V.V. Brown and DJ GE-OLOGY at Hiro Ballroom – Feburary 17

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England’s latest and hottest export V.V. Brown will be performing live at Hiro Ballroom on Wednesday, February 17 with special guest DJ GE-OLOGY. If you haven’t picked it up yet, the sultry singer/songwriter’s debut album Travelling Like The Light has been making waves all the way from across the ocean. The single “Shark In The Water” was last week’s featured single of the week on iTunes. As always entrance is strictly RSVP only.


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“Tape Packs” by Hint

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This video, by Dr. Rubberfunk, comes from Tru Thoughts‘ artist Hint. Expect to hear a lot more about Hint this year. The song “Tape Packs” is featured on the massive Tru Thoughts 10th Anniversary 3CD Box Set.

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Mwaliko by Lionel Loueke Out Now

Originally from the small West African nation of Benin, guitarist Lionel Loueke has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past several years. Praised by his mentor Herbie Hancock as “a musical painter,” Loueke combines harmonic sophistication, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African music, and conventional and extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound of his own.

Lionel Loueke’s sophomore release for Blue Note, Mwaliko, follows up 2007′s acclaimed Karibu with a series of searching, innovative, intimate duets with Angelique Kidjo, Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona and Marcus Gilmore. Mwaliko (pronounced mwah-LEE-koh) is Swahili for “invitation,” and as Loueke explains, “you can see the title two ways. One is I’m inviting my friends and fellow musicians to make these duo recordings, and the other is an invitation to all listeners to enjoy the music.”

Lionel Loueke with Esperanza Spalding – “Twins”
 

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Janelle Monáe ft. Big Boi: “Tightrope”

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Our favorite young performer Janelle Monáe has released the first single from her upcoming album, The ArchAndroid, to be released on May 18th. According to JanelleMonae.com, the second single will be available on her site tomorrow, while a music video for “Tightrope ft. Big Boi” is currently in pre-production. She also was booked for the 2010 Lilith Tour, so keep an eye out for tour dates and details.

Janelle Monáe – “Tightrope ft. Big Boi” (download MP3 from Refined Hype)
 

And if you missed it, check the video of Janelle at Skybar in LA last year.

GPWW 1/28/10: Haiti in Our Prayers Mix

gpww5Another worldwide selection from Gilles Peterson, along with a big tribute to all the people suffering and struggling in Haiti right now. In the mix: Jephte Guillaume and deep voodoo music. This week also features new music from artists including Subeena, Jose James, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Melanie Fiona, Fourtet, Miles Bonny and more.

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