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Month: June 2009

Karriem Riggins

Nice piece on Karriem Riggins, drummer extraordinaire who dabbles equally in the world of jazz as he does in the world of hip-hop, via the East Bay Express. Well written and laced with information that I never knew about the man. That Jazz Thing? It’s A Rap. by Rachel Swan, East Bay Express Vibe on…

ESL Music

Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) Music have recently dropped a few albums to add to their already stellar catalog. Among the treats are Federico Aubele’s newest and most personal album yet, Amatoria. Inspired by the classic and passionate sounds of bolero and Argentinian tango, Aubele infuses his distinctive Spanish guitar sound with sultry vocals and subtle…

Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80

As per a request from Robel in the Netherlands, here’s Fela’s Underground System whose title track starts off with rhythms that are far faster and more urgent than those on most of Fela’s characteristically lengthy tracks. If that sounds like a marginal quality upon which to judge a song as a standout, well, something like…

Music Is the Weapon

Music Is the Weapon may be short, but it’s essential viewing for Fela fans. Filmed in 1982, the 53-minute documentary captures the late Nigerian musician/activist at his peak. For the uninitiated, it’s hard to explain–in mere words–how one man could so successfully mate the sexuality of James Brown with the righteous politics of Bob Marley…

FELA! Coming to Broadway

Fela!, the musical that the New York Times called “A Show That Melts Walls,” is scheduled to come to Broadway where it will be hosted by the Eugene O’Neill Theater. The show about Afrobeat musician and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti won strong reviews when it played 37 Arts in an extended run last summer, and…

The SA-RA Creative Partners

The SA-RA Creative Partners is a trio of accomplished musicians, producers and trendsetters, comprised of Om’Mas Keith, Taz Arnold and Shafiq Husayn. On their musical quest they have dazzled with amazing productions, collections, mixes and remixes. On Nuclear Evolution: The Age of Love, The SA-RA Creative Partners blend next-level production with a unique and unconstrained…

Contemporary Funk

The funk on this compilation is contemporary but the message of funk is as old as humanity itself. Funk as Tramp Records sees it is a vibrant and viable music that was born from a transformative period in American history – the sound of the growing pains of a young country. Contemporary Funk gathers inspired…

Budos Band EP

Previously-unreleased work from the Budos Band — recorded a few years back in Brooklyn, and finally seeing the light of day on this sweet vinyl-only EP! The grooves here are wonderful — and show the group really picking up a lot of global elements in their funk — some key Ethiopian lines in the horn…

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

This Film Is Not Yet Rated is an independent documentary film about the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) rating system and its effect on American culture. The film discusses disparities the filmmaker sees in ratings and feedback: between Hollywood and independent films, between homosexual and heterosexual sexual situations, between male and female sexual depictions,…

NOMO – Invisible Cities

Less than a year after the acclaimed Ghost Rock, NOMO have completed its spirited sister album recorded during the Ghost Rock sessions and tours. Invisible Cities is informed by their ceaseless travelling, and visits to places both real and unreal. The sonic empire of NOMO is expanding; busting up genres and musical borders with astonishing…

Lee Fields

Lee Fields is a bona-fide, 100%, unadulterated, pure, gut-bucket soul singer. While the crate-digging funk and soul community bestowed “legendary” status upon him due to his undeniably solid series of rare 7″ singles (and one LP) recorded and released on his own independent labels in the 70s, he’s never been one to sit in a…

Aloe Blacc x Lee Fields

While in New York working on material for an upcoming album with Truth & Soul, Aloe Blacc took on the additional task of remixing the title track off the upcoming Lee Fields & the Expressions album. As politically charged as the original, “Truth, Deception, & Lies” is not just good music, but a bona-fide, unfeigned,…

Tony Allen – Secret Agent

Fela Anikulapo Kuti is generally credited as the “inventor” of Afrobeat, and his contributions-as a catalyst, bandleader and lyricist-were indeed crucial. But the credit needs to be shared with Allen, Kuti’s drummer from 1964 – 1980, who created Afrobeat’s signature, lazily insistent rhythms, and who played on all the classic Afrika 70 albums. Kuti once…

Mos Def – The Ecstatic

New Mighty Mos wax is on the streets. Stones Throw camp is all over it. Jackson Bros. flavas show up throughout, G.A.M. is featured on and produced “Roses”, and an unearthed Dilla beat gets the royal treatment in conjunction with Kweli. Not fully digested at this point, but the initial listen had my brainwaves peakin’…