Monthly Archives: September 2016

High Life Music Festival – Photo & Video Recap

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The High Life Music Festival’s two day celebration, competition, exhibition of the best Hip Hop and medical marijuana in Southern California, recognizing California’s premier MMJ growers, breeders, edible chefs and extract artists.

Saturday night recording artists Berner, Too Short, Lil Debbie, Skate Maloley, Ohno, Flip Major, Chucky Chuck DGAF, Nipsey Hussle and closing out the night was DMX.

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Sunday night Rick Ross, Waka Flocka, E-40, Chanel West Coast, Rob Stone, Casino the G & Suga Free, R-Mean and Bone Thugs n Harmony performed.

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The festival took place in San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, CA, with proceeds of the festival going towards the families affected by the Blue Cut Fires.

For more information please visit www.highlifemusicfestival.com

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Photo credits: Jhonny Q and Tristan Bellisimo

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REVIEW: Black Coffee “Pieces of Me”

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Black Coffee’s album is quite possible the best release of 2016. This spiritual, powerful, genre-bending record consists of dark, deep bass lines, rhythmic percussion and beautifully powerful vocals throughout – a true masterpiece.

Coffee’s ability to stay real, deep and gritty, yet be able to cross-over to appeal to the masses is prolific. He fuses soul, house and Afropolitan sounds bringing this South African star into the mainstream for an ancestral sound which this world, in these days and times, is yearning for.

I have had the pleasure of promoting Black Coffee to the masses starting at Winter Music Conference half a decade ago as the Publisher of Fusicology for years since then – seeing Coffee progress into such a star, including his win at the BET Awards recently is a testament to his immense talent – he is iconic and proof that Africa is the Future and Black Coffee is leading the way.

Magic. Truly next level.

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South Africa’s multi-award winning record producer and DJ Black Coffee is here with his album Pieces of Me, out now on Ultra Music. The 12-track album maintains a soulful house rhythm throughout, complimented by powerful vocals from Mque, Cara Frew, Nakhane Touré, Mondli Ngcobo, Portia Monique and more, adding a wonderful diversity to the project. Pieces of Me is brimming with wooden percussion and deep, rumbling sounds that draw from his native country whilst still maintaining the kind of universality that ensures his musical influence will reach far beyond Africa’s borders.


The emotionally charged spoken word intro from Lebo Mashile sets the theme for the rest of the album. Black Coffee picks up the tempo, track by track, incorporating elements of house music coupled with soaring vocals. The single “Come with Me” features vocalist Mque and offers an odyssey through strings interlaced with jazzy percussion. As the album continues into proper dance, “Stuck In Your Love” brings listeners to their feet. On “We Dance Again,” Black Coffee balances heavy kicks with the much softer inflections of empowering lyrics and harmonies from singer Nakhane Touré. Pieces of Me draws to a close with “I Will Find You”, a track to soothe your soul and ease your mind at the end of the journey.

With 4 award-winning albums under his belt, South African electronic artist Black Coffeehas been producing his distinctive brand of eclectic and soulful house for over a decade. In 2016, he performed at both Coachella and Ultra Music Festival in addition to being awarded Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards. With each album release he continues to refine his sophisticated sound and remains steadfast in painstakingly selecting a diverse array of superior vocalists to showcase and collaborate with.

Pieces of Me Tracklist:

  1. Intro (feat. Lebo Mashile)
  2. Come With Me (feat. Mque)
  3. Stuck In Your Love (feat. Azola)
  4. Love On Fire (feat. Lungi Naidoo & Ribatone)
  5. Angelina (feat. NaakMusiQ & Mondli Ngcobo)
  6. Extra Time On You (feat. Portia Monique)
  7. I Have Faith (feat. Mondli Ngcobo)
  8. We Dance Again (feat. Nakhane Touré)
  9. Go On (feat. Khensy)
  10. Inkodlo KaMashimane
  11. The Beat Of Indlamu
  12. I’ll Find You (feat. Cara Frew)

The Dungeon Family Reunites at ONE Musicfest 2016 in Atlanta

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This past weekend, over 20,000 attendees packed the 7th annual ONE Musicfest in Atlanta at the Lakewood Amphitheater on September 10, 2016. The audience erupted as they witnessed the historic performance of the entire Dungeon Family featuring: Andre 3000, Big Boi, CeeLo Green, Rico Wade, Big Gipp, T-Mo, Killer Mike, Cool Breeze, Witchdoctor, Backbone, Big Rube, Sleepy Brown, Ray Murray, Slimm, Calhoun and surprise guests Bone Crushers and T.I. Also gracing the stages were captivating performances by Erykah Badu, Anderson. Paak, Busta Rhymes, Gary Clark Jr., Ice Cube, Jazmine Sullivan, Andra Day, A$AP Ferg and BJ The Chicago Kid. Special Thanks to our sponsors, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Gentleman Jack, Heineken, Tito’s Vodka, Clorox, Insecure on HBO, Smokin’ Shells, Kabanos Cigar.

