::GET FAMILIAR:: RADIO GALAXY

Friday, September 12, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: RADIO GALAXY
by Daniel Harris

 
 
What happens when three "creative creations" collaborate to bring to the masses music that transcends normal parameters and expectations? What happens is you are presented with music that is free, vast and far reaching as any galaxy.
 
Individually, producer King Midas, singer/songwriter Spacebunny Jefferson and DJ/producer DJ Cozmos are superb artists in their own right. Each defies conventional thinking and redefines what cool is. Together as Radio Galaxy, they reprogram perceptions and transport listeners to the far reaches of what music is.
 
With influences that include Nirvana, Bilal, Radiohead, Little Dragon and A Tribe Called Quest, it becomes quite clear why Radio Galaxy is free to create. Their style is 6 parts dopeness with a touch of jazz, hip hop, funk, electro and R&B.  
 
King Midas and DJ Cozmos (collectively known as King Coz) are responsible for the sound that powers the group. With carefully selected samples, a boundless array of sounds and textures, their productions spawn more than just your average 808 looped beats. King Coz's production fully acknowledges the art of music.
 
Spacebunny Jefferson possesses raw talent, untouched by the anguish of mainstream stipulations and requisitions. Please don't mistake her simplistic delivery as boring or uninspiring. That only helps you to listen closer to hear tremendous skill and very well place adlibs, riffs and runs. Let's not diminish her skill by calling her a "dope female emcee." On top of her breathtaking vocal abilities, Spacebunny Jefferson is a dope emcee.
 
As part of the Peace Uv Mine collective, Radio Galaxy ready do their part to contribute to Peace Uv Mine's effort to expose progressive artistry and premium music.
 
Get even more familiar with Radio Galaxy by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter
 
 


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::GET FAMILIAR:: SASKWATCH

Friday, September 5, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: SASKWATCH
by Daniel Harris




 There is an incredible soul movement happening in Melbourne, Australia. It's being called the "Soul 2.0 Variety" movement and the land down under is enjoying the fruits of many bands being inspired by a genre that is reminiscent of days past here in the states.

At the very center of Melbourne's soul movement is Saskwatch. This nine-piece band began as street performers in Australia. Before landing a residency at Melbourne's Cherry Bar, In an interview for The Sydney Morning Herald, trumpet player and songwriter Liam McGorry says that Saskwatch spent three years covering jazz and soul favorites and sharpening their skills. While performing, they caught the ear of soul DJ Vince Peach who then booked them to play the Cherry Bar's regular soul night each week.

Listening to Liam and his crew play, you are able to hear a deep appreciation for music, more specifically, soul music. They perfectly blend deep heavy horns, rhythmic pockets and smooth guitar and bass to produce a truly authentic classic soul sound.

  Nkechi Anele, lead singer, shows that she is equally passionate about the soul genre. Her powerful voice and amazing skill adds tremendously to the band's already high level of complex richness. With such a mastery of the genre, it is easy to see why much of Melbourne's soul movement centers around them.

Get even more familiar with Saskwatch by following them on Twitter and liking them on Facebook. Be sure to purchase their latest release Nose Dive.


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::BEHIND THE SCENES:: with Teedra Moses

Friday, August 29, 2014
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::BEHIND THE SCENES:: with Teedra Moses

post by Gypsy



Teedra Moses recently made a trip to Washington, D.C. and while here we were able to catch up with her to get her thoughts and to get even more familiar with this artist that Gypsy Soul loves. It has been ten years since the release of her debut album Complex Simplicity with knock out single "Be Your Girl." Loved by many for not only the skill of her song writing but also the substance and ability to connect the content of her releases to the lives of her listeners. Not to mention her vocal arrangements and layering of intricate harmonies over beats is sublime.


Since then Teedra has released a few mixtapes including The Young Hustler compilations to Royal Patience...A Love Journey and Luxurious Undergrind. Push play on the tracks below to listen to some of our favorites from over the years.


 

 

Graciously, she and her management, allowed us access to their sound check and show, along with a great interview that touched on her writing process to the new artists she has on her radar.

Click the video to go behind the scenes with Teedra Moses.

