• September 29, 2016 /  Vocalist
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    Most people who know a bit about opera are familiar with some of the great male voices. Names like Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti, Giuseppe Di Stefano, and Robert Merrill quickly come to mind. These are enduring figures whose contributions to opera were many.
    But what about the ladies? Anyone but a fervent opera lover can nary come up with a name or two from the past. With that in mind, let’s fast forward to today and introduce you to some of the most talented – and highly attractive – female opera stars.
    While certainly not all inclusive, this list is in one man’s view an enticing showcase of operatic talent and beauty as a bonus.
    Top Five Females From Enjoy Opera
    So as not to show favoritism, and accounting for personal taste, these talented women are listed in no particular order.
    Alessandra Coletti: The youngest of this group, this early 20’s raven haired sensation has attracted critical praise from even the most jaded opera critics. Born in Milan, Italy but reared in New York, Alessandra claims one of her first memories as listening to Enrico Caruso records.
    Kelly Kaduce: A soprano, Kelly is a rising star whose voice has been described as tender, floating, lusty, and lyrical. She has performed in the title role of Madame Butterfly, and as Violetta in La Traviata.
    Kristin Sampson: A graduate of the Apprentice Artist Program, Santa Fe Opera, Kristin is a gifted stage actor as well as opera singer. She is most noted for her recent turn as Mimi in La Boheme.
    Sally-Anne Russell: This auburn haired mezzo soprano is well known for over 30 CD’s she has released, encompassing not only opera but numerous other musical styles.
    Sara Macliver: This Australian soprano successfully balances motherhood and a thriving musical career that takes her across the globe.
    Honorable Mention
    It wouldn’t be a list without an honorable mention, now would it? And that honor goes to Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, who has attained celebrity status in Europe and has often been dubbed the successor to legendary singer Maria Callas.
    It just goes to show … opera has a universal appeal. These rising female stars will undoubtedly carry the opera torch for years to come.

  • September 28, 2016 /  Composer & Instrument
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    It amazes me to see people buy musical instruments for their kids or themselves, how they go right out and get the most expensive top of the line one they can find. Especially if they are just starting out.

    Maybe they believe that getting a high priced instrument will somehow make them play better or they are convinced they will actually stick with this venture. But unfortunately for most of them, they will lose interest in it after awhile and it will work it’s way into the closet.

    Fortunately for us this is good news and is my first tip for getting a good deal. Look for classifieds in the musical instrument section of the newspaper or online and search for “like new” or “barely used” items.

    When you find what you want, do a preliminary check of what it’s going for new. Go out and inspect the instrument visually and try it out. Then negotiate your best deal. I usually offer about 60% of what it is worth new if it’s not too old and in very good condition.

    Tip 2 would be to check out moving sales. Again, look in the newspaper or online. You can get all kinds of deals here, on most anything. But especially on the larger musical instruments like piano’s, organs, etc.

    Tip 3 would be Ebay. Not my favorite and can be risky. Make sure to question the seller thoroughly about the item in question, don’t overpay for shipping (which alot of times includes handling charges) and make sure you get generous time to return it if necessary.

    On the flip side of it, Ebay is great for selling bargains you may find that your not going to personally use. Musical instruments are popular on Ebay and can be a great way for you to make extra money.

    Lastly, I would check out your local music store and see if they have any sales going on with new closeout instruments or any good trade ins you can buy at a bargain. Just remember that the store owner is looking to make a profit on it, so make sure it’s a good deal and negotiate.

