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FunkJazz Kafe: Diary Of A Decade

This film, FunkJazz Kafe:Diary of a Decade, written and produced by Jason Orr, is the story of a cultural legend as told by the innovators of an important, and in some cases overlooked, era in Black culture. Spanning the late 1980′s through to the early 2000′s, this story goes deep into the fabric of soul music, it’s definitions, it’s pioneers, it’s offspring, it’s movements, the challenges with the “mainstream” industry and the evolution of the FunkJazz Kafé, a music and arts movement born of Atlanta’s diverse musical heritage. The film covers the decade when Atlanta’s underground music scene became established on the world stage and a new generation of soul singers and musicians emerged.

This documentary is dope in that it chronicles the rise of the Neo Soul/Independent Movement. This movement inspired a number of people. hairstyles, fashion and culture. An appreciation for the live music experience. The vibe is eclectic and the sound is underground… Everyone from those new to the genre to those well versed will love this documentary after all it features “The Music That Get’s Your Head Right”

Look for this Film at the next Sundance Film Festival set to take place January 19-29, 2012.

With appearances by:
CORNEL WEST, DICK GREGORY, DALLAS AUSTIN, ERYKAH BADU, CARON WHEELER, LARRY MIZELL, JOI GILLIAM, GEORGE CLINTON, CEE LO GREEN, JILL SCOTT, ROY AYERS, JAMIE FOXX, RAPHAEL SAADIQ, LIL’ JOHN ROBERTS, THE CHRONICLE, GOODIE MOB, DOUG E. FRESH, JANELLE MONAE, MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO, CHUCK D, PROFESSOR GRIFF, OMAR LYE-FOOK, MC LYTE, TALIB KWELI, COMMON, JAMAL AHMAD, ANTHONY DAVID, RAY MURRAY, ANDRE 3000, N’DEA DAVENPORT, ALGEBRA, LERONDE WILLIAMS, KEVIN POWELL, LOOSE ENDS, BILAL, DIONNE FARRIS, VAN HUNT, ERIC ROBERSON, DONNIE, LADY ALMA, BONE CRUSHER, STICMAN of DEAD PREZ, DJ KEMIT and SPEECH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0g-2nT__Yw

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INTRODUCING THE PRINCE OF NEO-SOUL” LUCA DIMOON

Introducing Luca Dimoon, a multi-talented singer, songwriter, composer and producer. With his poetic music, Luca manifests a soulful expression of words and sounds. Influenced by the Soul, Funk, and Jazz masters, he shapes his own style using Electro elements resulting in a fusion of Cosmic Soul, Cyber Funk and Dirty Jazz.

Born in Milan, Italy in 1982, the first son of a Sicilian painter (ex-Jazz musician), Luca started his relationship with music breathing in his father’s collection of Motown and Blue Note records and at the age of 8 he joined the local church choir.

Though his musical sensitivity was already proven, the interest for visual arts was more recognized, so he studied fine arts to develop his impressive skills as a young painter and sculptor.

“Music was more like a private passion. Singing was a pure device to express my instinctive feelings. Fine arts was my natural way to share concepts of the philosophies that I was beginning to explore”.

It was after moving to London at the age of 18 that music took his spirit completely and became the absolute priority. Luca’s decision was to concentrate all of his artistic energy on improving his gifts by learning to play Piano, Guitar, Bass and Trumpet.

His initial recordings attracted offers from major record labels, with the intention to make him a Pop/R&B Act. Inevitably his profound artistic integrity made him refuse those offers.

Later he signed a short deal with an Independent Label who got him involved in a successful compilation that peeked at number one on the charts and sold over 700,000 copies.
Currently working on his second album “Telescope” of which Luca has released two singles: “Twilight” and his rendition of the classic “People make The World Go Round”, yielding thousands of downloads within the first day, radio station plays around the world and media/press coverage. His artistry has also led him to travel around the world as a featured performer to cities including New York City, Paris, Moscow, Marrakech, Buenos Aires, London and Bangkok. Luca’s music is soul invading without being intrusive placing him in the same category as promising neo-soul artists like Maxwell, D’Angelo and Musiq Soulchild. Each of Luca’s musical compositions leaves his listeners mesmerized by his soulful voice and sound. DJ Frances Jaye Put the man in rotation month’s ago…She decided it was time for everybody else to get familiar….

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Maze Co-Founder McKinley “Bug” Williams dies

McKinley ” Bug” Williams, Co-Founder of Maze and long time percussionist for the band has died of an apparent heart attack. On Last Friday, September 2, 2011, Williams complained of not feeling well during practice. He went to his room to rest. A passerby noticed his door ajar and went in to check on him. Williams was found in his room unresponsive and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died. The Neo Soul Cafe Staff offers condolences to the Williams family as well as Maze featuring Frankie Beverly Details of the services are to be announced.

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Budweiser’s Opening Act Winner

Budweiser’s Opening Act Winner

So who was a crowd favorite at Budweiser’s Opening Act Competition? There were many contenders but only one walked away with the crown…Miss Tess Henley. “Tess Henley has been described as an emotional voice that you can feel”, well Dallas definitely felt her on Thursday August 18, 2011 at the South Side Music Hall. Tess Henley is an Independent Artist who hails from Seattle,Washington. She will be the opening act for the Budweiser Superfest, Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party, this Saturday August 26, 2011 at 7pm at the Gexa Energy Pavilion. Tess blew Dallas away…The crowd was amazed by Miss Henley’s rendition of “Sweet Thing” the Rufus and Chaka Khan classic and her original song “Boy In The Window”. Miss Henley will not only have the opportunity to share the stage with Ms Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, and Mint Condition, but she also was awarded $5,000 and is in the running for the grand prize of $25,000. Teena Marie reincarnated??? Let’s see what’s next for the Independent Movement’s next Vanilla Child… Peace~N~Blessings

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