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DHANI HARRISON PERPETUATES THE UKELELE’S TRADITION WITH NEW FENDER CUSTOM SIGNATURE DESIGN

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Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released the Dhani Harrison Ukulele, marking the artist’s first collaboration with the iconic musical instrument brand. Designed for live performance, the Dhani Harrison Ukulele is built with eye-catching aesthetics from custom inlay work and unique stained finishes, to Fender® electronics with a tone knob allowing players to EQ their sound.

“We’re thrilled to launch the Dhani Harrison Signature Ukulele, the latest addition to our expanding line of Fender® ukuleles,” said Billy Martinez, Vice President Category Manager – Acoustic and Squier Divisions. “Dhani is a world-leading talent and we are seeing more demand for ukulele instruments than ever – so this collaboration made total sense to us. Dhani worked hand-in-hand with us to create his ideal ukulele, incorporating design elements that are deeply personal to him, which we hope will encourage people all over the world to express their own individuality and creativity.”

“The ukulele was created to bring the player and listeners joy, and that’s one thing about it I love, when you play it, you’ll realize it’s a higher quality of ukulele than the majority of ukuleles you’ve probably played that are not custom Hawaiian ones. You might notice the accent is better. The tone is nice, you’ve got an EQ, and you’ve got good tuners. It’s an experience” Dhani said.

As he grew more versatile on the instrument, Harrison wielded the ukulele as his entrance into songwriting. Influenced musically by Gabby Pahinui, Bennie Nawahi, and George Formby, the artist is adamant about the unique nature of the instrument as a tool in the creative process.

The ukulele welcomes “the percussive nature of the right hand and certain rhythms that you get.” Harrison clarifies, “There are rhythms that exist in your rhythm, but no one’s playing those particular beats.”

“Having an instrument that’s easy to play encourages you to play it more, and it’s more inviting, and therefore you get more time on it. And therefore, you can get better, which brings you more joy.”

“I knew that if I did a Fender® signature model, it would have to be a ukulele,” said Dhani Harrison. “I’ve always played it and I write a lot of stuff on a uke. I spent a lot of time in Hawaii growing up and it was there that I really fell in love with the uke as a serious instrument. I designed it to be my ideal stage ukulele that also sounds great when you’re not plugged in. The design is very much inspired by my passions and quest to build the ultimate ukulele. I wanted to do a blue finish and I wanted a light and a dark – kind of like a blue sky day and a space black night. The blue sapphire stain finish is my nighttime mode, and the turquoise stain is my daytime mode. I hope this new Signature Series helps inspire others on their own musical journey.”

The Dhani Harrison Ukulele is available in two different finishes, each with its own unique fretboard inlays and engraved designs on the back of the instrument. Designed for live performance, the tenor-sized ukulele features a solid ovangkol wood top, with ovangkol back and sides, providing a warm sound – as well as a ¾ depth, upgraded Fender® electronics, distinctive build and eye-catching aesthetics. With a choice of daytime and nighttime finishes, the stains were developed to maintain the visual grain of the wood. Extremely lightweight yet durable, the Dhani Harrison Ukulele is built to stand the test of time.

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GEORGE HARRISON’S FOUNDATION DONATES HALF A MILLION TO COVID-19 RELIEF

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George Harrison’s Material World Foundation has donated $500,000 to COVID-19 relief. The foundation — started by the late Beatle in 1973 with the release of the LP Living in the Material World — donated the funds to MusiCare’s COVID-19 Foundation, Save the Children, and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).

In addition, the foundation launched “The Inner Light Challenge,” in which users across the globe share a line, verse, or chorus from the Beatles’ 1968 B side — featured in a new lyric-video below. One dollar will be donated to pandemic relief for every person who posts the clip with the hashtag #innerlight2020, with a maximum of $100,000.

Harrison’s son, Dhani, covers “The Inner Light” in the clip above. “Without going out of my door/I can know all things on earth,” he sings, ringing a Tibetan singing bowl while sitting on a couch. “Without looking out of my window/I could know the ways of heaven.”

