Beyonce urged U.S. voters to “take action to dismantle a racist and unequal system” as she accepted the Humanitarian Award at the virtual BET Awards on Sunday night.
The 38-year-old singer was introduced by former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, who paid tribute to her philanthropic efforts as well as her musical success.
Following tributes from Tyler Perry and her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson, Beyonce used her speech to encourage fans to vote in the upcoming U.S. election in November in the hopes they can collectively try and change the system.
“I want to dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there, all of my sisters out there inspiring me, marching and fighting for change,” Beyonce said, referencing the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers. “Your voices are being heard, and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain.”
Beyonce is the perfect example of using an immense public platform for good, we hope more artists will follow in her footsteps.
In a sweet seaside Q&A video on the Girl on Fire star’s YouTube channel, the musicians discussed how their family life has been affected by the Covid-19 crisis over the past few months, and answered questions from fans
Beginning the segment, Alicia asked whether the two had ever spent as much time together as they had during their coronavirus pandemic, to which Swizz shook his head and said: “This is, like, married married married.”
The singer went on to admit that she’s “loving” having some downtime, and confessed: “For (the children) to wake up knowing that we’re always there, for us to wake up, always being there — it’s kinda cool.”
We can’t wait to see what this talented singer-songwriter may have cooked up for fans during lockdown.
“THEband to watch…huge choruses” – Tom Salmon, BBC Introducing
“Riff-based guitar music at its absolute best, well-crafted songs…truly excellent” – Get into This
Primyl Vinyl are ready to storm into the centre of the UK music scene and blow fans away with their new single ‘Baby Steps’. The trio formed whilst they were all studying in Liverpool, but they are now spread out across the UK. From Peterborough (Matt, lead vocals and guitar) to Fareham (Steve, vocals and lead guitar) to Barrow-in-Furness (Nahum, drummer and vocalist) the band are miles apart…but this won’t stop them from making their mark!
‘Baby Steps’ looks to cement them as THE rock band to take note of in 2020. Although their legendary live shows are temporarily postponed, the new track combines riffs, electronic earthquakes and vocals that compensate for the loss of seeing the trio play live.
Primyl Vinyl create their songs as both a unifying experience for their legions of fans across the UK and to help deal cathartically with individual mental health issues, as well as wider social anxieties – with ‘Baby Steps’ comes a message to stay grounded, whatever is happening in the world around you.
Here’s what Matt has to say: “Having witnessed first-hand the internal mental battles of two people very close to me, I started to write more consciously to open this topic up – to make it feel more normal to discuss; to make our gigs feel like a sanctuary to reflect and then to forget it for 40 minutes. Music has to mean something to somebody, or else what is the point?”
Despite currently mourning the loss, via a puncture wound, of their inflatable whale mascot Jeremy (who hadn’t missed a 2019 gig!) the band recorded their latest track in an old barn to capture the reverb and energy of their live shows. Though Jeremy is only a cherished memory, Primyl Vinyl are in it for the long run.
Gabor Lesko has had a very successful career as a session musician in Italy (playing, producing and arranging several soundtracks for TV and film) as well as writing guitar tutorial books published by Carisch, an Italian publisher. He’s also established a solo career as a musician in his own right!
Fingerfusion Project is his latest album and it’s a demonstration of his insane talent as a writer and guitar virtuoso. It takes on elements of Jazz, Prog and Rock, bringing them together effortlessley. One of the tracks from the album ‘Faith and Glory’ made it as Jazz FM’s ‘Track of the Week’ recently.
Gabor and his band skirt on the edges of jazz highlighted with some brilliant sax courtesy of Eric Marienthal, but ultimately take more of a progressive approach with moving time signatures and fluid chord structures that keep the listener on their toes.