  • September 28, 2016 /  Vocalist
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    If you wish to procure Singer sewing machines which are in perfect working order and pristine condition then you have to consider a number of options before you make your final decision. Firstly, Singer sewing machines need to be fully operational and function efficiently and productively if they are to hold universal appeal and be considered desirable. Singer sewing machines cannot be overpriced as expensive Singer sewing machines are a real let down. You can often find Singer sewing machines for cheaper elsewhere and they are frequently of a better quality. Shoddy, substandard Singer sewing machines must be avoided at all costs as they can break down and malfunction unexpectedly and this can cause no end of untold problems. It is imperative that all Singer sewing machines can be altered and modified in order to accommodate any particular personal preferences as bespoke Singer sewing machines are not only completely innovative and unique; they also continue to rise in popularity. Industrialsewing.co.uk is a leading market supplier of fault free Singer sewing machines which are competent, resourceful and reliable. These Singer sewing machines will satisfy even the choosiest individual as they are so diverse and wide ranging. Each and every one of our first-rate Singer sewing machines is thoroughly checked and tested before dispatch in order to ensure that they are completely flawless and serve the purpose which they were built for satisfactorily. We have been instrumental in the manufacturing and distribution of Singer sewing machines for a number of years and really know what we are talking about. Our Singer sewing machines are classic and timeless and the selection of Singer sewing machines is constantly updated and reviewed in order to keep up with ever changing modes and trends as we know how adaptable and flexible Singer sewing machines need to be. From industrial walking foot and post wheel feed Singer sewing machines to cylinder arm lockstitch and straight stitch binding Singer sewing machines; there is something for everyone! Our best-selling industrial zig-zag Irish freehand embroidery and high speed lockstitch buttonhole Singer sewing machines are flying off the shelves as we speak, so you had better be quick! As well as Singer sewing machines we also have a veritable plethora of other unbeatable products such as Organ, Bernina and Brother sewing machines.which will entice even the most discerning individual. Visit today and pick up a bargain. We guarantee that you will not walk away empty handed when you see what we have to offer!

  • September 27, 2016 /  Composer & Instrument
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    Article relates to the companies, facilitate wide array of optical components include optical lenses, prism, beam splitter, wave plate, polarizer, interference filter, laser mirror, BBO crystal and cylindrical lenses. Optical instruments are used in different studies such as research, scientific test, engineering, laboratory examinations and other thorough assessments. Ocular mirrors, prism, camera test tool, alignment telescope, interferometer and autocollimators are widely employed ocular equipment.

    It is used to carry out various kinds of testing procedure and get more accurate result. Technicians designs premier range of precision instrument such as optical system, electronics and other precision machines. Usage of optical instrument People use this precision instrument in various fields such as photography, astronomy, oceanography, fiber optics, scientific testing and other researches. If user wants to get quality result of their test and examinations, must use top quality instrument. Optical components are the major part for ocular equipment. Low quality components give poor result and hamper the overall processing of research. Better option is to always choose the finest grade component and related accessories. Kinds of optical component and its usage in instrument Nowadays, various companies are available, comes up with great collection of cylindrical lens and accessories at highly reasonable rates. These entire collections are available with excellent warranty and inclusive diversity. So, no matter which type of component and accessory you want, can choose the online professional dealer.

    Engineers, explorer and scientist can use these instruments for their studies and regular job. Autocollimator is good equipment, uses to measure angular difference between two reflecting surfaces. Probably, you’ve seen this equipment in the labs of scientist and architect. It gives more accurate result and eliminates chance of errors or miscalculations.

    Corner cube retroreflector allows you to adjust the angle and position of lenses. It enables user to work at distant location, so quality of Retroreflector should be very high. Reliable dealers offer quick online services for these ocular component and accessories. If you need the product for designing imaging appliances such as camera, camcorder and video shooting tools, can choose online service provider. Interference filter is another product that needs to be of premier quality, as overall result and processing depends on it. Interferometer is a crucial instrument that measures the wave pattern. Professionals offer diverse range of ocular components at extremely competitive rates.

    Reliable company employs professional craftsmen and technicians that craft sophisticated lenses, prism and other component that meet your specific work needs. Professionals even offer customized product to suits your peculiar work and obligations such as particular focal length, concentration and radius. It comes up in full range of width, length and diameter.

    For more information about Right angle prism please visit:- Interference filter

  • September 26, 2016 /  Composer & Instrument
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    Dollar beats.com is a relatively new site that launched early in 2006. The main focus for the site is to offer hip hop emcees and other vocal artists as well as video producers, the ability to use fresh modern types of beats and music instrumentals in their projects. All beats are available immediately after payment using a direct download process. this speeds up the time for an artist to start working on his or her song.

