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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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And pick up The Ballad of Purple Saint James by frequently featured FE vocalist, YahZarah. Her second single "Cry Over You" features the lovable Phonte and comes with this good-times video. You can also hear Phonte & YahZarah featured on the upcoming Freedom Suite by The Beast & Nnenna Freelon.
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The Beast, a hip-hop quartet featuring emcee Pierce Freelon brings multi Grammy nominee jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon into the group for Freedom Suite, a collection of original songs, classic interpretations and interviews reflecting on jazz and hip-hop today. The entire album will be available for free download on October 26th, via The Revivalist, Okayplayer's new jazz site.
The music of Freedom Suite combines a live jazz aesthetic with a electronic, sample-based hip-hop aesthetic and features artists like 9th Wonder, Geechi Suede of Camp Lo, Phonte, YahZarah. The music is interspersed with conversations between scholars and teachers like Amiri Baraka, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Angela Davis and more.
Check out the first single "Freedom Part 2" from their Bandcamp site below.
The Foreign Exchange's new album Authenticity will be self-released October 12, and now we have a download: "Maybe She'll Dream Of Me." The track features piano by Zo! and the usual duo of Phonte and Nicolay. It sounds like this will be another leap forward for the group, after the 2010 Grammy nomination for "Daykeeper ft. Muhsinah" off the last album, Leave it All Behind.
The Foreign Exchange - "Maybe She'll Dream of Me" [MP3]