Blues Legend Big Bill Broonzy Performing Hey Hey

This video features the great blues guitar legend Big Bill Broonzy (born as William Lee Conley Broonzy) performing the tune Hey Hey. Even though Big Bill Broonzy is not very well known, he has recorded about 350 songs! The guitar player and singer gained a certain popularity with his small band as one of the first blues singers who included a bass and drums in his performances. The band was called Big Bill and his Chicago Five.
Big Bill Broonzy was born in the state of Missisipi in 1893 or 95 and lived until 1958. When he moved to Chicago, he began to play the guitar and soon began playing clubs and participating in recording sessions. His playing is in the folk blues tradition and despite the fact that in the 40s he had begun to experiment with the electric guitar, he returned to his classical picking style and singing, mostly because his audience wanted so because it seemed more authentic to them.
Big Bill Broonzy has recorded with musicians like Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Brownie Mcghee and Sonny Terry, among others. He has been a source of inspiration to other blues giants as Muddy Waters and Memphis Slim.
In this video Big Bil Broonzy shows his personal picking style that the mostly white audiences wanted him to play.

Traditional Chinelo Music and Dance from the Mexican State of Morelos

This video clip shows some traditional dance music from the central mexican state of Morelos, about 80 km south of Mexico City. The music is played by marching bands and consists of short phrases which are played over and over again while the dancers walk jumping through the streets. At a certain moment, the flow of the music will be interrupted by a long note usually played by the trumpets. At the end of the long note, another frenetic melody starts and is played again and again until the next long note on the trumpets.
This scheme will be performed for hours and is a challenge for dancers and musicians. It can lead to a state of trance. Consider that the parades usually happen under the burning sun of central Mexico and that the costumes of the dancers are of heavy fabric. The participants sure need to drink a lot of beer during the parades …

Andrés Segovia performing Fernando Sor’s Op. 9

Watch this video of Andrés Segovia, the spanish top class guitar player, Opus 9 of Fernando Sor. This piece is quite difficult to play but of course this guitar master plays it with ease and putting a lot of feeling into it. His interpretation is perfect, even though the video is from the days when black and white was still very popular. There might be some snobs pretending that they cannot enjoy Fernando Sor’s music because of the poor image quality. There is so much nonsense said.
I’m sure most of you can watch this video without problems and listen to the excellent performance of Andrés Segovia who was born on February 21st of 1893 in Linares which is a small village of the province of Jaén, Spain. The first guitar music Segovia listened to was the flamenco guitar. At the age of 16, he made his first performance at the Centro Artístico de Granada after having teached himself a repertoire he found representative for the essence of classical guitar music:
Tárrega’s Capricho Arabe, preludes and arpegio exercises, Fernando Sor’s Study in B minor Op. 35 N° 22, and some transcriptions of music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bach, Chopin and Schumann.
Andrés Segovia was always interested in the enrichment of his repertoire. He contacted a few composers and asked them for material to play, among them Manuel de Falla who responded with his only piece for the classical guitar known as “Homenaje pour le Tombeau de Debussy”.