Laughter in Times of Crisis

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It is not a secret that the crisis in the once most stable democracy in South America, Venezuela, has deepened even further in the past two years. Venezuelans have little to celebrate given the high inflation, scarcity of goods, and rampant crime. Movies have always been a way to escape crisis in the past. Hollywood itself made efforts to provide abundant films during World War I and II to give Americans a break from the bad news.  Comedy, specifically, has been crucial in such relief process hence the many classics from Chaplin, the Keystone Cops, The Three Stooges, and many others who kept Americans laughing while the wars were going on. The same formula seems to be working with Venezuelans. Last year three Venezuelan comedies (“Papita, Mani y Toston,” “Solteras Indisponibles,” and “El Peor Hombre del Mundo”) top the Venezuelan box office above any other Venezuelan film that wasn’t about comedy. Looking to ride that wave, producers Augusto Nitti and Thomas Piedra just finished shooting “El Tercer Deseo” (The Third Wish), a light comedy about a middle aged salesman (Cesar Bencid) who, after a bad day at work, stumps into a teapot awakening it’s magic powers and getting in the most hilarious situations. The cast is formed by Piedra and Nitti alongside Carlos Antonio León (“Ann” “Shadowland”), Maria Antonieta Duque, Martha Estrada, Alejandro Rivas and Erick Ronso among others. The genre posed a challenge for many including director Javier Mujica (“The 86”) an accomplished filmmaker whose forte lays on thrillers and action films but rarely in comedy yet was able to direct the actors into the funniest non-cliché situations. “We were trying our best not to fall for the cheap laugh but rather the smart one…we wanted it to be organic, fresh, natural without manufacturing the ‘fun’ too much. Mujica was crucial to accomplish that; he was spending a lot of time with all actors to make sure our dialogues and expressions were simpler yet funny with the right punch”—says León who plays “the boss.” The movie will likely come out in Venezuelan theatres by the end of the year.

 

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Matthew Schultz Reggae Superstar Gyptian Drop Valentine Remix Of Promise For Keeps

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Matthew Schultz is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer and performer who started out playing guitar in Chris Daughtry’s first band.  He has already made a strong impact on the music industry with his previous releases. His first single, Money or Me, was produced by Armando Guarnera and earned him a nomination at the 2013 EOTM Awards, as well as one for best new male artist.

 

He followed this up with Crazy Heart (ft. Alessia Guarnera) in 2014, then in 2015 he released We Own The Night (feat. Jim Jones). Last year saw a house remix of this track by Follow The Moon gain considerable popularity. These releases were all widely acclaimed and he has accumulated a huge following on Facebook and Twitter in the process.

 

This remix features the Jamaican reggae singer Gyptian, who is very successful in his own right. He has been having hits in the Jamaican charts since 2005 and had crossover success in 2010 when his song Hold Yuh reached 91 in the Billboard Hot 100, followed by an album of the same name which reached number 2 in the Billboard Reggae charts. Hold Yuh went on to become a chart hit worldwide.

 

The track contains vocals from both Gyptian and Matthew Schultz, with the original song given a radical musical transformation. Keeping the essential melody, the music is given a dancehall, reggae-fusion vibe in the vein of Major Lazer, Tory Lanez and Partynextdoor. It has been produced to a very high standard by Schultz himself and Johnny Thomas Jr.

 

The laid back tropical, reggae-tinged rhythm gives the track a slinky, syncopated groove that is guaranteed to work well on the dancefloor. Gyptian gives a smooth-as-honey vocal performance that fits perfectly with the vibe of the music. He performs the majority of the vocals for this version, with Schultz interspersing at certain points  throughout, which helps add a little variety and his own stamp on the remix.

 

Overall, this is a highly enjoyable and inventive reinterpretation of the original Promise For Keeps rather than a standard remix, which surely seems destined to become a massive hit in the clubs.

 

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Check out the debut release of Neo-Jazz newcomer Miles

 
 
 
 
Check out the debut release of Neo-Jazz newcomer Miles Anthony Avery. Brought to you by Soulairium and Miles Anthony Avery Recordings.
Available now via the following digital outlets:
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Northern California Rapper Chris Chip’s is making noise!

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Northern California Rapper Chris Chip’s is making noise!

It’s not often you come across a person with such a broad scope of talent. A person so naturally endowed with every component necessary to be instantly thrust among the elite in his craft. Charisma he’s got it, stage presence he’s got it, lyrics he’s got it, hard work ethic he’s got it, that competitive killer instinct he’s got it!

This is what Chris Chips brings to his fans. Satisfying the ears of the most discriminating listeners. He has set the bar high for  his adversaries a verbal beat down with his words over hard hitting industry beats.

 

His current single “Swag”  has a dance-hall Caribbean feel with street credible lyrics, a definite club banger. You can expect to see a video dropping this month for “Swag” and it is available now on Soundcloud. This is the second single released from his upcoming album “Certified” scheduled to drop in February!

 

Dont miss a thing, stay up to date on Chris’s movement:

 

SoundCloud: SoundCloud.com/ChrisChippers

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BREAK THROUGH THE MOVIE COMING SOON!

TITLE- Kna-Lo Venge drops new heat “Baby Love”

Exciting news for smooth hip-hop fans! Kna-Lo Venge returns with the young love smash BABY LOVE.
“Affairs of the heart are no joke, you watch me catch a case like she’s dope!”
Kna-Lo Venge who brought us the jams ROLLERCOASTER, OFF THE WALL and the psychological, head trip KILL YOURSELF returns with an in the pocket, laid back track BABY LOVE!
Produced by platinum producer SPK (Daddy Yankee, NORE, Fat Joe, Big Pun).
This is one for the ladies and dudes that love the ladies! Definitely a must have in rotation on your playlist!
BABY LOVE in stores now!
​Available on iTunes, Amazon, Deezer, Spotify, Tidal and,everywhere you download and stream music! ​
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