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Africa - Brooklyn Duo feat. Dover Quartet

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Published on 16 Nov 2019 / In Music

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"Africa" by Toto, arranged by Brooklyn Duo and performed live by Brooklyn Duo and Dover Quartet.

WATCH DOVER QUARTET'S BORODIN VIDEO HERE: http://bit.ly/2PxlWoZ

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We were SOOO fortunate to get the opportunity to work with the incredible Dover Quartet again. And on such a fun tune! We've been wanting to do this cover for years, and always wanted to film it with Dover. These guys are the real deal, and they're some of the nicest people, too. If you haven't already, you HAVE to watch their video of Borodin's "Nocturne" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQHBbhMwaK4). It's such a beautiful performance. And check out their tour schedule - they play hundreds of concerts around the world each year and they're amazing to watch live! Thanks for watching!

Brooklyn Duo:
Marnie Laird, piano
Patrick Laird, cello

Dover Quartet:
Joel Link, violin
Bryan Lee, violin
Camden Shaw, cello
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola

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SPECIAL THANKS to Paul from Avatar Productions for all your hard work on this video :)

Patrick performs exclusively on Pirastro strings (http://www.pirastro.com)

Brooklyn Duo uses Earthworks microphones.

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Lyrics:

I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
She's coming in twelve-thirty flight
Her moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me toward salvation

I stopped an old man along the way
Hoping to find some old forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to me as if to say,
"Hurry, boy, it's waiting there for you."

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what's right
Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti

I seek to cure what's deep inside
Frightened of this thing that I've become

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

"Hurry, boy, she's waiting there for you."

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

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Brooklyn Duo Bio:

Founded in 2014, Brooklyn Duo has quickly established itself as one of today’s most successful classical crossover ensembles. Through its creative arrangements and live video performances, the piano and cello duo has garnered a huge following, with over 600,000 YouTube subscribers, and over 150 million streams annually on platforms such as Spotify and Pandora Radio.

On a whim, the couple arranged and recorded two pop covers and released them on YouTube. Shakira noticed the duo’s cover of her song Empire and promoted it to her 130 million-plus fan base, saying: “We're loving Brooklyn Duo's piano/cello cover of Empire! Great work guys." The boost that resulted from that exposure and the positive response they were getting on YouTube encouraged the couple to continue creating videos.

Since then, Marnie and Patrick have released over 80 videos on their Brooklyn Duo YouTube channel and 7 albums of covers, spanning artists from The Beatles to Metallica to Taylor Swift (who also tweeted about them, saying their cover of her song “Blank Space” sounded "like a song people should walk down the aisle to"). In 2016, the couple started a second YouTube channel, Brooklyn Classical, with the goal of introducing classical music to a larger audience. With this new channel, Marnie and Patrick aim to showcase high quality, live performances of classical music. Brooklyn Classical often hosts high-profile guest artists, including the world-renowned Dover and Escher string quartets and percussionist Ivan Trevino.

In 2017, Marnie and Patrick partnered with Carnegie Hall and Ensemble Connect, a collective of some of the best young musicians in the U.S., to produce a cover of a-ha’s “Take On Me”. The video went viral and garnered millions of views in just a few months. Popular classical music stations Classic FM and WQXR regularly share Brooklyn Duo’s music on their social media pages, with Classic FM calling the duo “masters of the artfully planned pop cover.” One of their covers was also recently featured in an episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

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