Rebellion and celebration in Mali’s music

first_imgCD Anderson “A sometimes harrowing documentary charting the aftermath of a ban on music-making in northern Mali” (Image: )— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016Due to popular demand and global critical acclaim, the 2015 feature documentary They Will Have to Kill Us First, which follows exiled Malian musicians returning home to challenge artistic censorship by religious extremism in the country, is now available to watch online, exclusively through Amazon’s pay-per-view streaming service.The specially commissioned soundtrack, with some of Mali’s legendary musical acts and rebellious upstarts, is also now officially available to buy online.Directed by UK-based Johanna Schwartz and produced by renowned documentarian André Singer, They Will Have to Kill Us First documents the aftermath of the Islamic extremist takeover of northern Mali in 2012. The extremists enforced a strict variant of Sharia, Islamic law, banning all forms of music and music-making.The film uses interviews with leading Malian musicians and archive material to show what happened: Radio stations were closed; instruments were burned and musicians were arrested and detained or forced into exile. They either went to the south of Mali or to neighbouring countries.Rather than laying down their instruments, the exiles decided to fight back. The end of the documentary explores the musicians honouring their African cultural heritage and identity as they prepare for a defiant homecoming concert in Timbuktu.Mixing traditional styles and instruments with Western genres, such as rock, funk and hip-hop, into a unique and mesmerising Malian sound, the music is a potent concoction of rebellion, celebration and affirmation.Tinariwen is a Grammy Award-winning group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. (Wikipedia)— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016One of the more globally renowned Malian groups is Tinariwen, an evolving collective of singers, songwriters and musicians from the nomadic Berber and Tuareg tribes, whose rich and sacred musical heritage fuses mesmeric desert guitar music over naturalistic ambiance.Other well-known artists from Mali include the Touré musical dynasty – late father Ali Farka and son Vieux – who spread the distinctive guitar-based African folk blues sound around the globe. Kora player Toumani Diabaté cross-pollinates traditional African rhythms with diverse global pop music, including flamenco, American blues and electronica. Salif Keita, the legendary “golden voice of Africa”, made Afro-pop and world music popular in Europe during the 1980s and 1990s.Amkoullel, Malian hip-hop star and activist (Image: )— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016Malian hip-hop star Amkoullel, who features prominently in They Will Have to Kill Us First, combines the heady mix of political and social fervour in his French and indigenous language lyrics with skewed, modernised traditional sounds. His popular song SOS is a rallying call to young Malians to stand up for their rights in the face of corruption and extremism. Since 2012, Amkoullel has been a proponent of the anti-government, anti-extremism movement Plus jamais ça (Never again this). It calls on the Malian government to “take a stand against violence to the constitution and democracy”.Khaira Arby is the reigning queen of song in Timbuktu, known as the “nightingale of the north” (Image: )— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016The beloved “nightingale of the north”, singer Khaira Arby, organiser of the Timbuktu concert, has been a national cultural treasure in Mali for over four decades. In the documentary, she speaks passionately about her art and the role it plays in regaining freedom in her country. “(In Mali)… it’s not life without music.”Her music, indigenous lyrics over hypnotic desert blues, highlights gender issues in Malian society, particularly violence against women, genital mutilation and the effects of war, asking, in the poignant but groovy Goumou: “Why, in a country of beautiful women, do men go to war?”Songhoy Blues is a desert punk / blues music group from Timbuktu, Mali. (Image:— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016A particular highlight of They Will Have to Kill Us First is the band Songhoy Blues, a group born in the wake of the Sharia oppression. Its four members met in exile in the south of the country. The band mixes rebellious punk rock with more traditional desert blues that, the band hopes, “recreate(s) that lost ambience of the north and make(s) all the refugees relive those northern songs”.Discovered in 2013 by British pop singer-songwriter and record producer Damon Albarn on the streets of the Malian capital Bamako, Songhoy Blues became the first African group in more than 40 years to sign to the Atlantic record label.They are currently one of the hippest bands on tour across the US and Europe, playing festivals such as Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and Roskilde. Songhoy Blues uses these stages to bring Mali’s story to the world in songs such asSoubour, a stomping guitar groove that mixes political commentary with an environmental message.Other artists featured in the documentary include the desert blues duo Disco and Jimmy, guitarist Moussa Sidi and archive performances by Ali Farka Touré and Tinariwen.During the film’s first theatrical run, early in 2015, it was selected for over 20 international film festivals, including SXSW, London and Durban international film festivals. It is also one of a few documentaries that has scored a perfect 100% rating on the user-generated Rotten Tomatoes review website.Acclaim has been positive across the board. Critics praise its honesty and emotional heft. The Austin Chronicle, reviewing the film at the SXSW festival, called it “social journalism of the highest order… also one of the most vibrantly shot and masterfully edited documentaries…”CBS Radio said the film was both disturbing and inspiring, adding that it was “an excellent and important (film)”.Source: They Will Have to Kill Us FirstWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using materiallast_img read more

