Nas and Damien Marley Discuss Distant Relatives & the Politics of Hip Hop and Reggae

Tomorrow at 7pm, National Geographic Live presents a one-of-a-kind evening with some of hip-hop’s most legendary figures. The event will feature Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley in a discussion about the often under-appreciated evolution of and deep-rooted connections between reggae and hip-hop.

Hip-hop, now a multibillion-dollar industry, originated as a vital form of cultural expression in Africa that was translocated by the slave trade to the Caribbean and the American colonies. It blossomed a half century ago in the dance halls of Kingston, Jamaica, and soon migrated to the parks jams and recreational centers of New York City, where the culture became known as hip-hop. This evolution forms the basis of the Distant Relatives music project, a collaborative effort by Marley and Nas, which will comprise of an album set for release in early 2010, a documentary film, performances and a series of public discussions.

Joining Nas and Marley for this conversation, moderated by MTV VJ Sway, will be key players in the development of both musical genres, including Kool Herc, Rakim, Daddy U-Roy, King Jammy, Jeff Chang, Pat McKay, Waterflow and DJ Red Alert.

You can watch the event live streaming here.
Saturday 12, 7pm EST

Gilles Peterson Worldwide Radio: Untold Mix

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Gilles Peterson Worldwide is back on the airwaves this week with a new mix, featuring one of his Top Producers of 2009, Untold. London’s Untold has built up a respected name as a dubstep producer with releases on Hemlock, Hessle Audio, & Hotflush Recordings. New Untold music is slated for release in 2010, including a bunch of remixes and an album for Fabric Recordings.

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Photos of SVEDKA Vodka Sessions #5: A Special Performance by Kid Sister + DJ Induce

Last Friday during Art Basel weekend in Miami, FL, Kid Sister along with Miami’s hottest DJ, DJ Induce, showed us how to loose control poolside at The Delano Hotel. It was a hot performance accompanied by hot dancers and even hotter costumes.

Silhouette Brown To Release New Album, Two

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Silhouette Brown‘s self-titled debut was greatly received and seemed to fill a gap in the soul underground, so 5 years is a long time to wait for a follow-up. But as they say, good things come to those who wait. The production & song writing team that is Silhouette Brown consists of Bembe Segue, Kaidi Tatham and Dego. This time around they are joined by a new vocalist the unmistakable sound of Philadelphia’s Lady Alma. Lady Alma has appeared on countless club classics over the years from Sylk 130’s “When the Funk Hits the Fan” to Soul Dahmma’s “Happy” and 4hero’s “Hold it Down”.

Two will be released on February 9, 2010 on 2000black Records.

Silhouette Brown – “Leave A Note ft. Lady Alma”
 

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