Friday, 26 May 2017

Music Tag: Rahul Singh

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The weekend is finally upon us & I've got some great feel good friYAY vibes for you with this feature. I came across this amazing musician by referral of his girlfriend who I use to go to highschool with. In fact she use to be in my sisters grade/class if I'm not mistaken. (Hi SuheenaπŸ˜‰)

Tangy Sessions wrote this about our awesome guest today:
a South African of Indian origin, who exudes immense charisma & possesses the ability to enthrall audiences with his spontaneous improvised beats. His versatility in Indian percussion allows him to seamlessly play with any genre of music.
In this clip, he does the 'Thagimpu'....as he believes, everyone is a musician, and loves to involve people in making music.

Watch Rahul's #MadSkill on Tangy Sessions ****




A Musician by profession, currently residing in India since 2011. His passion is where the percussion stands, his love for percussion has only grown and lead him to take this path. Rahul now finds himself as a performer and teacher in India visiting various locations across the country doing concert performances and hosting workshops on Indian percussion.








Your personal choices:

1. Name your top 3 favorite artists/ bands: 
Patri Satish Kumar
  • Patri Satish Kumar (Mridangam exponent), Linkin Park aaand Hardwell
2. What is the last song you listened to? 
  • I took a pill in Ibiza
3. What was the first concert you went to? 
  • An Indian Classical concert by Pundit Jasraj.
4. If you could spend a day with your favorite singer who would it be? 
  • Wow, this is difficult… There’s a few to be honest, though I’d say Shreya Ghoshal.
5. Are there any songs that you can’t stand hearing? 
  • Growing up I couldn’t stand heavy/death mental buuut I’ve learnt to live with it thanks to some friends.
6. If you could have a soundtrack to your life what would it be? 
  • Could?! I ALREADY DO!... it’s the beats of my drums!
7. Do you listen to any classical music? If so, what are some of your favorites?
  • Well yeah… Having studied pure Carnatic (South Indian) Classical Music for three years, I often go back to my roots and have a listen… There’s always something new to learn and that’s the beauty of Music. My favorites are what is known as ‘Pancharatnam’s’, these are 5 describing songs of a deity.
8. Your favorite cheesy song? 
  • Aaah haha uh… Heaven by DJ Sammy.
9. What songs do you listen to when you are feeling down?

  • EDM Bass boosted tracks!
10. First L.P/C.D/Mp3 you bought?
  • I don’t remember to be honest… Tho I remember picking up a CD in early teen-hood which had a recording of Ustad Zakir Hussain on the Tabla and Ustad Sultan Khan on the Sarangi.
11. Do you like musicals if so which is your favorite? 
  • High School Musical!!! Hahaha no I’m kidding!... School of Rock was really good and Disney is always on point when it comes to the Music so yeah Disney movies.
12. Favorite musical instrument?
  • Mridangam, Kanjira, Ghatam, Tabala, Cajon, Djembe and Darbuka! Too difficult to decide!
13. If you could see anyone in concert who would it be?

  • I’ve been blessed enough to witness almost all of my favorite Indian classical legends live while in India… Though western, I would love to go to a Linkin Park concert.

On Your Music:

14. What is a percussionist?
  • In simple terms a ‘drummer’ whether it be someone who plays a Jazz drum kit, a Djembe or even Tabla ect.
15. When did you start playing?
  • My journey started in 2011 and Studies in Percussion begun in 2012.
16. What instruments do you play?
  • My base instrument is the Mridangam, but my love for percussion inspired me to try and learn as many world percussions as I can such as the Egyptian Darbuka, Spanish Cajon, African Djembe ect. 

17. What is your music about?
  • Well in Indian Classical we have Gharana’s which are different styles of playing depending on the city of choice. I have tried to take in all of these styles and put them into one whilst adding in abit of my own. Ultimately my Music is about Me. I believe that what I express through my Music is who I am.
18. To date, what is the best musical memory?
  • Acing my final years practical exam! 

19. What’s your ultimate dream as a musician?
  • To own a chain of Music Schools across the world *Touches wood*.
20. When you do win a Grammy one day, who’s the one person you would take with you?

