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Reveal: The New Honda Civic Type R

Honda has revealed the all-new Civic Type R at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, ahead of the model’s European launch in the summer. The new car builds on Honda’s heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks, and represents the segment’s ultimate expression of dynamic purity.

Sharing the same fundamentals as the new Civic hatchback, the new Type R has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot-hatch segment – both on road and on the race track.

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ANNOUNCING: All-New ‘Luther’ Starring Idris Elba is Coming to BBC America

Ladies and gentleman, our favorite detective is back in the cut.

The multi-award-winning Luther will return to BBC America with a new, four-part limited-series written and created by Neil Cross, and starring Idris Elba, who has received critical acclaim and a Golden Globe®, SAG and Critics’ Choice Award for his performance as DCI John Luther. Filming will commence early next year.

Elba shares our excitement about returning to the role, saying: “Neil, the BBC and I have been talking about a further season and I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together. I look forward to putting the coat back on.”

For more details and information, check out: http://bbc.in/2s2tm4h

1) i had to do some research on the anastasia musical and everything in here is from the wikipedia page lol.  2) oak is a B L E S S I N G and i was so happy to get this request and write this.  3) i wish there was more oak stuff in fandom but so does everyone.  4) i love ya’ll

title: in a crowd of thousands
fandom: hamilcast
pairings: oak x reader
rating: t
word count: 4323

request: I sent this into a different blog but I think they deactivated?? And I was wondering if you would write it? It’s a Oak x reader request where the reader is good friends with Daveed and during a Hamilcast party he brings them and introduces them as ‘the newest broadway star’ after they got the lead in Anastasia and they hit it off with Oak really well and they kiss/plan a date for just the two of them?

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In 1976, @npr All Things Considered marked what would have been Malcolm X’s 51st birthday by airing an interview with Alex Haley. Haley, the co-author of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, reflected on Malcolm X’s legacy 11 years after his assassination and the emergence of local and regional black leaders in America. “The country, in this regard, is beginning to become more nearly what it has long said it is—a democracy.”

Take a listen as one stalwart of black history remembers another.

Image 1: Malcolm X poses for a portrait on February 16, 1965. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Image 2: Alex Haley, co-author of ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ and author of the multi-award-winning family saga 'Roots’. Credit:  Fred Mott/Getty Images

anonymous asked:

Zayn is multi platinum award winning break through artist who literally worked his ass off for five years while in the biggest boy band of this decade and two years for his solo career He is more than being lowered to the boyfriend of passing model who gets half the jobs she does cuz of her family

i wish more people would understand this

American Gods’ Emily Browning: ‘Laura Moon is awful… but who the f*** wants to be nice?’

When your character gets killed off in the first episode, it’s usually not a great sign for an actor’s career. But Emily Browning, who plays the recently deceased Laura Moon in TV’s latest must-see series American Gods, couldn’t be more content.

Why? Well, for a start American Gods isn’t the kind of show to let a little thing like a fatal car crash get in the way of a good character arc, but it’s more personal than that. “I mean, obviously there’s the fact that I used to plan my own death when I was five,” the Australian actress tells me within 10 minutes of us meeting. “Sometimes my mind goes to a really unnecessary place.”

Most telly connoisseurs would disagree with the unnecessary part at least. Early reviews for Amazon’s darkly delightful new series suggest it’s the kind of ambitious escapism we need now. Based on the multi-award-winning Americana fantasy novel by Sandman author Neil Gaiman, American Gods tells the story of a brewing war between Old World deities and New World obsessions such as technology, celebrity and media.

Trying to make sense of it all is Shadow Moon, an ex-con played by Ricky Whittle, of Hollyoaks fame — but don’t let that put you off, he’s great. Ian McShane is perfectly cast as a shady conman, Mr Wednesday — scholars of Old Norse mythology may notice some significance in that name — who hires Shadow Moon as his bodyguard.

Browning plays Shadow’s doomed and unfaithful wife. “Laura’s kind of awful. I mean, she’s not a nice person but who the f*** wants to be a nice person? ‘Nice’ is the worst possible word. Like, be a kind person.” She lets out a short laugh. “Laura’s not even a kind person.” We learn more about Laura’s character in flashbacks later in the series but the most salient fact is clear early on: “She dies, and that’s where it gets interesting.”

