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Pledge Music Update: 58% AND 6 New Demos Uploaded!!

Hey Beat Fans!

Just wanted to give you all an update on the progress of the band’s PledgeMusic drive:

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PLEDGE MUSIC DRIVE – FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!


WE’RE AT 58% with 28 DAYS TO GO, THANKS SO MUCH – LET’S KEEP IT UP!!!


Again, the band TRULY thanks you for your dedicated support!

As we head into the last month, please don’t forget to turn on all your friends, family members and co-workers to The Beat’s PledgeMusic campaign — remember 10% of any money raised after the pledge goal will go to Doctors Without Borders.


Dave has been prolific in uploading NEW DEMOS, including the following tracks exclusively for you pledgers:


-You’re Stuck (demo)
-I’ll Be There For You (demo)
-Every Time You Told Me (demo)
-Drive Her Away (demo)
-How Can You Stand There (demo)
-Here Comes My Baby (demo)


Once again, there’s a whole lot more to come via updates from Dave. All of it can be yours along with the album too, for your pledge, as part of Pledge Music’s AccessPass, for as low as $10.

cheers,

sirlou
The Beat

Pledge Music Update: 43% PLUS New Songs & Lyrics Uploaded!

Hey Beat Fans!

Just wanted to give you all an update on the progress of the band’s PledgeMusic drive:

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PLEDGE MUSIC DRIVE – FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!


WE’RE AT 43% AFTER ONLY 12 DAYS, THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!!!
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!


Again, the band thanks you all so much for your support, it is truly priceless!

And don’t forget to turn on all your friends, family members and co-workers to The Beat’s PledgeMusic campaign — remember 10% of any money raised after the pledge goal will go to Doctors Without Borders.


Dave has again uploaded some new music for you all to groove to, including demos of album tracks exclusively for you pledgers:


-You Really Ought To Know By Now (demo)
-If Killing Worked, It Woulda Worked By Now (demo and chorus lyrics)
-If Killing Worked, It Woulda Worked By Now (alternate mix demo)


And again, there is MUCH more to come via updates from Dave. All of it can be yours along with the album too, for your pledge, as part of Pledge Music’s AccessPass, for as low as $10.

cheers,

sirlou
The Beat

Pledge Music Update: 23% PLUS New Songs & Lyrics Uploaded!

Hey Beat Fans!

Just wanted to give you all an update on the progress of the band’s current endeavor:

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PLEDGE MUSIC DRIVE – FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!


WE’RE AT 23% AFTER ONLY 5 DAYS, THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!!!


Thanks so much for all of your support, and make sure to tell your friends, family members and co-workers — let’s keep those pledges coming in because remember, once we reach the pledge goal for the album 10% of any money raised after the goal is reached will go to Doctors Without Borders.


Dave has been a busy boy lately as well, and he’s trying to give you supporters some real back stage access to this album’s creation. seeing as you’re part of that creative process. He’s posting updates like mad, including demos of tracks that will appear on the album as well as exclusive LIVE(!) from his current tour, and lyrics as they are being finalized, including:


-never die
-ranking fullstop/mirror in the bathroom (live!) – from the fabulous Cats Cradle in Carborro, NC (14 June 2014)
-the one and the only
-save it for later (live!) – from the fabulous Cats Cradle in Carborro, NC (14 June 2014)
-here we go love (punk mix)
-love you give (demo)


And there is MUCH more to come via updates from Dave. All of it can be yours along with the album too, for your pledge, as part of Pledge Music’s AccessPass, for as low as $10.

cheers,

sirlou
The Beat

Help Support Dave’s NEW Album on Pledge Music now!!!

Hey Beat Fans,

OK, this is something I know all of you have been waiting for…a NEW ALBUM –>
For Crying Out Loud!

And all of you can get in on the ground floor and make this happen through PLEDGE MUSIC.

Here’s how…well p’raps I’ll just let Dave explain it to you himself:

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If video freezes, pause it & allow it to fully load before playing, ty!!