Taking a look back at the world of wearables in 2016

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#wearables Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Related Posts center_img Ryan Matthew Pierson 2016 has been a great year in wearable tech. We’ve seen the continued prominence of the smart watch, the rise of a new generation of virtual reality headsets, and a variety of new and unique products coming out of the crowdfunding world.2016 kicked off with a record-breaking quarter, with over 19.7 million wearable units shipped in the 1Q2016, up 67.2% from the same quarter in 2015.This growth goes well beyond the smartwatch market, which saw a steep 51.6% decline in 3Q2016 as brands including Apple and FitBit geared up to launch a new generation of their wearable devices.If there’s one thing that this year made clear, it’s that the wearables market is a lot more than smartwatches. It’s a whole new generation of devices that connect and interconnect with each other and the world to give the wearer something they couldn’t get from their smartphone alone.Fitness and healthFitness trackers are the gateway drug to wearable technology. Even people that don’t like smartwatches are likely to want a fitness tracker to keep tabs on their daily activity and encourage them to lead healthier lives.There are some studies out there that indicate that fitness trackers may not be as useful for everyone. That aside, they are a very appealing first step for many users as they dip their toes in the wearable technology world.The success of fitness trackers aside, the abandonment rate for these devices isn’t zero. The price gap between a basic fitness tracker and a smartwatch that also includes fitness tracking features like step counting and heart monitoring is holding a lot of people back from taking that next step (no pun intended).Fitness Trackers like the Garmin Edge and Frontrunner are taking fitness tracking to a new level. Users are being offered an important safety feature that alerts family and friends to their location while they’re out running. This makes them not only a great way to keep tabs on physical performance but to help keep the user safe while they’re out doing their thing.FitBit refreshed its lineup of trackers this year introducing the Flex 2 which is not only thinner and lighter than its predecessor, but also water resistant to 50 meters and able to track a swimmer’s activity. The Charge 2 was also unveiled this fall which has all of the features of the original and an additional breathing prompts to help you relax.This wasn’t FitBit’s only big move in 2016. It bought out Pebble, which is a dominant presence in the crowdfunding scene and known for making cross-platform smartwatches featuring e-paper displays with long battery life and plenty of hackability.Police and public policyOn a social standpoint, a spotlight has been placed on police-community interactions in recent years. In 2016, wearable body cameras became a focal point for new legislation aimed at creating a safer environment for citizens and providing an accurate, fair account of police-involved shootings.Many cities in the United States adopted policies requiring their law enforcement officers to wear body cameras. These policies vary greatly from city-to-city in terms of where, when, and how these recordings are taken and shared with the public. Studies have shown a dramatic reduction in complaints against officers that are wearing them.As more cities adopt the use of these body cameras, we can expect the costs involved and the infrastructure required to maintain the huge amounts of data they generate to become a hot topic for years to come.Virtual reality2016 brought us the realization of several years of anticipation of VR. Sony’s PlayStation VR, for example, has reportedly met all sales expectations in its first few months of release. In fact, the VR headsets are outselling consoles in Japan.Just about every company with skin in the gaming or small screen game is taking a stab at virtual reality. Google, which long had a whimsical VR