Music educator, drummer and performer, Kahlil Cummings hosts an amazing Pan-African music concert at the Miracle Theater, Inglewood, California this February called EXTRA-ANCESTRAL. Headlining this event will be: Bloco Obini (an all Queens/Women’s Afro-Brazilian Drum Ensemble), Ethio Cali (African/LA Spiritual Jazz Ensemble), 7 power-Dancers and premiering Capofresh Ensemble. A musical ensemble, also known as a music group or musical group, is a group of people who perform instrumental or vocal music, with the ensemble typically known by a distinct name. This concert will be held on the 17th of February at The Miracle Theater, 226 South Market Street, Inglewood, CA 90301. Tickets for this event can be purchased here.
The multi-award winning female music group, Simangavole perform the traditional yet powerful Maloya rhythm, the music of the slaves of Réunion Island. Simangavole "Maloya Maniér Fanm" meaning "Maloya made by Women" mesmerize audiences all over the world with lyrics that draw from raw emotion and feelings. This high energy performances from thees Island divas deliver an unforgettable experience for all graced by their presence and positive energies. Their spiritually rich-filled music exhibits some of the ancient cultural characteristics of our African Ancestors, reminding us never to forget who we are and how much we've endured through tribulation, slavery and war. Simangavole have a new album out titled "Pou d'vré". It's an amazing combination of sound, energy and emotions.
We turn our attention this week to Nigerian born-Brooklyn raised rapper, Thutmose. After watching this young rap-assassin's deadly freestyle over Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" beat, it was only logical the the Neo-Afrikan Voices team here at MUSIC UNITES AFRICA's HQ delve a little bit deeper into Thutmose's intriguing style music.
Atlanta based singer/songwriter, Daryl Yahudy premiers his wonderful new song, "YOU". Originally from south Florida, Daryl's new music asks the Question; "What's your 'why' to what you do?". His Message is Simple; never give up and keep moving forward! A combination of spoken word poetry and an acoustic soulful blend are but a ways to describe this artistic musician. We're extremely excited about this African-American inspiration who's music has always been refreshing as it is amazing. Look out for Daryl's...
As Jah9 release the "year of 9" from the grasp of her fists and greet 2017 (2+0+1+7=1) with open hearts and arms, there are a few blessings that 2016 brought her that she still gives thanks for. The “year of 9” represented change, which definitely did some resifting in our lives, to make room for the beginning of a new cycle of 9, the “year of 1”, which represents creativity, learning and growth. The highlight and the greatest blessing of 2016, was the birth of the album “9”, which the world received tremendously well. “9” was recently chosen as the no. 2 Reggae Album by Billboard critics and voted no.1 International Reggae Album by Japan's oldest music magazine, JP’s Music. The recent feature in 'The Huffington Post' is also of great note and acknowledgement to her selfless efforts in inspiring the world with her beautiful melodious music.
Beyoncé's embrace for Pan-Africanism comes at a pivotal time for the multi-Grammy award singer and for all Africans alike. Her inspiring visuals in her blockbusting LEMONADE album leave a feel of an imminent show of unity among Africans worldwide. Her latest visual release "All Night" is the only stand-alone video off Lemonade. It's a soulful piece which reflects deep intimacy and insight into the pop star's life behind the scenes. It's a beautiful video filled with African attire and guest appearances from Jay Z, Ibeyi and many others. Watch this amazing new video from Beyoncé below.
The Weeknd (real name: Abél Makkonen Tesfaye) was born on 16 February 1990, in Scarborough, Ontario, a district of Toronto. He is the only child of Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye, who were Ethiopian migrants to Canada in the 1980s. While many argue about his origin and nationality, a lot can be derived from The Weeknd's style of music and fluidity. His latest body of work - the 18-track album titled "Starboy" is a phenomenal work of art. 'The Ethiopian Weeknd' as the Neo-Afrikan Voices love to call him, does great justice in this Billboard chart-topping album. The Grammy Winner finds common ground between being a child of the night to an almost cheerful but morbidly poetic character as he takes listeners on a roller coaster journey through time and space.
Milandou Badila better known by his stage name YOUNG PARIS, is a Pan-African music artiste from the Congo. Young Paris who is signed to ROC NATION, has a unique style that cuts across Hip-Hop, Trap, and African drumbeats. Young Paris blends cultures from three corners of the world. Born to Congolese parents, his father founded the National Ballet of Congo. This unity played an important role in Congo’s independence in the 1960’s and brought peace to many villages and united them in dance. His mother, a respected play writer and dancer joined his father’s company in Paris after touring with world famous ‘Rose Marie Guiraud’. They later had ten children – one of whom would borrow his stage moniker from the French capital. After performing in a dance group with his siblings in the Congo, and his early upbringings in France, his family settled back in New York where his foundation has since been cemented. “No Weakness” is a music video released off Young Paris' deluxe edition of “African Vogue”.
