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Tuesday, Mar 13, 2007
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National Geographic Digital Media announces the release of the exclusive, digital-only GeoRemixed: Big Beats for a Small Planet through WorldMusic.NationalGeographic.com. The 13-song collection of previously unreleased tracks and remixes showcases sampled, dubbed-out, bass-thumping beats ranging from Gypsy brass to Maasai rap and Ethiopian hybrids, from Latino-Jewish rhymes to Mediterranean-meets-Caribbean surf rock and Brazilian hip hop. Since its launch last summer, MP3 Web site WorldMusic.NationalGeographic.com has emphasized the diversity of world music, inviting a plethora of hybrids and modern departures from tradition. 


“Musical cultures have been cross-pollinating since the earliest days of trade and border-crossing,” says WorldMusic.NationalGeographic.com editor Tom Pryor, who formerly edited the hip hop and world music sections at CD Now. “It would be a misrepresentation only to present recordings that preserve or recreate the world’s musical traditions. Traditions are always evolving.  GeoRemixed is a window into how hip hop and electronica are getting remixed into a spectrum of music across the globe.”- National Geographic Digital Media


Samples from GeoRemixed:


Slavic Soul Party
Teknochek Remix [RealAudio]


O.M.F.O.
Kozaks Hi Fi [RealAudio]


Xplastaz
Cheza (Kid Sundance Remix) [RealAudio]


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Monday, Mar 5, 2007
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LIVING LEGENDS (click on screen)


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THE WRENS (click on screen)


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Sunday, Mar 4, 2007
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EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY (click on screen)


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ZION-I (click on screen)


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Sunday, Mar 4, 2007
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THE RAPTURE
Check out the band in concert at Be The RIOTTT (click on screen)


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SAGE FRANCIS
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Thursday, Mar 1, 2007
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Martin Sexton—"Wild Angels" [MP3] and "Happy [QuickTime]
From Seeds on Kitchen Table, available April 3, 2007


Renowned as a die-hard road warrior, Sexton has traveled the globe with his guitar slung on his back and a heart full of soul. His songs are intricate and spirited… His fans range from teenage students to jocks to musicians, from the East Village to Wall Street, tradesmen to doctors, black, white, young and old, all singing together in three-part harmony. To see the crowd at a Martin Sexton concert is to witness a cross-section of America. People claim Sexton’s songs inspire them to change, quit their job, go cross-country, follow their dreams, or whatever… To this Sexton replies, “Walking down 7th Avenue I saw an old black man banging on a five-gallon bucket and singing some African chant. I was in a hurry to get where I was going, but had to stop, not because of the music, but because of his face. It was glowing, pouring out, overflowing with the most profound joy I had ever seen. This changed my life. Music has that power.” - Kitchen Table


 


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