New Track: Meshell Ndegeocello “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” ft. Cody Chestnutt

 

With her upcoming Nina Simone tribute album about a month away, Meshell Ndegeocello releases a new single for free download. “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black” features Cody Chesnutt on vocals backed by a smooth, minimalist track. Stream and download below!

Pour Une Ame Souveraine will be out October 9.

Tour Dates
08/30: Big Indian, NY @ Women’s Music Summit, Full Moon
09/07: Pittsburgh, PA @ City of Asylum
09/08: Pittsburgh, PA @ City of Asylum
10/19: Durham, NC @ Duke University, Reynolds Industry Theater
10/20: Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall Theater
12/07: Los Angeles, CA @ UCLA Live

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New Release: Selah Sue – ‘Selah Sue’

 

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Already multi-platinum in Europe, the vivacious miss Selah Sue today releases her debut self-titled album, Selah Sue to the US. The American release includes three exclusive tracks: “On the Run,” “Break,” and “Fade Away,” which you can stream below. Watch “Break” live above, too. Collaborations with J.Cole, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Cee-Lo Green also add depth the Selah’s already bubbling blend of reggae, pop, soul, and funk.

On September 17, Selah sets off on a massive North American tour with dates alongside Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, and Allen Stone.

Enter our contest to win Selah Sue.

Selah Sue – “Ragamuffin” [Free MP3 on iTunes]

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Album artwork and tour dates after the jump

New Track: Meshell Ndegeocello – “Be My Husband” + MP3 & New Nina Simone Tribute Album

 

The marvelous Meshell Ndegeocello will be making her 10th studio album a dedication to the timeless Nina Simone. Called Pour une âme souveraine (“For a sovereign soul”), Meshell and her band rework several of Nina’s classics. The guest lineup is quite drool-worthy as well, which you can find in the tracklist below. As Meshell describes it, the album is “a dedication to Nina Simone and her incredible influence but it is also a dedication to the single, interior life we all experience.”

Also below, enjoy “Be My Husband” featuring Valerie June as a free download.

Pour une âme souveraine Track List
1. Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
2. Suzanne
3. Real Real feat. Toshi Reagon
4. House of the Rising Sun feat. Toshi Reagon
5. Turn Me On
6. Feelin’ good
7. Don’t Take All Night feat. Sinead O’Connor
8. Nobody’s Fault But Mine feat. Lizz Wright
9. Be My Husband feat. Valerie June
10. Black is the Color of My True Loves Hair feat. Valerie June
11. See Line Woman feat. Tracy Wannomae
12. Either Way I Lose
13. To Be Young, Gifted and Black feat. Cody ChesnuTT
14. Four Women

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Robert Glasper Releases ‘Black Radio’ + Video & 2nd NYC Release Show @ Highline Ballroom – Feb 29

 

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If you’ve been anywhere on the internet today, you’d should have easily seen about eleventy-billion posts about our man Robert Glasper and his oh so fancy Experiment’s release of Black Radio. We’re still blinking after seeing the iTunes price of $6.99 – that’s like, basically free.

Yes, the album actually features Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafiq Husayn, Ledisi, and Meshell Ndegeocello, amongst others. No, we’re not kidding when we say the that Black Radio is top to bottom worthy of a sublime stupor.

After dizzying ourselves from running around in circles of excitement all morning, we have now transitioned to the running man in anticipation of the release show at the Highline Ballroom in NYC tonight. And while you’re hating us in our unabashed show-off, do know that you can also gloat by grabbing tickets to tomorrow’s newly added second release show on Wednesday, February 29th.

Also, hats off to Okayplayer for premiering the video for the title track featuring Yasiin Bey! Check it out above.

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NYC: Now vs Now @ Rockwood Music Hall – Tonight + MP3

 

Oh yes. This is some newness that would be criminal to overlook. The much admired Meshell Ndegeocello has produced a debut project for some pals called Jason Lindner Gives You Now Vs Now.

Now vs Now is an electro-jazz trio with soul to spare. The band’s members are some pretty powerful musical talents – keyboardist/composer Jason Lindner (Meshell Ndegeocello, Lauryn Hill), bassist/vocalist Panagiotis Andreou (Yerba Buena) and drummer Mark Guiliana (Heernt, Beat Music).

Below is an incredible free download from the debut project called “Far.” The intro lasts just under two minutes, so make sure you don’t miss these guys really getting down.

Finally, NYC folks should not miss the free live show later tonight! Details below.

Now vs Now – “Far” [MP3]
 

Event Details
Now vs Now Live
Monday, Jan 9th
Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

10pm
Free

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