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Tuesday Tunes: Alejandro Sanz and Alicia Keys

I love this video for “Looking for Paradise” by Alejandro Sanz and Alicia Keys from 2009. It’s such a feel good song that’s full of love and acceptance. Not to mention the fact that the video puts me in the mind of summertime and its backyard or rooftop parties and outdoor festivals. The weather has been so wonky here in Chicago and I am personally ready for summer to begin. How about you???...

Tuesday Tunes: Early Morning

I heard this song for the first time just a few days ago when Katherine from Mumbai shared it on her blog. I am most certainly NOT a morning person. In fact, it could be said that I am an anti-morning person, as I generally find myself going to bed as the sun is coming up. Although, it has been proven that I am waaay smarter in the wee hours of the night than I can ever hope to be in the early...

Tuesday Tunes : The Incomparable Susana Baca

  There’s so much to say about Peruvian singer Susana Baca. With a career that spans more than four decades she is easily the crown jewel of the Peruvian sound. Her music uses indigenous instruments mixed with modern elements found in the rhythms of Cuba and Brazil. Baca, who did not release her first album until she was in her 40’s and did not achieve commercial and critical acclaim until after 50, is a testament to resilience and perseverance as a woman and an artist.  Singing about love, heartbreak, the...

Tuesday Tunes: Megitza

  Megitza is Małgorzata Babiarz, a Polish born singer, composer and double bass player who moved to Chicago, Illinois in 2001. She is a self-taught musician who creates infectious tunes with her band mates, acoustic guitarist Andreas Kapsalis , accordion player Marek Lichota, and percussionist Jamie Gallagher. Megitza’s music is influenced by Polish, Romani and Balkan folk music and is infused with gypsy and mediterranean rhythms. Best of all, her songs make you want to engage in staccato hand clapping and foot stomping while twirling your shawl by a good gypsy fire. When life...

Tueday Tunes: Yasmin Levy

I love the music of Ladino singer Yasmin Levy. Born In Israel, her songs are part heart wrenching Fado, part Flamenco and part rhythmic Middle Eastern belly-dancing-soul. Ladino is a lesser known ancient language of Spanish Jews who were exiled from Spain in 1492 and settled throughout the Ottoman Empire. <p> Levy’s use of language(s) is lyrical poetry at it’s best. She skillfully sings of love and heartbreak, spirituality and devotion with a raw vocalization so profound, it feel like...

Tasty Tuesday & Tuesday Tunes: Sweet Potato Latkes & Deva Premal

Tuesday Tunes: Deva Premal If you meditate or practice yoga, you’ve probably spent at lot of time listening to the soothing voice of the fantastic Deva Premal. The music of this mantra chanting singer will get you into “the gap” faster than anyone I have ever heard. When you hear the melodious sound of Deva expertly delivering the “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya” you may be surprise to find that rather than being a native of Mumbai she was actually born...