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Michael Jackson has a lot of fans, no doubt about this.
In the Latin music scene he is no stranger to; thanks to musican Tony Sucar, a big Michael Jackson fan the music of MJ is mixed with a great latin touch. Tony managed to combine MJ s music with salsa and latin influences . He managed to produce a whole album and many famous artists from the latin scene worked on it; Tito Nieves and La India to name a few..
The MichaelJacksonmoon website got a great chance to have an exclusive interview with musican and very talented Tony Sucre. The interview is made and done by Tirza Joemman, the lady behind the MJmoon.com website.
Tirza Joemman: There are many MJ fans who started projects after MJ S death, but Tony Sucre seems to understand the message of Michael Jackson and that is peace and harmony. I am truly impressed by Tony’s talent and humbleness and therefore he deserves an interview on the MJ moon website!
Whats plays on your iPod?
I have about 20,000 songs in my ipod right now… and shuffle its always on, so I’m constantly listening to so many different styles of music. Starting with tropical latin, to jazz, to classical, to funk, rock, and soul… And music from all the decades, I always enjoy listening to traditional music, the pioneers, old school… it helps me understand more in depth where certain influences in modern music comes from.
What is the coolest thing you learned from working with music?
Coolest thing I’ve ever learned in the world of music is when I finally learned how to orchestrate and arrange music. Being able to have a orchestra as your instrument is the best feeling ever. Writing a bunch of notes on a piece of paper and then listening to it back, and then watching people dance to it… very very awesome feeling! There’s so many possibilities, actually infinite, you get to choose the combination of instruments, when what instrument plays what… how loud, how soft, it’s truly a gift from God.
What does MJ mean to you?
Michael Jackson created the soundtrack of my life. There was not one song from Michael that did not penetrate my soul. His vocal abilities, the perfection in his music, his inspiring compositions, the emotion behind his performance, his dancing skills, his energy on stage, everything about Michael was always to the top of its potential. That’s something that I was always blew me away, how just one person could do so much, and could it so perfectly.
Michael really sacrificed his life for the art of music; he put endless amounts of hard work and dedication to deliver to the world something that is beyond extraordinary.
I strive and work extremely hard to deliver always musical experiences that are above and beyond. Of course, I’m no where near the level of Michael Jackson, but I try to follow his footsteps. Michael loved his fans, he truly did, and always gave them the best of him… I want to do the same.
I can go for days, weeks, months, talking about how I admire his music. I can also go on about how I admire the Jacksons and all the geniuses who worked with them: the musicians, producers, Quincy Jones, Bruce Swedien, Seidah Garrett, and more. But there’s one thing I need to highlight right now: the immense impact that Michael’s messages had on my life. His odes to love, respect, reflection, earth consciousness, and unity inspired me, changing my life forever. The legacy Michael has left us is one I cherish, embrace, and intend to mirror for as long as I live.
Latin & Michael Jackson, what is the power of this combination?
I came up with the concept over two years ago. It was a series of events that lead me on to creating this project. When Michael passed away three years ago, just many MJ fans around the world, I sat in disbelief, dumbfounded, experiencing one of the saddest moments in my life. A couple of months after his passing, I felt an unquenchable urge to pay homage to Michael’s legacy. I had no idea what I was going to do, or how I was going to do it; I simply knew I needed to follow my heart. Happens to be that in October of 2009 I got a call from an agent that hires my band, his name is Randy Singer, wanted to put together a Halloween party for a local club on South Beach. He had the idea of making a THRILLER theme costume party, everyone looking like zombies and all… Make a long story short, the band I had at the time was a strict salsa band, we played some other styles, but very few, mainly salsa. Randy wanted to me to perform THRILLER for that night… so I went ahead and got the idea of making a salsa arrangement to THRILLER so we can perform it live. When I sat down and wrote that arrangement, performed it, and saw how much the people went crazy for it… that’s when it all began…
I finally discovered what I could do for Michael, his legacy, his music, and his messages. My goal with paying tribute was to embody Michael’s essence by focusing this Tribute on his message of UNITY. UNITY is something that I saw in his lyrics, his music, in his dance, and his way of being. He always looked out to unite people, unite cultures, and unite talent. I wanted to expand on his message by interpreting his music in a new way; in a way where I express myself fully, because expression is in my Latin DNA. This way it would result into something new, hoping that I could continue the legacy and show the world how he influenced me and how important he still is to all of us.
Who is Tony Sucar?
Born into a family of talented musicians in Lima, Peru on May 18, 1986, Tony Succar’s very DNA must be imbued with cadence and rhythm. The Succar family moved to Miami, Florida when Tony was just two; at the ripe old age of 13, Tony’s own music career began. He says, “I was privileged to be brought up in a family of musicians: I couldn’t be more grateful.” Succar’s music education began on piano then segued to percussion. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance from Florida International University in 2008 and his Master’s degree in 2010. This year Succar became the youngest Artist-in-Residence FIU has ever had.