             

Make sure to follow Teedra at http://www.teedramoses.net/ and comment below to let us know what you thought of the interview!
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::GET FAMILIAR:: ANNABETH MCNAMARA

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::GET FAMILIAR:: ANNABETH MCNAMARA
by Daniel Harris



A few weeks back, we got you familiar with the House Artist Grant. This initiative provides up and coming artists with a vast array of resources and opportunities to help take their careers to the next level. While this program helps to get these talented in front of a wider audience, the program cannot make them talented; this is an element that artists must already possess. It is very clear that Annabeth McNamara is an amazing talent poised to fully benefit from this opportunity.

A 2014 House Artist Grant recipient, this singer, songwriter, musician and self proclaimed "creatrix" provides a refreshing blend of Pop and Folk . Annabeth creates whimsical and adventurous lyrics that are a true reflection of her spontaneous, free spirited nature.

Her latest release Surprise was conceptualized in just one week. However, the complexity in the lyrics and her very skillful musicianship, this album gives the sense of a lifetime of conception. Drawing from such inspirations as Fiest and Regina Spektor, Surprise showcases Annabeth's rich and unique sound.

While The House Music Grant is a great opportunity for emerging artists to expose their music to a wider audience, there needs to be a high level of talent for this program to work. Annabeth McNamara level of talent shows that House Studio selects only the best artists to participate.

Get even more familiar with Annabeth McNamara by liking her on Facebook and following her on Twitter. Support Annabeth by purchasing her latest release Surprise, available now!
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::GET FAMILIAR:: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHUCK BROWN

Friday, August 22, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHUCK BROWN
by Daniel Harris


 
Considered by many to be the "undisputed" creator of Go-Go, Chuck Brown's legacy extends far beyond the Washington, DC city limits. Fusing elements of funk, R&B, soul and Latin sounds, Chuck Brown pioneered a genre that will forever be synonymous with the DC area.
 
Chuck Brown was a very talented musician who's work over the years have garnered the respect of artists like Thievery Connection, Jill Scott and Kindred The Family Soul. At the start of his musical career, Chuck didn't just want to be known for being a great musician in a preexisting genre.
 
Like a true legend, he drew inspiration from James Brown and genres like gospel, jazz and African rhythms and created his own, unique sound. As he continued to develop his sound, Chuck Brown covered popular songs in clubs and would leave room for heavy percussion break downs and call and response with the crowd. This no doubt kept the dance floors packed and the people moving!
 
On May 16, 2012, Chuck Brown passed away and while he is no longer here physically, his memory will live on through the sounds of Go-Go. Today, TheSoulcialista.com takes time out to remember the person of Chuck Brown and the amazing impact he left on music. Happy birthday Chuck Brown.
 
Get even more familiar with Chuck Brown and purchase his latest album Beautiful Life, release posthumously on August 19th. Beautiful Life is available on iTunes and Amazon.
 
 
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::GET FAMILIAR:: PHONY PPL

Friday, August 15, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: PHONY PPL
by Daniel Harris



Are they a throwback to the vintage funk and hip-hop/R&B sound here to take music lovers back to the way it used to be? Or, are they a futuristic collective here to show music lovers what music can sound like with out all the (excuse the pun) phony elements? The simple answer: Yes.

In 2011, Phony Ppl hit New York's indie scene and made an immediate impact. They brought a new sound that was void of clear definition or form. That's a good thing! It's impossible to categorize which allows them to remain free to experiment.

Built on elements of funk, "colorful world music" and hip-hop/R&B in their purest forms, Phony Ppl bring a very imaginative perspective to an otherwise monotonous industry. This has lead to a very global fan base and opportunities to tour with Theophilus London, Erykah Badu and The Roots.

Recently, Phony Ppl released 53,000, which NPR's George Hahn called his "favorite album right now." This album perfectly displays Phony Ppl's ability to completely use a complete spectrum of rich sounds, unique style and BARS; very far removed from any category or known genre.

There is no other group like Phony Ppl. We see bands that take you back to what used to be or we see bands that are able to give a positive glimpse to music's future. Phony Ppl manages to do both.

Get even more familiar with Phony Ppl: follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook and support their music.

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::GET FAMILIAR:: CHANTAE CANN

Friday, August 8, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: CHANTAE CANN
by Daniel Harris


"I sing because I love to. I sing because God has entrusted me with a gift purposed to change the world. I sing to heal. I sing to comfort. I sing to liberate. I sing to appreciate. I sing to motivate. I sing to express. I sing to encourage. I sing to inspire."

These words sum up why getting familiar with Chantae Cann is very necessary. Her voice is pure and has the ability to not only be pleasing to the listener's ears but pleasing to their souls as well. She glides through riffs and runs with perfection. Her tone and the way she explores and pushes vocal boundaries is heavenly.

