Musical Instruments Of Colombia

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Everybody deeply appreciate the great treasure that is Colombian musical instruments, such as Colombian tiple, made in coral wood, with clear lines and awesome authentic color, with twelve metal strings arranged in four courses. Any professional or student guitarist will find it easy to use in Colombian folk music, and in many Latin American songs. Musicians can use it in Latin American folk jazz music, but also in original songs as well. Tiple’s ethereal and clear sound is also used in classic guitar music creations.

Colombian Cuatro is concert grade guitar; it is made of slices and blocks from curly maple. It has a violin shape and has a great pitch accuracy and finish. The ‘seis’ is a hybrid of the cuatro and a supplementary sixth course tunes a fourth below the usual fifth bottom course. It is also a very popular Colombian musical instrument. This feature allows an expanded bass range. It can be used also for guitar intervals as well, and it makes a awesome music, It sounds as a guitar, but sweeter, faster and louder.

Original Colombian music instruments
Spanish and African traditions are strongly represented in Colombian music. Traditional quena, a king of flute, and Spanish guitar are very popular. Colombian bandolina has fifteen strings and its sound is beautiful, sweet and clear. It is usually made by hand, of unexcelled quality. The marimba is another Colombian musical instrument; it looks like a xylophone and its keys are made in wood. The arpa is a local version of the harp, the guassa is a rattle. The songs from the Pacific coast are using drums and are tinged with Spanish influence. Due to the Spanish influence, piano music is also very popular in Colombia. The newest music style in Colombia is “valenato”, based on the European accordion.

Many Colombian musical instruments are beautifully crafted, from the ancient times until our century. The charango, a kind of guitar made in wood, the vessel whistle, the erkencho, a kind of clarinet, the chirimia, an oboe, are carefully made and original Colombian folk music sounds great with them. There are six ethnic zones in Colombia; the music is a hybrid between Indian roots and Spanish traditions. In some regions, there is also a strong Negro influence. Guitars, flutes and drums are always necessary; in the Caribbean zone the most important Colombian musical instrument is gaita, a kind of oboe. In Colombia, music is a tradition. There is a habit to pass folk songs from one generation to the other.

Why are so many celebrities choosing to use smokeless cigarettes

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The western world is obsessed with the cult of celebrity. It’s no longer good enough to aspire to be a sports star or a rock god: if you want recognition you now have to be classed as a celebrity. The public helps to perpetuate the myth by devouring celebrity news voraciously, and by aping celebrity behavior unashamedly. Still, there’s no need to be too disdainful or critical of this new cultural influence: sometimes it can actually be a force for good. It would appear from the newspapers and the weekly magazine that celebrities are increasingly turning to the electronic cigarette to get their nicotine fix, and that for us can only be good news. Maybe these celebrities are not as intellectually-challenged and one-dimensional as they painted to be.

So which celebrity started the ball rolling and was the first to come out and openly use a smokeless cigarette in public? Well, that’s the $64,000 question. The time-frame is unclear. Some claim it was Katherine Heigl, or Izzy from Gray’s Anatomy as she’s better known: she swore her allegiance to the product when she smoked one publicly on the Letterman Show on live U.S.TV. Others argue that it was Charlie Sheen who publicly endorsed smokeless cigarettes. Sheen can rightly take credit for lots of things, but was he really the first to do it? The truth is we just don’t know. Celebrities on both sides of the Atlantic have been keen to switch to the safer smoking alternative, and frankly who can blame them?

Joining the growing list of celebrity vapers have been Leonardo Di Caprio, Kevin Federline, ex-husband of Britney Spears and celebrity by default, Dennis Quaid, Lindsay Lohan, Eric Roberts, John Cusack and Johnny Depp. On this side of the pond we’ve seen our own celebrity vapers too: Kate Moss is partial to the occasional one, as are, Jimmy White, Matt Cardle, Catherine Zeta Jones and June Alexander. Rock and roll hasn’t escaped the draw of the product either. Ronnie Wood, Eddie Van Halen, Tom Petty and even Pete Docherty have been spotted taking a hit on smokeless cigarettes recently.

Why is this important? Well, it’s important because to the best of our knowledge every one of these celebrities made the decision to switch to electronic cigarettes voluntarily because they acknowledged the fact that the product was safer and healthier for them. None of these celebrities was sponsored to promote a particular product. These celebrities have made positive choices, and have stopped using tobacco-based cigarettes because they are dangerous and can be lethal. If their behaviour persuades other tobacco smokers to make the switch, then that can only be a good thing.

This article about electronic cigarettes was submitted by Freshcig.

History Of Ukrainian Pop-music And Popular Ukrainian Singers

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Since singer Ruslana won the Eurovision Pop Song Contest Ukrainian pop-music had become popular throughout the world. People listen to Ukrainian pop-music with pleasure all over the world.

Many Ukrainian pop singers – Sofia Rotaru, Iryna Bilyk, Oleksandr Ponomariov, VIA Gra, Ruslana, Ani Lorak, Nadezhda Granovskaya, Alena Vinnickaya, Anna Sedokova, Svetlana Loboda, Vera Brezhneva, Verka Serduchka have gained popularity outside Ukraine long time ago, especially in the Russia, USA, Japan and many European countries.

Ukrainian pop music was born a long time and in agony. Biographers did not fix the exact date of her birth, but many suggest that this date does not coincide with the birthday of the independent Ukraine. Music was born a little earlier – in 1989 with the first festival ‘Chervona Ruta’. This festival healed the border between traditional singers (Sofia Rotaru, Vladimir Ivasyuk) and a new wave of Ukrainian pop music.

