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Singer Willie Nelson to release tribute album to Frank Sinatra

by the El Reportero‘s news services

American Willie Nelson, an icon of country music, will release a tribute album to the legendary singer Frank Sinatra on September 14, titled My Way and recorded by Legacy Recordings, according to specialized media.

My Way brings together classic songs from the American song book popularized by Sinatra throughout his career, enriched by the peculiar way of Nelson’s singing and string and brass arrangements under the production of the experienced Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings.

The 80-year-old singer and composer of country music plays in My Way classics such as Summer Wind, Fly Me To The Moon, I’ll Be Around, What Is This Thing Called Love, It Was A Very Good Year, and the one that gives title to the album, considered one of the greatest successes of Sinatra’s career.

Nelson and Sinatra were friends who shared the stage, and on more than one occasion made public their admiration for each other’s work, says a note published by Legacy Recordings on its official website.

This is the second production released by Nelson this year, after Last Man Standing, in circulation since April, and the 12th album recorded by Legacy, a division of Sony Music.

My Way will be released in digital formats, compact disc and vinyl, and is now available for pre-sale on Nelson’s official website: https://willienelson.lnk.to/MyWay.

Hollywood to produce another movie with African characters

Disney company will produce a film called Sadé, which highlights the important role of African characters in that film industry, according to Deadline site.

The movie will be focused on the story of the first African princess -Sadé- and is an Ola Shokunbi and Lindsey Reed Palmer’s original idea, under the direction of Rick Famuyiwa (Confirmation, 2016). It tells the misadventures of a young African woman whose kingdom is threatened by a mysterious evil force.

According to the producers, Sadé is not the first Disney film starred by a black princess, but it will be one of the most attractive because of the description of the landscapes where the events take place (fictional, but in any African locality).

In 2009, Disney studios premiered the animated film Tiana and the Toad, whose main character is a New Orleans waitress who, in the midst of the jazz revolution, dreamed of running her own restaurant, a production that grossed more than 267 million dollars at the box office and got three Oscar nominations.

The company’s decision to go for what will be its first fairy tale set in Africa with black characters follows the great success obtained at the beginning of 2018 by ‘Black Panther,’ the first film starred by an African superhero.

Plácido Domingo and Other Stars Close Lyric Season in Spain

MADRID, Spain – Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo close on July 25 the lyric season that began in 2017 at the Teatro Real of this capital, where he will again be accompanied by other opera stars of the international arena.

The Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho and the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann will perform together with Domingo in that coliseum to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its reopening and the bicentennial of its foundation, the institution reported.

In the first segment of the concert on Wednesday, Kaufmann will include opera arias by French composers Camille Sain, Camille Saint-Saëns, Charles Gounod; in addition to Georges Bizet, Jacques F. Halévy and Jules Massenet, an important author known for his operas of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

During the second half of the recital there will be arias from Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (The Valkyrie); Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The master-singers of Nuremberg); and Lohengrin.

The opera program of July 26 will feature the two best-known operas by Massenet (1842-1912): Manon (1884) and Werther (1992).

The work Thaïs (1894), by Massenet, recently performed by Domingo, after the American lyric soprano Renée Fleming, will also be performed on Thursday.