New Track: Fela Kuti – “Lady” (Remade by Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo, Questlove, & Akua Naru) + Behind the Scenes Video


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This might be the longest post title ever, but well worth it. Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo, Questlove, & Akua Naru came together for a powerful collaboration on a remake of Fela Kuti’s “Lady.” The result = yikes! In the best way possible. You must listen to the stream below.

Above, view a behind the scenes on the making of the track as well as interviews with the artists involved. This song is more than just any other woman loving song – it’s about the power of a woman in any form, of any creed and background.

The track will be part of a new Fela Kuti compilation by by the Red Hot and (RED) organizations called Red Hot + Fela.

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New Release: Paul Simon – ‘Graceland’ 25th Anniversary Edition + Video


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The legendary 12 Grammy Award winner Paul Simon this week released the 25th Anniversary Edition of his famed Graceland album, which drew much of its inspiration from South African music.

The “remastered and expanded” version also includes five unreleased live tracks from the 1989 Graceland tour in Spain.

Also, view the inspiring video above to hear the story behind the original Graceland.

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New Release: The Mynabirds – ‘Generals’ + Video


Ever since first hearing “Generals” in March, we couldn’t stop gushing about it. Now finally, Nebraska band The Mynabirds release a video to go with the revolutionary minded track.

Yes, we are indeed shimmying and shaking it all over again with this one; The black and white 50s style video is pretty damn killer – these ladies are owning it!

Also this week, The Mynabirds released their politically charged sophomore album called Generals as well. The sound is a potent blend of rock, pop, dance, soul, and some serious percussive force.

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Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal At SummerStage – [POSTPONED]

Giant Step’s annual SummerStage NYC concert with Bobby Womack has been postponed due to a recent and successful surgery. Stay tuned for more details on the new date where Bobby will be joined by Willis Earl Beal!

Over the years, we have presented Femi Kuti, Jamie Lidell, Janelle Monaé, Gilles Peterson, and more. Last year, Q-Tip, Little Dragon and Chester French rocked our SummerStage event. We look forward to dancing with you again this year!

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New Release: Emeli Sande – ‘Our Version of Events’


The UK med student turned soul sensation Emeli Sandé is winning hearts everywhere with her heartfelt lyrics and brilliant voice. Her debut album Our Version Of Events is out in the US today. Finally!

When you hear Sandé, you’ll be swept back to glimpses of Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, and Lauryn Hill.

To add to the excitement, Emeli is offering a free single via iTunes! Also, be sure to catch her on tour – dates below. Another taste of Emeli’s sounds can be found via the video for “My Kind of Love” below. There’s plenty of goodness to go around, so take your pick.

Enter our contest to win Our Version of Events.

Emeli Sande – “Daddy” ft. Naughty Boy [Download on iTunes]

Tour Dates
Jun 05 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
Jul 29 – TD Garden – Boston, MA
Jul 30 – TD Garden – Boston, MA
Aug 01 – Palace of Auburn Hills – Detroit, MI *
Aug 03 – Izod Center – Rutherford, NJ *
Aug 04 – Izod Center – Rutherford, NJ *

* Supporting Coldplay

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