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Africa Day: Get your funk on with five great musical tributes to the continent


first_imgFrom Sly to Fela, reggae to hip-hop, the world is indebted to the rich musical and cultural history of Africa. Here are five examples of that influence.Nigerian Afro-funk superstar Fela Kuti was a pioneer in bringing African music to global audiences in the 1970s. Fusing political consciousness with catchy funk rhythms, Kuti and his evolving musical collective, Africa 70, influenced a host of modern hip-hop, electronica and jazz artists. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonThe world of music owes its origins and a monumental debt of gratitude to the rhythms and melodies of Africa. From the continent’s rich oral storytelling traditions that evolved into spoken word poetry and hip-hop, to the mournful makeshift simplicity of acoustic music that became blues and jazz, and powerful natural percussions that would ultimately get the rest of the world dancing to rock, reggae and funk, Africa is truly the ground zero of the global heartbeat.To celebrate Africa Day, here are just five examples of that overwhelming musical influence, five deep cuts from legendary African and global artists that not only pay tribute to Africa, but also celebrate its people and the undeniable pulse that those of us who live here feel every day.Fela Kuti — LadyNigerian Afro-funk superstar Fela Kuti was more than just another musician; he was a cultural movement, a religion and a seismic introduction to African music for the rest of the world.With pulsating, addictive hit singles and electric live performances, Kuti and his ever-growing music and dance entourage, Africa 70, travelled the world delivering uncompromising, unashamed African pride.Kuti’s Afro-funk sounds influenced some of the world’s biggest hip-hop, electronic and jazz artists seeking to push the envelope of music.The Meters — AfricaThe premier New Orleans soul funk family was the bridge between the motherland and the Caribbean, the old and the new worlds. On this tribute to the continent, The Meters tinge their swampy soul music with just enough voodoo rhythm and lyrical legend-building to get people thinking while dancing.Sly and the Family Stone — Thank you for talking to me AfricaSly Stone’s multicultural musical collective ruled both white and black airwaves in the 1960s and 1970s with charged political statements wrapped up in catchy musical hooks. And while much of their music owed more to the trailblazing funk soul of James Brown and rock sensibilities of Jimi Hendrix, the Family Stone’s tight rhythm section – led by bass guitar innovator Larry Graham – had their feet firmly planted in Kuti’s Africa.BCUC — YindeSouth Africa’s best kept musical secret, more appreciated around the rest of the world and on the continent than at home, Soweto’s Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) offer genre-bending musical theatre and triumphant black consciousness, telling African stories using African methods of dance, words and art.Lee Scratch Perry — African FreedomThe musical connections between Jamaica and Africa are steeped in their shared political and cultural history, and that marriage of sound and fury are best embodied by the father of dub reggae, Lee Scratch Perry.From Haile Selassie to Nelson Mandela, the celebration of Africa’s heroes is vital to reggae’s undying spirit and its continued popularity around the world.Source: Wikipedia, YouTubeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


Be #Inspired by 197 of the Best #Geocache Hides


first_imgJust Follow the Favorite Points to the #OMGeocacheThere’s a difference between finding a good geocache and finding a geocache that makes your jaw drop, racks up the Favorite Points, and inspires geocachers around the world. We call these #OMGeocaches.Fortunately, finding these geocaches isn’t too hard. You can see some for yourself on the Geocaching Pinterest board with 197 Creative Geocache Hides. Every week, the blog features one of these geocaches as Geocache of the Week. And when you’re ready to find one in the wild, Geocaching Premium members can sort by Favorite Points on the new search page.What’s the best #OMGeocache you’ve ever found? Post it on our Facebook page.(Hier kannst Du den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen)Creative Hides on the Geocaching Pinterest board SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 13, 2011July 13, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – October 27, 2011October 28, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”DIY: How to Hide like You’ve Never Hidden BeforeSeptember 8, 2013In “Community” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more


Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario come up big late as TNT topples San Miguel


first_imgLATEST STORIES Kevin Alas not satisfied with performance despite snapping out of slump in NLEX win Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT KaTropa made a lot of big-time shots in the fourth period and took June Mar Fajardo away from his sweet spot on Sunday night to score a 104-93 triumph over defending champion San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jayson Castro was his usual take-charge self when the game hung in the balance, and Troy Rosario announced his return to active play with some clutch baskets of his own as the Texters won a second straight game to climb to 2-2 after opening with two consecutive defeats.ADVERTISEMENT PBA Season 43 Preview: San Miguel Beermen PLAY LIST 03:16PBA Season 43 Preview: San Miguel Beermen01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’05:38San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals series02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The loss snapped the mighty Beermen’s two-game winning streak as San Miguel dropped into a tie with Columbian, which took a 107-97 loss to NLEX earlier in the night, and the Texters.TNT’s victory also ended a nine-game losing streak to the Beermen dating back to Game 5 of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCastro finished with 24 points and 11 assists, while Rosario, who sat out the first three games because of a broken nose, had 22 points coming off the bench. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ View commentslast_img read more