A native of Chicago, Chantae Cann has had the pleasure of performing with artist such as PJ Morton, Leon Timbo, Jaspects, India Arie and most recently, Snarky Puppy. All of her collaborations are means for her to comfort, inspire, liberate and change the world, putting her words into perfect practice.

Chantae Cann understands music's ability to change even the worst of circumstances." Music gives you the power to push past your present state of mind. It enables you to choose love, joy and tranquility..."

Chantae Cann brings a sincere love for music and people. A love that shows through every time she takes the stage. She says that she sings because simply, "I can't stop. Don't want to either." Truthfully, neither do we.

Support Chantae Cann and purchase her single Da da'n da on iTunes

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::RECAP:: 2014 Summer Spirit Festival

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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::RECAP:: 2014 Summer Spirit Festival

post by Gypsy
photos by Leo Wilson



The Summer Spirit Festival (SFF) has become known as the August concert kick off and is anticipated each year. This year, the level of anticipation rose like the heat index when headliner Lauryn Hill was announced. Most of the music lovers we know expressed relief that the headliner was not Erykah Badu yet again and to tell the truth, so were we. We love Erykah, but as music enthusiasts, we know that there is so much more out there to be highlighted by a premier event like SFF.


George Tandy, Jr

Since its inceptions, SFF, has been introducing up and comers to the faithful audience and this year was no different. George Tandy, Jr and Roman Gianarthur played great set and provided guests with an opportunity to get to know them better.
 
Junk Yard Band & Backyard Band


 A particular reason why SFF is so beloved is because you can find a great mix of genres being presented on stage. This year Junk Yard Band and Backyard Band brought that go-go swing, hip hop vet Talib Kweli represented for the MCs, new comers RDGLDGRN added a lil rock to the sonic stew, while native Washingtonian Me'Shell Ndegeocello easily funked it all the way up!



Talib Kweli



Raheem DeVaughn

Hometown hero Raheem DeVaughn with his painter Demont Pinder captivated the ladies and mellowed out the stage just enough for the Electric Lady, Janelle Monae, to light it right back up again with an amazing and energetic set. Which really isn't surprising...does Janelle ever really disappoint?


 Janelle Monae 

Finally, headliner Lauryn Hill took the stage and exited with mixed reviews. I actually enjoyed her show. I would have loved for her to start the songs they way we all know and enjoy them and then transition into a remix of sorts but that wasnt the case. I did appreciate her energy and enthusiasm. It seemed as if she and her band were having a great time on stage. From past shows of lecturing the audience to never showing up...I thought this was a lot better. 

The Summer Spirit Festival is usually the first Saturday of August so make sure to mark your calendar now and dont miss out on a great time to soulcialize and enjoy awesome live music. Thank you to CDE for another year of access and great hospitality.

Lauryn Hill

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::GET FAMILIAR:: MANNYWELLZ

Friday, August 1, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: MANNYWELLZ
by Daniel Harris



The House Artist Grant provides free recording, visual and marketing plan for a select group of artists. Each artist is also given access to workshops that teach everything from financial management to putting together a strong team. One artist to benefit from this type of development is Mannywellz.

This talented musician, singer and songwriter brings "something to the table that a lot of artists don't or can't offer." He describes himself as a "Son of God" and "musical Storyteller" who "promotes truth" through his music.

With the help of The House Artist Grant, Mannywellz is currently promoting his EP, Wellz. This 5 song offering puts his sincere lyrics, imaginative product and superb vocal abilities on full display. Wellz is a great opportunity to understand Mannywellz' deep spiritual connection and his capability to craft meaningful and uplifting content.

Artist development is a lost art in today's music scene. Music is inundated with one hit wonders and ringtone stars. Through the efforts of The House Artist Grant, artists like Mannywellz have to opportunity to make a profound and lasting impression in music.

Get even more familiar with Mannywellz by following him on Twitter and liking him on Facebook. Wellz is available now on iTunes and Google Play.
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::BEHIND THE SCENES:: DC LOVES DILLA 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014
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::BEHIND THE SCENES:: DC LOVES DILLA 2014

Post by Soulcialista
Photos by Nick Fullen
Video by Mansa Johnson



The annual production of DC Loves Dilla supported by Heineken is something that music lovers in the DMV look forward to every year. On the 9th Anniversary of the event several artists hit the stage to celebrate the life of J. Dilla. This year's features included Bahamadia, N'Dea Davenport, Pharoahe Monch and Phife.



