New Track: Chico Mann – “Light of Love” ft. Alecia Chakour

 

Definitely don’t hear too much soulful Hanukkah music during the holiday season, whereas a variety of Christmas music always seems to be in abundance – so, this is refreshing. Chico Mann invited our lovely gal Alecia Chakour to lend her vocals for the warm and cozy new tune, “Light of Love.” Got us dreaming of candlelight, fireplaces, and hot chocolate on this Thursday afternoon.

Also, for those unfamiliar with Alecia, please get to knowing and be sure to check her out on December 20 for a very special show. The night is going to be killer. Alecia shared with us:

“What makes this night even cooler is that the bands feature allstars from The Royal Family (Soulive, Lettuce), Daptone Records (Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Antibalas), David Byrne’s band and TV On the Radio. Basically, 20 of my favorite musicians in one tiny room.”

Event Details
Alecia Chakour Live
w/ Sonya Kitchell and Cochemea Gastelum’s Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow

December 20, 2012

8PM

Tickets: $10

Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY

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Interview: Alecia Chakour to Play Rockwood Music Hall, NYC on July 29

 

Our lovely comrade Alecia Chakour is going to be playing Rockwood Music Hall this coming Sunday, July 29 – so to celebrate, we thought what better than to catch up with our talented young lady?!

Event Details
Alecia Chakour Live
Sunday, July 29
10PM

Tickets: $10
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Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

Giant Step: How’s it been to tour around with such incredible musicians such as The Warren Haynes Band, Nigel Hall, and Soulive? Any learnings and valuable experiences you’ve picked up?

Alecia Chakour: It is a serious blessing to have found a musical family that is so full of fire and total love for what they do and who they do it with. I get to be a part of this big supportive community where I can stretch out, open up, listen and be completely myself in the music. I’ve learned in that openness to truly trust myself, which allows me trust and love the folks I’m surrounded by. Also, I’ve learned the three magic words: sweat, talent, humility.

GS: What about being on Letterman with the crazy amazing Allen Stone? What’s he like to work with?

Alecia Chakour: I just got back from rehearsal! Allen has a real unique power to him… so naturally soulful, warm and full of positivity. I love that I get to make music with such a diverse range of artists, and he is certainly something special in the bunch.

GS: We know you’ve got a local show coming up at Rockwood on the 29th, how are you feeling about bringing it back home? What can we expect to hear at the show, what’s the energy going to be like?

Alecia Chakour: I’m so excited to get cooking with this crew! The band – my brother Alex, Neal Evans (Soulive), Sam Cohen (Apollo Sunshine/Yellowbirds) and Miles Arntzen (Antibalas) – they are a dream team. They connect to that dynamic, loose, bluesy vibe but bring such originality and excitement to the music. It’s been a while since we’ve played together, and this feels like the perfect way to get things moving… very up close and personal. We’ll be trying out a lot of new tunes that we’ll be recording soon with the rest of the fam, so I’m excited to share.

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New Release: Vieux Farka Touré’s The Secret + MP3

 

Vieux Farka Touré is one to know; after all, he did perform in front of a billion people at the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa. Not surprisingly, he’s become “one of the most celebrated African guitarists in history.” His latest record, The Secret, was released late last month and is produced by Eric Krasno of the famed Soulive. The feature list is also impressive, including guest spots from Dave Matthews, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, and of course his legendary father, Ali Farka Touré. Enjoy the exclusive free download of “Aigna” (Feat. Derek Trucks) below!

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