Unraveling the mystery of Twitters cryptic tweets


first_imgWhat’s happening @Twitter? One minute, it’s laughing into the void. 2:57 Tags Twitter can’t believe no one got that I changed my twitter handle cuz I left for new york city— hey there Drelilah (@DreRonayne) January 10, 2019 Hahahahahahahaha— Twitter (@Twitter) January 8, 2019 Twitter’s new voice, which comes as the 12-year-old service is losing users, is drawing both praise and criticism. Some users are getting a good laugh from interacting with the corporate account, with @Twitter tweeting “You. In emojis” and “knock, knock.” But Twitter’s social media strategy has baffled some digital marketing experts who say it does little to repair the company’s bruised image or attract new users. Twitter reported 326 million monthly active users worldwide in the third quarter, a drop of 9 million users compared with the previous quarter. The company attributed the decline in part to its crackdown on bots, spam and malicious accounts.At a time when a photo of a brown egg is the most-liked photo on Instagram, some social media experts also see the cryptic tweets as an attempt by Twitter to grab the attention of a younger audience.Teens spend a lot of time on social media, meaning companies need to attract those users to continue their growth. Twitter makes money by showing targeted ads to users who engage daily on its site. 0 Taking advantage of the WTF moment, Twitter left it up to users to interpret the tweet, as if it was a work of modern art. “People really related to an empty space,” @Twitter said. Some commented on the tweet with remarks like “My bank balance on Monday” and “My soul”, and even with a photo of a blank piece of paper. Twitter is keeping the identity of its tweeters a secret, saying only “a few little birds” tweet from the @Twitter account. Dorsey isn’t one of them.”No one wants ‘edit button’ shouted at them in the street,” @Twitter quipped in an email when I asked why they wanted to stay anonymous. Twitter users often ask the company for a way to edit their tweets.Peter Wood, group director of the content lab at digital marketing agency 360i, said that with millions of users worldwide, the company has to find some “unifying way” to chat with its audience without excluding users in certain areas. He thinks the tweets are “very light-hearted” and “fun.””It just seems like they want to play with their audience,” Wood said.  Laughter, after all, is universal.When Twitter tweeted “Hahahahahahahaha,” Twitter user @flashbackgray responded with “Can’t relate.” The Twitter user, who wants to remain anonymous, said in a direct message he wasn’t “feeling so good” that day. @Twitter fired back with the cheeky remark “Come back to it later.” It just seems like they want to play with their audience. Peter Wood, of digital marketing agency 360i Shama Hyder, CEO and founder of marketing firm Zen Media, said Twitter’s approach is “a little tongue-and-cheek.””At the same time, they’re trying a little too hard to make Twitter cool, edgy and relevant,” Hyder said. “This has always been Twitter’s challenge, by the way. They have a great platform, but they’ve never quite known what direction to take it in.”Guy Kawasaki, a former marketing executive at Apple, called Twitter’s tweets “pathetic” and “vacuous.” Instead, Twitter’s corporate account should set the “gold standard” for how to use social media.”With power comes responsibility,” said Kawasaki, who has nearly 1.5 million followers and has been tweeting since 2007. “And when you have the power of [56 million] followers, you would think you would do something useful.”The @Twitter account has tweeted phrases like “Weekends spark joy,” “Mmhmmmm,” “Awkward,” “The” and even nothing. That blank tweet on Nov. 29 was shared more than 61,200 times and garnered more than 222,100 likes. Roughly 15,000 users replied to the tweet. Twitter CEO and NBA head talk latest tech partnership Ronayne’s tweet and her username was a nod to the song Hey There Delilah by the Plain White T’s.”What’s it like there?,” @Twitter asked, referencing lyrics from the song. “Wish you weren’t a thousand miles away,” she responded with the next line of the song.  At first, Ronayne was taken aback because she didn’t follow the @Twitter account. She also didn’t use the @ sign to alert the company about her tweet. Still, Twitter’s response gave her a good laugh. “I just found it really funny that they understood the joke in my tweet,” she said. “and went along with it.”Hahahahahahahaha.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. Share your voice Last week, @Twitter tweeted “brb.” Users chimed in. Bring back food, poop or some edit buttons, they said. At one point, Twitter said it was grabbing pizza “with no pineapple.”The goal of the @Twitter account is to “spark conversation,” according to the company. So far, that seems to be working.The amount of likes and retweets @Twitter received totaled 5.3 million from Sept. 1 to Jan. 23, up from 449,000 interactions in the preceding five-month period, according to CrowdTangle data. Twitter also said the number of replies to its tweets has grown 14 times.Dre Ronayne, a 23-year-old YouTuber from Los Angeles, changed her Twitter name to “hey there Drelilah” after she traveled to New York for work. The next minute, the social media site’s own Twitter account acts like your parents.”Go to sleep,” @Twitter told the account’s nearly 56 million followers on Jan. 10 at 8:30 p.m. PT. Tweets from @Twitter are meant to reflect “the lighter, more conversational nature” of the social network. Through absurdist humor and a dash of mystery, more than 70 of the company’s tweets posted since September are aimed at encouraging people to tweet more. That’s why the company prompts its own users to post with the question “what’s happening?””Tweets can stem from anything from a trend or joke we are seeing from Twitter users, to something going on in the world,” a Twitter spokeswoman said in a statement.But like Facebook and other tech firms, Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, are under fire for not doing enough to combat harassment, hate speech and the spread of misinformation on their platforms by Russian trolls during the 2016 US presidential election. In September Dorsey spent hours before Congress defending Twitter from allegations of political bias, and he pledged to improve the “health” of the platform. They’re trying a little too hard to make Twitter cool, edgy and relevant. 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HDFC Bank to roll back UPI charge plan


