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Neneh Cherry – I’ve Got You Under My Skin

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NATURALLY, music affects the body and mind in many wonderful ways. Music affects human thoughts, feelings and behaviors  Just its rhythm affects the body, making the pulse and respiration to flow in tune with the music’s beat or rhythm.  Music can relax or energise an individual, and affect some of  us deeply, in a personal way.

What is more, research has also shown that music has a profound effect on the human body and psyche. As a matter fact, there’s a growing field of health care known as music therapy, which uses music to heal.

As a resource which shares with you HIV and Sexual Health articles, it’s about time we started sharing HIV from other angles.

Introducing “Music Monday’s”!

Over the next few weeks on Monday nights, we’ll bring a featured HIV or sexual health awareness track from over the years and we’ll start it right now with Neneh Cherry!

In 1990 the Red Hot Organization, a non-profit organisation dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS though pop culture released “Red Hot + Blue”, featuring contemporary pop performers reinterpreting several songs written by Cole Porter. It sold over a million copies worldwide and was heralded as one of the first major HIV/AIDS benefits in the music business.

“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” was written by Cole Porter in 1936, it was nominated for the Academy award of Best Song. It became a signature song for Frank Sinatra and in 1966, became a top 10 hit for the Four Seasons. Since then, it has gone on to be recorded by many leading pop artists and jazz musicians.

Neneh Cherry’s reworked version of I’ve Got You Under My Skin was released as the lead single for the album in the UK and Europe.  Video follows, stay tuned because next week it’s all about sex!

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Celebrate World AIDS Day With Us, on Saturday Night!!

Leicestershire AIDS Support Services present you with an evening of fabulous live music entertainment in support of World AIDS Day.  We have an eclectic mix of music lined up from 4 great bands featuring;

COUNTERACTIONBAND, a UK Dub and Roots Live Band
Fully dedicated to the sounds of conscious Dub and Roots, the CounterAction Band’s mission is to represent the vibes of heavy dub sound system culture live on stage!

This multi-cultural band is; fronted by I-mitri (Greece) on lead/backing vocals, rhythm guitar and percussion, with Citizen Baxter (Ireland) on bass, Pandacub (Wales+Cornwall) on drums, and Eli P (Dominica) on Keys+MPCs.

When not drawing from the extensive CounterAction vaults for material the crew occasionally act as a backing band for artists like Jah Marnyah and Parvez (The Dub Factory) amongst others, and host the monthly live Dub night “Recession Sessions” in Leicester. They have shared the stage with great sounds like Aba Shanti I and bands like the Blood Shanti Ites, the Splitters, Flux and Vibronics!

MULTIMORPH - The current vehicle for Maureen Anderson’s poetry and general creativity, Multimorph rose from the ashes of Shapeshifter when the latter’s long-standing guitarist Dave Johnson passed away from cancer in March 2009.

Maureen is now joined by dual guitarists Kevin Hewick and Rizz James, dual bassists Dave Dhonau and Darren Baxter, cajon drummer Jim Tetlow and Darren’s partner Helena McLeod as additional vocalist since guesting on their ‘Meditation Chamber’ album. Live performances are further augmented by the live painting and costumes of local artist Nick Nixon and the liquid light show of Lumiere Ogbanje to create a bizarre but infectiously memorable live experience.

SLEEPING THOUGH RAPTURE is an alternative band made up of four musicians from Leicester. After a year of playing together, the band has written lots of great material and has played gigs around Leicester.

You can check out their blog, for more info on this up and coming band: http://sleepingthroughrapture.tumblr.com/

And finally but by no means least is GEORGE SANDERSUN who evokes bright summer days or the dark depths of the woods with his intriguing psychedelic folk.

His song writing references 60s, new wave psychedelic and traditional folk, with multi layered solo harmony effects that meld together to form an earthy mellow approach creating a sound that’s fresh and real.
Fans of Iron and Wine or Fleet Foxes should definitely check out George!

