Danny Michel, multiple Juno Award nominee, treasured songwriter, David Suzuki-approved green strummer and quiet do-gooder, comes to Six Shooter Records as a longtime All Time label favourite.
Danny’s new album, his 10th, Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me, dives into the waves of Belize’s musical deep, featuring Maya guitar, turtle shells, donkey jaw-bone, and traditional Garifuna segunda & primero drums. The album cultivates lush rhythms and sounds, the perfect backdrop for Michel’s eloquently buoyant songwriting style. To make the record, Danny relocated from the Golden Horseshoe to the the foot of the Xunantunich mayan ruins in Benque Viejo del Carmen. There, he teamed up with members of the Garifuna Collective, The Benque Players, and pioneering producer Ivan Duran at Stonetree Records, a label/studio that has been instrumental in bringing the Belizean sound to the world.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Danny founded the DM Ocean Academy Fund to provide scholarship money for students of the Caye Culker Ocean Academy, the very first high school on Caye Caulker, a coral island off the coast of Belize. With the help of fan-sourcing, Danny reached his goal, raising more than $30,000 in the first year. For more details on The Danny Michel Ocean Academy Fund, go to http://www.dannymichel.com/OAfund/OAfund.html
Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me saturates Danny’s wholehearted imagery in a rich tropical palette, and shows unreserved artistic commitment to the experience. Six Shooter Records proudly released Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me on September 18, 2012.
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