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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.
In case you haven't heard, the Hudson Series has returned, and we moved it downstairs to the Good Units at Hudson as part of our makeover. The first installment was a huge success with over 700 people in attendance (thanks to all of you who came out!) and we are ready to do it all over again.
The second installment of the Hudson Series returns with none other than Questlove himself, with the aid of his trusted MC and special guest Yameen Allworld on Monday, October 25th. Doors open at 8pm and as always, entrance is free but strictly RSVP only.
There are a lot of great new releases today, but possibly the best one is Bilal's Airtight Revenge. Back after years of obstacles with record labels, his new album is a beautiful departure from the 'neo-soul' box which seemed to form around him before. The sound on Airtight's Revenge is still soul, and very new, but it's way out of any box we would have imagined.
If you don't believe that Bilal is magic, here are Questlove, Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe to explain it to you, their official endorsements. After the jump, watch each of their respective videos by Plug Research and learn how Bilal helped shape the sound of these artists.
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There are plenty of reasons why we're looking forward to the release of this upcoming collaboration, Wake Up!, but here are a few highlights as described by the musicians themselves. Find out how these soulful 70's throwbacks and their political themes are more relevant than ever in 2010.