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Bebo Best and the Super Lounge Orchestra – Sing, Sing, Sing

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Bebo Best, a.k.a. Bebo Baldan, theAlchemist

Producer, musician, arranger (1987 – present)

Very early he gained a main role in the world music scene as a promising composer, arranger and session man. His works have been released, from various European labels, in the same albums with personalities such as Jon Hassel, Steven Brown, Steve Reich, Michael Nyman, Wim Mertens, David Torn, Ruichy Sakamoto, Frank Zappa (see DISCOGRAPHY). He composed soundtracks for cinema, tv, theatre, ballet. He received international recognitions for his original use of electronic instrumentation melted with world, jazz, classical and pop music.

He begins as a young man studying contemporary classical music, joining the school of “Percussione e ricerca Ensemble”, with teachers of “Orchestra La Fenice” Gottardo Paganin and Eddy de Fanti in Venice (first as a student, then as a teacher).
He dedicates to the study and performance of the music by composers such as E. Varese, J. Cage, S. Reich. T. Riley.
He continued his studies with great masters such as Kenny Clarke, Nana ‘Vasconcelos, Trilock Gurtu, Dave Weckl.
He also began composing, experimenting with early forms of electronic music along with ongoing research on ethnic music.

The first published work is Pangea (1987 – now sold out). The first cd “Soniasikri” comes out in Belgium for the Sub Rosa label in 1991.
Since then, Bebo participates on over 400 album in Europe, USA, Japan, for SONY MUSIC, EMI, CINEDELIC, CHIN -CHIN, RAMBLING/JAPAN, as a composer, arranger, musician, sound engineer.

The main projects came out with the names of: Bebo Baldan, Tantra, Tantra Tribe, Magnetic 4, Bebo Best, the Super Lounge Orchestra (in chronological order).

He has shared the stage with: Subsonica, Tambours du bronx, Sabri Brothers, Punjabi Mc, Sufi Dervisci Rotanti, Carmen Consoli, F. De Gregori, P. Pelù, Tiromancino, Nick Cave, Transglobal Underground…

He participate to the project “Asian Garden”, with: TRANSGLOBAL UNDERGROUND, NITIN SAWHNEY, TRILOK GURTU, ASIAN DUB FOUND., SINEAD O’ CONNOR , and highlight at the “1 Maggio- RAI national TV” festival in Rome, with an audience of over 700.000 people.

• AS a Session-man he’s a well-known bass player, percussionist and drummer. Also plays Sitar, keybs and guitar. He has played infinite genres (jazz, funk, blues, classical, contemporary classical, Brasilian, salsa, house, pop, Indian, Afro, Ethnic, chill-out, experimental, minimalism) in music festivals abroad in like England, U.S.A., Italy, France, Switzerland, Curacao, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Estonia, Hungary, Germany, working with/for U.S.A. top musicians David Torn (david bowie, jan garbarek, don cherry, david sylvian), Mark Abrams, Duck Baker, Cheryl Porter, Stephen James, and Mad Professor, Visnadi, Max m’bass’ado’, Pietro Russino, Victor Mc Surely (from Robert Fripp’ League of crafty guitarists), Patricio Morales, Vincenzo Zitello, Makam, Tintin, Sheik Omar Sanogo, Nour Eddine, Ghassan Mawlawi, Hakkah, Alex Masi, Alex Monti, Aldo Tagliapietra (le orme), Roberto Bortoluzzi (marisa monte), Gigi Masin (bjiork), Estasia, Francesco Boldini, Renato Nota, David Soto Chero; blues men Andy J. Forest, Dick Herstall-Smith, Tolo Marton, James Thompson, David Srb, Fabio Treves; world music projects as Tantratribe, Paki Zennaro, Leo d’ Angilla, Anita Sief, Arlo Bigazzi; pop Pitura Freska, Skardy, Nossa alma Canta, Sabrina Salerno, Angela Milanese, Ricky Gianco, Andrea Braido, Bruno Lauzi, Magnetic 4, with top jazz players Marco Tamburini, Francesco Bearzatti, Edu Hebling, Maurizio Scomparin, David Boato, Danilo Gallo, Marco Castelli, Massimo Donà, Saverio Tasca, Marco Ponchiroli, brazilian singers Luma, Ligia Franca, Silvania dos Santos, Rosa Emilia, Gilberto Gil​

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Motherhood physically changes a woman’s brain. Studies have shown that certain areas of the brain undergo structural changes during pregnancy and after giving birth.

