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De La Soul Gets Figurines by Artist TKO sato & Interview With Rinse FM

By JR on 3:39 PM

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De La Soul promote their summer 2016 LP "And The Anonymous Nobody" on UK Radio while sculptor TKO sato pays homage to their classic debut "3 Feet High and Rising" with custom figurines. Enjoy the insight into today's music and the life of music artists who aim to leave an impact by the experience which Pos, Dave & Mase share in this interview. The trio are celebrated veterans of the game who remain true to their musical identity while searching ways to remain innovative and soak up the influence of current innovators.

View more pieces from TKO sato's De La tribute here at his portfolio.

Singer Nia Andrews Views Life In A Brighter Light On "From Here" EP

By JR on 2:14 PM

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See your present and future in a brighter light as Nia Andrews uses her voice and imagination to captivate your vision of life on "From Here". Nia has always been one to stand out with a unique approach toward soulful music and describes the world around her beautifully with a focus upon many pleasant sensory details and powerful notions of the inner soul. Press play, enjoy and allow this West Coast musician to get inside your head with her heavenly songwriting.

Around The Web In Breakbeats Vol. 14: Fallin' In Debt To The Funk

By JR on 11:53 AM

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If the Funk is your guilty pleasure, feel free to fall in debt to the grooves of Around The Web In Breakbeats Vol. 14 compilation as a number of rising stars of music put the rhythm in your backbone. This presentation of new-generation breaks feature the mooged-out Funk of The Bongolian, deep Soul by Myron & E, the dramatic soundtrack Funk approach of Adrian Younge plus Jazz Fusion by Future Prospect, Midnight Quartet and others.

Percussionist Ndugu Reflects On A Career In Drumming On Numerous Classics

From one drummer to another, this interview between musicians sheds light upon a remarkable career in percussion, composing and songwriting which has resulted in some of the funkiest songs known to music. Leon Ndugu Chancler speaks with drummer JR Robinson about his beginnings on the drums and how the cultural influence of his hometown affected his music plus some great stories behind the many legendary groups and artists he's worked with that went on to create all-time Jazz Fusion, Disco, Funk, Brazilian and Boogie classics.

"Ndugu" was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and moved to Los Angeles when he was eight. He began playing drums at age 12 and studied music throughout junior high and high school. While in high school, Chancler played with Willie Bobo, Gerald Wilson and the Harold Johnson Sextet. Chancler graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in music education. Chancler began playing with Hugh Masekela, and also worked with Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, and Thelonious Monk. He had brief stints with Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard, then joined up with the great George Duke. He also performed with Julian Priester, Weather Report and toured with Santana in the mid-'70s, and then formed the band Chocolate Jam Co.

Studio work includes Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty, Donna Summer, Patrice Rushen, Hubert Laws, The Crusaders, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Richie, George Benson, The Temptations, Tina Turner, Kenny Rogers, Herbie Hancock and John Lee Hooker.

Ndugu has also played on a number of Movie Soundtracks including , “An Officer and a Gentleman”, “Indecent Proposal” and “The Color Purple”.

As a songwriter Ndugu co- wrote hits for Santana including “Dance Sister Dance”, George Duke’s “Reach For It”, and “Let It Whip” for the Dazz Band. His production credits include Flora Purim, Bill Summers, Toki, Ndugu and the Chocolate Jam Co. Ndugu has co-produced for Santana, George Duke, The Crusaders, Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Tina Turner and a group he co-leads with Patrice Rushen and Ernie Watts called “The Meeting”.

Ndugu Chancler is Faculty at The University Of Southern California in the Jazz Studies and Popular Music Departments.

George Kerr Of The Skull Snaps Talks The Making Of "It's A New Day"

By JR on 4:35 AM

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In 2016, hear from a musician who was born to snap necks, get funky like none other and influence numerous genres of music with one of the most renowned break beats in musical history. Watch an interview with legendary Soul & Funk Producer, Songwriter, Arranger, and Singer George Kerr of The Skull Snaps who discusses his approach to his craft.

This chat comes shortly after the release of a new expanded and remastered version with bonus tracks of The Skull Snaps' debut LP which you can purchase digitally below at iTunes or on CD here at Amazon.

Keyboardist Estuardo Stapleton Plays Robert Glasper, Gretchen Parlato, Tori Kelly & Ryan Leslie

By JR on 4:16 AM

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Enjoy the sunshine of a band who choose outstanding songwriting to lend their pleasant perspective of Jazz Fusion to the music of 4 influential musicians of the new millennium. Led by outstanding female vocalists who project happiness in their interpretation of inspiring lyrics and the virtuosity of Estuardo who makes the Rhodes sing, this collection of covers is an excellent musical escape.