A special thanks to Neil Segrott who be on the PA driving the sound for the night.

The concert is hosted at the Y Theatre, 7 East Street  City Centre, Leicester LE1 6EY (Click for a map).

Tickets cost £10 (£8 consessions) from the Y Theatre, available from this link: http://www.leicesterymca.co.uk/y-theatre-whats-on-details.php?listing=1189

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Whitney Houston

Described by Guinness World Records as music’s “most awarded female artist of all time” with an amazing tally of over 400 awards, a tally that is certainly topped by her two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 23 American Music Awards, MTV VMAs in the United States and Europe, NAACP Image Awards, BET Awards, Soul Train Music Awards and so on, Whitney Houston shot to fame in the 1980s when she became one of the first African-American female artists to receive regular rotation on MTV.  A feat that successfully opened doors for other women to find success in music and movies.  Best known for her work with Kevin Costner in “The Bodyguard”, Houston has led a life of service to others when not on screen or behind a microphone.

She first showed her socially-conscious side when still a model, before her fame rocketed her to stardom.  Back then she refused to work for agencies that did business with South Africa, due to the country’s regime of apartheid.  It was an issue that she later brought to the attention of the world when she performed at Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Concert in London, an event that brought pressure on the Government to ease its restrictions and eventually release the future president of South Africa.

Following the concert, Houston formed the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children, an organisation that cared for the homeless and children with cancer and HIV/AIDS.  It eventually brought the singer one of her many awards for her humanitarian work, as did her involvement with the United Negro College Fund.

Whitney Houston is also the only artist to turn a national anthem into a chart hit when her rendition of The Star Spangled Banner reached the Top 100 in 1991. She donated her royalties to the Red Cross.

True to her church upbringing, the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children Inc. was established in 1989 as a non-profit organisation that cares for such problems as homelessness, children with cancer and HIV/AIDS and other issues of self-empowerment.

In June 1995, the foundation was awarded a VH1 Honour for its charitable work. Funds have been raised for numerous causes involving children around the world, from South Africa to Newark, and generated more than $300,000 for the Children’s Defence Fund as a result of a 1997 HBO concert.

In 1997, the HBO Concert “Classic Whitney live from Washington DC” raised over $300000 for the Children’s Defence Fund.

Whitney also supported the work of over 30 other charities, click for more details.

Whitney’s tireless efforts have earned recognition from such organisations as St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the United Negro College Fund and the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, all of which have benefited from the heart and soul of a great artist and humanitarian. Singing to audiences on every continent, Whitney has won her worldwide following the old-fashioned way, digging deep down into her soul and finding common threads with her millions of fans.

Whitney Houston – 1963 – 2012

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Freddie Mercury: Rock Star, Legend, Legacy!

An artist who needs no introduction is Freddie Mercury, the Queen vocalist and solo performer extraordinaire who, for many, will go down as the finest rock front man of all time.

Born Farrokh Balsara, the singer changed his stage name upon joining the group Smile – which featured Roger Taylor and Brian May – in 1971. Altering the name to Queen and added bassist John Deacon, the group released their self-titled debut album in 1973 to little fanfare, instead making a true breakthrough with third album ‘Sheer Heart Attack‘ in 1974, which featured the UK number two charting single ‘Killer Queen’. All that was to be superseded however with the following year’s ‘A Night At The Opera’ which featured mega selling hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ which went on to spend nine weeks at the top of the UK Single Charts and also earned the band their first top 10 hit on the US Billboard Charts.

From there the rest was history, with the band eventually releasing 18 number one albums and 18 number one singles with estimates on complete worldwide albums sold ranging 150 million to a staggering 300 million copies.

Though the band as a whole were superb, a lot of acclaim has always fallen on the charismatic Mercury, an opera-trained singer whose stunning range, combined with his extroverted on stage theatrics made him one of the most-loved stars in music, with notable performances including two shows at Wembley Stadium, London for Live Aid in 1985 and on what would amount to Queen’s final tour in 1986.