Succar has worked with artists Arturo Sandoval, Néstor Torres, Ed Calle, Tito Nieves, La India, Obie Bermudez, Jennifer Peña, and Tito Puente Jr., among others. Growing up in Miami—a multi-cultural “Melting Pot”—molded him into a versatile musician, prompting him to make the most of his prodigious talent.
President of his own record label, Mixtura Productions, Tony Succar is well-versed in a number of professional roles: bandleader, percussionist, musician, producer, composer, and arranger. He is currently endorsed by Gon Bops, a top percussion brand. Whether in a timbales solo, an orchestration, or an explosive groove, Succar’s sound is gripping and distinctive and accommodates the energies and interests of musicians and dancers. Notably, at every performance, Tony focuses on the integrity of his music.
Succar’s compositions emphasize combinations of syncopation, harmonic curiosity, rhythmic uniformity, and tasteful melodies. With his unique arrangements and personal charisma, Succar breaks the mold to create enticing masterpieces for all. Tony’s debut album (CD/DVD) “Live at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center” is a prime example. The album received excellent reviews from mainstream media, including this one: “An exciting fusion of South America, Cuba, Jazz and South Beach flavor from an up-and-coming artist who will almost certainly be heard from more in the future.” – Jazz Chicago Reviews.
Assembling an exceptional production team and featured artists, Tony Succar has created The UNITY Project, a unique endeavor aimed at the minds, ears and hearts of a global audience. Pop legend Michael Jackson’s music and life philosophies heavily influenced Tony as a youngster and teenager, truly igniting his musical ideas and passion. The UNITY Project is the result: an innovative sound that interconnects elements of American Pop, Jazz, Tropical, and World Music with the enduring foundations of the King of Pop. The UNITY album will explode beyond mainstream media to appeal indefinitely to markets around the world.
Tell us about the band..(how did it all get started, the members of the band etc)
The Unity Band is basically my original Mixtura Band but with reinforcements! It’s a 49 piece orchestra! And all the members are dear friends of mine who all share the same passion for music! We are here to show the world how much Michael still means to all of us!
What are the plans regarding touring?
We defiantly have plans to go all over the world with this project! We know that the world will embrace this in a LIVE setting ! there’s nothing like LIVE MUSIC! J right now we are still releasing the album, so it’ll be sometime till we plan the tour… but for sure touring is on our priority list!
Michael’s main message was spreading peace arround the world, how do you contribute to this message?
That’s what this project is about! UNITY! I want to continue the legacy because I truly believe in it with all of my heart. I believe this is what Michael ever wanted, for all of us to Unite and live in harmony… with no war, no racism, no hate… that’s why all of his songs contained these positive messages of love, earth consciousness, reflection, etc… Again, Team Unity and I are here to continue the legacy and keep reminding the world how important Michael still is to all of us!
Your favourite MJ song and why..
My favorite MJ song .. wow… everytime this question comes up, it’s impossible to answer! There are just too many masterpieces to choose from. If there is one song that always stands out and will never cease amaze me is Earth Song. The message, the melody, the orchestration, performance, mix, everything… truly amazing. So powerful.
There is no doubt that Michael finds the constant barrage of attacks on him by the media. This is to such an extent that it really hurts him deeply.
When Michael went on the BAD TOUR he broke his vow of silence and agreed to answer one question from PEOPLE magazine journalist Todd Gold. Todd asked Michael what misconceptions the public had of him.
Michael Jackson gave this written reply:
“Like the old Indian proverb says, do not judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins. Most people don’t know me , that is why they write such things in which most is not true. I cry very,very often because it hurts and I worry about the children. All my children all over the world. i live for them. If a man could say nothing against a character what he can prove, his story could not be written. Animals strike not from malice, but because they want to live, it is the same with those who want to criticise, they desire our blood, not our pain. But still i must achieve . I must seek Truth in all things. I must endure for the power I was sent forth , for the world, for the children. But have mercy , for I’ve been bleeding a long time now. M.J. “
Michael’s love for animals is big. He said in his book MoonwaLK that animals don’t want anything from people, just to be their friends. He loves the innocent part of the animals. Michael owned a chimp called Bubbles, a Giraffe called Jabbar , a boa calles Muscles and many more . They all used to live with him on his beloved ranch Neverland..Michael was not scarred for animals , not even for the scarry ones like crocodiles…
Jermaine Jackson , Michael’s eldery brother has claimed that Michael Jackson had taken interest in Islam.Jermaine himself converted to Islam in 1989 and when to pelgrimage to Mecca. In 2005 when Michael was accused once again of child molestation and he was acquitted by that , Michael considered to follow the steps of his brother Jermaine.
Jermaine said, “When I came back from Mecca I got him a lot of books and he asked me lots of things about my religion and I told him that it’s peaceful and beautiful.
“He read everything and he was proud of me that I found something that would give me inner strength and peace.
“I think it is most probable that Michael will convert to Islam.
