Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How Long Has Singing Been Around? Here's the Evolution of Singing

If you have wondered how the evolution of singing came about, then you will certainly find some answers in this article. In the beginning, man sang out their feelings. And this is long before they were able to speak their thoughts.

That being said, there was absolutely no similarity back then to singing in a modern day concert hall. The reference to speech originating in song, therefore, means our comparatively monotonous spoken language and our highly developed vocal music are differentiations of primitive utterances, which had more in them of the latter than of the former. We can relate these utterances to the singing of birds and the roaring of a myriad of animals and the crooning of babies—exclamatory, not communicative.

It came forth from our ancestors’ inner craving of the individual without any thought of fellow creatures. They didn’t have the slightest idea that communicating ideas and feelings to someone else was even remotely possible.

The more you explore how long singing has been around, the deeper you’ll want to dig to discover the evolution of singing. The voice, presumed to be the original musical instrument, and the vocal production of musical tones, are so intrinsically basic to man, its origins are long lost in antiquity and predate the development of spoken language. You’re going to be surprised to discover that there is no human culture, no matter how remote or isolated, that does not sing.

Not only is singing ancient and universal, in primitive cultures it is an important function associated not so much with entertainment or frivolity as with matters vital to the individual, social group, or religion. Primitive man sings to invoke his gods with prayers and incantations; celebrate his rites of passage with chants and songs; and recount his history and heroics with ballads and epics. There are even cultures that regard singing as so incredibly potent an act that they have myths that suggest creation was sung into existence.

It is likely the earliest singing was mainly individualistic and more improvisatory, imitating the sounds of nature, but at what point it became meaningful and communicative cannot be established. No doubt, it was an important step in the creation of language. Anthropologists believe the development of a lowered larynx (important to articulate speech, as it effectively makes the flexible lower tongue the front wall of the pharynx), was a relatively recent aspect of human evolution.

As there are no bones in the human larynx, archaeological remains offer no direct physical evidence of the vocal apparatus of prehistoric man. We also lack studies that correlate vocal characteristics to body size (basic gender difference aside), and there is general belief large-bodied peoples like Slavs, tend to produce low-voiced singers, while small-bodied peoples like those in the Mediterranean, would produce more high-voiced singers. If there is any validity in this, the voice that belonged to the owner of the prehistoric jaw bone half the size of a modern jaw unearthed in 1909, at Heidelberg, Germany, may have been a remarkable discovery.

Some experts would suggest that carrying the idea of relating body size to vocalism into more recent periods, sees modern man as having grown too large to fit the armor of medieval knights. And more recently, it is suspected that, increasingly, the male alto voice type is becoming somewhat of a rarity. Tempting though it is to see a relationship between such things, we lack the means to support it factually.

In Conclusion: Based on our knowledge of the singing of present-day primitive peoples, a possible scenario of musical development in the evolution of singing would begin with simple melodic patterns based on several tones. Also, pitch matching where several persons sing in unison might emerge next, with singing in parallel motion with women or children singing with men; and call-and-answer phrases, and drone basses as subsequent steps. All of which would lead to an evolving sense of tone and scale structure giving rise to the development of such basic musical devices as melodic sequences and formulae.

I do sincerely hope that this article has given you some insight as to how long singing has been around. Thank you for dropping by.


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Friday, August 11, 2017

AFRIMA 2017 Adjudication Process Concludes in Lagos

Strangely enough, I’m writing this blog post on flight ET 900 from Lagos to Addis Ababa. My nine days in Lagos, where I attended the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2017 adjudication process as a member of the Jury, was—to say the least, a bit of a whirlwind. And that’s putting it—well, rather mildly. I remember at the press conference yesterday, when the press, knowing it was my first visit to Lagos, wanted to know of my experience of Lagos. Quite literally, I wasn’t going to lie.

For me Lagos had been a series of back and forth trips from my hotel room; to the boardroom (on the same floor) and the dining room. I never had the chance to sightsee, as it were. We worked back-to-back and flat out into the night to sift through a combination of 4,800 video and audio entries. (I'm sure I'll get to see Lagos some other time).

