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Ledisi Releases “Nostalgia Movement No.1,” tributing R&B Legends: Patrice Rushen, The Isley Brothers and The Great Natalie Cole

mixtape“Before my beautiful friend Natalie Cole passed away, I had started the process of tributing some of my favorite legends. The idea came about because I always see people covering the same songs over and over. I thought to myself why not tribute the R&B Music I love, give a little bit of a new flair to the arrangements, and educate the listener all at the same time. My prayer is that my version of these songs will make the listener want to go back and hear the original. That is my way of paying homage to those who came before me.

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Congratulations To The Winners!

Congratulations To The Winners!

Annually, the music world joins together to salute excellence in their industry.  Not taking away anything from anyone but we here at the Neo Soul Cafe would like to take time to celebrate and congratulate the artists we support who were recognized by  the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States .

First off congratulations to Mr #WhoGonePopMe King Kendrick Lamar who unapologetically massacred the Grammys with his performance… but wait there’s more out of the 11 nods Mr Lamar walks away with 5 Grammys. Mr Lamar popped his collar tipped his hat to the Black Lives Matter movement and unleashed a fury of powerful verses…

“Kendrick’s extra Black, extra poignant, and powerful performance is rooted in just as much calculation, capitalism and mainstream sanction as


Nothing that he, she, or ANY of us has to say against our oppression, exists outside of the Capitalist experiment we live in (especially when we say it within art that we hope to sell).
Still, that art we sell (and give away for free half the damned time) can have a message that challenges the status quo, introduces the masses to new ways of thinking, and encourages Black Pride.”

Amma Whatt
Because he won everyone involved with the project won…. Congrats to our people on the Independent grind…





Flying Lotus
Terrace Martin
James Fauntleroy
9th Wonder
Kamasi Washington
Robert Glasper
Anna Wise
Lalah Hathaway

dangeloI was confused by these folks who went up on the stage to accept the award. Clearly D’Angelo was not there… Now this is tea..did he HIGHKEY snub the Grammys???

D’Angelo won Best R&B Song for “Really Love” and Best R&B Album for Black Messiah.
We’re so happy and proud of Kendra Foster. Congrats you’ve earned it!



Alabama Shakes walked a way with some awards and they are certainly deserving

Lalah Hathaway won again! Yay! What a beautiful moment…get your tissue ready…the moment is touching.

Snarky Puppy and Mertopole won for Sylva in the category of Best Pop Instrumental Album

Joey Alexander is only 12…just wait

and..I just had to throw this one in because this is what is the mother of all music….the sister has so much class and soul.

Common and John Legend won for the Best Song for a Motion Picture

Jazzmine Sullivan on the red Carpet

The Internet on the Red Carpet

Lianne LaHavas on the Red Carpet


Leon Bridges

Cecile McLorin Salvant won for her album For One To Love thank you message

Earth Wind & Fire

Andra Day


Again congratulations to all those who have been recognized.

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Corinne Bailey Rae Loves Us

Corinne Bailey Rae Loves Us




Amongst all the mushy Valentine’s Day posts…typical I love yous, engagement announcements, and what he got me for Valentine’s day was the best present ever. “Hey everyone… Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m really excited to share this sneak peek of my new music. I hope you like it. Have a beautiful day! Love, Corinne ❤” OMG! This day could not be anymore perfect. On this Valentines Day Corinne Bailey Rae announced her new project via her website. Cupid himself poked me and my heart begin to flutter as I witnessed this amazingness… Dope sounds are coming indeed. Oh joy! Yaaaassss to the gods! Check out the teaser go to the link below and I hope this news makes you happy too… Enjoy!

Corinne’s Teaser

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Afrobeat Takes To The Big Screen

Afrobeat Takes To The Big Screen

My usual taking to Youtube to check on my subscriptions for new videos yielded a gem. I found this trailer for The Dance Movie Project. #TDMP is Africa’s 1st AFROBEAT dance film. It tells the story of two Nigerian dancer brothers, Femi and Wale who have a passion for dancing. The film is directed by Idahosa Osagie and produced by Alexander “Lexx” Ore.

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Yahzarah’s Beautiful User

Yahzarah’s Beautiful User

Sultry singer/soul vixen Yahzarah, is ready to slay the masses with a new release. Yahzarah teases with an acoustic version of a song from her pending release Body Aquatic, the name of the track is Beautiful User. The song is beautiful to say the least. Yahzarah timidly whispers then proceeds to unleash the Kracken… the power within. Check out the video performance of Beautiful User. The lyrics are included so you can sing along. Enjoy!

Beautiful User
Washing my hands of this thing…
Washing my heart of the sting…
Everybody said you had a problem but I thought you
needed a good friend what you need is rescuing…
But if you play with fire then your gonna get burned I take this
as a real good lesson learned…
I thought that I was special cause I was so good to you.
But maybe I had bad timing…
I made a promise to myself and so I’ve got to get away I’m walking you towards the door…

Hook: Beautiful User..
I know just who you are…
No need to darken the doorseal…
We aint gonna leave the light on…
We aint gonna leve the light on…
For you…

Verse 2:
Oh you’ve got a very bad memory for the damage you have done.
Long as your having fun who cares about the causalties…
Rolling round without a care about the rearview or the Karma waiting right in front of you…

But If you play with Fire than your gonna get burned they told me you would take much more than you’d return I thought that I was special cause I was so good to you.

The truth is you dont know how to treat a friend.
I throw this drama to the wind…
It’s gotta end…


Beautiful User…
I know just who you are…
No need to darken the door seal.
We ain’t gonna keep the light on…
I ain’t gonna keep the light on…

You’ve got a hell of a lot of nerve to be so mad yeah…
You forgot about the lies you told and all the people you’ve hurt…
Oh you’ve gotta very lonely road up ahead of you…
I wish you the best…
I wish you the best… Far away from here….

Beautiful user…
I know just who you are…
No need to darken the door seal…
We aint’ gonna leave the light on…
We aint gonna leave the light on…

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