LOS ANGELES: Kacey Musgraves, one of country music’s most critically praised artists, took home the Grammy for Album of the Year Sunday, an upset win for a genre-bending musician who infused “Golden Hour” with elements of psychedelia.
The Nashville-based musician’s third studio album beat out a crowded field of heavyweights including rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake. She also bested fellow female artists including Cardi B, Janelle Monae, and Brandi Carlile to snare the coveted prize, in a year that saw women recognized across the top categories, after largely being snubbed in 2018. “It was unbelievable to be even in a category with such gigantic albums, really brilliant works of art,” Musgraves told the audience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Musgraves won four Grammys in all; the others were for Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album.
She took the country world by storm in 2013 with her banjo-heavy hit “Merry Go ‘Round” – winning a Grammy for Best Country Song in 2014 and scoring a nomination for the coveted Best New Artist prize. She won a second Grammy for Best Country Album that same year. She is considered an innovator in the historically conservative world of country music. Rolling Stone Magazine has dubbed her “one of the loudest symbols of young country musicians embracing progressive values.” The 30-year-old has said several of the songs on “Golden Hour” came out of a summertime LSD trip, and the project infuses elements of disco and also uses a vocoder – a machine that manipulates vocal signals with synthesizer signals to create a machine-like effect favored by electronic and pop musicians.
Aziz Mian Qawwal remembered on his birth anniversary
ISLAMABAD: The legendary traditional singer Aziz Mian Qawwal was remembered on Wednesday across the country on his 78 birth anniversary.
He was born in Delhi on 17th April 1942 and migrated to Pakistan soon after partition. He obtained his master degrees in Arabic, Persian language, Persian literature, Urdu literature and history from the University of Punjab.
He was also famous for singing ghazals in qawwali style. For his contributions to music, the government of Pakistan had awarded him the Pride of Performance award in 1989.
With his outstanding talented in music and singing he introduced new style of qawwali which earned him fame across the globe.
Aziz Mian Qawwal was known for his extempore expressions while performing live concerts.
Aziz Mian was died on December 6, 2000 after complications developed in hepatitis he was suffering from. He was laid to rest in Multan.
Belt and Road film to debut worldwide during forum
BEIJING: Film “Common Destiny” themed on the Belt and Road will hit global screens during the second Belt and Road International Cooperation Forum.
As an embodiment of a community with a shared future for humanity, the film shows how the Belt and Road has changed the lives of ordinary people from around the world, according to the film roadshow held on Tuesday.
It tells stories of different people pursuing their dreams, including a 13-year-old boy from Xinjiang, who harbors a basketball dream and works hard in hope of meeting his idol Yao Ming, and an elderly man from Spain, a craftsman of hand-made paper, coming to China in search of the origin of paper-making.
The film’s screenwriter Guy Hibbert, who won four British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, said the Belt and Road Initiative has attracted worldwide attention and has the power of transformation, adding that it has boosted new industries and broad cooperation across the globe.
Made up of members from China, the United States and Britain, the production team traveled over 300,000 km across Asia, Africa, Europe and South America in two years to shoot the film.
The film will also be released on international mainstream media as well as media platforms of countries and regions along the Belt and Road.
Comedy Night by Theatre Wallay!
ISLAMABAD: Improv Shimprov, a fresh episode of an Urdu improvisational show by Theatre Wallay will entertain the fun lovers of twin-cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad with comedy theatre here on 21st April.
Improvisational theatre, also called improv, is almost always comedic in nature. All scenes created on stage are unplanned and unscripted as the performers collaboratively create a story and scene spontaneously.
In the performance titled “Improv Shimprov II”, the performers will also create scenes based on audience suggestions involving the audience in healthy activities that include laughter and ideas sharing.
The show has been dedicated to Improv Guru – Jim Robinson – who came to Pakistan twice and conducted training sessions for Theatre Wallay team. The performers will show him how they are practicing what they learned from Jim Robinson, this fresh episode has a fresh and trained team. The audience is not just spectators, but active participants in this wonderful fun-filled show said the organizers.
Theatre Wallay is a non-commercial group of artists with a passion for theatre and literature. Active in Islamabad since 2005, Theatre Wallay has put up many performances of plays hailing from world literature.
The group is also involved in ‘Theatre for Social Change’ projects and works to promote the use of the creative expression as a tool for empowerment and critical dialogue. “To this end, we conduct regular workshops, readings, training, and other activities in partnership with local and international organizations. We also conduct theatre education programmes and workshops with students of all ages. Since November 2016, our team has been running a not-for-profit cultural space and community center,” said the organizers. The event aims at bringing quality event for entertainment and discourse to the twin cities.