    With a 20DollarBeat , you get a high quality RADIO-READY track for your vocals to be mixed right in. Break Beats and Loops are just loops in 4, 8 or 16 measures ready for your favorite looping software. Our Studio Mixed Full Tracks are already pre-arranged with hook, and verse sections. All you need to do is mix your vocals on top and you have a hit ready for any talent scout or production company.

    FULL TRACKS: You get a full length track with pre-arranged sections for verse, hook etc. Most tracks are 4:00 or longer but none are less than 3:30. You will get a Radio Ready version of the track Ready for your vocals. You can also receive a CD of your track in 16/24 bit 44-48khz stereo files. Available formats are: .wav & .aiff. Direct downloads are available right after payment. Your direct download will be in high quality (160k) .mp3 format, which is perfect for demos, samples and more.

    LOOPS & BEATS: Loops are not full tracks! They are 4, 8 or 16 measures long and do not contain verse and hook sections. Loops & Beats are great for creating your own version of the track. You will receive a direct download after payment with a link to the file. All loops and beats samples are exactly what you will receive (without the voice over).

    BREAK BEATS: Break Beats are 3:00 minute dance/club tracks for DJ’s. These tracks are perfect for voice overs, radio spots, TV ads, commercials, video production, music for just about anything. You will receive a direct download after payment with a link to the file. All Break beats are exactly the same as on the site except without the voiceover. They are MP3’s compressed at 160k stereo CD quality.

    20 Dollar beats.com brings you high quality affordable hip-hop beats and club tracks to DJ’s and vocal artists alike. Download your favorite beats and get your demo ready today!

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    Download Hip hop beats and Instrumentals at 20DollarBeats.com

  • September 26, 2016 /  Composer & Instrument
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    Collecting vintage musical instruments is popular and increasing. Good old instruments are becoming rare,valuable and are easy to find. There is several ways to find what you are looking for, and here is some hints in that direction.

    Search relevant magazines or local newspapers for classified ads ,maybe you find an instrument with great collecting potential.Often private persons do not know what they have between their hands and its value. Maybe the instrument is a piece they have inherited or used themselves many years ago.Either way its a good chance to do a bargain.

    Another way to find items are at local markets,flee markets and garage sales.Vintage musical instruments can turn up in the most unexpected places so keep an eagle eye close to these opportunities.
    A safe place to find instruments are online.Huge amounts of dealers find,restore and sell them all over the net.Many of them have been around for years and have a huge contact net for supply of vintage musical instruments.

    Most of them run their own sale sites and display their products with photos,comments and prices.As I said ,they have had the instruments restored and they definately know their value so do not excpect to do a scoop there.

    Online is also large market places where powersellers and private persons can put their ads. These are sold in an auction mode, that means the instruments are displayed for some time and buyers must bid and hope to purchase them as cheap as possible.The most common marketplace on the internet is Ebay where millions of different items are for sale every day.Do a search there , I guarantee you will find what you are looking for in a short periode of time.

    Of course there is several other marketplaces online to search and there is even marketplaces in each country.
    In my country the most common places to sell all kind of products are QXL.no or Finn.no. I recommend you to get an overview of your options where you live and work from there. Vintage musical instruments are really good items to collect and invest so do not hesitate to grab some nice pieces.

  • September 25, 2016 /  Composer & Instrument
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    Shiva makes his debut on stage (Arangetram) with Devine instrument, Mridangam

    You are coardially invited to witness the magic of Mridangam on Sunday August 25th, 2013 at Dolores

    Mridangam, the famous percussion instrument of India, is becoming choice of many national and international musicians also. It is a double headed drum of south India. There are many stories about origin of Mridangam , but according to most of the people, it is often depicted as the instrument of choice for a number of deities including Ganesha (the remover of obstacles) and Nandi, who is the vehicle and companion of Shiva. Nandi is said to have played the mridangam during Shiva’s primordial tandavadance, causing a divine rhythm to resound across the heavens. The mridangam is thus also known as “Deva Vaadyam,” or “Divine Instrument”
    It is a dream of every grand father and grand mother to see talent of their grandson in a prestigious concert.
    S.V.Iyer and Lakshami Viswanathan cordially invite you with family to see their grandson Shiva’s Debut Concert (Arangetram) on Mridangam(South Indian drum) on Sunday Aug 25, 2013 at 4PM At Dolores-Winningstad Theatre 1111 SW Boradway, Portland, OR 97205 Dinner/Reception following concert.
    Seating starts at 3.30pm. Parking for this event is free at City Center Parking located at the intersection of SW 10th Ave and Main St. Please rsvp with the number of people attending before Friday 04/16/13.

