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LISTENING POST: Honeychild Coleman — “Echelon” (Pariah soundtrack)

...small film about a young Brooklynite who quietly but firmly embraces her identity as a lesbian. One of the cool things about this film is that some of the Bold As Love fam made it into the soundtrack. It was thrilling to see Tamar-Kali and her band performing “Pearl” in a house party scene, as well as to hear her do a cover of The Gossip’s “Fire With Fire” over the end credits. Sparlha Swa also gets two songs on the...
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VIDEO: Restoration Rocks 2010

...Here’s some video from the Restoration Rocks event a couple of last weekend. Thanks to Tamar-kali, Lisa Yancey and Centric’s Mary Pryor for giving me this shot at interviewing the artists that day. Enjoy! subCentric// Restoration Rocks from Centric TV on Vimeo....
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WATCH: Janelle Monae ft. Erykah Badu — “Q.U.E.E.N.”

  On the song “Warrior Bones,” Tamar-Kali closes with the telling lines: “These warrior bones ache for revolution, but the people ain’t ready.” So it seems that Janelle Monae’s solution is to be a time-traveling rebel from the future so that she can impact and change the present. Smart, right? After all, history is filled with artists who weren’t fully understood or appreciated in their own time....
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The Apollo's Music Cafe launches with Joi–Feb 11 & 12

...Congrats to the Apollo Team for launching this new series! Good things happening uptown. Here’s the full schedule of events: February 11-12: Joi 14: Blitz the Ambassador March 4-5: Future Now 6: Kiki and Tess April 1-2: Afromondo/Songs for Miriam 4: Shades of R&B May 13-14: Geri Allen/Timeline 16: The Maurice Brown Effect June 3-4: Art After Dark 6: Tamar-kali and 5ive Piece Additional link: Apollo Music Cafe main page...
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UPCOMING: Laina Dawes’s NYC Book Launch — April 15

...ou Doing Here?. Really thrilled for Laina, who seems to have gotten a lot of good coverage on the book: Here she is on NPR . . .and VICE . . . as well as the AV Club Cool, too, that the event features special performances by Tamar-Kali and Militia. Definitely some face-peeling ish. There’s no cover, so come out, show your support, and please buy a book. Laina’s even got some dope merch available here. And here’s the author...
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Recap: Indiana University’s black rock conference

...sters, CDs/albums, show flyers, press photos, all of it sitting in a box in the drummer’s basement. In many ways, it was a big family reunion.  There were a lot of people there who I already knew, folks like Greg Tate, Tamar-kali, Stew, Kandia Crazy Horse, Maureen Mahon and the BRC’s Earl Douglas and Laronda Davis.  But I also got to hang with Cipher’s Moe Mitchell, Game Rebellion’s Netic and Earl Greyhound’s Kamara Thomas (look out...
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REVIEW: Dee Rees’ “Pariah”

...a story about outsiders with a lot of left-of-center music. Great to see longtime fam like Honeychild Coleman and Tamar-Kali have their music placed in a feature film. And this is no spoiler: There’s a houseparty scene where Tamar-Kali and her band perform “Pearl,” and it’s great to see her 20-feet tall on the screen, putting her foot in it with all of her geechee goddess glory. One thing that’s pissing me off has nothing to do with the...
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TONIGHT: Black Rock Coalition Orchestra's Nina Simone tribute–SOLD OUT!

...r those of you who have tix, it'll be a great experience: 18 performers, all female, under the musical direction of Tamar-Kali.  It's part of the Schomburg's Annual Women's Jazz Festival. In addition to Tamar-kali, some of the other performers include: Angela Johnson LaTasha Diggs Imani Uzuri Mazz Swift-Camlet According to the BRC, this is the third time that this program has sold out, the other two times being once here in...
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Restoration Rocks 2010 Preview: Q&A with Invincible

...lingshot Hip-Hop), is a huge inspiration. So are the South and Central American hip-hop scenes (highlighted in the film Estilo Hip-Hop). I’ve had the opportunity to work with artists like DAM from Palestine, Kamau from Brazil, and Ana Tijoux from Chile- all who seamlessly intertwine revolutionary content into amazing music. Additional links: Restoration Rocks Tamar-kali Invincible Jean Grae Cubic Zirconia DJ Rimarkable...
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Ten Sistas Who Rocked The Decade

...-Kali‘s full-length LP is the most highly anticipated on my 2010 list (in addition to Sade). In the meantime, I keep “Geechee Goddess Hardcore Warrior Soul” EP (2005) on repeat with an occasional tease from Tamar-Kali’s newest single “Pearl” (2009). Santigold – Philly native Santi White’s signature debut “Santigold” (2008) is one of my favorite albums of any genre this past decade. The...