Photo (L-R): Ria Mort, Thanos Poulimenos
Global Spin: Katerine Duska And Leon Of Athens Premiere "Babel," A Bilingual Tale Of A Love Lost In Translation
Frequent songwriting partners Katerine Duska and Leon Of Athens grapple with a relationship full of miscommunication in this emotional duet, which they debut with a powerful Global Spin performance.
"Can I love you a little more clearly?" Katerine Duska and Leon of Athens sing in the emotional chorus of their new song, "Babel." "Can we get it right? Can we talk another night away?"
In this episode of Global Spin, the two pop singers — and frequent songwriting partners — effortlessly trade off between Greek and English in a compelling performance. But as beautiful as the bilingual, harmony-driven duet may be, "Babel" chronicles a fraught relationship where, ultimately, the love gets lost in translation.
"Babel" brings the two lovers back to where they started: Frustrated and failing to see eye to eye, but still invested in one another. That narrative pairs with an equally passionate, string-filled sonic backdrop in this song, which Duska and Leon of Athens premiere on Global Spin.
The song's visual component further underscores its message. Duska and Leon of Athens perform the song from a bed, surrounded by candles and rippling water. As they wrestle through their disagreements — both lyrically and physically — the two artists make an attempt to find tenderness, but their best efforts dissolve into frustration and disconnection.
The bilingual duo have co-written several times in the past, and they're no strangers to performing together, either. Their first duet, "ANEMOS," came out in 2019; a year later, the pair released another collaboration, "Communication."
Press play on the video above to get a first look at the latest collaboration between Katerine Duska and Leon of Athens, and keep checking GRAMMY.com every Tuesday for more new 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.
Photo: Courtesy of Soweto Gospel Choir & Groove Terminator
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.
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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.
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Global Spin: Flavour Offers A Dynamic Performance Of "Game Changer (Dike)" In London
Nigerian highlife musician Flavour praises the "Game Changer" with this vibrant performance of a single from his newest album, 'African Royalty.'
Nigerian highlife singer Flavour has had a successful career spanning two decades. But he knows he wouldn't have done it without the presence of God — also known as "the emperor," "the conqueror," "the champion" and "the lion" in his single, "Game Changer (Dike)."
"Clear the road for those who know," Flavour commands, switching between English and his native language, Igbo. "Step aside for the game changer."
In this episode of Global Spin, Flavour delivers a live performance of the track from one of his shows at London's Koko Camden earlier this year. He bounces across the stage, encouraging the audience to sing along.
Flavour began touring through Europe on July 1 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with eight other stops in Belgium, Sweden and more.
"Game Changer (Dike)" appears on Flavour's most recent album, African Royalty, released Nov. 30 via 2Nite Music Group. The 12-track LP also boasts collaborations with fellow highlife musicians Ejyk Nwamba ("Fearless") and The Cavemen. ("Osiso Osiso") and marks his first release since 2020's Flavour of Africa.
Press play on the video above to watch Flavour's energetic performance of "Game Changer (Dike)" in the United Kingdom, and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Global Spin.