Someone else who finds death interesting is Bryan Fuller, the American Gods showrunner and co-creator whose previous TV credits include Dead Like Me (about an 18-year-old grim reaper) and Pushing Daisies (about a pie-maker who can reanimate the dead).

Browning soon recognised a kindred spirit: “I don’t think it made me interested in the sense that I thought, ‘Oh, maybe I can work through some of my fears and issues’,” she clarifies. “It was probably more a sort of sick, perverse thing. I’m very drawn to doing things that aren’t necessarily good for me. I’m not a big drinker but I have this strange addiction to unhealthy thought processes. I think about dark things.”

Browning’s Wednesday Addams tendencies won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has followed her career. She played the unfortunate orphan in question opposite Jim Carrey in the 2004 film version of A Series of Unfortunate Events, an asylum inmate called Baby Doll in the 2011 film Sucker Punch and, in the same year, a young woman who takes on an unusual form of sex work in disturbing art film Sleeping Beauty.

She may be most familiar, though, from the 2015 film Legend. Tom Hardy garnered the attention for his double performance as both Kray twins but it was Browning’s soulful turn as Reggie Kray’s tragic first wife Frances that made the most lasting impression.

The role of Bella Swan in the Twilight films might have seemed like a natural addition to this CV but Browning dropped out of the casting process early on. “I read the book and it seemed like a really abusive relationship. I’m not worried about the characters I play being role models — I mean, in this show Laura isn’t — but if you’re doing a movie for teenagers you want to give them something healthy to look up to.”

Still, the offers of dark, damaged and doll-like roles kept coming in. With her delicate, porcelain face and bird-like physicality, 28-year-old Browning looks the part, and she knows it. “I’ve been slightly typecast in the sense that I’m naturally drawn to outsiders and people who are a bit f*****up,” she says, cheerfully. “But that’s because I think everyone’s f***** up, to be honest. It’s hard to play a character that isn’t.”

Browning’s approach to the maintenance of good mental health is typically down-to-earth and refreshing. “I sometimes tell people that I’ve seen a therapist once a week for the past five years, and they look at me like, ‘Aw, are you OK?’ and I’m like, ‘I’m fine!’ I think everybody should see a therapist!”

Not everybody is like Browning, however. She got her start as a child star in her native Australia and her years in the industry are evident in her effortless professionalism. When it’s time for her photograph to be taken, she moves seamlessly through a flow of graceful poses while keeping up friendly chit-chat with the crew — on Melbourne slang (sweets are all “lollies”, apparently) and her boyfriend’s efforts to calm her on a recent flight (“I’m not ‘a bit of a hypochondriac’; I’m terrible”).

When it’s time for our interview proper to begin, she ushers her publicist out of the room, snuggles into the huge hotel sofa and launches into a stream of unexpected opinions, candid anecdotes and witty insights, all delivered with the same upbeat, unpretentious Aussie humour. It’s obvious that not only has Browning given plenty of interviews but that, unusually, she quite enjoys them.

Does she feel like a typical Aussie? “My sense of humour is very Australian but I’m not a patriotic person. I love Melbourne and where I grew up but my country is still really backwards in a lot of ways. I don’t feel any need to be like, ‘This is our land!’ It’s like, well, actually it’s not. We kind of stole it.” She thinks some more: “This is the w******* answer to this question and you must include this caveat — I think I may have been drunk, when I said this to my boyfriend — but I’m ‘a citizen of the world’.”

Like many a slightly sheepish “world citizen”, she spent a few years living in London, in Notting Hill. For now though, she has settled for now into an east LA lifestyle of hiking, reading, watching films with her boyfriend and cooking.

Her speciality dish, she says, is a slow-cooked bolognese that contains a truly powerful amount of garlic: “I don’t wear deodorant normally — because I’m a disgusting hippy, I guess — but I have a stick of super-strong hardcore sports deodorant that I keep only for the day after bolognese.”

Even after a warning like that, you’d be a fool to reject an invite to Browning’s next dinner party. Gloomy taste in screen roles notwithstanding, she’s a hoot. It’s easy to see why her presence on set is so wanted. Dead or alive.

American Gods begins on Amazon Prime Video from May 1

Icelandic lifestyle brand Tulipop is extending its brand with the help of DHX Media’s kids’ network, WildBrain, which will create an animated web series set for launch on a global Tulipop YouTube Channel in early summer.

