Monday, March 3, 2014

grace personified: lupita nyong'o's oscar speech


a beautiful and gracious reminder that 'no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid.' this woman is grace personified. i am overjoyed for her. so well deserved.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

soul food: kwabs' 'last stand'

this voice, y'all. this voice!

from his beautiful EP, wrong or right, this is kwabs' last stand.


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Friday, January 31, 2014

soul food: yasiin gaye 'inner city travellin' man (soul mates remix)

file under: things you didn't know you were waiting for until they happened.



yasiin gaye = marvin gaye x yasiin bey = pure magic. 


via okayplayer
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

soul food: willow & jaden smith's '5'

this is unexpected and rather delightful. and i'm digging it.
'5' by willow and jaden smith. produced by Ta-Ku.



via okayplayer.
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Thursday, January 2, 2014

don't call it a comeback...

ms. hill. ex-factor. live.
perfection.


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Friday, November 1, 2013

soul food: marian mereba


i've just come across ethiopian-american songwriter/producer/vocalist marian mereba's 'room for living' remixes EP via okayafrica, and i am digging it. love her voice. 


listen to the remixes above, and check out the original EP here.


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

marching to the beat of your own drum

this child is everything i want to be.


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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

soul food: shad's 'flying colours'

no words to describe this dopeness, y'all. i don't know how shad keeps getting better with each album, but he truly does. this is all kinds of magic. and the collaborations are really smart, too. this is a perfect combination of brilliant storytelling and masterful technique.


it is thoughtful, intelligent, sharp, introspective, and it makes you think. it makes you stop everything to listen. and it consistently knocks you over with just how bloody good it is. it has also rendered me unable to review it properly because i keep jumping out of my seat yelling 'whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!! whaaaat!?' and startling everyone around me. i shall therefore leave that to the professionals and go back to my vigorous head-nodding.






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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

video: 'matatizo' by just a band

incredibly powerful video from just a band.



'matatizo' is the first video from the group's sorry for the delay and it's dedicated to the memory of issa juma, the composer of the song, and 'all the kenyans who have their hears and bodies so their children could be free'. via their youtube page, the band urges all to read more about the story behind the video: 'we lived to tell - the nyayao house story'.



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Monday, February 11, 2013

soul food: 'retrograde' ~ james blake

new goodness from the brilliant james blake.



his voice is haunting. i can't stop listening to this.

'retrograde' 


peace to @ophiona and @mellymelow who shared this track with me at the exact same time. 

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soul food: 'green garden' ~ laura mvula

you know who's kind of magical? laura mvula.



i love her voice. i love this track. i love this track LIVE, even better.

'green garden'


'green garden' LIVE


(thank you, @giantpandinha!)
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