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NOOA Shares Our Loneliness With “Wanderer”

Founded by Salmi, Mikko Patama, Petri Kytö and Ranieri Scoccia, Finnish–Italian electronic pop band NOOA’s music combines skillful sound design with clever pop melodies and straight-forward, bold lyrics. The chaotic sounds of Rome meeting the relative tranquility of Helsinki. Salmi’s lyrics meditate on different sides of the human condition and our relationship with the here and now, the past and the future.

“’Wanderer’ talks about being an outsider, a feeling we all share to some extent, and this idea of always having to be more or have more in order to belong or to be accepted,” the singer/lyricist Noora Salmi says.

This tracked launched October 9, and band promises to release more music soon.

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All-Women Afro-Brazilian Ensemble Batalá Washington DC Has Rhythm and Purpose

“We like for our audience to be empowered by the beats of the drums and the energy transmitted by the women in the group”

Batalá Washington DC discuss their impact, favorite songs to perform, and how being a part of the DMV creative scene influences the collective’s approach.
Within an industry that is historically dominated by men, all-women Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble Batalá Washington DC is here to show us what they are made of. Launched in 2007 as the newest branch of the Batalá band and the first-ever in the United States, Batalá Washington, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, brings its powerful, invigorating sounds to the nation’s capital and across the globe as a means of empowering women to be change agents in their respective communities.

Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross as she connects with Marly Perez, board president and musical conductor of Batalá Washington DC, to discuss the collective’s impact over the years,

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