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During the last years a brand new DJ has burst onto the international gay scene, rocking the world’s best gay clubs with her amazing energy and music style. DJ Ana Paula has become one of the main references of the so-called new gay house scene. The ingredients of her unique clubbing recipe are a huge musical background, great tribal and Brazilian beats and, of course, an incredible ability to connect herself with the crowd and set the dance floor on fire.

Mar 2011       
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On the 5th of December the weekly Billy Underwear Party in Milan spotlighted Danny Verde as Special DJ. The poster was adorned by such a charming, handsome guy that we were interested who this Mr. Verde is. And so, meet... a musical prodigy who has worked in all aspects of music, including house, dance-pop production, DJ, song-writing and as vocalist. He lives just outside Milan in Northern Italy, where his recording studio “Holab Studio” has been home to many collaborations with international labels, artists, and producers.

Feb 2010       
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Thirty-Five Years Of Ferry Maat’s Soulshow

Ferry Maat: almost everyone knows his name in the Netherlands. Isn’t it because of the Dutch Top 40, than certainly from his legendary “Soulshow,” which in the 70s and 80s reached incredible listening ratings. People stayed home on Thursday evenings for this show and DJs were inspired by Ferry’s music choice in their gigs the following weekend. And one can still listen to the “Soulshow”: every Saturday between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Radio Veronica.

May 2008       
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Peter Cincotti - East of Angel Town (Warner Music) ***

At the moment Peter Cincotti (born 1983 in New York City) isn’t very well-known in our country, but that will probably change soon because of his album “East of Angel Town.” It is already the fourth album of this 24-year-old musical virtuoso. The first time I had something to do with Peter Cincotti was a few years ago in a small pub in Amsterdam. Towards closing time they always played markedly good jazz music and upon inquiry it appeared to be by one Peter Cincotti.

May 2008       
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The Beau Hunks - On to the Show ****

The “documentary orchestra” The Beau Hunks, originating from Amsterdam, was initially founded to re-record the catchy melodies from the Hal Roach movies and short films from the 1930s. The music you’ll find in “Laurel & Hardy,” “Our Gang,” “Charley Chase,” “Thelma Todd” and “Taxi Boys.” This music, which everyone knows, was never published by the studios and the original recordings are considered lost.

Jan 2008       
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Sven Ratzke presented his new live CD during the German Nights at the Sugar Factory. De show was staged twice to allow all the fans the possibility to attend, his previous shows sold out very quickly. In his show Ratzke creates a Berlin vaudeville atmosphere. Therefore he had performers from the Berlin variety circuit and the circus join him on stage, like the German-Russian Viktoria Lapidus, one of the world’s most skillful hula-hoop dancers.

Jun 2007       
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Alejandro Sanz, ‘El Tren De Los Momentos’

The new album of Alejandro Sanz (Madrid 1968) titled “El Tren De Los Momentos” has just hit the stores. Recordings took place on Cuba, the Bahamas, Madrid, Mexico and even in Sanz’ private studio in Miami. It features guest appearances by Latin superstars like Antonia Carmona, Alex Gonzales and Calle 13. The first single of the album is called “Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No”; a duet with no one less than Shakira, the Colombian singer with whom Sanz scored a world hit in 2005: “La Tortura.”

May 2007       
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Frédérique Spigt – Eén Kus (One Kiss)

The South American accordion/bandoneon, together with the very familiar voice of Frédérique Spigt dominate the recently released CD “Eén Kus” (One Kiss). Do not be mislead by the otherwise superb cover of Annaleen Louwes, because Frédérique may be a very gifted multi-purpose artist (songwriter/singer/artist), the virtuoso accordion sounds originate from the Belgian Gwen Gressens.

Apr 2007       
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Marianne Weber – Lichtjes In Jouw Ogen (Lights In Your Eyes)

The fans of Dutch torch songs will have to wait no longer: Marianne Weber from Utrecht released a new album. It turns out a varied selection with popular lyrics on love, joy and sadness. Emotions that lie very close together. Love is celebrated beautifully in “Tango D’Amour,” “’t Is Gelogen” (It’s A Lie) en “Kijk Mij Eens In M’n Ogen” (Look Me In The Eye). We hear of joy in the title song “Lichtjes In Jouw Ogen” (Lights In Your Eyes) en “De Italiaan” (The Italian).

Jul 2006       
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The Dutch Royal Air Force Orchestra is well known from its impressive symphonic rock shows such as its highly successful “Symfo ’99" concerts on the Dutch theater circuit as well as their own concert version of the rock opera “Tommy.” After such successes, the choice by the Royal Air Force Orchestra to stage “Queen in Concert” is a good one. The combination of a large orchestra and symphonic rock compliment each other perfectly. And thankfully, no one in this production attempted to imitate Queen.

