New Release: Robert Glasper Experiment – ‘Black Radio 2′

 

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Today, Robert Glasper Experiment drops the much awaited Black Radio 2! The project follows up the 2013 Grammy Award winning Black Radio, named Best R&B Album.

Making up the Experiment and the core of the sonic vision are Robert Glasper on keyboards, Derrick Hodge on bass, Mark Colenburg on drums, and Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone. And as expected, the guest vocalists are impressive: Common, Patrick Stump, Brandy, Jill Scott, Dwele, Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Luke James, Emeli Sandé, Lalah Hathaway, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Get a taste of the sounds with the video for “Calls” featuring Jill Scott below!

The tour kicks off today in NYC at Best Buy Theatre with special guests Common and Marsha Ambrosius! Find additional tour dates after the jump.

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Exclusive Interview: Ester Rada Opens Up Before Her US Debut

 

Next week on March 11, we will be introducing folks in NYC to a major new talent from Israel named Ester Rada. In the meantime, we got some interesting bits on the unique artist in the interview below. Read up!

Giant Step: Your heritage is that of a very unique Ethiopian-Jewish people. How does this background and being raised in an Orthodox tradition affect who you are today?

Ester Rada: I was born in Israel, and my family raised me in a religious house and tradition, as this was what they were used to from Ethiopia. When my parents moved to Israel they were “put” in Kiryat Arba, a very religious city. We moved from there when I was 10 years old, due to the security issues there.

GS: Coming up in one of the rougher neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, what it was like growing up?

ER: I was actually growing up near Tel Aviv, in Netanya, and it was a big change for me. Coming from a more religious village, you can call it the country side, to a bigger city, was a big move for me. I also became secular and not as religious as we used to be. But this change was blessing, and I started to know what freedom is like. In the neighborhood I had good friends.

GS: Your sound evokes qualities similar to Erykah, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae. Are these intentional influences? Who would you say are your influences?

ER: I am influenced by a lot of artists. Of course the ones you named, and also religious Jewish music from my early days, as well as Ethiopian and Amharic music such as Mahmoud Ahmed, Mulat Astatke, Muluken Melesse, Israeli music, jazz and soul legends such as Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Marlena Shaw, and contemporary music such as Corrine Bailey Rae, Nneka, Keziah Jones, India Arie and more.

Read the rest of the interview & get show details after the jump

NYC: Giant Step Presents Ester Rada’s Exclusive US Debut Showcase – 3/11

Soul-Funk-Ethio-Jazz-Groove-RnB singer Ester Rada is an artist we have been following for a long time. With influences from Nina Simone to Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, the Israeli-Ethiopian up-and-coming vocalist is bringing a new voice to soul and we are very excited to have her in New York!

Life Happens, her self-written and composed solo EP, produced by Kuti (Kutiman Thru-You) and Sabbo (Soulico):

Monday, March 11
Slipper Room – 167 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Doors: 10:00 PM
$10 Advance tickets here

More info:giantstep.net/esterrada