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Grammy Nominations Announced….

Grammy Nominations Announced….

The GRAMMY® Awards, are the the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS & SCIENCES, INC.® Nominations for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards were announced 11/30/11 by The Recording Academy. The nominations reflect an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in mainstream music over the past year, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. The final nominations list includes some of your favorite neo soul artist… A complete nominee list is available at www.grammy.com. Among the 54th Grammy nominees are:

Best R&B Performance Marsha Ambrosius for Far Away, Ledisi for Pieces Of Me, and KP Miss Kelly Price and Stokley from Mint Condition. for Not My Daddy and Corrine Bailey Rae for Is This Love
Best Traditional R&B Performance Cee-Lo Green & Melanie Fiona Fool For You, Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin’
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Sometimes I Cry by Eric Benét, Fool For You by Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin’, Surrender Betty Wright & The Roots
Best R&B Song
Far Away by Marsha Ambrosius, Sterling Simms & Justin Smith, songwriters (Marsha Ambrosius) Fool For You by Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona, songwriters (Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona) Not My Daddy Kelly Price, songwriter (Kelly Price & Stokley)
Pieces Of Me Charles Harmon, Claude Kelly & Ledisi Young, songwriters (Ledisi)
Best R&B Album Pieces Of Me by Ledisi and Kelly by Kelly Price

Best Long Form Music Video Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest by A Tribe Called Quest Michael Rapaport, video director; Robert Benavides, Debra Koffler, Eric Matthies, Frank Mele, Edward Parks & A Tribe Called Quest, video producers
[Jive/Legacy] Nine Types Of Light TV On The Radio Tunde Adebimpe, video director; Michelle An & Braj, video producers [Interscope/Geffen/A&M]

There are a lot of talented artists who weren’t recognized, However let’s be mindful that. The Grammy Awards have never been geared at recognizing popular artists or those artists the general public likes, but more so at the artists’ creative process as well as the art and technology of the recording process. These artist in some cases are people we’ve never heard of. However the soul music genre is on the rise. I encourage you to support independent artists and the independent movement…. Lets make a conscious effort to bring good honest music back.

The Neo Soul Cafe Family would like to express a heartfelt congratulations and a wish for good luck to all of the artists who were nominated for Grammy Awards

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Is D’Angelo Back???

Is D’Angelo Back???

After an 11 year hiatus, Neo Soul movement pioneer, D’Angelo, is reportedly putting the wraps on his forthcoming CD tentatively titled James River, which is to be released on RCA records. James River is by far the most highly anticipated CD to date due largely in part to the success of both Brown Sugar and Voodoo. It’s been said that D’Angelo has been collaborating with Raphael Saadiq, Prince, Cee-Lo,  ?uestlove and Roy Hargrove, among others on this CD. I really wouldn’t be surprised if the CD debuts at number one.  D’Angelo’s project is slated for release late 2011 early 2012.  D’Angelo fans everywhere are excited and anxious for this masterpiece to be released. D’Angelo has also announced concert dates in Stockholm Jan 26, 2012 & Paris in January 29, 2012. Tickets on sale for the Stockholm show go on sale Friday 11/11/11 and tickets for the Paris show go on sale Saturday 11/12/11… This is Sooooo Awesome…!!!!


 

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The Foreign Exchange Tour….

The Foreign Exchange Tour….

The Neo Soul Cafe absolutely loves +FE, The Foreign Exchange. We simply cannot get enough of them. The Grammy nominated duo +FE is comprised of frontman Phonte and musical genius Nicolay. The band also features a cast of amazing singers and musicians, Yazarah, Darien Brockington, Zo! and Deborah Bond to name a few. They are a phenomenal band and we hope that you would take the time to see them because they’re on tour and coming to a city near you. Please support good music and independent artistry. Here is a listing of +FE’s tour dates.

You can also find more info on their website http://www.theforeignexchangemusic.com/http://www.facebook.com/theforeignexchange
http://twitter.com/#!/FEofficial

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The Mother of Hip-Hop passes

Sylvia Robinson has been featured in commercials, movies and covered by a number of well known singers. She produced the hit “Love On A Two Way Street” by The Moments.

Later, she found success as a solo artist under the name Sylvia. The memorable, sexy and sultry single “Pillow Talk” was a R & B favorite. Robinson went on to form All Platinum Records. with her husband. The record label struggled and faced mounting debts in addition to numerous lawsuits. One night while she was in a club in Harlem, she heard a DJ, Lovebug Starski, rapping over the breaks in the songs he was spinning. She had an epiphany to record what she had heard.  Robinson, with the help of her son Joey, recruited three young rappers, Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike and Master Gee and formed the group known today as the Sugar Hill Gang. The group recorded what is noted as the first rap song, “Rapper’s Delight.”   It was comprised of rhymes over the instrumental of Chic’s hit “Good Times.”sh< Robinson  and her husband Joe chartered Sugarhill Records to release the record.  The song was a huge success.  I sold more than 8 million copies, reached No. 4 on the R&B charts and No. 36 on Billboard’s Hot 100, spawning a movement and opportunities for other hip-hop artists.

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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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