first_imgPrivate sector banker HDFC Bank said on Friday that it is considering rolling back its plans to charge its customers for transactions made via the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) from July 10.The Economic Times reported on Friday that a bank spokesperson announced on microblogging site Twitter that the proposed measure would not be implemented by the bank.The National Payments Corporation of India which runs the UPI railroads had requested the bank to reconsider the decision and is expected to call a meeting with bankers very soon, ET said.The bank had in a mail to its customers on Monday informed them that a fee of Rs 3 plus taxes would be charged on transaction amounts of upto Rs 25,000, while transaction amount of Rs 25,001 to Rs 100,000 would be charged at Rs 5 plus taxes.UPI is a payment system launched by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to facilitate instant fund transfers between two bank accounts on the mobile platform. It can be used for making both person-to-person (P2P) and person-to-merchant (P2M) transfers.The State Bank of India (SBI) was widely expected to implemented its UPI charges on customer transactions, though the bank was quick to deny any such plans.According to RBI data, UPI clocked 9.2 million transactions during the month of May against 6.9 million in the previous month.last_img read more


7 from Sylhets Bishwanath elected London councillors


first_imgAs many as seven British-Bangladeshis from Bishwanath upazila have been elected councillors in London boroughs of Camden, Croydon and Redbridge.They were among the huge number of Bangladesh-origin candidates ran in the local elections held on May 3.Among them, four were re-elected while there elected for the first time.Monwar Hossain of Hazarigaon village of the upazila was elected councilor as the first Bangali and first Asian councillor in UK’s Bradford Council in 1972.Ayesha Chowdhury Rakhi was elected as the first woman of the Newham Council in 1994 and Abdul Jabbar elected the first Bangladeshi mayor of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council in 2004.In 2009, Roshnara Ali was elected MP in the British Parliament as the first Bangladeshi. She has been elected MP for three consecutive times.Of the councillors, three were elected for Tower Hamlet Council, two in the Newham Council, one each in Oldham and South Work councils.Sirajul Islam, son of Sheikh Sirajul Islam of Uttar Dhamrada village in Biswanath union’s ward no 6, has been elected as councillor from Bethnal Green ward of Tower Hamlets Council for the 5th time. At present, he is the deputy mayor of the council.Ayesha Chowdhury Rakhi of Sardarpara village under ward no 7 of Deokalash union has been elected as councillor for 5th time in Bacton ward of Newham Council.Abdul Malek of Karpara village in ward no 5 of Daulatpur union has been elected as councilor from the Cold-hearted ward of Oldham Council for the 3rd time.Mohammad Ayas Mia of Dharai village under ward no 8 in Dashghar union has been elected as the councilor from 2nd time for the Tower Hamlets Council of ST Dunstan’s ward. At present, he is the deputy speaker of that council.Barrister Nazir Ahmad of Bahara Dubagh village in ward no 5 of Daulatpur Union has been elected as councilor for the first time from Newham Council’s Ilford ward.Shah Suhel Amin of Gaon village in ward no 4 Rampasha union has been elected councillor from White Chamber of Worm at Tower Hamlets Council for the first time.Sirajul Islam of Rajkumur village in ward no 6 of Bishwanath union has been elected councillor for the first time from South Work Council.last_img read more