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“Selena – Dreaming Of You” 


Selena Quintanilla was born on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, Texas.[10] She was the youngest child of Marcella Ofelia Quintanilla (née Samora) who had Cherokee ancestry[11] and Abraham Quintanilla, Jr., a Mexican American former musician.[12] Selena was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness.[13] Quintanilla, Jr. noticed her musical abilities when she was six years old. He told People magazine, “Her timing, her pitch were perfect, I could see it from day one”.[14] In 1980 in Lake Jackson, Quintanilla, Jr. opened his first Tex-Mex restaurant, where Selena and her siblings Abraham III (on bass guitar) and Suzette Quintanilla (on drums) would often perform.[14] The following year, the restaurant was forced to close after a recession caused by the 1980s oil glut. The family declared bankruptcy and were evicted from their home.[14][15] They settled in Corpus Christi, Texas; Quintanilla, Jr. became manager of the newly formed band Selena y Los Dinos and began promoting it.[3][14][16] They needed money and played on street corners, at weddings, at quinceañeras, and at fairs.[14][17]

As her popularity as a singer grew, the demands of Selena’s performance and travel schedule began to interfere with her education. Her father took her out of school when she was in the eighth grade.[18] Her teacher Marilyn Greer disapproved of Selena’s musical career.[19] She threatened to report Quintanilla, Jr. to the Texas Board of Education, believing the conditions to which Selena was exposed were inappropriate for a girl her age. Quintanilla, Jr. told Greer to “mind her business”. Other teachers expressed their concerns when they noticed how tired Selena appeared when she arrived at school.[19] At seventeen, Selena earned a high school diploma from the American School of Correspondence in Chicago,[20] and was also accepted at Louisiana State University.[21] She enrolled at Pacific Western University, taking up business administration as her major subject.[22]

Quintanilla, Jr. refurbished an old bus; he named it “Big Bertha” and the family used it as their tour bus.[23] In the first years of touring, the family sang for food and barely had enough money to pay for gasoline.[23] In 1984, Selena recorded her first LP record, Selena y Los Dinos, for Freddie Records.[24] Despite wanting to record English-language songs, Selena recorded Tejano music compositions; a male-dominated, Spanish-language genre[25] with German influences[26] of polka, jazz, and country music, popularized by Mexicans living in the United States.[27] Quintanilla, Jr. believed Selena should record musical compositions related to her heritage.[28] During the recording sessions for the album, Selena had to learn Spanish phonetically with guidance from her father.[29] In 1985, to promote the album, Selena appeared on the Johnny Canales Show, a popular Spanish-language radio program, on which she continued to appear for several years. Selena was discovered by Rick Trevi, founder of the Tejano Music Awards, where she won the Female Vocalist of the Year award in 1987 and for nine consecutive years after.[30] The band was often turned down by Texas music venues because of the members’ ages and because Selena was their lead singer.[31] By 1988, Selena had released five more LP records; Alpha (1986), Munequito de Trapo (1987), And the Winner is… (1987), Preciosa (1988), and Dulce Amor (1988).[32]



Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group is a performance artcompany formed in 1991.[1] It is best known for its stage productions around the world. It combines many different categories of music and art, both popular and obscure in these shows.[2]

Blue Man Group

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Blue Man Group in Brazil in 2009

Blue Man Group currently has continuing theatrical productions in Las Vegas, Orlando, Boston, Chicago, New York Cityand Berlin. In addition to the stage theatre show, Blue Man Group has toured the globe with multiple national and global tours; been a guest on various TV programs as both characters and performers; appeared on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship, Epic; released multiple studio albums; contributed to a number of film scores; performed with orchestras around the US, and appeared in advertising campaigns. Blue Man Group was referenced in a story line of the TV series Arrested Development.

In July 2017, Cirque de Soleil purchased the Blue Man Productions for an undisclosed sum. Cirque announced plans to expand Blue Man Group globally and diversify the live entertainment production.[3]

Blue Man Group grew out of a collaboration between three close friends, Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1988. It originated as a celebration to the end of the 1980s. The three men wore blue masks and led a procession that included the burning of a Rambo doll and a piece of the Berlin Wall.[4] The stunt caught the attention of MTV’s Kurt Loder, who covered the event, and the strange Blue Men gained attention. The Blue Man character emerged from small “disturbances” on the streets of the city, growing into small shows at downtown clubs, eventually becoming a full performance at the Astor Place Theatre in 1991.

In July 2017, it was announced Blue Man Group was bought by Cirque Du Soleil who announced they would expand.[5]


Posted by on August 17, 2017 in entertainment, music, pop music



5 Reasons Why Men Should Get A Pedicure

5 Reasons Why Men Should Get A Pedicure

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Fancy this – You sitting in a gigantic chair with your feet sunk in a whirlpool-like basin, while you read your favourite magazine. Yes, that’s all it takes to get a professional pedicure!

And, if this is not enough to cajole you into getting one, then we have a list that gives you 5 physicals benefits of a pedicure for men. Check out the reasons!

1) Improves Foot Health

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Dirty feet are a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria. Benefit of getting a pedicure is one way to get rid of all the dirt stuck under toenails. During the process, your feet will also be exfoliated to remove dead skin that has the potential to cause problems. By adding essential oils to the foot soak, you can also get additional anti-bacterial protection.

2) Help Releases Stress

If your profession requires you to be on your feet, most of the day, then a pedicure can be exactly what you need. All men would agree that stress is the biggest enemy and given your frenetic schedules, it’s not a bad idea to take an hour out of your daily routine for a pedicure. After all, sitting and relaxing while a professional is working on your feet can be bliss. This will also help in distracting and taking your mind off issues that you had deal with all day, another reason to go for pedicure.

