Zap Mama Exclusive New Single & Ticket Giveaway

zapmamaZap Mama will be playing several shows next week in support of her album ReCreation, as well as her new single “Chill Out,” which will be released on Nov 3rd. Giant Step is offering free tickets to her show in New York & Boston. Enter to win after the jump.

A remix EP will be released November 17th.

Here’s a sneak-peak, exclusive advanced stream of the new single:

Zap Mama – “Chill Out” Extended Version

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Felabrations 2009 – Celebrating The Life & Music Of Fela Kuti

felabration-splash-final1In support of the Knitting Factory Records re-launch of Fela Kuti’s music catalogue, as well as the debut of the FELA! show on Broadway, Giant Step has organized official Felabration events in more than 15 cities across North America throughout the month of October; this outstanding schedule of Felabrations will bring together some of the best DJs, musicians, and promoters around to celebrate the life, music, and birthday of Fela Anikulapo Kuti (October 15, 1938 – August 2, 1997). With the support of esteemed DJs such as Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Ron Trent, DJ Nu-Mark, DJ Day, Jeremy Sole, DJ Kemit, J-Justice, Adam Gibbons, DJ Sun, Chicken George and Frank Gossner, as well as artists such as Roy Ayers, WUNMI, Ikebe Shakdown, Baba Ola Jagun, Amon, and many more, these events will bring together the diverse communities and tastemakers across the country who are instrumental in keeping Fela’s music alive.

Full Schedule of Felabrations 2009

Download “Zombie” [mp3] (right-click to download)

More info on Fela Kuti
Stream tracks from The Best Of The Black President CD+DVD

Saturday, Lupe Fiasco At The Beach At Governor’s Island

This Saturday night, September 19th, Lupe Fiasco performs at Governor’s Island. Rather than conform to music industry standards, Fiasco (born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) has trail-blazed his own path to critical acclaim. Possessing head-spinning wordplay and a topical range more akin to the underground than the mainstream, the 25-year-old lyricist has proven that talent can still make waves in the rap game. If you haven’t already, pick up your advance tickets here.

Ticket Information:
All Ages. Your concert ticket is your Roundtrip Ferry Pass, no additional tickets are needed. Service and handling fees are added to the price of each ticket.
Doors Open At: 8:00 PM
Advance Price: $34.50

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Brazilian Girls with Man Man and The Phenomenal Handclap Band at Governors Island

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On October 2nd, Brazilian Girls play the Beach at Governors Island, with Man Man and The Phenomenal Handclap Band. Over the course of two previous studio albums and countless all-nighters at their East Village clubhouse, Nublu, Brazilian Girls have established a reputation as New York’s premier international party band. To attend a Brazilian Girls show—with its blur of beats, colors and textures—is to experience something like time travel: No one else is quite as capable of making a few hours fly by like a few minutes.

Brazilian Girls Official Site

Man Man
With Rabbit Habits, their Anti- Records debut, and the natural extension of their body of work begun with The Man In A Blue Turban With A Face and continued with Six Demon Bag, Man Man bring their incomparable vision to bear. Successfully capturing the raw spirit and essence of a Man Man live show, Rabbit Habits is the end product of the efforts of a band who are earnestly saying something important, even if you can’t always make out the words over the blare of the sousaphone.

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N.E.R.D. and Asher Roth at Governors Island Tomorrow

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Tomorrow, September 9th, N.E.R.D. and Asher Roth rock the Beach at Governors Island, and right now tix are still available.

Ticket Information:
All Ages. Your concert ticket is your Roundtrip Ferry Pass, no additional tickets are needed. Service and handling fees are added to the price of each ticket.
Doors Open At: 8:00 PM
Advance Price: $30.00

While you’re getting those N.E.R.D. tickets, don’t forget Lupe Fiasco will also be performing at the Beach on September 19th. Buy Lupe Tickets Here.

The Beach at Governors Island