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Billy Gibbons goes solo and David Bowie has a new single

Billy Gibbons goes solo and David Bowie has a new single
By Euronews

<p>Billy Gibbons is on his own. After four decades on guitar with the American rock band “ZZ Top” the 65-year-old is going solo.</p> <p>His new album, “Perfectamundo” takes on a bit of an Afro-Cuban flavour that may come as a surprise to many of his fans.</p> <p>But in fact the influence is from his early days. Gibbons studied Latin percussion in Manhattan with virtuoso, “Mambo King” Tito Puente who was a friend of Billy’s band leader dad. Puente taught a young Billy essential Latin rhythms via conga, bongo and maracas.</p> <p>“Basically gathering a bunch of very talented guys and gals in the studio to make a lot of loud noise. We are surfing the web in the meantime, smoking cigarettes, drinking wine – basically a private club with no time clock running and no real thought of ‘let’s make a record’. We were just making experiments in music that just happen to have an Afro Cuban twist,” the singer explained.</p> <p>Billy – his gravel voice and band The <span class="caps">BFG</span>’s hit the road in Florida this weekend before he finally gets the chance to play in Cuba with tour stops at the Havana Jazz Festival on December 17,18 and 20th.</p> <p>New music and a new song. David Bowie premiered his latest single, “Blackstar” a snippet of which was heard recently on the opening credits of a new TV thriller, “The Last Panthers”.</p> <p>Now the Thin White Duke has released the track in full all 10 minutes of it, complete with an accompanying video helmed by “Panthers director Johan Renck.</p> <p>“Blackstar” which is taken from Bowie’s forthcoming album of the same name is out now with the album set to follow on January 8.</p>