La Porkoj – Jen

The YouTube Video Jen By La Porkoj – Topic

What Is It?

The Esperanto song Jen by the music group La Porkoj from their music album Ŝako.

My Thoughts

This was the first song that I ever heard in the Esperanto language, and I heard it thanks to the free Esperanto language learning program Kurso De Esperanto (which I have sadly never completed yet).

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Camila Cabello: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Camila Cabello: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Anamaria Sayre | October 15, 2021
To the beat of her swishing hips and swaying percussionists, Camila Cabello’s famous “Half of my heart is in Havana” reverberates across this musician-packed Miami set, with an at-home ease that feels novel for the global popstar.

Born to a Cuban mother and Mexican father in Havana, Cuba, Cabello is no stranger to blending borders and connecting worlds. As the final performance in our Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, her El Tiny concert epitomises the cross-cultural, transnational musical identities we’ve centered over the course of the series. Each unique arrangement of her universal hits represents and explores a new facet of the identities and experiences that make up Cabello.

These stripped-down renditions of her hits “Havana,” “Real Friends,” “Señorita” and “Don’t Go Yet” include more Latin instrumentation than the recordings — presumably bringing them closer to sounds that were first introduced to her as music during her childhood in Havana, Mexico City, and Miami.

The interlude featuring a sacred Afro-Cuban Santería chant and the following performance of the unreleased, Mariachi-based “La Buena Vida,” firmly root Cabello’s El Tiny performance within two cultural traditions that don’t typically glitter under the harsh lights of a global stage.

Here, we find Camila on the precipice of a voice that magically layers pop with tradition, holding all parts of a complex identity in seamless harmony. Flanked by Cuban congueros and Mexican mariachi, all aglow under the Miami sun, Camila Cabello’s heart has never felt more whole.

“Real Friends”
“Don’t Go Yet”
“La Buena Vida”

Camila Cabello: vocals
Edwin Carranza: bass/music director
Marcus Kincy: keys/glockenspiel
Chris Johnson: drums
Luke Iono: guitar
Yisel Duque: vocals
Jackie Mendez: vocals
Alex Garcia: guitar
Camilo Velandia: guitar
Daniel Lopez: percussion
Joel del Sol: percussion
Gerardo Rodriguez: trumpet
Mayerlin Carrero: trombone
Luisi “Rosca” Beltran: saxophone
Cheche Alara: accordion, rhodes
Jimmy K. Cuéllar: violín
Luis Zambrano: violín
Ángel Guzmán: violín
Gustavo Zambrano: violín
Saúl Ruiz: violín
Gustavo Hernández: guitarra
Jason Franco: vihuela
Albert Jimenez: guitarron
John Vargas: trompeta
Grover Castro: trompeta
Music Production: Cheche Alara, Ricky Reed
Music Director & Arranger: Cheche Alara

Video: Justin Francis
Audio: Lawrence Manchester
Video Production: Hidden Pictures
Camera Op: Alexandra Vivas
Backline Techs: Okwa Andrew, Edward Mendoza
Recording Engineer: Ryan Cecil
Playback/Recording Engineer/Editing: Mike Kopulos
Monitor Engineer: Taylor Holden
Production Manager: Chris Coffie
Steadicam: Zach Burgh
A Camera AC: Joe Ariberto
B Camera AC: Alex Cristofoli
Digital Imaging Tech: Leungson P. “Coco”
Gaffer: Ricardo C. Lopez
Grip: Brian Sills
Swing: Brandon Vencino
PA: Jonathan Ruffini
PA: Kevin Cuenca
Art Director: Luis Roman
Art Assistant: Joel Figueroa
Colorist: Marshall Palante
Location: Soho House Miami Music
Transcription: Boh Cooper

Producer: Anamaria Sayre
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Andy Huether
Alt.Latino ‘El Tiny’ Team: Felix Contreras, Reanna Cruz, Anaïs Laurent, Stefanie Fernandez
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Bobby Carter, Kara Frame, Josh Rogosin, Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis
Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

Pauline Croze – Phobe Au Studio Pigalle

Pauline Croze – Phobe Au Studio Pigalle

What Is It?

The YouTube video Pauline Croze – Phobe Au Studio Pigalle by the YouTube channel Pauline Croze, and here is the description for this video:

Enregistré au Studio Pigalle
Extrait de l’album “Après les heures grises” :

Réalisation, prises de vue, montage Maël Faugère

Claviers Quentin Rochas
Batterie Arnaud Laprêt

Ingénieur du son Pierre-Emmanuel Meriaud
Assistante son Manon Genest

Stylisme Salomé Brussieux
Make up Felix Surowy

Production exécutive Philippe Laugier
Direction artistique Anne Claverie

Produit par Vilmamusica

Asterios spectacles

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Jimi Hendrix – Somewhere

Jimi Hendrix – Somewhere (Official Audio)

What Is It?

The YouTube video Jimi Hendrix – Somewhere (Official Audio) by the YouTube channel Jimi Hendrix, and here is the description for this video:

Lyrics: Oh uh, I see fingers, hands and shades of faces, Reachin’ up and not quite touchin’ the promised land, I hear pleas and prayers and a desperate whisper sayin, Oh, Lord, please give us a helpin’ hand, Yeah yeah Way down in the background, I can see frustrated souls of cities burnin, And all across the water, baby, I see weapons barkin’ out the sting of death, And up in the clouds I can imagine UFOs jumpin’ themselves, Laughin’ they sayin’, Those people so uptight, they sure know how to make a mess Music video by Jimi Hendrix performing Somewhere. (P) 2012 Experience Hendrix L.L.C., under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

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Jenny And The Mexicats: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Jenny And The Mexicats: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

What Is It?

The YouTube video Jenny And The Mexicats: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert by the YouTube channel NPR Music, and here is the description for this video:

March 26, 2018 | Felix Contreras — Jenny and the Mexicats is a discovery from South by Southwest a few years ago that I haven’t been able to get out of my mind, and with good reason: The band’s high-energy shows are unforgettable, as is its sound. Mixing flamenco, originally from southern Spain, with Jenny Ball’s jazz trumpet background and a little bit of cumbia has created their one-of-a-kind musical identity.

The grooves these musicians create can be frenetic (as in the first performance here, “Frenético Ritmo”) or slow and luxurious (“The Song for the UV Mouse House”). In both cases, the group presents the perfect cushion for Ball’s impassioned singing and engaging stage presence. There are no weak points in the instrumentation, and with Ball out front, the songs come to life as the short stories they are — like that of the young lady who appreciates a beer before taking on life’s challenges in “Verde Más Allá.”

Watching this performance, it’s easy to see why Jenny and the Mexicats is picking up new fans as the group travels the world spreading its good cheer. The musicians bring their festival circuit-level performance down to almost a whisper here, but the intensity of their playing remains. After watching, perhaps you’ll end up like me, with their names permanently entered in your mental Rolodex.

Set List

“Frenético Ritmo”
“The Song for the UV House Mouse”
“Verde Más Allá”

Producers: Felix Contreras, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Beck Harlan, Dani Lyman; Production Assistants: Joshua Bote, Molly Stofko; Photo: Jenna Sterner/NPR.

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