Monthly Archives: July 2011

Red Bull Music Academy presents Peven Everett | Listen & Love

Studio Confession, Chicago

Peven Everett is a man of many talents. The producer, songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist has been immersed in music of all kinds from a very young age. Born into a musical family of singers, he grew up listening to gospel, jazz, soul, and African rhythms shaping his future musical style. Having gained a scholarship at Berklee School of Music, Peven got his big break when he met Betty Carter in the early 90s, whilst working at Carnegie Hall. This led to him going on the road with Carter and Wynton and Branford Marsalis. Over the years he has played with many jazz greats all over the world. Having made his name on the jazz scene, Peven diversified his career with collaborations for groundbreaking house cuts including Men From The Nile’s ‘Watch Them Come’, and ‘Gabriel’. The latter saw Everett working with Roy Davis Jr., adding his exquisite vocals to a track that became hugely important to the developing UK garage scene of the late 90s. Since 1996 Peven Everett has been making music non-stop, and this won’t change anytime soon. His album output is in double figures, showing off his continuing commitment to spreading truth and love to the masses.

Angora – Enchantment – Prescription
Grover Washington Jr. – Mr Magic – Kudu Records
Roy Davis Jr. ft. Peven Everett – Gabriel (Live Garage Version) – XL
Men From The Nile – Watch Them Come (Jazzanova Mix) – U’ground Therapy
Peven Everett – I Can’t Believe I Loved Her – Nite Grooves
Figarro ft. Peven Everett – Freaky – Diaspora
Peven Everett – Testin’ Me – ABB Soul
Peven Everett – Kissing Game – Kindred Spirits
Peven Everett – Stuck – Soul Heaven
Peven Everett – Stuck (Phil Asher’s Soul Heaven Version) – Soul Heaven
Peven Everett – Washing – Soul Heaven
Peven Everett – Put Your Back Into It – Unified
Peven Everett – Bangin (Calypso Version) – Trippin’
Peven Everett – New Day – Trippin

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Fade To Black And Back – A Tribute To The Tortured Soul Genius Of Amy Winehouse

words by: Chris Campbell, Neo Soul Music Examiner

With great genius often comes great angst and suffering. Those were my feelings as I received word that soul singer Amy Winehouse was found dead this past weekend in her London home at the age of 27.

Her career was brief with moments of spine tingling highs overshadowed by incredible lows.  Her personal life was rife with caustic temper tantrums, dysfunctional relationships and prolific drug and alcohol abuse.

Truth be told, she had been dying before our eyes for quite some time.  But it didn’t start that way.


Winehouse’s career can be divided up into two parts Frank & Back to Black, which coincided with her albums of the same name.

In 2003, she released her first album, Frank,  to much critical acclaim fueled by tracks such as “F**k Me Pumps,” “Stronger Than Me,” and the epic multi-suite song “Amy, Amy, Amy.”

With its fusion of 1940s-era jazz/blues with 1960s-era soul, the 12 song disc had a genuinely authentic sound that mixed elegant horn arrangements with intelligent, bitterly caustic yet seductive lyrics.

It evoked shades of artists like Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Lauryn Hill with an emotive delivery that skittered between lyrical brilliance and musical conviction.

Her personality was much brighter during this time as she was known for funny and witty interviews. Life was simpler for her then as there was an attractive mischief about her that was filled with both mystery and intrigue.

Winehouse’s sophomore effort Back to Black” introduced a pendulum shift in her tone.

Gone was the seeming innocence that marked her debut, replaced by a darker, cynical sound.   There were subtle changes to her voice as it lost some of the rich texture and range from her debut and would sound forced in some instances on her second disc.

The album however was a soul masterpiece that formally introduced Winehouse to U.S. audiences as it blended mature lyrics with a brutal honesty that chronicled her growing vulnerabilities, destructive relationships and addictions.

The album’s most popular single was the now haunting “Rehab,” which mocked her addictions with the prophetic refrain, “they told me I need to go to rehab, but I said no, no, no.”

The disc garnered her five Grammy Awards and made her one of music’s most recognizable superstars with her distinctive bovine beehive up-do, tattoos, cat eyes and go-go girl fashion sense.

The success of Back to Black paved the way for the emergence of soulful white singers such as Duffy, Adele, Lilly Allen and Jessie J and also inspired established acts such as Cee-Lo Green and Raphael Saadiq to embrace the retro soul sound on their releases.


While “Back to Black” made Winehouse a star, you have to wonder whether it spawned a monster.  Winehouse seemed to buy into the public’s elevation of the junkie pop star image as she became notorious for erratic stage appearances, drunken fights and stints in hospitals and rehab clinics.

Her life was a train wreck played out over the Internet, which was covered by a media obsessed with her almost daily absurdities.

She was shown on video binging on crack cocaine and bloodied by a domestic altercation with her on-again-off-again boyfriend.

Drugs took a toll as her appearance became sunken and haggard, after developing the eating disorder anorexia, epilepsy and emphysema due in part to her drug binges.

Her run-ins with the law were legendary as she had instances where she assaulted fans and music industry figures.

What portended her death was her last concert performance in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, where after slurring her way through most of her playlist, she was booed off the stage, which prompted her management to cancel the rest of the tour.


The tabloids made a lot of money off her as they reveled in covering her spiraling out-of-control life – where her behavior was encouraged and then ridiculed.

It was disgusting to watch the media sensationalize her substance abuse, while it was obvious Winehouse was in the grips of a true crisis.

With her death, there will be countless articles that mention Winehouse in the same discussion as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain – all artists who died at the age of 27.

The comparisons are disingenuous because it makes it seem as if the “27 Club,” is a celebrated, exclusive fraternity that artists should aspire to, when the real focus should be on quality mental health awareness and emotional wellness.

While most of the media will focus on her drug addiction with annoying curiosity, I prefer to discuss what made Amy Winehouse a genius and a figure whose legend is sure to grow greatly in stature with her untimely death.


Winehouse possessed the unique ability of using her life’s dysfunction to pen lyrics that had emotional power, the kind that convinced you that she had “lived” the experiences that she wrote about.

Her art was her pain and no one could articulate that like Winehouse.

Even when doing covers, Winehouse had the rare gift of interpreting songs that spoke to your heart in a way that it became a story or an experience rather than a group of melodies and notes.

As a white artist singing black soul music, Winehouse sung in a way that could not be explained by a gender or color label or any other definition or limit that we are obsessed with placing on people.

She was a life that was enhanced and bewitched by her superior talent. Winehouse brought a unique vulnerable sorrow to her work that was honest.  She was a singer who conceptualized her music in deep, artistic yet tragic waters.

My last and enduring image of Winehouse was a YouTube video out take of her performing a stripped down version of the powerfully emotive track “Love is a Losing Game,” taken from her second album.

As she sang, she fought back tears the whole time and you could see her literally translate the pain from the depths of her heart up into the microphone – a powerfully arresting example of emotional intricacy and audible sound painting.

This is what drew me to her and I feel cheated that this amazing talent won’t be around to grow old in years.

I keep reminding myself that just like Billie Holiday and Jimi Hendrix before her, some people aren’t meant to enjoy a long life.  Sometimes their soul burns too bright to occupy a space on this plane for an extended time.

And when they leave, there is a part of us that rejoices that they suffer no more, but there is also that part that knows that we will miss a voice that spoke to our innermost vulnerabilities – because at the core, what Winehouse represented is what we all are at any given time – a beautifully flawed work in progress.

Chris Campbell is a journalist who writes on progressive soul music and its impact on popular culture. His latest book is “The Essential Neo Soul 2.0,” the definitive guide to the development of neo soul/progressive soul/post-soul music.  Email him at


Jay-Z And Kanye West Confirm The Most Anticipated Album & Tour Of The Year: Watch The Throne






“’Otis,’ one of the most purely soulful songs the two have ever made together” – GQ

For this project, music icons and pop culture visionaries JAY-Z and Kanye West have joined their extraordinary talents to form the group ‘THE THRONE’ and confirm the most anticipated album and touring event of the year, WATCH THE THRONE.   On Monday, August 8th ‘THE THRONE’S’ extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam Recordings / Roc Nation album collaboration, WATCH THE THRONE, will be available worldwide exclusively on iTunes.  On the same day, tickets will be made available to the public for the once-in-a-lifetime pairing of two of music’s greatest performers on one stage, with the WATCH THE THRONE TOUR (powered by VoyR) at and All fans who purchase their tickets online will receive a digital copy of the album. The Live Nation produced tour will begin on September 22nd in Detroit with 24 dates confirmed thus far.

On Monday, July 25th, everyone can get the lead track, “Otis” instantly when they pre-order the DELUXE album exclusively at iTunes at  The album will be available at additional physical and digital retailers on August 12th.

Beginning Thursday, July 28th, fans that visit, will have access to presale tickets, which includes a digital copy of the album.   Citi® card members will have access to presale tickets beginning Friday, July 29th at 10AM local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details   Citi® is the official credit card of the WATCH THE THRONE TOUR.

The longtime friends and music innovators inspired each other to new heights with their collaboration on WATCH THE THRONE recorded in person at various locations around the world. Over a year in the making and a truly global affair, the duo recorded in London and Bath in the UK, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Paris, and New York City.  Though shrouded in secrecy, the album has already been heralded a ‘masterpiece’ by those who have heard it, and features production from The RZA, The Neptunes and Kanye’s longtime collaborator Mike Dean. The short list of featured vocals includes Frank Ocean, Beyoncé, Curtis Mayfield and Mr. Hudson.  The lead track, “OTIS,” which premiered over New York radio waves on Wednesday, July 20th night during HOT 97’s FunkMaster Flex show, brilliantly weaves Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness.”

The production is classic Kanye West soul, with the two MCs trading couplets over a sample manipulated the way only West can. ‘Sounds so soulful, don’t you agree?” intones JAY-Z, and the two launch into a treatise on swagger, claiming their rightful place at the top. Since the track’s release, the flood of praise for the track has been nothing short of deafening. Entertainment Weekly declares the track “the most well-executed rap song of the year.” “Otis” can be streamed at

Both JAY-Z and Kanye West have each appeared as guests on the other’s stage, and now they come together for never-before-seen performances not only from their collaboration, WATCH THE THRONE but also songs from their classic catalogue.  Fans should stay tuned: several key dates will offer unique opportunities to become a part of theWATCH THE THRONE movement.

9/22/11            Detroit, MI                  Palace of Auburn Hills

9/24/11            Toronto, ON               Air Canada Centre

9/25/11            Montreal, QC              Bell Centre

9/27/11            East Rutherford, NJ    Izod Center

9/28/11            East Rutherford, NJ    Izod Center

9/29/11            Washington DC          Verizon Center

10/4/11             Philadelphia, PA        Wells Fargo Center

10/6/11            Chicago, IL                 United Center

10/7/11            Chicago, IL                 United Center

10/8/11            Minneapolis, MN        Target Center

10/10/11          Denver, CO                 Pepsi Center

10/13/11          Tacoma, WA               Tacoma Dome

10/14/11          Vancouver, BC           Rogers Arena

10/16/11          San Jose, CA               HP Pavilion

10/17/11          Sacramento, CA          Power Balance Pavilion

10/19/11          Los Angeles, CA        Staples Center

10/20/11           Los Angeles, CA       Staples Center

10/21/11          Las Vegas, NV           MGM Grand Garden Arena

10/25/11          Dallas, TX                   American Airlines Center

10/26/11          Houston, TX               Toyota Center

10/29/11          Atlanta, GA                Philips Arena

10/30/11          Greensboro, NC          Greensboro Coliseum

11/1/11            Baltimore, MD             1st Mariner Arena

11/3/11            Boston, MA                TD Garden


Banksy Pays For Your MOCA Admission

words via The Huffington Postphotos by: Ani Yapundzhyan

artwork: Banksy

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) announced that it will offer free admission every Monday until August 8, courtesy of British street artist Banksy. (official site | page)

Banksy’s donation is in honor of the Art in the Streets exhibition, which is on display in the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA until mid-August. The controversial graffiti artist, painter, and filmmaker’s reasoning for the gift is simple — “I don’t think you should have to pay to look at graffiti,” he told MOCA’s The Curve blog. Indeed, the work of Banksy and other celebrated street artists has been found allover LA, completely free of charge.

Art in the Streets, though, has been “drawing record attendance,” according to MOCA Director and exhibition co-curator Jeffrey Deitch. He and associate curators Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose have gathered an impressive collection of installations by 50 of the world’s most talked-about street artists. The exhibition also addresses the development of graffiti and street art, and highlights the photographers and filmmakers who document the controversial genre. If you need any more proof of the dynamic nature of the show, read one of the Huffington Post’s four pieces about it hereherehere, and here. And now that the exhibit is free every Monday, it can have the democratic atmosphere of street art in its natural setting, albeit without the dangerous freeway underpasses and dark alleys.




FREE DOWNLOADS:Dennis Coffey featuring Mayer Hawthorne, Erik Rico, John Dew, Kye Rapps featuring Talib Kweli, Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Otis Redding, Dennis Coffey featuring Jamall Bufford, Quantic, Daily Bread, Elephant & Castle, Mr. J. Medeiros, Oveous Maximus featuring Tiffany Janell, Trek Life, Rochelle Jordan


Cali, Captain Planet, Tailwind Turner, Righteous Trash, Dennis Coffey, The Funk Bros

Dennis Coffey featuring Mayer Hawthorne, “All Your Goodies Are Gone (Shigeto Remix)”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Erik Rico, “Feeling Wonderful Futuristic House”
FREE DOWNLOAD: John Dew, “King On A Throne”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Kye Rapps featuring Talib Kweli, “Universe Traveler”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Otis Redding, “Otis”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Dennis Coffey featuring Jamall Bufford aka Buff One, “7th Galaxy”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Quantic, “Transatlantic”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Daily Bread (Apollo Brown & Hassaan Mackey), “Tell Me”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Elephant & Castle, “I Will”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Mr. J. Medeiros, “Old Man Perez”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Oveous Maximus featuring Tiffany Janell, “Maybe”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Trek Life, “Due West (Has-Lo Remix)”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Rochelle Jordan featuring Jon Conner, “Sing”
PODCAST: Captain Planet, “The Ningané EP”
PODCAST: Cali, “Hold On”
PODCAST: Tailwind Turner, “Dorian Missick is Tailwind Turner”
PODCAST: Righteous Trash, “Neuromantics”
PODCAST: Mixtape Riot! presents The Funk Bros, “International Thief Thief”

7/25 – Music Monday – Black Rob’s New Album ‘Game Tested, Streets Approved’ , RIP Amy Winehouse & David Camacho, Little Dragon, Kindred The Family Soul, Joss Stone + more…

Music Monday

Black Rob’s New Album ‘Game Tested, Streets Approved’ 

Black Rob Cover
Black Rob has always been one to grab headlines. The former Bad Boy, platinum recording artist burst onto the scene in 2000 with his hit single "WHOA!" The record led to his first album, ‘Life Story,’ debuting as the #3 album in the top 200 Billboard chart & #1 in the rap chart. Five years later, Black Rob released his sophomore album, ‘The Black Rob Report.’
Black Rob is now poised to release his 3rd studio album, ‘GameTested, Streets Approved,’ tomorrow (July 26th).  The lead single "Celebration" will also premiere tomorrow on MTV2 Sucker Free, MTVu, and

Wednesday, July 27th, Black Rob will be performing at the Apple Store, SoHo Performance at 7PM (103 Prince Street, New York, NY):

Purchase the album at: 
iTunes (Deluxe Edition with 3 Bonus Tracks):

Black Rob

RIP Legendary House DJ David Camacho

RIP Amy Winehouse – Full Disography

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RIP Legendary House DJ David Camacho

DAVID CAMACHO 10.6.1961 – 7.9.2011 – RIP

After a lengthy illness, one of New Jersey’s finest House music DJ’s, DJ Dave Camacho died Saturday July 9th 2011 in hospital surrounded by family and friends. Dave Camacho, hailed as one of a core of influential US DJ’s that helped shape the UK House music scene with a string of seminal UK Residencies in the early 90s and championed ‘soulful house” music across the world.

As one of the leading DJ’s of the vocal house music scene, Camacho’s first mix with fellow homeboy, Kerri Chandler, on the classic “My My Lover” by Dee Dee Brave (Champion Records) peaked in clubs across New York and gained a worthy UK release which saw it explode across the globe. He also remixed vocal anthems such as Michael Watford’s “So Into You”, Gerideau’s “Take A Stand For Love” and “Bring It Back To Love” and produced his own deep strand of tracks such as “Renegade” on Shelter Records and the “Macho Camacho EP” for Phuture Trax Records. As a DJ and vocal house ambassador, Camacho championed the early careers of fellow New Jersey musical stars Blaze, Cassio Ware, Kenny Bobien and Club Shelter/Shelter Records, and he will be sorely missed by true fans of House music.

“His classics and song loaded sets are always a breath of fresh air to be heard when he guests in London. Places like the Loft, father to Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson are “one of his favourite clubs” and as he also put “one of few places that plays House music properly alongside Classics”. Truly, an all round loveable guy Camacho’s on the one with plenty of Nu Yorican Soul” lifted from Jerome Sydenham’s Ibadan Records website, whom Camacho produced “Space Lab Yello” for.

A big man with an even bigger heart who always went “the whole nine yards” for the music, Camacho kept spinning as long as he was able with shows on internet stations such as cyberjamz and, as well as guest slots around New Jersey/New York.

He had a great ear for ‘soulful’ house music and new talents, and was inspirational in working with many of the UK leading DJ/producers such as Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson, Phil Asher, Booker T, C.J. Macintosh, Grant Nelson, Andy Ward (Soul Central), Seamus Haji, Scott & Scooby (Shindig/Manor Born) and Dr Bob Jones in the 90’s with his many UK tours.

The UK was his second home, and Camacho appeared on the front cover of DJ Magazine (July ’94) on a feature titled “London Calling: UK House New Wave”- the only American (!) alongside Phil Asher, Booker T, Crispin Glover, Orin Walters (Bugz In The Attic) Sensory Elements (Rob Mello + Zaki D), KCC, Noel Watson and Luke Coke, which talked about London’s buzzing house scene. One of the first DJ’s to grace the decks at Ministry Of Sound when it first opened, Camacho also rocked the house at legendary 90’s UK clubs such as The Loft, Back To Basics, Hard Times, Shindig, Queer Nation, Tall Trees, Garage City, Love To Be, the Satellite Club and many more.

Tremendously popular in Italy’s house music scene, Camacho also worked with most of their leading clubs and DJ’s including Rome’s prestigious Angels Of Love club, Club Zinn, and DJ’s Ralph, Claudio Coccolutto, Ivan Iacobucci and Sarro from Red Zone.
In his 30 years as a DJ/Producer, DJ Camacho travelled all over the world including tours to Africa, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, France, and even Australia. In the 90’s he was also rated in the Top 100 List of DJ’s world wide.

Alongside his DJ-ing

Camacho, who launched his own Wake Up productions and record label, his production credits include the Integration EP’s for Nice N’ Ripe (home to Grant Nelson), Wanda Rogers gem, “Prove Your Love” and the ‘The Camacho’ EP for the defunct but legendary Nu Groove label. He worked with many talented artists like Ce Ce Rogers, Jazmina, Dee Dee Brave, Sabrina Johnson, LZ Love, Bravo, Grant Nelson, Ricky Nelson, Tyrone Payton.

Camacho first broke out at Club Docs, and then went on to become an original ‘Wild Pitch’ DJ, where he started the legendary NYC club Wild Pitch” with DJ’s Greg Day, Nick Jones and Bobby Konders, and together they swung all five boroughs in New York in the late 80’s/90’s. Their DJ Guests reads like a Who’s Who of House Music legends including Larry Levan (Paradise Garage), Tony Humphries, Tee Scott, Timmy Regisford (Club Shelter), DJ Disciple, Victor Rossado and DJ Bazil.

Camacho is survived by wife Gwen “Cookie”, daughters Tia and Adrina and two grandchildren, Isaiah and Sanniyah.

There is a benefit to “Celebrate the life of DJ David Camacho” on July 28, doors open at 9:30pm Benefit begins at 10:00pm.  The CLOSING time has been extended til 4am at The Mursik Room, 39 Bloomfield Ave, Newark, New Jersey.
This event is FREE to ALL who want to attend and a musical tribute is being organized by Vicky Martin with the help of Hippie Torrales. MORE INFO

David Camacho’s music:

Renegade – DJ Camacho Shelter Anthem Remix (Shelter Records)
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Hunter Hayes -”Why Can’t We Live Together” [Macho Mix]
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All Around – Integration Once Again Meets Dave Camacho (Nice N Ripe)
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Red Bull Music Academy presents The Roots | Listen & Love

The Roots
Def Jam, Philadelphia

The legendary Roots need no introduction. Here is a brief one nonetheless: Formed in the late 80’s in Philadelphia, ?uestlove, Black Thought and the Roots crew have been ignoring the boundaries of black music for 2 decades. Renowned for revolutionizing the sound of hip hop within the live context, their 8 studio albums have been equally iconoclastic, re-inventing their sound at every opportunity. Check ‘What They Do’, ‘You Got Me’ with the lovely Lady Badu or the rock joint ‘The Seed’ for aural proof. Have a listen to their Fireside Chat and get to the bottom of what it is that makes the Roots what they are – one of the most important bands in hip hop’s modern history. You got them?

The Roots – The Seed/Melting Pot/Web (live)
The Roots – Pass The Popcorn – Self Released
The Roots – Proceed – Geffen
The Roots – What They Do – Geffen
The Roots – Do You Want More – Geffen
The Roots feat. Erykah Badu – You Got Me – Geffen
The Roots – Double Trouble – Def Jam
The Roots – Rock You – Geffen
The Roots – The Seed – Geffen
The Roots – Here I Come – Def Jam
The Roots – Lost Desire – Def Jam
The Roots – Get Busy – Def Jam

Talk Over Tracks:
The Roots – Din Da Da – Geffen
The Roots – Break You Off – Geffen

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Pitchfork featuring Naomi Allen, 1-O.A.K, Moonsatellite & more


DJ Cuzzin B, The Okayafrica Mixtape Series & more


FREE DOWNLOAD: Pitchfork featuring Naomi Allen, “Take Me”
FREE DOWNLOAD: 1-O.A.K, “Rewind”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Moonsatellite, “Strange Dimensions”
PODCAST: The Okayafrica Mixtape Series, “Africa In Your Earbuds #1″

Next Aid Celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day


This week, Former President Nelson Mandela is celebrating his 93rd birthday! Every year on his birthday, people globally dedicate their time towards serving others to honor the sacrifices he made. Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life in the struggle for justice. We invite you to share 67 minutes of your time in helping others to mark Mandela Day 2011.

As many of you probably know our 4th Annual Auction, Bids Build Hope, is scheduled for August 2011 around International Youth Day to raise funds for NextAid’s programs, including the Kawangware Vision Centre (KVC). KVC is a project based in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi, Kenya, run by a community-based youth group which makes silk-screened gift bags out of recycled paper to sell to local businesses. For more information visit

We are at a critical juncture in enabling the project to move forward and be completed on schedule, so we are reaching out to seek your support. We need to raise another $20,000 to complete the KVC project and are looking to partner with individuals or businesses who share our passion in the music, arts, entertainment, and social and environmental sustainability to help with our auction. We are inviting you to spend 67 minutes of your time today to help us, help the people who need it most in Africa by reaching out to your friends and contacts to collect items for our online auction.

To read more about Mandela Day visit