The second weekend of the Essence Festival Of Culture kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, July 2nd, with the ‘Wellness House’ segment. It will stream in real time via Essence Studios, Twitter and Facebook Live from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST.
The focus will be on meditation, conversations, workouts and tutorials designed to boost your mental, physical, spiritual, emotional and financial well-being. Some of the confirmed guests are: Taraji P. Henson, India.Arie, Egypt Sherrod, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, Koya Webb and many more.
Iconic soul artist Nina Simone once said that every musicians’ art should reflect the times they’re living in; John Legend‘s song and video, “Never Break,” does just that.
The track is featured on Legend‘s just released album titled “Bigger Love.” The significance of “Never Break” is that it speaks to the current situation in the United States of America, specifically to the fight for racial equality. The very powerful video shows us that though we as Africans have come along way in this struggle, we still have a very long way to go.
On June 5th, Gramps Morgan, a member of the popular reggae group Morgan Heritage, released a powerful record dubbed “People Like You.” The song, which celebrates people who make major sacrifices for those in need, was shared by several pop artists online.
A few days ago Gramps followed up with the actual music video. Keeping it very simple, it only shows him singing the song with help from the supporting vocalists. Click here to watch the video and remember to like, comment and share.
A few hours ago iconic hip-hop artist, Big Daddy Kane, shared his latest contribution to the genre; a record titled “Enough” done with both Chuck D and Loren Oden.
The timely track is all about tackling racial injustice and inequality. Proceeds generated from the record will go towards Until Freedom, a group of organizers, lawyers, artists and survivors of injustice.
Canadian hip-hop artist Uzman has re-mastered “Night Life,” a club track he did with reggae singer Jah Mason some time ago.
When the song and video were first released, the original mix of “Night Life” received heavy radio rotation on some of the biggest stations in the Caribbean, North America and parts of Europe. Additionally, it entered the top ten position on several charts and even sat at number one (1) on the NYC reggae chart (Funk Master Flex’s Franchise Record Pool).
While we were all on lock-down – due to the corona virus pandemic – Uzman thought that it would be prudent to have the song re-mastered and ready for when countries all over the world remove their curfews and restrictions and we can all go back to enjoying the night life.
Uzman have spent the last couple of years managing and investing in other artists (mostly based in Jamaica); he has decided to now switch the attention back to his career. As he makes some adjustments, he is reaffirming his commitment to always fuse his party-style rap music with Jamaica’s roots reggae in an effort to show his love for both genres.
In addition to collaborating with Jah Mason, Uzman has also worked with Junior Reid and he’s acquired production from Frenz 4 Real, Walkway 31 and Decibell Music Studios, all based in Jamaica.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD “NIGHT LIFE” MP3 and HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO
Let’s Get Free is the debut studio album by hip-hop duo Dead Prez. It was released on February 8th, 2000 on Loud Records. This Friday, June 26th, M-1 (one half of Dead Prez) will be hosting the 20 year celebration of the record in light of the global reckoning on race relations.
This event will stream live on YouTube (uhurutv) and Facebook (omali.yeshitela) starting at 8:00 PM EST. M-1 will be joined by D’Angelo, Sean C, Timmhotep and Omali Yeshitela.
NPR Music has just published Alicia Keys‘ performance, which was taped in February of this year. As they are no longer doing live videos – due to the corona virus pandemic – they have decided to share unseen recordings.
Click here or on the image above to watch and remember to like, comment and share.