Ja Prawn was born from the murky depths of the LA River in the early millennium, and has been relentlessly rocking Los Angeles’ diveyest dance clubs and underground caverns ever since. Ja Prawn is a demigod sculpted of synth sludge, apocalyptic sci-fi soundtracks, and pawn shop lo-fi glory. After honing their sound at Don Bolles’ nightclub “Ding-a-Ling” in Silverlake, CA, Ja Prawn has finally unleashed its spawn into the world.
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The After Midnight Series by visual artist Steven Lopez has featured musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Minnie Riperton, India.Arie, Sade, Jill Scott and more. Lopez works by selecting a favorite song, then he begins the painting process in front of a live audience. Above is a time-lapse video of his process in his studio.
In this episode of the series, he paints to Erykah Badu‘s “Amerykahn Promise” off of New Amerykah Part One: Fourth World War. To celebrate Part Two, Steven Lopez is offering an autographed print poster to the most deserving Badu fan. To prove yourself, send a love letter to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why you love Erykah Badu and this painting, describing your personal interpretations, the reasons why you love mixed-media, or maybe just why this rare artwork is rightfully yours.
Contest ends April 25th. The Giclee´ print is 30″ x 40″. Good luck! A message from Erykah:
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Timeless: The Composer/Arranger Series is the name of a concert series that was created in homage to the composer/arrangers who have influenced hip-hop in the most literal and profound ways. Timeless was conceived by production house Mochilla in Los Angeles during February and March 2009 and included the performances of over 150 musicians in front of ecstatic sold out crowds. These three historic events were recorded and filmed in exacting detail with Mochilla’s unmistakable style – with the music of Mulatu Astatke, J.Dilla and Arthur Verocai.
More Info & Purchase: Mochilla.com/timeless
Stay tuned for our Artist Profile on Mulatu, commemorating his March 30th release, Mulatu Steps Ahead on Strut Records.
Grammy Award winning singer, guitarist, songwriter and musical innovator, Gilberto Gil, will be making a New York stop on his String Concert Tour featuring Jacques Morelenbaum and Bem Gil on Thursday, March 11, at Nokia Theatre. We are very excited to be able to offer some lucky winners a pair of tickets to see him perform live in Times Square.
This man has not only revolutionized his country’s music, but he is also its Minister of Culture. What City, State, and Country is Gilberto Gil from?
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