I am the most excited anyone has ever been about our PledgeMusic campaign! I have always enjoyed interacting with the band’s fans, and this Pledge campaign provides us with a tremendous opportunity for even greater hi jinks and connection!

Over the next coming weeks and months, we will take you through the laughter and joy, the pain and fear of making a pop record, from early dark brooding fumblings to its final triumphant and glorious release! Ahhh!

Will it be like making sausage or political compromise, or will people behave because there are cameras around?! Haha! Become a part of this adventure and find out, by being an artistic benefactor, a modern day Medici to this monumental project!

The songs have been hand picked from a cauldron of passion, cuddled for endless nights, then tested for connectivity in front of selected crowds, and are now ready to be fully realized and revealed! I would be as pleased as punch if you would join us on this journey….

POWER TO THE PEOPLE…!

A portion of your Pledge will go to Doctors without Borders, a wonderful group that bring comfort around the world, wherever needed. Compassion in the face of cruelty, courage in the face of fear, we are proud to stand with them.

Thanks and see you soon,

Love,

Dave Wakeling
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The Official Press Release from Reybee Productions (PDF format)


There are tons of great rewards available for supporters including such things as signed vinyl copies of the album, handwritten lyrics sheets, even going on tour with the band and living out your rock star dreams!!!
We’ll be posting updates here and on Facebook as the campaign continues, so be sure to keep checking back in!


The band thanks you in advance for your support and I’m sure it’s bound to be a trip!

cheers,

sirlou

English Beat UK Tour starts Friday 07 March!

Hey Beat fans,

Just a reminder that Dave and the band will be back on his home shores again for a UK tour beginning Friday 07 March!

The band is really looking forward to meeting all the fans on tour, reliving some cherished memories and making some brilliant new ones!

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cheers,

sirlou
The Beat

Will You Be Our Valentine? XOXO

Hey Beat fans,

We just wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all a very happy, healthy and loving Valentine’s Day today! And in the spirit of the day we’re sending a little Valentines card to you, below, in the form of the music video & the original lovely lyrical UK advert for “Doors of Your Heart”.

Enjoy!

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cheers me dears,

sirlou
The Beat

Sala kahle, Nelson Mandela. Hero, statesman and humanitarian.

Well Beat fans, it is with a very heavy heart that we join the world in bidding farewell to a truly great person. Nelson Mandela has passed away.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013), a former South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, a former political prisoner, a politician, philanthropist and the Father of the South Africa nation, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, died on December 5th, 2013, at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg at the age of 95. He was surrounded by his family.


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Nelson Mandela in Office as President of South Africa
Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License.
Attribution: South Africa The Good News / www.sagoodnews.co.za


Dave Wakeling, had this say on the news of Mr. Mandela’s passing:

“Thank you Nelson Mandela for what you did for us all. Your example will always be an inspiration; Blessed be.”

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It a stupendous loss to the world and we send out our deepest sympathies and heart felt wishes to his family and friends, the people of South Africa, and indeed all the good people of the world who are most certainly mourning his loss today.


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Album Cover: “(Free) Nelson Mandela” by Special AKA Feat. Elvis Costello, Lynval Golding,
Dave Wakeling, and Ranking Roger (among others) on backing vocals

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NELSON MANDELA IN HIS OWN WORDS:

“During my Lifetime I have dedicated myself to the struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”
–Nelson Mandela
–Statement from the dock, 20 April 1964

Brave words that day from a man committed to the struggle for human rights. But he did not die in prison and rather, Mandela lived to see the day when he was released from prison (2 Feb 1990), he saw the vile apartheid system dismantled, and he would go on to lead his country as President in the nascent stage of becoming a free society.

Those moments were captured for posterity as well, and here again (via the magic of YouTube) is the man himself, on two more historic occasions:

“Nelson Mandela: An International tribute to Free South Africa concert”
From a speech delivered on 16 April 1990, at Wembley Stadium, two months after his release from prison. (Note, as befitting the man, the crowd cheers for over five minutes, at which point the speech begins.)

Nelson Mandela: Inaugural Address
From a speech delivered on 10 May 1994, upon his Inauguration as the new President of the Republic of South Africa.

