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Chris Norman
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
15 Nov 2015

Chris Norman, former lead singer of the band 'Smokie', performs with the Chris Norman Band at the club Grosse Freiheit 36 in Hamburg, Germany on November 15, 2015.

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Mighty Oaks
Lüneburg
By Ralf Falbe
08 Aug 2015

Folk Rock Band The Mighty Oaks from Berlin at the Summertale´s Festival near Lüneburg in Germany.

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Patti Smith
Lüneburg
By Ralf Falbe
07 Aug 2015

Punk rock singer-songwriter Patti Smith performs live at the Summertale´s Festival, Lüneburg, Germany.

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Manila Nightlife
Manila
By Ralf Falbe
23 Jan 2015

A singer and band performs at a nightclub in Manila, Philippines.

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Bangkok Street Performer
Bangkok
By Ralf Falbe
03 Jan 2015

Street performer, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand.

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'Islam Chipsy' Brings Egyptian Electr...
Beirut
By Joe Lukawski
04 Dec 2014

Egyptian 'shaaby' (pop) music phenomenon Islam Chipsy has begun taking the indie electronic music scene by storm. From the streets of Cairo to international stages, his take on Egyptian wedding-pop, known locally as ‘mahraganat,’ (festival music) combines Arab beats with hardcore drumming and phrenetic electro keyboard melodies that sound like someone's old Nintendo gaming system has been possessed by a flamboyant Egyptian groomsman. Chipsy, however, is a self-taught virtuoso keyboardist and a wonder to watch live.

In December, Islam Chipsy played in Beirut at the Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival while touring in the Middle East and Europe, making stops in France, Germany, Switzerland and in various Scandinavian cities. The global appeal of his music perhaps comes from its proclivity towards all-out partying, however, his stop in Beirut was special.

“People [here] are excited to see us; they have received us well,” he said. “Being in this country is like seeing your brother who wants to know how you are doing. So you feel that you speak with each other through music, not with words.”

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'Islam Chipsy' Brings Egyptian Electr...
Beirut
By Joe Lukawski
03 Dec 2014

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Egyptian shaaby (pop) music phenomenon Islam Chipsy has begun taking the indie electronic music scene by storm. From the streets of Cairo to international stages, his take on Egyptian wedding-pop, known locally as ‘mahraganat,’ (festival music) combines Arab beats with hardcore drumming and phrenetic electro keyboard melodies that sound like someone's old Nintendo gaming system has been possessed by a flamboyant Egyptian groomsman. Chipsy, however, is a self-taught virtuoso keyboardist and a wonder to watch live.

In December, Islam Chipsy played in Beirut at the Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival while touring in the Middle East and Europe, making stops in France, Germany, Switzerland and in various Scandinavian cities. The global appeal of his music perhaps comes from its proclivity towards all-out partying, however, his stop in Beirut was special.

“People [here] are excited to see us; they have received us well,” he said. “Being in this country is like seeing your brother who wants to know how you are doing. So you feel that you speak with each other through music, not with words.”

Director of the Beirut & Beyond Festival Amani Semaan first heard the young Egyptian artist on YouTube.

“[Lebanese audiences] have heard about him and they know there is something special about him,” she said. “They want to watch him, especially since this kind of music does not exist in Beirut. Islam Chipsy started his career in weddings; he has performed professionally on stage only six or seven times. He only started his professional career effectively only now. Everyone is excited to see him, especially musicians. They are looking forward to discovering something new.”

Hailing from Imbaba, a section of Cairo known for outdoor wedding parties, and also for being very conservative, Chipsy and his two drummers Islam and Khalid have invented just that. Totally improvised, their music is largely the result of Islam Chipsy’s signature playing style, developed while playing in the wedding circuit.

“I started searching and experimenting for two years and without showing anyone what I was doing,” he said. “A friend of mine put me on stage to DJ. It was very weird to have a keyboard on stage without a band. I started this technique as a kind of joke. In weddings people were very crazy. They would take their clothes off and dance. So I went along and used my technique. They responded very well and were on fire. I had a lot of work offers and I started to develop my technique, which became famous.”