“The web series is co-written by Tobi Wilson (The Amazing World of Gumball), and is being developed in collaboration with Ken Anderson of Red Kite Animation. Inspired by Iceland’s rich fairytale tradition, Tulipop is created by illustrator Signy Kolbeinsdottir and launched in 2010 with the help of her best friend, Helga Arnadottir. The multi-award-winning design brand comprises a book and a range of character products, available in 14 countries.”

I wanted to make a small review after the first story of Everafter reached its conclusion, but I thought that I should register my impressions during the way.

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about (or don’t follow my RP blog), Everafter is the sequel of the multi-award winning Fables, from Vertigo Comics, which also spammed sequels and a video game series by Telltale, The Wolf Among Us. If you would like to learn more about Fables, check this and this links. (sorry I’m not going to write a summary on Fables, there’s too much).

This new series takes places some unspecified time after the end of Fable in issue #150, with some heavy changes to the status quo: the Fables revealed themselves to the Mundy, and now the ordinary world is facing a transition to be a magical one and, of course, this causes a number of problems - the world is creating new legendary beings, new Fables of its own.  To make sure everything goes as ‘right’ as possible, a new secret agency known as Shadow Players was formed, leaded by Feathertop – one of Bigby’s old agents – and formed by new and old characters from the series.

Just like as the world in the story, the series is also facing a great transition: out of the hands of the original creator, Bill Willingham, to Dave Justus and Matthew Sturges. This isn’t this duo first time with the lore, as they wrote the comic adaptation to The Wolf Among Us and Sturges signed one issue of Fairest. Also hauling from TWAU, the artist Travis Moore brings his detailed and beautiful style to the title.

The choice of characters was interesting: Feathertop is from a lesser known short story and was featured in Willingham’s text-only “ A Wolf in the Fold “ which tells us how the Big Bad Wolf joined Fabletown, as Snow White’s scout and sort of bodyguard. It was an obscure choice, but ties him to two of the most important characters of the series as old friends, that was probably why the couple trusted him to take care of one of their children – Conner Wolf.

Conner, who was pivotal in Fables #150 after spending most of the time in the sidelines to his siblings, is a joy to see. And yet I get this ‘’vibe” of the 80s-90s movies featuring teenagers in random situations when I see him inserted in James Bond-esque environment. Something like the old Teen Wolf meets Young James Bond sort of thing. It’s not a bad thing, it’s an interesting and promising concept.

And now in frontlines, Peter Piper and Bo Beep from the novel. They had also minor appearances in the main comic series (more so Peter) and in the Fairest graphic novel. They aren’t very known among the fans – I recall somebody mistaking Bo for Cinderella – but they are already established characters and were one interesting choice. Considering Peter’s feelings towards Bigby, his relationship with the son started pretty rocky.

Lastly, Hansel. One of the villains of the old series, I never quite understood what was made of him in the main comics. And suddenly there he was, playing with the good guys despite being even banished from Fabletown. Yet another thing that could lead to some potential story in the future. I would say that the writers picked their players quite well, let’s see the other surprises they got – especially when it comes to the newcomers like Doctor Dolittle and Ayesha.

With the characters properly commented, let’s talk about the story: it opens up with a seemly zombie infestation, because this seems to be trendy today. Just kidding, there’s a cause to it and the Shadow Players agents need to break through the hordes of undead and neutralize the ‘package’. While we are presented with gorgeous action shots, Feathertop explains the whole spiel to the young Conner Wolf, brought in by his parents Bigby Wolf and Snow White. The first issue was pretty much to introduce the old fans to a brave new world with familiar faces. Conner is pretty much a stand-in for the reader, being handled by the Fables’ main characters to the new series.

The first issue presents us both with very action-paced moments following Peter Piper and his group, but many Fables fans would say that Bigby and Snow stole the show, not to mention the myriad of cameos. TJ, Bo Bear and Clever Hans are among them, and that really made me happy. The frame on Feathertop’s office featuring Snow and Bigby and all the others in a Remembrance Day ball was also a nice detail while the couple held hands in the scene. It was a good treat for Fables lovers. The scene between Bigby and Conner was beautifully handled, and very emotional too.

It was all nice and cute until the writing team made a bold decision and brought a very graphic shock to close the #1. Now that was a way to bring the attention back to the new main characters.