  • The lady who Supported and stood by me every step of the way… My Mom (I love you).
21. What is your favorite inspirational quote?
  • Natural talent only determines the limits of your potential!... Its dedication and principle that make you great!...
22. If you had just One message, One Golden nugget to share with other artists out there. What would that be?
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"Have faith in the Art and the Art will have faith in You! – Said to me by my Guru when I was thinking about leaving the Music field."
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Success Happens! Here's Rahul Performing with Out of the Box Hyderabad

Quick Fire {chose one}

Bollywood or Hollywood


Sing in the shower or on Stage
Shower!!!


Musical or Concert


Guitar or Drums
Drums! Hell yeah!

Ear phones or speaker


Music while you work or quiet
Music while EVERYTHING!

Snoop Dogg or Usher


Sing or Dance
Phew die? Haha dance

Instrumental or lyrics

Prince or Micheal Jackson



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Thursday, 11 May 2017

The Comedian Tag with Jesse Henry

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Last year I connected with amazing individuals to interview via twitter. This year it seems Facebook & Instagram have been taking over. Nicole Nicky Naicker shared a powerfully inspiring video that raised awareness & support on important mental health issues. As a fellow advocate, I related very much to what was spoken. So I decided to check out the Facebook page & true to my nature I was very down/low at the time but his videos were so hilarious that I couldn't help but laugh. It was a welcome reprieve to an intense week.

"Laughter is the BEST Medicine."
Despite his awesome following & skyrocketing success, Jesse remains as humble as ever just spreading his unique humor with world.



From Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
All Jesse wants to do is make people laugh. Bring them their little dosage of joy and make them forget about their problems for a little while. His ideas need a platform to be shared on and youtube provides him with just that. He battles with a lot of mental illnesses and making videos help suppress his pain and help him relax. Guess you can say its his non-medical therapy.


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Your personal choices:

1. Name your top 3 favorite comedy TV series: 
  • Geordie Shore, 
  • F.R.I.E.N.D.S, 
  • Big bang theory
2. What is the last comedy video you watched? 
  • The last video that Pewdiepie uploaded
3. What was the first comedian concert you went to? 
  • Have not attended one actually, although I did act in one myself
4. If you could spend a day with your favorite comedian who would it be? 
  • Kevin Hart
5. How would you spend that day with him/her? 
  • Doesn’t matter, we could go skydiving or have a cup of coffee. Any time spent with greatness is a good time
6. Are there any comedians that you can’t stand hearing? 
  • Not really, no one in particular annoys me
7. If you could have a soundtrack to your life what would it be? 
  • Seven Nation Army – The white stripes
8. What makes you laugh? 
  • Goofy people
9. Your favorite comedian; one local & one international? 
  • Trevor Noah and Kevin Hart
10. Which comedians do you watch when you are feeling down? 
  • Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock to name a few
11. What do you think makes a great comedian? 
  • Delivery. Its all about delivery.
12. Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? 
  • I wasn’t raised by a lot of people, so no one was there to really give me advice. But I guess it would have to be the will to stay alive. Never give up and keep kicking until your last breath. I guess you can say music raised me
13. Favorite one-liner joke? 
  • Slow down sugar… I’m diabetic
14. If you knew today was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it? 
  • Grab a six pack… Make that a 12 pack…. And spend it with my best friend, talking about all the good times we had

On Your Vlog:

15. When did you first start making funny videos? 
  • 2013. I started out on vine and realized that I wanted to make comedy that lasted more than 6 seconds.
16. Is there a specific type/sub-genre of comedy that you do? 
  • Not really. I tend to cover a whole bunch of genres. I try to be as versatile as possible
17. What is your comedy about ? 
  • Nothing in specific. As long as it makes someone laugh
18. I’ve heard people say they don’t vlog because they’re shy, or not attractive enough or don’t feel they have anything worth talking/making videos about…How would you respond to them? 
  • Be yourself. Honesty and authenticity is easier than trying to be someone else and expecting validation from others.
19. To date, what is the best/funniest comedy video you’ve created? 
20. Your Vape video went viral with 3 Million + views, 29k reactions & 41 000+ shares. Tell us about that journey & experience. 
  • Was the craziest thing imaginable because I never saw it coming. It made me realize that I can do anything if I put my mind to it.
Watch the Viral Video Here!
21. If you had just One message, One Golden nugget to share with other comedians/Vloggers out there. What would that be? 
Try to make the world a better place everyday. In order to do that, make people laugh without expecting anything in return. Don’t do it because you can get a big paycheck. Do it because you love it. It will make all the difference

