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Cool and the Gang

Cool and the Gang, better known as Kool and the Gang, and their numerous hit songs including “Celebrate” and  “Get Down on It,” have performed at places where they seemingly were loved unconditionally.  No record store has ever sold their music, and no-one had ever seen them perform live, but the Cubans have taken them into their hearts for years. Cuban filmmaker Gloria Ronaldo said the bands sounds of funk, provided the soundtrack for her generations youth. And even though in the 60’s there was a communist government movement that outright banned American music and looked down upon it in the next decade, when it was rarely heard on government airwaves. Ronaldo recalls it being played everywhere.  But Sunday at the Miami stadium for the Orange Bowl, the “gang” rocked the stadium with a performance that set the halftime crowd ablaze. One of the biggest and best bands of the 60’s and 70’s they literally performed like it was a concert. At the Land Shark Stadium, Florida the band including brothers Robert and Ronald Bell along with the rest of the “Gang” gifted the fans and the viewers to a performance not often seen these days.  There are even reports of this halftime show being the best one ever! The guys gaining new fans while thrilling old one’s.   Kool and the Gang have sold over 70 million albums worldwide, and are a American Jazz.R&B/ Soul/Funk and disco group, who originally formed in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1964.

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Dance4Life welcomes Fedde le Grand as ambassador

fedde-le-grandDuring the Winter Music Conference in Miami, Fedde le Grand announced that he joined the dance4life family and as of April he will become a worldwide ambassador for the organization. Drawing inspiration from hip-hop, funk and electronic dance the Dutch artist has been on the party scene in the Netherlands since 1998. The DJ and producer has gained global recognition in recent years as his career has seen him collaborate with artists including Grammy Award-winning Black Eyed Peas front man Will.i.am and Madonna who used le Grand’s 2006 No. 1 hit ‘Put Your hands up for Detroit’ to promote her sticky and sweet tour. 2009 brings the release of Fedde le Grand’s first artist album ‘Output’.  During an intimate Q&A with dance4life in Miami, Fedde explained what inspired him to join “As an artist I see what dance4life does for young people and it is so close to what I do, so I feel very connected to dance4life already and see endless possibilities to strengthen their organization. We will start by donating a percentage of the ticket prize to dance4life of my Scandinavian concerts in September of this year.”  Dance4Life uses the universal language of music and dance as well as youth icons to connect with young people across the globe. Ambassadorship from artists such as Fedde le grand is invaluable to support dance4life in its aim of empowering  youth to push back the spread of HIV and AIDS. Wessel van Eeden, global music and media manager at dance4life says “We’re delighted that Fedde le Grand, as one of the biggest rising stars of the international dance music scene, has decided to join dance4life, we welcome him and look forward to developing the global partnership.”

The Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favorite TV show.

eurovision-song-contestAlready for 53 years, the Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favorite TV show. After more than five decades featuring some 1,100 songs, the contest has become a modern classic, strongly embedded into Europe’s collective mind. Read on to find out how it all started over half a century ago…
After 53 years, the database with Eurovision Song Contest facts and figures, stories and anecdotes is huge! A true, die-hard fan knows how many points Luxembourg got in 1980 (56), who came last in 1972 (Malta, with 48 points) and how many times the Netherlands got 12 points in 1996 (once, from Austria). Because no one can expect you to become a living Eurovision Song Contest encyclopedia, Eurovision.tv takes you through the contest’s history in fast forward. It’s all you need to know before you dive into the rich history of the Eurovision Song Contest…

How it all begun
Did you know that not only stars like ABBA, Celine Dion, Cliff Richard and Julio Iglesias took part, but also dance act Riverdance thanks its fame to the Eurovision Song Contest? The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) was formed on 12th February 1950 by 23 broadcasting organisations from Europe and the Mediterranean at a conference in Devon, United Kingdom. It was on the 6th of June, 1954, that Montreux became the venue for the first transmission by the EBU’s Eurovision Network of the Narcissus Festival and its flower-bedecked procession floats. The first Eurovision viewers eagerly watched on four million television sets in homes, bars, and shop windows in Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Ambitious project
In 1955, the EBU came up with the idea of an international song contest whereby countries, represeted by their respective public broadcasters, would participate in one television show, to be transmitted simultaneously in all represented nations. This was conceived during a meeting in Monaco in 1955 by Marcel Bezençon, a Frenchman working for the EBU. The competition was based upon the Italian Festival di Sanremo, held for the first time in 1951, and was also seen as a technological experiment in live television: In those days, it was a very ambitious project to join many countries together in a wide-area international network. Satellite television did not exist yet at that time, and the Eurovision Network comprised a terrestrial microwave network. Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne was born!

The successes
Without interruption, the Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast every year since 1956, which makes it one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. In 2003, the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place, while the Eurovision Song Contest celebrated her 50th anniversity 2005. Viewers picked ABBA’s Waterloo as best ever Eurovision Song Contest song. In 2007, Europe could see the first ever Eurovision Dance Contest.

The 2008 running saw a record of 43 represented countries, as Azerbaijan and San Marino joined the family. The competition has been broadcast throughout Europe, but also in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand and the United States, even though these countries do not participate. In 2009, an Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest is expected to be launched.

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