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Anthony David Releases New Single! “Beautiful Problem”

Anthony David Releases New Single! “Beautiful Problem”

 

Anthony David releases first single, “Beautiful Problem” off the forthcoming album “The Powerful now”

WRITERS & PRODUCERS WORKING ON NEW LP “THE POWERFUL NOW”

Executive produced by Eddie “Gypsy” Stokes who actually convinced Anthony to become an artist and produced his first demo. After returning from LA where he worked for Dr Dre and Akon for years, the two relinked and knocked out this work like they never left you can listen to the new single here! We love it! Enjoy!

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Navasha Daya Releases Soundtrack For Lom Nava Love

Navasha Daya Releases Soundtrack For Lom Nava Love

Soulfully anchored by the mesmerizing vocals of songstress Navasha Daya and the anthemic writing, arrangement and production of multi-instrumentalist Fanon Hill, Lom Nava Love is a towering testament to the strengths of Black families and their quest for true freedom in America. Prophetically titled Lom Nava Love, this 15-track explosive soundtrack and concept album masterfully touches on various genres and aspects of Black music. Lom Nava Love must not simply be listened to, but courageously engaged.

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Touching on various genres and aspects of Black music, the 15 track album is held in unity by the voice of internationally renowned vocalist Navasha Daya. Daya’s ability to both navigate the myriad contours of Black music while employing improvisation in order to give her audience something beyond what is expected of the Black female vocalist corroborates this experience of Black families and weaves their resistance into every song.

“We wanted a soundtrack that transcended the boundaries of generations and reflected the day-to-day struggles and triumphs of Black families living in public housing honored in the film. From soul, to funk, to folk and beyond, we were aided in our pursuit through the use of vintage instruments, mics and studio equipment. We left subtle hisses and noise created by vintage equipment on certain tracks so as to maintain the integrity of our intent,” said Fanon Hill, Lom Nava Love’s director and the writer of all the songs on the soundtrack.

imageHill allowed ample space for Daya to employ the improvisational skill that has endeared her to audiences worldwide, a production ethos finely tuned to the main theme running through the album: freedom. From figures like Mavis Staples, to Mahalia Jackson, Joan Armatrading, and Phyllis Hyman, the strengths of Black women reside in Daya’s voice, an instrument whose strength parallels that of the film’s focal point, Foulks.

“I always want to use my art to uplift others and bring change, always have,” said Daya. “And so to me the lyrical content, as it relates to the documentary, as it relates to Black families, as it relates to American culture is very very important in these times, to hear this music, to hear these words. It’s a really great soundtrack for what’s happening right now in society today.”

In addition to Daya, the soundtrack features the musicianship of Kush Abaday, Kelly Bell (The Kelly Bell Band), Jonathan Gilmore, Braxton Cook, Rashad “Hurricane The King” Hawkins, Quinton Randall, Abu the Flutemaker, and 84 year old saxophonist Whit Williams, who performed with the historical Royal Theater Band, one of the stops on the storied “Chittlin Circuit.” All are musicians from the DMV area who are also active change agents in their respective communities.

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The soundtrack forms the musical backdrop for the documentary of the same name, to be released July 2016, which follows the work of Mama Shirley Foulks, a community organizer and activist in Baltimore’s Cherry Hill neighborhood, who for years has sought to harness the power of Black families as the solution to the challenges imposed on them by structural oppression in one of the most divested communities in a city increasingly known for them. In the film, the songs that make up the soundtrack unobtrusively support the scenes in which they are featured, but on record the songs have a presence all their own, moving fluidly within a variety of Black music genres, such as:

FUNK: The foreboding political lyric “poverty has made me a refugee in my own country” epitomizes the funky yet playful track ‘Operation 666 Poverty,’ which invites listeners on a journey with a contemporary Black folk hero as she, and her family, are stalked by poverty at every turn, an encapsulation of the album’s overall narrative.

R&B: The tender yet impassioned ‘Don’t U Know’ celebrates the undying commitment and love between an expectant Black father and mother navigating a system that views Black men with criminal records as irredeemable.

FOLK: ‘Whose Child’ dissects a billion dollar education industry that preys on children and families living in America’s most disenfranchised communities.

REGGAE: ‘Still About Freedom’ is a roots reggae call to action featuring Hill on bass and rhythm guitar that implores listeners to never lose sight of freedom.

Lom Nava Love is a phrase borrowed from the Ewe language, spoken in West Africa, and which expresses the understanding that if you love someone then you will come to them, a core principle of Foulks’ organizing philosophy. The phrase demands that knowledge of a subject, whether it be Black music or the Black family, come from a place of care manifested through engagement, not assumption. Similarly, the Lom Nava Love soundtrack is an album that must not simply be listened to, but engaged.

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Carolyn Malachi Is Blowing Smoke

Carolyn Malachi Is Blowing Smoke

Grammy nominated and multi talented actress, singer, songwriter Carolyn Malachi is back with new music. The soulful songstress said she will drop singles to get fans ready for her album’s release later this year.

She is working on a trilogy. the first of the three releases will be entitled Rise: Story One. Carolyn has dropped the first single from the project, it’s entitled Blowing Smoke and it’s not what you think it is.

Carolyn says her creative process is heavily influenced by life experiences. In life we often run into people we share our vision with them and they may have faith that you will do what you say you will or they may say aww he or she’s just blowing smoke.

“I had to constantly tell myself that I would accomplish the things no one believed I could do. This is what I mean by “Blowing Smoke,” and doing so changed my life.”

We are really digging the new music and hope you will love it too. Check out Carolyn Malachi’s Blowing Smoke and catch her on tour in a city near you. Enjoy!

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Stream Music Soulchild’s Life On Earth

Stream Music Soulchild’s Life On Earth

Musiq Soulchild is getting ready for his first release as an independent artist and his 7th studio album “Life on Earth” The album is due out April 15th, 2016, however you can stream it ahead of its release date via Pandora.

The album is executive produced by the Grammy award winning producer Warryn Campbell. The first single “I Do” has been well received by fans and is moving up the charts. This album is hot and fans will be pleasantly pleased.

Stream the album and then Support Music and pre-order the album …you’ll get two singles when you do. “Heart Away and “Alive And Well”. Music Soulchild’s “Life on Earth” is available whereever digital music is sold. Enjoy!

Click here to Listen to Life On Earth

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Amber Mimz Releases Three

Amber Mimz Releases Three

Singer|Songwriter|Producer Amber Mimz is a native of one of the hotbeds for soul music. The District of Columbia. Her last project “The Life Of Riley” was Funk and Afro beat laces. That project was inspired by Fela Kuti. This time the Soulful songstress is offering up a project that is of a different callibur. It is a 3 track EP in which she explains the significance of the number three.

“The number three kept showing up in multiple ways in my life, right down to the number of times I’ve attempted a project like this over the last three years… While researching, I found that the number three symbolizes the principles of growth: one is the thought of an idea, and two is the fertility of that idea, which results in the creation of three, the final product. Then, out of all the demos and songs circulating at the time I felt strongly about these three to share. Thus you have the THREE EP.”

Download the project on Bandcamp

Check out the live recording of the first single released from the project. Enjoy!

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