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Post-Festival Highlights

...t out to everyone who was involved with the Festival, no matter how small a role you had. It will grow and evolve over time but, as that Sade song goes, it’s “never as good as the first time.” Thank you. For more photos, all courtesy of Ed Marshall Photography NYC–including shots of the performances by Saidah Baba Talibah, Dope Sagittarius, No Surrender, Tamar-kali and DJ Reborn–check out of the Festival Facebook...
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REVIEW: Chocolate Genius Inc. — "Swansongs" (One Little Indian)

...songs that have an internal power driven by song craft and quiet confidence. All of which stands in stark contrast to the frenetic, slickly produced, yet empty work that’s only designed to gin up controversy and generate Youtube views. But there’s hope. In fact, there always has been. To a list of contemporary songwriting talents that would include Stew (of Passing Strange), Little Jackie’s Imani Coppola, genre-busting rocker...
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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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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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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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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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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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WRFB's "Keep The Stream Alive" Part 3

.... As we say, it may be Radio Free Brooklyn, but the space ain’t free. Who will you hear? Artists such as: The DAY Show – 7:30pm Toshi Reagon – 8pm California King – 8:30pm Analogue Transit – 9pm Tamar-kali – 9:30pm Ashley Philips – 10pm David Pilgrim – 10:30pm If you come to StageOne, please be aware that the minimum donation is $10, but then again the musical lineup is damn near priceless. Again,...
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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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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...