Rachelle Ferrell is unquestionably one of the most dynamic talents in contemporary pop music. Very few vocal artists in the industry have Ferrell’s potent combination of range, phrasing, and musicianship (she is also and accomplished pianist). Such potency was made powerfully aware to Blue Note Record’s head Bruce Lundvall who first heard Ferrell on a [...]
These are exciting times in music; a return to purity, risk-taking and truth-telling. Yet it has been some time since we have seen the likes of Bilal Oliver. His prodigious debut album 1st Born Second, is a symbolic raising of the bar, worthy of critical examination.
This summer Afro-Punk, BAMcinematek and Toyota’s/The 5th Door.com will present the 5th annual Afro-Punk Festival in the heart of Brooklyn. The festival is the definitive destination for the global Afro-Punk community. In 2002, Matthew Morgan and James Spooner joined forces to give a voice to thousands of multi-cultural kids fiercely identifying with a lifestyle path-less-traveled. [...]
On June 12, 2009, Gospel Uptown (GU) Harlem’s new entertainment and dining destination opened its doors at 2110 Seventh Ave between 125th & 126th Streets. The restaurant’s website says that it offers a healthful Soul Fusion menu which “ventures beyond familiar soul and neo-soul offerings to create an array of choices transcending the traditional Southern [...]
Raphael Saadiq will release his first concert DVDÂ — Raphael Saadiq: Live From the Artists Den — on July 21. The disc chronicles his live show supporting last year’s album release The Way I See It.
Koko Taylor, a sharecropper’s daughter whose regal bearing and powerful voice earned her the sobriquet “Queen of the Blues,” has died after complications from surgery. She was 80. Taylor died Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital about two weeks after having surgery for a gastrointestinal bleed, said Marc Lipkin, director of publicity for her record label, [...]
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Ryan Leslie, platinum-selling producer, songwriter, entrepreneur and recording artist, was just a blip on the vast landscape of R&B music as a solo artist until a few months ago.Â In March, his debut album (which sold out in 7 minutes at Time Square’s Virgin Mega store) was released and topped the charts with great reviews [...]
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A Look Back — Organic: Acoustic Diaries with Planet Ubiquity, PJ Morton, Yahzarah, and Jaguar Wright at SOBs
Organic: Acoustic Diaries MC Chinah Blac ***** Organic: Acoustic Diaries had a wallop of an artist listing at SOB’s last week. Â Planet Ubiquity — a live alternative hip-hop group who will rock you, PJ Morton — the storm before the calm, Yahzarah — the chocolate morsel with a voice like what and the headliner Jaguar [...]
Sing Harlem Sing! is a musical written by Vy Higginsen and directed by Ken Wydro (creators of the long running musical Mama I Want To Sing!). The Musical tells the story of Higginsen’s groundbreaking career as New York’s first black female radio disc jockey. The score includes gospel, R&B and rock â€˜n’ roll.