Editing Sudan Music Capital: Album Recalls Former Rhythm Beacon
Pressure is mounting on the government of Uganda to free Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, who has emerged as an [http://topofblogs.com/tag/influential%20critic influential critic] of long-serving president Yoweri Museveni after winning a parliamentary seat last year.<br><br>last quarter, and every iPod touch, which is supposedly flying off the shelves. That's not going to boost iTunes sales dramatically, but it should be enough to counter any boost Amazon gets from the G1. But Apple (AAPL) has its iTunes store built into every iPhone, which was the best selling cellphone in the U.<br><br>While the president was departing, authorities said, his motorcade was pelted with stones by people associated with Mr Ssentamu and the candidate he backed, Kassiano Wadri. Mr Museveni also was in Arua at the time, campaigning for a rival candidate who eventually lost.<br><br>And we think many people -- the kind of people who pay for music online, at least -- still prefer iTunes' easy, all-in-one music shopping/playing/iPod management experience, versus buying music on the Web and having it imported into iTunes.<br><br>Although he has campaigned on his record of establishing peace and stability, some worry that those gains are being eroded the longer he stays in power. Mr Museveni, a US ally on regional security, took power by force in 1986 and has since been elected five times.<br><br>Meanwhile, Apple's kept its 70%+ share. Not great: Music industry execs peg Amazon's market share between 5% and 10%, according to MediaMemo -- similar to the 8% to 10% we reported in July. How was Amazon's (AMZN) first year in the MP3 business?<br><br>"He is a constant thorn in the flesh of Museveni," said Rikki Stein, former manager for musician Fela Kuti, who said he met Mr Ssentamu a couple of weeks ago and also organised the open letter by musicians.<br><br>KRYACHKIVKA, Ukraine, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Deep in rural Ukraine, a man from North Carolina has returned to his roots, moving to a village with a population of 500 in a bid to rekindle an almost lost tradition of Ukrainian folk music.<br><br>A letter signed by international stars including Martin, Chrissie Hynde, Femi Kuti, Brian Eno and Angelique Kidjo stated: "We pledge to remain vigilant about his ongoing detention and to use our voices … to raise awareness about his case".<br><br>[https://www.lotela.xyz lagu 420] MediaMemo: Billboard reaches the same conclusion, pegging Amazon's market share at 8%. That same math means that Amazon grossed all of $39 million from its music store. Lucas Gonze, a smart digital music guy who spent a brief stint at Yahoo after it acquired his startup, does some back-of-the-envelope math and concludes that Amazon's store contributed all of $82 million to the music business, and that Universal collected most of that.<br><br>Instead, "Two Niles to Sing a Melody" relies on cassette tapes recovered in nearby countries including Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia and the breakaway Somaliland area -- attesting to the regional clout of the erstwhile Khartoum music scene.<br><br>Sohonie, the founder of Osinato Records, a New York-based label devoted to bringing the music of overlooked and conflict-riven countries to wider audiences, has led a restoration of Sudan's musical heritage through a new album that arrives as the major artists of the country's golden era fade away.<br><br>By the 1990s in the early days of Sudan's current president, Omar al-Bashir, the government took off the airwaves most music that did not glorify Islam or military campaigns. Military ruler Gaafar al-Nimeiry in 1983 began to impose a strict version of Islamic sharia law.<br><br>(It's also possible that future versions of Amazon's Kindle could include an MP3 store/player, assuming labels get over the fact that it's using a cellphone connection for Internet access. It'll be interesting to see where Amazon stands in another year. 's (NWS) MySpace and wi-fi music sales on Google's (GOOG) first cellphone, the G1. It's recently won deals to power music sales for News Corp.<br><br><br><br>The Sudanese sound, as developed in the capital Khartoum in the 1960s and 1970s, was driven by accordions and lush, precise violins -- string arrangements that were common elsewhere in the Arab world, including neighboring Egypt.<br><br>"Sudanese music seemed to be something that was organically created and produced. Instead of absorbing a host of influences, it spread those influences out across Africa, not just musically but in terms of stature," Sohonie said.<br><br>"Two Niles to Sing a Melody," which comes out on September 14 on three LPs or two CDs, follows Osinato's project on Somali music, "Sweet as Broken Dates," which was [http://www.Glamour.de/content/search/?SearchText=nominated nominated] this year for a Grammy for Best Historical Album.<br><br>Hundreds of people have also attended a special Mass in Uganda's main Roman Catholic cathedral to pray for Mr Ssentamu's safety and that of other detained MPs. Although Kampala was calm on Wednesday, riots were reported in the eastern town of Jinja, on Lake Victoria.<br><br>Other featured artists include Saied Khalifa, who had roots in the Sufi mystical tradition of Islam and was a rare Sudanese singer to have formal musical training, and Khojali Osman, whose songs of longing won him a following across the Arab world. Two of Wardi's songs appear on the 16-track album.
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