Les Nubians ft. Blitz the Ambassador – “Les Gens” (People)

Les Nubians‘ upcoming album, Nü Revolution, includes a handful of featured artists including Brooklyn-based Ghanaian MC Blitz the Ambassador. With this song, Paris-born sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart tackle the subject of gossip and soussou (rumors), as the rastas say.

“Gossips and are little mundane poisons. What people say about you is deformed from a mouth to an ear, to a mouth to another mouth!” – Hélène

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Les Nubians – Les Gens (People) ft. Blitz the Ambassador by Giant Step NYC

Ben Westbeech – “Falling” Video + XLR8R Podcast

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The XLR8R Podcast offers downloads from electronic, dance, hip-hop, indie music and more. This week’s podcast features the guest selector Ben Westbeech, a talented musician we’ve kept an eye on since he was bubbling in Brownswood. His new monkier Breach is also featured in his collection of songs here – see the full tracklist after the jump. Westbeech recently released a Remix EP of his single “Falling,” the first single from his upcoming album There’s More To Life Than This.

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Mary Mary Announces New Release, Something Big

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Mary Mary has announced the release of a groundbreaking new album to be released on March 29th, Something Big. Throughout their career, Mary Mary has earned 3 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, an NAACP Image Award and a BET Award, and they sound just as fresh and innovative on their sixth album: Something Big. This vibrant outing, once again produced by longtime collaborator Warryn Campbell, picks up where the group’s most recent mainstream success story, 2008’s The Sound left off.

Paving the way for Something Big is the lively lead single “Walking.” After only nine weeks at radio, the single has already marched its way into the top 10 at Urban AC and is steadily growing. “Walking” bounces along with synthesizer-accented, percolating rhythms while delivering its uplifting message. “Some say walking takes too long/I say with walking you can’t go wrong/I rock with the greatest,” proclaim Tina and Erica. Like Mary Mary’s previous albums, Something Big resonates with a fusion of sound (R&B, hip-hop, dance, pop, gospel and jazz) and empowering messages. But unlike earlier efforts, this album also features more collaborations with several talented new writers.

Purchase the single “Walking” on iTunes

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Femi Kuti to Release Africa for Africa + Tour Dates

In a career spanning over twenty years, Femi Kuti has been able to find his own voice while preserving the memory of his father, Fela Kuti. Following his 2008 album Day By Day and ushering in a more aggressive but pointed style of music, Africa for Africa will be released on March 22nd on Knitting Factory Records. Femi’s offerings on Africa for Africa show that although an heir in the family lineage of Fela, Femi is carving out his own space in the great history of Afrobeat and African Music.  Africa for Africa aims to present Afrobeat in its rough, purest form.  After the jump, get more info and check out Femi’s upcoming North American tour dates for April and May.

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