New Track: Maya Azucena – “Come With Me” + Exclusive Interview

 

Miss Maya Azucena recently released a fresh new tune called “Come With Me.” While catching up about the song, we also managed to get a handful of other great bits into Maya’s world these days. Check out the exclusive interview.

Giant Step: Can you tell us more about the concept of this song and its inspiration? Any background?

Maya Azucena: I wrote “Come With Me” as a flirtatious challenge to someone I had feelings for. There is this intense chemistry between us, yet a huge amount of hesitance to explore it because of the fear of being hurt. My point was to stay in the moment and enjoy each other. I wanted him to just allow me to make him feel good, and this is a feel-good kinda song.

“Come With Me” is produced by music veterans Loslito (multi-instrumentalist and founder of The Rebirth) and Caleb Speir (bassist and co-writer of “American Boy” by Estelle) under the name of their new production team: TRIGO FARE. Their unique brand of organic soundscaping and deeply infectious beats is evident in this first offering as a team.

GS: We heard you went to Russia recently! What was that all about?

Maya: I was recently invited by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to do a tour of Russia with my band, as Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S.. We did a phenomenal tour of 5 cities in two weeks. Performing about 11 shows in that time, we did two jazz festivals, went to Siberia, sang at a hospital for young people with spinal injuries, walked through Moscow’s Red Square, and received incredible press coverage during our trip

There was a feature on the cover of the World section in The Washington Post and there is this profile piece by MTV Russia, too.

Read the rest of the interview after the jump

Video: Corinne Bailey Rae – “The Sea” (Live at Maida Vale)

Corinne Bailey Rae recently sat down with John Wilson for a conversation, which included the inspiration behind her last album, The Sea. Also view a beautiful live rendition of the title track at Maida Vale Studios above.

The full interview will air tomorrow on BBC Radio.

According to Corinne’s Twitter, folks can look forward to a third album sooner than later!

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Video: Robert Glasper Interviews Jose James, Pt. 2 & 3

 

Robert Glasper continues to flex his interviewing skills on parts two and three of his video series with the dashing Jose James.

Part two is all about the musicians and the team that helps Jose express his vision. Some incredibly talented and timeless musicians up in the mix. On part three, Robert compliments Jose’s voice to be something like that of a ‘hip 60 year old man.’ Travels, future plans, Jose’s birthday, and a guest appearance from God are touched on. Don’t sleep!

Watch Part 1 here.

Look out for No Beginning, No End on January 22.

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Video: Meshell Ndegecello Speaks on Various Music Icons

 

BET sat down with the uber talented Meshell Ndegeocello recently for her quick thoughts on music icons she’s worked with and met. Meshell quietly, humbly, and honestly answers her brief takes on Chaka Khan, John Singleton, Queen Latifah, Prince, and Madonna.

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Exclusive Video: Selah Sue – ‘Covers’ with Maiya Norton

 

Just having released her debut album a couple months back, Selah Sue sat down with us to talk about her journey and her influences that led up to Selah Sue the album. Selah also shared a backstage ritual, a memorable phone call, and a live rooftop performance, amongst other juicy bits. So endearing this young starlet is – so glad we got to catch up!

Giant Step contributor Maiya Norton kicks off this new exclusive video series, Covers, on our Tribeca rooftop. Many thanks to our film man, Rashid Zakat as well.

Be sure to catch Selah on tour supporting Allen Stone and Walk Off The Earth!

Tour Dates
w/ Allen Stone
TUE – 13-NOV – FRENDALE, MI – THE MAGIC BAG
WED – 14-NOV – TORONTO, CANADA – THE OPERA HOUSE

w/ Walk Off The Earth
MON – 26-NOV – SEATTLE, WA – THE SHOWBOX
WED – 28-NOV – PORTLAND, OR – WONDER BALLROOM
THU – 29-NOV – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – THE REGENCY BALLROOM
FRI – 30-NOV – LOS ANGELES, CA – TROUBADOUR
SAT – 01-DEC – SANTA ANA, CA – YOST THEATER

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