In Ethiopië stierf de zanger en muzikant Ali Birra. Hij werd 72. Een van de Éthiopiques verzamelplaten, Éthiopiques 28: Great Oromo Music (2013), is aan zijn oeuvre gewijd.
Van die Éthiopiques serie kan ik u vooral “Yékèrmo Sèw” (1969) en “Yegelle Tezeta” (1972) van Mulatu Astatke en “Erè Mèla Mèla” (1975) van Mahmoud Ahmed aanbevelen.
Rust zacht Ali Birra
Robbie Coltrane was een Schots acteur vooral bekend omwille van zijn rol als Hagrid, de schattige halfreus in de Harry Potter films (2001–2011).
Patrick Adams was an American composer and record producer.
Adams is known for his 1970s and 1980s production, songwriting and engineering work on labels such as Salsoul, Prelude Records and P&P; his associations with recording artists such as Black Ivory, Inner Life, Jocelyn Brown, Loleatta Holloway and Leroy Burgess; and studio projects such as Cloud One, The Universal Robot Band, Logg Phreek, and Musique. He owned and operated PAPMUS (Patrick Adams Productions Music) in New York City.
“Love Bug” (1976), “Atmosphere Strut” (1976), “My Baby’s Got E.S.P.” (1976), “Making Love” (1977), “Keep On Jumpin'” (1978), “In the Bush” (1978), “Make It Last Forever” (1978), “Weekend (Tonight Is Party Time)” (1978), “I’m A Big Freak (R•U•1•2)” (1978), “I’m Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair)” (1979), “Till You Surrender” (1981) and “Touch Me (All Night Long)” (1984).
Patrick Adams and Gregory Carmichael wrote and produced at least fifty composition which transcend disco as genre. Adams and Carmichael, and maybe August Darnell too, were in many ways the auteurs of disco, more so than Larry Levan, Walter Gibbons or Tom Moulton, who were primarily involved in post-production. The only one to rival Adams, Carmichael and Darnell was Arthur Russell, but his story is different altogether.
Although well-known for writing and producing his own material, one of his biggest successes was his 1981 reinterpretation of Ashford & Simpson’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1966) as Inner Life, with vocals by Jocelyn Brown and a remix by Larry Levan.Continue reading
William Hurt was an American actor known for his parts in Ken Russell’s drug epos Altered States (1980), the gay epic Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), the cyberpunk classic Dark City (1998) and Cronenberg’s A History of Violence (2005).
Hurt’s death has made me curious about Dark City, which I should have seen already but I have not.
Mikey Chung (1950 – 2021) was a Jamaican musician who played keyboards, guitar and percussion instruments.
Here with a cover of “Breezin'” (1970) by Bobby Womack.
“Breezin'” (1970) is a musical composition by Bobby Womack, originally released with Gabor Szabo on Blue Thumb Records as a seven inch single.
On the b-side was “Azure Blue”. The song was later released on Gabor’s album High Contrast.
This happened in 2018, but I only found out today.
Wah Wah Watson was an American guitarist who was a member of The Funk Brothers, the studio band for Motown Records.
This track from Elementary (1976), his only solo album, reminds me somehow of “Rapper Dapper Snapper” (1980) by Edwin Birdsong.
Patrick Juvet was a Swiss singer-songwriter who had a string of hit records in France (“Où sont les femmes?”) during the seventies.
He found international success with disco compositions such as “I Love America” (1978) which was his biggest record and was included on the compilation A Night at Studio 54 (1979).
Also in 1979, he wrote the soundtrack to Laura by David Hamilton.
By the early eighties, after the death of disco, his five minutes of fame were over.