New Release: Anoushka Shankar – ‘Traces of You’

 

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Grammy-nominated sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar today releases her 7th album, Traces of You. Inspired by the loss of her father (Ravi Shankar) and the birth of her son, her album explores the full breadth of the human experience with moving grace.

Also joining Anoushka on the project are multi-award-winning musician Nitin Sawhney on production and half-sister Norah Jones on vocals. Below, catch the video for the title track with Norah!

After the jump, get a peek into the process behind the album with the video trailer as well as tour dates! The tour kicks off on November 7 in Birmingham, AL.

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Album video trailer and tour dates after the jump

New Track: Maya Azucena – “Fearless” + the MAZU Collection for BeadforLife

 

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Artist and activist Maya Azucena releases her latest soul-rousing single “Fearless” today having premiered the stream on Essence.com last week. Inspired by the woman’s warrior spirit and a tribute to the women of BeadforLife in Uganda, the song also celebrates the launch of the MAZU Collection, Azucena’s signature line of handmade jewelry in collaboration with BeadforLife. The Davido produced track is available now on iTunes.

BeadforLife’s first signature line of its kind, the MAZU Collection features pieces Azucena helped design using traditional, Ugandan recycled paper beads. Each individual bead is hand-rolled by women in Uganda and the proceeds from jewelry sales empower these women to create sustainable businesses, leaving poverty behind. The line helps to drive BeadforLife’s mission forward, to eradicate poverty and to empower women worldwide.

To purchase pieces from the MAZU Collection and learn more about BeadforLife, please visit here.

Photo credit: Rae Maxwell