Say ‘ Cello’ to Dom La Nena …

Dom La Nena started playing Cello at the age of eight. The rest?

History as they say …

 

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Originally from Brazil and a current resident of France – Dom’s latest album is a foray into strange waters. For her.

Please listen below as Dom speaks of her latest project ‘Soyo’, her musical voyage thus far and her work with friend and fellow musician Piers Faccini.

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For the Holidays, Amnesty International Presents: Artists For Amnesty

Get free music from these amazing artists and help spread the message of human rights and justice.

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Available now: METRIC • NELLY FURTADO • PIERRE LAPOINTE • ARIANE MOFFATT • ADAM COHEN • SARAH SLEAN • ROYAL WOOD • ROCH VOISINE • MISSTRESS BARBARA • EMMANUEL JAL • DUMAS • DYLAN MURRAY • FEFE DOBSON • GRIMES • DANE HARTSELL • MELISSA AUF DER MAUR • DAVID USHER AND MORE

Do you have friends that love music and human rights?

Please help spread the word! Forward this to a friend for the holidays!

ArtistsForAmnesty.com

About Artists for Amnesty

ArtistsforAmnesty.com is a new Amnesty International campaign partnering with artists from around the world to spread the message of human rights and social justice. Artists donate their songs to the campaign which fans download for free at Artistsforamnesty.com in exchange for joining the Amnesty International email list. For every additional song a fan chooses they must share the site with a friend, spreading the word about Amnesty International, the cause of human rights and justice for all.

The response from the music community: artists, managers, publishers and labels has been amazing and new artists are donating songs every month.

Artists for Amnesty was conceived and built by the volunteer team at Cloudid Creativity Labs.

Gilberto Gil; A Brazilian Mick Jagger?

When a seventy year old man is able to lift people from their seats – over and over and over again …

A flip of the fedora in his direction is not just necessary – it is required.

Photo courtesy of Anne Achan

Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira, born in 1942, is the man responsible for a love – in at Theatre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts last night. Who knew that a man from  Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, could one day be king of Montreal – if only for a couple of days.

Dressed entirely in a white suit and a blue guitar as an accessory, Gil was a presence the moment he took center stage. John Bon Jovi and Stephen Tyler take note. Before the status of Mick Jagger is obtained – an obstacle by the name of Gilberto stands in the way.

Gil is an icon. Gil is a performer and a groundbreaking songwriter. Gil is special.

With his trademark dance moves a la James Brown / Jagger, his falsetto notes arriving on cue and an ability to raise the level of the musicians around him – Gil possesses that ‘something’ which all superstars possess. Elvis Presley had it, Micheal Jackson had it and the man who was at one time his country’s Minister of Culture – is one of the few living who not only ‘have it’, know precisely how to use ‘it’.

Photo courtesy of Anne Achan

That’s exactly what Gil did, utilizing every tool in his white suit jacket to get the audience so involved – the rain outside, a footnote in the long history of Montreal Jazz shows.

Gil utilized his song;  ‘Fe Na Festa’, as an instrument of warmth. A beach – the only thing missing in a theater suddenly alive with rays of musical sunshine. People perked up, they took notice and from that point forward – a sold out theater  were drinking from the palm of the ‘once upon a time’ jailbird’s palm.

‘Vamos Fugir’, ‘Expresso 2222’ and ‘Andar com Fe’ – three songs ripe with a vocal following from the crowd mixed in age, continued a stand-up, sit-down, stand-up roller coaster of a set. The crowd danced, the ushers danced, the band danced and the man himself –  appearing ghostly under a white spotlight, summoned  the only man who may have been able to upstage Gil himself.

Bob Marley appeared. Through song. Particularly – ‘Three Little Birds‘ and ‘No Woman No Cry’. A pair of tunes which rode along within Gil’s four decade repertoire. A duo which delivered smiles to people’s faces and warmth to the coldest of souls.

People were lifted out of their seats over and over again.

Even seventy year old men …

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