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TRIBE TAMBOR CRUISE Bahamas May 4 – 7, 2018

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The 2018 Tribe/Tambor Cruise Friday, May 4th – Monday, May 7th

w/ DJs Stan Zeff. Zepherin Saint, Tyrone Francis, Mark Francis, Wayne Williams, Alan King, Yogi & Angelo and more TBA

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In addition to all the events / parties, the price of your cabins includes:

- Round trip cruise from Miami – CocoCay Island – Nassau – Miami

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- Food: Available on board almost around the clock

- Port fee and ticketing fees

- Use of all the pools and many other activities on board

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Boiler Room: Josef Leimberg & The Astral Progressions Ensemble

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Earlier this year, the prestigious Boiler Room took Josef Leimberg & The Astral Progressions Ensemble under their wing, supplying the group with a full camera and sound mixing crew to document their modern form of experimental jazz music. Trailing off the release of Josef’s debut LP Astral Progressions, the album was praised from press and radio all over the world, complete with features from Kamasi WashingtonTerrace MartinBilalGeorgia Anne MuldrowMiguel Atwood-Ferguson, and Kurupt.

Boiler Room captured the band during an afternoon set at Iron Worx, Josef’s multi-room recording facility in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles. This has been home to studio sessions for artists all over the map, including SZAErykah BaduKendrick LamarSnoop DoggGeorge Clinton, and many more. The group performs three cuts from the Astral Progressions LP, with an introductory segment that brings viewers into the culture of Josef’s music lineage and artistic approach. Josef and his band are deep in the lab working on the next release and this is a beautiful summation of the energy and spirit that has gone into the launch of Astral Progressions.

Photos: SecretSun

Boiler Room: Josef Leimberg & The Astral Progressions Ensemble

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Trumpet: Josef Leimberg

Drums: William Logan

Guitar: Anand Ramachandran Bennett

Sax, Bass Clarinet, and Flute: Tracy Wannomae

Keys: Matthew ‘Honeybee’ Little

Bass: Dante Pascuzzo

 

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NEW RELEASE: R&B Singer, Eric Roberson, Releases EP “Wind”

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Grammy award-nominated singer and songwriter, Eric Roberson, releases his new EP, Wind on Friday, July 21st.  Wind is the second installment of the singer’s Earth, Wind & Fire EP trilogy. The new music is available is currently available for pre-order exclusively at www.EricRobersonMusic.com.

 

Wind comes just 3 months post the debut of Earth, the first release of the trilogy.  This melodic soundtrack is an 8-track project that features urban contemporary veteran Will Downing on the single, “Lyrics Of Pleasure.” The standout record, “Claire,” is an ode to Claire Huxtable, “The Cosby Show’s” matriarch character played by actress Phylicia Rashad. Eric’s tribute is nostalgic and reminds the listener of the role Claire played in our everyday lives.  You wanted Claire to be your mother and, as a male, you wanted to search for a Claire to be your mate.

 

Love and the ups and down of love is the ongoing theme of Wind. Eric wrote and executive produced the entire project.

 

The idea of doing a trilogy came to Roberson as he was writing and recording music that did not fit together as a sole album, so he decided to break them up into three separate projects. “When I write, I get lost in the music process,” said Roberson. The third and final installment, Fire, is set to be released this coming October.

 

Roberson has consistently maintained his success as an independent artist, without the financial backing of a major label or mainstream radio support. He has written and produced for R&B heavy hitters, such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Vivian Green and many others.

 

For more information on Eric Roberson, follow him on his social media platforms andvisit his streaming sites and website:

 

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WELLNESS: Kannaway Energy Essential Oil for Immunity, Energy and Tranquility

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Kannaway launches their new >Essential Oil Line made with botanical oils, bi-bong herbal extract blends and natural terpenes derived from the cannabis (hemp) plant. Making these one of the first essential oils on the market from the use of cannabis terpenes

Immunity, Energy and Tranquility

 

As part of this new line they are featuring three distinctive experiences:

 

Immunity – The world around you wears down your immune system everyday, making it hard to feel your best. KannawayImmunity Essential Oil lifts your immune system and bolsters your natural defense against the world around you. Fragrant natural oils like bergamot, orange, oregano, rosemary, and eucalyptus are combined with the terpene limonene and an expertly formulated Bi-Bong blend of botanical extracts to promote your body’s immune system to function properly.

