New Album by Angelique Kidjo + MP3 Download

Deemed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time, Angelique Kidjo follows up her Grammy-winning Djin Djin with Oyo. On the album, Kidjo collaborates with Bono – one of the continent’s most ardent supporters – joined with John Legend on a version of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move on Up.” The focus on Oyo is the music that shaped Kidjo’s artistic formation, including “Lakutshn Llanga,” a lullaby made famous by Kidjo’s hero, Miriam Makeba; Yoruban interpretations of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” and Santana’s “Samba Pa Ti;” a collaboration with Diane Reeves on “Monfe Ran E,” an homage to the Aretha Franklin hit, “Baby I Love You;” and a take on James Brown’s “Cold Sweat.”

Recorded and mixed by Russell Elevado (D’Angelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu) and produced by Kidjo and longtime collaborator Jean Hebrail, Oyo features a band of highly accomplished musicians, including guitarist Lionel Loueke, Christian McBride on upright bass, Kendrick Scott on drums and Thiokho Diagne on percussion. Trumpeter Roy Hargove makes a memorable appearance on “Samba Pa Ti.”

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Angelique Kidjo – “Kelele” [mp3]
 

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LushTECH by RhythmDB + MP3 Download

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Songwriter, remixer and producer Daniel Bagley AKA RhythmDB has released the new album LushTECH, combining down-tempo ethnic grooves, thumpin’ soulful dance tracks, and ethereal vocals in an electronic journey around the globe. From tripped-out vibes to dance floor-ready tracks, LushTECH features multi-national vocalists on 12 songs that were crafted in English (Mike Harvey, Becca Schack, John O), French (Laurent Caillat, Zafir) Spanish and Portuguese (Julietta), Arabic (Gaida), Hindi (Wendy Parr), and Hebrew (Arnon) languages with a focus on lyrics, melody, and a lush sonic quality that will take you there.

“In Waves (Lost in Rio)” ft. Julietta & Arnon (Download MP3)
 

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As global leaders prepare to come together in Copenhagen to discuss climate change, artists contribute to the cause by spreading awareness.  Visit the campaign’s website, Time For Climate Justice, to become an ally.

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will.i.am Gives Props To Kero One + Free MP3 Download

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“Wow!!! This is dope, Kero. I love it, I love it!” is what will.i.am has to say about the Bay Area’s Rapper/producer/DJ Kero One’s Early Believers, out today.  Three years after receiving Remix Magazine’s Best Hip Hop Album of 2006 award and collaborating with Talib Kweli and Mark Farina on his debut, Kero modulates from soulful jazz tinged tracks to upbeat synth-driven party bangers on his sophomore album.

Early Believers features some of his favorite vocalists such as Gilles Peterson protégé UK singer Ben Westbeech (“When The Sunshine Comes” and “Goodbye Forever”), Finland’s answer to modern soul, Tuomo (“Let’s Just Be Friends” and “Love and Happiness”) and Portland’s Ohmega Watts (“Stay On The Grind”) all showcasing Kero One’s growth and maturity as a writer, composer, vocalist and arranger. Enjoy a free download of the opening track to Early Believers, “Welcome To The Bay,” with Jacqueline Marie.