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Global Spin: Otyken Braid Indigenous Traditions With Modern Sounds In Their Mesmerizing Performance Of "Genesis"
With this rendition of "Genesis," Siberian music group OTYKEN offer a look into the music that has been coming out of the Siberian mountains for generations — complete with some instruments that may be new to an American ear.
Enter the immersive, storied world of Siberian indigenous music with OTYKEN, a collective that brings a rich musical legacy into a modern format. OTYKEN's performances introduce their listeners to their traditional vocal stylings and instruments, many of which fans may have never even seen before.
In this episode of Global Spin, OTYKEN performs "Genesis," a song they released in 2021. "Genesis" has some modern elements, but central to this song — and the rest of the group's work — is an evocative introduction to the music that has been coming out of the mountains of Siberia for generations.
Dressed in traditional outfits, OTYKEN perform in a log cabin-like setting, standing in front of a backdrop of large masks. Though many listeners won't be able to understand the words of the song (the group performs in Khakass and Chulyms, and sometimes Russian), the tone of "Genesis" feels celebratory, with a pulsing beat and joyful, emphatic lead vocals.
OTYKEN's performance puts a special spotlight on every element of their traditional offerings, including throat singing, a musical line that works as a counterpart to the breathy lead melody. The group also incorporates multiple instruments specific to their Siberian traditions, including a vargan (or jaw harp) and a morinhur (which they refer to as a "music skill") and leather drums.
Press play on the video above to watch these special instruments at work, and to take a peek into how OTYKEN are reimagining Siberian indigenous music while also keeping its roots alive. Catch new episodes of Global Spin on GRAMMY.com.
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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.
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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.
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Global Spin: Relive King's "Good Trip" With This Radiant Performance
New Delhi-based musician King offers a prismatic performance of "Good Trip," a braggadocious track from his newest LP, 'New Life.'
If you walk with burgeoning Indian star King, it's certain to be a "Good Trip."
On Oct. 18, the New Delhi native dropped his most diverse project yet, New Life, via Warner Music India, blending electronic and hip-hop beats with traditional Bollywood melodies. King traverses topics of mental health ("Runaway," featuring Julia Michaels) and ambitious dreams ("CROWN," alongside fellow Indian songstress Natania).
Amongst the album’s most confident tracks is "Good Trip," which King performs in this episode of Global Spin. "I'm the next big thing," King declares before transitioning into Hindi.
King revealed on Instagram that the LP has been in the works since 2019 but was unexpectedly postponed by the pandemic and his breakthrough album, Champagne Talk. "After living and experiencing all this in just two years, I've got to realize everything happens for a reason and this is the actual new life I've been blessed with," he wrote. "Sometimes, being late is being right on time."
Press play on the video above to view King's vibrant performance of "Good Trip," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Global Spin.