 

Energy – Sometimes it feels like there are more things to do than there are hours in the day, leaving a good night’s sleep at a premium. For days when your busy schedule has you running from task to task, Kannaway Energy Essential Oil gives you the revitalizing boost to conquer what the world throws at you. The Energy Essential Oil includes an uplifting mix of the terpene Beta-Caryophyllene, essential oils like grapefruit, lemongrass, rosemary, and peppermint, and a carefully formulated Bi-Bong botanical blend to give you the stamina you need all day long.

 

Tranquility – Everyday life can leave you frazzled with a mix of responsibility and crisis that leaves you lurching from one stressful moment to the next. We all need a calming place where we can escape to during our hectic days. With its soothing mix of essential oils and Bi-Bong botanical blend, Kannaway Tranquility Essential Oil can help balance your mood and allow you to relax, unwind, and even drift off to sleep. Tranquility features ingredients like chamomile, vanilla, rose, lavender, ylang ylang, and the terpene linalool.

OUT NOW: Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds: Sounds Of Crenshaw Vol. 1

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At the corner of Crenshaw and Slauson there is a massive hole in the ground. The expression on the street is ‘You can look down until you can’t look no more’. The power of the earth is revealed, as is the history of this anchor neighborhood in the cultural history of LA.  Unlike the famous Lafayette Square, also designed by George Crenshaw, this part of LA does not claim the title of the wealthiest area in the city.

Crenshaw Blvd is best known as the commercial spine of Black and Latino Los Angeles, as well as a transitional home for displaced middle class Japanese Americans after WW2. While it begins and ends in wealth, the other parts of Crenshaw Blvd are where the action was, with spots like the classic Maverick’s Flat – the Apollo Of The West –  where featured acts like Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Ike and Tina Turner, and Parliament played. This is the place where low riders would cruise, immortalized in songs and videos by west coast rappers. You can draw a parallel with Harlem River Drive here, but Crenshaw is solid Los Angeles.

One can argue that THIS is the lifeblood of America – that it carries the pulse of a multi-cultural nation in a more authentic way than the official promenades of Washington DC. But there can be no argument that THIS is where the soul resides. The creativity, the street culture, the real stories of struggle and defiant joy – all are found here in a land of eternal sun and concrete.

And now, in 2017, there is a giant hole in Crenshaw Boulevard. Powerful energy makes itself present, as everyone knows the neighborhood will never look the same. A profound sense of history demands to be respected, and now presented to the world for preservation in our collective understanding. Now is the time to dig through the memories, the music, and carry them forward like diamonds from the mine.

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Chachi | Rose Gold | Terrace Martin | Wyann Vaughn (Photo Samantha J)

The Pollyseeds are a collaborative group of A-List producers, musicians, and creators who have found great success in the world, yet understand the source from which their creativity and success flows. After many years of celebrity driven music, The Pollyseeds come together inside the SONGS. The songs that speak of history, of life, of love, of soul. The songs that carry our common interest; songs of Saturday nights looking for love, songs that carry the heat of the street right into Sunday evening. The Pollyseeds pay heed to TSOP, The Funk Brothers, and The Wrecking Crew, as well as early Steely Dan. The Pollyseeds are making the records that those artists never did, because they live in a time where it is possible.

Sounds Of Crenshaw Volume 1 is produced by Terrace Martin. As a producer and musician, Terrace Martin understands the pieces of history that MATTER. And he knows the true value of Crenshaw and Slauson in his own evolution and its importance to the world. On Volume 1, he brings together some of The Pollyseeds and distills the seemingly disparate pieces of that history into an instantly recognizable sound. ‘That West Coast Vibe’ is eminent. A great luthier once said ‘It’s simple, I just take a piece of wood and cut away everything that isn’t a guitar’. The Pollyseeds have done just that. Sounds Of Crenshaw Volume 1 is that record that trims the celebrity and the excess, and makes a very clear and simple statement with the sound.

