Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Do the "Jacky Jacky" - Sierra Leone's dance craze

Forget about the Dougie, the Jacky Jacky is the new dance move!

All the way from Sierra Leone, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew are bringing you the new dance banger - the Jacky Jacky! The crew’s music blends many influences with hip hop, including funk, dancehall, and reggae. They are a big part of the growing international hip hop movement. Their 2010 international debut includes some of hip hop’s most influential figures, including ?uestlove and Black Thought of The Roots, Talib Kweli, K'naan, Res, and El-P.

Their live shows are celebrated for their electricity and the energy they generate in the crowd - and when you see this video, you can feel it!

Do the Jacky Jacky!

Monday, November 29, 2010

2NE1 - KPop Girl Group Sweeps Awards

2NE1 is taking over the KPop scene!

We featured their debut appearance - in the song Lollipop with the boy band Big Bang - on the blog and on the GLOBAILE Podcast. Shortly after that debut, they released their first solo single Fire. Since then, four of the singles off their first studio album, To Anyone, have all hit number one in Korea.

And just last week, at the Mnet Asian Music Awards, they won Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Best Female Group!

We have to admit - we LOVE their fashion! So colorful, funky, playful, and fun! Check out what all the fuss is about:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

¡GLOBAILE! Art Basel Party - This Thursday!

Come join us for an evening celebrating multiculturalism and international flavor in the art world, at one of Miami's sexiest venues! Enjoy an outdoor art installation, live music, DJs and happy hour drink specials - all to be filmed live for www.globaile.com!


Jessica Alvarez

5:00pm - DeviceRATT

7:00pm - Illspokinn

8:00pm - Miss Angelina

9:30pm - DJ Manuvers

5:00pm to 9:00pm - $3 beers / $6 martinis / $4 apps

Around the World in 6min! Episode 6

Happy Turkey Day! We hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! Here is the Thanksgiving Edition of our YouTube show featuring:

Indian, Celtic...Canadians!?

Barcelona Electronic Intergalactic Funk

Ghana Hip Hop star has new hustler's anthem

Apache/Mexican Native American music

Swedish alternative soul pop

Friday, November 26, 2010

Lykke Li - Swedish Soul

Sweden really knows how to produce amazing pop singers! You already know we love Robyn, and today we present another Swede we love - Lykke Li.

Lykke Li is an alternative singer who blends elements of pop, electronic, soul and alternative rock. Her music is rich, and often includes violins, tambourines, trumpets, saxophones, and cellos.

Li was born in Sweden, but went on to live in Portugal, Morocco, Nepal, India, and Brooklyn NY before returning back home to Stockholm to record her album. Her worldly upbringing is apparent in her eclectic sound.

Here is one of her biggest hits, Little Bit. We featured in on the November episode of the GLOBAILE Podcast - go download it for free!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving - Apache music from Yolanda Martinez

To all the Americans: Happy Thanksgiving!

We know that Thanksgiving can be a controversial holiday, considering it's history involves a brutal war and the genocide of the Native American people. However, we like to to think of Thanksgiving as a day of PEACE. A day of cease-fire. A day when two warring enemies laid down their arms, and came together to break bread.

Earlier this year, we learned from Peace Day, that even if enemies only stop fighting for one day, that one day can have incredible importance and amazing results.

In honor of the Native American community, today we celebrate their rich history of music. Here is a song from Yolanda Martinez, an Apache/Mexican Native American. Enjoy this powerful ode to the beauty and wonder of Mother Earth.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

M3NSA - Ghana's Hiplife Hustler

Young Jeezy is played out - M3NSA has the new hustler's anthem.

M3NSA is one of the most respected rappers in Ghana. Fusing nu-jazz, soul, hip hop, and afrobeat, he raps in English with bits of Twi and Pidgen mixed in. He was named among the top 50 Ghanaians to watch by BBC, and just released his first international album in October.

He has been one of the mainstays of the Ghana music scene since the beginning of the hiplife movement.

Hiplife is a Ghanaian musical style which fuses highlife and hip hop. Highlife is a native genre from Ghana known for jazzy horns and multiple guitars with an uptempo, synth-driven sound. Mix in hip hop with dancehall and reggae influences, and you have hiplife.

