The second annual Nublu Jazz Fest is going on now in NYC, and this Thursday (11/11) they’re having a record release party for Freedom Suite by The Beast & Nnenna Freelon. The Beast is joining Igmar Thomas & The Cypher, Marcus Baylor and more for a night of live music presented by Revivalist.
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Here is the first video from Freedom Suite, the new project by Nnenna Freelon and The Beast hosted by 9th Wonder, to be posted for free download soon on Okayplayer‘s new jazz-inspired channel The Revivalist. Featured artists on this project of music & words include Phonte, YahZarah, Darien Brockington, Kooley High, Geechi Suede, Branford Marsalis, Amiri Baraka, Questlove, Herbie Hancock, Angela Davis and more.
Directed by Napoleon Wright II, the “Freedom Part 2″ video is a documentary-style short film, which follows The Beast as they volunteer and perform at a Durham-based non profit organization called SEEDS. All proceeds from the performance were donated to SEEDS, an organization which teaches inner-city youth how to plant, grow, harvest and sell crops in their own communities. Learn more about SEEDS here: seedsnc.org
Thanks to our friends at The Couch Sessions for the premiere of this community-spirited video. Keep an eye out for the launch of Okayplayer‘s new site, The Revivalist on October 26th.
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Incognito‘s latest masterpiece Transatlantic R.P.M. will be released next Tuesday, 7/27. This ‘buttery smooth cut’ (Premiered by Okayplayer) “Gotta” features spoken-word songstress Ursula Rucker, who has worked with artists like The Roots, King Britt and 4hero. Her silky smooth sung and spoken verses reflect both the pain of loneliness and the hope for future love.
Besides Ursula Rucker, Transatlantic R.P.M. has an incredible line-up of featured collaborators including Chaka Khan, renowned Italian singer Mario Biondi, Eric Benet, Stuart Zender (bassist for Jamiroquai), longtime Incognito vocalist Maysa and Motown legend Leon Ware, to name a few.
Donn T has long been behind the scenes, but Questlove’s sister is stepping into the spotlight with her debut album, Kaleidoscopic, coming soon through More About Music. The budding singer/songwriter’s sultry first single, “Look At (What You Startin’)” reflects her extremely eclectic musical influences, as does her forthcoming electronic dance album.
OkayPlayer recently spoke with Donn T, and you can read the full interview here.
Donn T: “Look At (What You Startin’)” [MP3]
Tamar-Kali was dubbed as “A Punk Artist with a Soul” by NPR. On the other side, Okayplayer defines her more like a Soul artist with an edgy/Punk side. With an impressive front-woman history trailing behind her, Tamar-Kali is releasing her own unclassifiable full-length this summer, called Black Bottom. “Pearl” is the first single, and this remix features a verse by the incredible Jean Grae. (Thanks to OKP for the track).
Tamar-Kali ft. Jean Grae – “Pearl Remix”