Next Step July Winner: Sean Haefeli

 

Hella excited about this July Next Step winner of ours! Berlin based pianist, vocalist, lyricist, and composer Sean Haefeli mesmerized us with his vocal jazz that’s sprinkled with welcome notes of Jose James and Gil Scott-Heron.

Others have referenced Last Poets, Roberta Flack, Michael Franti, Bobby McFerrin, and Gregory Porter when speaking about his music. Looks like dude has a pretty fail proof thing going on as far as many are concerned.

Sean’s sound blends jazz, soul, hip hop, and spoken word to birth warm, honest, and intimate music perfect for cozying up to as winter approaches. RISE marks his third album, which similar to his previous two is self-produced and released. Below, you can stream the entire album and also download the title track for free!

Touring will begin in late October through November of this year. On, November 16 catch a special performance on Mijke’s Middag Live on Dutch radio station Radio 6.

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The Last Poets & The Black Panthers

If you’re in London on September 11th this year, why not spend the day learning some history with Tongues on Fire: A Tribute to the Black Panthers. The multi-artform event features David Murray, The Last Poets and The Roots at The Barbican. Check out what The Guardian has to say about The Last Poets’ connection to politics in the late ’60s- early ’70s in their article After the Party: Music and The Black Panthers.

Below, listen to a classic track from the Last Poets’ 1970 self-titled album and check out another vintage flyer from the days when The Last Poets were honored performers for The Groove Academy.

The Last Poets – “When the Revolution Comes”