Several other musical favorites were also tapped to honor J. Dilla's legacy including GRAMMY nominated artist and arts educator Kokayi, artist and arts educator Asheru, hip hop artist RAtheMC and Gods'illa, GRAMMY nominated singer and MC Maimouna Youssef, and MANY more.



Gypsy Soul was able to catch up with several of the artists to get their impressions on J.Dilla's life, music, and legacy.




             

If you haven't heard by now, there was a MAJOR announcement made on stage that J. Dilla will have his beat equipment added to the Smithsonian's new museum of African American History & Culture. Ma Dukes (J. Dilla's mother) along with our friend Timothy Anne Burnside of the Smithsonian made the emotional and incredible announcement.


Make sure that the first thing on your to-do list next summer is attending the 10th Annual DC Loves Dilla event. We can't even imagine the incredible production that is being dreamed up!


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::GET FAMILIAR:: ELECTRIC YOUTH

Friday, July 25, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: ELECTRIC YOUTH
by Daniel Harris



Electric Youth is probably best known for their entrancing collaboration with College A Real Hero from the movie Drive. True, you will feel very nostalgic while listening to their music. If the 80s was your decade, you will be transported back to the days of your big hair, wondering who shot JR, cruising in your Trans Am and waiting in line for Back To The Future tickets.

While you are in your nostalgic trance, do not mistake Electric Youth for your average tribute or cover band. On the contrary, they transcends mere novelty creations to a plain where reverence and a deep connection to their sound reside.

 Based in Toronto, Austin (also known as Watts) and Bronwyn officially formed Electric Youth in 2009. However, their history together reached back to their 7th grade days when a young Austin asked Bronwyn out. In an interview for Rolling Stone Magazine, Austin says, "We love the present but how could we not be reminded of the past when every day, we see the person we had a crush on since 7th grade?"

Austin, who grew up listening to everything from 80s pop to reggae, perfectly captures the essence of the synth pop era in his production. His use of authentic and vintage synthesizers and analog sounds shows his deep respect and appreciation for the genre.

Bronwyn's family preferred church songs and the very classic (and solid) songwriting skills of James Taylor and The Beatles. The influence of this combination is evident in her stunning vocal delivery and heartfelt lyrics. Perhaps it is this deep passion for their music and each other is the reason Electric Youth has captured the attention of many.

Get even more familiar with Electric Youth, follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook. Also,  be on the look out for their debut album Innerworld, releasing this September.
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::GET FAMILIAR:: B.JAMELLE

Friday, July 18, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: B.JAMELLE
by Daniel Harris




In last week's Get Familiar installment, TheSoulcialista's Kike Aluko sat down with Columbia Nights for an amazing interview. During her sit down, the group suggested some artists that we all should be familiar with. Challenge accepted!

Often times in a search for talent, one's own backyard is the last place to be checked. Some of the best talent can be found in your very own backyard and the Washington, DC Metro area is no exception. With artists like Wale and Raheem DeVaughn finding mainstream success, it won't be long before B.Jamelle finds her way into the rotation of music lovers everywhere.

B.Jamelle describes herself as a "writer first and singer third and dreamer in between." Based in our nation's capital, B.Jamelle displays an amazing talent to tell moving stories through song. Her beautiful, sultry voice floats effortlessly over riffs, runs and key changes creating a new, gleaming take on soul music.

In October of 2012, B.Jamelle introduced her fans to what she describes as her "random journal entries put to music." Memoirs From The Thick Of It perfectly showcases her abilities as a singer/songwriter and arranger. It is an open and genuine peek into her life. B.Jamelle says this EP was, "a labor of love written with the listener at heart." Since that time, B.Jamelle has continued to deliver captivating lyrics with stunning vocal ability and a ton of dreamy musical arrangements in between.

Get even more familiar with B.Jamelle and follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook. Support good music and visit B.Jamelle's Bandcamp page.



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::GET FAMILIAR:: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH COLUMBIA NIGHTS

Friday, July 11, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH COLUMBIA NIGHTS

Post by Kike Aluko
Video by Mansa J. 