3) Removes Foot Odour

No one likes a stinky foot! Pedicures are the best way to remove dead skin, dirt and bacteria from the feet completely. This makes more sense in the rainy season when feet need extra care and protection. Your feet also need exfoliation to remove the bacterial infection, which you can’t get rid off in normal washes and can only be achieved vis-a-vis pedicure.

4) Prevents Ingrown Toenails

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Men, often, don’t pay much attention when you cut your toenails. This can lead to cutting nails too short or leaving miniscule pieces at the edges – both of which lead to ingrown toenails. A professional pedicure will ensure that your nails are taken care of and are also cut to the correct length. When a calf or foot massage is assisted with a pedicure, it also benefits in improving blood flow in the region while reducing the pain, if any!

5) Makes You Look Good

Let’s face it, women are attracted to men who take pride in how they look. No need to go over-the-top, but trimmed, clean and buffed nails is way to go and a great attribute to any guy. If you’ve ever got a pedicure done, you’ll understand what we actually mean, and a good way to change this condition is to actually go and get it done.


Posted by on August 16, 2017 in music


“Brazilian Mambo” 

“Brazilian Mambo” 

“Rum & Coca Cola – Brazliian Mambo & Cha Cha (Ronaldo Evangelista, Veneno Sound system) by Sofrito on Mixcloud

Mambo is not a Brazilian rhythm. Brazilian people don’t speak spanish. Afrocuban percussion is different from the traditional macumba and samba ones in Brazil, but in common they have the same roots. Through these roots, the language comes naturally to the bamba percussionists in Brazil’s hills. If the whole world was going with the mambo craze in the 50s and learning its rhythm lessons for its own lexicons, surely in Brazil it couldn’t be different. Perez Prado was a star, Mongo Santamaria was recording brazilian tunes in New York, every fancy orchestra in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo had a few cha cha chas in its repertoire, often the dancers’ favorites. Through early ten inches and rare 45s, the occasional vocal star, orchestras and small combo LPs, versions and originals, we get a glimpse of the smoky, velvet-y, red-lighted, mirror-adorned brazilian clubs with hot live music and an elegantly dressed dancing audience. Eighteen unfairly forgotten jewels, tropical Brazil. Download hereYou can check the Veneno Soundsystem on facebook here and on Mixcloud here


MAMBO: The fusion of Swing and Cuban music produced this fascinating rhythm and in turn created a new sensational dance. The Mambo could not have been conceived earlier since up until that time Cuba and the American Jazz were still not wedded. The Victor records of Anselmo Sacaras entitled “Mambo” in 1944 were probably the beginning and since then other Latin American bandleaders such as Tito Rodriguez, Pupil Campo, Tito Puente, Perez Prado, Machito and Xavier Cugat have achieved styling of their own and furthered the Mambo craze. The Mambo was originally played as any Rumba with a riff ending. It may be described as a riff or a Rumba with emphasis on the fourth beat 4/4′ time. Originally played by some musicians in 2/4 time with a break or emphasis on 2 and 4. Native Cubans or dancers, without any training would on any beat.


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Posted by on August 15, 2017 in latin music, music, other



 “Vintage Brazil Touch – Best Of Vintage Brazilian Songs” JM7M

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Posted by on August 15, 2017 in music


“Ray Charles – I Got A Woman” 

“Ray Charles – I Got A Woman” 

I Got a Woman” (originally titled “I’ve Got a Woman“) is a song co-written and recorded by American R&B and soul musician Ray CharlesAtlantic Records released the song as a single in December 1954, with “Come Back Baby” as the B-side. Both songs later appeared on the 1957 album Ray Charles(subsequently reissued as Hallelujah I Love Her So).

The song was recorded in late 1954 in the Atlanta studios of Georgia Tech radio station WGST. It was a hit—Charles’ first—climbing quickly to #1 R&B in January 1955.[3] Charles told the Pop Chronicles that he performed this song for about a year before he recorded it on November 18, 1954.[4]The song would lead to more hits for Charles during this period when he was with Atlantic. It was later ranked No. 239 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, one of Charles’ five songs on the list.[5] A re-recorded version by Ray Charles, entitled “I Gotta Woman” (ABC-Paramount10649) reached No. 79 on the Billboardpop chart in 1965.[6]


Posted by on August 14, 2017 in 1950s, 1960s, blues, classic music, music


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“WHITE LICORICE  coffee@home” 

“WHITE LICORICE  coffee@home” 

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1 illy espresso shot

1 oz (30 g) white chocolate, cut into small pieces or slivers
1 tsp (5 grams) black licorice, chopped into very small pieces
1 tsp (5 ml) liquid sugar


Heat a small glass by filling it with hot water from your espresso machine and letting it sit while you prepare the other ingredients.

Chop the white chocolate and licorice into very small pieces or slivers.

Empty the glass and dry it, then add the white chocolate and licorice. The residual heat form the glass will begin to melt them.

Have two small pour pitchers ready, and add a small amount of crushed ice and the liquid sugar to one pitcher.

Prepare a long espresso into a cup and split it into the two small pitchers.

Using a hand mixer, blend the ice, espresso and liquid sugar until a soft foam is created.

Pour the plain espresso into the glass over the white chocolate/licorice mix, which should be melted by now.

Top with the coffee foam and serve with a small spoon.

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Posted by on August 12, 2017 in music



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