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.
Deemed "Africa's premier diva" by Time, Angelique Kidjo follows up her Grammy-winning Djin Djin with Oyo. On the album, Kidjo collaborates with Bono - one of the continent's most ardent supporters - joined with John Legend on a version of Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up." The focus on Oyo is the music that shaped Kidjo's artistic formation, including "Lakutshn Llanga," a lullaby made famous by Kidjo's hero, Miriam Makeba; Yoruban interpretations of Otis Redding's "I've Got Dreams to Remember" and Santana's "Samba Pa Ti;" a collaboration with Diane Reeves on "Monfe Ran E," an homage to the Aretha Franklin hit, "Baby I Love You;" and a take on James Brown's "Cold Sweat."
Recorded and mixed by Russell Elevado (D'Angelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu) and produced by Kidjo and longtime collaborator Jean Hebrail, Oyo features a band of highly accomplished musicians, including guitarist Lionel Loueke, Christian McBride on upright bass, Kendrick Scott on drums and Thiokho Diagne on percussion. Trumpeter Roy Hargove makes a memorable appearance on "Samba Pa Ti."
Angelique Kidjo - "Kelele" [mp3]
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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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We posted a download of this song by Aloe Blacc when it was premiered as the theme song for HBO's How To Make It in America - now the official video is out. (Thanks Stones Throw!) The video also contains a short section of the song "Take Me Back" from Aloe Blacc's upcoming album Good Things.
After the jump, check out Aloe perform the track live at Do Over's WMC party with Jeremy Sole.
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Check out the first video from Consequence's mixtape Movies on Demand (download the full mixtape on Con's official site here). "Childish Games" was produced by Mr. Attic and the video was co-directed by Consequence and Rik Cordero. G.O.O.D. Music also has a full-length album by Consequence in the pipelines for 2010, Cons TV, with executive producers Kanye West and Q-Tip.