In the second issue, now with the introductions and the Wolf couple out of the way the story can really focus on the team properly said. The previous mission reached an abrupt and rather anticlimax end but it will be handled in the future , that much was obvious. The pace was slower, building up to the following issue: we have the Shadow Players’ new assignment, the tension between Peter Piper and Conner’s petulance, followed a bit the ‘package’ of the last issue that is certainly going to become a bigger problem, and we also learn that Feathertop isn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty — probably not too different as Bigby’s secret dealings in Fables. Basically it works more like a bridge to set things up. A necessary evil, but again with a twist in the end that might be more shocking to new readers and not so much to those familiar with the series.

On a side-note, I’m pretty sure that “Goddamn it, Wolf” is going to become Peter’s catchphrase soon enough.

Travis Moore’s art is a delight to see. The attention to the details is something that seems to be his trademark in his works. From the different facial structures to the little Easter Eggs, it brings the universe established in Fables to life, and transformed. I really hope he continues being the main artist for the series. He was a good choice, maybe the fact the fans loved him in TWAU had something to do with that.

This series have big challenges ahead of it: to cement a reputation for itself, following the footsteps of such a groundbreaking publication like Fables might not be easy but it seem to be in the right direction so far. The other one is to attract new readers – the first issue wasn’t too newcomers-friendly and the second one might pick some interest but it wasn’t really that inspiring by itself. Hopefully the next issue or the even the following arc might be more interesting to those who are new to it. Everafter certainly got so much potential — a term that I keep repeating here – let’s see how this new team handles it.

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Uisce Beatha (‘Whiskey / Water of Life’) - Multi Award-Winning Irish Titanic Short Film by Shaun O’Connor

Set in 1912, 'Uisce Beatha’ (Gaelic for Whiskey or Water of Life) is the true story of Tom, a young Irish man who leaves his home in rural Ireland to cross the ocean on the ill-fated 'Titanic’. But a night of celebration beforehand results in a twist that will affect Tom’s fate drastically….

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Chris Cornell’s Official Music Video For His Song “The Promise” Released on World Refugee Day 2017 By Survival Pictures

LOS ANGELES, CA – Multi-Grammy® Award-winning, Golden Globe nominee Chris Cornell’s official music video for his song “The Promise” was released this morning by Survival Pictures.  “The Promise” was Cornell’s last release prior to his passing. 

“Chris Cornell was not only a dear family friend for many years, but he was also a once-in-a generation talent who is missed more than words can convey. It was such an honor to collaborate and partner on The Promise over the years, said Eric Esrailian, Producer of The Promise and Co-Manager for Survival Pictures.  “His music and lyrics will not only shine a light on the Armenian Genocide and the human rights crises of modern times, but they will also inspire people and provide hope for years to come.”

Esrailian added, “Although it is bittersweet because Chris filmed his performance in Brooklyn, NY shortly before his passing, he wanted his video to be released on World Refugee Day, and he was passionate about helping people through this project. True to Chris’s charitable spirit, he made a commitment to donate all of his proceeds from “The Promise” to support refugees and children, and to further the conversation about the refugee crisis the world continues to endure.”

The video was directed by Grammy Award winning director Meiert Avis (Audioslave, U2) and Stefan Smith (Madonna, Sting). “The Promise” is Cornell’s last music video performance.  It also includes media donated by Academy Award nominated director Evgeny Afineesvky (HBO’s Cries from Syria), UNESCO Prize for Peace Recipient SOS Méditerranée, Freshwater Films (Ross Kemp’s Libya’s Migrant Hell), Keo Films (Exodus: Our Journey To Europe), Nazik Armenakyan (Survivors), Human Rights Watch, Refugee Rescue, and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

At the time of the song’s release Cornell said: 

“’The Promise’ to me is mainly about paying homage to those we lost in the Armenian Genocide, but it’s also about shining a light on more recent atrocities. The same methods used in the Armenian genocide were used to carry out crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and right now in Syria on multiple fronts, contributing to a massive global refugee crisis. Unfortunately, the words ‘never again’ seem like just words when we recall these mass executions of the twentieth century, as well as renewed racism and prejudice around the world. Even in the US, the warning signs - isolating groups based on race and religion - are evident. We really need to tell these stories and keep telling them in as many different ways as we can. As humans, we have a tremendous capacity to trudge ahead in our lives and not look at the difficult and challenging moments… but I think it’s important. Educating ourselves on the past is the best way to understand the present and avoid future atrocities by understanding and intervening. We must educate and stand as one to combat this fear and violence, and as citizens of the world, work to protect each other’s human rights.“

In April 2017, Cornell and his family toured refugee camps in Greece and it was there that they decided The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation would focus its efforts on child refugees and the issues affecting them including education, health and human trafficking.

