Just a few months ago, The Soul Rebels graced the New Orleans Jazz Festival with a monster performance. The hometown show was so much fun that the band decided to share some top-notch pro-shot footage from the event.The video of choice is a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Heartbreak Hotel,” which comes on the heels of a very exciting time for the band. The group recently shot an opening scene with Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith for Universal Picture’s major film GIRL TRIP to be released in July 2017, and they were also recently featured in TMZ with Kourtney Kardashian.Check out “Heartbreak Hotel,” streaming below.The Soul Rebels are now preparing for their upcoming West Coast tour with Talib Kweli, and are working on new music in the studio.
Tags: Clemson, covid adjustments, Notre Dame Marching Band Monday evening, in a closed stadium rehearsal, the full Notre Dame marching band took the field to prepare videos of some of their musical selections. The band recorded a program for a pregame and halftime show, which will hopefully be shown in-stadium when the Irish take on the Clemson Tigers on Saturday.“It was actually the first rehearsal we’ve had where the entire, whole 400-person band has been together,” senior Kilian Vidourek, president of the band, said. Until that point, he said, the band had been split up into Blue and Gold sections that practiced on alternating days.“Not every band is even performing like this. So the fact that we were even able to get at least one show on the field in some capacity is pretty remarkable,” Vidourek said. “It was always just to give us this one last thing to come together. That’s all we’ve wanted all year, is to be on the field and play.”Vidourek said the band will also be marching from the Golden Dome to Notre Dame Stadium before the game Saturday, another tradition they have been unable to uphold because of COVID-19. In addition, he said, they will be performing for College Game Day in the stadium Saturday morning.Vidourek said he was glad the band was able to have the experience of practicing together ahead of this. “It was really cool to have everybody there, like back in the good old days,” he said. “A lot of our seniors got emotional towards the end.”When asked what the biggest struggle has been for the program this year, Vidourek said the morale of the group.“Usually band is this super, almost weirdly tight knit group of sections and traditions and events. We’re always hanging out with each other,” Vidourek said. “There’s not as many social events outside of band. We’re all taking every necessary step to be safe.”This, Vidourek said, is why he was especially glad the band was able to practice together. “It’s nice that we have this game and have that rehearsal to channel our energy and effort into,” he said.Vidourek said the band has also been trying to keep up their section and pregame traditions as best they can. One such tradition involves section rivalries that are usually played out at South Dining Hall with competitions. “We still do a very watered down version over Zoom,” Vidourek said. “We’re finding creative ways to make it all happen.”This is also the band’s 175th anniversary, which is cause for celebration with the program. “The kids in band 175 are the most tenacious and strongest and most devoted,” Vidourek said. “I think that they’re just happy to play their instrument and play the Fight Song, and be with each other and be in the band, to be one of the only bands that are doing it, and doing it correctly. So many other bands are probably jealous that we get to come together.”The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially hard on the seniors, he said.“My favorite band memories are the worst football games,” Vidourek said. “There’s something really humbling about going in somewhere, being with the band and taking a loss, and recognizing who you are in the face of losses. It’s so easy to win, but it’s really hard to lose. … It’s a wakeup call to realize it’s not about the victory. It’s not about playing the victory clog, saying you won the game. It’s about the band coming together and knowing that there’s more tomorrow to do.”Vidourek said this season has been like this realization about losses.“This year has been my favorite year in band,” he said. “You have to put in so much more to get the same experience out of it, and it’s been so rewarding to refigure out how to be a band member.”He said that the game Saturday is the perfect way to end the season. “I think this game is a giant culmination of all that hard work,” Vidourek said. “If we pull off this win, and the band can be super loud and get in their faces with all this great music, then I’ll cry.”
…calls for replacement MP to be identifiedSpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, on Thursday officially declared a seat vacant in the benches of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), subsequent to the resignation of Member of Parliament, Charles Ramson Jr.According to Dr Scotland, with Ramson’s resignation, a seat in the opposition benches has now to be filled by a person whose name is to be extracted from the list that Ramson represented.The young attorney tendered his resignation on September 30 last, and at the time had signalled his intention to pursue a Masters in Oil and Gas at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom.In his letter to the National Assembly, Ramson Jr had explained that his course of action was so that he could pursue a Masters in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management given that Guyana was moving in the direction of becoming an oil and gas-producing nation.Ramson Jr is the second member of the Opposition to resign since being sworn in as a Member of the 11th Parliament following the May 2015 General and Regional Elections, where the PPP/C suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC).Dr Clive Jagan had earlier this year tendered his resignation due to illness.Dr Scotland in announcing Ramson Jr’s vacant seat in the House, called on the representative of the list of Candidates for the PPP/C, to extract from the list the name of the person to become its newest Member of Parliament.Guyana Times has been told that the party is still to make a decision on who will be replacing Ramson Jr.Ramson Jr in his resignation had said: “It is absolutely critical for our national development that we have Guyanese who are technically trained in the oil and gas sector. This is particularly important for us as a nation in this preparatory phase as we frame the relevant policy, law and vision if we are to avoid the often cited ‘resource curs’ commonly associated with oil and gas producing nations”.Ramson was recently awarded a full scholarship from Chevening, a prestigious scholarship competitively awarded on a global scale funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.He had also expressed disappointment over two pertinent issues which prevailed during his time in Parliament, namely: the lack of youth representation at the parliamentary and cabinet levels, and the fact there needs to be a stronger commitment for national unity.It is expected that the PPP/C will be looking to have a new Member of Parliament sworn in ahead of the presentation of the 2017 Budget which is slated for December.
SharesOlympic sprinter Usain Bolt scored twice in his first start for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners. © AFP / PETER PARKSSYDNEY, Australia, Oct 15 – Sprint legend Usain Bolt says he’s stunned after being handed a drug testing notice despite retiring from athletics and having no professional contract as he bids to launch a football career in Australia.The 100m world record-holder quit athletics last year and is yet to be offered a deal by Australia’s Central Coast Mariners, where he is currently on trial. “So guys I’ve retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this,” Bolt said Monday via an Instagram video as he zoomed in on the notice.The demand for the out of competition test — to collect urine and blood — appears to have been issued by Football Federation Australia.“How am I going to get a drug test today? I’m not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously,” said Bolt.“So I asked the lady, ‘Why am I getting drug tested when I haven’t signed for a club yet?’ and she said they told her I’m an elite athlete so I have to get tested. Okay then.”Despite his displeasure, it appears the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority guidelines mean he is eligible to be tested.Their legislation defines an athlete as a “person who competes in sport” if “the sport has an anti-doping policy”.The eight-time Olympic champion, who dominated sprinting after taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, is now bidding to become a professional footballer.He made his case on Friday by scoring two goals for the Mariners in a pre-season friendly.The superstar, a massive Manchester United fan, has been handed a chance to train with the A-League side for an indefinite period in order to pursue his dream.Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)