Fatima Speaks About Her Upcoming Release ‘Yellow Memories’

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Words by Korby Benoit

Fatima is a Swedish born vocalist based in London. In recent years she’s earned praise for her work that has spread through the UK’s music scene. Her lush and soulful collaborations with Eglo Records co-founder Floating Points have kept her name abuzz and on May 14th her new album Yellow Memories will be available on Eglo Records.

Along with Floating Points producers Flako, Oh No, Shafiq Husayn, Knxledge, Scoop Deville and Computer Jay are responsible for the album’s sound. I recently spoke with Fatima as she was in London preparing for the album release.

“You make your music and you never know how people are going to feel about it.  It’s always good to hear when people are enjoying it. It makes me happy” explains Fatima.

“The album is called Yellow Memories because I was struggling to find a title. It’s pretty hard. I guess it’s like naming a child. I was thinking about my grandma’s house.  And I was thinking about the past.  The word yellow is because my grandma’s house is actually yellow. That house to me represents my childhood and me growing up in Sweden.” She continues, “I was looking at family photos and it just popped up in my head. It’s me reminiscing of a time that’s been before and that house is kind of a like a symbol of the past. I think the album represents family, love, sunshine and the past.”

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The Foreign Exchange Ignite Brooklyn with Flying Colors

Photos by Eddie Pearson | Words by Korby Benoit

The Foreign Exchange brought their Love in Flying Colors world tour to Brooklyn this Monday. Together with their live band, Phonte and Nicolay provided an evening of good music and energetic showmanship.

Phonte’s voice was rich, clear and very true to his recordings. He’s an engaging singer who manages to seize his audience with his singing ability combined with his playful wit and humor. Phonte was also very committed to his performance as he delivered an extremely lively set. Nicolay, along with the band also appeared to be in high spirits as they delivered their tunes.  The group’s camaraderie is apparent in their performance.

The Music Hall of Willamsburg was a filled with loyal fans who weren’t shy about expressing their fondness for the group. It was hard to spot a fan who wasn’t singing along. It’s clear The Foreign Exchange have successfully grown their audience since their 2004 debut Connected.

There are still several dates ahead on this tour and I recommend this show to anyone who appreciates good live music. The Foreign Exchange offer a show where people can simply kick back and have a good time.

Photo: Ali Shaheed Muhammad @ the303, NYC – May 5

Photos by Eddie Pearson

Last night a packed house celebrated Cinco de Mayo with Ali Shaheed Muhammad for a special night of dinner and dancing at the303 in NYC! Get the visual recap above!

Ali had everyone singing along to every song, not skipping one beat. And you know if the DJ has a smile on his face all night long, something is going right!

Iggy Azalea Makes It Bounce in Brooklyn

Iggy Azalea at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Words by Chelsea Whitaker

Iggy Azalea has learned how to be a superstar. Everything about her sold out show in Brooklyn – the art deco South Beach themed set, the choreographed dancers, her flawless rapping – was polished, professional and ready to live up to the expectations of her rabid “Azelians”, as well as silence the skeptical critics.

With her hit single “Fancy” climbing the charts, Iggy is finally taking her place as a genre-transcendent artist. She walks the line between rapper and pop star, ratchet and iconic. And her are fans eating it up, seizing the opportunity to come to shows, buying merchandise and singing along to every line.

A warm-up DJ set of perfectly mixed disco and deep house by Lauren Flax – a star in her own right – got the crowd into a girl power groove. When the dancers came out through the “Hotel Iggy door”, followed by Iggy herself, every phone and every hand was in the air. Iggy paused, posed and said “Stop. Think about it” just before dropping into the Steve Aoki produced “Beat Down”. It was immediately obvious she was practiced and ready – every word was clear, and her voice was powerful even without backing vocals (something some other rappers could certainly learn from).

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Photo: Art of Cool Festival in Durham – April 25 & 26

Photos by Jen Diaz

Coming straight from Bull City after a two-day live music binge is a must. If you haven’t already enjoyed that type of adventure, start planning for next year. The Art of Cool Festival made its debut this past weekend taking over Durham, North Carolina and inviting a city to enjoy the sounds of Jazz, Hip Hop, and R&B with a world-class lineup. A few artists on the bill were Maceo Parker, The Foreign Exchange, Amel Larrieux, Hubert Laws, Kneebody, KING, Thundercat and Cody ChestnuTT, just to name a few. Venues were filled across town and the streets were packed with music-lovers navigating their way through the performances. Be sure to support this tremendous effort to highlight Jazz and all of its influences by donating to the Art of Cool Project.

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