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The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta: blog 4th anniversary

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Four years… Who would have thought? Arguably this was not the greatest year for The Wonderful World of Carminelitta, but I am happy to be able to say that despite it all this blog is still alive and I didn’t give it up completely. Surely, I thought about it several times. Lack of inspiration, motivation and support made it quite difficult for me to keep on pushing for something that I was not sure was worth it. However, I now know that I simply can’t stop what I started. Through the ups and downs, this blog is still my baby. This is one of the few things I created from scratch and I’m damn proud of it!
In these strange times for the music industry, with things constantly changing and evolving, digitalisation in full effect and competition to be the “hottest” or create the biggest “buzz” (among other horrible catchwords…), I often feel that I am out of place and don’t belong in the world of music blogs. When I read some of your messages though, I am reminded that my voice matters and that I can indeed bring something to artists and music lovers. This is why I will not give up. I will keep on writing about artists I discover, sharing music I love with you, providing you with substantial, in-depth interviews and most of all loving doing it. Here’s to yet another year of beautiful, powerful, inspiring, life-changing music!
I would be remiss if I didn’t take some time to thank all the artists who touched me, communicated with me and helped me through the year, as well as everyone who has ever supported me and my endeavours. As cliché as it may sound, you are the reason why I am doing this and this blog would never be what it is without you. Please stick with me for more musical adventures and help me spread the word about amazing projects for many, many years to come!

To celebrate the past year, I put together a compilation, as I have always done since the beginning. It includes all the artists I featured on the blog in 2013, and this is both a way to say thank you to the artists and to help their music be heard far and wide. Listen, enjoy and most importantly, tell your friends! More than ever, it’s all about sharing 🙂

You can discover The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta Vol. 4 by heading to my Mixcloud page, or simply by clicking on the link below.

Tracklist:

Elle Winston – Waitin’ On (Uncertainty EP and interview)
ArinMaya x Theimagination – I’m Scared (Her Imaginings)
Rachel Brotman – Clever (Anecdote)
Ricardo Iamuuri – Imperial Sugar (video)
Ty – Like You Never (video)
Saneyes – Roller Girl (video)
Willy Sunshine – Circles on the water (video)
Lianne La Havas – Gone (live) (concert @ Espace Julien, Marseille)
Phraim – Quiescent (Kasbah Moments and interview)
Phenzwaan – Word 2 My Sistas (interview)
Erika Lernot – Sa mwen vlè feat. Tchano (Le Voyage)
Breis – Only Human (The Brilliant EP)
Tum’Soul – Alice (ɘnvol (vol#1))
Imperial x K.I.N.E.T.I.K. – Zone Out (Pencils Not Pistols EP)
Avenging Wind – Blues Man (interview)
KRTS – Nothing Grows In Red Soil (The Foreigner EP)

PS. You can also enjoy previous compilations: The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta Vol. 1, Volume 2 & Volume 3.

The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta: blog 3rd anniversary

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Cover artwork for The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta Vol. 3

The Wonderful World of Carminelitta turns 3 today and as usual I decided to create a compilation to celebrate the anniversary. As was the case with The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, I gathered tracks from artists I featured on the blog during 2012. As you may have noticed if you were following the blog regularly, this year has been quite difficult and I have somewhat abandoned it in the past few months. I can’t guarantee I will revive it, especially as 2013 starts with more uncertainties and challenges in my personal life, but I still wanted to share this with you and look back on the great music I discovered over the past 12 months. I want to take some time to say a big thank you to the artists who agreed to take part in this anniversary compilation, as well as everyone I featured on the blog and every single person and fellow music lover who supported my endeavours since the creation of The Wonderful World of Carminelitta three years ago. I really didn’t think I would make it this far and, despite the hurdles and hard times, I am really grateful for everything I had an opportunity to do through the blog and I am proud of my achievements so far. Even if the blog isn’t as lively as it once was, I still have my online radio show on Ness Radio, which is broadcast every other Monday in normal circumstances (i.e. it should get back to normal after a few crazy weeks) and then uploaded on my Mixcloud page.

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Guest feature: The Alexander Green Project via Hip Hop Speakeasy

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When you’re itching for an exquisite hip hop record, who else to turn to but the wonderful Kev Brown? If you don’t know, Kev Brown is an underground hip hop producer with a sound powerfully resembling the soul-influenced beats of the early-2000s. Last year, Kev decided to team up with rapper Kaimbr and together, they created this masterpiece, The Alexander Green Project. This album resembles everything there is to love about underground hip hop. From the soulful beats and the glorious production Kev Brown assembles, to the true lyricism and vocal power Kaimbr displays, this album is sure to leave you satisfied.