Apr 2006       
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Home-grown explosive salsa
Gerald y la Ritmica - ‘El Piloto de Salsa’


A swinging CD from Gerald Clarinda. Band leader, composer and pianist of Gerald y la Ritmica he has just released his seventh album on Walboomers; a multi-faceted CD with a mix of salsa, dance, hip-hop, reggae and ballads. Gerald is one of the pioneers of modern piano playing in the Antillian tumba style. It began overall in the summer of 1999, when Gerald released his first solo recordings “Cachumba” and “El Inicio”, the latter a great hit, achieving chart success in France, Spain and New York.

Oct 2005       
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Let there be no doubt: this man could play the piano. Born Wladziu “Walter” Valentino Liberace in 1919, he held the world's record for highest paid musician until his death in 1987 from AIDS. This death, shrouded in secrecy and picked apart by a greedy press, capped a career that was gaudy, brilliant, filled with the heart of Las Vegas... and one where the sexuality of a great musician was the centerpiece of controversy for decades. For decades, Liberace was known for his music, candelabra, charisma, diamonds and dazzle. Over the years Liberace acquired an astounding array of prestigious awards, including: Instrumentalist of the Year, Best Dressed Entertainer and Entertainer of the Year.

Jul 2005       
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The Greatest Chopin Performer of the Twentieth Century

Since his death in 1982, at the age of 95, the musical and personal reputation of Arthur Rubinstein has been revalued. Such posthumous new views are perhaps the inescapable result of an almost universal popularity, but in spite of all the attempts to de-mythologize him, for many Rubinstein remains the greatest Chopin player of the last century. When Rubinstein started to program Chopin around 1900, many critics found his renditions too dry, too objective, and too precise without poetic emotion. Busoni, Hofmann, and later Rachmaninov received similar reviews.

Jun 2005       
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Kassav - K toz (quatorze)

Hot! Hot! Hot! In January Walboomers sent me a CD of a band that I had never heard of before, Kassav. The disc has not left the system since. Walboomers should have warned me... play at your own risk; it’s an addictive stuff called “Zouk.” This CD will make you move to the Caribbean beats whether you want it or not. So I tried to find out more about this band. They’re from the French Antilles and they’ve released fourteen albums already. They’ve been very popular in the States for years. Apart from France, they’re not known in Europe but this could change rapidly.

May 2005       
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For some reason piano players attain almost mythical reputations around their personality more easily than other musicians. In recent years, many of those legendary ivory ticklers have died: Rubinstein, Horowitz (who’s extra-light-touch grand piano now travels the world alone), Wilhelm Kempf, Rudolf Serkin, Claudio Arrau en Jorge Bolet, to name but a few. Shura Cherkasky inherited Horowitz’s title as “last romantic” but almost an entire generation has gone extinct.

May 2005       
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Tropical pleasure

For the ones who’d like to keep the winter outside, three uplifting CDs were released with balmy tropical vibes. Pedro Jesus from Puerto Rico just released his fourth CD “Pa’l Bailador” and this is now also available in Holland. Eight uptempo tracks for the dance floor. Pedro is not only a fantastic singer, he is also a songwriter. All the songs are written by him. We also get a duet with salsero Tito Rojas. The salsa CD of 2004!

Feb 2005       
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Elizabeth Taylor, unrivaled expert in the field of marriage and divorce, once said very laconic that she doesn’t see why two people of the same or a different gender still feel the need to marry. Notwithstanding these wise words, same-sex marriage seems currently the most important issue of the American gay movement. It looks like this priority returned as a boomerang to the advocates of gay marriage during the recent elections because George W. Bush was partly re-elected because the gay marriage was on the ballot in eleven states.

Jan 2005       
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There are different theories about the origin of the Fado Cantado. The most bespoken one is that the Mores took their music with them to Portugal, believers of this theory are pointing us to the melancholy and the sadness which are so characteristic for this kind of music. According to others it were the sailors who brought over the music of the Brazilian slaves from their journeys, they are pointing out the themes such as the sea and the faraway countries, which crop up in the early songs, like in the song “O Barco Negro” (the black boat) literally they about a “sanzala” (the abode of the slaves).

Jan 2005       
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Aventura - Love and Hate

Many import cd’s are rather pricy, but publisher Walboomers privately releases many import cd’s over here, which makes the prices drop about five euros. Is it all rare music they’re releasing? No, not at all, for instance there’s the new cd from Aventura, “Love and Hate,” which was released by Walboomers recently. On the album “Love and Hate” we can enjoy the warm voice of Anthony again. The clip of “Harmanita” we see passing by on The Box regularly.