Let us hope that whatever gets built on Crenshaw carries the history forward with as much integrity and beauty as The Pollyseeds.

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‘The Pollyseeds is a creative platform curated by my long time friend Terrace Martin. it allows each of us to come together musically with the sole goal of reflecting our experience in life through the gift of music and allowing us a voice to express the real truth of the world through our eyes in an unfiltered process that ultimately culminates in each Record. As a Pollyseed we must be selfless and a slave to the voice of the art, which many times may not even be our own.’ (Pollyseed Brandon Eugene Owens)

To honestly express yourself at a high level while paying homage, yet being current and innovating the times..is the Pollyseeds. So honored to be a part of the journey!’ (Pollyseed Robert Glasper)

The band is about progression. Never becoming comfortable. Always growing. And always pushing the envelope. Intentions is my favorite: Intentions is legend. Intention is every sense of time to me. It’s so much flavor. And that’s my whole m.o. Just amazing.’ (Pollyseed Rose Gold)

The Pollyseeds is the brainchild of Terrace Martin.  It comprises a unique assortment of T’s talented homiez, including songwriters/vocalists (Chachi aka Problem, Rose Gold, Wyann Vaughn, Preston Harris, et al.) and musicians (Trevor Lawrence, Brandon Owens, Marlon Williams).  We each have very different styles and, as a unit, we paint audible pictures in technicolor.  The Pollyseeds is sexy and sultry, dynamic and gangsta, funky and musical.  Due to our widespread sound, I feel, as a group, we’re unmatched. (Pollyseed Wyann Vaughn)

Stand Up and Dance on S&S Records | Grammy® Award winning trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown & DJ/producer Lee Farmer

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Grammy® Award winning trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown and DJ/producer Lee Farmer have joined forces to create the house music track “Stand Up & Dance“. An energetic remake of “Stand Up,” which appears on Maurice Brown’s latest album release, “The Mood,” this track is enhanced by a collaboration of musical heavy-hitters.

 

Producer Lee Farmer, veteran DJ and influential staple on the Chicago music scene, has amassed a musical super-group to contribute to a catchy track that promises to appeal to DJs, clubgoers and musicologists alike.

 

As in the original, the remake features the melodic vocal scat of Chelsea Baratz, who does double duty on the sax.  Stand Up & Dance adds the soulful vocal and keyboard additions by multitalented singer/songwriter/producer/musical director, Chris Rob. D Vibes contributes to Keyboards as well as adding the melodic piano intro.

 

Maurice Brown takes the horns to another level with an incredible solo while legendary Bassist Maurice “Mo Fitz” Fitzgerald thumps the bassline throughout. Lee Farmer, with some additional programming from Freak Fineman and Mobetta, brings it all in line with an infectious thumping Chicago House beat.

 

Final mix and finishing touches were added by “Bassy” Bob Brockman, who has mixed music for countless artists including the Fugees and Notorious B.I.G. and won Grammy awards for his work with Christina Aguilera and Kirk Franklin.

 

Finally, to add an element of surprise, the cover art was created by Public Enemy front man, the legendary Chuck D.

 

The Song was released on July 1st for download and streaming via all popular retailers including, Traxsource, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, Tidal, Shazam, BeatPort, Google Play and Pandora.

 

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NEW RELEASE: Tyler, The Creator “Flower Boy”

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2017 is shaping up to be a busy year for Tyler, The Creator. Last week he released the self-directed video for his new A$AP Rocky-featuring song “Who Dat Boy” as well as the audio for second new song “911/ Mr. Lonely,” which feature Steve Lacy and Frank Ocean, respectively. These releases followed the announcement of Tyler’s 6th Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival as well as Tyler’s two forthcoming television shows – Nuts + Bolts on VICELAND, which will premiere on August 3rd, and the original animated show The Jellies on Adult Swim.