For this week's Get Familiar Friday, we had the great opportunity to go behind the scenes with Hayling Price, John E. Daise, and Jason Edwards (known collectively as Columbia Nights) at their show at the Black Cat last week. Check out the video interview below to hear more about this group's very distinctive approach to music-making, how they work together, and what songs they just can't get enough of. You will also see some footage from their show, which will give you a sneak peek of their "soultronic" flavor. And, if you're feeling Columbia Nights, they have also given us some great suggestions for who else we should check out, giving us some bonus artists for this Get Familiar Friday:

-- Aaron "AB" Abernathy



Special thanks to Hayling, John & Jason for the interview access!

Make sure to also check out Columbia Nights's feature on Gypsy Soul's Aural Advocacy Campaign HERE


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::GET FAMILIAR:: LIRA

Friday, June 20, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: LIRA
by Daniel Harris



Lira, a multifaceted talent from South Africa has certainly made her mark within her country and across Europe. Often compared to Sade, Lira's awarding winning style has made her a household name overseas. In 2012, Essence Magazine named her one of five unique artists to "change music." With international success under her belt, Lira now has her eyes set on being a fixture in America's music scene. By all accounts, she has what it takes to find much success here in the states.

A talented singer, songwriter, model and actress, Lira began her musical journey at the age of 16. After winning a competition for young singer and songwriters, she began performing both covers and original music.  Over the years, Lira has developed a unique ability to flow between genres like Bossa, R&B and Jazz.

Her latest release Rise Again is described as being a perfect introduction for US fans. Lira's smooth, unique sound, her wide variety of lyrical content and touches of her South African heritage help to tell a complete story of who she is and the mark she plans to make stateside. Rise Again is inspirational, romantic, upbeat and though provoking, all at the same time. It really showcases Lira's complete spectrum as an artist.

If you are in the Baltimore area, you will have an amazing opportunity to experience Lira's artistry first hand. Lira will be performing at the Baltimore Soundstage on June 24th. Rise Again is available now on iTunes and Amazon.
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::RECAP:: EAR CANDY FEAT DONTAE WINSLOW & THE WINSLOW DYNASTY

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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::RECAP:: EAR CANDY FEAT DONTAE WINSLOW & THE WINSLOW DYNASTY
Post by Nakera Lee
Photos by Nick Fullen


As the saying goes, “You never know where you’re going, until you know where you come from.” That statement was resonated in a room full of enthused fans, long time friends, and family members who all anticipated the soulful, sultry, and centric sounds of Dontae Winslow and the Winslow Dynasty with host MonokiaNance and DJ Lil Mic.  

On Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Teavolve located in scenic area of Harbor East in Baltimore, MD, Gypsy Soul Entertainment hosted it’s signature event Ear Candy series. From the beginning to the end, Dontae Winslow and his beautiful wife Mishica Winslow captivated the audience with their Hip Hop Jazz ensemble taking the crowd back to the days when feel good Baltimore house music was in full effect.




For those who are not sure, we’re here to help you #GetFamiliar. The WinslowDynasty group is a music group from Baltimore, MD with a mission to change the world and inspire a renaissance in creative art. Dontae Winslow is a featured member on trumpet/production and vocals, while Mashica Winslow is a featured member who lends her angelic vocals/songwriting and stellar arranging abilities. Their formidable alliance comprises styles of Jazz, Soul, Urban Poetry (Hip-Hop) and Rhythm and Blues music.


Between the versatility in their artistry and the relatable content in their musical projects, it is safe to say that Dontae Winslow and the Winslow Dynasty is creating an atmosphere that allows individuals of all kind to cultivate their inner being and that creates a sense of appreciation for self in the same breath. 



One of the most memorable moments of the night came as the Winslow’s performed their track Blaxploitation and Revolution. This particular song not only reached the masses for it’s up tempo beat, but touched all onlookers in the room who could sincerely relate to the message behind the track. 




With a Harlem-Renaissance feel and Dontae Winslow on trumpet, the crowd was quickly moved to their feet in celebration and appreciation of their ancestry. This dynamic duo has truly brought back the essence of real jazz to modern music so we can only imagine the powerful forces they become with the addition of their son. 

To say that Dontae Winslow and the Winslow Dynasty did a great job is not enough to amount to the sparks and flames that they left on the dance floor and in the hearts of the crowd even after their set was complete. Born and raised in the City of Baltimore has truly helped to set the tone for the Winslow’s and one thing that remains tried and true is that this dynasty is just getting started. 



I would be remised if I didn't mention the awesome Urban Ballroom dance workshop lead in the beginning of the event by Milton Kent. He is working hard to bring back a sophisticated sexiness to the dance floor and the audience and participants loved it.