However, Islam Chipsy doesn’t chalk up his music to where he and his bandmates come from. Early on, while still playing alongside wedding DJs and beginning to discover just how open people were to new music styles, he was propelled by a wish to see the world.

“Whenever I was asked ‘Why do you do this kind of work?’ I would say that I wish to travel around the world,” he adds. “I didn’t have any papers or anything else but it was a dream that I tried to realize and I succeeded, thanks be to God. When Islam and Khalid participated in this, this gave me more strength and energy and my music was renovated. We were able to create a lot of new music together.”

With two drummers playing loud, full drum sets on stage, and Chipsy in the middle practically beating up his keyboard, the live experience is loud, high-energy, and yet totally danceable. Taking their act from the streets of Imbaba to the stage was a risk for the group, but one that paid off.

“It was rather unusual,” Chipsy said. “Any band needs to have one set of drums, while the rest of the instruments would be tablah or tambourine if it was an oriental band, or you could have a guitar. But to have a keyboard and two sets of drums and be able to accomplish something that a large band cannot was something very difficult. It was a dream but we were able to realize it.”

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South Sudanese artists organized a co...
Juba , South Sudan
By Transterra Editor
10 Jan 2014

Juba 10/1/2014 : A number of artists organized a concert for peace and unity in South Sudan, and the ceremony, which was held, which looked at ten in the morning until six in the evening at the tomb of Dr. John Garang, Photo By Samir Bol

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South Sudanese artists organized a co...
Juba , South Sudan
By Samir Bol
09 Jan 2014

Juba 10/1/2014 : A number of artists organized a concert for peace and unity in South Sudan, and the ceremony, which was held, which looked at ten in the morning until six in the evening at the tomb of Dr. John Garang, Photo By Samir Bol

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South Sudanese artists organized a co...
Juba , South Sudan
By Samir Bol
09 Jan 2014

Juba 10/1/2014 : A number of artists organized a concert for peace and unity in South Sudan, and the ceremony, which was held, which looked at ten in the morning until six in the evening at the tomb of Dr. John Garang, Photo By Samir Bol

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South Sudanese artists organized a co...
Juba , South Sudan
By Samir Bol
09 Jan 2014

Juba 10/1/2014 : A number of artists organized a concert for peace and unity in South Sudan, and the ceremony, which was held, which looked at ten in the morning until six in the evening at the tomb of Dr. John Garang, Photo By Samir Bol

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South Sudanese artists organized a c...
Juba , South Sudan
By Samir Bol
09 Jan 2014

Juba 10/1/2014 : A number of artists organized a concert for peace and unity in South Sudan, and the ceremony, which was held, which looked at ten in the morning until six in the evening at the tomb of Dr. John Garang, Photo By Samir Bol

South Sudanese artists organized a concert for peace and unity in South Sudan

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Peace Tour with Mohammad Assaf
West Bank, Palestine
By Serene Yordi
04 Aug 2013

"Arab Idol" winner Mohammad Assaf visits the Nativity church with the FC Barcelona football team during their Peace Tour. He also performed in front of 20,000 Palestinians, who came from across the West Bank to see FC Barcelona team train in Dura stadium.

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Mohammed Assaf visits Bethlehem (14 o...
Hebron, West Bank, Palestine
By Elo B
04 Aug 2013

"Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf performs in front of 20,000 Palestinians coming from over the whole West Bank to see FC Barcelona team train in Dura stadium - Hebron, West Bank, Palestine

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Mohammed Assaf visits Bethlehem (13 o...
Hebron, West Bank, Palestine
By Elo B
04 Aug 2013

"Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf performs in front of 20,000 Palestinians coming from over the whole West Bank to see FC Barcelona team train in Dura stadium - Hebron, West Bank, Palestine