    Regards
    S.V. Iyer & Lakshmi Viswanathan
    13943 NW Country Woods Ln, Portland OR 97231
    Ph. 503-285-4424

    We cordially invite you with family to our grandson Shiva’s

    Debut Concert (Arangetram) on Mridangam(South Indian drum)

    on Sunday Aug 25, 2013 at 4PM
    At Dolores-Winningstad Theatre
    1111 SW Boradway, Portland, OR 97205
    Dinner/Reception following concert.

    Seating starts at 3.30pm.
    Parking for this event is free at City Center Parking located at the intersection of SW 10th Ave and Main St.

    Please rsvp with the number of people attending before Friday 04/16/13.

    Regards
    S.V. Iyer & Lakshmi Viswanathan
    13943 NW Country Woods Ln, Portland OR 97231
    Ph. 503-285-4424

    For further information, please contact:
    Atul Malikram
    +91 9755020247

    www.atulmalikram.in

  • September 25, 2016 /  Music Concert
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    Everyone loves entertainment, but to find a proper time to go the events like music concert is not possible to all due to the busy schedule of the profession. It is very difficult to manage the time for the events that are loved very much. In such cases the music lovers would have disappointed if the music players had not provided the facilities of the recording and replaying. In the series, the quality products that are useful in the world of the entertainment, the DVDs and the players are at the top rank to give the entertainments what the people love. With the use of some kinds of the equipments, the time of the entertainment is possible to be adjusted according to the schedule of the other work.

    These instruments and rock concert dvd have given the capacity to the individuals to make adjustment between the work and the entertainment. The particular products that make the time reversed are liable to give the pleasure of the desirable music at the free time. The DVDs related to the any kinds of music are available in the market to make you free from the disappointment of losing the musical program in the studio. The particular professionals who are indulged in the industry are devoted to provide the clarity and natural sense in the sound and the music related to any concert. Due to the skills of the recorders and the relevant persons, it has become possible to have the music reversed at the time when you want to take the joy of the music.

    The Music concert dvds provide the individuals the capability of making their home a studio as according to their own will. They need not worry about the time of the concert when they have to go to office and for some other work. The disappointment of missing the program can not disturb you now as you are free to enjoy the music at the free time. You would not have to be disturbed due to the traffic jam on the road as you need not to go anywhere for having the recreation of your desirable concert. You can take DVDs of the concert you like most.

    The manufactures take a great care to provide with the quality products to the music lovers. They find it their duty to take the quality to the different persons who like to take joy of the natural music. The things that are demanded by the different customers are fulfilled by the peoples who are devoted to the profession. If you are looking for the solution of the music concerts you have missed, you can get them on DVDs that are being offered at the exciting prices.

  • September 23, 2016 /  Artist & Celebrities
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    Similar to most careers, there are numerous methods to initially enter the makeup artistry industry and quite a few different ways to be a makeup artist. You need to first have a love of makeup. Most makeup artists start as makeup enthusiasts, helping their family and friends to obtain great looks and loving the procedure and makeup products. This may be a great place to begin! Some makeup artists can find clients through recommendations from people they’ve known and will spend their careers this way, never receiving any formal lessons in makeup artistry.

    Other makeup artists go a different route: they attend cosmetology school or perhaps a makeup design academy. Cosmetologists learn about hair and makeup and are qualified for licensure after completing their program. The added skills accessible to the licensed cosmetologist are often both beneficial and will broaden your clientele, notably if you also have an interest in hairdressing. If hairstyling just isn’t your thing, cosmetology school is usually not for you.

    Makeup artists might also attend esthetician training to understand skin treatment. This can also broaden your base of clients, enabling you to not just apply makeup, but also to increase the quality of your client’s skin. Estheticians are invariably very popular and may give the makeup artist a different paying skill during periods between makeup artist jobs. Estheticians are licensed professionals, having the ability to obtain an esthetics license available after graduation from an accredited training curriculum.