Dec 2004       
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Adulated because of his brilliant workmanship, reviled because of his smashing "ego", his former membership of the Nazi Party, his jet-set life and for his strive to capture all his qualities as conductor and director in his own way by the use of the latest audio and visual technics: Herbert von Karajan (1905-1989).

Oct 2004       
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The twenty-five-year-old Marcos Brito Mesa alias Qboy, descended from Basildon, Exeter, explored his preference for boys at a rather young age; according to himself he had his first sexual experience when he was eleven-years-old. The exploration of his predilection for rap and hip-hop, for gays a rather unusual style of music was kept waiting for another few years.

Sep 2004       
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Peter Iljitsj Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

For those who’re listening to his ballet music, it is hard to imagine that the life of Peter (Pjotr) Iljitsj Tchaikovsky was one big vale of tears. The big Russian composer couldn’t and wasn’t allowed to be himself. He was even forced to commit suicide...

Aug 2004       
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La Eterna Voz de Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz is known as the Queen of Salsa, she has put her name on more than seventy CDs, worldwide there are generations of fans. She was able to break through barricades between different cultures and races. She has a Hollywood Star on the Walk of Fame, there is a statue in wax made of her, and she played in movies, theatres and soap series, and was the winner of five Grammies. Still famous is her returning yell “Azucar” (on the DVD it’s made clear where this comes from). In 1999 she was still to be seen and listened to at the North Sea Jazz Festival.

Aug 2004       
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In June 2000 George O'Dowd, better known as popsinger and DJ Boy George punched Andrew Thompson, an employee of the now-defunct London gay club Sweet Suite. In November 2002 he claimed in a magazine interview that Thompson deserved to be hit because he had insulted him. A month later Boy George repeated the allegations in his "Sunday Express" column.

Jun 2004       
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The passion of Paul McCreesh

A simply brilliant, stunning recording. With ‘only’ eight topnotch vocalists, this recording sweeps with its crystal clear, dramatic performance two centuries of performance-practice-dust off of Bach’s timeless masterpiece. In McCreesh’s own words: “There’ll probably always be performances that use choruses of three hundred!

Jul 2003       
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March 1st saw a rejuvenated Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrate its 25th anniversary, with its world famous night Parade drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators. After a turbulent year that saw the bankruptcy of the former Mardi Gras organization, a new and reinvigorated group took over the reins and, much to the relief of the Sydney gay community, managed to pull off a highly successful festival and parade.

Apr 2003       
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It was by sheer chance that we at the editorial desk of Gay News learned about the existence of the New York based record company Dink Records. But from the moment one of their releases caressed our eardrums, our attention was firmly focused on the company’s policy of producing such gay oriented music.

Jul 2002       
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Kylie, the reclaimed queen of pop, just ended a huge tour in Australia. Who thinks the queen can rest on her throne, can think again. Kylie returns to the studio in a couple of days to work on her new album.

May 2001       
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Who doesn’t know this television series from Channel 4. It’s strange that the series come from a conservative country as like England. If you can’t get enough of the boys of Babylon, check out the hugely popular mixed CD’s from Almighty Records.

May 2001       
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So finally for Holland too the time has come to get to know Rosenstolz. AnNa R. and Peter Plate, a duo, having reached the pinnacle of German fame after ten years of hard work, are now too big and too good to stay within German borders only. And where do they want to go to first? Like all of us. To Holland and Amsterdam, of course, silly. Not just a high-handed caprice though. Besides their "regular" fame, Rosenstolz has made it to cult status in the German gay scene. And since Holland is known for its cheese, tulips, drugs and, above all, gays, AnNa and Peter would like nothing better than pay a visit to their western neighbours. Reason enough for Gay News to start scratching Rosenstolz' surface.

May 2001       
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With his green/blue eyes, dark brown hair and over six feet tall he stands head and shoulders above his male latin peers. We`re talking Carlos Ponce here, superstar from Puerto Rico, worshipped in South and Middle America, the US and Southern Europe. It must be something in the water they drink, since everyone opening his throat there to sing rises to world fame.

Jan 1970       
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Brand New Start is the title of their new single and that`s exactly what it is. Last year Dutch boyband All Of Us was one of the contestants competing for the Eurovision Song Contest, but unfortunately they didn`t make the impression they`d hoped for. So back to the studio for more rehearsing and learning new dance routines.

Jan 1970       
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