Femi Kuti’s New Release – Africa for Africa + Win Tickets for US Tour

On his album Africa For Africa, released today, Femi Kuti articulates a raw and forceful call to the long tradition of Afrobeat. Recorded in the same studio where he produced his first recordings with his father Fela Kuti and his breakthrough solo album No Cause For Alarm?, Africa for Africa is in several ways a return to Femi’s roots. Deliberately less-produced than its predecessor Day by Day, it aims to present Afrobeat in its roughest, purest form. Femi continues to develop his activist voice on the new album, with the lyrics addressing government oppression and other modern problems in Africa, but the music retains a visceral power.

Win tickets to one of the following shows on Femi’s US Tour:
4/21 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
4/22 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
4/26 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
4/30 – Metro – Chicago – Chicago, IL
5/06 – Austin City Limits Live at Moody – Austin, TX
5/12 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
5/13 – Bimbo’s 365 Club – San Francisco, CA
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Win Signed Esperanza Spalding Vinyl

The jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding surprised a few people by winning The Grammy’s ‘Best New Artist’ over the big pop acts of 2011, which goes to prove one thing: Jazz ain’t dead. Neither is vinyl. The double LP version of Chamber Music Society is now available, and contains some special extras. Enter to win a *signed* copy of the vinyl for your own collection.

Besides all of the original tracks from the Chamber Music Society CD, the LP also includes audio commentary by Esperanza & song bytes from the recording sessions, and a sneak peek track (“Morning”) from her next 2012 release, Radio Music Society.

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Ellie Goulding’s Debut Lights Released Today

Having already conquered her native Britain with the biggest and fastest selling debut album of 2010, Lights, which premiered at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart with four hit singles and earned a BRIT award, singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding is ready to make a similar splash in America. Lights, released in the US today, is infused with Ellie’s sparkling electro-folk-pop sound that mixes heartfelt emotion with other-worldly atmospherics.

While Ellie tours across North America from festival to festival, she’ll be stopping in New York, naturally. That Webster Hall show on March 24th is Sold Out, but you can enter to win a pair of lucky tix.

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Ghostpoet – Gang Colours Remix MP3 + Win CD/Vinyl

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The new album from Ghostpoet, Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam, comes with the Gilles Peterson stamp of approval – it was released this month on the Brownswood record label, and singles like “Cash and Carry Me Home” and “Liiines” have been heavily played on the GPWW radio show for months now. Since the US release on February 4th, Ghostpoet has received praise from all kinds of press:

“In a way, Peanut Butter Blues sounds like what Slick Rick might have made if he drank a little bit more, slowed down his flow a touch, and loved messing with synthesizers, drum machines, and laptops.” - Prefix Mag

Ghostpoet – “Cash and Carry Me Home” (Gang Colours Remix) [MP3]
 

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Adele – 21 In Stores Now + Enter to Win CD

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If you haven’t seen the adoring press on Adele‘s booming sophomore album 21, we regret to inform you that you might be living under a rock. Following the build-up of live performances and interview videos (archived here), we’ve been waiting for this day: 21 is now available on the web and all fine retailers in your area.

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