If I’m honest, I’ve sat on the jury panels for EATV Music Awards and the Kilimanjaro Tanzania Music Awards and it was nothing like this. The sheer volume of entries at AFRIMA was just unbelievable. Not complaining, just reporting the facts. This was WORK! Tons of work.

That being said, it was a wonderful experience and I met some truly awesome individuals on the panel—fellow jurors from all over Africa, whom I now consider family—and the AFRIMA management, who did their very best to ensure that we all had a pleasant stay.

It is quite incredible how the music industry has grown on the African continent. But what truly took me by surprise was how little I knew about what was happening in other parts of Africa. In essence, myself, as well as the other members of the jury were discovering new music from across the African continent every minute every hour. And I think from this point on, I’ll want to stay abreast with the African music scene right across the board as best I can.

We're on the same continent, and yet our music is so diverse. What probably came as a shock was the HUMONGOUS followings North African artists had... some had as many as half a billion views on YouTube! Which is completely unheard of in the rest of Africa. Fascinating.

Well, it’s nice to be home. And I shall now look forward to attending the AFRIMA 2017 Awards Ceremony coming up in November.

Thank you for dropping by.


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jiunge na Darasa Moja La Kukusaidia Ukae Sawa na Mazoezi Ya Sauti

Ili kufikisha huduma yangu ya mafunzo ya sauti bila gharama, nilitengeneza na kupandisha program za mafunzo Joett Vocal Drills Volume. 1-7 Mkito.

Pamoja na hayo, kwa baadhi yenu kujifunzia na program hizo bado mnakua mnahitaji muongozo.

Nilichokifanya ni kuwapandishia video za darasani mwangu mara kwa mara kwenye Instagram yangu @joettmusic ili muweze kuona mifano, na vile vile kuna video nyingi tu kwenye channel yangu ya YouTube.

Na sasa nimeamua kufungua darasa kwa mafunzo ya lisaa limoja tu ndani ya studio yangu, ili kuwasaidia wale wanaotaka kukaa darasani na mimi kwa lisaa limoja tu, waweze kupata uelewa zaidi wa jinsi ya kufanya haya mazoezi ili wapate mafanikio ya haraka zaidi. Huduma hii inaanza mara moja.

Kama ungependa kujiunga, tafadhali nitumie ujumbe WhatsApp nikupe utaratibu.

Je, ungependa kusoma Nakala Nyeti za Mazoezi na Maelekezo ya Uimbaji Bora? Bofya hapa!


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Je, Utajuaje Kama Unakosea Katika Mazoezi Ya Sauti ?

Mazoezi yangu ya sauti, yaani Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-4 yana madhumuni moja tu. Kuondoa tabia ya kupiga makelele na kuimbia kooni. Kwa maana nyingine, kama wewe unaimbia kooni na unapata shida kupanda na kushuka na vile vile unaumia unapo imba nyimbo, basi maana yake ni kwamba wewe hauna mpangilio stahiki wa kuimba.

Hivyo basi, unahitaji kufanya mazoezi stahiki ya sauti ili kurekebisha sauti yako uweze kuimba kwa kutumia mfumo mpya, ambao hauumizi koo wala hauchoshi sauti yako. Na juu ya hapo, mfumo huu wa mazoezi ya kuimba utakuwezesha wewe kuimba kwa upeo mkubwa na kwa urahisi kabisa.

Ukisha download Vol. 1-7 ntahitaji kusikia voice note yako ukiyafanya mazoezi ili nikupe muongozo zaidi. Usifanye Vol. 5-7 mpaka sauti imekaa sawa na mazoezi ya Vol. 1-4. Jipe muda wa wiki kadhaa. 


Usilazimishe notes na wala usiimbie kooni katika training. Na tafadhali fuata piano na uimbe ndani ya funguo (key). Nenda Instagram @joettmusic au #JaphyRoss uangalie video za Japhy Ross darasani. Itakupa uelewa zaidi.

