first_img*UPDATED 9/26/17*: Following the passing of Charles Bradley, we look back at his most recent masterpiece, Changes, which came out in June of 2016.For his third album, Changes, Charles Bradley continued on the vintage soul path of previous efforts, but with some exciting updates to his presentation. Moving away from a focus on his hard-luck past, and infusing uplifting, positive messages of love amid the haunting memories, Bradley and his Daptone Records brethren open up new doors in storytelling, melody and rhythms alike.Discovered while fronting a James Brown tribute band (as Black Velvet) nearly seven years ago, Bradley joined the Daptone fold and began recording and touring with the amazing Menahan Street Band. His third album really capitalizes on this long-time collaboration, as they have become excellent songwriting partners that do not solely focus on the mining glories from stories past, but instead are burrowing upward and onward with a vision for what’s happening, what’s coming next, what is new, and what is hip.The title track, a cover of the timeless Black Sabbath ballad, was offered as a Record Store Day single a few years back; next week it will spearhead the first album of new Charles Bradley material since 2013. The recording still sounds very analog, but there is a modern twist to the material too. Chronicles of despair from the singer remain his calling card, but one can behold a beam of light shining through the voice and emotions of “The Screaming Eagle of Soul.”Changes finds Bradley singing from within his longing, but is no longer nostalgic for days of yesteryear. He gives his phrases resonance and conviction; and allows his brand of soul music to transcend style and period, in exchange for re-imagining life’s twists and turns with newfound clarity. The murky “Ain’t Gonna Give it Up” shows just how far Menahan and Bradley have traveled to get where they are today. The spiritually moving “Ain’t it a Sin” is among the most compelling songs the Screaming Eagle has ever delivered.Bradley has developed into a singer with focus and authority, the song showcasing his voice and authenticity. Several tunes find Bradley telling tales of a difficult road, but also the hope toward what may come next, be it love, light, smiles, or even just satisfaction: “Good to Be Back Home” celebrates a return to the US, after a grueling, if invigorating tour. The singer shows more range, more drama, and a diverse palette of timings and accents to unveil spirituality, positivity, depravity and desperation from his lyrics and emphatic delivery.More often than not, Changes pumps blood fused with an energy culled from the here and now, arriving at a conceptually interesting middle ground. It is a choice medium for this singer, one who is clearly energized and determined to make good on the promise he made to himself some years earlier. Bradley’s voice, his story, and the Changes he made in his now promising life are apparent on this record, and onstage too. Charles Bradley seizes the day, and transcends the limits of the vintage soul genre, blazing a new path, yet remaining rich in thrilling tradition.Listen to Changes below:last_img read more


first_imgThe USC Fisher Museum of Art held its fourth annual Celebration of the Arts this Saturday, hosted by Students with [email protected] The Celebration of the Arts is an afternoon filled with music, live entertainment, interactive art and free food. Students with [email protected], an organization created by the museum to generate student interest in the arts, ran the celebration in the theme of one of the museum’s current exhibits, “Triumph of Philippine Art.”Dance at the museum · Kristal Ha, a junior majoring in biochemistry, performs at the Festival of Arts, which took place on March 8. – Christine Yoo | Daily TrojanDanielle Acheampong, the education and outreach coordinator for the Fisher Museum, explained the work that went into planning the event.“The Students with [email protected] group thought it would be a good idea to kind of take a cultural or international perspective for our event, especially given how diverse our campus and community is,” Acheampong said in an email to the Daily Trojan.Acheampong noted that planning the Celebration of the Arts took a lot of teamwork and manpower in order to ensure a successful event and collaboration with the vendors and performers.“We wanted the booths to relate to the theme in their own way and also have an interactive art piece for people to have fun with,” Acheampong said in an email.Some of the many booths set up by vendors, nonprofits and USC organizations included 31 Bits, which sells eco-friendly jewelry made by women in Uganda, and Troy Philippines, a cultural organization at USC that seeks to promote Filipino culture, dance and music throughout campus.“[Troy Philippines] wanted to be a part of the event, promoting the [Filipino] culture and helping out, especially because of the Philippine art exhibit that’s at Fisher right now,” said Zach Chaco, president of the group.Troy Philippines’ interactive art booth had attendees make flowers for the Panagbenga Flower Festival, an annual celebration in Baguio, Philippines similar to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.Ani Mnatsakanyan, a junior majoring in art history, is part of Students with Fisher and helped organize the event. She expressed that events like the Celebration of the Arts are important to USC because art speaks to everyone.“It doesn’t matter if you’re an art major or anything,” Mnatsakanyan said. “If you live in this world, you already have some relationship with art. That’s all it takes.”Many of the students who came to enjoy the Celebration of the Arts supported this belief of interacting with art no matter your academic background.Anthony Ge, a first-year graduate student majoring in mechanical engineering, said that he is interested in different forms of art and that his hobby is to interpret the art process.“We don’t get enough exposure to modern arts in class, and I like that I can interact with different arts and art students today,” Ge said.Acheampong stressed that the Celebration of the Arts gives students a way to interact and view art in a way that is not traditional.“An event like Celebration gives students a chance to engage with art outside of an academic setting,” Acheampong said in an email. “It’s a chance to learn more about their campus and the campus community.”Frieda Leung, a freshman majoring in accounting, noted that the Celebration of Arts was unique in the fact that it offered an experience often hard to find on campus.“USC has a lot of performing arts, like Visions and Voices, but there aren’t a lot of opportunities for visual and interactive art that we had today,” Leung said. “The Celebration of the Arts provides that experience.”last_img read more


first_imgThe 2018 copa coca-cola has reached the semi finals stageCopa coca-cola defending champions, Jinja SS progressed to the semi-final stage of this year’s edition being played in Mbarara. The Jinja district power house overcame Lira Town College 2-0 in one of the quarter-final matches played on Thursday afternoon.Kirinya JSS midfielder Vincent Zziwa and defender Ibrahim Ssejjabi where on target for Jinja S.S.In the other game involving one of the favorites, Buddo S.S damped out Kigezi High School using the same score line (2-0).Towering center forward Frank Ssebufu and Emmanuel Loki scored the goals for the Wakiso based school.Ssebufu’s goal was his 11th at this year’s championships in as many matches while schoolmate, Loki scored his 10th so far.Elsewhere, Blessed Sacrament Kimanya required a tense 3-1 post match penalty victory against St Julian, Gayaza to book their last four.Normal time of this match had ended goal-less as either side failed to find the back of the net.Kimanya coached by Brian Ssenyondo had striker William Sseguya to thank after his heroics in the tense penalty shootout.Sseguya turned into a goalkeeper and saved three kicks from the spot to help the Masaka based side win the contest 4-1.In the other quarter final, Agape S.S from Namutumba edged Mbarara’s Welden High School 1-0.After the matches, there was a semi-final draw conducted at Mbarara High School main hall.Jinja S.S will face Blessed Sacrament Kimanya in the early kick off at 2 pm and Buddo S.S will then take on Agape S.S later at 4 pm.Defending champions Jinja SS booked a date with Blessed Sacrament KimanyaThursday’s Results:Jinja SS 2-0 Lira Town CollegeBuddo SS 2-0 Kigezi High SchooolBlessed Sacrament Kimanya 0(4)-0(1) St. Julian GayazaAgape SS 1-0 Welden High SchoolSemi- Finals, Friday-18-05-2018:Jinja SS vs Blessed Sacrament Kimanya @02:00pmBuddo SS vs Agape SS @04:00pmComments Tags: copa coca-colalast_img read more