Sunday, November 21, 2021

Elevate - Kabaka Pyramid


Biggup my brother in rhyme Kabaka Pyramid serving up supm fresh with Friends Only Official - Never Be The Same 

Also celebrating this year The Rebel Music EP 10 year Anniversary with a remastered release and some dope digital art to match. ooh 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Nina Simone On freedom

This is an excerpt from "Nina: An Historical Perspective" by Peter Rodis 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Nina Simone & Lauryn Hill - The miseducation of Eunice Waymon


Repost from Soul Mates Project: 
With his latest Soul Mates Project, Amerigo Gazaway imagines a studio session between The High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, and living legend, Ms. Lauryn Hill. Continuing the “collaborations that never were” theme of his previous releases, the producer seamlessly connects the dots between Hip-Hop and the genre’s predecessor, Soul.

Download the full album here...

This is an epic piece of work, thoughtful and detailed, an absolute must listen for the die hard Lauryn fan. Gazaway is a genius. On his 2018 release he writes:

Repost continued:
Back in 2016, I had the pleasure of discussing my conceptual collaboration projects via a roundtable discussion at MoPOP’s annual POP Conference in Seattle. During our discussion, a fellow panelist, writer and professor, Zandria Robinson, posed an interesting question: “where’s your project celebrating women artists?” 

Two years later and I’m excited to finally share the answer with my new Nina Simone + Lauryn Hill mixtape, “The Miseducation of Eunice Waymon”. Given the project was, in part, inspired by Zandria’s question, she got the first listen and has written a few words on the album below. -AG 

“Soul Mates’ “collaborations that never were” enters new territory with a now familiar deft and verve, this time highlighting intergenerational conjurings between two black women cultural workers from the civil rights and hip-hop generations. With Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill seated together at the table, collaboration transforms into vivid conversation, call and response, and a call to action--private, personal, and public--across space, time, and realm. 

With "The Miseducation of Eunice Waymon", Amerigo Gazaway renders listeners children in the backseat of a shiny black Chevy, transfixed by the mysteries of grown women’s conversations. We ride along and listen quietly as Hill drives down South to retrieve Simone from North Carolina and the two travel back north together, to New Jersey and then to New York, and onward to woman-ish soul eternity. 

Gazaway does a different kind of labor in this mashup, creating a private, interior space for these women to speak the truths of their lives, both to themselves and to each other. As they come to know each other across the project’s apt sample and song combinations and interview snippets, Simone’s piano accompanies and buoys Lauryn and Lauryn sings back Nina’s words and sounds a resonant understanding with her acoustic guitar. They become gold- and white-framed mirrors, dancing to breakbeats around each other’s personal and political struggles and triumphs with all the freedom being seen, being recognized, brings. 

In this curated interior space, audiences are compelled, at last, to listen to all of what and who these women were and are and to really hear those truths: to listen and learn about care, alienation, desperation, motherhood, women’s work; about the unending strivings for interpersonal peace and understanding; and about the necessity for liberation.” - Zandria Robinson

Big Sean - LA Leakers Freestyle


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Benin Bronzes


Keme Nzerem speaks with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden about Nigerias stolen Benin Bronzes and the British Museum where they properly reside.

Honestly when I first saw this I assumed it was some kind of parody. Its not. 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Yasiin Bey speaks his mind on Spotify and the pressure to release Blackstar 2, Peoples Party clip


23 years after the iconic Blackstar album release from Talib Kweli and Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), fans are still hungrily awaiting their follow up. More than teased at, to mouth watering eager fans, and now lauded over by greedy streaming services set to add to their hoard, the usually quiet Yasiin Bey dials in with Jasmin Leigh and The Peoples Party with Talib Kweli, on Spotify; the nay sayers, and the impatient fans.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

A toast to my ancestors

A lot of transitioning has been happening lately.

I am sensing an energy shift on a macro and micro scale; the entire Earth, it’s inhabitants, systems of control, cultural icons passing, people closest to me, changes within.

Since the start of the year Iv lost 3 close relatives in close succession. My uncle, my Grandmother and my aunt. I imagine posting this helps me to compute, but I doubt it does.

As I am dressed here I have attended two of three funerals from my apartment flat, hysterical through every range of emotions. Disconnected and frustrated by it. Through the difficult moments however I feel selfish as I know the tears are for memories Iv had with them and memories I can’t, and that’s for me, not them. For them I imagine and embrace happiness and relief as I know though death was sudden, it was when they were not living in their greatest power. Now they are...

Connected in what feels like very crucial timing, purposeful, powerful and in preparation for what is ahead. A toast to my ancestors


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Sons of Kemet - Hustle ft. Kojey Radical


ooh this is dope

In “Hustle”, two dancers represent the duality present within any struggle to transcend internal limitations - until differing elements of the self are reconciled and act in unison. Listen to “Hustle” ft. Kojey Radical: Follow Sons of Kemet everywhere: Sons of Kemet returns with their new album Black To The Future, out May 14. The follow up to 2018’s Mercury Prize nominated breakout release Your Queen Is A Reptile This release finds the UK-based quartet at their most dynamic – showcasing harmonically elegant arrangements and compositions, coupled with fierce, driving material Video credits: Director: Ashleigh Jadee Producer: Adi Alfa Production Company: Dynasty Entertainment Dancers: The Jaiy Twins @thejaiytwins

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Nubya Garcia - Tiny Desk (home) Concert


NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space. 

September 16, 2020 | Suraya Mohamed -- Look to the left of Nubya Garcia's Tiny Desk (home) concert and you'll see a hanging plant swaying right above the keys. It never stops moving during the next 23 minutes, and it's for a bizarre reason. Garcia's (home) concert took place on a boat — a first in Tiny Desk history — because she was in between homes. Before the pandemic hit, the London-born jazz saxophonist and composer was booked for an extensive global tour that started in February 2020, and it was expected to continue through the end of the year. Because she was only going to be in London for a very short time, she gave up her flat, planning to stay with family and friends for short breaks. It seemed like a good idea until March, when COVID-19 shut down most of the world and the tour, too. 

Garcia and her band are at Soup Studio, a recording facility built on a decommissioned floating lighthouse moored on the River Thames. It's also where Garcia recorded her excellent new album, SOURCE. This set features three songs from the record; the title track starts it off with a reggae, dub vibe. Garcia skillfully uses the entire range of her tenor saxophone, hitting convincing low and high notes with ease and resolve. Throughout the set, her tone is gorgeous, her musical intuition perfect. She projects rich and full melodic lines with refined solos that leave just enough space to take in the expressive sincerity of the music. There are no lyrics but her music conveys a message of staying grounded, being present in the moment and appreciating the comforts and feelings of what it means to be home. 

"Boundless Beings" 

MUSICIANS Nubya Garcia: tenor saxophone: Joe Armon-Jones: keys; Daniel Casmir: double bass: Sam Jones: drums; Richie Seivwright: vocals; Cassie Kinoshi: vocals 

CREDITS Video by: Fabrice Bourgelle; Additional Cameras: Lou Jasmine, Israel Wilson; Audio by: David Holmes; Mixed by: Kwes at Soup Studio; Producer: Suraya Mohamed; Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Amanda Gorman - The Hill We Climb - Inaugural Poem

Amanda Gorman, the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate, became the youngest-ever inaugural poet. As a person with a speech impediment, she's said she can relate to Pres. Biden and his refusal to be silenced by his stutter

 Quiet isn't always peace ...

There is always light

If only we're brave enough to see it 

If only we're brave enough to be it. 

Order The Hill We Climb and other poems here and here... 

Monday, January 18, 2021