Born in 1951 in Detroit Michigan, Mark Anthony Rael, musician, singer ,songwriter, and music producer, made his singing debut at age 12 with his bad, “The Human Race.” Mark’s singing career was launched with Capital Records in Hollywood, California at age 22. In 1980, Mark was asked to join the band “The Knack” (My Sherona) as lead vocalist, but declined to further his solo career.
Mark has produced and written globally with Belizean Artist Ras Indio, Jamaican Artist Dillgin Tony Bailey and Swedish-African Artist Aminatah. Closer to his home in Los Angeles, California, Mark produced numbers of local Hip Hop Artist.
Presently living in San Diego, California, Mark is completing a new album comprised of composition using orchestra, rock, reggae and other exotic rhythms to formulate a fusion of sound with this album. Mark is currently in the works of forming a band to play live worldwide.
Soon to be released are five new albums including Celtic, R&B and other styles. “For Not the Muse” was written, performed, produced and mixed by Mark.
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What’s good America? How was the weekend? Like most of us we got a chance to see Childish Gambino AkA Mr. Donald Glover on SNL dropping his new hit single “ This is America” and just when you think you got over the whole Kanye West rants Childish Gambino drops a thought-provoking video that did not lack in imagery or wordplay. Childish Gambino has made headline an not based on the fact he was thoughtless but for the fact he was thoughtful.
Donald Glover or Childish Gambino or like I like to call him the man with many faces is a rarity in today's music/entertainment scene. When he's not killing the TV scene with his hit show on FX or winning Grammys the NYU graduate is constantly showing his creativity and imagination which is lacking in the game right now. On his newest single ‘This is America’ Glover shows how much depth he has and how he sees America thru his own lenses. Now a lot of people related the video to the struggle of today's African -Americans an I can see that. There was a scene reminiscent of the church shooting in South Carolina in which Glover mows down a church choir with an automatic weapon. Glover also uses clever lyrics to provide an interesting outlook into the everyday life of young Americans. The track which was very rhythmic with a trap feel used African dance and sounds to provide a backdrop for the shirtless Gambino. Most people I spoke with felt he was speaking to the struggle of black America but I took another view to it.
In my perspective, I think he was talking about the struggle or the things we all see in America. What I took from it was people do whatever they want to steal, kill, etc and don't care who it affects. Also, he had help doing all those bad things he did (ie friends, family, yes men) and in the end, he was running from all of it by himself. I know that Childish Gambino is thoughtful and is very deep so i would like to believe he was going deep on this one.
America you and I know both violence is not just restricted to one community so i think he was showing how our American culture can be loving and a detriment to us also. Showing us how we as a nation may value some things that aren't always good but they are a necessary part of America.. In all, I loved the video love CHILDISH GAMBINO any time a song can make u think then its worthy of praise. Childish Gambino is on tour now. Check out the video comment on the blog and make sure to tune in. once again be thoughtful of your actions and go in peace.. Thanks an I'm gone...PEACE
Childish Gambino “This Is America” Hit Music Video by Donald Glover
By Carol Ealey
Donald Glover’s talent was on full display this past weekend when he hosted Saturday Night Live. He’s an actor but with his performance via his alter ego Childish Gambino we witnessed a dynamic performance of his new video “This Is America”.
Watch the full version on YouTube several times to catch all of the symbolism in the video. The video is dark, and harsh, and smacks you in the face about gun violence in America, specifically gun violence against black Americans.
His interpretation of the gun violence is what makes this video important and relevant for today. The symbolism from gun violence to a looming apocalypse, with hidden meanings, will definitely generate useful discussion about our violent America.
So here’s my take on what I think the symbolism means in the video.
The man strumming the guitar - At the beginning of the video, a man who looks like Trayvon Martin's father plays the guitar. It's a moment that gives a nod to the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Glover shooting the man playing a guitar - The guitar-playing man ends up with a hood covering his head as Glover strikes a Jim Crow pose before shooting him. Throughout the video, Glover’s dance moves reference Jim Crow blackface musical themes and popular South African dance moves.
The red cloth - This piece of fabric - brought out by a well-dressed man - is used to carefully cover the gun Glover used to shoot the guitar-playing man. It alludes to the fact that guns are prized above people to many Americans. As the dead man's body is dragged off-screen, Glover continues to smile and dance as if nothing is wrong: as if a black body isn't worth as much as the gun that was used for murder.
The murder of the choir - Glover addresses gun violence by shooting an assault rifle at a harmless church choir. It's a reference to the 2015 massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The kids dancing - A group of kids who dance around Glover represents how the world consumes social media and entertainment as the world burns around them. The kids are wearing uniforms that South African students wear and are dancing to Bloc boy JB's shoot dance to the gwara-gwara - a South African dance. The dancing also seems to be a sense of pride and protection from the chaos of the world.
Glover’s lyrics – Throughout the video Glover references rap themes of “Black man get your money”, “Living Large” , “We Want to Party”, while continuing to dance seemingly oblivious to the chaos going on in the background of murder and mayhem in the black community.
