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The Roots – John Legend collaboration is really coming through now. Besides this live recorded single, “Hard Times ft. Black Thought” check out a behind-the-scenes video on the making of the album Wake Up! after the jump. Wake Up! will be released on September 21st.
The Roots & John Legend – “Hard Times ft. Black Thought” [MP3]
If you’re in London on September 11th this year, why not spend the day learning some history with Tongues on Fire: A Tribute to the Black Panthers. The multi-artform event features David Murray, The Last Poets and The Roots at The Barbican. Check out what The Guardian has to say about The Last Poets’ connection to politics in the late ’60s- early ’70s in their article After the Party: Music and The Black Panthers.
Below, listen to a classic track from the Last Poets’ 1970 self-titled album and check out another vintage flyer from the days when The Last Poets were honored performers for The Groove Academy.
The Last Poets – “When the Revolution Comes”
Obviously we’ve been waiting for this video (even though it’s been available on iTunes for a few days), the same way we’re waiting for the full John Legend & The Roots album Wake Up! In the meantime, check out the video of The Roots, John Legend, Melanie Fiona and Common reworking an old soul classic.
There is no one alive today that can deny the cultural contributions of Africa to modern day music across the entire globe. From artists such as the late Fela Kuti, on whose life the Award-winning Broadway musical Fela is based, to new emerging cosmopolitan artists such as Nneka and K’Naan, the influence of African music is still heard today. Even Artists that you would not traditionally think of as African influenced, such as The Roots, whose new album might be the best to come out this year so far, can easily tell you how they have been touched and influenced by it. In fact so much so that a new branch of Okayplayer, appropriately named Okayafrica, was launched earlier this summer devoted exclusively to covering the latest cutting edge African Artists. Considering the great overlap in our communities, we thought it best if we gave you a little sample of what they offer. Check out a few of our picks after the jump.