EWEN RYLEY -  RYLEY JEWELLERY CREATIONS

Inspired by a Rene Lalique piece, “Honey of the New World” was created for the International Opal Jewellery Design Awards and brought home the winning place. It features one hand carved Juniper Ridge opal by a multi-award winning opal carver. Also, two Mexican fire opals and two cute honey bees add to the theme. Three tones of 18 carat gold were used and over 150 hours to create this amazing objet d'art.

The Most Underrated Bhangra Songs of 2014

This is an article that I wrote for SimplyBhangra.com which can be viewed at this link: 

13. Manj Musik & Sardool Sikandar – Mitran Nu Maar Giya

Having dramatically left RDB earlier this year, Manj released “The Album” as a free download his under the new banner entitled “Manj Musik”.  

Described as a “Modern take on a well-known classic”; Manj made this track purely for bhangra fans who love the desi vibe. It’s a good song, but lacks the cutting edge factor. I appreciate this song purely because it’s an entirely reproduced version of the original and done very well. Under-rated in my opinion!

12. Manak-E - Paranda

The track Paranda, vocalled by Manak-E and produced by Dreamteam, was released in December 2014 but was sadly overshadowed with releases by Dark MC, Sukshinder Shinda and Imran Khan within the same week; with rarely any hype or promotion for this single.

The track Paranda was originally meant to be released by DJ Hari-B from North America, as he once posted a video on Instagram of Manak-E singing the hook line with the caption: “Watch out for our brand new track out soon on Manak-E’s brand new album!!”.  However it was then credited to Dreamteam who were the original producers of the song. Dreamteam, consisting of Ramji Gulati and Gopi, are no strangers to the Punjabi music industry as they produced 8 tracks for Manak-E’s album “Show Time” in 2010 which included the hit tracks “Dhoor”, “Jehri Kuri” and “Love Letter”.

The song itself has a fantastic hook line and includes good harmonium, electric banjo and mandolin compositions. It includes other credentials you would expect to hear in a bhangra song with percussion, chords, bassline, drums and synths and has a good upbeat tempo and hookline with the ingredients to become a popular club song. However, due to it being released very late on in the year, it has not been provided with the same support as other singles in the past few months. Under-rated to say the least.

11. Deep Grewal – Nakhra 2014

The debut release by Deep Grewal entitled: “Nakhra 2014” was produced by production outfit Cloud 9 Music and was released in September 2014. Nakhra 2014 had the fundamentals to become a popular song in 2014 with a strong vocal, simple beat and percussion, infectious mandolin and vaja pieces as well as a catchy hook line.

Dubbed as a “summer anthem” by Cloud 9, it failed to live up to that title as the song had a very simple beat and BPM and lacked the final product to become an “anthem”. It did however contain the ingredients to become a popular bhangra team song, with the song containing fun lyrics and enough “remix ability” for bhangra teams worldwide. A under-rated bhangra song this year, but hopefully not a forgotten one!

10. Preet Harpal, Hard Kaur & Tigerstyle – Att Goriye

The track Att Goriye, vocalled by Preet Harpal featuring Hard Kaur and produced by production outfit Tigerstyle was released in October 2014. This epic slow jam included soulful Punjabi vocals, soft strings assisted with a simple hip hop beat for Hard Kaur to rap on.

The track Att Goriye was overshadowed by the release of Jazzy B’s Mitran De Boot, which featured Dr Zeus and Kaur B. The general hype for that particular single was so big, that many bhangra fans, including myself, were unaware of this single at the time. In my opinion, Att Goriye was a single that was so completely different to any slow jam that bhangra has witnessed in 2014. A particular remix by Canada’s Joe Mann was a remix that stood out the most for me. A faster BPM, added bass and modified drum pattern, made the song more listenable. A hugely under-rated song.

