Ismaila Alfa, host of SCENE on Air (CBC)
As 2012 winds down and we gear up for 2013, Ismaila Alfa, host of CBC Manitoba's SCENE on Air shares his list of top 10 Manitoba artists to watch for in the new year.
Some are new and some are well established artists who have started new bands.
The list includes Oldfolks Home, Nova, et puis, French Press, Guerillas of Soul, Curtis Nowosad, and Indicator Indicator to name a few.
Alfa opens the show on Saturday December 29 with a no-brainer - indie rock duo Mise en Scene. Check out the eye make-up in their first professional video:
The New Lightweights are three well established musicians who came together and collectively created a new sound that stands out. Alexa Dirks, Ariel Posen and Ryan Voth are the New Lightweights. A few weeks ago they put out their first EP called What Keeps Us Together. Here's a video of their performance of "Waiting" from March 2012 at the West End Cultural Centre.
Alfa didn't take the Young Pixels 'seriously' at first. He had noticed their name at various venues around town. He read their bio, learned that they were a husband and wife rock duo who owned an organic farm. Then he heard them and they knocked his socks off! According to Alfa, "they do rock like it should be done...simple, loud and full of life!" Now he takes them "Seriously".
Listen to SCENE on Air with host Ismaila Alfa on SCENE On Air on December 29. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.