Mothers have a heightened sense of smell. Pregnancy hormones can increase a woman’s ability to detect and identify different scents.

The longest recorded duration for a woman to be pregnant is 375 days (over a year!). This occurred in 1945.

The record for the most children born to one mother is 69. A woman named Valentina Vassilyeva, who lived in 18th-century Russia, gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets.

In some species, mothers are capable of reproducing asexually through a process called parthenogenesis, where offspring are produced without fertilization.

Mothers produce breast milk that is perfectly tailored to their baby’s nutritional needs. The composition of breast milk changes as the baby grows.

Some mothers have been known to breast-feed their children up to seven years old.

The world’s oldest known mother to give birth naturally was a woman named Omkari Panwar. She was 70 years old when she gave birth to twins in 2008.

The term “maternity leave” was first introduced in the United States in 1919.

Research suggests that children tend to inherit their intelligence from their mothers.

Motherhood can increase a woman’s lifespan. Several studies have shown that mothers tend to live longer than women without children.

The average age of first-time mothers is increasing in many countries. In the United States, for example, it reached a record high of 26.3 years in 2016.

In some cultures, a mother’s intuition is highly valued and considered a powerful tool for decision-making.

Mothers have been shown to have a significant impact on their children’s language development. They often play a crucial role in teaching children to speak and communicate effectively.

Motherhood can improve a woman’s multitasking skills. Juggling various tasks and responsibilities becomes a regular part of a mother’s life.

It has been noticed that women are generally better at multitasking, and men are better at focus. The reason is likely to date back to when women had to spread their attention over several children at once to keep them all safe. Meanwhile the man had to bag that antelope no matter what if his family was going to eat. He couldn’t pay attention anything else.

For the same reason, women are also more empathetic while men may be more impervious to pain. The mother had to understand and figure out what was wrong when her pre-verbal children were hurting. The man couldn’t stop hunting just because he scratched his way past a sticker bush.

A phenomenon known as “phantom kicking” can occur in some women after they have given birth. They may feel the sensation of their baby moving, even when they are no longer pregnant.

Motherhood can change a woman’s immune system. During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system is naturally suppressed to prevent it from attacking the developing fetus.

According to a study, a mother’s voice can have a soothing effect on her child. Hearing their mother’s voice activates areas of the brain associated with pleasure and emotional connection.

The world’s youngest documented mother was only 5 years old when she gave birth. Lina Medina from Peru delivered a healthy baby boy in 1939.

In many animal species, mothers exhibit strong protective instincts towards their young, often risking their own lives to ensure their offspring’s survival.

The average mother changes around 7,300 diapers by the time her child is two and a half years old.

In some cultures, mothers are believed to possess healing powers and are sought after for their ability to cure illnesses or provide comfort.

A mother’s love releases oxytocin, a hormone that promotes bonding and feelings of affection.

Motherhood can lead to changes in a woman’s metabolism. Some studies suggest that pregnancy can alter a woman’s metabolism and increase the risk of conditions such as diabetes and heart disease later in life.

The phrase “working mother” was first used in the late 19th century to describe women who engaged in paid employment while also raising their children.

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The world’s most expensive purse, the “Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse,” is valued at $3.8 million US and is adorned with over 4,500 diamonds.

The average woman owns around 13 different purses.

The transparent purse trend became popular in the 1950s, allowing women to showcase the contents of their bags.

The word “purse” comes from the Latin word “bursa,” which means “bag” or “pouch.”

The oldest known purse dates back to the 14th century and was discovered in a medieval graveyard in Yorkshire, England.

The smallest purse ever made is known as the “Le Chiquito Mini Bag” by Jacquemus, which measures just 2 inches (5cm) in width.

The iconic Hermes Birkin bag was named after actress and singer Jane Birkin, who complained to the company’s CEO about the lack of practical handbags.

The Chanel 2.55 bag, created by Coco Chanel, was named after the month and year it was introduced (February 1955).

The Louis Vuitton Speedy bag was originally designed as a travel bag but later became a popular everyday handbag.

In the 18th century, men also carried purses known as “reticules” to hold personal items like snuffboxes and money.

The world’s largest collection of handbags belongs to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and features over 800 purses.

In Japan, it is considered impolite to place a purse on the ground as it is seen as a sign of disrespect.

The first handbags designed for women had no pockets, as pockets were considered masculine at the time.

The practice of carrying a rabbit’s foot in a purse for good luck originated in the early 20th century.

