President Obama Coming To Rock Cuba and who else could rock it? Francesco Yates

One day I was just hanging out backstage at a fashion show, as one does, and Canadian model Paul Mason  (currently chilling on beach of Rio), said to me you need to talk to Francesco Yates and so I did. Francesco, can play anywhere in the world and they will love him. President Obama just rocked SXSW and it is there I was talking to few people about Francesco and endless possibilities for collaborating with musicians of Cuba as that was next big trip for Obama and it was going to open the door for new adventures for the people of Cuba.

Francesco is a great musician, pure,to whom at times the melody pops into his head and then he works out the lyrics, and that is Cuba. In Cuba you first move to the music and then words come into play. The potential for collaborating with local artists is enormous. Not to mention Francesco has the hair for Cuba. Check out his music and follow him.  USA given up hating on Cuba, and Cuba is feeling the love and dancing to the tune of ‘Better To Be Loved‘.

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First Lady Michelle Obama ” You gotta love people … No I am not gonna run for President” SXSW

Wanna hear Michelle Obama sing? Check it out, lady can sing

The first lady made her debut at the Austin showcase of buzzworthy bands and technology on Wednesday, sitting with Grammy winners Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott to talk about girls’ education and empowerment.

Mrs. Obama says she’ll most miss interacting with people as first lady — but says she has no presidential aspirations of her own.

“No, no. Not going to do it,” she told the packed convention center crowd in liberal Austin.
She mentioned her teenage daughters, Malia and Sasha, as two of the main reasons.

“The daughters of a president. Just think about it. Come on, young people. Not so easy,” Mrs. Obama said. “They’ve handled it with grace and with poise, but enough. Enough.”

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Si The Aussie Singer Was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live but never came to the studio SXSW

Few days ago I blogged about a young Pakistani girl Momina Mustehsan who did a track for a Bollywood Film and a duet not having to step into a studio or meet anyone just over Skype.  Using technology and combining it with mainstream media is where we are headed and what will change the format for concerts, live television shows.  Such was the case last night

Sia was the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live overnight without having to step foot in the ABC studios.

The Aussie singer and songwriter’s performance at Samsung’s Galaxy Life Fest from SXSW was pumped into the programming for Kimmel’s late night talk show.  You see where we headed with technology.

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Michelle Obama,Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah talk about ‘finding one’s passion’ and Canadian Sarah Fisher making a powerful film right now about passion SXSW

First Lady Michelle Obama will grace the SXSW stage tomorrow (March 16) for her keynote panel with a star-studded squad, including rapper Missy Elliott, songwriter phenom Diane Warren, and actress Sophia Bush, as well as moderator, the multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah.

The women will pool their life experiences together and engage in a dialogue on finding one’s passion, music, and the importance of girls’ education everywhere.  As they speak and it will be Live Streaming, Canadian actress, singer, songwriter Sarah Fisher is on the set in Canada making a powerful film “Kiss and Cry “ and a real life story that about a girl who finds her passion, acts on it, and fights to the very end of her last breath the story of Carley Elle Allison.

Sarah Fisher is a girl who believes in all things good, and she will relate to everything that Missy Elliott, Diane Warren, Sophia Bush, Queen Latifah and Michelle Obama have to say at SXSW.  Sarah, when not recording, or making a film, is all about empowering girls, caring about education, poverty, and the wild life of this planet.  When I reached out to Sarah to see what she was doing in her words this was the answer.

“Filming right now! Kiss and Cry movie! Honouring the beautiful Carley Elle Allison, 17 year old girl diagnosed as 1 in 3 and a half billion (second in the world) love story like no other! … Lots of Canadian stars and has all of Canada backing up and supporting this amazing girl and unbelievable life changing story! Her motto “always smile” . – Sarah Fisher

Let Girls Learn is a government initiative led by President Obama and The First Lady to help all the 62 million girls who can not get to school.

Carley who was a figure skater, singer, songwriter, while fighting her cancer never gave up on school.  While she had to delay going to Queen University for a year , she finally did make it, but her time there was cut short as the cancer spread. Not once did she lose faith that she would ditch the disease that was ravaging her lungs and arm.

While Carley is no longer with us, her voice that cancer tried to take away is with us still. At SXSW it is about film, music, and so this story of Sarah Fisher making this film about a girl to whom getting to University was so important is an amazing story. This story should inspire all those girls who want to help getting other girls to school, and I am thrilled that Sarah is making this film and that she is playing Carley which is perfectly cast, because Sarah has the same spirit of Carley. I am warning you now you may get tears watching this video. Make sure to catch the the live-stream of the keynote from SXSW and please help support the Carley’s Angels.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Comes To Speak at SXSW and Canadian Singer Alessia Cara Got A Message for the 62 Million Girls

It’s SXSW Music starting today and tomorrow we have a keynote from First Lady Michelle Obama, and she is joined on the panel by Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Diane Warren, Grammy winner Missy Elliott, Grammy winner Queen Latifah, and actress and activist Sophia Bush for a discussion about finding one’s passion and acting on it. Live Streaming.

How could I not represent and share with all those at SXSW Music, and the world talent from my hometown Toronto.  So to the 62 million girls, who have dreams and hopes, let me introduce you to Alessia Cara. Now according to Spotify the most viral song of 2015 was ‘Here’, by Alessia Cara. So to everyone out there Alessia is another example of how magic can happen dreams can come true, and what you will hear Michelle Obama talk about is letting girls learn, giving them the opportunity and the tools.

Imagine you are a girl you have a song out there and then Taylor Swift calls you up and ask’s you to sing in front of fifty-five thousand people, yes unreal, but true.

So let’s give Alessia a big shout-out follow her on her social media, and let’s get all the girls into the digital world so they too can explore, learn, exchange ideas, invent, with people in some far away place.

“Alessia Cara’s new album is great, been listening to it all the time.” – James Rush British Filmmaker

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