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Fanta Damba

Fanta Damba is a Malian djelimuso known to her fans as La Grande Vedette Malienne. Damba was a successful Mali musician born into the Jeli family, who are called Griots, she began singing as a child while being surrounded by a family full of musicians. Damba began recording in her early twenties with Radio Mali. Fanta was one of Mali's most famous women from 1960-1970. In 1975, she became the first djelimuso to tour Europe solo and was known for performing at the Mali national ensemble performance of the African Festival of Arts and Culture held in Lagos in 1977, she was rewarded for her talent by being named as a Ngara, which recognizes one as being a master musician. Many musicians aspire to be a Ngara, but few held the title. In order for a Griot to be recognized as a Ngara, one must be considered to possess great courage, are skilled, experienced and are a successful musician over the age of forty, it is considered a gift. A Ngara usually has a strong middle tone voice that can control the crowd with emotions.

Mali women such as Fanta were known for their praise singing and did not play a variety of instruments unlike the men. She inspired other famous Mali musicians such as Yousou NDour, who went to visit Fanta and was so taken away by her music that he was inspired to write the song Wareff in relevance to Fanta's song Djadjiri. Female Mali musicians received more attention and gifts such as cars, houses and gold than male Mali musicians, they were represented through the media, concerts and were perceived as the stars. Fanta retired as a performer in 1985. Première anthologie de la Musique malienne, volume 6. La tradition épique, Bärenreiter-Musicaphon - LP La grande vedette malienne, Songhoï Records - LP avec Batourou Sekou Kouyaté Hamet, Songhoï Records - LP avec Batourou Sekou Kouyaté Ousmane Camara, Songhoï Records - LP avec Batourou Sekou Kouyaté Sékou Semega, Songhoï Records - LP avec Batourou Sekou Kouyaté Bahamadou Simogo, Celluloid - LP Fanta Damba, Sonodisc - LP Fanta Damba, Sako Production - LP Fanta Damba, Sako Production - LP Fanta Damba, Disques Esperance - LP Fanta Damba du Mali Vol. 1, Bolibana - CD Fanta Damba du Mali Vol. 2, Bolibana - CD Fanta Damba du Mali Vol. 3, Bolibana - CD

Ferdinand Ries

Ferdinand Ries was a German composer. Ries was a friend and secretary of Ludwig van Beethoven, he composed eight symphonies, a violin concerto, eight piano concertos, three operas, numerous other works in many genres, including 26 string quartets. In 1838 he published a collection of reminiscences of his teacher Beethoven, co-written with Franz Wegeler; the symphonies, some chamber works —most of them with piano— his violin concerto and his piano concertos have been recorded, demonstrating a style which is, unsurprising due to his connection to Beethoven, somewhere between those of the Classical and early Romantic eras. Ries was born into a musical family of Bonn, his grandfather, Johann Ries, was appointed court trumpeter to the Elector of Cologne at Bonn. Ries was the eldest son of the violinist and Archbishopric Music Director Franz Anton Ries and the brother of violinist and composer Hubert Ries and violinist Joseph Ries, he received piano lessons from his father and was instructed by Bernhard Romberg, who belonged to the Bonn Hofkapelle as a cellist.

At the end of 1798 he went for further training in Arnsberg to meet an organist friend of his father. There he worked hard as a music copyist; the French dissolved the Electoral court of Bonn and disbanded its orchestra, but in the early months of 1803 the penniless Ries managed to reach Vienna, with a letter of introduction written by the Munich-based composer Carl Cannabich on 29 December 1802. Ries was the pupil of Ludwig van Beethoven, who had received some early instruction at Bonn from Ries's father, Franz Ries. Together with Carl Czerny, Ries was the only pupil. Beethoven took great care of the young man, teaching him piano, sending him to Albrechtsberger for harmony and composition and securing for him positions as piano tutor in aristocratic households in Baden and Silesia. Ries was soon Beethoven's secretary: he had correspondence with publishers, copied notes, completed errands and provided Beethoven the beautiful apartment in the Pasqualati House where the composer lived for several years.