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Mohammed Assaf visits Bethlehem (12 o...
Hebron, West Bank, Palestine
By Elo B
04 Aug 2013

"Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf performs in front of 20,000 Palestinians coming from over the whole West Bank to see FC Barcelona team train in Dura stadium - Hebron, West Bank, Palestine

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Mohammed Assaf visits Bethlehem (11 o...
Hebron, West Bank, Palestine
By Elo B
04 Aug 2013

"Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf performs in front of 20,000 Palestinians coming from over the whole West Bank to see FC Barcelona team train in Dura stadium - Hebron, West Bank, Palestine

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Mohammed Assaf visits Bethlehem (10 o...
Hebron, West Bank, Palestine
By Elo B
04 Aug 2013

"Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf performs in front of 20,000 Palestinians coming from over the whole West Bank to see FC Barcelona team train in Dura stadium - Hebron, West Bank, Palestine

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Mohammed Assaf visits Bethlehem (6 of...
Hebron, West Bank, Palestine
By Elo B
04 Aug 2013

"Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf performs in front of 20,000 Palestinians coming from over the whole West Bank to see FC Barcelona team train in Dura stadium - Hebron, West Bank, Palestine

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Mohammed Assaf visits Bethlehem (9 of...
Hebron, West Bank, Palestine
By Elo B
04 Aug 2013

"Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf performs in front of 20,000 Palestinians coming from over the whole West Bank to see FC Barcelona team train in Dura stadium - Hebron, West Bank, Palestine

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Mohammed Assaf visits Bethlehem (8 of...
Hebron, West Bank, Palestine
By Elo B
04 Aug 2013

"Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf performs in front of 20,000 Palestinians coming from over the whole West Bank to see FC Barcelona team train in Dura stadium - Hebron, West Bank, Palestine

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Mohammed Assaf visits Bethlehem (7 of...
Hebron, West Bank, Palestine
By Elo B
04 Aug 2013

"Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf performs in front of 20,000 Palestinians coming from over the whole West Bank to see FC Barcelona team train in Dura stadium - Hebron, West Bank, Palestine

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Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine
By Elo B
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Palestinian children wait for FC Barcelona and "Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf visiting the Nativity church during their Peace Tour - Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine

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Newroz in Kurdistan (4 of 33)
Batman, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
19 Mar 2013

Crowds climb trees to see the concert at festival for Newroz, an ancient holiday celebrating the astronomical Northward equinox and the beginning of spring as well as the start of the new calander year in the Persian system. Newroz is celebrated by millions of Kurds and Iranians in the Middle East by, wearing colorful clothing and jumping over fires to welcome the spring holiday. Originally a Zoroastrian festival, Newroz is now embraced by the Kurds to celebrate cultural unity and political goals. The celebrations are occasionally marked by violence as the celebration only recently became legal in Turkey.

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Laolu Sebanjo Afromysterics Art
Abuja, Nigeria
By Taiwo Adeleke
01 Dec 2012

Name: Afromystrerics Art.

Journalist: Taiwo Adeleke

CUE:
A Nigerian born Artist and musician use his works of art to interpret the mystery of the African thought pattern and the weak economics situation in Nigeria from the fuel scarcity, crisis and killings , political power tussle and the challenges of Africa Artist at large. Images and soundbite of people at the art exhibition.

Headline:
Artist use his work of art to interpret the Economic situation in Nigeria and Africa at Large.