Recorded in Ghanaian languages such as Twi, Ewe and Ga, hiplife is rapidly gaining popularity throughout West Africa and abroad, especially in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Germany.

Check out this hiplife hustler's anthem from M3NSA - Adjuma.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pinker Tones - Barcelona Electronica

The Pinker Tones - *elated sigh* - yet another reason why we ♥ Barcelona :)

The Pinker Tones are the brainchild of Barcelona natives Mister Furia and Professor Manso. The group's music is an eclectic mix of pop, funk, soul, bossa, break beat, swing, lounge, and psychedelia. Their songs feature Spanish, French, English, and German lyrics. Now you can see why GLOBAILE loves these guys!!

They have performed in New York, Moscow, Beijing, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Caracas, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, and Toronto (to name a few). We had a chance to catch them in Miami - and the show was AMAZING. Their vivid visuals, spunky stage presence, and earth-pounding beats kept us dancing the night away!

This video off of their first hit album, The Million Colour Revolution, shows people from all over the world dancing together in outer space! That's sooooooo GLOBAILE!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Delhi 2 Dublin, from Canada

Bhangra and Celtic fusion...from Canada?! Now that's GLOBAILE!

Meet Delhi 2 Dublin, also known as D2D. They are a super groups of sorts that was formed for a performance at the Vancouver Celtic Festival in 2006, and the performance was such a smash hit, that the group stayed together. Since then D2D has played all over Canada and their self-titled first album reached #3 on the Canadian world music charts.

Their sound is almost like Bollywood meets River Dance - but way more funky and less cheesy than that may seem. In particular, it's the fusion of Irish fiddles with Indian tablas that really gives D2D their unique sound. Add in some electronic break beats and you've got a truly new millennium global sound.

And this video is amazing! It's like a multicolored, multicultural kaleidoscope of funkadelic fusion! Check it out:

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Around the World in 6 min! Episode 5

The weekly wrap-up! This week's episode features these hot topics:

La Mala wins the Latin Grammy!

Soca in the workplace?

13 Korean Boys singing and dancing!

Sri Lanka gets sexy ;)

Björk scares the sh*t out of children wordwide.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Björk - Moomins and the Comet Chase

Our favorite Icelandic girl is back!

It's been a while since we heard from Björk. So of course - she's coming back to the spotlight with something unexpected. And amazing.

Björk has penned music for the European cartoon film, Moomins and the Comet Chase. Produced by the Finnish company Filmkompaniet, the Moomins movie is a stop motion film compiled from the Comet in Moominland episodes of the original Moomins TV series from the late 1970s.

The plot of the film is pretty creepy for a kid's movie. One day Moomintroll wakes to notice that grey dust is covering everything in the Moominvalley. Through counsel from friends and elders, Moomintroll discovers that a comet is headed right for Moominvalley - and he only has 4 hours to save his family and loved ones.


Who better to make creepy awesome music for a creepy awesome kids movie? Of course - Björk! As you can tell from the photo above, Björk has been a Moomins fan for years, so the project couldn't be a more perfect fit.

Here's a video for The Comet Song. To watch a trailer for the film, go here. It's already out in Europe, and should have its USA release some time in 2011.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sri Lanka Hip Hop Fusion

There are some dope world fusion tracks coming out of Sri Lanka - and no, none of them are from M.I.A.

Sri Lanka, known as The Pearl of the Indian Ocean, lies right off the mainland from India, and in the path of major sea routes between West Asia and South East Asia. For this reason, Sri Lanka has become a hub for many different cultures , communities, and ethnic groups - all of which are evident in it's soulful and eclectic music.

We featured an amazing Sri Lankan performance artist Yalini Dream in GLOBAILE Episode 4: Spotlight on Asia doing some funky global fusion with Akim Funk Buddha.

Here is another global fusion track from Sri Lankan artists Samitha Mudunkotuwa featuring Iraj and BK. I love the Indian and American influences fused into the track. The beat is bangin'! Peep it:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Super Junior - the biggest boy band EVER

Nowadays they are even Super Sizing boy bands!