9. DJ Intense & Jup Gill – Haan Karde

Coming from compilation album entitled “The Album” from super group IMM, Vancouver’s DJ Intense once again collaborated with Jup Gill for this epic collaboration. Having already collaborated for the upbeat bhangra track hailed as the “surrey anthem” entitled “Launian Pendhian”, they collaborated once again to bring Haan Karde. This album was the stepping stone for DJ Intense as he later went onto collaborate with Diljit Dosanjh, Mika Singh, Avtar Rai and introduce Gary Sandhu, a fresh vocalist signed to the Intense Music Group in 2014.

Moving onto the track, Haan Karde was a song produced by DJ Intense and vocalled by Jup Gill with rap by Sonny Brown. Shying away from the traditional desi, bhangra vibe; they have completely switched up the song and provided us with a track that is sure to get listeners hooked. With a catchy hook line and rap, it is sure worth waiting to the end of the album to listen to this one specific song.  

And if that wasn’t enough, DJ Intense ended 2014 with two singles, one of which was a remix of Haan Karde with a desi twist. The song included all desi essentials such as percussion, mandolin and tumbi pieces as well as incorporating a strong R&B beat. An under-rated song to say the least.

8. Happy Bains and Simon Nandhra – Vang

Coming from the album “Against All Odds”, Happy Bains collaborated with Simon Nandhra for this track. Having produced most of the tracks for this album, most of the tracks of the album were generally unoriginal and boring in comparison to regular UK bhangra albums. However, only one song stood out for me in this album and that song was Vang, after it was given a music video.

The song itself is soft and mellow with a nice easy listening tempo with a reminder of a 90’s B21 track. It isn’t very catchy and wasn’t likeable when first listening to it but soon grew on me. A under-rated song for sure.

7. Resham Singh Anmol – Nagni 2

The follow up to his hit track “Nagni”, Resham Singh Anmol teams up with Bhinda Aujla once again for Nagni 2, a track that released in December 2014.

Having released Nagni in October 2013 and accumulating almost one million views on YouTube, Resham Singh Anmol returned with this follow up single. The song itself is more dance worthy song compared to his first single and is likely to become a song that will become popular with bhangra teams. A under-rated song but will hopefully not go unnoticed.

6. Jags Klimax & Kaka Bhaniawala – Moorni Bankhe

Multi award winning DJ and international artist Jags Klimax made his long awaited comeback in 2014 with his new album entitled: “Electric”. The long-awaited album has been teased by Jags Klimax as far as 2008, when he first played his tracks: “Moorni” and “Make It Clap” on the BBC Asian Network. Unfortunately for Jags, the tracks were leaked onto the internet as well as an unmixed and unmastered version of “Nach Sade Naal”.

This track is vocalled by the Late. Kaka Bhaniawala and is by far the best song on the album. In comparison to the leaked version, I very much appreciate that version. This version features this very annoying synth piece on the chorus which takes away the focus from the percussion, drum beat and bass. It’s catchy and includes some very well produced composition pieces and hasn’t gone unnoticed with bhangra fans. However, it is under-rated in the fact that a lot of bhangra fans appreciate the lead singles “Make It Clap” and “Hanji” more than any tracks on the album.

5. Mehi & Northern Lights – Pyar Diyan Gallan (Remix)

Classically trained Mehi teams up with Northern Lights to bring a beautifully sung romantic slow jam. Mehi and Northern Lights are no strangers to each other after they collaborated with each other for “Do Some Bhangra” in August 2012 which was Mehi’s debut single having being signed to record label “Organised Rhyme” which features a host of talented individuals.

Moving onto the track, the original song produced by Shakti was given the “Northern Lights treatment” with a fitting and superbly produced reggae beat on the chorus to give the song a more dynamic feel.  A lot of radio stations picked up on this song to play on air, but was still a song that hasn’t been rated highly this year. A massively under-rated song, seeing as many people are unaware of this official remix.

4. Roshan Prince – Dil Di Rani

Punjabi vocalist Roshan Prince returns once again with this fantastic folk infused dance track, coming from the PTC Star Night Album. PTC Star Night is a show in which well known bhangra singers have the opportunity to perform unreleased and exclusive singles. In 2014, artists such as Preet Harpal, Mangi Mahal, Ammy Virk, Ranjit Bawa and many more performed at this event.

This is an under-rated track purely because it is unknown to many fans of authentic Punjabi music. It sadly doesn’t help that it is not available to download on iTunes within the UK, however there are genuine MP3’S available online. Very under-rated as well as recent single “Back to Bhangra” which featured music production by Sachin Ahuja.