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RAW-NIGERIA-ART

SYNTHE:
Timi Inekoba (Woman) Participant at the Exhibition
Stanley Ibansu (man) Business man Participant at the Art Exhibition
Laolu Senbanjo (man) Artist / Musician

SHOTLIST:

ABUJA, NIGERIA, NOVEMBER 30, 2012, AT THE ART EXHIBITION
ABUJA NIGERIA, DECEMBER 02, 2012 AT THE MUSIC CONCERT

VAR of a Artist drawing
VAR of Artist art exhibition in Abuja
VAR of people registering at the Art exhibition
VAR of Artist show casing his Art work to Audience
VAR of Artist playing is Guitar and singing to the audience
VAR of Artist Playing his music alone in the garden.
VAR of Artist at his music Concert in Abuja at the city park Abuja Nigeria

SOUNBITE:1 Timi Inekoba (Woman). Participant at the Art Exhibition ( English, 00:00:07:24 ). "My second favorite pieces is about the visual cycle, all the random things that as been going on in Nigeria, the subsidy things, the oil thing, the corruption thing is like he just recycle everything. Am pretty sure you know its art and music it comes together, so he translate everything from art to music , music to art. I think this will stand any were and its good. i like his art because its abstract, its beautiful, its something else,but i think it we go very far".

SOUNDBITE 2 : Stanley Ibansu (man) Business man Participant at the Art Exhibition. (00:00:51:17) "A picture speaks volume. i mean in thousand words , now pictures is in millions of words his art speaks millions of words , its mind blowing , i love what he does, most of what he as done envoy round the women fold , and all this while, why the event was going on i was thinking about why the women but you know discover that its actually the women its a woman world,everything involve around the woman , he has been able to, i had something very peculiar today somebody said that if you are able to change the woman, 80% of the challenges we have in the society is handle and that is the truth. What he is doing is affecting the women fold and i must tell you this is cutting across the change we expect and to tell you the truth he is making the impact that is needed with that ".

SOUNDBITE 3: Laolu Senbanjo (man) Artist / Musician. ( 00:00:47:08)
"My name is Laolu Senbanjo and am an artist and also a musician, my style of art is called Afromysterics art which simply means the mystery of Africa thought pattern, and what i do is hat i like to use my art to interpret different scenario and situations. I draw inspiration from methodology, symbols, Africa life, the Africa third pattern, everyday life and you know what we do is a narrative of a busy mind. An African mind is very busy is thinking of many things at the same time, so with this i try to tell you a lot of stories with just one picture, i take you through a story in a particular painting.

After having exhibitions outside the shore of Nigeria, i have been to few exhibitions am in a position to compare and contrast what the acceptance is like, you know you cant compare the monetary value in terms of appreciation in terms of the value of the artist itself. We in Africa, we need to do more , we need to value our artist and treat therm better because its sad to know that a lot of artist don't even have art galleries.

the major challenges is that of perceptive and understanding of what art is and a lot of people, like i tell people you don't pay an artist for his labour, he is not a laborer, you pay an artist for his site and ability to see what you cant see and put it in imagination on canvas ability to connect what is in your mind to your art. That is what people should value and that is priceless in the sense that when you see a work of art you see people price it like its a commodity like tomatoes and its very heart breaking sometimes the way we treat our own artist and this is something that is absence somewhere like i had exhibition in Germany , the artist are treated with respect and dignity and you know what ever costs a work is the value behind the work , basically you cant price art.

Afromysterics is going on loud , we are launching out and what we want is to take the message of our people , we want to take it to the world in charcoal something that the world have not seen, we want to take it out in a very unique manner, there is notting fetish or demonic about africa art, we should stop demonizing our history , our root because that is what saddens me the most , because most people see carving, mask , they start saying its as this and that , many people have been brain watched, and its painful , very very painful, i menthes are beautiful things that is been appreciated globally , this is what makes us unique, i mean while should be more European than an European, i mean he doesn't want to see the like of Michelangelo , Da vinci, of this world, i mean while not do what is natural to you , we have our styles of art , we have what cones to us naturally and the reasons while am doing this is that , this is what comes to me , this is what i feel, this is what i imagine and this is what am dreaming , i mean my art , i that is what am actually doing here i just sit down and let it flow that as been my life i let it flow."

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Kayne West Concert at Rabat Music Fes...
Rabat
By Martin Jay
20 May 2011

Singer Kayne West concert at the opening of the Rabat Music Festival on May 20, 2011 in Rabat, Morocco.