Thursday, 28 April 2022

ISLAND RECORDS COLLABORATES WITH UKRANIAN ARTIST ALEXEY KONDAKOV ON CHARITY NFT CAMPAIGN

Ukrainian artist, Alexey Kondakov, is auctioning a collection of five digital artwork NFTs via Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers, London between 2nd and 12th May. 100% of the auction proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization that is providing fresh, nourishing meals to people in Ukraine and those displaced in neighbouring countries. WCK is focused on providing meals for as many people as possible at border crossings, shelters, and other locations along the journey by working with local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks. One of the organisation's restaurant partners, Yaposhka, was recently destroyed when a missile hit Kharkiv, injuring four of the restaurant

Following the auction, underlying NFT technology will be used to ensure that a portion of all secondary sales revenue also goes to World Central Kitchen, creating a perpetual donation route to char

The "Reverberate Ukraine" collection is composed of beautiful yet sobering reflections of life before the war and the current escalating situation in Kondakov's home city, Kyiv, which has been under Russian invasion since the 24th February 2022. Much like the artist's previous works, each artwork tells a surreal, powerful story and contrasts classical paintings with everyday life as captured on his mobile phone.

"Reverberate Ukraine is me showing the world what it's like living in a war. It's the only thing I can do right now, living in Kyiv. I hope people can support by sharing these works." describes Alexey.

"We knew nothing about war until it came to our house.There is no war if it does not touch you. We know about WWI and WWII but we fail to truly recognise other wars around the world. If we don't see war we are in peace. Is humanity civilized enough to not start wars? I'm not sure. But I think humanity has the ability to end wars, by sharing love and support. This is the only path to peace. Love can heal. Care and support can melt the coldest of hearts."

The project, conceived by Island Records UK following a collaboration between the label and Kondakov in 2019, is supported by Bonhams, World Central Kitchen and The Giving Block.

Alongside the auction, 1,000 limited edition prints of 'Peaceful evening in Kyiv' will be sold via www.reverberateukraine.io for £100 each, with 100% proceeds donated to World Central Kitchen's Chefs for Ukraine. Once the limited editions are sold out, a blue 'open edition' of the artwork will become available, from which all net proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen, echoing the ongoing charitable donation route enabled through the NFTs.

For more information go to www.reverberateukraine.io

Bonhams have waived fees and commission to ensure this project can deliver 100% of primary sale proceeds to charity.

Artworks to be sold include:

'You Can't Even Imagine It'
Це важко уявити
Features Lord Frederic Leighton "Electra at the Tomb of Agamemnon" 1869

"This artwork is about understanding and feeling war in your home. It's hard to imagine it. No one wants to think about it, everyone thinks that they have a lucky ticket in life. And it's easy to stay away if you don't know what war is and you just get tired of seeing the news.

Unfortunately, only those who have seen the war can truly understand."

 Photograph was taken near Lukyanivska metro station, which is near the center of Kyiv.

A Russian missile hit the civilian house early morning on March 15."

'Behind 3 Walls'
За трома стінами
Features Jules Frédéric Adolphe Loewe-Marchand "Myrrha" 1892

"The guide for how to stay alive during bombing states that there should be at least 3 walls between the outer wall of the building and the windows, preferably near a lift shaft or stairs which are less likely to be destroyed after bombing. In this case people sleep in common corridors of high-rise buildings because outside their flats there are no bomb shelters nearby.

 Photo taken at my parents' home, we had to move there and sleep on air mattresses outside the flat. Only in this case we have 3 walls to save us from missile attacks nearby"

 'Panic'
Паніка
Features Guillaume Seignac "Belgium, France and England before the German invasion" 1914

"Since the beginning of the war, the shelves in supermarkets began to empty. Each day is like a survival game, you wake up and plan to get something that can be stored for a long time: yeast to be able to bake bread by yourself, milk for you kids, medicines for diabetics. What will you be missing tomorrow or the day after? Are you ready to be helpless? Are you really prepared for the siege of your city?

Photograph was taken nearby at Silpo supermarket, luckily not all the shelves were empty. People are doing everything to try and avoid a full-scale humanitarian crisis".

'Sleepless nights in Chernihiv'
Безсонна ніч у Чернігові
Features Lord Frederick Leighton "Lachrymae" 1894 -1895

"Air raid alerts go off several times during the night, so people have to wake up and run to the shelter. That is the pressure that Ukrainians face each day and night. War exhausts us. The idea of being killed at any moment sucks all the energy from people, this is a new weight we carry with us every day.

Photograph taken on random yard of Chernihiv streets. I visited it for the first time 3 days before the war started. Now this part of the city is nearly destroyed by Russian forces".

'Peaceful evening in Kyiv'
Мирний вечір у Києві
Features Herbert James Draper "Lamia" 1909

"Each day and each moment there is a dream inside all Ukrainians: 'what if war ends in one moment, right now or very soon? What a great life it would be! A different life, a life that we all did not have before. We will not waste a single moment of this peaceful life!"

Photograph taken during a visit to a friend's place in the center of Kyiv, autumn 2021".

ISLAND RECORDS COLLABORATES WITH UKRANIAN ARTIST ALEXEY KONDAKOV ON CHARITY NFT CAMPAIGN

About Alexey Kondakov:

Kyiv-based artist Alexey Kondakov uses surrealistic documentary photography to superimpose figures from classical artwork into everyday scenes of modern life. He is renowned for his collage series in which Kyiv, Ukraine served as the backdrop for characters from old world masterpieces. The artist merges the past and the present, showing with a deft eye how classical figures fit seamlessly into contemporary situations that, in themselves, are timeless. His work has been featured by Hypebeast, CNN, It's Nice That and the Independent amongst others.

