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AV Expo in Bangalore this time

AV Expo, a show featuring audio and visual equipment, will be held in Bangalore between June 20 and 22.

Tata Infomedia Ltd, the organisers, expect 84 brands to participate. Two earlier shows were held in Mumbai (January '02) and Delhi (December '02).

The organisers describe AV Expo as "India's largest audio video hi-fi exhibition". The venue is Hotel Le Meridien.

Folk songs from Motamma

Karnataka's minister for women and child welfare is releasing a tape on May 14. The tape contains folk songs she learnt from listening to her mother and other women, and which she loves singing. Motamma, who is one of the few women ministers in S M Krishna's cabinet, is well-known as a singer at legislators' cultural events, but this is the first time she is releasing a tape.

News on FM radio

The government is thinking of allowing private FM channels to broadcast news. FM radio has been an exclusive "entertainment" domain, and the government's thinking comes as a surpise to media watchers.

Information and broadcasting minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on May 12 that the government was "open to the idea" but would take a decision after "all aspects" were discussed.

He told the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Delhi that the government would look into all issues before the second round of bidding for FM stations began.

He said a "great radio revolution" was about to happen in India, and the listenership, 29 crore listeners for All India Radio alone, could go up further.

Music showcase and conference

Now in its 7th year, the NEMO Music Showcase and Conference will be held September 4 to 7 in Boston, attracting music industry professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world. The weekend features panels, clinics, workshops, mentor sessions, a trade show, industry parties, and 250 artist showcases in over 20 venues throughout the city. NEMO kicks off with the prestigious Boston Music Awards at the Wang Center on September 4.

You may call the NEMO office at 781/306-0441 or email showcases@nemoboston.com to request a showcase application. For more information, go to: http://www.nemoboston.com/

NEMO showcases over 200 of the hottest major label, indie label, and unsigned new bands and solo artists from all over the world in a wide variety of genres. Creating a unique platform for new talent to perform in front of some of the most influential decision-makers in the music industry (as well as almost 15,000 music-loving fans), NEMO is a celebration of today's best new music. Previous showcasing artists include: Aerosmith, Godsmack, Linkin Park, Staind, Kristin Hersh, De La Soul, Guster, Dope, Splender, Fishbone, Howie Day, The Waifs, Rubyhorse, Kittiel, Melissa Ferrick, Martin Sexton, Tracy Bonham, Reveille, The Exies, Ellis Paul, Must, Ra, and many more.

NEMO organisers say they have secured a fantastic hotel deal for those attending the conference this year at the Swissôtel Boston. The single room and double room rate for NEMO participants is $99/night. You can call 888/737-9477 for the Swissôtel reservations department.

Showcase submissions must be postmarked by May 15, 2003. NEMO is offering early registration discounts for the conference on its website.

Drummer of Passion: Obit of Baba Babatunde Olatunji. Follow the same link for an obit of Mokoena Seakoeng, master of the Mbaqanga guitar

Published on 14 May 2003




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