Yes, that's right. All 13 of the Korean boys you see in the pic above are in 1 humongous boy band - Super Junior!

13 members?! Now that's SUPER.

At times they have been divided into smaller sub groups, simultaneously targeting different music industries and audiences. As a result, Super Junior, also known as SuJu, has released and contributed in 20 different kinds of records.

In addition to their commercial success, Super Junior has earned seven music awards from the M.net Asian Music Awards, eleven from the Golden Disk Awards, and the Favorite Artist Korea at the 2008 MTV Asia Awards.

Now here's a very GLOBAILE fact - Super Junior have recently been picked the most popular Korean idols in... Brazil.

According to a survey conducted in Brazil by the Korean Foundation for International Culture Exchange (KOFICE) on 2,826 youths, Super Junior took first place with 2,137 votes. That is some cultural exchange at it's finest - we love it!

We have to admit, these boys are lovely. Check out this charming and colorful video for their song Happiness. Awe, so cute ;)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

JW & Blaze - Trini Soca Madness

Trinidad and Tobago definitely knows how to throw a party!

Take it from JW and Blaze - 2 popular Trini radio/televsion personalities. Their Soca song Palance, is the "happiest music video ever set in an office", according to New York Magazine.

Yup, a Soca music video - set in an office.

Aside from accolades from the press, their song won the 2010 International Power Soca Monarch. The International Soca Monarch was established in 1993 with the aim to create an environment where Soca music could be exhibited on an international stage while simultaneously being enjoyed by fans of the genre. Since then, it has evolved from being a mere competition to an institution of the Carnival season premiering on the Friday of Carnival - Fantastic Friday - with mind blowing performances, and the best of the season’s artists.

We thought Office Boy was the awesomest music video set in an office, but I think Palance may just take the cake...who's ready for Carnival?!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Latin Grammy winner - Mala Rodríguez

Meet the 2010 Latin Grammy winner for best Urban Song - Mala Rodríguez.

Mala Rodríguez
, also known as La Mala, is a Hip Hop artist from Sevilla, Spain. La Mala means bad girl in Spanish - and this woman is definitely bad ass! She has that Hip Hop attitude, while her strong flamenco influences in her music display her Spanish roots. She is a strong woman with a message, and often discuss issues such as poverty, racism, domestic violence, and female empowerment.

She's gained international recognition, with her song on the hugely popular Mexican film, Y tu Mamá También, as well as her collaborations with fellow Latino superstars Tego Calderon, Nelly Furtado and Calle 13.

And last week in Las Vegas, she won a Latin Grammy for her song, No Pidas Perdón.

This chick is fierce and this video is killer! Latin women in Hip Hop are killing it. Viva La Mala!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Around the World in 6 min! Episode 4

Catch up on what's going on in music all over the globe!

Miss Angelina takes you on a worldwide journey through music - in just 6 minutes! This week features Thailand, India, Colombia, Nigeria, and info on the November episode of the GLOBAILE Podcast.

Watch all episodes of Around the World in 6 min on our YouTube channel! http://youtube.com/globaile

Siji - Nigerian Soul

Born in London, raised in Nigeria, and now living in New York City - Siji truly represents a global soul sound.

Siji's talent for performing became apparent at an early age, when he would entertain at family gatherings or for guests who stopped by the family home in Nigeria.

After pursuing music in the London scene as an adult, he moved to New York in 2001 and began his association with hugely popular house music producer Osunlade.

After a recommendation from a friend to use elements of the music of his youth, which included music from Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and music from the Yoruba culture, Siji incorporated these influences into his songs. Siji described his musical style as Afrosoul, and he fused together elements of Afrobeat, jazz, and soul music with touches of house music.

Here is his Afrosoul jam, Yearning for Home, a song that expresses the universal longing for home.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

¡GLOBAILE! Podcast November 2010

Here it is - the November episode of the ¡GLOBAILE! Podcast...!

Our host and podcast DJ Miss Angelina takes you on a musical journey around the globe. This month's destinations include Somalia, Haiti, France, Congo, Puerto Rico, Egypt, Sweden, Jamaica, the UK, and of course...both NYC and Miami, USA!

