Video: Nas & Damien Marley’s “Hope Road”

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Watch Part 1 of Mochilla’s new video series: Nas & Damien “Jr Gong” Marley go to The Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in Jamaica. Mochilla enlisted the best possible videographer for this project: B+ (Stones Throw, Wax Poetics, Mochilla). Get more B+ art here.

It must have taken some strong Rastafarian medicine to get Nas’ permanent hip-hop scowl off his face, replaced by droopy eyes and laughter. Makes us wish we were smoking out with the Distant Relatives in Jamaica. In fact, we’re just going out to the roof for five minutes, be right back.

Quadron Video “Herfra Hvor Vi Star”

Thanks to Plug Research and Yours Tru.ly, we present this video of Quadron performing “Herfra Hvor Vi Star,” a rehearsal recently shot in LA. The live video features an intimate portrait of producer Robin and singer Coco with band, demonstrating Robin’s stripped down production, while showcasing Coco’s powerful vocals.

Quadron will also be a part of the annual 2 day UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival, which also features Nas and Damian Marley, Barrington Levy, Q-Tip, Raphael Saadiq, Bilal, Foreign Exchange, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime, and many others.

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Mulatu Astatke: The Man & His Influence

Mulatu Astatke is a musical titan, in the same league as the likes of Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, yet he was first recognized to most people when The Paris-based world music record label, Buda Musique devoted the entire 4th installment of their respected series, Ethiopiques, to his compositions in 1998.

Astatke was born in 1943 in a town called Jimma in Ethiopia. His family sent him abroad to Wales to study chemical engineering, and instead, he came home with a degree in Music and a whole new sound brewing in his head. After Wales, he proceeded to the prestigious Berklee College of Music becoming the first African student to attend, studying the Vibraphone and percussion.

Mulatu Astatke – “Asosa” (from Mulatu Steps Ahead on Strut Records)
 

Read more, grab a few downloads, samples and more Ethiopian-influenced hip-hop after the jump.

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Win Timeless: The Composer/Arranger Series (3xDVD Set)

Timeless: The Composer/Arranger Series is the name of a concert series that was created in homage to the composer/arrangers who have influenced hip-hop in the most literal and profound ways. Timeless was conceived by production house Mochilla in Los Angeles during February and March 2009 and included the performances of over 150 musicians in front of ecstatic sold out crowds. These three historic events were recorded and filmed in exacting detail with Mochilla’s unmistakable style – with the music of Mulatu Astatke, J.Dilla and Arthur Verocai.

Enter to win the DVD box-set here.

More Info & Purchase: Mochilla.com/timeless

Stay tuned for our Artist Profile on Mulatu, commemorating his March 30th release, Mulatu Steps Ahead on Strut Records.