Kahlil Cummings, a Los Angeles native, is an acclaimed drummer, exceptional performer, composer, and educator. Kahlil was recognized as a child prodigy very early; since childhood, he has played with numerous reputable groups including Ballet Folclórico Do Brasil, Sona Sané, Abalayé, Mila Samba School, Inu Olorun, Debbie Allen Dance Company, Les Amazones, and Viver Brasil. Kahlil honed his rhythmic gifts with noted teachers including Mestre Amen Santo, Jose Ricardo Sousa, Kobla Ladzekpo, Esteban “Cha Cha” Bacallao (Ibae), and Sandy Perez. His studies in Guinea, Brazil and Cuba have helped to widely broaden his knowledge and musical strength. However, he is most profoundly influenced by West African master drummer Mamady Keita, with whom he has studied since the age of 13. Kahlil helped start the group Balandugu Kan, which was sanctioned by Keita as representing “the voice of Balandugu”--- the village where Keita was born. His compositions can be heard on his debut album Iniké Baba, recorded live in Guinea, West Africa.
When American Billionaire Donald J. Trump was declared the winner of the U.S. elections over the Democratic nominee Hillary R. Clinton, all hell seemed to break lose. Fear was the order of the day and even as this writer writes this disturbing article, protesters are still marching the streets of American cities protesting against President-elect Donald Trump and his recent appointment of Stephen K. Bannon, a right-wing media provocateur as senior counselor and chief West Wing strategist of the White House. Many see Bannon's appointment as Trump's embrace of the fringe ideology long advanced by Mr. Bannon. But maybe...just maybe President-elect Trump isn't such a bad thing as compared to "life in the free world" under Hillary Clinton. The chilling/alarming video below is a short clip about Hillary Clinton's role model; a woman she strongly admires and looks up to, Margaret Sanger.
Preserving Africa's rich and diverse cultural heritage through music is of the utmost importance to us here at the global Pan-African MOVEMENT of Music Unites Africa. That's why when we discover amazing new music that speaks to our ancestral hearts, we're always keen on sharing such wonderful experiences with our global community. Afro-Latino female rapper, Princess Nokia celebrates her Yoruba heritage in this spiritual-esoteric video titled "Brujas", off her 2016 hip hop album "1992".
Revolutionary music at its peak! Common's "Black America Again" album is a musical exorcism ritualized in its finesse and classy instrumentation of compositions. Mind-blowing is an understatement when describing this electric Pan-African music project. Bundled with the uncertainties of the recently concluded U.S. elections, "Black America Again" is a UNIFYING album every black man, woman, and child need listen to religiously in order to get a sense of direction in these dark times.
Adrienne Brown is a phenomenal neo-soul singer, songwriter and dancer from the United States with a history of Pan-Africanism and African solidarity among African-American youths. She is a community developer and a strong advocate for empowering women (in Africa and around the world). Here's Adrienne's new single titled "Don't Delay" featuring Swayyvo.
African-American singer/songwriter, Daryl Yahudy graces us with this harmonic tune titled "Virtuous". This blend of Afro-Jazz and RnB-Soul speaks softly to one's spirit. It encourages while caressing our wounded hearts. Daryl's first feature on The Neo-Afrikan Voices "Nothing Compares" still echoes loud in the hearts & minds of our editorial team. While many here in Africa may not be familiar with Daryl Yahudy, his music speaks volumes about his character and sincere desire to use his music to bring people together as one under love and to spread the love of YAHUAH; Our heavenly Father across all nations. Listen to Daryl Yahudy & if you like his music, subscribe to his YouTube page also to keep up with his latest inspirational releases.
Rwandan born rapper and Pan-African music artiste, Raiza Biza released his much anticipated EP titled "Day & Night" on September 11th, 2016. This colossal 6-track project holds hit-singles such as "Get By" (featuring Bianca Paulus) and "Strong Woman" (featuring Mukuka & Villette). To be honest, the entire executive team of MUSIC UNITES AFRICA are huge fans of the Rwandan emcee whose music from the Diaspora encapsulates positivism, hip hop culture, Pan-Africanism and a couple drops of pure dope-vibes, as his lyrical foreplay delivers high doses of euphoria & hallucinogen to all who listen to Raiza Biza's music.
For "Blowing Smoke," a song which reminds us that self-inspiration is perfectly natural, Carolyn Malachi releases visuals inspired by family gatherings, hand dancing and natural hair. Blowing Smoke appears on RISE - Chapter 1: Where You Are - EP (available on Spotify, Google Play, iTunes & AppleMusic)
Good morning Africa! That's what Gift Reynolds - God in the Streets (Prod. by De-Capo Music Group) feels like whenever we watch this African-American inspired-type video. Curtis Lee Reynolds was born to be a star. Growing up a student of the streets on Detroit’s west side, he definitely was no stranger to the streets. As a teenager he was known as a the guy most likely to succeed however he still was not immune to the mentality that plagued his neighborhood and like many of his friends he took to the streets. Gift realized that he wanted to make some changes in his life and head in a new direction with his future. He also realized that writing and acting provided a type of therapy for him and that it was a positive outlet for him.