Scottish And Indian Music Collide When Female Bagpiper Creates New Sound – Mystical Raven

It’s not every day that you come across a bagpiper who blows your mind with the cover of the ‘Party Dance’ from Titanic; especially if it’s a girl. But then, again, Archy J is not your average musician. Hailing from Delhi, The Snake Charmer—that’s her stage name—has a way with music. Her instrument of choice—Bagpipes! “I have never wanted anything as bad as wanting to learn the bagpipes,” she confesses.

Archy who was earlier the lead vocalist for Rogue Saints, a rock/metal band based out of the capital, left the band, then quit her well-paying job to travel all the way to Scotland to learn the instrument. “I knew it would be worth it; something in me was always positive that this was going to work,” she says. “I went to Scotland for 10 days, five days out of which was heavy tutoring so as to make the most of my time there. It wasn’t enough time. But whatever I learnt back there is what you see in my videos and in my live acts.”

I saw Archy for the first time, back in 2012 at an up-and-coming café in Gurgaon. She was one of the three female performing artists for the evening. I heard her rendition of Adele’s then cult song, ‘Someone Like You’, and thought to myself how intimidating, yet beautiful she sounded. She was a regular at gigs and a natural crowd-puller, even then. Today, she is a charmer, quite literally. One look at Archy swooning to the music of her bagpipes, in her red tartan skirt and you’re hooked!

“True, it’s a very unlikely instrument here, in India. But when I came across how a Swiss folk metal band, called Eluveitie had used the bagpipes in such a different dimension, incorporating it into a completely new set up that I had never heard before, that was my ‘gotta wanna’ moment and I knew this is what I wanted to do, to be.”

Abba announce first new songs for 35 years

Abba have announced that they have written and recorded their first new songs since they split in 1983.

The Swedish four-piece, who had nine No 1 hits in the UK between 1974 and 1980, and who have sold hundreds of millions of records worldwide, announced on Instagram that they had recorded two new songs for a project in which avatars of the band will perform.

in Brussels earlier this week. The centrepiece is the two-hour TV show co-produced by NBC and the BBC, which will see the band perform as computer-generated avatars. Ulvaeus said the band had been digitally scanned and “de-aged” to look like they did in 1979, when they performed their third and final tour.

The avatars are then set to tour the world from next year.

Abba formed in Stockholm in 1972. They comprised two couples: Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog; and Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, all of whom had enjoyed musical careers in Sweden. The group burst on to the international stage after winning the Eurovision song contest in Brighton in 1974 with their song Waterloo.

From the mid-70s until they split, Abba built up a formidable arsenal of global hits including Knowing Me, Knowing You, Take a Chance on Me, Dancing Queen and The Name of the Game – all of which reached No 1 in the UK.

Fältskog and Lyngstad were the lead singers; Andersson and Ulvaeus composed the songs. Never less than impeccably produced and performed, Abba’s records were critically disdained at the time, but their popularity has endured. Their 1992 compilation Abba Gold has sold 30m copies – more than 5m of those in the Britain – and spent 833 weeks in the UK album charts.

Their jukebox musical Mamma Mia! debuted in the West End in 1999 and is still running both in London and worldwide; its website claims that it has been seen by 60 million people in 440 cities.

The stage show was adapted into a film in 2008, which grossed $615m (£447m) worldwide. A sequel, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, will be released in June. The actor Lily James – who is set to appear alongside the cast of the first film including Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Colin Firth – told the BBC last week: “There’s lot of songs in there, lots of new ones. Lots of ones, actually, that weren’t in my repertoire of Abba and I think they’re going to be huge hits again, and reawaken the love of Abba.”

Abba’s split in 1983 followed the divorces of both couples. Ulvaeus and Andersson went on to write two musicals, including Chess – a revival by the English National Opera opens on Friday in London – before largely devoting themselves to Abba’s legacy. Fältskog and Lyngstad have kept much lower profiles, though Fältskog – long claimed to be a recluse – returned to pop music with an album, A, which was released in 2013.

The group have long held out against lucrative offers to reform – they were reported to have been offered $1bn to play a concert in 2000. In 2014, Ulvaeus told Billboard: “you will never see us on stage again … we don’t need the money, for one thing.”

