Atlanta funk ensemble Voodoo Visionary will release their highly anticipated sophomore album, Off The Ground, on Friday, February 17, 2017. The group will be celebrating with a show that night at Aisle 5 in Atlanta, where they will be joined by Alabama’s Little Raine Band and Tennessee’s Opposite Box. Voodoo Visionary’s last two Atlanta shows were both sold out performances, playing at Terminal West on December 3rd where they opened for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with Jimmy Herring, and previously on November 18th at Variety Playhouse where they opened for TAUK.To get a glimpse of the action, Voodoo Visionary has shared a live video from the Variety Playhouse, performing their debut single “Hold Tight” from the upcoming album. You can listen to the studio version of “Hold Tight” here, and catch the live version in the video below.Voodoo Visionary is also releasing their second single from the new album, titled “Hero On The Horizon.” In March of 2015, Voodoo Visionary was approached by Austin Atteberry from the Sing Me A Story Foundation, who asked them to participate in an effort to bring the voices of children in need to the world through music. The premise behind Sing Me a Story is that children in need create stories about anything they want, and songwriters turn them into songs and send them back to the kids. In partnership with Camp Twin Lakes, a network of camps in Georgia providing programs for children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other challenges, and SweetWater 420 Fest, performing artists had the opportunity to record a song onsite at the festival.Voodoo Visionary chose a story by 11 year Noel from Camp Twin Lakes, called “A Hero On The Horizon.” In the story, Noel is a robotics genius who can talk to animals, his sidekick, Hunter, is a tiger with a robotic leg, and their nemesis is Natura, who can control nature. Noel brilliantly describes Natura’s weaknesses as a giant ego and overconfidence. After defeating Natura, Noel humbly returns home, cloaked from the public eye, and wonders if being a superhero is worth it given that his loved ones would be endangered if his secret identity was ever discovered. Just as he is about to give up his heroic antics, he gets an alert of more people in danger and knows it is his duty to rescue them. Noel’s story of adventure, internal conflict, and ultimate selflessness inspired Voodoo Visionary to adapt the story into a song, which they debuted at SweetWater 420 Fest and will include on their upcoming album.The song is available to stream and download now from the Sing Me A Story Foundation website. A minimum donation of $1 will receive an mp3 download with the donation receipt, and all proceeds are split between Camp Twin Lakes and Sing Me A Story Foundation. You can also read Noel’s original story below.Photo courtesy of Bonnie Morét.Video courtesy of Kyle Indiana Robbins.
USC’s record fell to 15-4 while Oregon advanced to 16-4, and the Ducks moved into second place in the Pac-12 behind Stanford. The USC men’s basketball team split a pair of games on its Oregon road trip, losing to No. 12 Oregon Thursday and easily handling Oregon State Saturday. The dual-threat of guards junior Chris Duarte and senior Payton Pritchard combined for 54 total points to lead the charge for Ducks. USC freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu scored 23 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to keep the Trojans in the game. Oregon State senior forward Tres Tinkle led the team in points and rebounds with 17 and five respectively, but it was not enough to match USC’s offense. However, he set the Oregon State record at 35 straight made free throws, only to miss his very next one. However, the Trojans caught up to Oregon again in the conference standings after beating the Beavers in a 75-55 rout in Corvallis. “You’ve got to take care of the ball,” USC head coach Andy Enfield said, per USC Athletics. “Some ill-timed passes that went to the other guys. We just have to make the right basketball play. Give them credit, they’re a good defensive team.” “Some of [Okongwu’s] dunks tonight were just spectacular,” Enfield said per the Los Angeles Times. “The first one was good down the lane, and the one about a minute or two later was just ridiculously impressive. He’s a special young man, very explosive, especially with a running start.” The Trojans now find themselves in second place in the Pac-12 with a 5-2 conference record, tied with Colorado. USC will take on Utah at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Galen Center before beginning a tough stretch against Colorado, Arizona and Arizona State. After beating the Stanford Cardinal in one of the most improbable comebacks in college basketball this season, the Trojans entered their game against the Ducks in sole possession of first place. USC’s time at the top was short-lived, however, as it fell in a double-overtime thriller, 79-70. Trailing for most of the game, USC caught fire and came back to tie things up at the end of regulation. The first overtime period did not have much action as both teams scored just 5 points each. In the second overtime, however, USC appeared fatigued and Oregon stepped on the gas to pull away. USC clearly put its loss to Oregon in the past as