Monday, June 30, 2014

Video: Alia Sharrief "That's All I Do"



Here is a recent video release from California's premier Muslim female hip hop artist, Alia Sharrief. Born and raised in Sacramento, she is now based in Berkeley, CA. With an impressive pedigree, such as opening for Kendrick Lamar in Sacramento, Sharrief is also a community activist. She blew me away at a Zulu Nation Thursday cypher event in Oakland-- a response to the growing gentrification of Oakland's famed monthly First Friday event.  Check out her website for more videos and a free download of her debut album, "Mental Cycles and Mood Swings," at  www.AliaSharrief.com.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Live Set: Mamarazzi

Tune in this Friday to hear a live set by MAMARAZZI! We are very excited to have one of our favorite eclectic, brooklyn based bands up in the studio. Don't miss this one!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

NYC: STooPS! Community Art Performance

Tune in Friday June 6th to hear from Kendra J. Ross, founder and organizer of the second annual STooPS community art event in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. STooPS is a day-long series of free public performances on stoops, sidewalks and yards, culminating in the main performance at the Freebrook Mansion (375 Stuyvesant Ave.) all happening on Saturday June 14th, 2014.

This year's performers include: Aleijuan Afuraka/Mark Darkfeather, Andrea J. Fulton, Cétáh Treadwell “The #Serenades Project”, Edisa Weeks, Frederic TAIEB, Ish, Kelly Horrigan Handmade, Lisa Sikorski, Maxine Montilus, Nicholas Powers, Noni Rene, ola ronke, Paula Jeanine Bennett, Phantazia String Players, Tendayi, Tiffany B Chanel, Tim Prolific Jones, tony wells, Wema Harris, Ziedah Diata.

Monday, May 26, 2014

NYC: Ronald K. Brown's Evidence Dance

Tune in Friday May 30 to hear an interview with Ronald K. Brown, artistic director of Evidence Dance, in preparation for his world premier of new choreography The Subtle One next week at The Joyce Theater, June 3-8, 2014.

"The mission of Evidence is to promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement, and spoken word, leading deeper into issues of spirituality, community responsibility and liberation."

"Brown’s dances derive from his interpretation of the human condition and refer to numerous cultural sources. These sources include history, traditions, and dance forms from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa, combined with kinetic storytelling, modern and urban dance movement. Through dance Brown explores the history of blacks in America and passes on African culture to a new generation. His stories and movement express traditional themes of community, ritual, and collective experience. He wants audiences to see commonplace subjects in new ways, to open their minds to new experiences, and to foster tolerance and spiritual growth."  –evidencedance.com

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

NYC: Rock The Belles

Join our hosts at the second annual Rock The Belles concert featuring performances by Jean Grae, Boog Brown, Chopp, Tamara Bubble, The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory and more!