3. Epic Bhangra & Gurkawal Sidhu – Kashni Ji Akh

Coming out of New York, Gurkawal Sidhu releases his second single featuring the incredible Epic Bhangra. A song that was penned by Gurkawal Sidhu, he shows his versatility by collaborating with Epic Bhangra, who had huge success in 2014 with tracks such as “Bullet”, “Mukhada” and “Duawan”.

The song itself has a good combination and arrangement of traditional Indian percussion assisted by incredible sarangi and harmonium music pieces that will have listeners hooked on the song instantly! A truly incredibly produced song as expected by Epic Bhangra; but however wasn’t promoted well enough online that wasn’t brought to the attention of bhangra fans. A truly under-rated bhangra song this year BUT Epic Bhangra and Gurkawal Sidhu’s next collaboration in 2015 will surely catch the eye of bhangra fans worldwide.

2. Sunny Brown – Ik Gal

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Culture Shock Trio released an array of new singles this year. Sunny Brown, Lomaticc and Baba Kahn released three new singles in 2014. Holiday – an upbeat dance number featuring Culture Shock Trio’s signature sound. Arguing – a heart wrenching R&B track that highlights the destruction of love between two people. And finally Ik Gal, vocalled solely by the talented and smooth Sunny Brown for this Punjabi dubstep track.

Moving onto this incredible track, the infectious saxphone riff at the start of the track sets the tone for the rest of the track leading up to an incredible dubstep drop. One remix that takes the track to a different dimension is one by Vancouver’s DJ RsM. With the added dhol, bass, tumbi and dhad; he brings the track in a whole new light. The increased BPM allows the track to become more dance worthy. An incredibly fresh track from anything we have heard in the bhangra industry in 2014 to freshen things up and shake dancefloors worldwide. An incredibly under-rated song!

1. Harjit Harman - Mela

After the astounding success of the single “Jatti”, Harjit Harman went onto release yet another dance-floor hit. Coming from the album “Punjabi Folk Collaboration 1”, which featured artists such as Ravinder Grewal, Miss Pooja and more, this particular song was the hidden gem inside the album. Having skipped most of the album, this one track caught my eye and instantly sent me into a mood to dance.

Moving onto the track, it is everything you expect to hear from Harjit Harman. Classic folk, Punjabi music mixed with authentic R&B beats. It’s upbeat, catchy and incredibly under-rated. An incredible song, which will simply have dance-floors rocking.  

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Ghana Calling - Entry for @africavision

So life got in the way of Ghana’s national finals (little brothers who need you to teach them an A Level you’ve never studied like what?!) so we’ve had to settle for internal selection. 

We’ve selected Efya, a gorgeous multi award winning singer from Kumasi, Ghana. A self-described afrosoul singer, Efya first appeared on the talent show Stars of the Future and has also starred in a Nigerian-Ghanaian romantic comedy: Single and Married.  

The selected song is One Of Your Own from her 2015 album Janesis. It’s fairly beautiful and has a really sweet message.

The album version features Bisa Kdei and here’s the Youtube link if the rules would rather us use official releases, but we kind of like her live version on Radio 1Xtra in Ghana.

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With 2016 winding down, I thought I would look ahead to 2017. Here are four books from the first half of next year that I’m eager to get my hands on. Are any of these on your TBR pile? What ones do you think should be on mine? Let us know!

Exo (Exo #1) by Fonda Lee
Scholastic
Release date: 31 January 2017

It’s been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still oppose alien rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes isn’t one of them. His dad holds the prestigious position of Prime Liaison in the collaborationist government, and Donovan’s high social standing along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright future in the security forces. That is, until a routine patrol goes awry and Donovan’s abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience, determined to end alien control.

When Sapience realizes whose son Donovan is, they think they’ve found the ultimate bargaining chip . But the Prime Liaison doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, not even for his own son. Left in the hands of terrorists who have more uses for him dead than alive, the fate of Earth rests on Donovan’s survival. Because if Sapience kills him, it could spark another intergalactic war. And Earth didn’t win the last one …

The Hate U Give by A.C. Thomas
Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins
Release date: 28 February 2017

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Clarion Books
Release date: 7 March 2017

From the multi-award-winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe comes a gorgeous new story about love, identity, and families lost and found.

Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he? This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.

Want by Cindy Pon
Simon Pulse
Release date: 13 June 2017

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?