Track after track, The Alexander Green Project is one solid album. With features from Kenn Starr, Sean Born and even Asher Roth on a bonus track, even the guest appearances are perfection. “Gritz” definitely puts on the crown for this album when it comes to top tracks; the horns in the beat and the “bragadoccia” Kaimbr puts on for the track is not overwhelming at all, in fact, it’s very enjoyable. He plays with the rhyme-schemes and proves how talented of a rapper he is without filling every line with corny cliches, or overused metaphors. Then, when the beat drops for “Rapping (feat. Sean Born)” comes in, and the words start pouring out from the two emcees, the low-budget theme of the album gets put in the back of your head because, honestly, you’d rather have it that way. The low-budget theme is very prevalent, but I for one appreciate the amount of skill and pure sound the album has even though it is, indeed “low-budget.”

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The Wonderful World of Carminelitta: tee-shirts available

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This is going to be a quick post. I am extremely excited and slightly emotional right now as I proudly announce that The Wonderful World of Carminelitta tee-shirts are now available! This is something I had wanted to do for quite a while and after getting my beautiful logo from Alvin Black III aka alvinthethird, it was only a matter of time before that dream materialized. Now all I can say, apart from how amazing those tees look, is that I count on your support for this new adventure and this more general plan to live my dreams and create the life I want to have. Please grab one tee, offer one or two and spread the word! Thank you very much in advance.

You can find women’s and men’s tee-shirts at my new shop at Dizzyjam so don’t waste another minute and click HERE to get yours. There is also a direct link on the right-hand side of the home page and if you click on any picture below.

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The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta: blog 2nd anniversary

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Cover artwork for The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta Vol. 2

Oh, what a year! Wait, did I already say that last time? Well, it has been a very interesting year indeed and I’m very proud and happy to celebrate the second anniversary of my blog today. After the success of The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta, I now present to you Volume 2, with this new compilation that gathers artists I featured on the blog during the past 12 months. As usual I am very grateful and thankful to them for taking part and for inspiring me with their music.
While 2010 was the birth of the blog and was therefore very exciting, a year of great progress and discovery, 2011 was a bit more difficult for me, both on the personal tip and for the blog, but it was nonetheless a good one that saw me grow and embark on new adventures, with Word Is Bond and Ness Radio among others. It was also the year when my dream of travelling to the States finally became a reality and my trip to Chicago was definitely a highlight of this year, followed by my recent express stay in Pittsburgh. I met amazing people and artists in both cities and it is only the beginning of my love story with the US!
2012 will be much more focused and I will push all my endeavours further, to share much more music, words, and aspects of my art and personality. I’d advise you stay tuned if you want to witness those. For now though, it’s time to celebrate and spread the word about some very talented artists, with The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta Vol. 2. Once again, big thank you to everyone on there, as well as all the artists I featured and got in touch with in 2011, without forgetting all the fellow music lovers I met along the way and those who have supported me from day 1. Your love and support are much appreciated and I am very grateful for you.

Tracklist:

“New Year”, Shade Cobain
“All Games” feat Word Chemist (prod by Shade Cobain), Shinobi Stalin (exclusive)
“Flood Watch”, AMiAM
“Exhibit K”, Kap Kallous
“Retroactive” (prod by Shamalex), L.I.F.E. Long (exclusive)
“Our Dilema” (prod by Young Fury), Pugs Atomz
“Feel”, Phenzwaan – “Now & Forever”
“Trinkets and Shit” (Anniversary mix), Starchild
“The Sound” (prod by Shade Cobain), Varsity Squad (Jon Quest & Beedie) – “New School Boom Bap” (coming February)
“THE WORLD IS YOURS” (prod by BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble), DiViNe SeVeN
“Raw Beauty”, Evil Needle
“Skipping Through Leaves”, Fathom 9
“This Is For You”, Eric Lau
“The Fader”, Martin Parks
“Twinkle”, the A.M. (ArinMaya x Blackdaylight)
“Sail Away” (prod Marc Mac), Dezaray Dawn – “Deep” EP
“Ce soir” feat Aldrick, JLS Musique – “DES MOTS [dé] NOTENT”
“Weightless” (Spinnerty Remix), Nadia Alfadel
“Would you let me” (prod by Spudd Brown & Mahewa Wazuri), Maleiva Kem – “Scraps: Meet & Part Company”
“Yenki Vou (Only You)”, Meemee Nelzy – “Kréyòl Seasoning”
“Something About You”, Stevy Mahy – “The Beautiful Side of a Kreyol Folk Trip”
“Hills”, Greg Spero – “Acoustic”
“Key Of Life”, The Ones (Yaw & Khari Lemuel) – “Community Service” (coming soon)

P.S. A huge thank you to Alvin Black III aka alvinthethird for my beautiful logo! Check out his art, mixes and more on his website.

