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International music sensation Rocky Dawuni describes his new album, recorded during the recent transformative U.S. Presidential election and released today, as an uplifting exploration of social and global consciousness. The music was crafted to reflect the common spiritual, political and social aspirations felt by people around the world. Hymns for the Rebel Soul features melodic acoustic tracks like “Jerusalem,” a personal ode to the Holy City as well as the poignant social commentary of “Walls Tumblin Down” and the “Lover’s Rock” vibe of “Extraordinary Woman.” His track “Download the Revolution” appears on Electronic Arts’ video game FIFA Soccer 2010 which has already sold millions of copies and is now available on iTunes. “African Soccer Fever/African Reggae Fever” was also just released on EA’s FIFA World Cup 2010 Videogame.
A percentage of Hymns for the Rebel Soul‘s proceeds will go to Africa Live!, a non-profit organization founded by Dawuni, whose mission is to preserve, restore, and reinvigorate the Ghanaian live music scene.
Rocky Dawuni – “Walls Tumblin Down”
Oceana is bringing the finest in soul-pop, funk, R’n’B and reggae to the reknowned dance label, Ultra Records. A real cosmopolitan, Oceana has lived in Paris, Hamburg, London, New York, Los Angeles and spent a fair amount of time in Martinique, exploring her Caribbean roots, allowing her to make a rounded, international-sounding album.
Check out the Yahoo-premiered video for the single “Cry, Cry”
“Cry Cry,” original and remix, are out on Ultra Records June 1, 2010.
Stream and download the RCRD LBL premiered remix of “Cry Cry” by tech-step outfit out of Germany, Deichkind.
Ten years since their classic contribution Train of Thought sealed their fates in hip hop lore, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek release their follow-up venture, Revolutions Per Minute. With their first collaboration praised for its uplifting messages and nostalgic soundscape, Kweli’s command of the mic and Hi-Tek’s versatile production skills have made this album one of the most anticipated hip hop albums of 2010.
Exclusive produced by Hi-Tek, features on the album include appearances by Estelle, Bilal, Bun B, Mos Def, Jay Electronica, J. Cole, Res and Chester French. The album covers an array of topics that discuss the shortcomings of America (“Strangers”), society’s obsession with fame (“Got Work”), an honest discussion of drug use (“Lift’in Off”), the pining for a lover returning home (“Midnight Hour”), a music history lesson (“In the Red”), and even a track about Nigeria’s corruption-riddled oil business (“Black Gold”). This kind of entertainment with real world application manifests itself on the album’s first single “In This World.” Accompanied by Hi-Tek’s pulsating bass and a gripping soul sample, Kweli contemplates success and the infinite obstacles that prove burdensome to its maturation with a resounding co-sign from Jay-Z.
Reflection Eternal – “In This World”
Alex Cuba’s latest album is self titled, to be released in the US on June 8th. Featuring surprising new grooves, innovative electric guitar inflections and varying tempos and structures, this album is an important step in Alex Cuba’s ongoing musical revolution.
Buy the new single on iTunes, “Directo”