Multi-talented producer, star-maker, and artist Ryan Leslie will be performing at the Nokia Theatre on Friday, November 6th with Melanie Fiona and other special guests. Check out the new video for his single “You’re Not My Girl”.
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Whether missing in action or abducted – we’ll never know – New Zealand soul sensation Fat Freddy’s Drop are back with sophomore album Dr Boondigga & The Big BW, to be released November 10th. Straight out of the lab and getting rave reviews around the world, the seven piece band are returning to what they love best: jamming live. This fall the collective embarks on an Album Shakedown Tour, playing Melbourne to Manchester and touching down in Los Angeles for their American headline debut.
Fat Freddy’s Drop – “Big BW” from upcoming album Dr Boondigga and the Big BW
For a limited time, stream the full album on AOL
FELA KUTI’S – The Best Of The Black President is released on Knitting Factory Records today. The impact of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s music in Africa – and worldwide – cannot be overstated. Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, he was Africa’s musical genius, the creator of Afrobeat – a genre combining traditional African highlife, jazz, James Brown funk grooves and latin rhythms into a unique toxic mix that is wholly his own – and a revolutionary. Fela’s politically inflammatory songs laid bare the corruption, violence, and greed of the ruling regimes across the Continent and world. Arrested over a hundred times by the Nigerian government, ultimately 1000 soldiers invaded and destroyed the Kalakuta Republic – Fela’s living and performing compound that he shared with his 27 wives and his mother – sending nearly all of the inhabitants to the hospital, or worse. Despite the death of his own mother after the siege, Fela never stopped fighting the powers of imperialism, colonialism and racism with – as the legendary Fela Kuti put it – music as his weapon.
With deluxe editions of The Best Of The Black President comes a 40 minute DVD, narrated by Sahr Ngaujah, interviews with Carlos Moore & Bill T jones, recorded concert footage, and excerpts from various Fela Kuti documentaries, including Music Is The Weapon.
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The third installment of our SVEDKA Vodka sessions featured an intimate evening with singer-songwriter Diane Birch from her debut album Bible Belt. Setting the mood at Hudson Bar at Hudson, DJ Anané Vega opened and closed the event. Watch the video with interviews from both.