New Release: ‘Red Hot + Fela’ + Felabration @ Brooklyn Bowl – Oct 17

 

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AIDS awareness organization Red Hot today releases Red Hot + Fela, a Fela Kuti themed compilation featuring remakes and covers alike with collaborations spanning the genres of electronic, hip-hop, soul, rock, and classical.

Participants include tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angelique Kidjo, Nneka, Sinkane, Amayo, M1, Baloji, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, as well as Kyp Malone and Tunde Adembimpe of TV On The Radios, amongst many others. It is indeed very serious out here in these streets.

For a taste of the music, head over to Soundcloud for a free download of “Buy Africa” by Baloji & L’Orchestre De La Katuba ft. Kuku.

This Friday, October 11, don’t miss what’s sure to be a mind-bending performance by My Morning Jacket, Merril Garbus, Brittany Howard and Antibalas Horns on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

New Yorkers can look forward to a Felabration at Brooklyn Bowl on October 17peep the flyer after the jump! Also, don’t sleep on all the other Felabrations happening throughout October and November as well.

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‘Red Hot + Fela’ to Drop in October

 

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Out on October 8, Red Hot + Fela pays tribute to the great Fela Kuti via some incredible covers. Including work from tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angelique Kidjo, Nneka, King, Sinkane, and others, listeners can prepare for a colorful aural feast. You can hear “Buy Africa” by Baloji below!

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Exclusive Interview: Ester Rada Opens Up Before Her US Debut

 

Next week on March 11, we will be introducing folks in NYC to a major new talent from Israel named Ester Rada. In the meantime, we got some interesting bits on the unique artist in the interview below. Read up!

Giant Step: Your heritage is that of a very unique Ethiopian-Jewish people. How does this background and being raised in an Orthodox tradition affect who you are today?

Ester Rada: I was born in Israel, and my family raised me in a religious house and tradition, as this was what they were used to from Ethiopia. When my parents moved to Israel they were “put” in Kiryat Arba, a very religious city. We moved from there when I was 10 years old, due to the security issues there.

GS: Coming up in one of the rougher neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, what it was like growing up?

ER: I was actually growing up near Tel Aviv, in Netanya, and it was a big change for me. Coming from a more religious village, you can call it the country side, to a bigger city, was a big move for me. I also became secular and not as religious as we used to be. But this change was blessing, and I started to know what freedom is like. In the neighborhood I had good friends.

GS: Your sound evokes qualities similar to Erykah, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae. Are these intentional influences? Who would you say are your influences?

ER: I am influenced by a lot of artists. Of course the ones you named, and also religious Jewish music from my early days, as well as Ethiopian and Amharic music such as Mahmoud Ahmed, Mulat Astatke, Muluken Melesse, Israeli music, jazz and soul legends such as Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Marlena Shaw, and contemporary music such as Corrine Bailey Rae, Nneka, Keziah Jones, India Arie and more.

Read the rest of the interview & get show details after the jump

NYC: New York African Film Festival – 4/5 to 5/28

 

April and May will be peppered with some awesome events compliments of the 19th New York African Film Festival (NYAFF), “a two-month event that explores notions of home and homeland through films, live performances and panel discussions.”

There are a few “must attend” events for this season that we’d like to highlight. This Thursday, April 5th will kick off the festival with a special preview of what’s in store for the festival along with a live performance by DJ Spooky. April 11th will be a screening of Mama Africa, a portrait of the illustrious artist and activist Miriam Makeba. April 13th feature the NYAFF centerpiece film, Relentless, which stars none other than the fiery and all too lovable Nneka.

To note, the April 5th event is free and does not require RSVP.

4/5: Festival Preview + Live Performance by DJ Spooky – Event Details
4/11: Opening Reception and ‘Mama Africa’ Screening – Event Details
4/13: Festival Celebration Party w/ DJ Spooky + ‘Relentless’ Screening – Event Details

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New Track: Nneka – “God Knows Why” ft. Black Thought + MP3, BET 106 & Park Today, & Tour Dates

 

Here’s a great new tune by Nneka featuring the indomitable Black Thought. The gritty bass-heavy track lays the foundation for an ominous theatrical vibe. Enjoy below and download!

Today, you can catch the BET Music Matters artist performing “God Knows Why” and “My Home” on BET’s 106 & Park with Black Thought and J.Period.

Also, the ever charming Nneka will be traveling all around touring for her new Soul Is Heavy album, including the BET SXSW Showcase on 3/15 along with a slew of other SXSW shows. Don’t miss out, people – find a complete listing of dates below!

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Tour Dates
3/6: Vancouver @The Biltmore Cabaret
3/7: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
3/8: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
3/10: San Francisco, CA @ Red Devil Lounge
3/11: West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
3/13 – 3/17: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/18: Houston, TX @ House Of Blues Bronze Peacock
3/21: Chicago, IL @ Double Door
3/23: Toronto @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club “Canadian Music Week”
3/24: Montreal @ Cabaret du Mile End
3/26: Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bear’s
3/27: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
3/28: Philadelpha, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
3/29: Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java Music Club & Cafe
3/31: Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl

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