Traffic Stop Killings and Older Cars – the older cars in the video with their doors ajar reference the murder of Philando Castile who was murdered in his late model car and all of the other black men murdered in and around their cars at police traffic stops.
Hooded figure on a horse - A hooded figure riding a white horse gallops across the screen so quickly you might miss it, but it is likely a reference to the Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the Bible. In other words, it refers to the end of the world. According to the Bible, the first horse was white, which mimics the imagery found in "This Is America."
At the end of the video Glover is running wild-eyed in the warehouse which seems to reference the movie “Get Out” as he looks to escape. It references “the Sunken Place”, the mental space where the main character Chris goes after he’s been brainwashed, unable to control his body.
Hopefully, this video will force discussions about gun violence in America, race relations, and our seeming wiliness to accept America’s love of guns, merrily singing and dancing while America ultimately implodes.
This Is America!
Photos Courtesy of Tuff Gong Worldwide, copyright 2017
On Nov. 1 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, titans of reggae, rock, R&B, blues and New Orleans funk joined Ziggy and Stephen Marley in an all-star celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “Exodus” album. Released in June, 1977, “Exodus,” inspired by the 1976 assassination attempt at Bob Marley’s Kingston, JA home, which led him to leave Jamaica and take refuge in England, was hailed by “Time” magazine as the album of the century. The sold-out Exodus 40 Live concert was orchestrated by Bob Marley’s eldest sons, multiple Grammy winners Ziggy and Stephen Marley, in collaboration with bassist/producer Don Was.
Stephen Marley and Cyril Neville
They put together a true movement of Jah people; a revolutionary dream band featuring Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers) on percussion, Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band) on drums, Ranoy Gordon and Lamar “Riff Raff” Brown (longtime guitarist and keyboardist for Stephen Marley), organist Ray Angry known for his work with Christina Aguilera and Ja Rule) and Peter Stroud (known for his work with Sheryl Crow and Don Henley) on lead guitar.
Each of the special guests on the Exodus 40 Live bill brought their own interpretations of Bob Marley’s music to the stage, some smooth and charismatic like Aloe Blacc’s version of “Waiting in Vain” and some introspective, like Jim James version of “Turn Your Lights Down Low.”
In one poetic moment, Stephen stood behind Cyril Neville and played the electric guitar as Neville sang the lyrics of Bob Marley’s “Guiltiness” in his raspy, wisdom-soaked voice.
“Whoa to the downpressor/they’ll eat the bread of sad tomorrow.” Decades before “Exodus” was produced, Jamaican artists drew inspiration from the New Orleans R&B and blues artists they heard on the radio, hence, the evolution of reggae music. In another poetic moment, Stephen and Ziggy rocked their electric guitars as Citizen Cope, eyes closed, sang a soulful version of “Heathen,” complimented by the sensual backing vocals of Briana Lee and Maiya Skyes. In a glorious crescendo, during Ziggy and Stephen’s performance of the “Exodus” title track, special guest Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine delivered what will go down in history as one of the most bad-booty guitar solos of all time.
Morello made his guitar whisper, then talk, wail, then shout, then scream. Then, he flipped over his guitar and played it with his teeth. On the back of Morello’s guitar was a hand-written sign with a clear message. “Fuck Trump.” The audience went wild. There was one more message scrawled on the front of Morello’s guitar: “Arm the Homeless.” Social media lit up with comments about whether blatant political statements were appropriate at a reggae concert. Lest we forget, reggae music is peace music but it is also protest music as well as a catalyst for change. “Exodus was a natural theme for Marley,” Vivien Goldman writes in “The Book of Exodus: The Making & Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ album of the century.” (Three Rivers Press, 2006). ”Its issues of power, betrayal, hope disillusionments and the search for serenity were all uppermost in his mind as he created the ‘Exodus’ album with the Wailers. The Book of Exodus deals with leaving familiar oppression behind, braving the unknown and letting faith guide you to a better future.”
The Exodus 40 Live concert followed Tuff Gong Worldwide’s release of “Exodus: The Movement Continues…” a restatement, reissue, 40th anniversary edition of Bob Marley & the Wailers classic. Old school reggae fans will be glad to know that this version is also available on vinyl and cassette at Urban Outfitters for $12.99. “It’s been 40 years since the release of the original ‘Exodus’ album, so we decided to do something very special: give the listeners a brand new perspective by mixing the album from scratch once again; the only difference being I am now the mixing engineer and it’s 2017, not 1977,” Ziggy writes in the album’s liner notes. “Along the way, I’ve discovered many gems in the original sessions, whether it be instrument parts that were not used, alternate vocal takes, alternate takes of songs, etc.”
On June 18, Ziggy Marley and the LA Philharmonic performed a beautiful, classical version of the song “Exodus” at the Hollywood Bowl in celebration of the album’s 40th anniversary.
For more information, go to www.ziggymarley.com and www.tuffgongworldwide.com.
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