You can listen to The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta Vol. 2 on Mixcloud or on the link below. Please don’t hesitate to spread the word, it’s all about sharing!

The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta Vol. 2 by Carminelitta on Mixcloud

Info: Carminelitta on Word Is Bond

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This is just a quick post to keep you all updated on my new adventures. I am very happy, proud and excited to be part of the Word Is Bond team. I have been following this blog for quite a while and always admired the great quality of the music posted there, as well as the reviews and the beautiful design, so it is a great privilege for me to join them. Big shout out to J. for the opportunity!
I am now in charge of interviews there and I just posted the first one, with producer and MC Zilla Rocca. You can go and have a look HERE.
I obviously won’t tell you every time I post there but I just wanted to share the info with you and encourage you to pay Word Is Bond a visit. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

I will also add that I feel extremely blessed and grateful for all the love and support I have been receiving lately, it is definitely very motivating for me and inspires me to move forward. Anything I’ve achieved in the past months would never have been possible without great friends and people around me who really appreciate what I’m doing and always give me the extra push I need and of course the amazing artists I am featuring here and on the podcast. It is quite amazing to be able to get in touch with like-minded people and fellow music lovers around the world.
A huge thank you to whom it may concern.

Support Japan: The Sun Still Rises In The East

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This blog is all about music but sometimes the world around is falling apart and you just can’t ignore it. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are bound to know about what happened in Japan on 11th March and the aftermath of this earthquake and tsunami. Clearly, one of the worst tragedies in history is happening right before our eyes and it’s no film this time. The effects will be deep and long-lasting, Japan needs to be rebuilt, some people need to start again from zero and we are still very, very far from moving in this direction with nuclear disaster looming. I won’t go on forever with the despairing facts but will instead ask a question: what can I, you, everyone else do? Apart from mentally sending positive vibes towards those who suffer, the most effective way is obviously to donate money. Now, that’s where music comes into play. I guess many of those initiatives will be taken, but I just wanted to underline two.

First of all, The Find Magazine and A Bridge Too Far Recordings teamed up to create a great compilation entitled The Sun Still Rises In The East, where you can find many exclusive tracks, from very talented indie artists. All the money donated will be sent to the Red Cross UK’s Tsunami Appeal and for a music lover like me it’s a wonderful way to support. I already know several of the artists featured on the compilation, I even presented some of them to you in the past months and others are new to my ears, making me curious to discover more about them. Among others, you can listen to tracks from Melodiq, Dela, The Broken Orchestra, Dee La Kream or Kidkanevil. Please head towards the Bandcamp page or just click on the link below, donate and spread the word!

Another great initiative I stumbled upon this morning is courtesy of Swiss beatmaker Chief and Feelin’ Music, who present Give what you want, a very nice, chilled track that is available for download on a pay what you want basis (the more the better!). Once again, it is a great way to support the efforts to rebuild Japan and give Japanese people some hope for a better future. All processes will go towards the Japanese Red Cross Society. Please don’t hesitate and download this great track and share the info with your people! You can find Give what you want on Feelin’ Music’s Bandcamp, or simply by clicking on the link below. Thanks for your support!

The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta: blog 1st anniversary

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Oh, what a year! Exactly a year ago, I decided to start a little blog to share my passion for music and writing… And how it has grown during this year! I am extremely grateful, happy, excited and a little bit emotional to celebrate this first anniversary (which I hope will be the first of many, many others!).To help me mark this very special and important date, some artists I featured on the blog in 2010 were kind enough to share some of their tracks, including some exlusives. I am very thankful to them for this and I am quite happy with the result. Special thanks to them of course, as well as to all the other artists I featured on the blog, all the people that supported me during this year, liked the blog, commented and spread the word. To make it very, very, very cliché, I’ll say that I wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much without them.

You can check out The Wonderful Year of Carminelitta: blog anniversary celebration HERE

Tracklist:

Intro – Shade Cobain
‘P.S.A. (Please Stay Again), DiverSe (exclusive)
‘The janitor’, Sean Ace (ft DJ HasH)
‘SuperHigh’, Jon Quest
‘El hero’ (prod 2 Hungry Bros), Ciph Diggy
‘Dollar and a dream’, Kap Kallous (upcoming album)
‘Believe in U’ (prod BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble), Tahir Jahi
‘Circle of Destiny’, Herma Puma – ‘Synchromystic’
‘Still Jonesin’, DiViNe SeVeN (upcoming album)
‘Work it out’ ft Anthony Mils, Ty (limited edition CD)
‘Oh my God’ (Massed remix), Spectac & Amiri
‘Exciting’ (prod Osna), Sean J – ‘A Tree By Itself: The Harvest Edition’ (The 9Elements.com bonus track)
‘If it feels right’, Jason James & Rodney Hazard – ‘Marvelous World of Colour’
‘Take – Neon Beams (remix) v.3.1, Tensei
‘Cypher’ ft Pistol & Sean J, Seven Day
‘Driftin (Dilla)’, Preach Jacobs
‘Window Seat (Daisy’s blend)’, DJ Alvin Black III
‘Homewood Purple’, Grand Ear aka Geeman
‘Higher’, Rebekka Ling
‘Home Alone’, Reeplay
‘Si tu veux rester’ (pro Tum’Soul), Osmojam
‘Love Letter (He Wants Me To Win)’, Nakia Henry
‘Let’s stay together’, Al Green vs Erik Rico – ‘Re-Works EP’
‘He makes me say’, Gabbie McGee – ‘Mississippi’s Daughter’
‘Funktronics on 73rd Street’, BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble (exclusive)
‘Wonderful’, Soy is Real (upcoming ‘Penguin Files’)

