Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew: “Any Girl” + MP3

After Sierra Leonean trio, Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew, gained massive popularity in their home country, they’re now ready to take on the world.  Their unique sound is called Gbomognoh, pronounced bo-mo-no if you didn’t know, and is a fusion of funk, hip-hop, dancehall, reggae and Sierra Leonean sounds.  Their brand new song, “Any Girl”, is from their self-titled debut album which is due out in Spring 2011 via One Haven Music.  Incredible talent contributed to their album including ?uestlove, Talib Kweli, Nneka and others.  The group also speaks out against political and social injustices through their lyrics and supports programs such as The Voice Project, which helps out war-ravaged communities throughout Africa.

Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew- Any Girl

Download MP3 at RcrdLbl.com.

Exclusive Premiere: Nneka Remixes of Heartbeat

Giant Step has the exclusive premiere of two remixes from Nneka‘s Heartbeat EP, to be released on October 5th. Her February full-length Concrete Jungle put her on the music industry’s radar, and since then she’s been praised as a new Lauryn Hill with a strong political message. For the Heartbeat EP, Nas hopped on a remix with producers like Chase Status, Kool Kojak, Crada and VLN.

“Heartbeat”-Crada feat. Nas Remix
 

“Heartbeat”- VLN Remix
 

“Heartbeat” (Album Version)
 

While you’re at it, check out DJ Booth for the Kool Kojak remix featuring (more) Nas here.

Heartbeat EP on iTunes

Concrete Jungle on iTunes

Spotlight: New Talent from OkayAfrica

There is no one alive today that can deny the cultural contributions of Africa to modern day music across the entire globe. From artists such as the late Fela Kuti, on whose life the Award-winning Broadway musical Fela is based, to new emerging cosmopolitan artists such as  Nneka and K’Naan, the influence of African music is still heard today. Even Artists that you would not traditionally think of as African influenced, such as The Roots, whose new album might be the best to come out this year so far, can easily tell you how they have been touched and influenced by it. In fact so much so that a new branch of Okayplayer, appropriately named Okayafrica, was launched earlier this summer devoted exclusively to covering the latest cutting edge African Artists. Considering the great overlap in our communities, we thought it best if we gave you a little sample of what they offer. Check out a few of our picks after the jump.

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UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival: Ticket Giveaway

The UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival is coming up soon (‘Jam Day’ is May 30th, ‘Reggae Day’ is May 31st) and the line-up is fantastic. Raphael Saadiq, Q-Tip, Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime (G&D), The Foreign Exchange, Bilal, Quadron, hosted by Zion-I. And that’s just the first day. ‘Reggae Day’ brings on Nas & Damien Marley, Barrington Levy, and our clear favorite, Nneka. We have a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner in the area. Enter to win after the jump!

We can’t all make it there, but remember that Giant Step’s Summerstage 2010 (NYC) will feature the incredible Raphael Saadiq, with more great artists to be announced soon!

Raphael Saadiq – “Oh Girl”
 

Nneka – “Heartbeat”
 

Nas & Damien Marley – “As We Enter”
 

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Nneka’s Concrete Jungle, NYC Release Party, US Tour

concrete_jungle_tourConcrete Jungle by Nneka was officially released in the US today. The album is an offering of love, hope and optimism dedicated to the people of Warri & the Niger Delta of Nigeria. Holding it all together is the emotional focus of her beautiful voice, located in a place somewhere between yearning and rage. Buy it here on iTunes; listen to tracks here in the Jukebox.

Tonight, Nneka takes the stage for her album release party at SOB’s in NYC, hosted by J Period. Don’t miss this exclusive performance!

Check more tour dates at NnekaWorld.com

Nneka – “Heartbeat”