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Soul Sensation Bosley Voted Baltimore's Best Band

Photo: Bosley Facebook page

BALTIMORE — Soul and funk are two of the few music genres that have never really gone out of fashion. Which may partly explain why the Baltimore-based band Bosley, by combining both styles with talent, was just elected best band of their city in this month’s issue of Baltimore Magazine.

Bosley was formed when frontman Bosley Brown decided to record his debut album, Honey Pig, in 2011, with fellow musicians he met along his musical career — a career which, according to this short biography, basically began the day he was born.

Brown started as an obscure folk singer in Baltimore, where he also recorded a few pop demos. But after finding little success in his home city, he soon decided to go busking around the United States.

In 2008, he was busted for vagrancy in Las Vegas and fled to Mexico, then Guatemala. It was there that he started playing weekly shows and drew his first big crowds. A year later, he returned to Baltimore, only to find that during his time away, his demos had gained popularity. He decided to move away from folk music and opt for the slicker mix of James Brown and Marvin Gaye that he is today.

Bosley’s second album, The Dirty Dogs Radio Show, was released in March and radiates the same atmosphere of simple coolness that Honey Pig did. Try not tapping your foot to this.

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The Trumpian Virus Undermining Democracy Is Now Spreading Through South America

Taking inspiration from events in the United States over the past four years, rejection of election results and established state institutions is on the rise in Latin America.

Two supporters of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dressed in Brazilian flags during a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Bolsonaro supporters dressed in national colours with flags in a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on November 4, 2022.

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BUENOS AIRES — South Africa's Nelson Mandela used to say it was "so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

Intolerance toward those who think differently, even inside the same political space, is corroding the bases of representative democracy, which is the only system we know that allows us to live and grow in freedom, in spite of its flaws.

Recent events in South America and elsewhere are precisely alerting us to that danger. The most explosive example was in Brazil, where a crowd of thousands managed to storm key institutional premises like the presidential palace, parliament and the Supreme Court.

In Peru, the country's Marxist (now former) president, Pedro Castillo, sought to use the armed and security forces to shut down parliament and halt the Supreme Court and state prosecutors from investigating corruption allegations against him.

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