 

Tyler is back to announce that “Who Dat Boy” and “911 / Mr. Lonely” were the first pieces of music to emerge from his forthcoming full length Flower Boy. Due July 21st via Columbia Records (and available for pre-order now), the 14-song album features two covers — one designed by Tyler himself and the other by artist Eric White. It is only fitting that Tyler would commission White, whose paintings have been described by Leah Ollman of The Los Angeles Times as being “nostalgic and at the same time also vaguely futuristic, even dystopian,” to visually articulate the world of Flower Boy.

 

PRE-ORDER: Flower Boy - http://smarturl.it/FlowerBoy

HEAR: “Who Dat Boy” & “911 / Mr. Lonely”

 

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Flower Boy alternate cover by Eric White

Tyler, The Creator: Flower Boy
(Columbia Records) July 21, 2017

1. Foreword
2. Where This Flower Blooms
3. Sometimes…
4. See You Again
5. Who Dat Boy?
6. Pothole
7. Garden Shed
8. Boredom
9. I Ain’t Got Time!
10. 911 / Mr. Lonely
11. Dropping Seeds
12. November
13. Glitter
14. Enjoy Right Now Today

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Tyler, The Creator by Petra Collins

Tour Dates:
7/15 Long Beach, CA – Agenda
7/28 New York, NY – Panorama Music Festival
7/30 Detroit, MI - Detroit Mo Pop Festival
10/28-29 Los Angeles, CA - Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival

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NEW RELEASE: ‘New Black Swing’ by SassyBlack

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In a glorious groove, SassyBlack has created her finest project to date. New Black Swing is Black’s step into maturity. Full of spacious synths, heavy bass and sweet R&B vocals, she’s tapped into her soul in a fresh fulfilling fashion.

 

Smooth, silky, jazzy, funk are some of the terms that come to mind with her approach to this record. Often venturing into extreme vulnerability, Sassy shares intimate sides of herself that have only been playfully touched on in past projects.

 

You may be familiar with the vocal stylings of SassyBlack as she was half of the dynamic duo THEESatisfaction and also appear on Shabazz Palaces records Black Up & Lese Majesty (released on Sub Pop Records).

 

This album is all about positive energy & satire as Black effortlessly recreates the sound of 90’s New Jack Swing while keeping her psychedelic funky sound in tack.  Out Now available on BANDCAMP, iTunes & CD Baby

 

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From The Artist:

 

“Vibes. It’s all about the energy I share, the energy we share with one another. Whether in public or in private, in romance or otherwise. I think about the deepest times in my life and how I dealt with them through them music with a bounce, catchy melodies and poetic sentiments.

 

I’ve always wanted to write & compose a R&B record, but the fear of ultimate vulnerability & judgement haunted me. Would my Queer Black girl feelings be acceptable? With that said, this is a very intent album. Probably the most intentional record I have composed yet.“

 

 

SassyBlack is a space aged vocalist & producer based in Seattle, WA. This Goddess of “electronic psychedelic soul” & “hologram funk” explores sound through deep compositions.

 

With roots in classical & jazz, her voice is comparable to Ella Fitzgerald & Sarah Vaughan while her production value is reminiscent of Roy Ayers, Pharrell & Herbie Hancock. Black has traveled the world having performed in Berlin, Barcelona, Milan, London, Brooklyn & more.

 

Sassy has gained praise from The Fader, NYLON, Pitchfork, Noisey, Saint Heron, SPIN & many others. Black successfully toured Europe last fall and is gearing up for her next tour fall 2017.

 

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Here’s what people are saying about it:

“SassyBlack, aka Catherine Harris-White is the afrofuturist, sci-fi loving R&B singer we, the people, need. And thank goodness she’s back with a jazzy new second solo album, New Black Swing.”
- AfroPunk

“If you find it difficult to categorize SassyBlack’s music, that means she’s doing it right.”
- NYLON

Catch her on the road in a city near you!

 

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