K’NAAN And Paper Tongues; Wave Your Flag Tour – 2010

Sometimes we like to pat ourselves on the back for spotting the talent train before it pulls into the station, and this is one of those moments. We have been working with K’NAAN since before Troubador exploded on the scene and “Waving Flag” put Somalia on the global map for being more than a war torn country. Paper Tongues delivered a fiery debut with Ride to California is ready to take on new challenges.

What with the 2 artists specializing in blurring the genre lines, and appealing to such a variety of fans, it was only natural that they would meet, greet, and make musical mash up babies together. They take their unique collaboration on the road on the K’naan Wave Your Flag Tour 2010; with special Guest Paper Tongues .

Download this free mash up track and enjoy a taste of what the tour might bring to a city near you.

Tour Info

Foreign Exchange: Authenticity Out Now + Short Film

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Check out the short film about Foreign Exchange (more here) and get their third release Authenticity, in stores now.

And pick up The Ballad of Purple Saint James by frequently featured FE vocalist, YahZarah. Her second single “Cry Over You” features the lovable Phonte and comes with this good-times video. You can also hear Phonte & YahZarah featured on the upcoming Freedom Suite by The Beast & Nnenna Freelon.

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Win Tickets To Les Nubians’ Nu Revolution Preview in NYC – October 15

To celebrate their third release, Nu Revolution — due this December, French / Cameroonian duo Les Nubians have embarked on a preview tour backed by a world class 9-piece band. The sisters wrap things up in their now hometown — New York City — at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Friday, October 15th.

In case you haven’t bought your tickets yet, Giant Step is offering you a chance to win two to see Les Nubians live at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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New Zealand at CMJ 2010 – October 19

NZ at CMJ 2010

42BELOW, NZ On Air, and the NZ Music Commission bring you one of the hottest tickets at the CMJ this year. On Tuesday, October 19th, get ready to experience New Zealand’s finest musical talents brought to you from across the oceans, and placed in the lap of New York City at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Showcasing Zowie, Street Chant, Kids Of 88, Electric Wire Hustle, Ruby Frost and Lawrence Arabia, New Zealand comes prepared and to ready to school you on all they have to offer (besides a killer Rugby team).

Just in case all that wasn’t enough, complimentary 42BELOW cocktails will be served all night (or until we run out). Entrance is free, but strictly RSVP only (also free w/ a CMJ badge), and granted on a ‘first come, first served basis’ so make sure you get there early as last year’s installment drew out over 1,000 fans. Doors open at 5:45pm and show starts at 6:00pm sharp.

Now enjoy the video “Perception” from one of our favorite NZ bands to grace the CMJ showcase, Electric Wire Hustle.

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The Beast & Nnenna Freelon Present Freedom Suite, Hosted by 9th Wonder + MP3

The Beast, a hip-hop quartet featuring emcee Pierce Freelon brings multi Grammy nominee jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon into the group for Freedom Suite, a collection of original songs, classic interpretations and interviews reflecting on jazz and hip-hop today. The entire album will be available for free download on October 26th, via The Revivalist, Okayplayer’s new jazz site.

The music of Freedom Suite combines a live jazz aesthetic with a electronic, sample-based hip-hop aesthetic and features artists like 9th Wonder, Geechi Suede of Camp Lo, Phonte, YahZarah. The music is interspersed with conversations between scholars and teachers like Amiri Baraka, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Angela Davis and more.

Check out the first single “Freedom Part 2″ from their Bandcamp site below.