The first designer handbag was created by the luxury brand Hermès in 1922.

Some high-end designer purses can take up to 18 hours to create by hand.

In ancient Egypt, both men and women wore small pouches tied around their waist, known as “chatelaines,” to carry their belongings.

The term “clutch” originated in the 19th century and referred to a small purse that women could “clutch” in their hands.

The clutch purse gained popularity during the 1920s when women needed a small, elegant bag to complement their flapper dresses.

The term “wristlet” refers to a small purse with a strap or handle that can be worn around the wrist.

In some cultures, carrying an empty purse is considered bad luck, as it represents financial loss.

The modern backpack was originally designed in the 1930s as a purse for hiking and outdoor activities.

In the 19th century, women’s dresses often had hidden pockets sewn into the seams to carry small purses.

The first zippered purse was introduced in the 1920s and quickly became popular for its convenience.

The term “satchel” refers to a large, structured purse with a handle and a flap closure.

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“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
-Oscar Wilde

In the 16th century, shoes with a long, curved toe called “poulaines” were popular among the nobility. Some poulaines were so long that the tips had to be fastened to the legs with chains to prevent the wearer from tripping over them.

At one time in Japan, fashionable women painted their teeth black.

During the French Revolution, it became fashionable to wear red ribbons around the neck to show support for the guillotine.

In Italy, a fashion custom that was in vogue for a while was that women would shave the hair off the front of their heads.

3,500 years ago, not only did women in Egypt remove all the hair from their heads, they also polished their heads to a mirror-like finish.

The United States Treasury Department spent thousands of dollars to issue a report on the monetary value of tuxedos. It contains 54 pages. The only ones who read this report are employees of the IRS.

When London inventor James Hetherington first wore his new invention, the top hat, in 1797, it caused quite a stir. He was immediately thrown in jail because he “appeared on the public highway wearing upon his head a tall structure of shining luster and calculated to disturb timid people.”

Men’s jackets button up with the left side overlapping the right so the clothing will not be in the way when the man has to quickly draw a sword or gun. Women’s clothing buttons the other way to make breast feeding easier.

This assumes right-handed individuals. 11.11% of people are left-handed.

The first fashion magazine, “The Cabinet des Modes,” was published in Paris in 1785.

Mayan Indians used to shape their teeth. They would make their front teeth pointed and carve holes into which were mounted jewels.

Sometimes people go to what others would consider ridiculous lengths to make themselves look appealing. Some women about 1,000 years ago squirted a plant juice into their eyes, believing that the way it dilated their pupils was attractive.

“If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.” – Hilary Clinton

American women spend $900 million per year on lipstick.

Why was it illegal to buy more than three pairs of shoes in the United States during the 1940’s? Leather was needed for the war effort. Most shoes at that time were made almost entirely from leather, yet today many are made from cloth, plastic and synthetic rubber.

The term “denim” comes from the French phrase “serge de Nîmes,” which refers to the fabric’s origin in the town of Nîmes, France.

When Marie Antoinette became pregnant, many of the fashionable women of Paris started wearing padding over their stomachs. As the pregnancy developed, the ladies wore thicker and thicker pads. When her child was born, the women’s fashions all returned to normal dimensions.

Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette

The iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume was created by Coco Chanel in 1921.

In the 1960s, it was fashionable for women to wear dresses made entirely out of paper.

In the Middle Ages, a person’s social status could be determined by the color and fabric of their clothing.

The first recorded use of the word “jeans” was in 1567.

The oldest pair of pants in the world were found in China and are believed to be over 3,000 years old.

High heels were originally designed for men and were worn by Persian soldiers to help them stay in their stirrups.

In the 18th century, women’s hairstyles became so elaborate that they had to be created with the help of wire frames.

The term “fashionista” was first used in the 1990s to describe someone who is passionate about fashion.

In the 19th century, women wore “cage crinolines,” which were metal hoops worn under their skirts to give them a bell shape.

The corset, a garment designed to shape the waist and hips, has been worn since ancient times.

In the 1920s, women’s fashion became more androgynous, with shorter hemlines and looser silhouettes.

According to a study by Sears, Roebuck, women have become less curvy, more tube-shaped during the past century.

The color purple was once considered the most expensive and luxurious color to wear because it was made from a rare mollusk found only in the Mediterranean Sea.

In the 19th century, women’s clothing often included a “bustle,” a padded or boned structure worn at the back of the waist to enhance the hips and buttocks.

