Monthly Archives: January 2019

Red Bull Festival LA Announces Final Lineup, Starts February 7


International Music Festival Series Kicks Off On Los Angeles February 7


Including Special Performances from Sun Ra Arkestra, Earth and Iasos; Screenings of Music-Centric films Including Ava DuVernay’s Debut Film This Is The Life, Wattstax & More + A Day Of Programming from Black Radical Imagination & MAPS


Additional RBMF LA Events Include Robyn’s North American Tour Launch with A Club Called Rhonda after party ++ The Music of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2′ ++ ‘Heartbeats’ Co-Headlined by Trina & CupcakKe ++ Daylong Music, Skate & Film Event with Illegal Civilization ++ ‘Producers Roundtable’ with Sounwave & more ++ Special Screenings of Rick Alverson’s ‘The Mountain’ and Alex Ross Perry’s ‘Her Smell’ ++ ‘Selena’ Screening with Edward James Olmos & Jacob Vargas ++ ‘Wigstock: The Movie’ Screening with Lady Bunny


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27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF)


Established in 1992, the Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – has remained dedicated to showcasing a broad spectrum of Black creative works; particularly, those that reinforce positive images and help to advance cultures, races and lifestyles. PAFF also serves as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our time and aides in the promotion of cultural understanding between peoples of African descent.


Now in its 27th year, the 12-day PAFF experience will feature 75+ fine artists and 170+ new films from over 40 countries within five continents and in 26 languages. This annual exhibition of film, art, culture and creative expression is the largest Black film festival and the largest Black History Month celebration in the U.S. PAFF attracts a diverse global audience hailing from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, South America and the South Pacific, which translates into over 90K art fest attendees, 40K film enthusiasts and 5000 students, annually.


The 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival is directed by Hollywood veterans Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Proud Mary), Ja’Net DuBois (Good Times) and Ayuko Babu (Executive Director), and will take place Thursday, February 7 – Monday, February 18 at the Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres/Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd) in Los Angeles, California. For more details and ticket information, visit





Afro-Merge artist Marenikae is championing self-elevation with single ‘VYBZ’ + Music x Fashion Digital


Afro-Merge artist Marenikae is championing self-elevation with her latest single “VYBZ”

Since releasing her transformative debut album, “Ajebutter” West African singer/songwriter Marenikae has given us a peek inside the millennial mindset while challenging age-old beliefs and cultural norms. Her latest single “VYBZ” is no different, as she challenges any potential “Bae” to strive toward being the best version of themselves in order to be in her space, regardless of how right their “VYBZ” may feel. This feel-good groove is rooted in a blend of neo-soul & Afropop and accentuates the bold confidence of Marenikae’s vocals.


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“This is one of my favorite songs from the album,” Marenikae” explains. “And probably the easiest to write, since it was written in about 30 minutes, although it took me a year to produce vocally and arrange. A lot of the songs on my album show the women taking the lead, taking ownership and even talking their smack without being vulgar. We, women, are defining our own terms now and I think as a young woman in entertainment it’s important for me to show my capacity as a skilled writer, producer, arranger, and singer because it’s not about just settling for an insta-smash for the club at the expense of creative artistry.”


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The lofty songwriter speaks metaphorically of a party to represent life’s personal and/or mental space and the protection of this sacred energy we call “VYBZ”. It’s also a call to action for a significant other, or anyone in your life, to know that they must level up to their frequency if they want to be in your space because you’re not about to give up your power. Referencing the famous song “Gongo Aso” by Nigerian artist 9ice, who she considers a strong influence, the singer chants an interpolation of the Yoruba language term and Nigerian Pidgeon to proclaim _“Gongo Aso Anywhere I Dey”_ which translates to “amazing thing will happen anywhere I am,” so be prepared to elevate.


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Directed by Rite  Media Group Director Sam Green and Daniel Oramas the Specialists in Music, Film, Commercial, and Photography are responsible for the concert stage visuals for the **Drake and Future Summer Sixteen Tour** and have worked on projects for artists and brands including **Future, Usher, 2Chainz, Fetty Wap, Coca-Cola, Red Bull, Bolt, New Realm** and more


Official “VYBZ” video coming soon! But in the meantime, don’t wait.