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About World Central Kitchen's and WCK's Chefs for Ukraine Response:

World Central Kitchen is a non-profit organisation that provides fresh meals in response to crises while working to build resilient food systems with locally led solutions.

WCK began serving hot meals within hours of the initial invasion of Ukraine, and quickly set up at the eight border crossings with Poland. WCK's Chefs for Ukraine response has grown rapidly, and is distributing nourishing food and fresh meals across the region, including Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain. In addition to WCK's field kitchen, WCK is working with local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks to provide fresh and comforting meals at border crossings, shelters, and other locations along their journey. In addition to hot meals, WCK is distributing bulk food product including produce and dry goods to restaurant partners in Ukraine to supplement the strained food supply chain.

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About Island Records UK:

Over 60 years on from its birth in Jamaica, Island Records, founded by Chris Blackwell,  remains one of the most revered and respected labels in the world. The Island label has been responsible for the careers of some of the biggest stars in music including U2, Bob Marley, Grace Jones, Cat Stevens, Traffic, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Toots & The Maytals, Marianne Faithfull, Aswad, Tom Waits, King Sunny Ade, Robert Palmer, Sly & Robbie, PJ Harvey, The Slits, Tom Tom Club, Pulp, Tricky and Talvin Singh. More recently Island has continued to shape culture with artists including Amy Winehouse, DJ Shadow, Keane, Mumford & Sons, Paul Weller, Hozier, Florence + The Machine, Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sean Paul, Disclosure, Ray Blk, The Specials, The Streets, Billy Porter, M Huncho, Unknown T, Dermot Kennedy, Arrdee, Yard Act,  Sigrid, and Giggs.

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About Bonhams:

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and luxury. It operates globally from flagship salerooms in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Hong Kong, with additional sales in Edinburgh and Sydney and has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries. Through its recent acquisition of Bukowskis in Stockholm, Skinner in Boston, US and Bruun Rasmussen in Copenhagen Bonhams also has a presence in those regions. This year Bonhams will hold more than 400 specialist sales across 53 different categories.

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About The Giving Block

The Giving Block is an industry leading crypto donation solution, which provides an ecosystem for nonprofits and charities to fundraise Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, be found by crypto donors, receive funds instantly, and become part of a network of crypto media partners to support their missions. Now supporting over 1400 nonprofits internationally, The Giving Block is enabling crypto holders to maximize their social impact and show that crypto is a force for good. This year The Giving Block plans to process over $500 million in cryptocurrency donations and has joined the Shift4 family of companies to help bring crypto giving mainstream. 

"Reverberate Ukraine" by Ukrainian and Kyiv-based artist Alexey Kondakov to be auctioned via Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers, London on May 2nd with perpetual donation to World Central Kitchen's Chefs for Ukraine response providing nourishing food and fresh meals across the region.

For more information go to  www.reverberateukraine.io

Saturday, 23 April 2022

Sean Paul releases new single “No Fear" + special performance at The Novo in Los Angeles in May

Multi-award-winning international superstar Sean Paul releases new single “No Fear,” featuring legendary artists Nicky Jam and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. The song marks his latest release from his forthcoming eighth full-length album, Scorcha, out May 27 via Island Records. In celebration of Scorcha’s release, Sean will host a special performance at The Novo in Los Angeles on May 27th.
 
In his familiar infectious sound, Sean Paul delivers another anthem. “No Fear” is an uninhibited track about embracing everything life throws at you. With a power-packed verse from Damian Marley and catchy reggaeton chorus from Nicky Jam, it’s the perfect track to usher in warm weather and good times!

No Fear,” follows on the heels of smash singles “How We Do It” ft. Pia Mia and “Dynamite” ft. Sia which each caught fire right out of the gate.

Sean also announced 2022 U.S. Scorcha headline tour dates and will hit the road with Pitbull on his 2022 North American Tour. Returning to the stage following two years since touring due to the pandemic, he is eager and excited to reconnect with his fans live and in person. See full tour routing below. Fans can purchase tickets HERE.

Throughout his career, Sean Paul has carved a home for himself while championing dancehall, as being an artist with a unique sound, look and passion. His ability to show the power and unity in music through various collaborations, across many genres has catapulted his career over the years on various charts, awards and with an enormous fanbase. Effectively Sean has brought that same concept back to his own genre and collaborated with some of his colleagues in reggae and dancehall, highlighting that together we can also make great music. Most recently, Sean earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Reggae Album for his 7th studio album Live N Livin, which was released in 2021.
Sean Paul releases new single “No Fear"

Listen to “No FearHERE

Pre-order/pre-save Scorcha HERE.

Special performance at The Novo in Los Angeles on May 27th. Tickets available HERE

Sean Paul U.S. Dates:

04/22/22 Boston Massachusetts – House of Blues (Boston)

04/23/22 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

04/25/22 Brooklyn New York – Elsewhere

04/26/22 Brooklyn New York – Elsewhere

05/14/22 Las Vegas NV – Lovers & Friends

05/15/22 Las Vegas NV – Lovers & Friends

05/27/22 Los Angeles California – The Novo

05/29/22 Monterey California – Monterey Fairgrounds

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PRE-ORDER/PRE-SAVE  NEW ALBUM SCORCHA May 27th  HERE

 Sean Paul Socials:

About Sean Paul