And you know we had to include a track from our very own official ¡GLOBAILE! DJ - Tony Touch!

Trust me - you want to bump this mix - lots of FIYA!

Download and subscribe to the podcast here.

Listen here:

Track List:

(listed by: SONG - ARTIST - COUNTRY)

Coctaso - The Beatnuts ft Tony Touch - NYC USA

Soobax - K'naan - Somalia

Sang Fézi - Wyclef Jean - Haiti

Something About Us - Daft Punk - France

Little Bit - Lykke Li - Sweden

His Presence (Dub mix) - Fredy massamba - Congo

Pon De Floor - Major Lazer - Jamaica

You Know Me Better - Róisín Murphy - UK

Zambumba - Zuco 103 - Netherlands

Ma Btefrashi - Shereen - Egypt

Witness (1 Hope) - Roots Manuva - UK

Ole - The Funkees - Nigeria

Vamos Pal Monte - El Gran Combo - Puerto Rico

From My Heart to Yours - Laura Izibor - Ireland

Rhythm is Gonna Get You - Gloria Estefan - Miami USA

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Carlos Vives - Colombian crazy

If wild woman Shakira is scared...then you know this guy is loco!

Meet Carlos Vives - one of Colombia's biggest stars. He's a 3 time Latin Grammy winner, and also an actor who has appeared in a ton of films and numerous telenovelas. Needless to say - this guy has a flare for the dramatic.

Check out the nutty video for his song Luna Nueva. Luna Nueva means "new moon" - and considering we just had a new moon on Saturday, this video is quite appropriate. Been feeling kinda crazy lately? Well we just entered into a new moon in Scorpio - the sign of passion and intensity. Things are bound to get loco...just watch:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Diwali - Indian festival of lights

दीपावली की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं!
Happy Diwali!

Today is the last day of this 5 day Hindi festival of lights - so here's a little background info:

For Hindus, Diwali is the most important festival of the year. The name Diwali is itself a contraction of the word Deepavali, which translates into "row of lamps". Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.

There are many legends about the history of Diwali that vary depending on the religious sect. In each legend, myth and story of Diwali lies the significance of the victory of good over evil. From darkness unto light — the light that empowers us to commit ourselves to good deeds, that which brings us closer to divinity.

During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends, watch fireworks, and perform traditional activities together in their homes. Lights illuminate every corner of India and the scent of incense sticks hangs in the air, mingled with the sounds of fire-crackers, joy, togetherness and hope.

Diwali is celebrated around the globe. Outside India, it is more than a Hindu festival, it's a celebration of South-Asian identities.

In honor of Diwali and all of our South-Asian brothers and sisters, here is a Bollywood song, Aayee Hai Diwali, from the Hindi film "Aamdani Atthanni Karcha Rupaiya" - in which the characters celebrate the festival of lights!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Around the World in 6 min! Episode 3

Here is the latest GLOBAILE episode of Around the World in 6 min!

Live from Miami, FL - Miss Angelina brings you the hottest music videos from around the globe!

This episode features: Swedish pop music - Jamaican dancehall - French electronic trip hop - Japanese rap - South African kwaito !!!

Buddha Bless - Thai Reggae

Here is some global fusion at its best: Buddha Bless.

According to their Myspace page, Buddha Bless is the first and only Reggae/Dancehall Band in Thailand. The three members Gui Oui, Goa M, and Gow Tong were born and raised in Thailand, and represent the three colors of Reggae.

Their first album Red Light Green Light was launch in March 2007 with their hit single Fire. The single stayed number one on MTV for three weeks straight.

We gotta hand it to these guys - not only are they fusing music between 2 very different cultures, but their music is hot and their videos are hilarious!

Check out this video for their song Paktakrai. This is the nuttiest thing we've found in a while...a must watch!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Kwaito - South African dance music

South Africa is taking over the music scene worldwide! Especially when it comes to dance music.

Last week we featured one of our favorite South African artists, Black Coffee, and his brand of African flavored soulful house music. Check out his tune Turn Me On on the GLOBAILE Podcast.