For more information on Dontae Winslow and the Winslow Dynasty, please visit their website.
Enter The Dynasty can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon. 

To view more photos from the event please click HERE
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::GET FAMILIAR:: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH AARON "AB" ABERNATHY

Friday, June 13, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH AARON "AB" ABERNATHY

Post by Kike Aluko
Video by Mansa J. & Brittany Mays


For this week's Get Familiar Friday, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to go behind the scenes with Aaron "AB" Abernathy at his Soul Session show with band Nat Turner at Bohemian Caverns last week. Check out his insightful interview below, and find out about his journey as an artist, where he gets his motivation from, and what really matters to him. You will also hear some soulful snippets from the band's soundcheck, which sounded just as awesome as the real show. And for another extra treat, check out some of the other artists mentioned in the video -- just in case Aaron's voice leaves your ears wanting more new musical talent:

-- Muhsinah
-- Rashad

Special thanks to Aaron and his Abernathy family team (Anthony & Anise) for the interview access!

Make sure to also check out Aaron's feature on Gypsy Soul's Aural Advocacy Campaign HERE
     

           
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::HEADPHONE JUNKIE:: A COUPLE FRIENDS BY KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL

Monday, June 9, 2014
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::HEADPHONE JUNKIE:: A COUPLE FRIENDS BY KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL
By Daniel Harris

Real still sells. Entertainment, as a whole, has become full of people living fake lives, perpetuating false notions and stereotypes and selling people on pipe dreams. For Kindred The Family Soul, "real" remains an important part of their veteran career.

3 years after the release of Love Has No Recession, the husband and wife singing, songwriting and production team is gearing up for the release of their 4th studio album, A Couple FriendsThis album is a fresh break from much of today's top selling monotony. Real lyrics, relatable situations, applicable advice accompany the classic Philly soul sound that helped make Kindred one of today's premier duos. 

One of the standout tracks, Everybody's Hustling is a smooth and groovy ode to old school, straightforward soul music. Filled with real life lyrics and loads of encouraging words, this song is a proper push in the right direction for many. A line like "Credit score may not be high. Don't let that be the reason why, you don't give things that extra try" is enough to keep any listener striving for their dreams. (It really encouraged this reviewer, that's for sure!)

Perhaps one of the more endearing moments of this album features a piano solo from the incomparable Valerie Simpson on the album's title track. Listening A Couple Friends gives the audience an open and honest look into what is at the core of Kindred's relationship, friendship.

Never Loved You More is a trip down memory lane in many respects. A very Lou Rawls-esque sound is the perfect platform for Kindred to flashback on a love that has survived the test of time. This tune is enough to make even the most cynical very hopeful.

Real life, love and situations still sell. A Couple Friends is a very firm indication that real still has a place, even in today's manufactured entertainment industry. The album comes out Tuesday, June 10 and it should definitely be added to your collection.


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::GET FAMILIAR:: SAVE A DOPE BOY - HONORING OOH OF BROWN F.I.S.H.

Friday, June 6, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: SAVE A DOPE BOY - HONORING OOH OF BROWN F.I.S.H.

Post by Soulcialista
Photos by Nick Fullen



This week the Baltimore music community and music as a whole, lost an artists who saved and touched the lives of many far beyond the scope of music. We at Gypsy Soul want to celebrate his life by getting you familiar with a man who did much build, sustain, and save a city. With humility, we bring to you our knowledge of a great man, father, son, musician, activist, teacher (and the attributes can go on and on) that did so much for so many people. 

OOH aka Yo Slick aka Derrick Jones may have first touched many in my generation through music. I personally remember meeting him and hearing his music over a decade ago on the campus of Morgan State University as he performed with his good friend and brother Jahiti. Together they performed as BrownF.I.S.H. and made music, that for me, was part of the Morgan experience. They were also a staple in the spoken word and performance scene and had the respect of artists and musicians not just in Baltimore but up and down the coast as well as across the country. The song that stuck with me most was "I DO" and for me, that was his theme song every time I saw him out and about.