“He could do so much, just like I am trying to do. Michael and I and the word of God, we could do so much.”
It was no secret that after Michael was accused of the child molestations he was fed up with the states and moved to Bahrein , where he lived in peace the last years of his life. It was only for the rehearsals of the THIS IS IT concert that Michael decided to move back to LA just for rehearsing. He also donated a lot o money to built a state of the art Mosque in Bahrein as token of his love towards Islam.
ccording to an article in a British newspaper, the Telegraph, Michael Jackson followed the example of his brother, Germaine, and embraced Islam last year.
Here is an excerpt from the Telegraph’s article by Graham Tibbetts, dated November 21, 2008:
[...] According to The Sun, the ceremony took place while Jackson, 50, was recording an album at the home of Steve Porcaro, a keyboard player who composed music on his Thriller album.
The former Jackson 5 star was counselled by David Wharnsby, a Canadian songwriter, and Phillip Bubal, a producer, who have both converted.
A source said Jackson had appeared a “bit down” and added: “They began talking to him about their beliefs, and how they thought they had become better people after they converted. Michael soon began warming to the idea.
“An imam was summoned from the mosque and Michael went through the shahada, which is the Muslim declaration of belief.” [...]
He wanted to do something back for the Muslim community that has welcomed him with so much love and let him stay with them as if he is family. Michael who got fed up by the western media , who even ridiculled him more after he was acquitted , run away from the US and lived in peace in Bahrein , where he would return back to withh his children . Also Michael had a special bond wit Europe , especially England, as why he decided to do his last tour there…
When Michael is on stage , he litterly explodes from it. If Michael is on stage everybody in the audience is in trance . Never has there been an artist who dances like Michael jackson.
When Michael does the moonwalk , it’s like you see magic dance. Michael admits he got the Moonwalk from kids on the street and then he adhenced it. Through the years Michael perfected the Moonwalk untill it couldn ‘t be any better . Michael wrote a book, Dancing the Dream, with poems, one of those poems is reffering to his dance.
Michael wrote that he allows himself to go with the music as if he is in a river and then goes with the flow. He has said in the Oprah intervieuw that the music compells him to dance a certain way. There is a force at that moment , he calls it God.
Close friends who knew Michael Jackson were always suprised how he could do this magic on stage , because off-stage Michael is very quiet and often a shy fellow. When the man steps on stage , the music starts playing , he turns into a total dance genius who is anything but shy.
Michael said that when he watches himself on video he thinks ” Did I just do that?”. He really is in trance on stage , in trance by the magic of the music .
Of course Michael did a lot of practice by rehearsing a lot of dance steps, especially when he dances with background dancers, but mostly he improviced. Again, he lets the music decide how to move on stage.
We are happy to have so much MJ material to watch, because we as fans always want to see MJ dance.
It has been reported that probaly Sony pictures will make an Michael jackson movie with the more than 80 hours film footage of the rehearsals right before MJ died. The rehearsals were filmed bij AEG promotors Of Michael’s “This is It Tour”.
According the planning , according to Philips , the following: Michael would have released a 3d Thriller and lots of new musical material.
Sony is willing to pay more than 50 million dollars for the rights of these rehearsal material and also for the thriller idea.
We are anxious to know when this movie will come out , according to Kenny Ortega who filmed the rehearsals the movie will come out before the end of this year. This is a smart move as Christmas falls in this period.
For the time being we have lots of MJ stuff to watch including the sample of “this is it ” rehearsal!
Watch and enjoy!
Michael’s Favorite movie ever was the movie E.T. , he wrote this himself in his book Moonwalk. He liked the movie E.T. so much he decided to work together with Steven Spielberg on the E.T. children story book.
Michael related to odd looking creature E.T. , who came from space. E.T. was weird looking but the strange creature from space would melt your heart when he looked to the camera with his big eyes ad spoke the word’s “ET phone home” . Steven Spielberg said ” If ET would exist he would come to Michael “. Michael was very happy when he “met ” the little alien and there’s where the famous shot with his favourite star came from…
This is my first post for Michael Jackson. I would like all you readers not to believe everything written about Michael Jackson . He is the one artist over whom there is written so much false things. This to me is disgusting!
I have been a Michael jackson fan all my life and I have to say , it sounds strange , it’s like I knew him. After I have read the autobiography Moonwalk, everything wat I thought about him made sense. Michael is absolutely an sensitive soul. The media have hurt Michael so much , it is not normal. So please don’t believe the things you read about Michael jackson . The media wants to make money out of him. Untill this day , Michael died on 25th june 2009, they tell lies to sell…
Out of respect for The King , the Legend , please don’t take everything you read for true …
On this site I only want to write about true things, and I will try my best to do this. I would like to say to you Michael , this site is dedicated to you and I love you forever … because you are in my heart !
Tirza Joemman and Orchida Bachnoe at Michael Jackson’s former residence Neverland , Los Olivos . july 2009