angola, Lille, Cannes and Malawi.

The single Peace and Unity was released on 24 November and is taken from Ray D’s forthcoming album Brown Sugar.

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New Pop Rock Artist Inspired by Music, Literary and Entrepreneurial Greats

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Creating hits armed with a Dictaphone for melodies, iPod for inspiration and pen and notebook for lyrics, Gaurika Hayer is a pop-rock singer-songwriter, most similar to Pink, Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson. Michael Jackson, Madonna and Elton John are also inspirations.

Rise-Again_Gaurika_blogsizeGaurika has worked with some of the music industry’s leading producers such as David Frangioni, known for his work with Santana, Rolling Stones and Elton John among others, and Pete Wallace whose production roster includes Pink, Jessica Simpson and Julio Iglesias.

Alongside

Great musicians have also played alongside Gaurika such as Mark Hudson (Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Boyzone and Leann Rimes) and Rudy Perez (Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Il Divo, Michael Bolton). Solo artist Jon Secada provided backing vocals on Gaurika’s song “Stronger”.

London gigs include Madam Jojo’s cabaret club in Soho, the Roundhouse in Camden, the Cedar Room in London’s Islington, plus private gigs at Kensington Hotel and St James’ Hotel, Jermyn Street, London.

Gaurika managed to secure herself a showcase at Selfridges during December, a previously unheard of accomplishment for a new independent artist.

Position

Gaurika has had plays on BBC radio and made charity appearances in Chelmsford and Meadowhall, Sheffield, alongside X Factor finalists. One of her songs was placed on Popworld Promotes, holding number one position for the first 3 weeks and finishing at number two in the competition.

The album ” Rise Again” featuring the single ” Caught in the Act” will be released on 24 November 2014 with distribution from Universal Music Operations.  Also featured on the album is a tribute to Nelson Mandela called “I Walk On”, which featured in her recent live session and interview broadcast.