Thursday, October 4, 2018

Introducing the Band 'Mopao Swahili Jazz' from Tanzania


B I O: Mopao Swahili Jazz, a Tanzanian based band, perform original jazz songs blending beats and rhythms from various African music traditions. Initially influenced by the American Jazz canon, the band has recently claimed its music space with a unique platform blending jazz with the music of their African forefathers.

Mopao have recorded an album called Taswira (Reflections), and performed extensively locally as well as in Denmark and Kenya. They have recently partnered with vocalist Sauda Simba who has two albums of her own under her belt.



B A N D M E M B E R S
Emmanuel Mopao – Guitar
Tito Makasi – Drums (not in photo)
Abdallah "Kikombe" Membe– Drums
Bariki "Bari-Keys" Mbaga – Keyboard
Haidary Chumambili– Ngoma
Leonard Kayoya – Bass (not in photo)
Mukiza Mwiruki – Saxophone
Sauda Simba – Vocalist

C O N T A C T S
For more info and to book
contact:
Sauda Simba
+255 (0) 784 266 784
saudajsimba @ gmail.com
or
Leonard Oscar Kayoya
+255 (0) 719 372 058
lenys260 @ gmail.com

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

What Comes First: Rehearsals, Performing, Recording, Training?

If you have experienced difficulty with delivering your notes when you sing, then perhaps it is time to get organized in a manner that will eliminate the problem for good. This short article will offer tips on how to schedule for better results.

The more you continue to rehearse, perform and record without first training the voice, the deeper you’ll sink into vocal ruin that ultimately gets more and more difficult to fix.

I come across singers all the time who are extremely busy performing and recording new tracks and pay no attention whatsoever to voice training before they do any of that. They have their priorities squarely hinged on everything but. Well, let me show you the order in which singers must work. And you’re going to be amazed to find just how effective this strategy will be for you.

First and foremost, before you even begin rehearsals, spend some quality time voice training—several weeks I would recommend—just for an hour a day. And then get into rehearsal but you must continue to train and make sure that you do your vocal warm-up before you begin your rehearsals every time.

When you begin your studio recording sessions, again, you must continue your vocal exercises and like you do before rehearsal, warm-up the voice for at least twenty minutes before you hit the recording studio.

Oh, and about that stage performance? Do your vocal exercises before you go to the venue! If you do this religiously, you’ll never experience difficulty in delivering your notes ever.

You’ll find plenty more tips in my new book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach, available NOW in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Lulu.

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You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!


JOETT - Vocal Coach & Author:
“101 Letters from a Vocal Coach”

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Voice Lesson Tips on Tape: Why Tumblr is the Best Platform Ever

I have been meaning to spring this on you for a while but I’ve just been too hectic to blog this one out. I know at times you’ll want a quick singing tip in audio format—coz let’s face it, I write a lot—but it is always a bit of a stickler to get around delivering audio clips in a sort of neat and uncomplicated manner. Well, that’s until I tried out Tumblr.

Sadly, Hulkshare certainly didn’t do it for me. Too finicky! YouTube is too tedious as I’ll have to hire someone to create the videos. Thanks, but no thanks. And so Tumblr it is then. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this before.

Simply put, I want to talk to you guys from time to time and to demonstrate at least some exercises in a bit more detail; AND to explain a few things relating to them. Yes, I will write the articles on singing, but it always helps to drive home the overall message when I actually speak to you with examples in audio.

So, if you want to get started with a couple of singing tips in audio already on there, go to my Tumblr page here.

You’ll find plenty more tips in my new book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach, available NOW in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Lulu.

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You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!


JOETT - Vocal Coach & Author:
“101 Letters from a Vocal Coach”

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