Month: December 2011

The Redeeming Qualities of a Cold Holiday Season

While this time of the year is often connected with a certain melancholy, the sounds of the season serve as the holiday season’s redeeming factor.

Art Blakey & the Afro-Drum Ensemble – The African Beat (1962)

Art Blakey teams up with the Afro-Drum Ensemble as he records a jazz album fused with a traditional African sound.

Kool & the Gang – Winter Sadness (1975) (Audio)

This Kool & the Gang is an alternative to a summer time classic. It is one that you may instantly fall in love with…and the timing couldn’t be better.

Cymande – Second Time Around (1973) (Audio)

This band may go overlooked when it comes to the genre of fusion, but they should definitely be on top of everyones list.

Amerigo Gazaway – Fela Soul (2011)

Using the works of Fela Kuti and De La Soul, Amerigo Gazaway connects the rich musical tradition of the African diaspora.

Fela Kuti and Africa 70 in Berlin (1976) (Video)

Fela performs “Cross Examination” in this excellent quality video, which also shows the magnificence of Africa 70 and Fela’s dancers.

Roy Ayers Project Beat Submission Compilation, Vol. 2 (Download)

The Roy Ayers Project presents our second volume of our Beat Submissions Compilation, featuring producers from all over the world, available for free download.

The Art of Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas’ art is truly one of a kind. Created in the 60’s, but ever so relevant today, his design is nothing less than revolutionary.

Undun – The Importance of The Roots

The importance of the Roots newest album,Undun is outlined, as we take a look at the “concept album.”