Concord Music Group Buys Rounder Records

Yesterday, Concord Music Group made the surprise announcement that they had purchased Rounder Records, the Massachusetts-based folk and roots label now in its fortieth year. The two labels will combine to create the “the world’s preeminent independent music company” (see press release below). Both labels have historically focused on adult listeners. Jazz/r&b and classic rock […]

Playing for Change: Mohammed Alidu

Mohammed Alidu was born into the Bizung lineage of talking drum chiefs of Northern Ghana. From the age of three, Alidu’s father taught him the history of his tribe, singing and the language of the talking drum as his ancestors had done before him. In 2004, Alidu spent one year in Madagascar, collaborating with local […]

Playing for Change: Clarence Bekker

Clarence Bekker is a singer/songwriter whom the Columbia Journalism Review recognized as “an astonishing singer from Amsterdam” for his vocal contribution to the Playing for Change version of “Stand By Me.” Now living in Barcelona, Bekker is currently working with a multicultural project, 08001, and collaborating with local DJs.

I like people who smile […]