For many others in the younger generation not only were they privy to his music but were educated by him.  He taught the youth in Baltimore City Public Schools for ten years and developed a movement  #SAVEADOPEBOY that impacted a great deal of urban males who wanted other options besides the street. Through a program called YAP (Youth Advocate Programs) OOH provided those options by working with employers to hire these "dope boys" and provide income and opportunity they were not able to discover on their own. Due to certain restrictions of YAP many of the youth wanted ways out but had not yet been caught or convicted of a crime and therefore were not eligible. With the single "DOPE BOY" OOH raised funds and provided his own personal money to assist where YAP was lacking. AND THATS JUST WHAT WE KNOW HE DID...many of his good deeds, sacrifices, and triumphs may never be known but what we do know is that he made a colossal impact on Baltimore, the youth and otherwise. 




Wednesday, June 4, 2014 family, friends, and fans gathered to celebrate his life with a great tribute performance and candle light vigil. For most, this gathering seemed like a Warm Wednesdays, Organic Soul, Morgan State, Coppin State reunion. We saw many that we hadn't seen in a while, we saw friends that we had no clue had a connection or was impacted by OOH, and we saw music makers and art creators cancelling plans and appointments to be in a space filled with love for a awesome man.


We send our deepest condolences to his mother, family, and close friends. We hope that by getting familiar with some brief aspects of the life of Derrik Jones aka OOH aka Yo Slick it will inspire you to #SAVEADOPEBOY or at least work so hard in your community, in your gifts and your passions that you leave a legacy as beautiful and inspiring as OOH!




To view more photos by Nick Fullen of the tribute and vigil please click HERE.







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::GET FAMILIAR:: tUnE-yArDs

Friday, May 2, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: tUnE-yArDs
by Daniel Harris

When an artist is given the space to just and create what naturally comes to them, what tends to result is a beautiful product of self expression and a genuine love for the craft and art of music. 

If record sales and singles for Top 40 radio and the pressure to feed the industry were to be taken away, artists would be left with a blank canvas and the freedom to fill it with beautiful art. For tUnE-yArDs, waiting for these more than ideal conditions isn't an option!

Merrill Garbus has performed under the tUnE-yArDs pseudonym since 2006. A multi-instrumentalist, Garbus seemingly creates in a space void of all typical industry destractions and requirements. The combination of digital recorders, mixing software, unusual percussion, guitars and ukuleles, Garbus seamlessly turns the chaotic into a beautiful experimental sound. This "lo-fi experimental folk" only enhances her very powerful and soulful voice.

For her upcoming album Nikki Nack, Garbus translates her recent experiences in Haiti learning vodou drums and dancing and her more stress free creative environment. In an interview with The Guardian, Merrill says, "I've been making an out-of-control mess...Sometimes it feels like a wild beast I cannot begin to tame." Nikki Nack is set to be released May 6th.

Get even more familiar with tUnE-yArDs by checking previous releases W H O K I L L and Bird-Brains, both available on iTunes and Amazon. Be sure to follow tUnE-yArDs on Twitter and like her on Facebook.




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::GET FAMILIAR:: BOP ALLOY

Friday, April 25, 2014
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::GET FAMILIAR:: BOP ALLOY
by Daniel Harris



Hip-Hop is a constantly evolving genre. As new generations begin to develop their voice and sound through Hip-Hop, new ideas and concepts start to become prominent within the genre. One concept that can never change for Hip-Hop purists is an element of "real."

Classic acts like De La Soul and NWA to newer acts like Kendrick Lamar and HISD, all prove that the "real" should be present no matter the style. For Bop Alloy, the real is a defining element to their sound.

Individually, emcee Substantial and producer Marcus D can hold their own in Hip-Hop. Substantial, a native of Maryland, crafts honest, sage-like lyrics. Lyrically, Substantial is very reminiscent of an era in Hip-Hop where emcees actually had something to say. Substantial creates lyrics that are both witty and thought provoking. 

Seattle producer, Marcus D is a master at blending smooth melodies with hard hitting Hip-Hop beats. What sets Marcus D apart from other producers is his ability to blend at the most simple level. There aren't tons of effects in his productions, a sort of throwback to Hip-Hop's early days of dope samples and straightforward beats.

Together as Bop Alloy, Marcus D and Substantial combine the best of what makes them great as individual artists ( fluid flows, and honest lyrics over hypnotic melodies and pounding drums) to create a sound that is all their own. And while their sound make evoke thoughts of Hip-Hop days gone by, the group says they "haven't set out to be the next group with a throwback sound, but to "make quality music that anybody, from any walk of life can enjoy."

You can hear Bop Alloy LIVE in Baltimore, this Tuesday (April 29th) at Ear Candy Live!

 
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