New Track: Kenna – “Politics” ft. RJD2

 

Happy almost election day! Kenna and RJD2 recently teamed up for an aptly titled new track called “Politics” just in time. One would think the song may have an aggressive or uptempo energy, but rather it’s almost ballad-like. And kinda forlorn. We hear ya, homie.

Don’t forget to go out and vote tomorrow, November 6!

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“Vote” by Alsarah ft. Oddisee, For Sudan

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Alsarah is a Brooklyn based singer, songwriter and Giant Step team member hailing from Khartoum, Sudan. She loves to travel, does not like long walks on the beach, and prefers kimchi to cake. 

Alsarah shares her experience:

Today I go to vote for the first time as a Sudanese citizen. Three weeks ago I could not contain my excitement about this momentous occasion, but today I sadly know it won’t count for anything. Despite the reports flooding in about rampant cheating in the electoral process, not to mention the recent withdrawal of the majority of other presidential candidates, I like to tell myself at least I am getting some practice in on my right for self determination.

This being the first election since 1985, it has been getting a lot international attention, and a lot of media is being produced on the country in general. Among the international organizations focusing on the topic is Media in Cooperation and Transition, aka MICT, in association with the German Foreign Office, who have been running an online campaign covering the elections in general, and released a compilation of songs by Sudanese singers and song writers, of which I was one, relating to the elections titled Sudan Votes Music Hopes. I was in Berlin for the SVMH release party when I received the news that most of the candidates running for the elections had withdrawn from the race a mere few days before people were due to go to the ballots.

While deeply dejected, I feel that at least now so many of the people of Sudan had made it clear they seek a democratic change, and that gives me hope to look forward to the possibility of a fair elections in the not so distant future.

Alsarah explains how her song, “Vote,” came to be: Alsarah Video Interview

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New Mayer Hawthorne Video: “I Wish That it Would Rain”

Check out the latest video from Stones Throw‘s Mayer Hawthorne, “I Wish That It Would Rain,” directed by Henry DeMaio. The video debuted today as part of MTVu’s The Freshmen, and you should vote for him here. He’s got stiff competition against Surfer Blood, B.O.B, Anarbor, and Two Door Cinema Club but the winner is already clear.

Vote for VV Brown’s “Shark in the Water” on MTVu’s The Freshmen

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We love the UK singer songwriter VV Brown, so we’re thrilled to see her competing on MTVu with The Freshmen. Show your support by voting for her “Shark in the Water” video, and check back here regularly for more VV news – we might have a special performance up our sleeves. Vote V V!

And don’t forget, Traveling like the Light comes out March 16th.