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Global Spin: Avalanche Kaito Deliver A Magnetic Performance Of "Toulele" On A Stage Constructed From A Playground
Avalanche Kaito — whose music combines West African griot storytelling with scuzzy noise punk — offer a live performance that's just as imaginative and unexpected as the trio's musical foundation in this rendition of "Toulele."
Two vastly different musical styles and cultural worlds collide in Avalanche Kaito, a trio led by West African griot and multi-instrumentalist Kaito Winse.
Hailing from Lankoué — a village in the northern region of West African country Burkina Faso — Winse is a modern-day griot, carrying forward his country's tradition of oral storytelling through music. Winse is now based in Brussels, Belgium, and Avalanche Kaito was formed after he met two Brussels-based musicians: guitarist Nico Gritto and drummer/electronic musician Benjamin Chavel.
In this episode of Global Spin, the three artists deliver a colorful performance of their song "Toulele," embodying their cross-cultural and far-reaching musical stylings. At the heart of the music is the juxtaposition between an ancestral musical storytelling style and futuristic sonic instrumentation.
The group assembles inside a large, warehouse-style building for their performance, using an elaborately-constructed wooden playground as their stage. Each of the three performers gets a turn in the spotlight, with Winse's vocals giving way to scuzzy, electronic instrumental solos.
In other moments of the trio's 12-minute performance, Gritto and Chavel take a break from their instruments, allowing Winse a brief a capella moment. Here, it's easy to imagine the traditions that inspired his musical style, and to contemplate the griot sounds that span backwards through generations and continue to hold a prominent place in West African culture today.
"Toulele" is one of eight tracks on Avalanche Kaito's self-titled album, which arrived in June 2022. Listen to the album here, watch the group's full performance above, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: Watch South Korean Phenoms Viviz Perform An Irresistible Version Of "Bop Bop!"
In this episode of Global Spin, a video series highlighting exceptional artists from around the globe, watch South Korean group Viviz perform their scintillating song "Bop Bop!"
We may live in an era where cultural borders are vanishing, but have you ever considered K-pop with Latin rhythms? If not, feast your ears on Viviz.
Hailing from South Korea, the trio performs their vibrant, disco-tinged single "Bop Bop!" from the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in their hometown of Seoul.
With flowers in their hair and a troupe of dancers in tow, the Viviz girls deliver a flawless performance — one that’ll get you moving right along with them.
In this episode of Global Spin, a video series spotlighting spectacular artists around the world, get to know Viviz in all their hyper-melodic, continent-spanning glory.
Enjoy the performance above and keep checking back for more episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: The Change Goes On A Trek For Her Electric, Hillside Performance Of "Imperio"
In the debut episode of Global Spin, a brand-new performance series spotlighting global music and international artists, Dominican singer/songwriter/producer the Change delivers an electrifying performance of her 2019 single "Imperio"
It's fitting that the debut episode of GRAMMY.com's Global Spin series, a brand-new performance series spotlighting global music and international artists, kicks off with a sunrise performance from Dominican artist the Change.
In just three years since she released her first single, she has organically generated a fan base of more than 2 million monthly Spotify listeners off songs she wrote and produced entirely by herself. In fact, according to the Change, she recorded "Imperio," the track she performs in this installment of Global Spin, on her cell phone.
Watch her performance of the touching single below.
The Change's songwriting ability shines bright on "Imperio," which she describes as one of the most personal songs she's ever written, thanks to the track's strong hook; in it, she bounces back and forth from her lover making her feel like a girl again to not being afraid to age—so long as her partner is there along the way.
For now, the multitalented singer/songwriter/producer only has a handful of songs under her belt. But after signing to Warner Music earlier this year, the Change is primed to bring her flag to new heights.
Tune in to the sounds of the world with Global Spin every other Tuesday starting Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m ET on the Recording Academy's official YouTube channel, Facebook page, Instagram page, and Twitter profile.
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Global Spin: Facesoul Explores The Healing Power Of R&B With His Soulful Performance Of "All I Need"
In the latest episode of Global Spin, Somali-born, U.K.-based singer/songwriter FACESOUL displays the healing heights of his R&B sound with a stunning performance of his 2021 song, "'All I Need"
By growing from his roots in Islam and exploring the healing power of music, Somali-born, U.K.-based singer/songwriter FACESOUL looks deep into the soul of soul music.
In matching minimalist production, layered vocals, and a lyrical search for meaning, the transcendent artist born Faisal Salah produces a meditative, beguiling beauty unlike anything else in modern R&B.
In the latest episode of Global Spin — a brand-new performance series spotlighting global music and international artists — FACESOUL shows just how magnetic his melange of styles can be.
Watch the London-based vocalist perform "All I Need," off his 2021 album, YSRA, below.
In the clip, FACESOUL sings serenely in the center of an abandoned building, ivy and trees growing through the cracks in the stone. "Glory sure will rise, if I just believe it," FACESOUL sweetly sings, his hope and optimism growing through the darkness like the insistent nature around him.
Check back every other Tuesday for new episodes of the Global Spin performance series.
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Global Spin: Singer-Songwriter And Producer Ferraz Offers A Minimalist, Soulful Performance Of "Espérame"
The singer-songwriter, DJ and producer pulls from a variety of different styles to create his own signature blend of Latin R&B — and in this performance of "Espérame," he leans into his soul influences.
Venezuelan singer-songwriter, producer and DJ Ferraz draws from various elements and sonic styles to create his signature blend of R&B. And in "Espérame," one of the tracks from his 2021 album Fino, he leans into gentle, lilting soul.
In this episode of Global Spin, Ferraz delivers a laid-back live performance of his song. Flanked by his gear and set against a plain white backdrop, the singer accompanies himself on electric guitar.
This minimalist, self-contained performance proves that Ferraz can create a sound-world all his own. Ferraz incorporates elements of Latin folk-rock and bossa nova into his performance, with classic R&B rhythms kicking in in the chorus.
Funk, house and hip-hop further influence Ferraz's music-making process, coming together to form a style of R&B both versatile and pliant.
As one of the singer's more reflective and laidback tracks, "Espérame" exemplifies his easygoing, luminous vocal delivery — a signature element of even his bouncier tracks, like 2022's "Seratonina."
Ferraz debuted in 2019 with his Rumbo album, and continued to grow his sound and style with the release of Fino two years later. Most recently, he put out Remixes FINO, a collection of reimagined versions of the songs from his Fino project.
Press play on the video above enjoy Ferraz's soulful "Espérame" performance, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Global Spin.