“These lyrics sung by George are a positive reminder to all of us who are isolating, in quarantine, or respecting the request to shelter in place,” Harrison’s widow, Olivia, said in a statement. “Let’s get and stay connected at this difficult time. There are things we can do to help, and we invite you to share your Inner Light.”

Dhani recently revived his father’s record label, Dark Horse Records, and has plans for previously unreleased material to see the light of day. “It’s the family business, as they say,” “It’s funny — if you’re a plumber and want to be in the family plumbing business, no one would think anything about that. That would be normal. But in our family, the family business is music, so I’m just doing what mum and dad did. No one is making us do it. We have to do it.”

VIDEO…Here.

Ringo and Paul on initiative #innerlight2020…
“I am sending Peace and Love to everyone and hope you are staying healthy and safe. I want to thank and support Dhani and Olivia for this great campaign to help to fight Covid 19. Peace and love,” Ringo

“When we find ourselves in times of trouble… Happy to support Dhani and Olivia with this very worthwhile cause. Great song, wonderful initiative #innerlight2020” – Paul


BMG ENTERS GLOBAL PACT WITH GEORGE HARRISON’S DARK HORSE RECORDS, MXMTOON SIGNS WITH AWAL & MORE

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Photo (Josh Giroux): L to R: Michael Kachko, SVP, Catalog Recordings, BMG US; Hartwig Masuch, BMG CEO; Dhani Harrison; Thomas Scherer, EVP, Repertoire & Marketing, BMG Los Angeles; David Zonshine; John Loeffler, EVP Repertoire & Marketing, BMG New York; Marian Wolf, VP, Global Writer Services & China, BMG

BMG has formed a new multi-faceted global partnership with Dark Horse Records, the George Harrison-founded label now led by Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison and manager David Zonshine, it was announced Wednesday (Jan. 22).

The deal will include releases from the catalogs of Dark Horse Records, Harrison’s Indian label imprint HariSongs and The Clash frontman Joe Strummer’s solo output, including his work alongside The Mescaleros. Dark Horse will also release entirely new recordings through BMG including the Tom Petty estate charity single “For Real – For Tom” featuring Jakob Dylan, Dhani Harrison, Amos Lee, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, and Willie Nelson.

Available on digital platforms, the first slate of releases under the deal will include the George Harrison-produced Chants of India by Ravi Shankar; the live album Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan In Concert 1972; Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros’ albums Rock Art and The X-Ray Style, Global A Go-Go, and Streetcore; and Attitudes’ Ain’t Love Enough: The Best of the Attitudes. Future releases in 2020 will include compilations, live albums, and box sets featuring rare and unreleased recordings from the Dark Horse label, many of which will be available digitally for the first time.

“It is with great pleasure and excitement that I can finally announce a new chapter for Dark Horse Records in the music industry alongside our friends at BMG,” said Dhani Harrison in a statement. “The label started by my father in 1974 has been a family business my whole life (and is indeed even the reason that my parents met.) From the Indian classical Ragas of Ravi Shankar to the Rock and Roll of ‘Attitudes’ I look forward to reintroducing, to a new audience, all of those artists that my father loved so much. We will also be expanding the Dark Horse family with new artists and classic catalogues in the coming years to include a rich and varied roster of incredible musicians whom we love.”

“BMG is the perfect home for us to expand, explore and create new opportunities for iconic artists across all platforms,” said Zonshine, who added that the company will be looking to develop film and book projects under the deal.

BMG’s roster also includes catalogs by The Kinks, Nick Cave and the solo works of Keith Richards and John Fogerty. It also publishes the catalogs of the Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Jim Croce and Willie Dixon.

“Dhani and David have long been close with BMG,” added BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch. “We are delighted to formalize our partnership with the two and begin our new venture as their trusted label home. We look forward to working closer together as we develop new catalog and publishing initiatives.”

Founded by George Harrison in 1974, Dark Horse Records was established to house both Harrison’s solo work and that of other artists. The label’s roster additionally includes the two-man vocal group Splinter, R&B group The Stairsteps, singer Keni Burke and late Wings guitarist Henry McCullough. HariSongs was launched by the George Harrison Estate in April 2018 to celebrate the kind of Indian classical music Harrison loved.

