London: Katy B at iTunes Festival – July 19 + Interview

 

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Katy B will be taking the stage at this year’s iTunes Festival, which invites over 60 artists to perform across 31 consecutive nights (July 1-31) at Camden’s Roundhouse in London, UK. Each performance will be available for streaming both live and for a limited time after the show. Several of the performances will be released as live tracks or EP’s for purchase.

Katy’s performance will be tomorrow, June 19th, along with Jamie Woon. Showtimes are being announced on the iTunes Festival Twitter page.

Above, you’ll find an interview with Katy at the Wireless Festival in London, where she speaks on her experiences with the various festivals she’s been doing, her favorite artists at the moment, and her admiration for Alicia Keys.

Finally, don’t forget our free download of Katy’s “On A Mission,” which expires very soon!

Katy B – “On A Mission” [MP3]
 

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Les Nubians Release Nü Revolution + “Afrodance” Video

Les Nubians‘ third release Nü Revolution is out today and they’re premiering this bouncy video fun for the first single “Afrodance.” The musicians and sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart have expressed that this latest album is a celebration of life; they want to introduce something upbeat and joyful to this time of uncertainty.

Make sure to check out their tour dates and stream the full album on AOL and MSN Music plus this video interview with CNN.

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Les Nubians – Live Performance & Interview on NPR

Les Nubians have an upcoming album on Shanachie Records on April 19th, Nü Revolution; if you haven’t already, check out the video for “Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Rêves” and the streaming audio for “Afrodance.” The Cameroonian/French-based duo recently stopped by NPR’s ‘Tell Me More’ for a live performance and a lovely interview in which we learn more about the concept of Nü Revolution. With all the turmoil in the world right now, the optimism of sisters Célia and Hélène is an essential part of their uplifting music.

“…It’s the evolution of a dream. It’s also the evolution and the revolution, through woman, through Eve. This album is how we materialize our dreams and how we formulate new dreams to create the future.” – Célia

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Les Nubians Live on NPR’s Tell Me More
 

A Tribe Called Quest – The Documentary & the MTV Interviews

Let’s discuss this snowballing Tribe documentary situation… The Sundance Film Festival premiered the documentary Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. Fans wondered why the group wasn’t promoting the film and it became controversial; they seemed to be disassociated from the project. Phife attended the Sundance festival, but he was not happy and openly expressed regret that his bandmates were not there to share the moment. More internet rumors and rumblings suggested that Tribe was not happy with their producers, or the end result. But differences of opinion are hardly unique obstacles in film production. So the extent of Tribe’s participation was called into question because the group was practically silent about it.

Finally, this week, MTV’s news reporter Sway interviewed Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed (with Jarobi on speaker phone) to “Break the Silence” about the documentary. The video above was released today – it’s only Part Two of the interview. The real shocking statements came in Part I of the interview, confirming rumors that it was a clusterf#ck of a project. [Watch Part 1] In Part I, Q-Tip shares some internal dialogue from the producers of the film, mainly Michael Rapaport, who has been very outspoken about the documentary since the Sundance Film Festival. It revolved around an email which was mistakenly sent to the group by one of the film’s producers (probably on autocopy, thank you technology!) Even though the entertainment industry has never been known for tact, honesty or good business, the email #fail was inflammatory and upsetting to the group and its real fans.

We have some Tribe action to look forward to now, including the rest of this MTV interview, the documentary (which will be featured soon at Tribeca Film Festival) plus a new album from Q-Tip, and a “director’s cut” from Michael Rapaport.

Update 3/18 – MTV has posted the full 7-part interview here.

Thom Yorke Interviews FlyLo at 2011 Worldwide Awards

Apparently Thom Yorke was in an extra social mood the day of the 2011 Worldwide Awards in London. Check out this video of him and Gilles Peterson interviewing Flying Lotus, a massive Winner at the event and GS staff favorite.

Gilles Peterson – 2011 Worldwide Awards Winners