A Bless-ed Private Viewing With Music By Dego, Ge-ology & Tyler Askew May 28th

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Artists Robi Walters and Leanne Wright of Bless-ed are exhibiting two collections of work for a presentation entitled Superimposing The Thought Of Happiness at the Dapper Dan Imperial Gallery in NYC.

Robi and Leanne met in 1991 and spent the ensuing years working as a team designing album covers for some of London’s most talented and respected underground dance labels and music producers, including Gilles Peterson, Bebel Gilberto, Innerzone Orchestra (Carl Craig) and Dego (4 Hero). In 2004, they moved back to Leanne’s native Canada. Inspired by their surroundings, their two children and their absolute need to create, their art began to flourish.

Bess-ed’s works will be showing from Wednesday, May 27 – Saturday, May 31 from 12 – 5 PM. A special private viewing will be held on Thursday, May 28 from 7 – 11 PM with a musical selection by Dego, Ge-ology & Tyler Askew (Rude Movements).

Dapper Dan Imperial Gallery
139 West 14th St.
btwn 6th and 7th Ave
New York, NY

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K’NAAN’s Video For “T.I.A” Directed By NABIL

The opening track to K’NAAN’s socially conscious Troubadour (A&M/Octone), “T.I.A.” now has a stunning collage of visual effects to enhance its message. Directed by NABIL (the man responsible for Kanye’s “Welcome To Heartbreak” video), the partially animated clip depicts K’NAAN in a Made In Africa t-shirt, against a highly stylized backdrop of traditional garb, AK’s, handguns, grassland savannas, head sculptures and a kaleidescope of flag colors and currency from the motherland. This is Africa.

More info, streams and videos here.

Hennessy Black Presents Project Art Chicago, May 22nd

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Mashing up multi-media installations with music, Hennessy Black presents the first installment of Project Art Chicago on Friday, May 22nd at Climax Lounge.  Featuring Lupe Fiasco’s recording artist Hey Champ on 1st and 15th Music, the event will help build awareness for the alternative art scene through Paintings, Graffiti, Photography and other mediums, while all being intertwined with Live Music, Live DJ,  Dance and Breakin.

Project Art Chicago
Friday, May 22nd, 2009
9PM – 2AM

Climax Lounge
326 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

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The second and third in the series will follow in June and July, featuring Miz Metro, Hollywood Holt, Brittany Bosco, Million $ Mano, Shala and more.

Art curated by Tristan Hummel.

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Márcio Local Says, ”Don Day Don Dree Don Don”: Adventures In Samba Soul + Free MP3 Download

With Márcio Local Says, ”Don Day Don Dree Don Don”: Adventures In Samba Soul (out now on Luaka Bop), he stands at the crossroads of two great traditions in modern Brazilian music: one foot in samba (the heavily percussive Afro-Brazilian dance music that took its modern form in the early twentieth century) and the other in soul.
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Joy Jones’ Video For “The Joy” (Original Mix)

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Here’s another Joy Jones treat with broken beat and soul vibes for you as we eagerly await her full-length, Godchild (out June 9th on Future Soul Recordings).  The album will feature the Daz-I-Kue (of West London’s Bugz In The Attic fame) mix of “The Joy.”

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