Peter Robinson, editor of Popjustice, described the announcement as “the biggest pop news of the 21st century. Most fans grudgingly admired Abba’s refusal to record new music, but I think we all sometimes daydreamed about the band possibly, maybe, one day having a rethink at the right time, on the right terms and for the right reasons, which seems to be what’s happened here.” He added: “It’s a pop miracle.”

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David and Tamela Mann release R&B album offering Christian couples clean music to ‘make love’ to

David and Tamela Mann release R&B album offering Christian couples clean music to ‘make love’ to

Grammy Award-winning gospel artist and actress Tamela Mann teamed up with her husband, NAACP Image Award-winning actor and comedian David Mann to release an album for believers who want to enjoy intimacy without tasteless lyrics.

Titled Us Against the World, the album is a departure from Tamela’s staple gospel sound and celebrates their 30-year union using R&B grooves.  

“It was different for me, it was really different, even though I was happy to think about the man that I love [while singing],” Tamela told The Christian Post. “It made me even look at him differently, and in all honesty, we tested it out and it really worked.”

“It’s making baby music,” David interjected about the album.

Produced by the couple and their son, David Mann, Jr., Tamela said her 30-year-old son pegged the album, “back in the day” music. They were so happy to be able to provide a project like this for the body of Christ.

“Even though you knew we were talking about love, it wasn’t nasty love music,” Tamela explained.

Their first single, “Good Love,” highlights the couple’s soulful harmonies and kicks off the 10-song musical collaboration. “Us Against the World” candidly chronicles the defining moments of David and Tamela’s long relationship.

“It’s about music to make love, not to have sex,” David told CP. “This album was one that we wanted to give to our people because when you’re having those intimate moments, you know we listening to something.”

He joked that people are probably listening to “ R-Kelly or Ron Isley” when trying to get romantic. However, their music is coming from a different place. “You know what we represent, or who we represent. You know that our love for each other is 30 years strong and growing. So we wanted to make music that people can have those intimate moments with and not listen and be like, ‘girl, let me slap you, bump you, pop you.’ All of that stuff.”

The album is based on the couple’s new memoir, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family. The couple just finished touring for the record.

For more information on the book or the album, visit the website.

David and Tamela Mann release R&B album offering Christian couples clean music to ‘make love’ to

David and Tamela Mann release R&B album offering Christian couples clean music to ‘make love’ to

Grammy Award-winning gospel artist and actress Tamela Mann teamed up with her husband, NAACP Image Award-winning actor and comedian David Mann to release an album for believers who want to enjoy intimacy without tasteless lyrics.

Titled Us Against the World, the album is a departure from Tamela’s staple gospel sound and celebrates their 30-year union using R&B grooves.  

“It was different for me, it was really different, even though I was happy to think about the man that I love [while singing],” Tamela told The Christian Post. “It made me even look at him differently, and in all honesty, we tested it out and it really worked.”

“It’s making baby music,” David interjected about the album.

Produced by the couple and their son, David Mann, Jr., Tamela said her 30-year-old son pegged the album, “back in the day” music. They were so happy to be able to provide a project like this for the body of Christ.

“Even though you knew we were talking about love, it wasn’t nasty love music,” Tamela explained.

Their first single, “Good Love,” highlights the couple’s soulful harmonies and kicks off the 10-song musical collaboration. “Us Against the World” candidly chronicles the defining moments of David and Tamela’s long relationship.

“It’s about music to make love, not to have sex,” David told CP. “This album was one that we wanted to give to our people because when you’re having those intimate moments, you know we listening to something.”

He joked that people are probably listening to “ R-Kelly or Ron Isley” when trying to get romantic. However, their music is coming from a different place. “You know what we represent, or who we represent. You know that our love for each other is 30 years strong and growing. So we wanted to make music that people can have those intimate moments with and not listen and be like, ‘girl, let me slap you, bump you, pop you.’ All of that stuff.”

The album is based on the couple’s new memoir, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family. The couple just finished touring for the record.

For more information on the book or the album, visit the website.