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Mama Nature Sing-A-Long music video releases on Earthday

Onah Indigo, the joyful troublemaker behind the electronic/accordion-expanding project noaccordion, was plotting a video for her latest release, Love Warrior. The Oakland-based artist knew she wanted to do something uplifting and fun. The answer: Puppets.

“I’d seen the Sustainable Living Road Show at a lot of festivals, and eventually I got to work with them,” Indigo explains. “When I was thinking of concepts for the video, I knew they’d be perfect.” Indigo chose the puppet crew’s handmade puppets, picking out characters that resembled natural creatures and plants. Their personalities inspired “Mama Nature,” a goofy romp with a serious message: Love your Mother, our planet.

The track, with its happy house vibe and light-hearted accordion lines, features one of the puppeteers, Sirraum Nash, a long-time friend and collaborator. His contribution to the original track made the video concept come together.

Putting unexpected pieces together comes naturally to Indigo. A reluctant accordion player, she’s discovered an idiosyncratic approach that puts the instrument center stage, while defying its limitations. Like the push and pull of bellows, this tension generates a quirky blast of energy. Add club beats, underground MCs, freaky variations on deceptively familiar keys, a bit of surrealist wit, and a rebellious fight for greater openness, and you have noaccordion.

Indigo has always pushed herself to understand and master more of the production process. She taught herself beatmaking, she had flirted with video production, and she decided her next skill was green screen. “I wanted to play around with green screen, and the puppets were a good fit for that,” continues Indigo, allowing nature to speak (and sing and play accordion) for itself. Together with her collaborator, Jonathan Youtt, Indigo figured out how to sync the puppets’ performances to the background footage, and how to have some fun. Eagles sing as they fly over mountain ridges. Lettuce and Cabbages chill in the desert. And a charming turtle plays the accordion.

“The video is meant to feel really retro, old school. The technique is akin to what you might see in that 70s vintage Muppet feel,” says Indigo. “We’re using this crude method, but it feels really unexpected. These hand puppets have this motion that nothing else has. I didn’t realize how much I’d like the way these puppets move.”

The innocent, raw feel is very intentional, and a perfect match for the song itself. “It’s a bit childlike. This is the happiest song I’ve written, and it’s even in C Major!” exclaims Indigo. “It’s got a positive, happy message that really works with the visual side we created. It’s light and silly and fun, just like the experience of making it.”

Mama Nature Sing-A-Long Video will officially be released on Earthday, April 22, 2017.

noaccordion will be performing at and screening the Mama Nature Sing-A-Long Video at the PLACE Benefit show in the Bay Area on Saturday, June 10 2017

PLACE is a Berkeley, California based public-serving, experiential learning center that showcases and fosters regenerative design, community resiliency, social justice and artistic expression. PLACE needs donations to bring the building standards up to safety codes which are being aggressively enforced in the East Bay Area due to the Ghost Ship Fire Incident.

Participate here: https://www.youcaring.com/placeforsustainableliving-722110

 

BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE MAMA NATURE VIDEO SHOOT

Onah Indigo from noaccordion and Jonathan Youtt from The Sustainable Living Road Show/The Big Tadoo Puppet Crew joined forces this summer at Puppet Plex in Berkeley, California to film the Green Screen puppet portion for noaccordion’s Mama Nature music video.  Jesse and Sirraum Nash hopped aboard as well to help with puppetry, filming and editing.  Jonathan and Onah co produced the project while Onah and Jesse worked on the editing.  This is a fun, playful video that should appeal to a wide age range.  It packs a loving and potent message so true to our current times and encourages us to respect all mothers especially mother earth.  Mama Nature video will officially release on Earth Day 2017.

 

Noaccordion’s latest LP out now, distributed worldwide

Noaccordion’s LP “Love Warrior” just came out and is available at online stores worldwide.  One of the best ways to support this LP is to purchase the music thru Bandcamp because they take very little commission and most of the money goes directly to the artists.

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Noaccordion’s Latest Collaborators

Introducing noaccordion’s Latest Collaborators

Noaccordion is currently working on 10 new tracks that will be released this Summer 2016.

Past collaborators are being re-featured and new collaborators are joining in.

Welcome first time noaccordion contributors Eenor, Sunru & Delwin G

Welcome back returning collaborators Chatterbox and Mastah Lock

Here’s a bit about each one of them:

EENOR

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Eenor is a many dimensional multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and performer who has been received enthusiastically by audiences all over Europe and America. he’s enjoyed many musical adventures from touring Europe with Plainfield (an infamous S.F.punk band) , to studying with Indian Sarod master Ali Akbar Khan, to rocking the nation with Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade.  You’ve heard his guitar on the soundtrack of comedy central’s Southpark for years.  Eenor also recently toured worldwide for many years with The Yard Dog Road Show… an innovative cabaret cartoon ride through America’s past and future.

Eenors Website

SUNRU

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Sunru has lived 20 yrs in Oakland delivering a pure 333 vocal channel, unique fashion and handmade wearable art.  He is also the co founder of Town Futurist, which creates future forward change using Music, Art, Dance & Media as a vehicle to heighten the senses of the people & the culture. Sunru is currently on Tour on Asia.

Town Futurist Website

 

DELWIN G

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Delwin G is an urban Latin Poet, whose repertoire includes elements of Hip-Hop, R&B, Latin groves and Reggaeton. His innovative music and international appeal respond to today’s multicultural urbanites with a new sound for the global age – one that is true to urban hip-hop and cuts across ages, races and cultures. Delwin G boast an extensive artistic resume and brings something unique to the table.

Delwin G’s sound and performance is as dynamic as his energy, a wild reflection of rhythms, cultures, harmonies and flows. It would be foolish of the industry to sleep on this rare M C, one where all the elements are perceptible yet inseparable.

MASTAH LOCK

 

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Louie Lock is Music. Bringing fluid, body moving rhythms that get people to their feet and onto the dance floor. With meticulous technical metronome timing and the improvisational skills he has earned as a seasoned drummer, hand-percussionist, and mouth-percussionist, (Beat Box) Louie Lock is a walking Drum Machine with marathon stamina and breath control, mids, highs, to lows. He demonstrates devastating delivery and precise, crowd-pleasing powerhouse output. Louie (aka “Mastah Lock” or “BeatZ”) is literally a Living, Beat-Dropping Instrument, bringing syncopated variation to lift spirits in celebration

Mama Crow’s Website

 

CHATTERBOX

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Sirraum Nash aka Chatterbox was born and raised in the South Bay Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area in CA. He developed a knack for writing & composition at a very young age beginning to write words in rhyme and poetry at age 7. At age 13, he began to hone his lyrical improvisation skills. In the early 2000’s he became a founding member of Jazz Funk Hiphop band, Precise Device. Since 2009 he has been an integral member of  Big Tadoo Puppet Crew & The PuppetPlex, based out of Berkeley, CA. He currently uses beat boxing, singing, character voice acting and Emcee skills for environmental activism, food and social justice issues, Self expression & Composition for adult and children’s entertainment. He has traveled extensively across the USA with the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew and Sustainable Living Road Show.