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Best of 2007: Chaka Khan, Somi, Afrofraktal, Brazz Tree, Cornel West, Graham Haynes + the list goes on. . . !

...i Uzuri – Her Holy Water: A Black Girl’s Rock Opera Graham Haynes – Full Circle Maya Azucena – Junkyard Jewel Alice Smith – For Dreamers, Lovers and Me Nina Simone – Remixed and Reimagined Game Rebellion – Searching for Rick Rubin Somi – Red Soil In My Eyes Across the Universe Soundtrack (Martin Luther makes me weep!) (i got soooo many other albums to go out and listen to now! what a great...
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Best of 2007: Killswitch Engage, Sharon Jones, Lightspeed Champion, The Mighty Paradocs, Vernon Reid + even more!

...st preachers Beverly Bond, NYC/DJ and Founder, Black Girls Rock! "BAZAAR ROYALE IS THE TRUTH!" Chuck Lightning, ATL/Deep Cotton LightSpeed Champion- "Midnight Surprise" & "Galaxy of the Lost"Game Rebellion- Searching for Rick RubinJanelle Monáe- Metropolis, Suite I of IV: The ChaseKenna- Make Sure They See My FaceProton- Girls Ghetto Sh!tMiles Davis- Complete On the Corner SessionsBetty Davis- RemastersDJ Kiss-...
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Rebel Soul Salon Series @ Weeksville Historical Society

Shawn Peters, who manages soul rocker Martin Luther, hipped me to a series he’s producing over at the Weeksville Historical Society in Brooklyn.  It kicked off last week with Game Rebellion and follows up this weekend with Sparlha Swa, who I’ve heard great things about but, unfortunately, have had several near misses when it came time to see her perform.  Family commitments will probably preclude me from making this one,...
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Burnt Sugar @ Sputnik, July 9

Yeah, I’d missed the Game Rebellion/Voodoo Fe/Bazaar Royale show at the Afropunk Skate Park last Wednesday, but decided to make that late night trek over the Sputnik to see Greg Tate and his "fully improvisational acid-funk band" Burnt Sugar.  Now, I hadn’t seen Burnt Sugar in a while and I have to admit to being captivated not only by the quality of the musicianship, but also by watching Greg conduct the ensemble...
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Janelle Monae Crushes Summerstage

...w you to crowdsurf.  Which is exactly what happened at the end of Janelle’s excellent set yesterday.  She’s got the goods, she played to win and she owned the afternoon. Janelle is an example–like Game Rebellion and Dragons of Zynth (who I hear from some peeps I respect crushed again at the Siren Festival)–that other artists should take to heart.  Her energy is off the hook and, like those bands and many...
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3 Day Countdown to Afropunk 2008

...s to do and see.  For example, a smart thing for me to do would be to focus on checking out the bands that I haven’t seen before, which would mean blowing off killer acts like Janelle Monae, The Smyrk, Tamar-kali, Game Rebellion and Bazaar Royale and instead finally get to see others I’ve heard a lot about like J*Davey, Whole Wheat Bread, No Surrender, The Dirtbombs, and McRad.  Yeah, gotta make some decisions here....