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Singer Vesta Williams Dies

The Neo Soul Cafe has just learned and is saddened to report that R & B singer Vesta Williams has passed away.  She was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room on yesterday, September 22, 2011. Details surrounding her death are sketchy.   Radio personality Tom Joyner, confirmed her death with close friends of the singer, R & B singer Tony Terry and Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph.  The R&B community as well as numerous friends have been tweeting about it since last night and are sending out their condolences.  Ms. Williams was most known for her hit “Congratulations” and “Sweet Sweet Love.” Vesta Williams was 48 years old at the time of her passing.

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The Black Is Beautiful Tour

Atlanta, Georgia is the hub for good music… Grammy award winning singer, Angie Stone, announced the The Black Is Beautiful Tour on September 6, 2011. The Tour will kick off on September 23, 2011 at The Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, Ga. In concert with Angie Stone, will be, Raheem Devaughn, Anthony David, Tweet and Algebra. This show is going to be amazing. A portion of the concert proceeds will be donated to the 100 Black Men of Atlanta to support Project Success. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

Angie is in the studio putting the wraps on her new CD “Rich Girl” which is due to be released early next year. Please don’t be mislead by the album’s title. According to Stone, “It doesn’t have anything to do with having or acquiring material wealth. “It’s a metaphor,”It’s about love, spiritual bonding, the love of sharing love and being rich in spirit.” Angie worked with Joe, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Ledisi, Faith Evans,Tweet an many more. Fans can look for a single to be released sometime this fall. Its been a while since we’ve heard from Angie Stone and I am definitely looking forward to hearing her new project. Peace~N~Blessings

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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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Arts Beats & Lyrics Tour Hits Dallas 9/30

Arts Beats & Lyrics Tour Hits Dallas 9/30

Art and music were once the voice of the people. It was an underground movement driven by the need for expression. Somewhere along the way, art became available only to the elite and music profited only the few. At that point artist lost control of their creation.
Gentleman Jack’s Art, Beats + Lyrics is taking it back.Exploring Hip Hop and highlighting urban art forms expressed through photography, graffiti, paintings, multi-media, DJ’ing, breakdancing and live music.

visuals: over 50 dope artists
audio: Phife (from ATCQ), The Gritz, A.Dd+, DJ Lord, Rasta Roots and Jay Clipp

Friday, Sept. 30th
@ the Palladium
1135 S. Lamar 
7p – 12a
 
Dope Art, Dope Music…Free Drinks and Free Entry…what more do you have to lose…
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