Nneka Download & November Tour Dates

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Download MP3 of “The Uncomfortable Truth” Here (right-click to download)

Coming from Nigeria via Germany, Nneka is finally making her US debut with Concrete Jungle, slated for release on February 2nd, 2010. In preparation she’s hitting the road this November; her first US tour. The digital EP will be available on November 3, and a vinyl 7” will be released later in November.

Tour Dates:

Monday, 11/9 – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
Tuesday, 11/10 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom w/ The Roots
Thursday, 11/12 – Boston, MA – Café 939
Friday, 11/13 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
Saturday, 11/14 – Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java
Tuesday, 11/17 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Thursday, 11/19 – Santa Monica, CA – Zanzibar
Friday, 11/20 – San Francisco, CA – Café Du Nord

Nneka Myspace

The Bowery Presents HARD NYC: Crookers, Major Lazer (Soundsystem), Rusko, Jack Beats & Destructo

The hottest DJs and producers in the scene today; Crookers, Major Lazer, Rusko, Jack Beats & Destructo blow up the dance floor at Terminal5 Sat 10/10 (tomorrow night).  Come ready to sweat your clothes off!!

The latest from Major Lazer ft Nina Sky and Ricky Blaze

Somi’s Upcoming Release If the Rains Come First + MP3 Download

somi2Somi‘s third album, If The Rains Come First, is a stunning collection of self-penned story-based songs, a meditation on opening ourselves up to life’s blessings and challenges much in the way that we accept the rain and all that it brings. If The Rains Come First is set for release on October 27th on Obliqsound. “The songs on this album reflect where I am emotionally and spiritually today,” Somi says. “At the end of the day, I still know who I am and where home is before, during, and after the rain – it’s in the music.”

Optimism, conviction and resilience are hallmarks of Somi’s new creations. “Prayer To the Saint of the Brokenhearted,” reflects on the sense of helplessness and hopelessness one often feels after heartache, while serving as a reminder of the possibilities of faith and renewal. “Enganjyani,” which means ‘most beloved’ in Rutooro, refers to, “the memory of whispered prayer and being haunted by a past lover.” The track features the legendary Hugh Masekela, a longtime Somi fan who has become a mentor, guesting on trumpet. “Rising,” a song about faith and navigating life’s challenges, is all forward motion, a flawless juxtaposition of sizzling rhythm, instantly memorable melody and a vocal style that JazzTimes magazine describes as “the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves.”

Digital exclusive of the album to be released October 13.

Download & Tour Dates After the Jump

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Felabrations 2009 – Celebrating The Life & Music Of Fela Kuti

felabration-splash-final1In support of the Knitting Factory Records re-launch of Fela Kuti’s music catalogue, as well as the debut of the FELA! show on Broadway, Giant Step has organized official Felabration events in more than 15 cities across North America throughout the month of October; this outstanding schedule of Felabrations will bring together some of the best DJs, musicians, and promoters around to celebrate the life, music, and birthday of Fela Anikulapo Kuti (October 15, 1938 – August 2, 1997). With the support of esteemed DJs such as Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Ron Trent, DJ Nu-Mark, DJ Day, Jeremy Sole, DJ Kemit, J-Justice, Adam Gibbons, DJ Sun, Chicken George and Frank Gossner, as well as artists such as Roy Ayers, WUNMI, Ikebe Shakdown, Baba Ola Jagun, Amon, and many more, these events will bring together the diverse communities and tastemakers across the country who are instrumental in keeping Fela’s music alive.

Full Schedule of Felabrations 2009

Download “Zombie” [mp3] (right-click to download)

More info on Fela Kuti
Stream tracks from The Best Of The Black President CD+DVD

Noisettes Remixed by Mick Boogie and Terry Urban

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Mick Boogie and Terry Urban Present WILD YOUNG HEARTBREAKERS: The Noisettes Remixed. Download zip file here. The project involves new beats made from Kanye’s 808s and Heartbreak, meticulously mashed into songs from UK hitmakers Noisettes. Remixers include Esso, 6th Sense, Apple Juice Kid and more.

Tracklisting after the jump. Thanks to Okayplayer for the link!

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