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Soundcheck: Moko

Soundcheck: Moko

Diane Nadia Adu-Gyamfi, better known by her stage name Moko, is a 23 year old soul singer from New Cross in London. Her childhood was built upon a foundation of soul, gospel and house records and she would spend her Sunday’s singing in church. A couple of years later she went to Goldsmiths University and moved on to bands. She rose to fame after featuring on the Chase & Status single “Co...

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Soundcheck: Kendrick Lamar debuts new Untitled song on “The Colbert Report”

Soundcheck: Kendrick Lamar debuts new Untitled song on “The Colbert Report”

“Tell him we don’t die! We multiply!” excerpt from Pitchfork.com… As Stephen Colbert prepares to say goodbye to “The Colbert Report”, he welcomed Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick debuted an untitled new track alongside a band featuring Thundercat, Bilal, Anna Wise, and Terrace Martin. During the Colbert’s interview Lamar also discussed why he’d rather be vie...

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Nujabes – my homage to the Japanese Hip Hop mogul

Nujabes – my homage to the Japanese Hip Hop mogul

Before I compare the hip hop of today versus the beginning in the 90s, let me just throw out one thing: Hip Hop is not my favorite genre. What I will talk about is a foreigner who has brought hip hop to life through an anime called Samurai Champloo. The show is about three travelers wandering the land of Japan to get to a father who smells of sunflowers. Beautiful story, with an even beautiful sou...

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a LuvJonez Valentine…

a LuvJonez Valentine…

Darius Lovehall: Say, baby… can I be Your slave? I’ve got to admit girl you’re the shit girl…and I’m digging you like a grave. Now, do they call you Daughter to the Spinning Pulsar… or maybe Queen of 10,000 moons? Sister to the Distant yet Rising Star? Is your name Yemaya? Oh, hell no. Its got to be Oshun. Oooh, is that a smile me put on your face, child… ...

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Sunset’s Soundcheck: Durand Bernarr – THE Voice

Sunset’s Soundcheck: Durand Bernarr – THE Voice

Durand Bernarr. Etch the name into your memory. I first wrote about him here (shoutout to eclectic alexandria – I discovered him through her tumblr), and since then I’ve fallen deeper in love with his work, his growth and that voice. I’m not alone. Just ask his 11,000 + Twitter followers. His talent’s even led him to being mentored by Erykah Badu, who he’s been tourin...

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Soundcheck: The Beauty Within Revisited…

Soundcheck: The Beauty Within Revisited…

Ari J is known for her work as a filmmaker and documentarian. With an eight year history as a creative in various genres, Ari has worked as director, director of photography and editor. As the producer of this video of the Dead Prez work, “The Beauty Within,” she worked with director/photographer Shannon Mccollum. Regarding this work, Ari had this to say on her website, “A castin...

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Sunset’s Soundcheck: dead prez, “The Beauty Within”

Sunset’s Soundcheck: dead prez, “The Beauty Within”

This Soundcheck is brought to you by naps, locs, kinks and coils (like everything else on this site!). dead prez released a video for a song this week called “The Beauty Within” that celebrates the beauty of natural hair. With lyrics like, “Real Black girl, I salute your existence,” this is definitely a new favorite in the Garden. Watch the official video below and support ...

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pgp210: Soundcheck with Anthony David & India.Irie and WORDS

pgp210: Soundcheck with Anthony David & India.Irie and WORDS

Soundcheck… I’d seen the video “Words” a long time ago. It one of the faves in the Garden’s YouTube channel.  But I was surfing the net and came across and earlier live concert rendition on YouTube as well featuring the songs vocalists, Anthony David and India.Arie. And I was once again reminded of that really natural chemistry my two fellow Atlantans share. Their mus...

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