Freddie Mercury still influences the music scene like no one else of his time. In 2009, he was voted “the biggest rock singer of all time”, by the readership of ‘Classic Rock‘ magazine. The ‘Rolling Stone‘ lists him on rank 18 of the greatest singers in history. Freddie Mercury will never be forgotten and he was right when he said: “I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend.”

Fans wishing to hear new material from Freddie should brace themselves for a treat as new posthumous material is due to be released next year.  Queen‘s Brian May and Roger Taylor have revealed they’re in possession of recordings by Freddie Mercury singing with another legendary artist: Michael Jackson.  The Jackson estate has granted Taylor and May permission to work with the material, recorded in 1983 at Michael’s house. At the time Queen were touring America.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the sad death of Freddie Mercury.

Freddie Mercury caught HIV in 1987.  Back then, HIV treatments were not as effective as they are today and he eventually died of AIDS.  Although the media was full of speculations about his state of health for a long time, he admitted to having the disease on 23rd November 1991.   Within 24 hours after this announcement, he had fallen into a coma and passed away.  He died of pneumonia in consequence of his HIV infection. He did not live to see the Olympic Games in 1992, which he composed the official anthem ‘Barcelona’ with opera singer Montserrat Caballé.

As one of the highest-profile victims of AIDS, Freddie Mercury’s death drew greater media awareness of the virus and started the fight to remove the stigma, discrimination and prejudice from a disease which could affect anyone.

Yes Freddie, you were a rock star, you were a legend, and now you’re a legacy! Thank you Freddie. We love you.

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EQ Festival At The Musician

Tucked away in a quiet back street in the heart of Leicester, The Musician is the Midlands premier independent music venue. With live music at least six nights a week, it holds 220 people and features comfortable seating, full disabled access, easy parking and a selection of real ales.

Since opening in 2000, The Musician’s reputation has been built on presenting the very best home grown and international performers in a relaxed and friendly environment. With a supremely eclectic booking policy the venue regularly features everything from contemporary singer-songwriters to rock, blues, folk, ska, punk, world, bluegrass, reggae, metal, soul, indie, avant-garde and Americana.

We hope you’ll come down on the 26th August to join the festivties which is helping to raise money for Leicestershire AIDS Support Services, acts performing on the night include:

Counteraction, Shapeshifter/Multimorph, Grace & The Magic Roots, Roger Pugh and Sleeping Through Rapture.

Tickets costs a mere £2.50 and the party starts at 6:30pm, til late, see you there!

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Get a HIV Test & Sexual Health Screening / Information at the Summer Sundae This Weekend

All of us at LASS are excited about attending the Summer Sundae which is being held in De Montfort Hall Gardens this weekend.

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Summer Sundae Weekender is a festival of 7,000 people set in Leicester’s De Montfort Hall and Gardens from 12th to 14th August 2011. Now in its eleventh year, the event has grown from a modest one – day affair headlined by Morcheeba and Lambchop into an award- winning three-day festival with camping. The event is often lauded for managing to keep the intimate, relaxed feel which launched its success. Having played host to Patti Smith, David Byrne, Amy Winehouse, Elbow and Belle and Sebastian among countless others Summer Sundae is also praised for having an eclectic line-up which last year ranged from Seasick Steve to Tinchy Stryder and from Eliza Doolittle to Mumford and Sons.

Along with other non-profit organisations, and local business LASS will be there, rocking to the music and partying hard with a team of volunteers ready with some essential Summer Sundae Weekender items this year; Rapid HIV testing; HIV & safer sex information; safer sex packs; and more!  We’re sharing a marquee with Chlamydia Screening project so you can get all your sexual health questions answered in one place.  We also have a great new game for you to play – Sperm & Ladders and new “Love Sex Hate STIs” tees to buy.

Come and see us in The Garden, we hope to see you there!

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