Take a sneek peek behind the scenes of the video shoot and stream here:






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With all of the dancers adorned in her own African Urban streetwear **Makan Gidn,** **Marenikae** is securing her bag on all fronts, and music and fashion are just the tip of the iceberg for the millennial entrepreneur. Set to embark on a spring tour Marenikae wants everyone to feel the **”VYBZ”** of her Afro-merge movement. So click the link for discounts on the hot African Urban Street wear line Makan Gid’N


ROCKY DAWUNI New Single “Beats of Zion” + Video Premiere


Rocky Dawuni, Aims to Re-Energize the Forces of Love and Hope on “Beats of Zion


The international music star/global ambassador and humanitarian activist, releases his first single and title track of his highly anticipated 7th studio album Beats of Zion, Jon all platforms via Six Degrees Distribution. The thirteen-track album (out March 8, 2019)  follows the GRAMMY nominated album Branches of the Same Tree, (“Best Reggae Album” in 2016) and expands Rocky’s signature “Afro Roots” sound.


In a time when divisive rhetoric is on the rise and the political climate prefers to build walls over bridges, Rocky’s album Beats of Zion is a refreshing message about global unity and a worldview of oneness. Rocky passionately states, “We live in a time when the elements of international morality need to be proclaimed as a guiding principle for how we engage and deal with each other, between individuals, between communities and among nations. It is a time for global mobilization for action on challenging socio-political issues like the environment and the refugee crisis. Beats of Zion is the drumbeat of war against apathy and re-energizing the forces of love and hope.” He concludes, “Beats of Zion is the rhythm of change beating from a distance and getting louder to awaken positive consciousness.”  MORE INFO


**Rocky Dawuni “Beats of Zion” Single Release Party in Los Angeles will be held at the legendary Afro Funke’ on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Townhouse / Del Monte Speakeasy (downstairs) in Venice, CA with special guests DJ Garth Trinidad (KCRW), Magatte Fall & Generation Percu with Kara Mack, resident DJs Jeremy Sole & Glenn Red and much more! MORE INFO

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Video Premiere: Rocky Dawuni “Beats of Zion”


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“Influenced by sounds from across the African diaspora – everywhere from Dawuni’s native Ghana to the Caribbean – and beyond, the artist cements his role as a central voice in the contemporary African reggae scene by expanding its very scope.” – PopMatters 


“What a tremendous performance from international reggae star Rocky Dawuni. It has been a joy to watch his maturation as a writer and performer, and this Ghana-based video shows him at the absolute height of his powers, chanting an irresistibly danceable melody that expands the range of his syncretic powers. First rate and a pure joy!  - Roger Steffens (author of the award-winning “So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley)



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MOTOWN: The Sound of Young America | The ultimate visual history marking 60 years



To coincide with the 60th anniversary of the legendary record label, MOTOWN: THE SOUND OF YOUNG AMERICA, the ultimate visual history of the home to some of the greatest recording artists of all time, to be published for the first time in paperback February 5, 2019


Years in the making and now to be published for the first time in paperback to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the legendary record label, the acclaimed book is the definitive visual history of the Detroit-based independent record company that became a style unto itself, a prolific and hugely successful production line of suave, sassy, and sophisticated music through the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Featuring extensive specially commissioned photography of treasures gathered from the archives, this landmark publication also captures the graphic and design iconography that underpinned Motown’s extraordinary creativity.


Packed with fresh insights gleaned from scores of interviews with key players, this exceptional and revealing volume delves into the workings of the Motown machine and details how a dedicated team of backroom believers, white and black, turned a small family business into a popular music powerhouse as America underwent momentous social and cultural changes. This was the home of such groundbreaking artists as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, The Temptations, and many more.


“[A] dazzling visual record of the music that revolutionized a generation.” – O, The Oprah Magazine

“A tantalizing peek into the company’s ‘backroom.’” – The Detroit News

“Thoroughly researched and beautifully crafted.” – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A photographic feast of a book.” – Variety


About the Authors

Adam White has written about music and the industry for more than forty years, and his work has appeared in Rolling StoneMusic WeekRadio & RecordsThe TimesNME, and elsewhere. He was editor-in-chief of Billboard, co-authored The Billboard Book of No. 1 R&B Hits and was Grammy-nominated for The Motown Story (1983) and Heaven Must Have Sent You: The Holland/Dozier/Holland Story (2005). White was vice-president of communications at Universal Music Group International from 2002 to 2012.

Barney Ales was Berry Gordy’s indispensable right-hand man and Motown’s ultimate insider, whose job was to get the records played and the company paid. He rose to become executive VP and general manager, but stayed in Detroit in 1972 when Gordy moved Motown to California. Ales became its president in Los Angeles during his return to the firm from 1975 to 1978.

Andrew Loog Oldham (foreword) discovered, then managed and produced the Rolling Stones from 1963 to 1967. He worked as a producer for Motown’s Rare Earth label during the early 1970s.