    Still other fledgling makeup artists get started in retail. Many department stores have makeup counters that hire new makeup artists to sell their items. Training is provided at work, and can give someone working to get into the makeup artistry industry excellent experience while paying them a wage. Such a job could also help you to determine whether becoming a makeup artist is really the right career path in your case.

    And finally, if you are interested in learning more about how to become a makeup artist, please check out How To Become A Makeup Artist at

  • September 22, 2016 /  Music Studio
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    Sahara India Pariwar, headed by Mr. Subrata Roy Sahara who is the Managing Worker and Chairman. Sahara India Pariwar has an all India presence. Sahara Group has various business interests like Finance, Infrastructure and Housing, Media and Entertainment, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Services and Trading etc. This group has launched its state-of-the-art Music Studio- STUDIO NYSA. It is a new feather in the cap of Sahara India Pariwar. This studio provides the facility of recording, editing, mixing and mastering of music under one roof.

    Studio NYSA is equipped with one of the best mixing console in the world -The SSL 9000K series-. Studio NYSA -A’ stands out from the rest due to its sonic quality. Studio NYSA -A’ is proud to be the third worldwide and first in the country to own this awesome piece of creation from the SSL Stable. This studio is a dream place for any musician to work. This studio is one of the best sounding studios in the country. A wide number of gadgets available in the studio help one to experiment, improve and create a musical difference under the same roof. The Studio is equipped with the Dyna Audio monitoring system for both Stereo and Surround.

    Studio NYSA -B’ is highly advanced in its technology. It possesses the -SSL 4000 GT’ that is the most sought after console in the world even today because of its outstanding sonic quality. Both the studio setups cater to the best recording technologies with their combination of analog and digital recording domains and thus making it the best in the industry and the country. This facility offers the best ambience for making songs and background music for films.

    Furthermore, the Studio is also capable of providing dubbing facility for films too. The Studio has proficient human resource in the form of its audio team. It has also well trained and experienced professionals who have worked with the best music directors and directors of the film industry. This studio is a place of choice for one to work due to the blend of professionalism and hospitality. This is a kind of music studio with the combination of services and technology. This music studio was launched in the presence of well-known celebrities

    Author:-
    Rani Awesti is a highly respected full time professional writer. She has written several Articles on Subrata Roy Sahara, Sahara Groups and more articles.

  • September 22, 2016 /  Composer & Instrument
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    The skill of medical instrument restoration is not something that can be learned overnight. Kind of like the medical instrument makers in Germany, it takes years for a medical instrument repair technician to create the skills necessary for such delicate and precise work. With our modern healthcare era, medical instrument repair and other medical equipment is increasing as facilities strive to protect and maintain their million-dollar investments medical instruments in lieu of purchasing new surgical equipment. The many different possible scenarios en-circling the decision to choose the correct medical instrument repair and not making the right choice could end up costing your facility money, time and needless aggravation if you were to make the wrong choice it may cost your business money, time and needless aggravation. If you ask these following questions then you can be sure to get what you pay for.

    1)What is the vendor’s availability Is the medical instrument repair company open to different medical equipment or just one main focus? 2)Does he have a history of buffing off catalogue digits? 3)Is your repair company repairing Pakistan-made surgical instruments? 4)Does the medical instrument repair vendor have a history of changing the finish of the medical instrument? 5)Does the surgical instrument repair company switch needle-holder jaws on-location? 6)Does your repair company send only 1 technician? 7)Do they offer any quality assurance programs like customer tracking? 8)Does your repair vendor return broken or non-repairable instruments 9)Does your repair company provide educational services? 10)Does your surgical instrument repair vendor specialize in any other repair service like for forceps? 11)Does your repair vendor inspect and service your instrument board? 12)Have you toured their mobile repair laboratory? 13)Does the medical instrument repair service offer any other sort of product repair, or is it just surgical instruments?

    A “Choosing the Correct Medical Instrument Repair Company” editorial is by Chris A.