Sasa basi, kama unafanya mazoezi ya Vol. 1-4 na unashindwa kuenda na funguo (key) bila ya kupiga kelelele na kujiumiza koo, basi ujue unakosea. Wacha mazoezi mara moja alafu niombe mimi ushauri kupitia WhatsApp (namba ipo kwenye bango hapo juu).

ONYO: Ukiendelea kubamiza sauti, utaua kabisa sauti yako. 

KUMBUKA: Mifano ya jinsi ya kufanya mazoezi kifasaha na bila shida yeyote wala kutumia nguvu, yapo kwenye Instagram page yangu @joettmusic au #JaphyRoss na vile vile kwenye YoutTube Channel yangu.

Tafadhali Soma Nakala Nyeti za Mazoezi na Maelekezo ya Uimbaji Bora. Na kama ungependa nikuweke sawa, natoa madarasa ya lisaa limoja ana kwa ana ndani ya studio yangu, Oysterbay. Kwa maelekezo zaidi, bofya hapa!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Open Day with Joett: How to Get FREE 30 Minute Voice Assessments

I have been running free voice assessments all along, but I think this time around I’ve gotten just a little louder about it... of sorts, what with Instagram configured artwork in a variety of shades created especially.

But here’s what the free voice assessments are all about.

The reason for the assessments from the get-go was to get to assess new pupils before I accept them for my vocal training course.

I basically wanted to hear the voice; run them through a breathing exercise; and then some scales on piano to establish whether or not they're able to work with music. (In all honesty, I wouldn’t want to admit someone who is tone deaf... for example).


If they qualified, I would pencil them into my weekly vocal training schedule. That is primarily the purpose of this exercise.

However, since creating and availing my training programs for download on Mkito, pupils all around the country now have access to my training modules and from time to time would request for in-studio vocal training sessions with me. Well, here’s where, again, the free assessments come in to play. But with a slight twist this time around, as this tends to attract mainly, pupils who have already downloaded my vocal training programs, but want a one-on-one consultation nonetheless, just to be sure of what they’re doing... which can be done over the phone or by sending me voice notes via WhatsApp.

If you’re in the latter group, my recommendation is that at the very least, you take my Quick Start 3 Hour Course (TZS 90,000) so that you get to LEARN something. And I will give you a recording of your sessions with me (the good runs), so you can continue to practice at home. It’s a very small investment to a comprehensive long-term home learning program thereafter. Think about it!

I hope you've enjoyed this post today, and I thank you for visiting.

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UK Top 40 Singles Chart: Spanish Song "Despacito" Tops UK & Billboard Charts, Busts Through the Language Barrier

I have ALWAYS wanted an opportunity to write on how music is SO damned universal, that when UK Top 40 Singles Chart topper Despacito (Remix) (feat. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber) by Luis Fonsi came along and I was preparing to begin reviewing the weekly chart for my blog, I just had to go grab it!

I must admit, when I first heard the song on BBC Radio One a couple of weeks ago, I was immediately drawn to it.

The song is SO catchy. It didn’t surprise me at all when in the following week Despacito remained at number one after being 12 weeks in the UK chart.

The song is the first mostly Spanish language top 10 since "Macarena" in 1996-97. "This is great for Latin music!" Fonsi told Billboard, where it also graced the #1 position in the singles chart that same week. Driven by a new remix featuring Justin Bieber, for the first time in more than 20 years a mostly Spanish-language song ranks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. But what is SO refreshing about this particular song is that it sounds REALLY good. A good song transcends language, by all means, confirming yet again, that good music is good music, and that language is absolutely irrelevant.

Bieber, meanwhile, doubles his longest Hot 100 Billboard reign. Of his four prior No. 1s, he had ruled the longest with "Sorry," for three weeks in early 2016.