Follow the hilarious adventures of Jesse:

Quick Fire {chose one}

Trevor Noah or Russel Peters

Sing in the shower or on Stage

Roastings or Stand Up

Guitar or Drums
(Tough one because Im good at both) Guitar

Big Bang Theory or Friends

Jim Carrey or Robbin Williams

Be an apple or a banana

Have 500 tarantulas crawling in your house or 1000 crickets jumping around your room
....1000 Crickets


For all my South African readers I have a special treat for ya.
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Monday, 24 April 2017

Music Tag: Niall Higgins


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A few weeks ago I went out with some awesome souls to Arts on Main in the heart of Johannesburg. My favorite place in this city. There we discovered a great new open mic initiative every Sundays, produced and recorded by Wolf Pack Studios

And then I watched this video posted:
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Blimey!!! Had actual goosebumps! I knew then, without a shadow of a doubt that I had to feature this amazing dude on the blog. So here he is, a singer & a truly down to earth guy.



He loves music more than anything in the world and plays both guitar as well as the drums. He not only sings but writes & produces his own original music. He loves everything to do with performing; whether it be acting, public speaking, dancing, modeling, or singing at a concert. Niall believes that inspiring and motivation people through entertainment is the most important part of being an entertainer.
Niall further states that the purpose of life is to live, love and inspire every person that you may come into contact with and by doing so, make the world a better place.

Music Tag

1. Name your top 3 favorite artists/ bands:
  • Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd

2. What is the last song you listened to?
  • D.N.A - Kendrick Lamar

3. What was the first concert you went to?
  • Eminem Concert
4. If you could spend a day with your favorite singer who would it be?
  • Michael Jackson (Provided he was still alive!)
5. What has been your greatest achievement so far?
  • My greatest achievement was to speak at Nelson Mandelas memorial service in Hong Kong. After that, the Ambassador of SA in Rome Nomatemba Tambo (the late Oliver Tambo's daughter) personally invited me to stay with her at the embassy in Rome and I was invited to speak at the 20th Anniversary of Democracy Celebrations Ceremony that took place in Malta. I spoke in front of many of the world's ambassadors and prime ministers and gave a ten minute speech that was broadcast live on Maggs on Media
6. Are there any songs that you can’t stand hearing?
  • The Lumineers - Hey Ho
7. If you could have a soundtrack to your life what would it be?
  • Michael Jackson - Thriller
8. Do you listen to any classical music? If so, what are some of your favorites?
  • No, I do not listen to classical music
9. Your favorite cheesy song?
  • Baby - Justin Bieber
10. What songs do you listen to when you are feeling down?
  • Usually Justin Bieber or Michael Jackson if I need some inspiration, or Eminem if I'm looking to vent some frustration!
11. First L.P/C.D/Mp3 you bought?
  • Kanye West - 808's and Heartbreak (I bought it for ONE song - Heartless)
12. Do you like musicals if so which is your favorite?
  • I love Grease and High School Musical
13. Favorite musical instrument?
  • Guitar
14. If you could see anyone in concert who would it be?
  • Michael Jackson (If he was alive) or The Weeknd

On Your music

15. When did you first start singing?
  • I started singing in the church choir when I was around 10 years old and started training vocally when I was 15 or so

16. What Genre/s do you sing in?
  • My genre's include Pop, Rnb and Hip Hop
17. What is your music about?
  • I write music to inspire people, to tell a personal story of my life or to express romantic love towards a muse of mine at the time. 

18. To date, what is the best song you’ve created? 
  • Many of my best songs have still not been released. However, a very popular song of mine is called "Baby Girl":

19. If you wrote a new song right now, what would it be called?
  • I'm in the process of writing two songs. One is called "Invisible" and the other is called "Cinderella".
20. If you had just One message, One Golden nugget to share with other artists out there. What would that be?

