There’s Jazz in Macau!

Hello y’all! Or should I say Nǐ hǎo?

Macau Jazz Week Poster

As I told you in my last post, I’ve been in Macau for the past month. In what comes to entertainment, Macau is mostly known for having casinos and more casinos, together with the World Heritage historical centre and the Formula 3 Grand Prix. However, from time to time, there are some special activities to entertain tourists and locals. This past week was fertile with such activities, with the Macau Jazz Week taking place. Both international and local musicians were invited to participate in several concerts and workshops. Being a music fan I had to take the opportunity to enjoy some fine jazz in a nice setting, so I went to the grand finale concert, which included a jam session with seasoned musicians and young local talents. The gig was opened by the Bridge Jazz band, composed by veteran macanese musicians, with a very nice feel. They were followed by another macanese band, this time with young guys.

The next guys were a trio from Hong Kong, called TriTone, and with an odd lineup: flute and baritone flute, guitar and percursion. They were really entertaining, especially with their version of the brazilian classic Tico-tico do Fubá, of which I filmed an excerpt:

The evening went on with yet another brazilian classic, Girl from Ipanema, this time by Winnie Ho & WVC Trio +1:

And last, but not the least, here’s the amazing Charles Foldesh and his quintet:

All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening in a beautiful setting in this side of the world. Hope you liked it as much as I did!

Macau Jazz Week - The Bridge Jazz Band

A different job!

I have written a post about jobs, but there’s one that missed me. Fortunately, I can now compensate for that mistake and I use this post to promote the romantic Flo Rida‘s song that mentions the kind of job that I forgot to mention. It’s not the first time this theme is referred in a song  (there’s plenty more here), but it’s always touching to listen to such beautiful poems.

Hope you feel the same way and let your emotions be filled by these amazing lyrics! 😉

Crazy song

Afroman Because I got highDisclaimer: the songs below are not very decorous, so I advise you to not listen to them if you are not a great fan of listening to obscenities.

Having this said, I must proceed with my post without feeling guilty 😛 We’ve had Hip Hop and we’ve had funny songs, but we haven’t had them together. That’s why I’m here today.

I shall present you “my man”: Afroman! That’s right, that same guy that a decade ago made us all sing the great hit “Because I got high“. I was just a 12 year-old kid back then and my English skills were not that great, but it was just enough to make me understand the chorus and a little more, and to make me sing the song with Gonçalo and Pedro during class breaks.

Back then, Because I got High was the only Afroman song I (and most people, I guess) knew. But a couple of weeks ago I discovered other two Afroman songs that are worth listening to – at least if you like indecorous and simple humour -, so that’s what I’m sharing with you. Hope you enjoy and that the first song does not apply to you 😛

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTB7Rm4_M1c]

Now this second one is the one that hooked me for about a week (17 counts in my WMP). I’ll leave you the official video clip, but also the link to the uncensored song (easier to understand the lyrics).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID5Ui_5fJtA

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIMcktul77c]

 

Bring all the Lovin’!

Bring a Little Lovin'Los Bravos. Do you recognize the name? Well, if you don’t, they were another (almost) one-hit band (at least outside Spain).
I dare to say that most people from the Western World (here is an example) know the song Black is Black – if you clicked the previous link you should already be expecting this song 😛 But I also dare to say that most people know only Black is Black.

Well, I somehow am not one of those persons: some years ago I decided to listen to some Los Bravos songs, and it was actually a good decision – I like some of their songs. One of them is Bring a Little Lovin’ (a cover, by the way), one of the few Los Bravos songs besides Black is Black that charted in the US (#51).

Well, but all this to tell you that I was sitting on my couch watching tv when suddenly Bring a Little Lovin’ started playing in the introduction of a movie – A Beginner’s Guide to Endings. It surprised me a lot, as I thought I was the only person knowing the song 😛 and it was of course enough to make me watch the whole movie – which, by the way, I do not recommend.

But I do recommend the song, especially if you are in a good mood or if you want to be in a good one 😉

PS – I dedicate the post to Alfonso, for singing “Los Chicos con Las Chicas” with me several times 😉