CHAKA KHAN Returns With New Album “Hello Happiness”


The Queen of Funk Chaka Khan made a phenomenal return with her latest single ‘Like Sugar’. Initially launched as a limited edition release for Record Store Day, it earned airplay from Annie MacNick GrimshawPete TongBenji BDanny Howard and Gilles Peterson before receiving a full release in the summer.


It immediately captured the imagination of fans with countless entries from all over the globe for her #LikeSugarChallenge and numerous bootleg remixes. The accompanying Kim Gehrig-directed video extended that love with two wins at the UK Music Video Awards, while live sets at Bestival and the Pitchfork Music Festival were widely heralded as highlights of the summer. The track has become one of the year’s biggest club anthems with support from Mark RonsonThe MagicianHorse Meat DiscoThe Black Madonna and many more.


Now the 10-time Grammy Award winner continues the reemergence of the year with the news that her new album ‘Hello Happiness’ will be released on February 15th 2019 via Diary Records / Island Records, the new label formed by Major Lazerfounder and Grammy-nominated producer Switch with artist/songwriter Sarah Ruba Taylor.


‘Hello Happiness’ is an album which sets Chaka Khan’s timeless vocal to an empowering collection of songs with cutting-edge production.  With an eye on the future and a respect for the past, Chaka Khan has delivered an album with the contemporary edge to entice newcomers to her world class talent and the quality to excite long-term fans.


That’s exactly what the title track and new single ‘Hello Happiness’ achieves. A tribute to the life-affirming power of music, it combines the sass of ‘I’m Every Woman’ with the invention of ‘I Feel For You’ while also feeling precisely in tune with the current zeitgeist.

The single is accompanied by an ambitious official video that was directed by the award-winning Sam Pilling (The WeekndRun The JewelsMajor Lazer). It depicts a series of characters whose true intentions are revealed as their individual stories gradually merge into a plot in which they’re all interconnected. FIlmed in Los Angeles, its grainy, washed out palette recalls some of the classic ‘70s movies.


The strength of the single hints at the quality of the rest of the album. The soaring ‘Like A Lady’ feels like Switch has been teleported back to the great late ‘70s New York disco scene, while Chaka rolls back the years with one of the most powerful performances of her career. That’s something she also demonstrates with the swaggering strut of the sultry R&B anthem ‘Too Hot’‘Isn’t That Enough’ and particularly ‘Don’t Cha Know’ find her embracing bold new elements to her sound, while the laidback, minimalist groove of ‘Ladylike’ gives her the space to prove that her vocal has clearly grown in stature over the years.


Chaka Khan first collaborated with Switch and Ruba Taylor as a potential featured artist on a different project. Inspired by the power of both her voice and personality, the duo suggested working on an original Chaka Khan album – something which she didn’t have in mind.  But she was soon convinced when she heard some of Switch and Ruba Taylor’s songs, which coincidentally were influenced by Chaka Khan but written for their own project.


Chaka chose her favourites and stamped her identity all over them, with her inimitable vocal gift and dynamic energy taking each track to new heights. Switch and RubaTaylor also provided the groundwork so that Chaka Khan could concentrate on making her first set since 2007’s ‘Funk This’.


‘Hello Happiness’ is now available to pre-order from with ‘Like Sugar’ and the title track both provided as instant downloads. It will be released on vinyl, digital, CD and cassette.


Chaka Khan is one of the world’s most gifted and celebrated musicians. A songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and activist, Chaka has influenced generations of recording artists. She has the rare ability to sing in multiple genres, including R&B, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music, jazz and classical. Throughout her legendary career, Chaka has released 22 albums and racked up 10 US #1 singles; seven RIAA certified gold singles; and ten RIAA certified gold and platinum albums. Her list of high profile fans and collaborators, past and present, includes Miles DavisAretha FranklinStevie WonderPrinceQuincy Jones and Mary J. Blige.


After forty years in music, ‘Hello Happiness’ celebrates a lifetime in music and proves that Chaka Khan is as inspiring as ever.

‘Hello Happiness’ tracklisting:

Hello Happiness // Like A Lady // Don’t Cha Know // Too Hot // Like Sugar // Isn’t That Enough // Ladylike

Chaka Khan


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TURN IT UP! Pandora’s 2019 Definitive Guide to Audio

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TURN IT UP! Pandora’s 2019 Definitive Guide to Audio

“We are in the midst of a Sonic Revolution”

Understanding your customers, their preferences, and how they consume media is vital to building an effective strategy that creates meaningful connections. Pandora’s 2019 Definitive Guide to Audio outlines exactly what you need to know to navigate the shifting media landscape and truly harness the Power of Audio.

