Video: Oddisee – “The Blooming”

 

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That Oddisee makes some pretty inspiring tunes. In fact, ZBS Studio in Belgium was so inspired that they asked permission to do a video for “The Blooming.” The result is a gorgeous narrative piece showing the evolution of a father-son relationship through the seasons.

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New Track: Oddisee – “Al Mawrada” + MP3

 

“Al Mawrada” is an inspired track; Upbeat and airy, Oddisee draws from the nostalgia of his childhood in Sudan. The photo above is from Al Mawrada, which is a neighborhood in Omdurman, Sudan where he spent time with family and friends, observing the hustle and bustle. Oddisee in fact took the photograph himself during his last trip to Sudan; you can view more images from his trip on Flickr.

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Georgia & Dudley’s SomeOthaShip Free Download All Week

 

The other-worldly Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins bring us a very special gift together with Mello Music Group: free downloading of the 2010 project, SomeOthaShip, all week long. The 13-track project features guest appearances from the likes of Black Milk, Prince Po, and Kool G Rap and boasts production from Oddisee, Flying Lotus, and of course, the two talented bandmates themselves. Look out for the duo’s next album out this fall.

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“Vote” by Alsarah ft. Oddisee, For Sudan

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Alsarah is a Brooklyn based singer, songwriter and Giant Step team member hailing from Khartoum, Sudan. She loves to travel, does not like long walks on the beach, and prefers kimchi to cake. 

Alsarah shares her experience:

Today I go to vote for the first time as a Sudanese citizen. Three weeks ago I could not contain my excitement about this momentous occasion, but today I sadly know it won’t count for anything. Despite the reports flooding in about rampant cheating in the electoral process, not to mention the recent withdrawal of the majority of other presidential candidates, I like to tell myself at least I am getting some practice in on my right for self determination.

This being the first election since 1985, it has been getting a lot international attention, and a lot of media is being produced on the country in general. Among the international organizations focusing on the topic is Media in Cooperation and Transition, aka MICT, in association with the German Foreign Office, who have been running an online campaign covering the elections in general, and released a compilation of songs by Sudanese singers and song writers, of which I was one, relating to the elections titled Sudan Votes Music Hopes. I was in Berlin for the SVMH release party when I received the news that most of the candidates running for the elections had withdrawn from the race a mere few days before people were due to go to the ballots.

While deeply dejected, I feel that at least now so many of the people of Sudan had made it clear they seek a democratic change, and that gives me hope to look forward to the possibility of a fair elections in the not so distant future.

Alsarah explains how her song, “Vote,” came to be: Alsarah Video Interview

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Everything in Time by DJ Center Available Now

bluecover_grey_new.inddEverything in Time is a global soul record bringing back a low-end theory and warmth thatʼs been absent in music as of late. Itʼs a record for a generation raised on a foundation of hip hop and jazz, but grown with a broader musical palate. Itʼs roots music without being reggae, and soul music without being a throw back to the past.

As the songs unfold on Everything in Time, youʼre enveloped in lush piano chords, warm bass lines, boom-bap drum patterns, flying tambourines, and soaring horns. The guests DJ Center chose for his album are the perfect marriage to every song. The record features everyone from favorites like Oddisee and Zaki Ibrahim to the up-and-coming Gretchen Parlato (whoʼs worked with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding) and Samia Farah (whoʼs dub reggae and jazz vocal styles give her a rare, distinctive sound).

The icing on the cake is the remix of “Tout Passe” (CD only) contributed by the incredibly talented Waajeed of The Platinum Pied Pipers. The underlying essence of this record is timeless music. Listen unhurriedly, as all great things happen in time.

“In A Song” ft. Middle Child (Download MP3)
 

“Center’s Groove”
 

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