  • September 20, 2016 /  Composer & Instrument
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    As parents we are always seeking new ideas and ways of promoting healthy development skills in our children. For years studies have shown that children who actively partake in musical education have developed faster and more effective skills in a variety of areas. Studies have also shown that nearly every child has some sort of musical ability. We as parents simply need to provide the support necessary to help them fine tune these skills.
    The first question we usually have is “what instrument should I choose?”. The answer to this is not a cut and dry, one size fits all type of solution. Many parents choose children’s piano’s as a first instrument as kids seem to be open to the ease of use and the different sounds a piano makes. Others will go for a more complex instruments such as a kids size guitar or school band instruments such as cello’s, harps, violins, xylophones and so on. Drums are also a great early musical instrument as children tend to enjoy the noise and fun of banging a drum. The bottom line is no matter which they choose the benefits are almost endless.
    When a child begins to engage in musical activity numerous brain activity is being used. This activity is just the spark that some kids need to help them grow mentally and even build better physical attributes. Some of the most common benefits of instrument playing and musical instrument lessons are;
    -Enhanced motor skills
    -Stronger math and science skills
    -Increased concentration
    -Better ability to complete patterns and maze activities
    -Parent and teacher bonding
    -Higher sense of self worth
    -Teamwork

    While not every child will grow to be a professional musician, many will enjoy playing for years and some will even join their school band or form their very own Garage band someday. Others will simply turn toward other interests and that’s fine too. The point is to provide a healthy and fun way to enhance their development and early learning.

  • September 19, 2016 /  Composer & Instrument
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    MUSIC HUB- “Art & Entertainment Gallery”

    The ‘Music Hub’ came into scenario almost 2 years ago primarily as an trader & supplier of musical instruments.We are a well organized company who given a huge variety to buy musical instruments such as guitars, pedals & processors, keyboards, amplifiers, drum kits, violins, recording equipments etc.you can also buy these musical instruments online in India & abroad.Carrying our instruments over long distances / overseas is made easy by our special packaging, which enables the instruments to reach its destination without any scratch or fault. We also provide you detailed product information and assists you in troubleshooting minor problems on your own.Music Hub evolved in the huge marketplace as a most prominent trader and supplier of musical instruments Shops in Delhi Ncr.visit our exclusive online showroom of musical instruments Like Guitar shops in delhi and India. Musicals Accessories Like Keyboard and Yamaha Keyboard Shop,Yamaha Guitar Shop in Delhi and India including Casio Keyboard,Roland Keyboard,Ibanez Guitar,Cort Guitar Shops in Delhi India.

    Quality assurance

    We are one of the companies to whom you can trust for its best priced qualitative products. We have established ourselves in the profound market because of our outstanding range of musical instruments and accessories.

    We ensure…… Reliability

    We are an entity who centres its endeavours towards the complete satisfaction of a huge clientle and make you sure that we provide you the perfect musical instrument. Carrying our instruments over long distances / overseas is made easy by our special packaging, which enables the instruments to reach its destination without any scratch or fault. We also provide you detailed product information and assists you in troubleshooting minor problems on your own.we also have some teachers contact who will help you out in learning all the instrument in all over delhi

    Why us?

    urable Products
    Fine Quality
    Best Sound Quality
    Durability
    Variety in Style and Range
    Competitive Price

    Product Range

    Guitars
    Effect Pedals & Processor
    Keyboards / Synthesizers / Piano
    Amplifiers – Guitar / Keyboard
    Drum Kits & Accessories
    Electronic Drum Kits
    Mouth organ / Harmonica
    Percussion Instruments
    Violins
    Wind Instruments
    Audio / MIDI Interfaces
    MIDI Controller Keyboards
    Recording Equipments
    Karaoke Microphone
    Tuners & Metronome
    Cases & Covers
    Strings
    Accessories
    Books & CDs
    Deal Of The Weak
    Super Saver Packages
    Jam Room

    Whether you’re a musician or you simply enjoy listening to music come and enjoy in “MUSIC HUB” the No.1
    Musical Instrument shop in Delhi/India.

