Muntu Valdo presents The One & The Many
Apr 2011 20

Welcome to the wonderful world of Muntu Valdo, Cameroon’s answer to Phil Collins according to the Financial Times. Now for those who do not know that Good Music Travels Fast, Muntu has been playing the guitar since the age of eight when he picked up a friend’s two string made from plasterboard and fishing wire but has since evolved into a veritable one man band, using loops, delays, and effects in perfect harmony with his voice and harmonica. The videos below demonstrate Muntu’s eclectic talents as he launched his new album “The One & The Many” at an amazing show in Hoxton on Monday night.

Muntu is about to embark on a thirty date UK tour supporting Lady Black Mombazo and you can get your tickets here. Check after the jump to see Muntu playing with a full band live on stage!
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Music Break: G3 2007 – Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert & John Petrucci
Jul 2009 06

The video above is a performance from the 2007 incarnation of Joe Satriani’s G3 tour, where Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and John Petrucci (arguably three of the best modern guitar players in the world) lend their skills to a Jimi Hendrix classic, “Purple Haze”. Check out other performances from the G3 2007 tour, including another Hendrix cover, “Voodoo Chile”. Also check after the jump for the G3 version of the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin Jack Flash”.

My personal highlights from this performance include: the incredible interchange of solos between three guitarists who are obviously enjoying themselves; the section (5mins 30secs) when Paul Gilbert plays a solo using his infamous modified drill; Gilbert then looks on in amazement as Satriani rips a solo by muting the first fret with his picking hand and hammering all the notes without picking a string. Finally, determined not to be outdone Gilbert then lays his guitar on the floor and plays it like it a keyboard (whilst Petrucci bars the upper frets and Satriani plays with the pick ups and volume swells)!

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Music Break: Metallica and the San Franciso Symphony Orchestra
May 2009 28

The above video is of Metallica’s “Call of Kutulu” from their 2007 Symphony & Metallica performances where they played with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Although they have been one of the world’s biggest heavy metal bands for the last twenty-five years this was not the first time that Metallica and the Orchestra had combined forces, in fact this song won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Metallica first worked with acclaimed film composer Michael Kamen in 1991 when he wrote the string arrangements on “Nothing Else Matters” before coming together again in 1999 and 2007 for a series of concerts with the Symphony Orchestra.

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Don’t judge a book by its cover
Mar 2009 05

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It’s always refreshing when stereotypes are contradicted.

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