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Gaza Strip Breakdancers
Gaza Strip has so much art and some really great young people that are breaking through in the dance. firstname.lastname@example.org livingbreadchurch.com https:…
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West bank Dance like a girl
West bank dance like a girl.
By: chatlinetv 2014
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Is there anyone alive who doesnt have a special, secret fondness for Shakira? Besides maybe that famously angry sea lion who attacked the singer in 2012 and was presumably unaware of her selfless work with the United Nations and had probably never even heard She Wolf, because he would have really liked it.
Everyone else seems to have long ago succumbed to Shakiras hip-swiveling charms. Shes an avatar of pop-culture globalization a Colombian singer-songwriter of Lebanese descent whose songs are a multicultural grab bag of melodies from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and, most prominently on her new, self-titled album, the American South. Shes a social-media giant. Statues have been erected in her honor. (Okay, one statue. Made of metal, not the hand-chiseled marble she deserves. And it depicts Shakira wearing pants she probably would never wear. But its a start.)
Shakira has weird, very specific tastes: Shakira is not her first album to feature near-lethal doses of reggae and 90s alt-rock, as if she hasnt realized that those things are mostly awful. Yet she also has the broadest canvas of any pop diva in memory she can contain multitudes, from cumbia to country, and still sound instantly, recognizably like herself.
Shakira, her charming, awkward, immensely appealing new disc, tests this theory. It was assembled by a murderers row of expensive producers and writers, including Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut. Any student of recent pop history knows what comes next: dignity-killing, one-size-fits-all dance-pop songs predestined for success and oblivion in the same month.
Shakira submits to Dr. Lukes dehumanizing ministrations and manages to come out the other end sounding only slightly less like herself. Dare (La La La) doubles as the background music for Shakiras new commercial for Activia yogurt, and it sounds like something Lady Gaga would have made before she became ridiculous. Its wonderful.
Most of the rest of Shakira seems like an uneasy bargain between what she wants (rootsy, often acoustic-based pop with a rangy feel and an affinity for early Alanis Morissette) and what the producers want (hits). Its familiar territory for the singer, who has routinely employed of-the-moment production teams to contemporize (and Americanize) her sound, but seldom has the divide seemed so great.
The best tracks split the difference: The new wave/reggae hybrid Cant Remember to Forget You is an energetic duet with Rihanna, pops favorite inanimate object. Loca por Ti (one of a handful of Spanish tracks on the standard edition of the album) is 80s jukebox country, finely rendered. The midtempo Latin pop track You Dont Care About Me recalls vintage Marc Anthony.
Shakira has four fully formed emotions Reproachful, Cheery, Lets Dance and I Want to Do Things to You. Thats two more than Dr. Luke usually has to work with, and she also has a voice thats hiccupy and distinct, especially at the wildest, warbliest reaches of her register. To make Shakira sound like everybody else takes some effort. On the discs weakest track, Spotlight, she sounds unerringly, depressingly, like Taylor Swift; the song sounds like a reheated Red outtake, and the vocal similarity is too marked to be accidental.
Swift is the unlikeliest of specters. But, if only because she is one of Shakiras few rivals who can credibly deliver a slender love song backed by an acoustic guitar, she also haunts the folk ballad 23, one of the albums starkest and best songs. Shakira has never been much of a lyricist, but 23 is clunkier, and braver, (I used to think that there was no god/ But then you looked at me with your blue eyes/ And my agnosticism turned into dust) than Swift would ever dare to be.
Shakiras comfort level seems to ebb and flow throughout the album: Shes commanding on the Spanish-language songs, playful on the bangers, subdued on the songs that are obviously ill-suited for her, such as the Nashville ballad Medicine, a collaboration with Blake Shelton, her fellow judge on The Voice. Its one of those duets where two famous people from different genres are joined by their business managers in pursuit of a crossover hit. They sing at each other and both sound as if theyd rather be anywhere else. Shelton, also at half-wattage, treats her with unusual delicacy, as if he was enlisted partly for his hit-making skills and partly to stop her from running away.
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Protest against the Israeli Apartheid DECA Dance company at
Protest against the Israeli Apartheid DECA Dance company at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts.
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A protest will take place today against the Israeli dance troupe Batsheva as part of the international BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign to isolate Israel and its apartheid policies towards Palestinians.
The protest will take place outside the St James Theatre in Courtenay Place, Wellington from 7.30pm.
The government has given visas to this dance company despite appeals from Palestinian solidarity groups and 2014 being declared the United Nations International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
The Batsheva Dance Company is part of the Israeli propaganda effort to deflect criticism of its appalling policies towards Palestinians. It is largely funded by the Israeli Ministry of Culture & Sport, the City of Tel Aviv and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs who praise the troupe as ambassadors of Israeli culture.
