After Building A Must-see Live Reputation, Londoners Sistertalk Are Breaking Cover


Sistertalk are sat downstairs at The Old Blue Last in East London. "The sooner you get things out, the sooner the pressure is on you," notes frontman Gabriel Levy, sitting alongside his brother Daniel as they gear up for another show to kick in their next chapter. "I think, we’ve had a fair bit of pressure but the good kind, one that’s more of an air of excitement as opposed to anything else. Up to this point, it’s been about getting the material together to be able to take this year and be as prolific as we like with everything. For those who’ve managed to catch a glimpse of Sistertalk, it’s understandable why the hype is high. "It’s taken a while to get to the stage where we’re all happy with how we’re sounding and what we want to be going forward," admits Gabriel.
Gabriel and Daniel were the first in their family to pick up an instrument. Music had always been a ringing normal in their house ("Our parents have incredible taste in music," cracks Gabriel), sharing a wall with the neighbour next door who just so happened to be a professor of guitars. "I was a bit strange," starts Daniel. "I didn’t talk till I was 4, and I was always a sponge for what Gabe was doing until I could open my mouth. Maybe still later when he moved onto guitar and I was like, ‘Oh, what’s that? He started playing drums soon after, and they began jamming together regularly.
He and Mowry specialized - in Irish and Celtic tunes and Appalachian fiddle tunes they adapted for the guitar, mandolin and banjo. "The focus was always on our own satisfaction," Mowry, of Harrisville said. "Playing out was secondary for both of us. It was a different experience, playing for playing’s sake. It certainly enriched my life. His family and friends described Steve Jones as a "Renaissance man" who had a variety of interests, though music was his first and best love. "You were always finding out about some new thing he’d done," Mowry said. "He was so much fun. He was a voracious reader, lover of science fiction, pool shark and chess player, Casey Jones said. He was quick with a joke but also knew how to buckle down when it came to work, David DelRossi, owner of DelRossi’s Trattoria said.
Steve Jones worked as an assistant cook at DelRossi’s for several years in the 1990s, and was a frequent performer and participant in weekly jamming sessions at the restaurant. "It’s a big loss," DelRossi said. "He was always learning new songs and teaching people new songs. He was a great teacher. He shared his love of music with students, as a private guitar teacher and as a teacher at Mountain Shadows School in Dublin, where he taught music and math. "He loved all the kids and he would always be the one to report the things they said that he thought were amusing," Casey Jones said. "He was a really excellent teacher of music and had a lot of students that admired him," Tom Jones said. DelRossi’s Trattoria dedicated their Wednesday night jam session on March 6 to Stephen Jones. The Jones family will be holding a private memorial service, with a public celebration of his life to be held in the spring. Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.
Those producers who insist on working with artistes from Pakistan will be banned by the FWICE. We're officially announcing the inviolable diktat. All those music companies that still insist on using artistes from across the border in spite of repeated attacks on our country, should be ashamed of themselves. The damage is worse than anything we can imagine from outside Jammu and Kashmir. It will take years for the damage to be rectified. How did one person manage to sneak into Kashmir with so much RDX? At a time when the terror attacks have reached a point of no return, it is actually hard to believe that some people in our north west entertainment agency - industry are looking at Pakistan for talent.
The initiative as explained by Mr. Eazi, is aimed at discovering talents across Africa and provide them the opportunity to become the next global superstars. 3,000 each to shoot quality music videos of their choice. 3000 they received, were taken to South Africa to get trained by renowned music producers including Diplo from the United States of America, for three weeks. According to him, the training is to equip these artistes with the tools, knowledge, network and investment to become independent music entrepreneurs. Ruth Ronnie is a Zambian musician. People were dazzled by her deep voice. 100 list, her entry video got 13,240 views.
Sadimuma from Tanzania was the 8th pick. He is one of the artistes who presented a freestyle without a beat. Viewers were given a preview of many good works to come. George Kalukusha is a guitarist from Malawi. Joeboy is an Afrobeat singer from Nigeria. At number 2, his empower video had 14,902 views. To show his versatility and creativeness, Joeboy did a cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ laced with his own lyrics and style. ‘Faaji’ has 6,248 views on youtube. 100 artiste to be chosen with 24,493 views for her entry video. The Kenyan artiste was the last person chosen for the training in Cape Town for her style and voice. The swag of the Zambian rapper Nemozm alone is enough to get chosen but apart from swag his voice and song were so good it got 7,283 views on Instagram.
Trina South is a singer, rapper, songwriter from Zambia. Her high pitched voice alone can give a listener goosebumps. Its no wonder she was chosen to be part of the top ten. At number 42, Trina South’s entry video on Instagram got 11,382 views. 100. The soul singer from Kenya’s voice was what caught the attention of Mr. Eazi. Her entry video got 14,534 views on Instagram. Union 5’s entry video 15,220 views on Instagram and at number 57. The Zimbabwean rapper wowed viewers with his rap skills, lyrics and style. Last but certainly not least is J.derobie, the last artiste to be chosen by Mr. Eazi. The Ghanaian Dancehall act’s entry video went viral. For Ghanaians, it was a break from the Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy cycle and for people from other countries, he was a talent to watch out for. His entry video got 20,428 views on Instagram. He’s the second person amongst the final ten to have a video for his song.
VIRGINIA BEACH — When vocalist and keyboardist Chris Keys met DJ Mike Littman five years ago, there was an instant vibe between the two musical entertainers. Keys, who is part of the band, Cheap Thrills, and Littman, who was doing some engineering for the group, had hoped to collaborate, but they hadn’t been able to connect. Enter the Robinsons, Rob and Brittany, who asked Keys to perform during their wedding in Jamaica while also enlisting Littman to DJ for the reception. The plan changed when the Robinsons suggested they two play together. "The wedding in Jamaica was our first gig." Keys said.
Keys spends portions of the show in the acoustic pocket while Littman brings in the beat. With tracks from hip-hop and R&B to country and Top 40, LittKeys combines it all. LittKeys’ mixture of ideas and talent is an evolutionary jump the history of music predicts. "We go all over the spectrum," Keys said. "Our motto at our shows is to make sure everyone who comes out and sees us has a great time. Keys spoke about their focus on making the audience part of the show, and has seen the increase in their fan base. Along with performing for the crowd, LittKeys also performs for a purpose. They dedicate time to multiple fundraising events to raise money - for those battling - cancer.
"When someone is down, we want to be there to help pick them up," Keys said. Keys gives Littman praise for his keen ear and creative production ideas for their shows. "He’s humble," Keys said. Littman comes from a background in music production after being introduced to it at Master Sound - Studios. In the 90s, he was part of the team that worked with Portsmouth native Nicole Wray, who was the first artist signed by Missy Elliott’s label, The Goldmine - . Keys, who also performs solo acoustic gigs - and with Cheap Thrills, is child No. 4 of six brothers. His mother couldn’t afford piano lessons; however, with an old donated piano, an ear to the radio, and his mother’s prayers while she placed his hands on the keys, Keys taught himself to play.