Ries made his public debut as a pianist in July 1804, playing Beethoven's C minor concerto, Op. 37, with his own cadenza, which he was allowed to write. Ries received glowing reviews of his performance. Ries spent the summers of 1804 with Beethoven in Baden bei Wien, as well as in Döbling. Ries' work as a secretary and a copyist won Beethoven's confidence in negotiations with publishers and he became a fast friend. One of the most famous stories told about Ries is connected with the first rehearsal of the Eroica Symphony, when Ries, during the performance, mistakenly believed that the horn player had come in too early and said so aloud, infuriating Beethoven. Ries feared conscription in the occupying French army and so he fled Vienna in September 1805, he stayed in Bonn for a year with his family, this is where he wrote his first piano concerto in C major, now known as Concerto no. 6 for piano and orchestra. While Ries was living in Bonn, his two piano sonatas, op. 1, dedicated to Beethoven were published by Simrock.

Starting in 1807, Ries spent the next two years in Paris before returning to Vienna. Here Ries expanded his catalogue of works. Ries had great difficulty succeeding in the capital city of the French Army and was at times so discouraged that he wanted to give up the profession of music and seek a position in the civil service. On 27 August 1808, Ries arrived back in Vienna. Ries helped Beethoven with the premieres of the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies and other works for the benefit concert held on 22 December 1808. In July 1809, Ries left Vienna for the second time. Again he took refuge in his paternal home of Bonn and spent the next one and a half years composing a series of larger works: his first Symphony, his second Piano Concerto in C minor and his Violin Concerto in E minor op. 24. In January 1811, Ries left for Russia with the goal of an extended concert trip via Kassel, Copenhagen, Stockholm to St. Petersburg. There, he met his old teacher Bernhard Romberg, he composed two piano concertos for this tour, No. 2 in E flat major, op. 42 and No. 3 in C sharp minor, op.

55. However, in the summer of 1812, with Napoleon advancing on Moscow, Ries left Russia to tour across Europe, arriving in London in April 1813; the composer's next eleven years were spent in England. Johann Peter Salomon, the great friend and patron of Haydn— who had played with Franz Anton Ries in the court orchestra at Bonn—included Ries in his Philharmonic concert series, where a review praised his "romantic wildness". In London too, Ries established himself as a respected piano teacher in the wealthy districts of the city and in 1814 he married Harriet Mangeon, from an opulent family. In 1815 he became a member of the Philharmonic Society and in the same year was elected to be one of its directors. Ries never lost touch with Beethoven and had a role in the London publications of many works of Beethoven after the peace of 1815, including the 1822 commission from the Philharmonic Society that resulted in the Choral Symphony. Ries wrote his own Symphony No. 2 in D minor, inspired by the quality of the Orchestra of the Philharmonic Society.

His compositional work is split in two at this time

James A. Ekin

James Adams Ekin was a Union Army officer in the American Civil War. He achieved fame as a member of the military commission trying the conspirators involved with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Ekin was born August 1819 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to James and Susan Burling Ekin, his mother was a daughter of Colonel Stephen A. Bayard of the Continental Army, he served an apprenticeship as a steamboat builder, which led to his first career as a steamboat builder in Pittsburgh. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Ekin enlisted April 25, 1861 in the 12th Pennsylvania Infantry as a lieutenant and was assigned regimental quartermaster. Ekin mustered out with the regiment on August 5, 1861 at Pennsylvania, he was subsequently promoted captain and assistant quartermaster August 7, 1861 and served in the Quartermaster's Department. Ekin and was promoted to lieutenant colonel February 15, 1864 promoted again to colonel August 2, 1864, he was brevetted in the regular army major, lieutenant colonel and brigadier general, all on March 13, 1865.

In addition to his volunteer ranks, Ekin was made a captain in the regular army March 13, 1863, lieutenant colonel and deputy quartermaster general July 29, 1865. Despite his excellent service in the Army quartermaster department, Ekin is remembered for his participation as a member of the military tribunal that heard the case against eight conspirators in the assassination of President Lincoln. Ekin remained in the U. S. Army following the Civil War with the rank of lieutenant colonel and deputy quartermaster general until February 13, 1882 when he was promoted to colonel, he retired from the Army on August 31, 1883. Ekin served at Pittsburgh, as acting assistant commissary of subsistence in 1861. C. as quartermaster of the cavalry bureau, 1863–1864. C. 1864–1870. Ekin married Diana Craighead Walker and together they had five children: James Adams, Nancy Walker, Mary Elizabeth, Susan Bayard, William Moody. Mary Elizabeth Ekin married Augustus Everett Willson July 23, 1877, who served as the 36th Governor of Kentucky, 1907–1911.