experience through Google Cardboard, introduced Daydream in November which is a soft, comfortable VR experience requiring nothing more than the Daydream headset and a Pixel or Moto Z smartphone.HTC released its own major candidate in the VR space with the Vive. This VR experience requires a lot of room and the mounting of a two cameras (referred to as base stations) to get a full 3D experience you can walk around in. The HTC Vive has become the official VR experience for Steam’s VR endeavors.The Oculus Rift also made its public debut this year after receiving $2.4 million in initial funding back in 2014 through Kickstarter.Real-world gamingWearables have played an interesting role in this year’s most popular mobile game, Pokémon Go. This game, which forces users to step out of their homes and roam their local hot spots in search of cartoon monsters, is part augmented reality, part scavenger hunt, and part paper toss game.What makes this a wearable’s story? Apple dedicated nearly 10 minutes of its recent Apple Watch Series 2 announcement to app support for Pokémon Go. While wearing an Apple Watch, you can rack up steps which count towards hatching in-game eggs. You can even receive alerts when Pokémon are nearby. You can also get alerts when you are approaching a location that gives you access to free in-game goodies called a Pokéstop.Pokémon Go‘s creators Niantic have even created their own wearable. Pokémon Go Plus lets you catch Pokemon without even looking at your smartphone.The Pokémon Go Plus launched earlier this year and sold out in minutes. Today, stores around the world are anxiously awaiting the eventual second shipment of these little wrist-worn devices as early buyers attempt to turn huge profits on sites like Ebay, Amazon, and even Walmart where a $39 device is currently priced at $214.SmartwatchesWe can’t really talk about wearables without coming back to the flagship sub-category, smartwatches.Sales of smartwatches have been on the decline since Apple’s initial launch of the highly anticipated Apple Watch. The Apple Watch was the initial introduction to the smartwatch world for many Apple fans that had long been left out of the loop in the many Android-based options.Apple would, of course, rebound in the 4Q2016 boasting impressive (yet not yet publicly released) sales numbers of the Apple Watch Series 2. The Apple Watch Series 2 is water resistant, making it possible to take it in the pool with you without panicking over the possible loss of your $300 device.Another big trend in the smartwatch world this year are hybrid smart watches. These watches feature the face of a traditional analog watch with the backend of a smartwatch. One brand pushing these very heavily is Fossil, which hopes that the sleeker look and longer battery life of hybrid watches will convince more users to switch.On the Android side of things, the Android Wear program is in full swing with over a dozen companies offering smartwatch options with feature sets that go well beyond what we thought was possible even five years ago.The Samsung Galaxy Gear S3, for example, is a beautifully traditional looking smartwatch with a brilliant display and an extensive feature set.Smart glassesYou probably thought smart glasses might be dead. A pair of crazy looking sunglasses fitted with cameras might change your mind.We really can’t do a proper wearables round-up without talking about the Snapchat Spectacles. This product came out of nowhere and immediately captivated the social media crowd. It has a $130 price point and supplies are intentionally scarce.If you’re lucky, you might end up with a Spectacles vending machine popping up for a limited time near you. Supplies are super limited and getting your hands on a pair of these is extremely tricky. You never know where a Spectacles vending machine is going to appear. It could be New York City or a truck stop in Nebraska.The wearable market is constantly evolving. What was a big hit one year could be the inspiration for a whole new category the next! Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

