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The FUNKALICIOUS “Dirty 30” – Music We Loved in 2016

The FUNKALICIOUS “Dirty 30” – Music We Loved in 2016

So I have either heard these albums in their entirety and listened to them incessantly; heard one or a few tracks; heard of or know of the artist; LOVE the artist, or got a recommendation to listen to the album, from a fellow music enthusiast.  Steeped in FUNK, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Rock, Pop and Hip-Hop, this is Thee (in no particular order) FUNKALICIOUS List of Music for 2016 – ENJOY!!!

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MY FUNKALICIOUS PICKS FOR BEST NEW ARTIST

MY FUNKALICIOUS PICKS FOR BEST NEW ARTIST

I don’t believe the The Recording Academy will deny selecting Halsey or Lukas Graham for Best New Artist at next year’s Grammy Awards.

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TWO FUNKY DIVAS: DREEZY & ADELE

TWO FUNKY DIVAS: DREEZY & ADELE

Although Adele is primarily noted for her voice, it’s all about the lyrics and music, that make a song. As popular as she is today, my love for her has grown, since she initially took the world stage.  Dreezy has taken the world of music by storm and has been hailed as the “Princess of Chicago Rap.”  Her album “No Hard Feelings” dropped this past summer, and she’s also featured on Aluna George’s track “Mean What I Mean,” from his latest, “I Remember.”

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DIDN’T BLINK-182 WIN A GRAMMY? A MUSICAL YORN

DIDN’T BLINK-182 WIN A GRAMMY? A MUSICAL YORN

They actually haven’t. A band that’s been around since 1995, they’ve performed at the ceremony, presented there, even announced Tom DeLonge returning to the band there.

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GRAMMY WORTHY MUSIC – A SWEET SIX FROM DREEZY TO ADELE

GRAMMY WORTHY MUSIC – A SWEET SIX FROM DREEZY TO ADELE

I find I have to search for new music every year.  Apart from those that are promoted heavily, generally consumers are left in the dark, unless they go surfing online or hear about something by word of mouth.  Last year one of my favorites, that seems like it will never stop getting exposure, is the song “Rise Up” by Andra Day.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCE – A FUNKY CELEBRATION FOR A KING

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCE – A FUNKY CELEBRATION FOR A KING

Living 57 years is great, but if he were still here, he’d be 58.  The ‘Controversy’ concerning his estate is a disgrace. People with a ‘Dirty Mind’, making claims to what he created, ‘Must Be Something in the Water They Drink.’

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THE GRAMMYS ARE COMING!!!

THE GRAMMYS ARE COMING!!!

The 58th Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  A couple months ago, I wrote about a few artists I believed were worthy of recognition, and they’re all among the artists nominated…

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MY DEFINITION OF FUNK: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

MY DEFINITION OF FUNK: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

FUNK IS GOOD!  FUNK is everything you think is Funky, and it doesn’t matter, if nobody else is Groovin’ to it – can ya dig it.  FUNK is UNIVERSAL, and it’s the FUNKY string of the universe, that ties us all together.  FUNK can be the stench from a dumpster, but my favorite FUNK, is the musical genre.  Louis Jordan is the Troglodyte of FUNK music!  “The Godfather of Soul,” James Brown, is the quintessential Pioneer of FUNK!  Sly Stone, is the Godfather of FUNK and Rick James is the King of Funk-n-Roll.  The collective artists of PARLIAMENT – FUNKADELIC featuring George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, took FUNK into the stratosphere, while Kool and the Gang kept it Dirty and Down to Earth…

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20 YEARS for the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL – BLACK MUSIC MONTH?

20 YEARS for the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL – BLACK MUSIC MONTH?

This year marks the 20th year for the Essence Music Festival!!!  An INCREDIBLE FUNKIN’ event, it started out as a celebration, for Essence magazine’s 25th anniversary.  After the first year, it was clear, at the very least another was required.

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20 Sounds of Sirens, Soulful Spirits, Icons & FUNK – “Empire” is #1

20 Sounds of Sirens, Soulful Spirits, Icons & FUNK – “Empire” is #1

In the midst of societal ills and personal challenges I look to family and music for solace. Holy Moly! There are a few things that I am remiss about discovering at this juncture and some new releases and tunes forthcoming that I’m very excited to hear. Music serves as therapy for me, and is and will always be, the universal language that conjoins the hearts and minds of humanity.

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BENJAMIN BOOKER BRINGS THE FUNK!!!

BENJAMIN BOOKER BRINGS THE FUNK!!!

Benjamin Booker is a raw new talent out of New Orleans!  He recently made his network television debut on “The Late Show w/ David Letterman,” and his self-titled debut album is in stores now – performance on Letterman here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8VyRO2iqeg 

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MISSING THE FUNKIEST MOMENT

MISSING THE FUNKIEST MOMENT

The FUNKIEST moment is being there, in the moment, not recording it.  I watched Oprah Winfrey’s address to Harvard University online last night.  One being able to have the opportunity to hear a person of her caliber, success and expertise in a private setting speak, is rare.  When moments like this occur, you should really be in tune and focused, not recording it.

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