Saturday, April 30, 2011

soul food: blitz the ambassador's 'native sun'

ghanaian-american emcee, blitz the ambassador is back with his new album, native sun. because he's ridiculously dope, he has streamed his whole album on youtube. this, right here, is pure [african] hip hop:


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

soul food: kenna's 'land 2 air chronicles I: chaos and darkness'

i've waxed lyrical about afropolitan recording artist and producer kenna and his awesome before, so i'm mad geeked about this: in 2011, kenna will release a three-part EP series entitled the land 2 air chronicles. the first of the trilogy is land 2 air I: chaos and darkness and it will be launched today, april 26th, with a brand new single, chains. the single features sammy hoffa, also known as chad hugo of the neptunes, with whom kenna has been collaborating since he's first album. the track is co-written by paul banks of interpol and is described as 'a piece of pure pop-electro and dance mastery [that] reflects kenna's bravado and history as he step out of the shadows with a new found sound and confidence.'

out of the three EPs, land 2 air I: chaos and darkness is the darkest, capturing kenna's 'personal account of the struggle to break free of the barriers that prevent one's vision from coming to life or taking flight.' each EP will feature three new songs accompanied by original artwork and they will lead up to kenna's much-anticipated third studio album songs for flight, the inspiration for which comes in part from his gruelling experience as he attempted to climb to the top of mount kilimanjaro for summit on the summit, a philanthropic project he spearheaded in 2010 to raise awareness about the clean water global crisis.

land 2 air I: chaos and darkness will be released digitally today, april 26th, in all retail outlets around the world.  i suspect it'll create much fodder for TV and movie soundtracks. mark my words!

the video should be out later the meantime,  download chains (featuring shimmy hoffa) here.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

soul food: 'wind song' by john forté and sunsay

from brooklyn to russia, with love: a new track from john forté and sunsay.

wind song


Thursday, April 7, 2011

17 years later...

seventeen years have passed, and the people of rwanda are going about the business of building our future. honouring memory, without being paralyzed by the past. telling our stories so that they may continue to be that we never forget. rebuilding our country and our people so that we are empowered to ensure that the horror of genocide may never again be repeated. 

today, we remember the lives lost over the course of 100 days in 1994. 
today, we honour the lives of those lost in the years leading up to the genocide. 
today, we pray for the survivors, as their struggle continues.
today, we pledge to preserve our dignity and uphold the truth.
and whether or not we can ever understand how such horror of such magnitude took, we remember and we vow, 'never again'.  

'i'll never understand' by shad


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

jay-z's life and times

jay z is blogging. 

his new site, life and times, focuses on style, leisure, sports, technology, music and art + design. it looks fly, so far.


soul food: new music from jill scott

new track from the lovely and ever-awesome jill scott, from her forthcoming album the light of the sun.

'shame' featuring eve

i've missed them both.

also: here's the first single from her other upcoming album (a compilation of previously unreleased material from hidden beach called just before dawn)...her cover of bill withers' 'lovely day'