Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Rhythm Road

Last week in Moresby, a friend took me to a concert that is part of The Rhythm Road American Music Abroad Program, which is in sponsorship with Jazz at the Lincoln Centre and the US Department of State, Educational and Cultural Affairs. American musicians are touring the world holding concerts, master classes, workshops, jam sessions etc with local musicians to sponsor cultural exchange.

We saw the Dana Leong Band which includes Dana Leong, Baba Israel, Elliot Humberto Kavee and Jason Lindner. Dana has played with the likes of Barry White, Alanis Morrisette, Earth Wind and Fire, Norah Jones. Ray Charles and the like. He is absolutely sensational!!!

They played “hip-hop funk rhythms and rock propulsions” which isn’t really my cup of tea but was certainly powerful and entertaining. The best part of the evening was when they jammed with one of the local PNG bands.

Music crosses all boundaries doesn’t it and what a great initiative of the American Government – bouquets to them!!!

These are some of the photos Greg took

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14 comments:

Lizzy said...
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Steve Buser said...

Rock propulsions? new one on me.
--steve buser
New Orleans Daily Photo

Jules said...

Yeah Steve - you and me both - I think it means electronically devised music???

Donna said...

And the beat goes on...SO happy to see you have fun!! Earth, Wind & Fire...takes me back!! Well...not exactly...never mind! lol

roentarre said...

Fatnastic photojournalism. Great shots btw

oldmanlincoln said...

Beautiful photography.

imac said...

Yep, sounds great sstuff, ive heard a little of this music but it was only a short piece, great shots too.


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Marie said...

Oh I think I can hear the music from here. I have read your most recent posts with great pleasure, Jules, but I have not the time to comment on them......

Who is Greg? One of my sons is called Greg :-))

M.Benaut said...

Rock propulsions? Crikey ! They'd get stoned pretty fast ?
My; how music changes. Mario Lanza would turn in his grave !

GMG said...

Going to listen to Dana Leong Band! I've seen your last posts, and that vulcano looks a bit scary...
Have a great Sunday!

M.Benaut said...

Y'know what ?
The silly season has arrived.
You have probably had a day that's so far removed from blogging that you wonder what you can post tomorrow.
And there ain't that many reindeer in PNG.
Crikey, Santa in Oz is on a motor bike.
I think that the next theme day should be 'bottles' !!

Jules said...

m benaut - Ho! Ho! Ho! and chuck us another stubby I say!!!!

Koroboro International School said...

Great photos Jules. The day after performing at Boroko INternational School they performed to the children at Koro and were fantastic. They took us on a history of HipHop using each of the instruments to demonstrate. Het don't the Koroboro musicians look great in the phot, maybe we should be selling their musicianship.
Nice blog.

Jules said...

Hi Koro - great to see your comment. It is such a fabulous initiative especially for kids that don't get a lot of exposure to live bands.

I agree the Koro band was terrific -
when is the CD being released!!!

Hope you had a great holiday. See you soon around the traps.