P.S. I almost reached my limit on Podomatic, if you feel generous and want to support so that I can keep making podcasts, there’s a donate button at the top right-hand side of this page. Any help is appreciated! Thanks

UPDATE: after the amazing feedback and support I got from this Wonderful Year of Carminelitta, I had to share more treats with you! A few artists got back a little too late for the first instalment, but they definitely deserve to be heard and celebrate with me!
Here’s the tracklist for this part 2, which you can check out HERE

Tracklist:

Intro and background music courtesy of Shade Cobain

‘Castration mentale’, Elom 20ce – ‘Rock The Mic Vol. 2’ by Asrafo Records
‘Study on us’ ft Nebz Supreme & Moka Only,SciFi Stu – ‘From The Heaviest Heart To The Coldest Soul’
‘4:00 AM’ ft Phase One, A.C. Layne aka TE1 Productions – ‘The Onederful EP Vol. 1’
‘Driving (Stretch)’, Amenta
‘No pressure’, Jaafar – ‘Supernatural Love’
‘Future’, Cilla K – ‘Fine Line’
‘All in my head’, Bashiri Asad – ‘The Electric Enchantment EP’
‘Você Me Dá’, Clarisse Albrecht
‘Out of my world’, Jaleenah Birdland

The Wonderful World of Carminelitta: Soundcloud page

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As many of you may know already, I decided to express my love for music in different ways and started putting together some ‘musical selections’ for your listening pleasure. I just finished and uploaded the fourth one today and I thought it may be a good idea to feature them here, to allow more people to discover them and spread the word about the artists I chose to put under my spotlight. I’m trying to find themes for each of them and so far it was quite easy for me, hopefully it will still be the case as time goes! I received some positive feedback about them (even if the first ones were really far from being perfect) and it’s a great motivation for me to keep going in this direction! But enough of the rambling, here are my first four selections!

The Wonderful World of Hip-Hop

The Wonderful World of Sensuality

French Touch

The Wonderful World of Beats

You can follow me on Soundcloud if you want to be kept updated on the newness: click here

Support: Female Beatmakers

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    This is a quick public service announcement from UK’s very own beatmaker and female entrepreneur Miss Laidlaw: she needs you to help her website, Female Beatmakers stay alive. In her own words, “Due to our website hosting changes for Female Beatmakers the website – which is self funded – is reaching out to members and non members to make donations to keep it running.”

    If you are not familiar with Miss Laidlaw or Female Beatmakers, here is an introduction for you:

    “The Female Beatmakers website is a platform used to help facilitate learning and development to women who are intrigued with the idea of doing male dominated roles within the music industry. It was born from the concept that women where underexposed and unnoticed in skills like music production and sound engineering.

    Female Beatmakers started off as a website in November 2006 to help women in a number of different genres and musical skills from DJs to Songwriters, Producers to Musicians and Singers. The website has online courses, interviews, links, forums, blogs, music shops, downloads, and uniquely offers a free Digital Distribution service to all the members of the website who want to release their music through iTunes and Amazon etc.

    Our philosophy is that women need hobbies as a way of building confidence and a sense of purpose and women shouldn’t shy away from doing what is seen as male dominated because they do not see any female role models within it. The website aims to make all women role models by giving them an incentive to work and share information to one another and get their finished product heard.

    This community of females continues to grow each day with a mixture of new starters and already established acts. Female Beatmakers hopes to bridge the gap in the industry and make music an incentive for young talented women, whether they want to pursue it as a hobby or a career.

    Every year the founder organises a charity event to help raise money for good causes and spread the word that Female Beatmakers are out there and that we will continue supporting others in need.

    So let’s keep this thing moving.”

      I think this is a great initiative and one that definitely needs your support, whether you are a man or a woman, whether you are in the creative industry or simply a music/art lover. You can give as little as £1, which will make a difference and help the project grow and touch more and more people. Please spread the word!

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