The troupe’s participation in the NZ Arts Festival is also partially sponsored by the Israeli Embassy in Wellington.
The protest will be calling for an end to Israels unashamedly racist treatment of its Arab-Israeli citizens; the construction of illegal Jewish-only settlements on Palestinian land; the brutal military occupation of the West Bank Palestinian territory and the inhuman blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign was launched in 2005 by some 260 Palestinian civil society organisations as the best way for the international community to support the Palestinian struggle for justice and human rights.
While some may hide behind the excuse that art and culture is somehow apolitical, many (including Stephen Hawking, Emma Thompson, Miriam Margolyes, Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, Roger Waters and Peter Gabriel) are taking a stand.
For the same reasons New Zealanders called for the end to rugby links with apartheid South Africa we are calling for the cutting of ties with apartheid Israel and a boycott of the Batsheva performances in New Zealand. This call is being made by a combined network of Palestinian solidarity organisations in New Zealand.
The National Party was on the wrong side of history in the struggle against apartheid South Africa in the 1980s and seems determined to continue on the wrong side of this issue.
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Avicii becomes the first act in the relatively short 13-month history of Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart to occupy the top two positions, as “Wake Me Up!” enjoys a record-extending 23rd week at No. 1 and “Hey Brother” rises 4-2.
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Batsheva Dance Company
Batsheva Dance Company: 'It's about making the body listen' Subscribe to the Guardian HERE: Founded in 1964 in Tel Aviv with Martha G. Internationally acclai…
Wellington-based supporters of Palestinian rights will protest against scheduled performances of the Israeli Batsheva Dance Company at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington later this month.
A newly formed organisation, Aotearoa BDS Network, is part of an international campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions [BDS] against Israel, because of its human rights violations against Palestinians.
Batsheva is at the forefront of the Israeli cultural campaign to make a violent and racist state look benign and entertaining, says spokesperson Nadia Abu-Shanab.
Abu-Shanab says that if the performances go ahead they will be met with a vigorous and creative response from supporters of Palestinian rights in New Zealand.
But Abu-Shanab says she hopes the Festival organisers will cancel the Israeli embassy-sponsored performances.
The Israeli response to the campaign shows how well the campaign is working. Israeli public relations have gone into overdrive over the last few years.
Abu-Shanab points to recent protests against Batsheva in Europe and North America as an indication of how the dance troupe is being used.
The protests are against what is a deliberate diversion of international public attention from the continuing Israeli siege of Gaza, the ongoing occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, racial discrimination against Palestinians inside Israels 1948 borders and Israels outright refusal to allow the return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland, she says.
Batsheva dancers act as state-funded shock troops for Israeli diplomatic outreach. They are openly branded as an Israeli state institution.
They tour the world at will in a way that Israel would never allow Palestinians to do.
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27 January 2014
Palestinian solidarity groups call on government to withhold visas for Israeli Dance troupe
A wide range of Palestinian solidarity groups active in New Zealand have called on the government to withhold New Zealand visas from the Israels Batsheva Dance Company which is scheduled to perform in the New Zealand Festival of the Arts in Wellington next month.
We wrote to Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse last November making this request and received a non-committal response. We followed up with a letter to Foreign Minister Murray McCully on 15 January this year but have yet to receive a reply. (The letter to Mr McCully is available below.)
We pointed out the Batsheva Dance Company is part of the Israeli propaganda effort to deflect criticism of its appalling policies towards Palestinians.
The Batsheva troupe is largely funded by the Israeli Ministry of Culture & Sport, the City of Tel Aviv and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs who praise the troupe as ambassadors of Israeli culture. The troupe’s participation in the NZ Arts Festival is also partially sponsored by the Israeli Embassy in Wellington.
Israel is subject to an international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign because of its unashamedly racist treatment of its Arab-Israeli citizens; the construction of illegal Jewish-only settlements on Palestinian land; its brutal military occupation of the West Bank Palestinian territory and its inhuman blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The BDS campaign was called for launched in 2005 by some 260 Palestinian civil society organisations as the best way for the international community to support the Palestinian struggle for justice and human rights and the organisations writing to you here are working in support of this campaign.
For the same reasons New Zealanders called for the end to rugby links with apartheid South Africa we are calling for the cutting of ties with apartheid Israel.
We hope the government will respond because last year, by overwhelming popular vote, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2014 the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. If the government wants to gain the respect of other countries in its bid for a seat on the UN Security Council then cancelling visas for this troupe as a way of providing practical solidarity to the Palestinian struggle would be a big help.
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While some Middle East activists were not impressed by how the US foreign policy establishment danced around the Arab Spring, a closer look shows how delicate this dance was and remains