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DHANI HARRISON & PAUL HICKS ARE THE COMPOSERS OF “INSIDE BILL’S BRAIN:DECODING BILL GATES

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This Friday, the new 3-part documentary ‘Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates’ premieres on Netflix scored by Paul Hicks and Dhani Harrison.

Dhani Harrison & Paul Hicks (Learning to Drive, Beautiful Creatures, The Divide, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., Outsiders) are the composers of the new Netflix docu-series Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates. The show is directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) and tells Bill Gates’ life story, in-depth and unfiltered, as he pursues unique solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems. The 3-parter draws on interviews with Bill and Melinda Gates in add ole Stott. Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates will premiere on September 20, 2019 exclusively on Netflix.

Trailer.. Here.




DHANI HARRISON RELEASES NEW SINGLE “MOTORWAYS (ERASE IT)”

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Dhani Harrison has known Jeff Lynne his entire life. But this summer is his first time touring with the Electric Light Orchestra. “I’ve played with him live, but I’ve never played with him in his band,” Harrison says. “I played with Jeff and Tom [Petty] a lot — things like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the night they did dad’s induction. But their band is fantastic, this version of ELO.” Dhani  has been opening for the band since June, playing his solo music to packed arenas across the country. “It’s been standing ovations,” he says excitedly. “My walk off music every night is the intro to ‘Rockaria!‘ I get this beautiful, operatic way of leaving the stage. It’s very funny.”

He’s been playing his new single, “Motorways (Erase It)” to the crowd every night. A psychedelic track with a robust beat, the song was inspired by Harrison’s drives into London from his home in the countryside. “It’s become almost inaccessible to me,” he says. “It took me three hours to get in and three hours to get out, when it should take 20 minutes. Years and years ago on the way in to London, Banksy had just written on the side of the motorway in big white letters, ‘It’s not a race.’ I was using it as an example of how the future is going to be.”

The opening line to the track, “All those dreams they take from you when you’re young,” comes from Harrison’s perception of childhood. “I guess everyone is pretty perfect when they’re young,” he speculates. “All of our imaginations are still in tact, we haven’t been programmed yet. A lot of that is taken away from us by the time we’ve been through school and by the time we’ve got a job. I think we all spend the rest of our lives trying to return to that, that sense of curiosity and childlike innocence and dreams and imagination. It’s only with that that we can get to the next level as beings.” With the help of Big Black Delta’s Jonathan Bates, “Motorways (Erase It)” was recorded in a single day. The single will be included on Harrison’s sophomore album, a follow-up to his 2017 debut In Parallel. The new record will be released as soon as Harrison is done completing it — if he can ever take time off his rigorous schedule from performing and scoring music.

Harrison is so busy he hasn’t even seen the movie Yesterday. “I deal with all of the approving of the tracks and things, and I really like the idea of the story,” he admits. “I just haven’t seen the film yet. I only just got to see Avengers: Endgame the other day, and I’m the biggest Marvel fan ever. I’m a bit behind … I’m sure I’ll see it once it comes onto the airplane or hotel screen.”
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DHANI HARRISON HOPES A SALE COMES TOGETHER IN VENICE

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In the canals of Venice, an architectural home with Beatles ties is looking to find a fan. Owned by Dhani Harrison, son of famed guitarist George Harrison, the waterfront residence is up for grabs at $3.99 million.
That’s $1.374 million more than he paid for it in 2008, records show.

The waterfront abode features a slick white exterior touched up with hardwood, and the design palette continues inside, where loft-like living spaces and lots of light are showcased across 2,826 square feet.
Spiral staircases navigate the atrium-like floor plan, stopping by a modern kitchen, a chandelier-topped dining area and an indoor-outdoor living room. Up top, a whitewashed loft expands to a balcony.
It’s not the home’s only outdoor space. In addition to balconies on the second and third stories, the property expands to a rooftop deck and a canal-front patio under hanging lights.
Two bedrooms, three bathrooms and an office round out the contemporary floor plan.

Dhani, 40, is George Harrison’s only child. In addition to helping record his father’s last album, “Brainwashed,” he’s recorded five studio albums across three projects, including a solo album in 2017 titled “In Parallel.”

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