William M. Ekin followed in his father's career and joined the U. S. Army, rising to the rank of captain in the Quartermaster's Department. Ekin died March 27, 1891 in Louisville and was buried in Cave Hill National Cemetery. Eakin is portrayed in the film The Conspirator by actor John Deifer. List of American Civil War brevet generals Eicher, John H. & David J. Eicher. Civil War High Commands, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3 Johnson, Rossiter; the Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans Vol. III, 1904. "James A. Ekin". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2011-04-10

Power and the Passion (song)

"Power and the Passion" is the second single from Midnight Oil's 1982 album 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The song is one of the band's most famous, it was performed on every Midnight Oil tour since the issue of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 as well as at the WaveAid concert. In January 2018, as part of Triple M's "Ozzest 100", the'most Australian' songs of all time, "Power and the Passion" was ranked number 29; the lyrics mention former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam and his dismissal in 1975, as well as the Pine Gap spy base, which remain controversial issues in Australia to this day. The song makes reference to the McDonald's Big Mac and paraphrases Emiliano Zapata with the line "It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." The song includes a drum solo by Rob Hirst. In May 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association, as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations, named "Power and the Passion" as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time, it was the second Midnight Oil song in the list with "Beds Are Burning" declared third behind the Easybeats' "Friday on My Mind" and Daddy Cool's "Eagle Rock".

It was performed by the band at the 2009 Sound Relief concert in Melbourne. On 5 June 2012, the song was released as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band 3; the video for "Power and the Passion" was filmed in 1982 amongst the "Woolloomooloo Mural Project" in Sydney, NSW, Australia. "Power and the Passion" - 4:45 "Power and the Passion" - 4:39 This track was placed on the band's collection 20,000 Watt R. S. L. More the title of the collection Flat Chat was derived from the lyrics of this song. However, this song was not featured on that collection, it was featured on the band's second "greatest hits" two-disc 36-track compilation album in 2012, Essential Oils remastered with the compilation covering Midnight Oil's entire career, starting with their 1978 self-titled album, includes tracks from all their studio albums and EPs. The US 12-inch single release features a little-known specially remixed version, mixed by Francois Kevorkian and Dominic Malta at RPM Sound Studios for the North American market.

This special version, which runs for 6:40, did not appear on the 12-inch single as released elsewhere in the world, including in Australia, whose 12-inch single featured the standard album version which runs for 5:38. The remix features echo effects added to Peter Garrett's vocals and a continuation or reprise of Rob Hirst's drum solo after the nominal ending of the song; the song was not featured on the Scream in Blue live album. Live versions were not available until 2004, when the Best of Both Worlds CD/two-DVD set; the song's drum solo was performed faster. Peter Garrett - lead vocals Peter Gifford - bass, backup vocals Martin Rotsey - guitar Jim Moginie - guitar, keyboards Rob Hirst - drums, percussionwithGary Barnacle, Peter Thoms, Luke Tunney - brass

Ken Stonestreet

Ken Stonestreet nicknamed "Nebo" was an Australian professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s and 1970s. He played for Eastern Suburbs in the New South Wales Rugby League competition. Stonestreet made his first grade debut for Eastern Suburbs against Newtown in 1963 at Henson Park which ended in a 19-0 loss. Stonestreet played with Easts between 1963 and 1966 but his time at the club was not successful as they finished last in 1963, 1965 and 1966. In his final year at Easts, the club went the whole season without winning a single game; as of 2019, Eastern Suburbs are the last team to have gone the whole year without winning a match. Stonestreet joined Western Suburbs in 1967. In 1969, Stonestreet was selected to play for New South Wales and featured in one game against Queensland. Stonestreet's time at Western Suburbs was mixed with the club missing the finals each year and finished last in 1971. Stonestreet retired as a player at the end of 1972 and went on to coach the Western Suburbs Under 23 team for 2 seasons