Here it is! The official Announcement!
For Immediate Release
February 13, 2017
MIRIAM TAMAR’S NEW EP,
DEBUTS AT #4
on ITUNES WORLD MUSIC CHART
INSPIRED BY SINGER/SONGWRITER’S
PEACE EDUCATION WORK AND MUSICAL COLLABORATIONS IN UGANDA,
Leon Mobley (Ben Harper’s Innocent Criminals),
Keith Jones And Michael McGregor
Los Angeles, CA (February 13, 2017) --- Miriam Tamar’s new EP, “Firedance,” landed at #4 on the iTunes world music chart just hours after the collection was released on February 10th. Nestled alongside albums by global superstars the Buena Vista Social Club and the late Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, “Firedance”
tells the story of Tamar’s own artistic and humanitarian metamorphosis during the years she lived and worked in Uganda. The EP assembles driving African percussion atop electronic dance beats to create a musical melting pot with lyrics that are part love song and part rallying cry. The video for “Firedance,” the EP’s title track, debuted on Skope Magazine last Thursday and the EP was selected by TuneCore for their New Music Friday series.
In “Firedance,” global rhythms meld with the dance, electronic, R&B and folk sounds that built the foundation of Tamar’s musical style. Starting at the New England Conservatory of Music as a youth, she later developed her vocal range while simultaneously earning a degree in Peace and Justice Studies at Tufts University in Boston. But it wasn’t until Miriam moved to Uganda for five years – first developing peace education curriculum for post-conflict children to help rebuild their lives and later as a musician - that Miriam found her muse. While in East Africa, Miriam embraced the music and culture of her newfound home, determined to remind people of the vibrant culture beyond our borders when she returned stateside.
Inspired by the work she did and the people she lived with, as well as the instruments of the region, Tamar wrote the songs for “Firedance” in Los Angeles and recorded it with percussionist Leon Mobley (of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals as well as Da Lion and Djembe West African Drummers and Dancers), Keith Jones (nominated alongside Mobley for a Contemporary World Music GRAMMY Award and has worked with Flora Purim, Santana and Bob Marley) and Michael McGregor (who has produced multiple Top 10 hits on Billboard Magazine’s dance charts and is one of Hollywood’s most successful Sound Designers, with over 4000 placements in film and television projects). The EP captures the world’s delicate balance of joy and sorrow, struggle and hope, self-discovery and survival.
Firedance, the EP, is currently available on iTunes.