The earliest known pair of high heels were worn by King Louis XIV of France in the 17th century.

In the 1960s, the “mod” style became popular, characterized by bold patterns, bright colors, and geometric shapes.

During World War II, rationing of clothing and textiles led to the popularity of “make do and mend” initiatives and the creation of clothing from unusual materials, such as old parachutes and curtains.

The first fashion show was held in 1903 by designer Paul Poiret.

In the 18th century, “macaroni” was a term used to describe men who dressed in an exaggeratedly foppish and effeminate style.

The bikini, a two-piece swimsuit, was introduced by French designer Louis Réard in 1946.

In the 1970s, platform shoes became popular, with some styles reaching heights of over 12 inches (30 cm).

Power dressing was a fashion trend in the 1980s that emphasized strong, authoritative, and successful looks for women in the workplace. The trend was characterized by tailored suits with shoulder pads, oversized jackets, and wide belts. The idea behind power dressing was that the right clothes could help women to look and feel more confident and assertive in traditionally male-dominated workplaces. The trend was popularized by influential women such as Margaret Thatcher, the first female British Prime Minister, and high-profile businesswomen in the United States. The power dressing trend was often criticized for being too masculine and for reinforcing gender stereotypes, but it also helped to pave the way for greater acceptance of women in positions of power and authority.

The following was found in a book written in 1858:

“Female dress: It is well known that a loose and easy dress contributes much to give the sex the fine proportions of body that are observable in the Grecian statues, and which serve as models to our present artists, nature being too much disfigured among us to afford any such. The Greeks knew nothing of those Gothic shackles, that multiplicity of ligatures and bandages with which our bodies are compressed. Their women were ignorant of the use of whalebone-stays, by which ours distort their shape instead of displaying it. This practice, carried to so great an excess as it is in America, must in time degenerate the species, and is an instance of bad taste. Can it be a pleasant sight to behold a woman cut in two in the middle, as it were like a wasp? On the contrary, it is as shocking to the eye as it is painful to the imagination. A fine shape, like the limb, hath its due size and proportion, a diminution of which is certainly a defect. Such a deformity also would be shocking in a naked figure; wherefore, then, should it be esteemed a beauty in one that is dressed? Everything that confines and lays nature under a restraint is an instance of bad taste. This is as true in regard to the ornaments of the body as to the embellishments of the mind. Life, health, reason, and convenience, ought of be taken first into consideration. Gracefulness cannot subsist without ease; delicacy is not debility; nor must a woman be sick in order to please.”

Victorian dress

For a while in Greenland it was fashionable for women to paint their faces blue and yellow.

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During World War II, women’s skirts became shorter and more practical to conserve fabric.

In the 1930s, men’s suits often had padded shoulders to create a more muscular silhouette.

In the 16th century, shoes with a long, curved toe called “poulaines” were popular among the nobility. Some poulaines were so long that the tips had to be fastened to the legs with chains to prevent the wearer from tripping over them.

During the Victorian era, it was considered inappropriate for women to wear underwear with their dresses.

In medieval Europe, red was the most expensive and prestigious color to dye clothing.

When sailors used to wipe their noses on their coat cuffs, it tended to gross out their captains. This is why buttons on coat cuffs were invented.

In ancient Rome, wearing a purple toga was a privilege reserved only for the emperor.

The brassiere was patented in 1914.

Recent research has been determined that three out of every four women wear the wrong size bra.

During the Renaissance, men’s shoes often had extremely long toes that were stuffed with wool or hay.

When Fath Ali Shah of Iran was coronated in 1797, he wore 170 pounds (77 kg) of clothing covered with gold and jewels.

In the 18th century, women’s dresses often had pockets that were hidden in the folds of their skirts.

In the 1920s, women’s stockings were made from silk and were often decorated with intricate patterns.

In the 1960s, men’s fashion was heavily influenced by the space race and included futuristic styles like metallic fabrics and jumpsuits.

In the 1970s, platform shoes became popular, with some styles featuring heels that were over 10 inches (24cm) tall.

In the 18th century, men’s fashion included high-heeled shoes, which were seen as a sign of masculinity.

In the 19th century, women’s dresses were so heavy and cumbersome that they often required the assistance of a servant to put them on.

In some cultures, it is customary for women to wear clothing that completely covers their bodies, including their faces.

In ancient Egypt, wealthy women would wear jewelry sewn into their clothing, including dresses and headdresses.

