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UPCOMING: 3 Nights of Tamar-Kali at HarlemStage–June 7-9

@tamar_kali @myharlemstage Next week: Tamar-Kali plays one venue, three nights, three different shows. Obviously, longtime readers of this site know how much love and admiration we have for her. And why not? That voice, those songs! So here’s the deal: Thursday, June 7 @ 7:30pm: Psychochamber Ensemble with special guest Joan as Police Woman For those unfamiliar, Psychochamber Ensemble is Tamar-Kali’s group that reimagines music...
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REVIEW: Tamar-Kali — "Black Bottom"

Like Tina Turner, you get the feeling from listening to Tamar-kali’s debut album Black Bottom that she never did anything nice and easy. But it’s that struggle she articulates to come into her own that has helped Tamar-kali create Black Bottom, and the result is an exhilarating, cathartic rock n roll tour de force. In many ways, this album flows like a coming-of-age story. Not so much of a young girl growing into a woman, but rather the...
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WATCH: Tamar-Kali — “Pearl” (album version)

@tamar_kali Good news, my people! Our favorite hardcore warrior soul goddess is back with the official album version video for “Pearl”. For those of you new to Tamar-Kali, the song is from her fantastic Black Bottom album. Some of you will recall that she previously released a J Mage remix of the song that features the oh-so-dope Jean Grae. The album version video precedes tomorrow’s release of the Black Bottom Revue Live EP,...
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SUPPORT IT: Tamar-Kali’s Tour & Live EP Pledge Drive

...The other cool thing: If she’s able to exceed the funding goal, a percentage of the post-goal funds will go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the country’s largest grassroots mental health organization. There’s plenty of great items you can get in exchange for your support. Head over to the funding page on Pledge Music, check it out and consider supporting. Additional links: Tamar-Kali’s Black Bottom Revue 2014...
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Tamar-Kali Closes Apollo Music Cafe series–June 6

...tribute. Then the Apollo formally launched its Music Cafe with a monster performance back in February by Joi. Blitz the Ambassador came thru, along with a bunch of other talent. And they’re finishing up the series with Tamar-Kali. That’s right: Start strong, end strong. So, if you’ve not experienced Tamar-kali live, or if you’re still not convinced you need to own a copy of her foot-in-yo-behind debut album Black Bottom,...
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Tamar-kali: The Interview

...Bottom. You’re feeling pretty good about your girl, right? You can probably tell by her performances and her music that there’s a lot going on with her. Want to know more? If so, check out this extended conversation between Tamar-kali and Boldaslove.us contributor Jen Williams. The two women talked for a while, so I’m just sharing part of it here. If you want to read the full interview, you can download the entire conversation via Scribd. In...
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UPCOMING: Tamar-kali + Valerie June–12/2, 3

@tamar_kali @valeriejunetn This looks to be a compelling pairing at NYC’s The Kitchen this week. Tamar-kali does her unique take on torch songs, while accompanied by a killer ensemble that includes Vijay Iyer (piano), Somi (vocalist), Mariel Berger (accordian) and Kiebpoli Calnek (aerialist). The bill also marks the NYC return performance of Valerie June, who will bless the stage with her organic moonshine roots music. It’s a night...
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VIDEO: Tamar-Kali feat. Jean Grae — "Pearl (J Mage remix)"

@tamar_kali @jeangreasy Those of you down in Austin are in for a treat tonight, as Tamar-Kali, Jean Grae, along with Invincible and Waajeed take the stage for the official unveiling of the Born In Flames tour. Should be hot. The rest of us, will have to make due with this video for “Pearl,” taken from Tamar-kali’s debut album Black Bottom. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: You wish you were in Austin. Yeah, me, too....
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UPCOMING: Tamar-Kali @ BAM Next Wave Festival — 9/29

...mar-Kali, takes the stage at Fishman Space as part of the BAM’s Next Wave Festival. For this performance, she’ll be doing it “PseudoAcoustic,” which means the amps won’t go all the way to eleven,a nd she’ll add strings and highlight her love of torch songs. What I always dig about this setup is that it pushes her rich and powerful voice further forward. Just getting familiar with Tamar-Kali? Then check her out...
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WRFB: Talking Restoration Rocks w/ Lisa Yancey and Tamar-kali

...along with the event’s musical curator, Tamar-kali. Learned a couple of things: First, the Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation is the first and oldest community development corporation in the country. Second, October 8 is Tamar-kali’s birthday, so this event is really a big throwdown with all the artists she’d want to see. So, definitely come through the Do-or-Die and wish her a happy born-day! Here’s the conversation as it...