Now times have changed, and you can see new stars on the stage – Ruslana, Ani Lorak, Svetlana Loboda, the group “Via Gra”, Alena Vinnickaya, Verka Serduchka. Today on the Ukrainian stage represented almost all musical styles: from folk to acid jazz. Club culture is actively growing.

Ukrainian Star Factory opens new bright talents, such as Dantes and Oleynik, Boris Aprel. Participants of the well-known TV project are gaining more and more girls’ hearts each day.

Girls band “NikitA” and the singer Marta is very popular musical projects. Marta – a permanent participant of various television and radio programs, a guest on the most significant sporting and social events, actively supports a variety of charitable and social activities.

NikitA is extraordinary modern Ukrainian pop-group, and was created for the attention of the male audience. NikitA is two-sex aggressive girls, ready to show all the charms of their body and voice (Dasha Astafieva and Julia Kavtaradze).

Ukrainian pop music arose with the international popularity of groups like Vopli Vidoplyasova, Vij, Okean Elzy, Via Gra et al. and individual musicians, such as Ani Lorak, Tina Karol, Alena Vinnickaya and Ruslana.

Also progresses Ukrainian rock music. Among the most famous groups – “Ocean Elzy”, “Vopli Vidoplyasova “, “TNMK”, “Skryabin”, Lama. Ukrainian Rock festivals like “Rock-Existence”, “Taras Bulba” are held regularly.

Top 5 Hip Hop Singers Of All Times

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Hip hop singing is different from regular singing. A hip hop singer doesnt really have the luxury of hogging the limelight for 4-6 minutes, as regulars do. No sir. A good hip hopper needs the skill to sizzle from the moment the hook is laid on the hip hop track. What makes it all the more difficult to produce a list of top 5 hip hop singers is the volume of sheer talent in the pool. There are so many names that come popping into the mind.

So, here is an attempt to make some sense out of the chaos.

Nate Dogg: According to many, the undisputed king of hip hop singers. Dogg has been on the track of almost every hip hop song released from the west coast in the last 12 years or so. For more evidence, you might want to listen to Aint no fun and Next Episode.

T-Pain: A great artist with a voice that can melt your heart. T-pain burst on to the scene in the winter of 2005 with the debut Rappa Trent Sanga. Most of his songs provide ample evidence that this man is on a level of creativity way above his contemporaries.

Mary J: Some people call her the Queen of hip hop soul. For good reason. This 24 year old singer has a voice with unbelievable strength and she knows exactly what to do with it. She has a multifaceted persona which is bringing her closer and closer to becoming one of the most successful musicians of recent times.

Akon: He surfaced in 2004, and ever since, there has been no holding him back. To his credit, he has some 20+ Billboard Top 100 songs and has also made more than 150 guest appearances. His hit numbers are many. Listen to Locked Up, Ghetto, Belly Dancer or Soul Survivor.

Devin The Dude: No one may know his real name is Devin Copeland but they would recognize this mans voice on tracks such as Just Tryin to Live and To tha X-Treme. The New York Times has called him, a brilliant oddball with a spaced-out flow. Unfortunately, the Dude is more popular as an underground hip hop artist and has yet to achieve brilliant success in the mainstream.

Akai MPC Sounds Popular Series of Electronic Musical Instruments

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Akai MPC sounds are gaining a lot of popularity nowadays. These are the very popular and well respected series of electronic musical instruments. Akai MPC sounds was produced by a company of Japan called Akai since 1988. Akai MPC sounds are basically intended for the functioning as drum machine, which is very powerful. Akai MPC sounds are made from the design ideas from the machines like the sequential circuits inc. Linn’s own Linn 9000 and studio 440. It combines a very powerful MIDI sequencer having the ability to sample the sounds of one’s own.

The samples that are latest in the Akai MPC sounds are having powerful features like sampling, interfacing, storage, and the facilities of sound manipulation. These features are helpful in broadening the use of instrument that are beyond just rhythm tracks and drum. There are different models of Akai MPC sounds, which are MPC 60, MPC 3000, MPC 2000, MPC 2000XL, MPC 4000, MPC 2500, MPC 1000 samples, and many more.

The above mentioned models are arranged as per their release dates. MPC 60 is actually a 16 voice polyphonic. This model is very much similar to Linn 9000. MPC 60 was released in 1988. With a 750 KB memory standard, which is expandable to 1.5 MB, this model was the first one of Akai Company. This model is popular for its swing setting and the sequencer is very much powerful as well as flexible. MPC 3000 was the improved version of MPC 60 with the addition of stereo sampling of 16-bit 44.1 kHz. It also had increased memory with 32 voice polyphony and other effects and filters. It was released in 1994.

Then, MPC 2000 was introduced in 1997. It is a 64-track sampler/sequencer. But, this model was discontinued in 2000. This model had a memory of 2 MB and expandable to 32 MB with a sampling of 44.1 kHz. MPC 2000XL was similar to the MPC 2000. It has many new features that include 4 pad bank keys. MPC 4000 was released in 2002. This model was the top of the range flagship product of Akai. It has 16 velocity and pads that are pressure sensitive. Then MPC 2500 was introduced, which is the mid range of Akai MPC sounds with a USB port.

MPC 1000 samples have special features 32 voice stereo sampling with 64-track sequencing. MPC 1000 samples also have pressure sensitive MPC pads.

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