Posts Tagged ‘Rich Medina’

Adé Siji – Adé Siji (Audio)

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

sijiI first heard Siji almost six years ago on Danny Krivit‘s 2005 In The House compilation, where he featured Siji’s “Watching You, Watching Me,” from Siji’s debut album God-given, which became an instant favorite. With his self-entitled sophomore album, he has teamed up with DJ/Producers King Britt, Rich Medina, and Alix Alvarez (all of whmo are well respected in house and Afro beat music) to provide us with soul, jazz and African rhythms. The British-born, American expat, and multi-instrumentalist has this kind of silky smooth voice with tremors of soul and Yuruba; DJ’s have a field day with including him in their mixes. Adé Siji is more Afro beat than his debut, with full rhythmic arrangements, often sang in Yoruba, and perfect for when you’re ready to get your chillaxation on or dance your arse off. Listen to a couple of songs taken from Adé Siji, below, which is also available on iTunes. Also check out the lush video for the single, “Yearning For Home” here.

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“Art’s Own Kind” Exhibit (BASS Festival 2009)

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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Lemi Ghariokwu is the artist who was responsible for creating Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti‘s iconic album covers, which not only illustrated his outstanding talent as a visual artist but also how he used art to create political statements apropos to Kuti’s prolific message. Punch Records has secured the rights to the graphic designer and fine artist’s archive and has partnered with the BASS Music Festival (British Arts and Street Sounds), to tour the Art’s Own Kind exhibit across the UK starting on June 9 at the Rich Mix in Shoreditch, London.

Opening night will bring key Afrobeat players, such as pioneer Tony Allen, who was Kuti’s musical director and drummer; Wunmi (the Queen of Afrobeat); Rich Medina (of Jump n’ Funk, NYC); and the visual artist, Lemi Ghariokwu for performance and panel discussion. The Art’s Own Kind exhibit is scheduled to end July 6.

Winter Music Conference ’09

Monday, March 30th, 2009

wmc2You think it’s all about attending seminars and meeting record executives that make the WMC. In fact, it’s quite the opposite and is truly dependent on your musical tastes. The WMA I experienced was more impromptu and respective of my musical preferences, which are more underground. On the cusp of losing your mind with all the dance/trance music that permeates the South Miami Beach airwaves, a la Spring Break/Girls Gone Wild style, when you do find your scene, it’s a breath of fresh air.

This year’s Delano events featured K’naan, whose performance highlight was bringing Matisyahu to the stage for one song. Matisyahu is incredible live. I’m waiting to see what K’naan will grow into. He shows much potential with his message of the struggle, but the media frenzy is causing my side way looks.

The Raw Fusion events at Jazid were my highlights, featuring a large roster of artist such as DJ Spinna, Rich Medina, Daz-I-Kue (Bugz In The Attic), Mad Mats (Raw Fusion), Kissey Asplund, Erik Rico to name a few. From Taylor McFerrin doing his hereditary human beat box to DJ Spinna mixing up broken, Fela, and dub beats, had us all jumpin’ and funkin’. Attitudes were left at the door.

So here’s a shout out to a few of the people I met over the weekend who were happy to talk about their projects, share music, and opinions. Looking forward to gracing Muphoric Sounds with their flavor – Kissey Asplund, Taylor McFerrin, Yellowtail, Mad Mats, Ayro, DJ Chicus, and Bopstar.

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