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Finally, we simply can’t leave you without sharing what, especially to many young people of the day (like myself) was an anthem and rallying cry for freedom, liberty, and humanity: the Special AKA’s “(Free) Nelson Mandela”.

Watch with us now, sing along, and pay tribute to the man and think about what he meant to you, personally, and to the world:




He meant a hell of a lot to me.
So I say, from me to you, Nelson Mandela, “Amandla awethu!”

sirlou
The Beat

RIP Junion Murvin, Ska Legend

Sad news for the music world today as The Jamaica Observer reported on the passing of another legendary ska/reggae singer, Junior Murvin, best known for his fantastic, haunting falsetto on such classic tracks as “Police & Thieves”. The track was produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry in 1976.

The track, to me, epitomized everything great about ska. While it was written about the turf wars and police violence in hos home of Jamaica, it also became strongly closely associated with London’s Notting Hill Carnival, which ended in rioting that same year. It was covered by the The Clash and included on their eponymous debut album in 1977. The track was a Top UK hit in 1980.

Our thoughts go out to Junior Murvin’s loved ones, he’s survived by five children and eight grandchildren. He was a gifted performer and will be sorely missed.

His Wikipedia entry (edited), for your further edification:

He was born in Saint James Parish, Jamaica, in 1949, moving to Port Antonio after his father’s death. He began singing as a child, influenced particularly by Curtis Mayfield, and began performing in public after his family moved to Montego Bay. He studied mechanics at the Montego Bay Technical High School, and then moved to Trenchtown in Kingston, where he lived with his aunt and auditioned unsuccessfully for Lee Perry and Coxsone Dodd. He first recorded under the name Junior Soul for Sonia Pottinger’s Gayfeet label, and then began recording regularly for the Crystal label owned by Derrick Harriott, where he had a minor hit with “Solomon” in 1972. He also performed as a member of the Hippy Boys, and later the Mighty Falcons and the Tornadoes, in Kingston’s nightclubs and tourist hotels.

In 1976, he auditioned again for Perry with his own song, “Police and Thieves”. This time Perry agreed to record him, and the single was released to international commercial success in Jamaica, Britain and elsewhere. Though written in the context of Jamaica’s turf wars and police violence, it became closely associated with the rioting at London’s Notting Hill Carnival that year. Murvin and Perry co-wrote more songs together and completed an album for Island Records, Police and Thieves, released in 1977 and regarded as one of Perry’s best productions. The title song was heard by British punk rock band The Clash, whose version appeared on their debut album released in April 1977. Murvin continued to record singles with Perry, including several versions of Curtis Mayfield songs, and also made recordings with producers Joe Gibbs and Alvin Ranglin. In 1980, Murvin’s “Police and Thieves” finally reached the UK singles chart, peaking at no.23 after being used in the film Rockers.

Murvin continued to record through the 1980s[.] [H]e sang with one of Jamaica’s top bands, Jah Postles, and toured widely in Europe. He recorded with various producers and musicians, including Joe Gibbs, Errol Thompson, Mikey Dread with whom he recorded the 1982 album Bad Man Posse, Henry “Junjo” Lawes, Prince Jammy, and King Tubby. His other local hits included “Miss Kushie”, “Cool out Son”, “I’m In Love”, “Bad Man Posse”, and “Muggers in the Street”. He released his last album, Signs and Wonders, in 1989, but continued to record and release singles locally in Jamaica, some of them on his small Murvin label in Port Antonio. His last released recording was a single entitled “Wise Man”, released on the London-based Dubwise record label in 1998.

Australian musician Paul Kelly made a reference to Murvin in his Christmas song, “How To Make Gravy”. Murvin’s song “Cool Out Son” was featured on the soundtrack for the video game, Skate 3, which was released in 2010.

Murvin died on 2 December 2013, at his home in Port Antonio, at the age of 64. He had been suffering from diabetes.
Wikipedia, Junior Murvin

Lastly, here’s his classic hit “Police and Thieves”, via YouTube.

Peace, love & unity,

sirlou
The Beat


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