Monthly Archives: December 2015

Ghana’s Rocky Dawuni goes for Grammy Gold – VOTE NOW! “Branches of the Same Tree”

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We are happy to announce that Cumbancha artist Rocky Dawunis latest album, Branches of the Same Tree, has just been nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Reggae Album category. Dawuni, the only non-Jamaican artist in the running this year and the first Ghanaian to be nominated, is up against some of the heavyweights of modern reggae with his Billboard Top 10 album.

Reflecting on the prestigious nomination, Dawuni says that he feels, “truly honored and at the same time humbled. I’ve always focused on giving my best in my work and it’s a good feeling to know that it is being appreciated. I am grateful for the recognition. Branches of the Same Tree is about stressing the common roots that we all share in this human family. It inspires the listener to aspire to a place of hope. It’s about having faith in the power of compassion and oneness.”

The final ballots to determine the GRAMMY winners are due by January 15th, 2016. If you are a voting member, we encourage you to include Rocky Dawuni on your ballot. The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will broadcast live on CBS on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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CRATE DIGGERS featuring DJ B+ January 4, 2016

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Host Anthony Valadez (right) immerses himself in Brian Cross’ vast vinyl collection Monday, January 4, (11:45 PM ET/PT) on CRATE DIGGERS on FM, the iconic DJ introspective show that uses vinyl records as a jumping off point for conversations between artists that shine light on music, collectors and other cool people. With their favorite records as a soundtrack, artists and writers share their connections to the music through jaw-dropping personal stories.

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Pictured: (L to R) Brian Cross (“DJ B+”), Anthony Valadez.  Photo: Hosana Wong/FM © 2015 Fuse, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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FM TV; CRATE DIGGERS (15 min episodes) – This iconic DJ introspective show uses vinyl records as a jumping off point for conversations between artists that shine light on music, collectors and other cool people. With their favorite records as a soundtrack, artists and writers sit down with host Anthony Valadez of KCRW radio to share their connections to the music through jaw-dropping personal stories. Airs Mondays, 11:45 p.m. ET/PT, featuring KCRW Music Director and upcoming guests DJ B+, Carlos Nino, Free the Robots and Monalisa. 

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Don’t miss SHADES OF BLUE starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta | Premiering Thursday Jan 7 at 10/9c on NBC

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Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta star in a provocative new drama about a skilled NY detective who, trying to give her daughter a better life, gets caught up with her unit of corrupt cops. But when the FBI forces her to inform on her squad, she must walk the dangerous line between loyalty and betrayal.

Don’t miss SHADES OF BLUE, premiering Thursday, Jan 7 at 10/9c – only on NBC!

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David Banner Celebrates Heal The Hood At Christmas 2015

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Rapper David Banner Celebrates The Holidays In Jackson, Mississippi With The Boys & Girls Club, R.e.a.p. Program & The Henley Young Juvenile Justice Center
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On Friday, December 18, 2015 Grammy Award winning music producer, rapper, actor and community activist David Banner and The Banner Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering and supporting families to create self-sufficient communities, celebrated the ninth annual Heal The Hood At Christmas Project in his hometown of Jackson, MS. Collaborating with local community partners, the program identifies special needs for attending families as well as encourages education, leadership, advocacy, civic engagement and accountability amongst the areas. The initiative evolved out of Banner’s personal ritual of giving to less fortunate families and those impacted by Hurricane Katrina during the holiday season.

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The day kicked off with David Banner as the featured speaker at the Re-engaging in Education for All to Progress (R.E.A.P.) Program, which provides academic opportunities to the over-age, non-traditional, at risk of dropping out student, to help them attain a high school diploma.

Banner also sat with the young men and women (ages 10-17) at the Henley Young Juvenile Justice Center.

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Frank Sinatra 100 Birthday Celebrations this Weekend!

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Legendary song stylist Frank Sinatra—The King of Swing—turns 100 this weekend and celebrations abound for the Rat Pack stalwart. One of the most iconic and innovating music artists of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra performed on 1400 recordings, won 10 personal Grammys, and produced 8 movies. He managed to span music genres from the swing era to rock & roll. His 100th Birthday has spawned a worldwide celebration of performances, books, TV specials and documentaries, with parties spanning across the globe. Check out our Los Angeles picks for celebrating the life and music of “Ol’ Blue Eyes!”

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LOS ANGELES EVENT FEATURES:

Saturday, December 12th:

 

Tastemaker DJ, producer and entertainment entrepreneur Dre Sinatra shares nothing with the crooner but his name—he’s creative director for Ray J’s Knockout Entertainment, cast member of VH1’s “A Family Business,” and regular at clubs across LA—but it’s probably no coincidence Playhouse LA booked him to play Saturday night. http://playhousenightclub.com/event.cfm?id=158763

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The Grammy Museum has had a sprawling interactive exhibition: Sinatra: America Icon” dedicated to Sinatra open since October which highlights his connection to the city (he was Capitol’s top artist for years).  His daughter Nancy recalls, “Dad always said, ‘I’d like to pass along to people what I know and what I do. With this exhibit, the Sinatra family proudly shares personal and professional insights into the life and times of Frank Sinatra.”