The rest of the tracks in the UK Top 40 Singles Chart  are also ‘good music’ across the board, with Ariana Grande’s soaring vocals in One More Time at #2; and the utterly infectious Unforgettable (feat. Swae Lee) by French Montana at #3; and at number 4 Strip That Down (feat. Quavo) by Liam Payne adding a more quirky R&B vibe which I quite like; and brand new entry 2U (feat. Justin Bieber) by David Guetta breaks into the chart in the number 5 position; with the rest of the Top 10 looking like this: #6 Mama (feat. William Singe) - Jonas Blue; #7 I'm The One (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne) - DJ Khaled; #8 There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes; #9 Slow Hands-  Niall Horan; #10 Attention - Charlie Puth.

With such good music being released at the moment, overall, the UK Chart Show is sounding better and better week on week. That being said, I couldn’t help but mention how utterly insane I am for up-tempo old-school-esq vibe That's What I Like by Bruno Mars, sitting at #27 this week… mind you, it’s been in the UK Top 4o Singles Chart for 19 weeks.

Meanwhile, Stateside, Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like" drops 2-3 on the Hot 100, following six weeks at No. 2 after it topped the May 13-dated chart. Still, it paces Radio Songs for a seventh week, with 154 million in audience (down 7 percent), tying his longest command as a lead artist with "Just the Way You Are" (2010) and "Locked Out of Heaven" (2013); he's led longer only as featured on Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!" (12 weeks, 2015). "Like" also leads Hot R&B Songs for an 18th week.

To get the complete run down of the UK Top 40 Singles Chart this week before the next 1800 GMT Chart Show Friday 23rd June updates the chart, click here. 

I hope you've enjoyed my very first Chart review. Catch up with you again when I review the next Chart rundown.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

How Savvy Musicians Are Creating Supplemental Income Streams

Gone are the days when the music industry generated most of its revenue from record sales. The advent of the mp3 download brought about a gradual decline in physical product sales, namely, vinyl—currently going into revival, how times have changed—and the CD; which meant that more and more artists had to rely on touring and merchandising t-shirt, caps, and so forth, to generate the much needed revenue to sustain and grow their brands. This article will investigate the plight of the musician and that of the small business owner, in connection with creating supplemental income streams in a rapidly evolving retail marketplace.

Figuring it all out is quite a conundrum in itself, and so I’m going to cut to the chase to help you understand this in the quickest way possible. Ideally, this article is meant to help you get started with creating your very own supplemental income stream using other peoples’ platforms (that's the smart thing about it); and harnessing the immense prowess and savvy of experienced marketers at no cost to you. Yes, the best things in life are free. Believe or not.

Let’s assume you’re a musician, or small business owner who wants to find a fast way to get your physical products online (t-shirts, baseball caps, scarves, trainers, head bands, bracelets etc.), the thought of hiring a web designer to create a webpage for you can be quite daunting when you consider the cost implication, not to mention setting up an online shopping cart on YOUR platform to take orders. And we haven’t even touched on the marketing aspect. If you’re under the impression that when you build, they’ll come, then you’re in for a big surprise: it doesn’t work that way.

Now, what if I told you that you can have a superb online store, complete with shopping cart, and that on top of it… a team of online AND offline marketers to promote your products 365 days a year at absolutely no cost to you, would you be interested? Well, to be quite honest, I thought as much.

Sounds too good to be true, but here’s how it can work for you!

First and foremost, you register yourself as an affiliate marketer with one of the world’s largest affiliate marketing platforms, SFI Marketing Group. They have over one hundred thousand active affiliates on their network. This is the sales force that will push your products across the internet and furthermore, into retail outlets on the high street. But most importantly, the reason I recommend you join the affiliate network yourself is because, using this system—if you are a musician, fashion designer, artist or small business owner especially—you’ll be well placed to then incentivize your fans and followers to take on the task of promoting your products.

Why would they do that?

Because it stands to generate a supplemental income for THEM. They'll love you for it!

Once you’ve become an affiliate, you can then—through your back office, register as an E-Commerce Associate to upload the products you want to sell. I could’ve asked you to go directly in as ECA, but you stand to gain so much more by also becoming an affiliate. So many ECAs are also affiliates.

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