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first_imgCream formed in 1966 as a “power trio” project featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce. The three landed on the name “Cream” because they were considered the “cream of the crop” amongst blues and jazz musicians in the exploding British music scene. While the project was short-lived, Cream proved to be one of the most influential rock bands in history. Primarily active for all of two years, with minor reunions in 1993 and 2005, the eccentric sound of Cream is defined through a blues rock/hard rock hybrid that combines the psychedelic themes of the late ’60s with Clapton’s unique guitar playing, the bass-thumping notes and vocal extremities of Jack Bruce, and the jazz-infused percussive snaps of Ginger Baker. They came out with songs like “Strange Brew,” “Crossroads,” and “Badge” in their first year together, and went on to continue their fame with tunes like “Sunshine of Your Love,” “I Feel Free,” and “White Room.”On November 26th 1968–48 years ago today–Cream played their farewell show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The final show–and the previous night’s performance–were recorded and broadcast by BBC in 1969. Selections from the gigs were later included on Goodbye, the band’s final release, along with previously unreleased studio material. You can watch video of the final show below courtesy of YouTube user Roger The Engineer:Cream were apparently unhappy with those final shows, and even die hard fans admit it wasn’t the band at the peak of their powers. “It wasn’t a good gig; Cream was better than that,” Baker said in the documentary Cream: Classic Artists. “We knew it was all over. We knew we were just finishing it off.”The “disappointing” goodbye, while perhaps not the band’s high water mark, represents an interesting time in their trajectory. Cream would go on to play together a few more times, with critically and commercially successful reunions in 1993 and 2005. You can watch “White Room>Crossroads>Badge” from the 2005 “redemption” show below courtesy of YouTube user AZLiveVideo:last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) is pleased to inform the Muslim community that the new moon for the sacred month of Muharram (the first month in the Muslim lunar calendar) was sighted on the evening of Saturday, August 31, 2019, thus, the new lunar Islamic year has begun.The Central Executive Council of the CIOG congratulates the Muslim community and calls on all Muslims to begin this New Year with extra acts of devotion and remembrance of Allah and a renewed commitment to obeying our Lord in accordance with the standard He set forth in the Noble Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).It is only through strict adherence to the way of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) which is the very way of all the previous Prophets from Adam to Jesus (peace be upon them all) that people will achieve purity of faith and freedom from vice and corruption. Any other course will result in lusts such as greed, animosity and prejudice which only induce men to indecencies and vileness. We, therefore, remind ourselves and all Muslims in Guyana and indeed all Guyanese that it is our duty to learn and live that Prophetic way in all aspects of our lives without exception.And we pray to Allah that in this new lunar year He forgives us our faults from the previous years and rectifies our hearts and actions and make us among those who are firm and well established in faith so that we can live amongst each other in peace, love and harmony.I close with the following statement by Umar Ibn Al Khattab (RAD), “Richness isn’t found in wealth, as wealth can diminish. Nor is it found in beauty, for beauty fades with age. It’s found in good character and kind hearts. So treat people in such a way and live amongst them in such a manner that when you die, they make supplication for you, and when you’re alive, they benefit from you and they thank Allah, the Most High for having you in their life”.Sincerely,Al HajShahabudeen AhmadPresidentCIOGlast_img read more