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National Museum of African American Music Announces New Grand Opening Date | Delayed Until Fall 2020

National Museum Of African American Music Announces Grand Opening Date Of September 3, 2020 – Advance Tickets Now Available!
First multi-genre Black music museum scheduled to open early September in ‘Music City’
NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — After more than 20 years in development, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is ready to open its doors to music lovers of all ages.

Little Steven Announces Remastered Vinyl Edition Of Landmark Protest Album, ‘Sun City’ | Coming March 13th, 2020

Little Steven Marks 30th Anniversary Of Nelson Mandela’s Historic Release From Prison By Announcing Remastered Vinyl Edition Of Landmark Protest Album, ‘Sun City’, Ahead Of Its 35th Anniversary This Year
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Little Steven, aka Steven Van Zandt, is commemorating today’s 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s historic release from a South African prison after 27 years in captivity…

South African Pianist Nduduzo Makhathini Releases Debut Album “Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworlds” in 2020 | LISTEN to New Single!

The visionary South African pianist and composer Nduduzo Makhathini is set to release his Blue Note Records debut Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworlds in 2020. Makhathini has released the album’s lead track “Yehlisan’uMoya” (Spirit Come Down)…

LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC! Jamaican Singer/Songwriter Queen Ifrica to Release New Album “Climb” on March 3rd, 2017

Today (1.13), the Reggae Songstress Drops the Album’s First Single
“Trueversation” feat. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
The Jamaican award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Queen Ifrica calls for global change on her third studio album Climb, available March 3, 2017 via VP Records. Queen Ifrica will debut new material from the album tomorrow (1.14) at Jamaica’s annual Rebel Salute festival.

WATCH NEW VIDEO! Jennifer Saran & Special Guests Release New Single “Wake Up”

Jennifer Saran, Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, And Narada Michael Walden’s Inspiring World Peace Anthem “Wake Up” – Watch Now
“Wake Up” Available on iTunes on Nov. 11
All Proceeds from Sale of New Track to Benefit the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Alt-pop/adult contemporary singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran has teamed up with South African Grammy-winning male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Grammy and Emmy-winning producer, drummer, singer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden (Producer/Co-writer), known for his work with Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Mariah Carey, to create her newest single, “Wake Up.” The song releases Friday, November 11. Making a special guest appearance on the track is Grammy-winner and legend Carlos Santana (Featured Guitarist), whose guitar licks generate inspiring vibes.

Somi Releases New Music Video for Single “Brown Round Things”

SOMI Debuts Music Video for “Brown Round Things,”
From Critically Acclaimed Album The Lagos Music Salon
Video Filmed on Location in Lagos’ Red Light District

About “Brown Round Things”
“The song was inspired by my reflection on the humanity of Africa’s sex workers. Like most cities in the world, I would see these women on the streets in Lagos at night and wonder how they got there.

SOMI Breaks Ground with Release of CD “The Lagos Music Salon” on Aug. 5th, 2014

Somi - The Lagos Music Salon
SOMI Breaks New Ground on Her Major Label Debut
The Lagos Music Salon
Available August 5 on OKeh Records
New African Jazz and Soul Inspired
by a Journey to Lagos, Nigeria
Featuring Guest Artists Common and Angelique Kidjo
Few contemporary albums bare as particular a narrative as The Lagos Music Salon. The new album by the superb chanteuse Somi, finds her breaking new ground with a hybrid style of music that organically integrates the essence of jazz and soul with the musical depth of her African heritage.

Angelique Kidjo to Release New Project, “Eve” on Jan. 28th, 2014

Angelique Kidjo Returns With New Album “Eve” Set For Release On 429 Records January 28th   

The Dynamic “Queen Of African Music” Delivers Joyous Collection Of New Songs

U.S. Tour & Release Of Autobiography “Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music” Also Due In 2014

SANTA MONICA, Calif., October 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Angelique Kidjo, the Benin born, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter has signed with 429 Records and is gearing up for an incredible 2014.  She’s preparing for the release of Eve, a vibrant new collection of songs dedicated to the power of African womanhood, particularly those women she grew up with in her native Benin; as well as planning a tour of the United States and promoting the release of her autobiography, Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music.  

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T.K. Blue | Latin Bird (Avail Now)

“Latin Bird” Is Motéma Music Debut by Alto Saxophonist T.K. Blue

As the New York-born son of parents
from Jamaica and Trinidad, and a mainstay of jazz master Randy Weston’s
band since 1980, T.K. Blue is profoundly fluent in the various musical
styles of Africa and the African Diaspora. On his new CD “Latin Bird,”
which will be released March 8 by Motéma Music, he applies those skills
and sensibilities to the music of Charlie “Bird” Parker, one of his
major early inspirations.

Richmond, CA (PRWEB) February 11, 2011

T.K. Blue’s new CD “Latin Bird,” his first for Motéma Music
and ninth as a leader, takes the alto saxophonist back to his musical
and personal beginnings. Charlie “Bird” Parker was a major early
inspiration for T.K., and eight of Parker’s classic compositions are
ingeniously reworked in Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Brazilian, and New
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