it went on to lead Oregon State 30-8 at one point in the first half. The Beavers climbed their way back into the game before halftime but would not force a lead change at any point as USC ran away with the lead late. Okongwu continued to lead the Trojans’ efforts in their win, scoring a team-high 18 points and recording eight rebounds in only 25 minutes of play. USC had an offensive field day against the Beavers, shooting nearly 65% from the field while missing only six shots in the entire second half. As for Oregon State, it was a different story: the Beavers shot only 37% for the entire game, and the Trojans’ defense held them to only 28 points in the paint. Senior guard Jonah Mathews did not disappoint either, scoring 16 points and playing tenacious defense in 37 minutes. Freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu has averaged 20.5 points and 11 rebounds over the Trojans’ past two games. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan)
03 May 2016A South African company was named the best children’s publisher on the continent at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy.Bumble Books of Noordhoek was among many publishing houses, publishers’ associations and other book institutions that took part in this annual event, which ran from 4 to 7 April 2016.Robin Stuart-Clark, founder and publishing director at Publishing Print Matters and Bumble Books, told radio station Cape Talk that the group had competed against the best children’s publishers across Africa. Countries such as Ghana, Guinea and Benin had been represented.To Stuart-Clark, the award belonged to the group’s illustrators who were doing extraordinary work. “We have nothing to apologise for, we are up there with the best,” he said.Other winnersAndersen Press won the fair’s Children’s Publisher of the Year prize in the European category, according to The Bookseller. The award was for “publishers who have most distinguished themselves for their creative and publishing excellence over the year, showing originality as well as professional and intellectual skills”.There are also awards for Central and South America, North America, Asia and Oceania.According to its website, Publishing Print Matters publishes books on South African art, craft and heritage “with a particular focus on those artists, craftspeople and individuals who have been overlooked yet made an impact on South African culture: they have stories to tell and vision to share that can empower our youth and restore pride in our collective heritage”.Bumble Books is its illustrated children’s book imprint. It showcases new South African illustrators and authors, with an emphasis on fun and entertainment. It publishes illustrated children’s books showcasing new South African illustrator- authors internationally.Guests at the Italian book fair tweeted their enjoyment of the event:Live painting en @BoChildrensBook #BCBF16 pic.twitter.com/Jq3qvOhzNv— Sara Fratini (@sarafratini) April 5, 2016So inspiring to walk around #BCBF16 and see all the worldwide trends for children’s illustration! pic.twitter.com/Qi5ayWlOwS— The Bright Group (@Bright_Group) April 5, 2016South Africa.info reporter
Do politicians make you think of dowdy dressers, white ensembles and plain cotton saris? Well, then its time for a reality check. There are some stunning women in politics. In our list, age is no barrier. Hot is hot!Here’s a look at some of the most glamorous female politicians. Check them out!Pakistan’s Hina Rabbani Khar is at number one position in our listPakistan’s youngest and first woman foreign minister is in constant news for her fashionista ways. Hina Rabbani Khar, the 34 year old minister, scored full marks on the style front when she was spotted at the Delhi airport in a monotone outfit of blue sporting shades and red lipstick. She looked like a diva.Check out the galleryHere are other glamorous women politicians:Priyanka Gandhi VaderaKashmala TariqHillary ClintonMichelle Obama
Man Utd midfielder Fred: My first ‘clasico’by Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Fred was pleased with his performance against Liverpool.Fred impressed in the 1-1 draw.“Personally, I’m happy how I played in my first ‘clasico’ against Liverpool,” he told The National.“We’re just all a little frustrated that we didn’t hold on to the lead, but we have to be encouraged.“We played at a very good pace against Liverpool. We needed that, we haven’t started the league well, but we played with heart, we played with force, we attacked quickly, especially in the first half. The second half we continued well but it was more equal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
college spun staff picks week 7Week six of the college football season produced a few big upsets, like Washington over USC and Texas over Oklahoma, along with a few almost-upsets, like Michigan State vs. Rutgers, TCU vs. Kansas State and Florida State vs. Miami (FL). Week seven is shaping up to be the most interesting of the season thus far, however.This week, we’ve got UCLA vs. Stanford, Michigan vs. Michigan State, Alabama vs. Texas A&M, Florida vs. LSU and USC vs. Notre Dame. Currently, Matt Hladik and Dustin Tackett hold a slim lead over the field in our weekly competition. Here are our picks for this weekend’s games:Who do you have?