Cory Henry, Jacob Collier & The Metropole Orchestra Perform MJ's "Billie Jean"

Cory Henry performs his own arrangement of Michael Jackson's classic hit "Billie Jean" with Jacob Collier and Jules Buckley for Quincy Jones and BBC Proms. August 22nd, 2016 | London UK | Royal Albert Hall

Elaine Amheard Blends Rock & Funk For Janet's "What Have You Done For Me Lately"

"Eliane, Swiss-born singer, guitarist and songwriter graduated from The New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music, New York. Besides her performances as a leader or a featured artist in New York’s most famous clubs, she also tours in North- and South America, Canada, Europe and Asia, where she appeared in international Festivals in China, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Nepal and Mongolia - like the International Jazz Festival in Hong Kong, the Beijing Nine Gate Jazz Festival, the Shenzhen OCT Loft Festival, the Beishan International Festival in Zhuhai, the Jazzmandu Festival in Kathmandu, the Giant Steppes of Jazz Festival in Mongolia and the Yangon World Music Festival in Myanmar."

Ready To Bless Sounds Of Hip Hop, MC Wildelux Is "Down 4 Any Test"

By JR on 12:11 PM

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Last Kind Entertainment Media and Kogeemo Recordings Label presents........ "Down 4 Any Test" by Wildelux. Produced by Lafayette Ave. Scratches by Adlib Swayze (12 drunkies) Shot on location in Osaka, Japan. Directed by Romy Masaaki and edited by William "Wildelux" Berry.

KRFD-007 | Wildelux History -Mixtape- (Mixed By DJ Flight -KBK-)
WILDELUX History -Mixtape 2016 Mixed by DJ Flight (Kansai Beatz Krew)- (FREE D/L)
*From "Down 4 Any Test (Digital /12 inch release)" by WILDELUX..

★Download this mixtape |

Catch Up With Boogie Pioneer Kashif In A 2016 Interview & Music Celebration

By JR on 10:22 AM

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"Kashif’s contribution to R&B is without compare. As a teen, he rose to prominence in early 80s NYC as an in demand producer and solo artist. His hybridizing of traditional live band arrangements w/ synthesizers and drum machines played an integral role in developing the sound of Whitney Houston, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King and many others. He has been regarded by some as the architect of the boogie sound. Tune in for the 100th episode of the show featuring an in depth interview with Kashif!!!" - Night School

OSW Tracklist:

01 – Howard Johnson – So Fine
02 – Melba Moore – Take My Love
03 – Tavares – Love Line
04 – Kashif – I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On)
05 – Evelyn Champagne King – Love Come Down
06 – Whitney Houston & Kashif – Thinking About You
07 – Stacy Lattisaw – Jump Into My Life
08 – Kashif – The Mood
09 – Kashif – Ooh Love
10 – Kashif – Baby Don’t Break Your Baby’s Heart
11 – Kashif – Stone Love
12 – Kashif – Help Yourself To My Love
13 – Kashif – Love Letter Out Loud
14 – Kashif & Meli’isa Morgan – Love Changes

Evelyn Champagne King's Comprehensive Discography on "The Complete RCA Hits and More!" CD Set

By JR on 9:04 PM

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"Evelyn “Champagne” King ranks right up there with Donna Summer and Patti LaBelle at the top of the disco diva pantheon, but there has never been a domestically released collection to do her glittering career justice. Which is a real “shame”…but The Complete RCA Hits and More! not only offers, like the title says, all 24 hits she scored on the R&B and Pop charts for the RCA label, but also presents them in the 12”, alternate mix, and remix versions that really got the dance floor shaking back in the day! So you get the 12” mixes of big hits like “Shame,” “I Don’t Know If It’s Right,” “I’m in Love,” and “Love Come Down,” the “Dance Mix” of “Your Personal Touch,” remixes of “High Horse” and “Shake Down,” and so on. Soul expert David Nathan contributes liner notes with exclusive quotes from Evelyn, and we’ve added photos from the RCA vaults and 12” single and album art. All 26 tracks are remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York…Break out the bubbly, cuz the definitive Evelyn." - Real Gone Music

Singer/Songwriter Kymar Garner Praises The Lord As "KING"

"Rising Singer/Songwriter "Kymar Garner" has long since captivated hearts by her life changing lyrics and equally Inspiring Voice. This Chicago native got her start in church under the pastoral care of her parents. It was there where her gifts were first nurtured. Kymar has had the privilege to share stages with some of the most world renowned Gospel Artist such as Mary Mary, Donald Lawrence, and Kierra Sheard just to name a few. With such inspiration and opportunities Kymar has embarked on a solo career that is sure to produce some of the most powerful singing and spiritual messages to date."

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