During the Renaissance, women’s dresses often had exaggerated hips and waists that were created using padding or hoops.

In the 1960s, men’s fashion included brightly colored suits, often made from polyester fabrics.

In some African cultures, clothing is used to signify social status and can be extremely elaborate and ornate.

In the 19th century, women’s undergarments included corsets, which were designed to create an hourglass figure but could also cause health problems. Women fainting in that era was common, often caused by overheating or the inability to breathe properly due to their corsets.

In the 1980s, leg warmers were a popular fashion accessory, often worn over leggings or tights.

In ancient Greece, women often wore tunics that were fastened at the shoulders with brooches or pins.

In the 1920s, flapper dresses were popular, featuring short hemlines and loose-fitting silhouettes.

In the 1960s, the mini-skirt became a popular fashion trend, with some styles featuring hemlines that were only a few inches long.

1970s style mini-skirt
1970s-style mini-skirt

In some cultures, it is customary for men to wear skirts or dresses as part of their traditional clothing.

In the 19th century, women’s dresses often included bustles, which were designed to enhance the shape of the buttocks.

In the 1970s, bell-bottom pants were popular, with some styles featuring extremely wide legs that were almost as wide as the hips.

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Queen Camilla Never Said…

“I prefer cats to horses.”
“I’ve never enjoyed a good cup of tea.”
“I think the royal family is outdated and irrelevant.”
“I don’t like the taste of champagne.”
“I’ve never been to London.”
“I think polo is a boring sport.”
“I’ve never read a book in my life.”
“I don’t believe in love.”
“I want to host a Tupperware party.”
“I the Australian Outback should be replaced with a great, big shopping mall.”
“I don’t think Prince Charles should be king.”
“I don’t believe in forgiveness.”
“I’ve never been to Scotland.”
“I think gardening is a waste of time.”
“I don’t like the sound of music.”
“I think tradition is pointless.”
“I think the Queen was too strict.”
“I’ve never been to a nude beach.”
“I don’t enjoy wearing jewelry.”
“I think art is a waste of money.”
“I think history is boring.”

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Queen Camilla

Camilla was born on July 17, 1947, in London, England.

Camilla’s maiden name is Shand.

Camilla attended a number of boarding schools in her youth, including Queen’s Gate School in London and Mon Fertile in Switzerland.

She was romantically involved with Prince Charles in the 1970s, before he married Princess Diana.

Camilla was married to British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles from 1973 to 1995, and they have two children together, Tom and Laura.

She is known for her love of horses and equestrian activities, having competed in several horse shows and races throughout her life.

Camilla is also an avid reader and patron of several literary organizations, including the Royal Society of Literature and the National Literacy Trust.

She reportedly smokes cigarettes, which has been a point of controversy and criticism.

Camilla has been involved in several charitable organizations and causes, particularly those focused on health, literacy, and animal welfare.

She is known for her love of gardening and has been involved in several gardening and horticultural organizations.

Camilla was awarded the Royal Victorian Order by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, in recognition of her services to the Royal Family.

She has been the Vice Patron of The Royal Commonwealth Society since 2018.

Camilla is also the patron of several organizations, including the British Equestrian Federation and the Women of the World Festival.

She is a keen fan of the soap opera “Eastenders” and has even made a cameo appearance on the show.

Camilla has been credited with having a positive influence on Prince Charles and helping him to overcome personal and public struggles.

She reportedly has a collection of funny hats.

She is the first person in history to have been given the title “Duchess of Cornwall,” as it was previously held by Charles’s first wife, Princess Diana.

Camilla is a distant cousin of Princess Diana, as both are descendants of Alice Keppel, a mistress of King Edward VII.

She was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Aberdeen in 2018, in recognition of her work supporting literacy and the arts.

Camilla has been involved in several controversies over the years, including her affair with Prince Charles while he was still married to Diana.

She has been criticized for her privileged background and perceived lack of relatability to the average British citizen.

Camilla is a fan of the Scottish poet Robert Burns and even hosted a Burns Night celebration at Buckingham Palace in 2017.

She reportedly enjoys listening to classical music, particularly the works of Beethoven.

Camilla has been described as a good cook and reportedly enjoys preparing meals for family and friends.

She has been involved in several conservation efforts, particularly those focused on protecting wild animals and their habitats.

Camilla is known for her fashion sense and has been praised for her elegant and understated style.

She has been involved in several initiatives to support British craftsmanship and traditional industries, such as the wool industry and the ceramics industry.