Check out this video for Siji‘s single “Ijo”. Siji returned to Lagos, Nigeria after a 20 year absence from his childhood home, to rediscover what he left behind. Shot on location, the video is an open audition searching for dancers.
Gilles Peterson will be running the Virgin London Marathon on April 17th to raise money for The Steve Reid Foundation that he recently set up on behalf of struggling musicians. He’s been training for months and besides our good wishes he also needs your sponsorship.
For those of you who don’t know, Steve Reid was an amazing drummer with a long and illustrious history that stretched from working with James Brown, Miles Davis, and Fela Kuti, through to his own Steve Reid Trio and more recently working with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet). He died from throat cancer in the US in April 2010 without the money for treatment that could have saved his life.
As Gilles says, “This is something that is very close to me and that I feel strongly about, and wanted to set up something as a lasting legacy to help others in similar situations. To this end, I am running the London Marathon on April 17th on behalf of the Steve Reid Foundation.”
The Steve Reid Foundation is applying for charitable status and in the meantime will work closely with the Musicians Benevolent Fund to aid the plight of struggling musicians, especially those with long-term and life threatening health problems. A career as a musician may sometimes seem glamorous, but more often it is a struggle and health related issues can often be the final straw.
A variety of other fundraising activities are planned, but in the meantime all the monies raised by Gilles’ running in the marathon will go directly to the Musicians Benevolent Fund.
On Tuesday, April 5th, Focus Features and Giant Step invite you to an exclusive advance screening of the upcoming thriller Hanna at The Cobble Hill Cinemas in Brooklyn NY at 7:00PM. Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement), and starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett, the film revolves around a teenage girl raised as a killer out in the Alaskan wilderness by her father Erik (Erick Bana), an ex-CIA agent. Hanna is sent out into the world for the first time after she is captured by the CIA and held underground for observation as they hunt for her father. She breaks free in an attempt to fulfill her ultimate mission.
Entrance is free, but strictly RSVP only.
Les Nubians‘ upcoming album, Nü Revolution, includes a handful of featured artists including Brooklyn-based Ghanaian MC Blitz the Ambassador. With this song, Paris-born sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart tackle the subject of gossip and soussou (rumors), as the rastas say.
“Gossips and are little mundane poisons. What people say about you is deformed from a mouth to an ear, to a mouth to another mouth!” – Hélène
While it’s been a few years since Goapele has released a studio album, she has been touring and performing constantly since the release of Change It All back in 2005. She will be performing live this coming Saturday, April 2nd, at The Shrine in Chicago backed by Verzatile with special guest DJ Mark Fulla Flava.
If that’s not enough good news, check out the video interview below and listen to her talk about her upcoming third release titled Milk & Honey, scheduled to hit stores later this year.