Recently I got a call from an old friend who stumbled across my Blog looking for me to reconnect & I thought to myself how cool. It was cool that he reconnected me through my Blog because he knew what I was up to from my name change to my surgery & everything in the middle.
During the course of the conversation he asked what I was listening to lately & what was hot, so I had to let him that I was not sure what was hot. I really never know what is hot because I refuse to listen to the radio.
As I mentioned here before, I find the majority of my new music or releases from my favorite artists using online resources and various groups that I belong to, like the Incognito Message Board, Myspace (don’t laugh, just be my “Myspace Friend), Honey Soul, Giant Step & Epitonic to name a few.
Lately, I have really been deep into my favorite genre (house music) but my love of discovering music from the Diaspora has yielding some really good finds, which are dominating the rotation on my iPod, which currently has 4,196 songs (enough to last 15 days, 5 hours, 18 minutes & 14 seconds).
Now I would like to introduce you to some music/artists that you may not hear on the radio.
Artist | Song | BIO (Click Song Title To Preview)
aFRO-mYSTIK – Momentary Vision: BIO – The world is insane! Traditional musical boundaries between nations are bending. The sounds of native drums can be heard merging with house music and uniting with jazz creating new forms, disintegrating the mass-marketed model of pop culture. This is the world of Afro-Mystik, Om Records’ electrifying live experience. Fusing the rhythms of many cultures into one on their second full-length album, “Morphology”, Afro-Mystik presents the evolution of diverse musical traditions into a singular, surreal electronic landscape.
The Bay Area’s aFRO-mYSTIK artfully takes the dizzying beatscapes of primitive tribal rhythms and uses live instrumentation to mold them to the electronic sounds of the future. With the vocals of Liana Young, Gina Rene (of Soulstice fame), and Ismail Azeem, the bumpin’ bass of Mr. Bungle’s Trevor Dunn, the drums of Simone White (Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy), the percussion of Carlos Araiza, and the sampledelic production of Chris Smith aka DJ Fluid, aFRO-mYSTIK is the sound of dance music rooted in the traditions it grew out of. This is the past, the present, and the future.
It’s all about rhythm. aFRO-mYSTIK is a refreshingly fluid and constant exploration of rhythm. A six-piece, live, improvisational rhythm ensemble. (Official Site)
Baaba Maal – Miyaabele: BIO – Baaba Maal is a uniquely talented singer from Senegal. He’s equally at home with an acoustic guitar playing traditional folk music or playing the hottest international dance music. He’s finally emerging into the international spotlight as one of the world’s hottest performers.
While most Senegalese performers belong to the Wolof ethnic group, Baaba Maal is a member of the Pulaar (also known as Fulani) minority from Northern Senegal. Since he wasn’t born into a griot (traditional musician) family, he wasn’t encouraged to become a performer, but instead studied law. He is a scholar as well as a singer and has spent much of his life studying his heritage. (Official Site)
Skye – What’s Wrong With Me (Free Download): BIO – Everybody knows Skye. As the voice of Morcheeba, she soundtracked our lives on albums such as Big Calm, sold five million records and graced stages around the world. And yet somehow, she’s always remained an enigma. Private about her personal life and modest about her achievements, she never really played the pop star game. We knew her voice, but despite her success, we did not really know much about Skye. Until now…
Skye’s debut solo album, MIND HOW YOU GO, is not so much a leap into the dark as a step into the light. Yet it was also a journey into the unknown. She did not know where it would take her and her record company did not know what to expect.
MIND HOW YOU GO is her emphatic answer, a sublime album of vivid songs that present Skye in an entirely new light. Of course, there is much that is familiar – the beguiling quality of her voice, the potent melodies that bury themselves deep inside your brain, the cool elegance of her delivery.
But this is also Skye as you have never heard her before. With Morcheeba, she was usually singing someone else’s lyrics. MIND HOW YOU GO finds Skye singing her songs, telling her stories and finding her own way on an album that is both personal credo and a realization of her inner strength. (Official Site)
Zo! – Africa (Free Download): BIO – Zo!… This talented musician/composer claims the piano/keyboard as his primary instrument, and is self-taught on the bass guitar as well as the drums, and most recently the guitar. These different elements are molded together to form pieces that fall under no single particular genre of music
Born Lorenzo Ferguson on September 11, 1978 in Southfield, Michigan to a mother who played piano and a father who played guitar professionally while jamming with the likes of Wilson Pickett and others, music was a natural fixture in Zo!’s life from day one. From the many influences (including his parents’ extensive vinyl and 8-track collection) came piano lessons, which began at the age of 5 and continued into his middle school years.
Zo! did not begin to fully explore his musical talent until the spring of 2000. Two years prior, he met fellow WKU student and aspiring artist, DJ Jon Doe (of Prophetix). Zo! was convinced by Jon (who then moved to Atlanta) to formulate tracks and send them to him so that his new connects could hear the music for themselves. (Official Site)
If you are interested in Black Music research, I found a great resource (of course online); The Center for Black Music Research. The Mission: The Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) at Columbia College Chicago documents, collects, preserves, and disseminates information about black music in all parts of the world and promotes understanding of the common roots of the music, musicians, and composers of the global African Diaspora.