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Global Spin: Watch South Korean Singer/Songwriter B.I Perform A Luxurious Version Of "Nineteen"
In the newest episode of Global Spin, watch K-pop artist B.I — the first Korean artist to be featured in this series — represent South Korea with an atmospheric performance of "Nineteen."
Illumined by city lights and festooned with bling, South Korean singer/songwriter B.I performs with panache. In the latest episode of Global Spin, a performance series spotlighting global music and international artists, the 25-year-old displays charisma and stage presence beyond his years while performing his song "Nineteen."
"Leave me alone/ Been moody lately/ If it's not done my way/ We won't be able to talk," he croons in Korean. "I wanna be free, I wanna be free every day."
By the chorus, he envisages himself as a "bird thrown into a cloud," which takes on added weight as he performs before a jaw-dropping vista, with fluorescence reflected on a body of water.
In the above video, watch B.I — the first Korean artist to be featured in this series — deliver an electric performance of his impactful song.
Enjoy the captivating clip and keep checking back for more episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: Baloji Premieres Political Anthem "Le Nègre Blanc" At UNESCO's La Semaine du Son Celebration
Accompanied by an orchestra, Congolese-Belgian rapper Baloji delivers a live performance of "Le Nègre Blanc," a powerful track about the plight of Black immigrants around the world.
As an immigrant to Belgium, Congolese rapper Baloji often finds himself tied between European and African cultures — "Afropean," as he describes in his newest track, "Le Nègre Blanc," or "White Negro" in English.
"I'm from the hyphen generation/ For Belgo-Congolese, Franco-Senegalese," he recounts in his native French. "I speak with my white voice/ But Bantu doesn't pronounce the R's/ We speak like little Negroes in a foreign language/ White is universal."
In this episode of Global Spin, Baloji performs the track accompanied by an orchestra at this year's UNESCO La Semaine du Son, an annual celebration of music that raises awareness about "the importance of the quality of our sound environment."
"Le Nègre Blanc'' will be featured on Baloji's upcoming album, due later this year. The project will accompany his recent film, Omen, a drama about a Congolese man who returns to his home country after his mother disowns him. The movie has received recognition from the Cannes Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, and more.
Beyond television and music, Baloji has also worked as an artist director and costume designer.
Press play on the video above to watch Baloji's impactful performance of "Le Nègre Blanc," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: Soweto Gospel Choir & Groove Terminator Join For A Feel-Good Performance Of "Everybody's Free"
s South African musical collective Soweto Gospel Choir and Australian DJ Groove Terminator unite to spread the 'History of House' around the globe, they share a magnetic performance of a track from the forthcoming album, "Everybody's Free."
For nearly two decades, South African worship group Soweto Gospel Choir has been bringing their joyous music and message to audiences across the globe. Now, they are teaming up with Simon Lewicki — aka Groove Terminator, the "Superstar DJ" from Down Under — to spread the culture of house music.
"Everybody's free to feel good," Soweto Gospel Choir cheers in the outro of "Everybody's Free," a track from their joint album with Groove Terminator, History of House. The project aims to culturally and musically reimagine the genre's classic hits, with Soweto Gospel Choir performing in their native Zulu.
GRAMMY Award-winning producer Dennis White (Latroit) produced the album. The original track, "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)," was written in English and performed by Zimbabwean electronic performer Rozalla in 1991.
"The choir performing in Zulu was not the original idea," White revealed in a press statement. "We sent English lyric sheets to the choir, who decided amongst themselves to record the songs in Zulu ... Simon and I realized at that moment that this project has a soul of its own, and our job is to pay close attention to what it's telling us it wants to be."
Last year, the Soweto Gospel Choir and Groove Terminator brought the History of House in tour form; the album of the same name will arrive in spring 2024 via Music is Fun/House of Latroit/Gallo Records.
It Goes To 11: B.I Shares The Sweet Story Behind His Fan-Gifted Microphone
Korean rapper B.I shows off his favorite instrument, a Shure J5E microphone — not because it's blinged-out, but because it's a symbol of his fans' love.
Most musicians' favorite instruments are ones they seek out — the ones they've dreamed about since childhood, or ones passed down from a family member. But Korean rapper B.I cherishes his most beloved item because it was a token of appreciation from his loyal supporters.
"It was my 24th or 25th birthday," he recalls in the latest episode of It Goes to 11. "At the time, my fans were showing me their love because they wanted me to continue making music, and they gave me this microphone as a birthday present."
Thankfully, the fans made sure to invest in high-quality tech that B.I could enjoy for years to come. It's a Shure J5E, blinged out in cubic crystals.
"Now, it's lost a few crystals since I've used it a lot. It's so shiny and glittery. It catches my eye and my heart," B.I explains. "Since I know it's a good microphone, I like it even more. It's like my fans are saying, 'I want the best things for my singer.'"
When he doesn't perform with the microphone, B.I confesses he feels "insecure." But he's on top of the world when he does use it because of its clear sound, and he can never get enough of the lights shimmering on the crystals: "It makes it stand out more, or it gives off a nice effect."
Press play on the video above to learn the full story of how B.I acquired his treasured Shure J5E microphone, and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of It Goes to 11.
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Global Spin Live: LE SSERAFIM Spends A "Perfect Night" With Fans On The GRAMMY Museum Stage
K-pop quintet LE SSERAFIM hit the GRAMMY Museum stage for an energetic live performance of "Perfect Night," their latest English single.
For the rising K-pop girl group LE SSERAFIM, their most “Perfect Night” might consist of partying with your closest friends from dusk to dawn. Or, in this case, spending an evening in Los Angeles with their loyal fanbase, FEARNOT.
In this episode of Global Spin Live, watch the quintet light up the GRAMMY Museum stage with a premiere performance of their latest single. They take turns at the center before quickly positioning into a new formation.
“I got all I need/ You know nothing else can beat/ The way that I feel when I'm dancin' with my girls,” they cheer in the chorus. “Perfect energy/ Yeah, we flawless, yeah, we free/ There's no better feelin' in the whole wide world.”
Released on Oct. 27, "Perfect Night" is LE SSERAFIM's first all-English track, co-written by member HUH YUNJIN. The group teamed up with the video game 'Overwatch 2' to create the animations for the music video; they later promoted the track at the gaming convention BlizzCon 2023.
Global Spin Live is held in conjunction with GRAMMY Museum and GRAMMY.com as a live extension of the popular online series Global Spin, showcasing Global Music artists. Press play on the video above to watch LE SSERAFIM's infectious performance of "Perfect Night," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Global Spin.