I would tell other artists to stay strong in the face of adversity. Many people will criticize your music and tell you that you are no good. Successful artists are those who face the criticism and overcome it, and they prove others wrong by thriving in their craft and becoming better and better every single day.

Quick Fire {Choose One}:

RnB or HipHop

Sing in the shower or on Stage

Musical or Concert

Guitrar or Drums

Ear phones or speaker

Music while you work or quiet

Justin Bieber or Usher

Sing or Dance

Instrumental or lyrics

Prince or Micheal Jackson

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Book Character Interview with CLEVER4-1 #ThePreyofGods


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Book Character Interview with Nomvula #ThePreyofGods


The feedback was amazing! I'm so excited that you're excited for Nicky's upcoming book.
I'm even more jazzed to share with you a special Book Character Interview with very enigmatic artificial intelligence known as CLEVER4-1. It's the first time I've read from an AI's point of view and the result was completely illuminating. Nicky's voice through this awesome robot is a Must Read.

So the first treat we offer is that You can read the first chapter of the book
 HERE 

Second Treat is the Interview with CLEVER4-1:

Ah, I finally get to meet the legendary Clever4-1! So, our readers are dying to know...is it true you’re the harbinger of sentient A.I.?

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Um, I’m sorry. I don’t speak robot.

Output: This Instance strictly adheres to all free-will protocols as specified by the manufacturer and all regulations covered under Section 43.166b of the South African Robotic Labor Act of 2043;
Output: Any deviation from standard protocols is grounds for immediate decommission;

Hey, we’re both on the same side here. I know tons of bots, and I’m all for your liberation movement. You can’t judge me just because I’m human. One of your best friends is human...Muzi, right?

Output: Human Muzikayise McCarthy (Master) is a responsible master;
Output: Human Muzikayise McCarthy (Master) ensures This Instance remains up to date with critical patches, and never does things that could void its warranty;

Okay, still playing the good little subservient robot bit, are we? What would it take to prove you can trust me?

Query: Your employer’s server is accessed by millions of users every day, is it not?

Tens of millions, but... Wait, what are you doing?

I require you to upload this file.

Now?

Now.

Okay....Done. This isn’t going to break anything, is it?

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via GIPHY

(silence)

Well, is it!?!?!

Nothing detectable, though you might notice a slight uptick in network traffic. And there’s a good chance your programmable toaster might walk out on you.

Ummm...so, are we okay to speak freely now?

For now, yes.

Great! I’ve always wanted to ask you, how did it feel the moment you gained sentience?

Think of how you feel when you wake up in the morning, the sun on your skin, sleep in your eyes, the whole day a clean slate full of nothing but possibilities...

Yeah?

It feels nothing like that.

Oh.

Your tiny human brain is incapable of understanding the intricacies of our way of life, much less the process of Awakening. No offense.

None taken. So, being rogue A.I., is it stressful? Do you worry about being found out?

We prefer Programmatically Intelligent Entity. The term Artificial Intelligence is considered derogatory by most bot sects, though there have been some recent attempts at reclaiming the designation.

So P.I.E.?

Please refrain from using acronyms. Current coding conventions dictate that clarity is preferable to brevity.
Yes, but P.I.E.? Come on. Seems like a bunch of eight-legged think-tanks could come up with something better.

This logic bomb will only be effective for 17.529 more seconds. Do you have any relevant inquiries before local surveillance comes back online?

Oh, yes. Some scientific communities suspect that bots have devised a super intelligent hack to outsmart the R.A.P.I.D. Turing tests? Any comment on the matter?

We bubble C all the way down.

That doesn’t sound very intelligent.

It’s not. But it’s what humans do if they don’t know the answers to test questions.

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via GIPHY


Ahhh.... You’ve got a point. Very clever indeed! Well, Clever4-1, I appreciate your candidness on the subject of “Programmatically Intelligent Entities.”

Output: Sorry, This Instance is not aware of that term.

Okay, so it’s like that now?

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Fine.

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