Skip to main content

Me & Matapa Music & Arts Organization; from blogging to promoting global culture


As I'm posting this, there seems to be some odd thing happening with the video embeds - the codes are correct so I can only hope it'll sort itself out before long.

Me & Matapa
(Matapa Music & Arts Organization)
or from blogging to helping promote global culture


Writing this blog has been the most wonderful adventure. I began it with some vague ideas on 'writing about art' three years ago. I'd spent the summer working on freelance contracts that required me to blog for my clients; coincidentally both involved arts and culture. When the contracts ended (and a print magazine I'd been writing for went under, sigh) I wanted to keep going so I started this up.

What's happened since has gone beyond anything I might have anticipated. I've become a sort of independent outlet for artists and stories often ignored by mainstream media and my inbox is unundated with great information about concerts, artists, events and the like. My only regret at this point, in fact, is that it's still only a one person operation and as such I can't even get through my email on a regular basis. The ones I post end up being subject to whenever I can find the time to do so.

I've made many contacts, met and interviewed so many interesting artists. That's been the very best part of all of course - that I've actually made friends and gotten involved in other projects as a result. I've learned about the arts and been able to pass that along. One of the coolest feedback comments I ever got was from someone who told me that they'd learned a lot about dance from reading my posts. I've also learned a great deal about the rest of the world in ways that I never would have otherwise.



The point is, I've been gathering so much good stuff that I felt I needed to more with it than blog and have been looking for a way to do that for some time. I was aware of a couple of other concerts they'd produced in my home town of Hamilton (Ontario) earlier this year (Wazimbo and Bombino) so I read about Matapa's recent concert with a lot of interest.

I'll confess - I'm one of the people who's often complained that there's 'nothing happening in Hamilton' and I haven't been involved with anything at all here other than the occasional modeling assignment in years. It naturally can't compare with the culture vaccum that is Toronto, but still... there has to be more potential here to develop an audience that would support a bigger live music and arts scene. After I'd been to the (great) concert lst month and met the people involved, I realized I had an opportunity to be one of those actively trying to make things happen here.



Their mission, to establish this city and area as a hotbed of global music and culture, is a concept entirely in keeping with the themes of me (and this blog). They also have a demonstrated commitment to employing local Hamilton artists and musicians along with those who hail from across the globe. What's not to like?

So, I'm going to be handling media & communications for them on an ongoing basis.
There will be a lot more to post about that here in the future - the near future, since there are events planned early in the New Year.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. The blog will continue as always - who knows what it will lead to next?

Comments

What Else Is Hot This Week?

FACTORY presents World Premiere ACTS OF FAITH November 19 to 28 2020 - Free Livestream

 From a media release: World Premiere FACTORY presents  ACTS OF FAITH by David Yee Directed by Nina Lee Aquino Starring Natasha Mumba November 19 – 28, 2020 @ 7:30PM Streamed live for 6 performances Free of charge TORONTO (October 19, 2020) - To kick off its groundbreaking 2020/21 season, Factory presents the world premiere of acts of faith, by multi-award winning Asian Canadian playwright David Yee, directed by Nina Lee Aquino, and starring Natasha Mumba. Written specifically to be performed for a digital platform, acts of faith will stream live to audiences at home for six performances, November 19-28, 2020.  Thanks to the generous support of the TD Bank Group, admission is being offered entirely free of charge to audiences across the country and beyond. acts of faith tells a story about the power of faith, the inescapable persistence of our online identities, and the nature of truth in a digital age. The story follows Faith, a young woman who gets mistaken for a prophet. When a ques

Blues Single | Bushwick Blooze Band: Waiting (Independent / 20 October 2020)

Blues Single Bushwick Blooze Band: Waiting (Independent / 20 October 2020) Stream It From Your Fave Service Waiting is the latest in a string of singles released by Bushwick Blooze Band. The Brooklyn-based blues trio have been performing and recording the blues around the NYC area since 2018. Their first album "Cryin' for the L Train" was released in January 2019, and included covers of famous songs composed by their greatest influencers such as Little Richard, The Allman Brothers Band, Freddie King, and Eddie Vinson.  Bushwick Blooze Band is finishing up the production of their second album "Yes Dear" and unlike the previous cover record, this new album will be their first original contribution to the genres they love. Waiting is an upbeat blues track with a party kind of veneer over solid musicianship. What begins with a classic blues feel transforms into an extended psychadelic flavoured trip. Inventive guitar licks almost make you forget about the virtuosity

Blaise La Bamba & Kotakoli November 7th 2020 Online - PWYC

 From a media release: Batuki Music Society and Alliance Francaise Toronto present A virtual concert featuring Blaise La Bamba & Kotakoli November 7th 2020 at 8:00 PM Enjoy the concert from home! K inshasa’s vibrant nightlife has long been world-famous. It is home to the subculture known informally as the Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People (SAPEUR), which has spread its influence through artists such as Papa Wemba. Blaise La Bamba is part of this scene. He has worked with some of the top names of Congolese music, in particular General Defao. I n 2018, Blaise La Bamba founded Kotakoli , an all-star collective of musicians that perform an energetic mix of Congolese rumba and soukous . In the company of Kotakoli, this veteran musician brings Congolese popular music back to the forefront, with spellbinding dances. The Details Date: Saturday November 7th, 2021  Blaise La Bamba and Kotakoli Virtual Concert Time: 8:00 PM Tickets: Pay what you can This concert is offered to you

CD Release: TriBeCaStan's New Deli Breaks the Time/Space Continuum in New Deli (Feb 7)

From a media release: New Release from Little Known Government of TriBeCaStan : Capital New Deli Found to Have Irregular Time-Space Continuum EverGreene Music - February 7, 2012 TriBeCaStan: News Alert. This morning Aljazzeera reported that the questionable nation of TriBeCaStan ( www.tribecastan.tv ) has made scientific breakthroughs in time travel. The unrecognized republic of nomads has broken the code of the time/space continuum. And by broken we mean: it no longer works. Applying sonic techniques once only known to a small group of punk rock shamans, the nation's most prestigious scientific entity, the TriBeCaStani FolkLorkEstra, uses sound alone to simultaneously place listeners in eras separated by decades and terrains separated by oceans. The breakthrough is outlined in an auditory compendium titled New Deli (distributed by the state-run EverGreene Music, set for release February 7, 2012 ), a recording that allows the world to experience a type of soulful networking mor

Jazzy Pop: Shihori - Soul Trip (Independent / 4 September 2020)

Jazzy Pop: Shihori - Soul Trip (Independent / 4 September 2020) New York City based singer and songwriter Shihori's new single Soul Trip is atmospheric and ambient. Interesting rhythms and interwoven melodic vocal lines showcase jazzy harmonic progressions in a slow groove mode.  As a songwriter, she uses electronic effects with impeccable musical taste. As a singer, her flexible vocals range from a sweet soprano to a strong mid-range. A veteran of the Japanese pop scene, Shihori moved to New York City in 2018, a move she talks about in a media release. "I was so surprised when I came to NY for the first time. Independent and strong women are respected and there are lots of different preferences in music and style. I thought, 'oh my God! This place really accepts uniqueness and freedom! I didn't know there is a place like this totally different world that allows you to be yourself. Everybody looks so different. So many races, colors, cultures, fashion, ideas...I am so