How fitting of Angelique Kidjo, to do a re-imagining of the classic Talking Heads smash album, “Remain In Light.” I actually got to meet Talking Heads founder David Byrne, during my years at the New York Public Library, when he did a lecture there discussing ‘Music and Copyright in the Digital Era.’
Four-Time Grammy Award Winner, Lenny Kravitz’s New Album “Raise Vibration,” is in stores and available online now. Steeped in Rock-n-Soul, from his humble beginnings, Lenny’s music has always been an alternative. He’s an ARTIST! Staying true to himself has enabled him to sustain the past 29 years. Next year marks 30, since Kravitz’s first release, through Virgin records.
Daniel Caesar is nominated for Best R&B Album at next year’s Grammy ceremony. One of several R&B talents that have emerged out of Canada, Caesar is an independent artist, in this streaming age of music. Liken to fellow Canadians, Justin Beiber and The Weeknd, his fan base spawned from the Internet.
Fifteen days ago, October 15th, marked the 48th anniversary of the Black Panther Party (BPP). This is the second installment of my reflections on the revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organization. The BPP was able to flourish in urban cities like Baltimore, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Winston-Salem.
As music fans, lovers and aficionados are perched and waiting for “Get On Up” and “Jimi: All Is by My Side,” one can’t help but think of musical biopics that have been previously released. This blog was prompted and inspired by a chat with, and query from my wife, as to how many films of this nature have been done — there are numerous. While many are excited for the lives of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix to grace the silver screen, the lives of other music icons have been brilliantly depicted. (click on photo above for full view)
At the age of 22, Luc Besson released his first short film “L’avant dernier,” (translation: Next to Last) in which he also appeared. It starred Jean Reno, an actor that he would work with repeatedly in future films. Besson’s new film “Lucy” starring Scarlet Johansen hits theaters across the country this week, and it’s nowhere near ‘next to last’, on Luc’s list of movies.
“If I can, make it there, I’ll make it, Anywhere…” Truer words were never spoken of all the true words there are. The truth of that statement still exist, but THAT “New York, New York” is long gone. As this life has afforded me nearly half a century, ‘these vagabond shoes are longing to stray’, not so much ‘through the very heart of it’, but to continue my journey around the country and the world.
Prince’s latest video is a bit of a departure from many of his hits over the years. One who has boasted about his sexual prowess and a voracious appetite for partying and the night life, “Rock and Roll Love Affair” touches on the vulnerability and humble side of a “Rock Star”, check it out.
Two of music’s favorite children made their transitions recently. One was once considered the Queen of the Blues, the other a Master of Funk. I’m speaking of Etta James and Jimmy Castor, two people in music that may not have always been top of mind as artists via the mainstream, but certainly loved and highly respected among their fans and peers.