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This year, ONE Musicfest set out in hopes to unify the community through music. One Musicfest is the only place to see this roster of incredible acts join together for One purpose  - which was to witness a wide variety of sounds, from rock to hip-hop, electro, reggae, funk, disco, house, alternative and soul while having your musical senses stimulated. ONE Musicfest’s main focus was to create a roster of performers that would be enjoyable for multiple generations. “It was an honor to present a reunion show with musical legends the Dungeon Family while also showcasing emerging talent like to a sold out crowd in a city with a rich music legacy”, states Cynthia Charles, Festival Director and Lead Talent Buyer.

“There is a lack of representation for soul, progressive hip-hop, alternative and rock, represented under one roof, in the format of music festivals in Atlanta”, states J Carter, ONEMusicfest Producer.  “We have noticed that while there are many pockets of individuals that share taste in the same music, rarely do you see them share in this together. ONEMusicfest was created with the idea of ‘music as the universal language’. Over time we aim to grow this fest into a phenomenon and bring together different sectors of individuals through a unique music platform.

Founded by Jason Carter, ONE Musicfest has been one of Southeast’s largest home-grown, musical arts festival to date including over 10,000 plus attendees. Carter has brought Atlanta music lovers the best and the brightest urban alternative acts performing in a welcoming, hospitable setting, creating an atmosphere where everyone can enjoy and discover music.

ONE Musicfest is known for its interactive block party experience, where guests enjoyed nationally and internationally renown DJs, a food-truck village, vending from local businesses, VIP tents and more.

About ONE Musicfest

ONE Musicfest emerged in 2010 as one of the most anticipated festival concert series in Atlanta. Voted the #3 “Fall Festival Not To Miss” by Ebony Magazine, ONE Musicfest is the destination for the nations music lovers! Seeking to bridge the gap between Atlanta’s diverse communities, ONE Musicfest showcases a wide variety of musical talents spanning race, age and genre. Featuring a weekend full of live music, live art, unique vendors, charitable giving, parties, a food truck village and day long roster of rotating djs, ONEMusicfest is not to be missed! For more information, visit www.ONEMusicfest.com and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram via @ONEMusicfest and #OMF2016

PHOTOS: Marcus Ingram (GETTY Images)

Wolfgang Gartner reveals new R&B project, Openeyes

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Wolfgang Gartner reveals new R&B project, Openeyes

Wolfgang Gartner is many things — a DJ, record label owner, house head — but is perhaps best known for his iconic electronic production. Well-received records such as “Space Junk” and his deadmau5 collaboration “Animal Rights” have placed the artist — real name Joseph Youngman — in the greater league of studio maestros. However, when it comes to work behind the boards, dance music isn’t the only genre that Wolfgang has been able to master.

This year, a mysterious artist by the name of Openeyes released Feathered Alligator, a two-track R&B EP reminiscent of the soulful urban sounds that dominated the ’90s. Premiered on Beats 1 radio and with support from Ebro Darden, the project’s tracks “Crutch” and “Mesmerized” became both a nostalgic dream and modern gift to fans of the smooth style.

Wolfgang Gartner has now claimed co-ownership of the alias, revealing the true identity of Openeyes  — the project produced by the man himself, along with Rush Davis on vocals. In an exclusive interview, the dance-titan-gone-R&B-experimenter speaks out for the first time on the topic of his latest endeavor.

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Questlove Supreme Wednesdays on Pandora

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QUESTLOVE, 4-Time GRAMMY-winner, member of The Roots, and musical director of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Debuts “Questlove Supreme” on Pandora.

A weekly three hour ride through the global musical landscape featuring adventurous music selections, compelling conversations and revealing interviews with music lovers from the entertainment industry and beyond.

The first show features SNL alum and talk-show host MAYA RUDOLPH, catch Questlove Wednesdays at 1 PM EST

Miss an episode? Questlove’s mixtape, live today HERE will feature episode highlights, thematic music from the episode and show archives.