  • September 19, 2016 /  Artist & Celebrities
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    The western world is obsessed with the cult of celebrity. It’s no longer good enough to aspire to be a sports star or a rock god: if you want recognition you now have to be classed as a celebrity. The public helps to perpetuate the myth by devouring celebrity news voraciously, and by aping celebrity behavior unashamedly. Still, there’s no need to be too disdainful or critical of this new cultural influence: sometimes it can actually be a force for good. It would appear from the newspapers and the weekly magazine that celebrities are increasingly turning to the electronic cigarette to get their nicotine fix, and that for us can only be good news. Maybe these celebrities are not as intellectually-challenged and one-dimensional as they painted to be.

    So which celebrity started the ball rolling and was the first to come out and openly use a smokeless cigarette in public? Well, that’s the $64,000 question. The time-frame is unclear. Some claim it was Katherine Heigl, or Izzy from Gray’s Anatomy as she’s better known: she swore her allegiance to the product when she smoked one publicly on the Letterman Show on live U.S.TV. Others argue that it was Charlie Sheen who publicly endorsed smokeless cigarettes. Sheen can rightly take credit for lots of things, but was he really the first to do it? The truth is we just don’t know. Celebrities on both sides of the Atlantic have been keen to switch to the safer smoking alternative, and frankly who can blame them?

    Joining the growing list of celebrity vapers have been Leonardo Di Caprio, Kevin Federline, ex-husband of Britney Spears and celebrity by default, Dennis Quaid, Lindsay Lohan, Eric Roberts, John Cusack and Johnny Depp. On this side of the pond we’ve seen our own celebrity vapers too: Kate Moss is partial to the occasional one, as are, Jimmy White, Matt Cardle, Catherine Zeta Jones and June Alexander. Rock and roll hasn’t escaped the draw of the product either. Ronnie Wood, Eddie Van Halen, Tom Petty and even Pete Docherty have been spotted taking a hit on smokeless cigarettes recently.

    Why is this important? Well, it’s important because to the best of our knowledge every one of these celebrities made the decision to switch to electronic cigarettes voluntarily because they acknowledged the fact that the product was safer and healthier for them. None of these celebrities was sponsored to promote a particular product. These celebrities have made positive choices, and have stopped using tobacco-based cigarettes because they are dangerous and can be lethal. If their behaviour persuades other tobacco smokers to make the switch, then that can only be a good thing.

    This article about electronic cigarettes was submitted by Freshcig.

  • September 18, 2016 /  Composer & Instrument
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    African music is the music of Africans who live in a large region of 50 nations, each with a special culture, history and language, South of Sahara. Zulu musical instruments are part of this multilingual culture. African music has some distinct characteristics: the use of repetition is one of them. Another important characteristic is the polyphony; this is the combination of different musical parts played simultaneously.

    The history is marked by the awesome military strategies of the Zulu King Shaka. The King’s and his warriors’ campaign of expansion is well known in world history. Zulu rich traditional culture includes songs, dances and colorful rituals, Zulu musical instruments are spectacular and original. A variety of Zulu musical instruments are well known, s well as the traditional Mine dance; Zulus have longtime used their music as a cry for freedom.

    African music is really rich in modes of expression: drum ensembles are using Zulu musical instruments from the percussion family. Each drummer uses special methods to produce sounds to distinguish his drum from the others. Iron bells are very popular Zulu musical instruments; they are used to produce a repeated sound to help the drummers to play at the correct time.

    Zulu musical instruments, rare and very special
    The akadinda is a king of xylophone; two groups of African musicians are playing simultaneously. The first group is playing repeatedly the same pattern; the second group plays to fill in the missing sounds. Groups of Zulu musicians play also using flutes, trumpets or xylophones. Each player plays a single note in a strange rotation with the other players. The result is a polyphonic piece, characteristic to African music.

    Musical practices of South African people were observed from many years; Zulu musical instruments are obsolete. Venda mbila is an old Zulu musical instrument; it is not used anymore. Reed flutes, contrary, are still very popular. The influence of foreign cultures and civilizations causes many of old Zulu musical instruments to become obsolete.

    Musical instruments such as tsonga a horn, ingungu a friction drum, nkoka a drum, pedi a flute, venda musical bow and stick, deze and demba thumb piano and resonatos, umfece ankle rattles are almost obsolete.

    To preserve this awesome heritage of Zulu musical instruments, the necessary information was entered into a database; each Zulu musical instrument was digitally photographed to preserve all information about it.