6 days agoJohnson impressed by Chelsea youngsters

first_imgJohnson impressed by Chelsea youngstersby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea fullback Glen Johnson is impressed by the club’s youngsters.Johnson singled out one of the Blues’ young players for acclaim, and thinks it would not be a surprise to see them playing Champions League football next season.”Tammy Abraham has impressed me the most because the Premier League is a totally different beast to the Championship,” he told Betdaq. “To score the amount of goals he has so far shows he’s handled the change very well.”I hope Chelsea can fight for a top four place.”If they can get anywhere near then it’s an absolutely fantastic season for them. With Manchester City and Tottenham not firing on all cylinders I think they have got a real chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Qualcomm mulls next steps in Broadcom takeover bid

“We met with representatives of Broadcom for two hours earlier today, and listened carefully to what they had to say,” Qualcomm said in a statement.”The Qualcomm board will promptly meet to discuss the meeting and to determine next steps.”The meeting comes with Broadcom stepping up pressure on its US rival to accept a takeover bid which would be the largest-ever in the technology sector.Qualcomm chairman Paul Jacobs and chief executive Steve Mollenkopf were among the executives of the California-based firm at Wednesday’s meeting, according to the statement.Broadcom announced on Friday that it would pay Qualcomm $8 billion if regulators fail to approve the planned tie-up.The “termination fee” offer came a day after Qualcomm rejected a record $121 billion hostile bid as too low, while citing a risk that the proposed tie-up could be blocked by regulatory authorities.Broadcom—which has announced plans to move back to the United States—offered $60 per share in cash plus $22 in Broadcom stock, in a deal worth $121 billion, along with the assumption of $25 billion in Qualcomm debt.If completed, the deal would be the largest-ever in the tech sector and create a powerful player in the booming sector fueled by growth in smartphones and an array of connected devices from cars to wearables.The rich offer puts pressure on Qualcomm’s board ahead of the California-based company’s March 6 annual meeting, where it must show it is acting in the best interests of shareholders.Broadcom this week modified its proposal for a slate of Qualcomm board members, calling for six new members—who would presumably look favorably on the hostile bid—instead of an entire new board of 11 members.Any merger deal would need to pass muster with regulators in the United States and other markets. Qualcomm said Wednesday its board would “promptly” consider a hostile $121 billion takeover bid by Singapore-based Broadcom following a meeting of top executives of the two computer chipmaking giants. Citation: Qualcomm mulls ‘next steps’ in Broadcom takeover bid (2018, February 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Broadcom offers $8 bn to Qualcomm if deal is blocked Qualcomm chairman Paul Jacobs was among the executives of the California mobile chip giant attending a meeting with Broadcom on the Singapore-based firm’s hostile $121 billion takeover bid © 2018 AFP read more

Invest in TN invest in our shared future OPS invites Islamic foundation

first_imgeconomy (general) Malaysia November 10, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL  “I am happy to inform you that Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Investment Fund (TNIF) has declared its first close with a total fund raising of $350 million,” Deputy Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam said here on Saturday. The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking at the inaugural session of roundtable conference, ‘Innovative and Alternative Finance for Business and Infrastructure Development in India’ organised by World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), a Kuala Lumpur-based NGO, in association with United Economic Forum(UEF) Chamber of Commerce.Alternative Investment Fund Paneerselvam said TNIF, the first category Alternative Investment Fund approved by SEBI, was the first such initiative made by any state government in the country which provides equity and structured finance infrastructure projects with a revenue model. Highlighting the culturally strong ties between Tamil Nadu and Malaysia, Paneerselvam said, the state government has already identified, over two hundred Infrastructure projects, requiring investment of approximately $250 billion.“Tamil Nadu has institutional structures, that can receive investments, through Sovereign Wealth Funds, and Sharia compliant funds,” Paneerselvam added. The WIEF foundation, with the objective of strengthening the ties of Muslims and Non-Muslim communities through business engagements and discussions, has previously held it’s annual World Islamic Economic Forum in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Kuwait, Pakistan, UK and UAE and for the first time conducts WIEF round table in India at Chennai.The Deputy Chief Minister thanked WIEF-UEF association for choosing Tamil Nadu as investment destination with a target of 1 per cent of it’s overall Sovereign Wealth Fund Investments. “This would amount to $33 billion which would help the society and State at large,” Paneerselvam added.Business friendly schemes M C Sampath, Minister for Industries, Tamil Nadu Government, listed out various business friendly schemes available in the State. “Out of 98 Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) signed during Global Investors Meet(GIM) 2015, 67 projects are commissioned and the remaining are under various stages of implementation,” Sampath said.Assuring the complete support of the State Government, the industries minister urged the investors to participate in the GIM 2019 to be held in January next year and explore the investment opportunities available in the State. Speaking at the event, Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman, WIEF Foundation said, Islamic finance is continuously gaining traction globally from a niche market of global banking to growing source of funding. Islamic finance “Companies like Goldman Sachs and General Electric(GE) have been selling Islamic bonds in the past few years,” Musa Hitam said. However, Musa Hitam said, even with a large muslim population, knowledge and understanding on Islamic finance is fairly limited in India and in Tamil Nadu. “This platform gives us the opportunity to reach out to as many people as possible and create awareness on Shariah compliant finance,” said Arif Buhary Rahman, Chairman, UEF Chamber of Commerce. The round table conference had 4 sessions moderated by experts from finance and banking sector across the world, to discuss about various Shariah compliant investment products and opportunities for investment in India subject to existing foreign exchange and tax regulations in India. SHARE Deputy Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam (file photo).center_img Tamil Nadu COMMENT money and investing Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more