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Sinatra Sings Sinatra: Frank Sinatra’s son Frank Jr. spends Saturday night interpreting his dad’s tunes at the Sinatra Centennial Celebration. A full orchestra will back Frankie Jr. as he celebrates his dapper, charismatic father in song at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

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Sunday, December 13th:

 

The Room Hollywood’s 25th annual Sinatra Party – Want to beat back the hangover you surely have from celebrating Sinatra Saturday? This elegant affair—which has been around longer than the venerable Hollywood club has–features strictly Sinatra DJ tunes and dancing, pairing the Chairman of the Board ‘s vintage hits with classic cocktails; so lose Charley and come and swing with the sharps!  In the style and spirit of Sinatra, formal attire is required. Admission is complimentary with RSVP: http://SinatraParty.eventbrite.com

 

Drummer Daru Jones releases ​“Beats by TRP” ​by The Ruff Pack

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Esquire​ Magazine calls him “Jack Whites’ Secret Weapon” Fuse TV feature  hailed him as the “Unsung Hero of Coachella 2015.” Drummer Daru Jones now presents the funky Jazz and Hip Hop vibes of THE RUFF PACK with their first EP release, “Beats by TRP”.

Download ​their ​first single “Apt. 33 Again” here!

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“Beats by TRP”  by The Ruff Pack ​will mark the second release on Rusic Records, the record label Daru Jones founded several years ago after spending 10 years working with some of hip hop’s finest from Talib Kweli, Slum Village to Nas.  With J Dilla, DJ Premier and Pete Rock as musical ​influences Daru has become one of the world’s best drummers of his generation across all genres, ​and wants to inspire others through his ​love for m​usic as a label owner, producer, writer and musician.

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DASH Radio Partners with MILES DAVIS ESTATE for new show “EVOLUTION OF THE GROOVE”

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DASH Radio, a streaming broadcast radio platform for iOS and Android, is excited to announce new show “Evolution Of The Groove,” in partnership with Miles Davis Estate and hosted by Erin Davis (son of Miles Davis) and Vince Wilburn, Jr. (nephew of Miles Davis). In the spirit of Miles, the free-form, progressive platform will cover a multitude of genres and topics, designed to keep the cultural conversation moving forward. The show also pays homage to Miles Davis, widely noted as one of the most innovative musicians of all time, who changed the course of music five times. The continuous popularity of Davis remains as expansive as his music.

 

“Evolution Of The Groove” welcomes legendary bassist Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire on December 4. The iconic, internationally renowned group, who is a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and Hollywood Walk Of Fame inductee, has won 8 GRAMMY‘s and four American Music Awards, in addition to numerous other accolades. Earth, Wind & Fire has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, with numerous gold and double-platinum albums.

 

The show is hosted by Miles’ son, Erin Davis, and nephew Vince Wilburn Jr, both of whom have toured, recorded and produced Miles. GRAMMY winning engineer Dave Hampton will serve as production coordinator for the show. Yenitza Munoz from DASH Radio serves as producer.

 

The first show ran November 27th with GRAMMY nominated jazz trumpeter Christian Scott, who is also a member of the Miles Electric Band.

 

Evolution Of The Groove will air regularly on DASH1 station, Fridays from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. PST8 p.m. EST and 7 p.m. CT.  The show re-airs Friday night at 9pm PT on Dash Radio’s “Cool” jazz station and additionally re-airs on “Cool” every Saturday at noon and 7pm PT, and on Sundays at 9am and 4pm PT.

 

We’re looking forward to our partnership with DJ Skee and DASH Radio. Stay tuned,” comments Davis and Wilburn, Jr.

 

Erin Davis is a Los Angeles-based musician/producer/composer who heads Davis Artists Group and runs Miles Davis Properties, LLC along with his sister (Cheryl Davis) and his cousin (Vince Wilburn, Jr.).  Davis was a drummer for EMI Records recording group Bloodline, an all-star rock group featuring the offspring of famous musicians. He has also toured and recorded with Miles and is a producer on the forthcoming film “Miles Ahead,” starring Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor. Davis is the co-host and lead curator of Miles Davis House at SXSW, featuring the widest cross-genre of visionary buzz bands hitting Austin.

 

Wilburn, Jr. is a highly accomplished drummer and producer, who has both toured and recorded with Miles on many legendary recordings from 1984 through 1987, including: The GRAMMY-Award winning album “AURA” — which he co-produced; “Decoy” – which he also co-produced; “You’re Under Arrest“, and the 2008 GRAMMY nominated “Miles From India” – which hit #8 on the Billboard jazz charts. Wilburn, Jr. also toured internationally with the All-Star “Miles From India” ensemble to sell-out crowds. He currently performs with Miles Electric Band. He is a producer on the forthcoming film “Miles Ahead”.

 

Both Davis and Wilburn, Jr. are key participants on industry panels including GRAMMY MuseumGRAMMY Career Day,SXSWSF MusicTech Summit and CMJ, in addition to partnering with Apple for their “Meet The Musicians” series at Apple SoHo.

 

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