Now we're bringing you more house music from South Africa. They have their own genre in fact, and it's called Kwaito. The word originates from the Afrikaans word kwaai, meaning "cool". Kwaito took shape in the township Soweto at the same time Nelson Mandela took office as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Since those origins, Kwaito led a post-apartheid township subculture into the mainstream.

Instrumentally, Kwaito music uses slowed-down house-music beats, and also draws upon music that was popular in South Africa during the early 1990s, including disco, hip-hop, and contemporary R&B.

Here is a video from Arthur Mafokate, known as the "King of Kwaito". We love the song and the dance moves are dope! Check it out:

For more bangin' music from South Africa, check out our homeys from the Passport to Global Sound radio show and their latest feature program on South Africa:

Passport 2 Global Sound Episode #5 - South Africa by AnonymsOne

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kick the Can Crew - Japanese Rap

We all know that in the year 2010, Hip Hop is a worldwide phenomenon. But Japan seems to really be at the forefront of keeping the culture alive.

Japan has a thriving Hip Hop community, and a deep respect and love for the genre. Many of the best breakdancers in the world reside in Japan, and in GLOBAILE Episode 4: Spotlight on Asia, we did a feature an inside look at Japanese Bboys in Tokyo. They kill it! Check it out!

Here we have the Kick the Can Crew - a classic Japanese Rap trio. With their melodic flow and fun sense of humor, they are sort of a Japanese version of the Beastie Boys.

Here is their hit song Sayonara, Sayonara. Hot beat, dope flow, great delivery...Arigato Japan!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Télépopmusik - Breathe

Another day. Just believe.

Another day. Just breathe.

Another music video. For the same song?

Yup - French Electro Trip Hop Trio Télépopmusik came prepared! Their hit single Breathe was so successful, they made not one, but 2 music videos (not to mention the countless homemade videos from fans all over YouTube).

As if a gajillion music videos wasn't enough, the track has also been featured in the French film The Beat That My Heart Skipped, a Mitsubishi and a BMW commercial, and on the TV show Six Feet Under. Daaaaamn! Just Breathe!

Wanna know what all the hype is about? Check it out. We like the earlier "For promo use only" video better, but we posted them both. You be the judge:



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Major Lazer - New Video: Percumajor

We can't get enough of Major Lazer - the Jamaican commando who lost both arms in a secret zombie war in 1984 who fights vampires and various monsters, parties hard, and has a rocket-powered hoverboard.

Oh, and we also love the musical group by the same name.

Major Lazer is made up of DJs Diplo and Switch - the two were introduced after working with M.I.A.. The duo's first album, Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do was released in June 2009 and the duo has been taking over the underground ever since.

Amongst their work with M.I.A. and on Major Lazer, Diplo and Switch are all about fusing sounds from different countries - primarily Brazil, Jamaica & the UK - together to make one crazy infectious catchy sexy sound.

Here's a new Major Lazer music video for their song Percumajor - a remix of the classic dance jam, The Perculator. FIYA!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Robyn - Stockholm Star

No, that's not Pink. It's Robyn - one of the biggest pop stars in the world, hailing from Sweden.

She's been on the scene since 1995 when she was just 16 years old, and has been releasing pop tunes steadily ever since. She's best known for her international hit Show Me Love.

Nowadays, Robyn is releasing a trilogy of albums throughout 2010 entitled Body Talk. Part 1 came out in June, peaking at #1. The album's lead single Dancing on My Own was released a few weeks prior to the album's release, and became a hit single worldwide. A follow up album, Body Talk Pt. 2, was released on September 6, entering straight at #1 of the Swedish charts. The final album of the trilogy, Body Talk, will release in 22th November 2010 with first and only single Indestructible.

Can't wait until then for more Robyn? Well you're in luck - Robyn will be featured in tonight’s episode of Gossip Girl. See a preview of the episode on the website here.

Here is a video from her album Robyn - the album preceding her Body Talk trilogy. The body paint is sick! In fact, it looks like Robyn was onto something waaaaaay before Willow Smith came along...Check it out: