Monthly Archives: August 2018

OUT NOW: Leon Thomas Debut EP Genesis

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GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter, Leon Thomas debuts his new EP, Genesis! The 7-track EP is led by the hit single, “Favorite” featuring BUDDY, which has received close to 5 million streams to date and has cracked the top 20 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs Chart. Thomas of course writes and produces on Genesis along with additional production from Childish Major (J. Cole, 6LACK, J.I.D) & Roofeeo (Post Malone, BUDDY). Not to mention, Leon has recently received the praise of such outlets as Rolling Stone, Essence, Pigeons & Planes and VIBE to name a few!

Mentored by musical legend, Babyface, Leon Thomas is also an accomplished songwriter who has worked with the likes of Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Chris Brown, Jessie Reyez and Toni Braxton. In addition, Thomas is an established actor who has appeared on Issa Rae’s Insecure, Nickelodeon’s Victorious and the critically acclaimed drama Detroit by Academy® Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow.

Listen To Leon Thomas’ EP Genesis Here: https://priority.lnk.to/Genesis

For The Latest On Leon Thomas, Please Visit:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leonthomas 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeonThomasMusic/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/leonthomas

AFRO PUNK: Film Screening, Talk and Q&A

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Words: Jason Sugars for Nonsemble & Fusicology

 

I myself, have never been to AFRO PUNK… and I fear it may be too late. In the same way that I attended the first six or seven iterations of Coachella and may never quite make it back for another… It seems that perhaps the festivals we love most all-too-often grow up and away from the music and community that they started with… and since I – for one – am always and only in it for the Music… well…

 

At any rate – It was a real pleasure to sit and see the original AFRO PUNK feature documentary in a theater. After all these years. The experience was made even better by the time that’s gone between. It’s been years since I last watched this incredibly well-executed debut documentary from Director, James Spooner – and even then, it was perhaps ten years after the fact and I watched it at home. In bed. On my laptop. So this was great a great first chance to get the big-screen experience, with the energy of the room around me and having lost some of the little bits and pieces to my ever-fading memory.

 

What I do remember is a good amount of my own experience[s] in the Punk and Post-Punk scenes as a teenager in Venice, CA – back in the way back when’s-days. A lot of those feelings – of double alienation [being both ‘different’ AND Black and being different from a lot of my peers on either side of the color line for most of my ‘formative’ years].

 

The movie itself was great when Spooner first delivered it – back in 2003 – and remains a timely and timeless document to this day. AFRO PUNK relays the feelings of many Black and ‘other’ kids navigating a very exclusionary and seemingly White-specific scene in the days before the internet came along to make us all [pretty much] the same when it scomes to what music or sub-culture ‘tribe’ we subscribe to. Today thanks to that very same internet [not the band. I love the band… but I’m not talking about that right now – anyway] that very same internet has made it so that almost ALL of us are somehow some form of “Alternative Black”… to the point where the entire idea is diminished to nil. When everyone is so different that we all become the same – well…

 

Luckily – The film isn’t about that, either. The film is about what many of the subjects went through in their daily lives as Punk or ‘Alternative’ Black kids in a time when most other kids – either Black and or Punk/Alternative were often far from accepting or embracing of them or their chosen life-styles.

 

It reflects what James Spooner himself went through in the days of Black Punk pre-internet. Which reminded me – and reminds me – of what many of my friends and I went through in those same scenes [or their parent-themes] a couple decades before the film and its subjects were around. It wasn’t easy and – I suspect – has only gotten slightly easier… for those that are SERIOUSLY into the music, the scene and the lifestyle.

 

The talk and Q&A after the film was at LEAST just as informative, just as important and nearly just as long as the [66 minute] film itself. Moderator, Ernest Hardy, along with co-panelists, Tisa Bryant and James Spooner himself took a road around what it meant and means to be AFRO PUNK in a time when and where the most explosive iteration of AFRO PUNK is also perhaps the most exploited.

 

While it was NOT a ‘bashment’ of AFRO PUNK – the corporate Festival and International ‘Brand’… it was also far from praising of either.

 

I’ve met Mr. Spooner before and – each time – have come away more impressed… with his honesty, creativity. His balance – his code and his attitude. No. He is no longer involved in the “AFRO PUNK’ Festival or Brand. He has – in fact – been paid exactly ONCE on the annual agreement to license the name and his wish that AFRO PUNK would or could somehow maintain [or get back to] its original ethos and pathos have proven to be worse than a Glass-Pipe-Dream.

 

What he CAN tell us – is that just as he did it himself… We [you, me and/or anyone that cares or dares to] can still do exactly the same.

 

For now – Just watch and re-watch the movie. AFRO-PUNK [Concieved, Executed, Directed and Edited by Mr. James Spooner – 2003]

 

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We HIGHLY recommend it!

 

Spooner will be in attendance to introduce the film and for a post-screening talk-back; all of which will take place on Thursday, September 13 beginning at 8:00 PM. Suggested donation is $5.00 per person. MoRUS is located at 155 Avenue C between 9th and 10th Streets. Visit www.morusnyc.org for more information.

 

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OUT NOW: Legendary Beres Hammond back with new single “Land of Sunshine”

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Smooth, soulful, legendary reggae artist Beres Hammond is back with a new single and album after a lengthy hiatus. His new single “Land of Sunshine” is the second off his upcoming album “Never Ending” and has all the elements of classic Beres productions with smooth harmonies, jazzy instrumentation and poignant lyrics.

 

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Hammond’s  status in the music is legendary, named as an influence by a diverse list of singers including Shaggy, Romain Virgo, Christopher Martin and Rihanna. Beres grew up listening to American soul and pop music from Stax, Motown and other vintage sounds, which helped formed the foundation for his mellow, bluesy delivery. With his recordings and ongoing tour schedule in 2018, Beres’ star is shining brightly and the vibe in his music is never ending.

www.facebook.com/bereshammondofficial 

 

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RADIO: Miles Electric Band Founder / Drummer Vince Wilburn, Jr. Launches “Evolution of the Groove” at KPFK

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Free Form Progressive Platform Covers A Multitude Of Genres In The Spirit Of Miles

 

Miles Electric Band founder/drummer Vince Wilburn, Jr. brings radio show “Evolution Of The Groove” to KPFK Radio 90.7FM in Los Angeles. 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.

 

Host Wilburn, Jr., along with Grammy-winning audio engineer Dave Hampton, will take a deep dive into music, art and culture with no genre boundaries, the first three Friday’s of each month between 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. PST. “Evolution of The Groove” debuts September 7 with a special Chicago segment featuring Darryl Jones, Tom Tom Washington and Michael White.

 

 

The title “Evolution Of The Groove” is taken from a 2007 Miles Davis re-mix EP featuring Nas and Santana, which Wilburn, Jr. is a producer on. Davis, widely noted as one of the most innovative musicians of all time, is the uncle and musical mentor of Wilburn, Jr.

 

Check out the theme song here:

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Comments Wilburn, Jr.:  “Coming to KPFK with my own show feels like home. The family has done so many dope interviews at the station. It’s good to be home.”

 

“We are excited to have Vince join the KPFK family with his passion and energy for the arts with no boundaries, filters, or mandatory playlists. KPFK has been a platform for artists and DJ’s to share their stories, music, and we have no doubt Vince will deliver the groove” – Anyel Z. Fields, GM.

 

Photo credit: Earl Gibson

 

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CANNA PR: Chuuuch Cannabis with Don Magic Juan

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ChuuucH Cannabis Product Line with Bishop Don “Magic” Juan

Announced as the Latest Addition to Legacy Brands International’s Portfolio

Los Angeles, CA (August 2018) – Los Angeles based distribution cannabis operation, Legacy Brands International has announced its latest product line entitled “ChuuucH Cannabis” which was created as a standalone brand for the Bishop Don “Magic” Juan. The brand which is slated to hit shelves August 2018, evokes an era of 90’s designer fashion and luxe product design that acts as a physical embodiment to one of The Bishop’s most notable sayings, “Green For The Money, Gold For The Honey” which consumers can find engraved within the unique product offerings. 

ChuuucH Cannabis, a phrase larger-than-life much like it’s inspirational figure The Bishop Don “Magic” Juan, is defined as “speaking the truth and affirming anything that is sacred” provides the perfect foundation for a product following in its footsteps. Donned in green and gold, ChuuucH Cannabis will contain top shelf hybrid strains with indica and sativa options slated to launch down the line. The brand will also feature a selection of pre-rolls, a unique vape pen that is modeled after a luxury vehicle key FOB, a gold hit kit which can be accessorized with any outfit, and an assortment of fun edible offerings coming soon. 

As a practicing religious and spiritual advisor to the stars, The Bishop has become a notable figure in the music and entertainment industry. For consumers looking to hop on their own spiritual journey, ChuuucH Cannabis is set to offer a ‘righteous’ experience combining the spiritual expression of Funk with the refined style of today. 

Located in Los Angeles, CA in the iconic Grand Royal records building where the Beastie Boys recorded most of their most legendary albums, Legacy Brands International has established themselves as a top entity for cannabis product creation and distribution. Specializing in bringing cannabis brands to market, Legacy Brands is able to infuse high quality products with authentic culture as they mindfully create brands that are meant to leave a lasting impression on consumers. 

ChuuucH Cannabis is slated to be available in Los Angeles based dispensaries city-wide starting August 2018 along with a series of interactive installations and video components to follow. 

For more information visit their website at www.chuuuch.com

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MAYA JUPITER releases her third solo album titled ‘NEVER SAID YES’

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Maya Jupiter stands resolute on solid ground. In many respects, her poise reflects a dignified yet unstoppable storm raging within a lyrical savant. If ever there were an eye so fixed on the voices of the oppressed, and an ear tuned into the deafening silence of a sedated landscape bathed in inertia, it’s hers. Standing on the battleground with a mic in her hand, she drops bombs over frenetic beats and punk riffs laced with deep cultural nuance, head nods to the Ancestors. The pride of original score and live instrumentation permeates the vibration.

 

But this is only a part of the story. Meshed within NEVER SAID YES, is the emergence of maternal love. The plurality of woman as a mother, wife, niece, daughter and granddaughter, gazing across generations, feeling the wonderment of birth, the joy and responsibility of what this embodies and what a woman is capable of. Feminism most high.

 

While this may seem like an uncommon coupling, for artivists and activists alike, this is life. It brings forward the human aspect that sits behind the front line, a clever insight into countless women who march forward in a state of emergency for the betterment of humanity.

 

Born in La Paz, Mexico to a Mexican Father and Turkish Mother, Maya grew up in Sydney, Australia. She had a solid career in music and entertainment within Australia before leaving to further her solo career in the United States. Moving to Los Angeles in 2008, she continued to grow her passion using the of power music as a tool to make a positive difference in her community.  This has been the underlying purpose of her life’s work.

 

It is with this ideal that she co-founded Artivist Entertainment, a company committed to creating and supporting art and music that inspires positive social change alongside Quetzal Flores, Veronica Gonzales, Alberto Lopez and Aloe Blacc. Each artist is instrumental in nurturing Maya’s agency of voice, supporting her vision and realization of this album.

 

NEVER SAID YES explores moments in time, informed by those who came before us, who stand with us, against us and those who will come long after we’ve gone. You get a taste of an unapologetic storyteller emboldened by the struggle as an agent of change, with the mic in one hand and a baby on the hip – bringing others forward in Revolution.

www.mayajupiter.com

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/maya-jupiter/90147767

RSVP to the Los Angeles Release Party @ The Virgil Thursday September 20

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Facebook.com/mayajupiter
Twitter - @mayajupiter
Instagram - @mayajupiter
Instagram – @artivistent
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Album produced by Quetzal Flores

Art & Design by Ernesto Yerena Montejano and Maya Jupiter

Art Direction & Styling by Erica Krumpl

Photography by Grace Oh

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MAYA JUPITER VIDEOS:

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Madre Tierra  

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Crumble  

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Never Said Yes

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AUGUST GREENE: (Common, Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins) Optimistic Remix + Tour Dates

August Greene Releases Remix of “Optimistic
Featuring Kirk Franklin, BJ The Chicago Kid and Kierra Sheard
Supergroup Comprised of Common, Robert Glasper, & Karriem Riggins

 

Watch the group perform “No Apologies” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

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In 2017, Common, Glasper, and Riggins collectively won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics on the strength of their song “Letter To The Free,” which was recorded for Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th.

 

The longtime friends and musical collaborators felt the time was right to release music from August Greene, which has themes of optimism and black excellence. They have found a sound that does not solely fit into one genre, but is truly an invigorating hybrid of R&B, hip-hop, and jazz.

 

 

August Greene has been praised by NY Times, Pitchfork, XXL, Stereogum, Vibe, Consequence of Sound, Billboard, Rolling Stone, The FADER, and NPR Music, who featured the band in their Tiny Desk and First Listen series.

 

August Greene has a lot planned for the month of August — more remixes are to come, and Amazon is set to debut “The Greene Room,” August Greene’s own page where you can get info the band and purchase products. To keep up to date, stay tuned to August Greene’s socials.

 

FB: @augustgreeneband

IG: @augustgreeneband

TW: @augustgreenebnd

 

August Greene is now available on CD and vinyl at Amazon

Tour Dates:
9/7 – Paris, FR – Le Trianon
9/8 – London, ENG – Brixton Academy (Afropunk Fest)
9/9 – Atlanta, GA – ONE Musicfest
9/12 – New York, NY – Carnegie Hall (GOOD+ Foundation Benefit)
11/14 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
11/15 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
11/18 – Miami, FL – Knight Concert Hall
11/20 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
11/23 – Dallas, TX House of Blues – Dallas
11/24 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre
11/25 – San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre
11/29 – Philadelphia, PA – Academy of Music
11/30 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
12/1 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre

VIDEO: SIDIBE – What Should One Do

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SIDIBE is a songwriter/singer based in Los Angeles. PRINCE made SIDIBE his last cosign when he featured her song “I’m Only Dreaming” in his personally curated Purple Pick of the Week playlist. Listen and find out why for yourself.

Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/sidibemusic

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VIDEO CREDITS

Directed by Nelly Zagury

Produced by Sidibe

Director of Photography: Dana Rice

Editing & Coloring: Dana Rice

VFX Artist: Ryan Drake

Art Direction, Costume and Set Design: Nelly Zagury

Set Assistant: Cassie Hunter

Bird Handler: Laura Luz Carrillo

 

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CAST

Musicians: Isaac Bolivar, Douglas M. Mersier Jr., Derek Thomas The Lover: Jamal Ademola

Birds: Casper & Sarah

SPECIAL THANKS

Michael Vasquez

SONG CREDITS

Song Composed by Sidibe, Nico Stadi and Warryn Campbell

Produced by Nico Stadi

Available for Purchase on iTunes and streaming on all major online platforms.

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Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sidibe/

Twitter https://twitter.com/sidibe

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sidibeofficial

 

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Out Now: Wu-Tang “Pearl Harbor” Remix

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The remix for “Pearl Harbor,” a fan favorite from Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues, is out now digitally and on vinyl. The track is being released this week to honor the late Sean Price‘s birthday, and in addition to Price, it also features Mathematics, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Pharoahe Monch and Tek.

LISTEN & DOWNLOAD

The vinyl 12″ release features the original track, the clean & dirty remix, plus the instrumental version. Look for The Saga to Continue shortly…..

Complex x Fuse: Jamie Foxx, Meek Mill, Post Malone, A$AP Rocky and Mike Will Made-It

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TUNE-IN: Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx shares celebrity stories about Diddy, Drake and more; Rapper Meek Mill discusses his all-time favorite sneakers; Producer Mike Will Made-It reveals how he made Beyonce’s hit single, “Formation”; Rapper Post Malone taste tests some of the world’s hottest sauces; rapper A$AP Rocky talks future fatherhood, collaborating with legendary rock stars and more on Complex x Fuse

 

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