RSS
 Add News     Print  
Article List
Beyonce, Jay-Z’s 2013 Cuba trip no violation of US embargo Gilberto spreads her ‘Bebel Sound’

 NEW YORK, Aug 22, (Agencies): Bebel Gilberto isn’t just about bossa nova. The Rio de Janeiro-raised musician — the daughter of renowned singer and guitarist Joao Gilberto and singer and composer Miucha, — describes her music simply as the “Bebel Sound,” an eclectic mix of Brazilian rhythms, soul and electronic music. “It’s music that is easy to listen to. It’s music that soothes you, that inspires you. Some of my music is good for dancing, and I definitely will say that is good recipe for a date,” Gilberto, 48, said during an interview in a New York City Brazilian restaurant. Her album “Tudo,” released Tuesday, includes 12 songs in Portuguese, English and even some French.

The eclectic mix is understandable. The New York-born musician grew up steeped in bossa nova and US pop rock. Her first album, “Tanto Tempo,” was released in 2000, positioning her as an internationally recognized artist. She followed with “Bebel Gilberto” (2004,) “Momento” (2007) and “All in One” (2009).

“I can easily create melodies. For people who can understand music they (the melodies) tend to get kind of a profile of who I am,” Gilberto said, adding that inspiration can come to her anytime and anywhere — as it recently did in Tulum, Mexico, where she imagined a song during a long stroll. This year, Gilberto plans to play in Europe and Brazil before returning to the US in the fall.
 
Her new work radiates optimism even in its title, which in English means “all” but can also be translated as “very good” or “fantastic.” “I wanted to sing about each little moment, emotion, idea, melody that has been part of my life over the past year,” she said. “I am loving life and living more passionately than ever and wanted to share all that.”
 
 
American music industry power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z did not violate US sanctions on Cuba by traveling to the communist-ruled island last year, a US government review has found. “We found no indication that US sanctions were violated, and we concluded that the ... decision not to pursue a formal investigation was reasonable,” said the review by the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General dated on Wednesday. The four-day visit in April 2013 was a cultural trip that was fully licensed by the Treasury Department, organizers said at the time.
 
The long-standing US trade embargo against Cuba prevents most Americans from traveling to the island without a license granted by the US government. Two Cuban-American members of Congress, both Republicans representing south Florida and supporters of a firm stance on Cuba, had asked the Treasury Department for information on what type of license the couple obtained for their trip. Beyonce and Jay-Z celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana and were greeted by big crowds as they strolled through the Cuban capital. They were instantly recognized despite the past half-century of ideological conflict that separates the two countries.
 
The visit was planned as a “people-to-people” cultural visit and involved no meetings with Cuban officials, or typical tourist activity such as trips to the beach, organizers said at the time. The trip included visits with Cuban artists and musicians, as well as several nightclubs where live music was performed, and some of the city’s best privately run restaurants, known as “paladares.” Beyonce and Jay-Z were among a bevy of American stars to visit the island in recent years, joining actors Bill Murray, Sean Penn and James Caan. But the pair were the first to cause such a stir everywhere they went. While it has kept the embargo in place, the Obama administration has eased restrictions on travel to Cuba for academic, religious or cultural programs.
 
Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks are among a list of performers set to receive ASCAP Centennial Awards. Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim will also receive the top honor Nov. 17 at the Waldorf Astoria gala in New York, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers announced Thursday. The event will celebrate ASCAP’s 100th anniversary. It’s also the first fundraiser benefiting the ASCAP Foundation. The five honorees will attend the gala, where other artists will perform in tribute. ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, who recently won Grammy Awards for co-writing Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” will host the event. Williams says in a statement the honorees have created songs “that have touched the lives of people across the globe.”
 
SoundCloud said Thursday that it will start paying artists and record companies whose music is played on the popular streaming site, a move that will bring it in line with competitors such as YouTube and Spotify. Berlin-based SoundCloud boasts some 175 million unique listeners a month, but so far those who upload tracks to the site haven’t received money. To fund the payments SoundCloud is introducing ads, the revenue from which will be shared with musicians and rights holders. “This is something we’ve been wanting to get to ever since we started the company,” SoundCloud founder Alexander Ljung told The Associated Press. He said artists will be able to decide on which tracks the audio and display ads can appear, and initially only content played in the United States will be counted.
 
The program will start with 20 partners ranging from major record companies such as Sony/ATV and BMG to independent artists; eventually everyone will be able to join. Advertisers include Red Bull, Jaguar and Comedy Central. Despite tying in record companies, SoundCloud has no plans to shift away from its support for new, original music, said Ljung. Instead, it hopes that young artists will see it as a way to start earning money with their music early on, he said. “The more valuable we make (the site), the more they will use it,” said Ljung. “We don’t have a perspective for going out and buying a load of content.”
Listening to music on SoundCloud is free. However, users who don’t want to see or hear the ads will be able to get a subscription that will remove them, he said.
 

Read By: 1424
Comments: 0
Rated:

Comments
You must login to add comments ...
About Us   |   RSS   |   Contact Us   |   Feedback   |   Advertise With Us