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Global Spin: Rogê Debuts New Song "Camará" With An Intimate Acoustic Performance
Latin GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Rogê invites fans over for an up-close-and-personal performance from home.
Brazilian singer/songwriter and guitarist Rogê strips his music down to its essentials in this episode of Global Spin, inviting fans into his home for an intimate performance of a brand new song.
Seated in front of white curtains, Rogê strums his acoustic guitar as he sings the never-before-heard track, titled "Camará." While his vocals are a part of the performance, the guitar line is equally dominant — and Rogê's love for the instrument is apparent. Well-worn and well-loved, the acoustic guitar is decorated with fine detailing around the light-colored wood, with his fingers flitting effortlessly up and down the fretboard.
Hailing from Brazil, Rogê first became a samba-funk star in the clubs of downtown Rio de Janeiro. That's where he created eight albums — six solo, two collaborative — before relocating to Los Angeles in pursuit of a wider audience. His first U.S.-born album, Curyman, is due in early 2023, and will continue to highlight the singer/songwriter's signature guitar work and captivating stage presence.
The first single off Curyman, "Pra Vida," dropped in August, setting an uplifting tone for the album as a whole. Although it's unclear whether "Camará" will make the track list too, this performance shows that Rogê is entranced and excited by this new music.
Press play on the video above to enjoy Rogê's tender, intimate performance of "Camará," and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: Lau Noah Acknowledges Her Weaknesses In This Acoustic Performance Of "Lesser Men Would Call It Love"
Catalan songstress Lau Noah performs a stripped-down rendition of "Lesser Men Would Call It Love," an introspective B-side from her new collaborative album, 'A Dos.'
Catalan singer Lau Noah makes it clear she's not interested in love. It's an inevitable failure — a place "where gods live" where "no man can linger," she asserts in "Lesser Men Would Call It Love." Because no matter how much she tries to resist, she knows she's just a bird without wings.
"With you, it's simple then/ Why we recognize each other/ Wounds that look alike, they tend/ To reflect one another," Noah explains in the song's second verse. "So, don't you leave your home for me."
"Lesser Men Would Call It Love" is a track from Noah's collaborative album, A Dos, which she independently released on January 12.
"'A Dos' is the bridge between song and symphony — the place where counterpoint complexity fits into the ancestral structure of a simple song. And I have some of the best storytellers of our time helping me carry out this endeavor," she explained in a press statement.
Press play on the video above to hear Lau Noah's acoustic rendition of "Lesser Men Would Call It Love," and check back to GRAMMY.com 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.