Inside the 2019 Definitive Guide to Audio:

Facts, figures, and perspectives from top media experts

Important trends to watch

The Six Dimensions of Sound

A step-by-step Audio Playbook to guide 2019 planning


New Technics SL-1200 MK7 direct drive turntable aimed at DJs


Technics releases a new direct drive turntable, the SL-1200 MK7, as expressed at their CES 2019 press conference, “We wouldn’t dream of drastically changing one of the most renowned products in music history.” and that they are “re-engaging the DJ community” with the MK7, introducing a new, lighter direct drive motor.




The MK7 will also have the ability to play in reverse, with compatible cartridge and needle, and incorporates a new motor control which will further benefit DJs who like to scratch.  The price has yet to be announced.




beyerdynamic LAGOON ANC Named CES Innovation Award Honoree

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beyerdynamic, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and conferencing products, announces the LAGOON ANC as an honoree for the Consumer Electronics Show’s (CES) 2019 Innovation Awards.


The CES 2019 Innovation Awards program recognizes outstanding product design and engineering in brand-new consumer technology products. Selected by a panel of industry-leading judges, the LAGOON ANC received exceptional scores for engineering qualities, aesthetic and design qualities, and product functions and use. beyerdynamic received honors for the second year in a row, with the Aventho wireless headphones, incorporating integrated sound technology, being named a 2018 Innovation Award winner.


beyerdynamic’s LAGOON ANC revolutionizes wireless audio with the unique combination of robust active noise cancellation technology matched with versatile MOSAYC sound personalization. Incorporating the latest technology and innovation, beyerdynamic utilizes digital active noise cancelling with hybrid technology to eliminate any exterior sounds. In addition to high-quality, noise-cancelling sound, the LAGOON ANC boasts incredible, crisp sound quality that outperforms other ANC headphones. MOSAYC sound personalization creates a new, unparalleled listening experience with the ability to create an individualized hearing profile in the MIY app. The LAGOON ANC is available in two versions, Traveler (black/blue) and Explorer (grey/brown). Featuring an ultra-sleek ergonomic casing, the LAGOON ANC’s over-ear design boasts an incredible new level of comfort and experience.
Visit beyerdynamic at South Hall 1 – 20654 in the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES 2019 from January 8 – 11, 2019. For more information on the LAGOON ANC, please visit To learn more about beyerdynamic, please visit


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About beyerdynamic

beyerdynamic is one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the audio industry. Founded in Berlin in 1924, the company stands for numerous audio innovations and high-quality, hand-crafted products engineered and developed in Germany.


beyerdynamic’s two business divisions – consumer audio and professional audio – provide tailored solutions for professional and private users. Today, the beyerdynamic portfolio includes some of the finest microphones, headphones, and conference systems in the audio industry.

For more information, please visit


Please note: The CES Innovation Awards are based upon descriptive materials submitted to the judges. CTA did not verify the accuracy of any submission or of any claims made and did not test the item to which the award was given.

KIND MUSIC FESTIVAL Reveals Line-Up feat. Miguel, Chicano Batman & more

unnamedMKIND MUSIC FESTIVAL will have the distinction of being the first-ever music festival that embraces California’s updated 2019 cannabis regulations. While being an all ages event, alcohol may only be consumed by those who are 21+ and present a valid ID. In addition, there will be no sales of cannabis products at the festival.


“Kind Music Festival is a revolution–leading the way for a new generation of health and wellness focused cannabis consumers, ‘The Kind Generation,’” says a KIND festival producer. “The word ‘kind’ is defined as ‘a group of people or things having similar characteristics’ as well as ‘of a good or benevolent nature or disposition. Kind Music Festival is Health & Wellness, Unity & Authentic. Kind Music Festival challenges conventional thinking while being mainstream.”


Partners include some of the most prominent executives from sports, entertainment and traditional business. KIND MUSIC FESTIVAL will provide a platform where “The Kind Generation” can connect with like-minded peers while cultivating awareness for the health and wellness benefits of cannabis with ground-breaking technology and cutting-edge music.


Tickets for KIND MUSIC FESTIVAL are on sale now at GA tickets are $85.00 and VIP tickets are $185.00. VIP tickets include dedicated front of stage viewing, VIP lounge with bar and food for purchase, VIP Parking, Express Entry and upgraded bathrooms. A portion of all proceeds from KIND MUSIC FESTIVAL will be donated to the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, STANDING UNITED, which aids those struggling with drug addiction and homelessness, a cause that KMF holds dear as several employees, including a number of executives, are in recovery.


Hashtag: #KindFestival