Morning Unknown: Tok Tok Tok

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Good morning.  Here is a video from a pretty unknown group here state side, Tok Tok Tok.  This duo creates a great mix of Jazz and Soul.  They hail from Germany, and very rarely tour in the states.  Check out there releases here.

The Golden Girl Releases The Oscillations: Square

To celebrate Muhsinah‘s birthday, she is releasing “The Oscillations: Square” on July 20th.  This will be a digital download from her site.  It will be an album of 13 tracks of Muhsinah goodness.  This is a great gift for the fans.  Be sure to visit her site, download the album, and subscribe to her newsletter.

Update: She announced due to all the buzz she is getting, if you purchase the album before midnight PST, you get her first beat tape for free.

The Oscillations: Squre

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Soul Artist Spotlight: Shamika Brice (Brown Rice)

Good morning people.  Ever have the feeling that life is good, and all that?  Then you hear or see something, that now you know you can’t live without. A voice that speaks to you in a way, that very few others have in the past. An emotion that speaks through the music, and grasps you.  That’s how I describe the voice of Shamika Brice aka Brown Rice.  She has been making music since she was 10. She released the album titled “Bounce To This” in 1998 in Japan. I’ve tried searching for it, but I can’t find it anywhere. I would love to get my hands on that album.  Anyway, she took some time off, and is back performing in small venues around New England. I’m hoping that she has an album coming out soon, or at least an EP.  Something.  I’m thirsty for more.

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Shamika Brice aka Brown-Rice

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Sade’s Site is Updated

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Morning people.  I was doing my normal morning surfing, and found something very nice.  Sade’s US website has been updated with a new look, and a forum for her fans.  There isn’t any new album info, but this helps confirm that. After going through the forum I’ve added a few of the fan sites links for you.  Hopefully there will be an announcement of her new album.  After doing more searching, a French site is saying to expect a November release os this album.  I don’t know where they are getting that info, but we’ll see.
Sade Fan Sites

Sade Brazil

Sade Fans International

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Sade’s Offical Sites

MySpace

FaceBook

Worldwide Sade Site

Sony’s Sade Site

UPDATE: 7-16-09 Just thought that I would keep everyone up on any changes with Sade’s upcoming album that is rumored.

1. So far Sony hasn’t confirmed an album release date, let alone a November 24th, 2009 date.

2. A new site popped up Sade2009.com. It’s NOT a official Sade site.  She already has two official sites, along with a Facebook and a MySpace, which hardly get updated.  This Sade2009.com is a fake, and the person is trying to further his own web design company. For the full run down go here.

3. Billboard has a great article on the whole issue. There has been confirmation from her band that new material is being worked on, and a possible late 2009 release.  Cross your fingers.

Memphis: A Tribute To Prince

Tribute To Prince

The second event to help fill your weekend, is A Tribute To Prince.  It’s being produced by Memphis Rebirth. Here is a snippet from their site, that best describes their  goal. “Memphis Rebirth Entertainment was conceived in 2006 with the dedication to restore music back to its original soul element and create unity among diverse culture through the concert series – Rebirth of Soul, which will be a scholarship benefit that will give assistance to high school students seeking continued education in Music and the Arts in an accredited college or institution.”

They are putting together this event, that features Karen Brown, Thomas Anthony, Preston Shannon and The Flow.  They will be performing classic Prince songs to give tribute to his legacy of great music.  Also they will perform a few songs to give respect to the passing of Michael Jackson.  More info on the artists is available here.

It will be held at the New Daisy Theater on July 11th Saturday at 7pm.  General admission tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door.  VIP tickets include 3 course dinner (catered by DeJa Vu Creole Restaurant), VIP seating and two beverages are $45 per person.  You can purchase tickets at Memphis Rebirth’s site via Paypal. It sounds like a good time.  I am planning on attending.

Jackson, MS: Musiq Soulchild Performing @ Voodoo lounge

Musiq Soulchild

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Good evening.  If you’re in the Memphis, Mississippi area and trying to find something to do this weekend I have some events that should help.  Tomorrow, July 10th Friday, Musiq Soulchild is performing at the Voodoo Lounge (inside Club Mardi Gras) in downtown Jackson, MS.  It starts at 10:00pm, and tickets can still be purchased from Ticketmaster.  General admission tickets are $30 per person, and Meet & Greet passes are $100 per person.

Erykah Badu Performing for Southern Classic

Erykah Badu

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Good news Memphians.  Erykah Badu is coming to town for Southern Classic, on September 10th, 2009.  She will be performing at the Classic R & B Concert, which is being held at the Orphuem Theatre.  Presale tickets go on sale at 10:00am CST today. Tickets for the public go on sale tomorrow, Friday July 10th at 10:00am CST.  You can purchase tickets at Ticketmaster. Ticket prices range from $57 to $87. They haven’t stated if there is anyone else performing with her, but that information should be released shortly.

UPDATE: The password for buying the tickets early, during the pre-sale event is “honey” or “classic20”

Ledisi’s Album Cover for Upcoming “Turn Me Loose”

Ledisi

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Good afternoon. Earlier in Twitterland, Ledisi posted a photo of her album cover, for her upcoming album “Turn Me Loose”.  It is set to be released August 18th, 2009.  You can preorder it from Amazon.  This will be her fifth album.  You can go to her site to check out some of the songs from the album.  Sounds like another great album.  You can check out her previous albums here.

Soul Artist Spotlight: L’Renee

L'Renee

Good morning people.  In my efforts to add some new features to the site, I’ve come up with “Soul Artist Spotlights”.  It’s where I spotlight six female artists, that are new to ME.  Some of the artists may new on the scene or serious veterans. There is so much music out there, I know, no one person is getting exposed to all of it all the time.  Also, I’ve added the feature of embedding mp3’s in a nice way.  Yeah, I know big deal.  Anyway, on to the music.

L'Renee

L’Renee

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Our first spotlight is L’Renee.  Coming from the Detroit, MI area, she has fought against many doubters. Starting in 2006, by creating her own music label.  From there she moved forward at a great pace to release “Special Song” LP that same year. The following year, she released “2nd Chances”.  L’Renee also released “Merry Christmas EP” in 2008.  She is very ambitious with her 2009 release schedule.  She has three LP’s slated for this year.  They consist of “L’Renee’s House”, “Europe”,  and “Jazz” which is a live LP.  She will not be a one hit wonder, or a flash in the pan.  She has set her sights, and is planning on giving her fans the music they deserve.

All I Need Is Time


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Update: Chocolate Water Coming to Memphis (Postponed till October)

Chocolate Water

Well Neo Soul/Soul fans in Memphis.  It’s a happy day.  We finally have a decent show to attend.  Neosoulville has posted information about the show on June 27th, @ Minglewood Hall.  The listed performers are N’Dambi, Anthony David, Julie Dexter, Rhonda Thomas, Tanya Dyson, Tim Terry, Carmen, Valencia Robinson, Wildmann, TamE, Allyson Truly, Inner City South, Sene, Brothera’s Keepa, Naja, FW Love, Still Black See and more.  I’ve already bought my tickets, and got my camera ready. Tickets are $20.99 for general addmission, and $35.99 for VIP admission. You can purchase tickets here.

UPDATE 6-22-09: This show has been postponed, with an October date given.  First word was given by N’Dambi on Twitter and Anthony David on Facebook. This is really a let down.  Anthony David stated that it was “unorganized”.  For Memphis to get the better shows and artists, we have get better promoters.  Don’t know where the break down occurred, but this isn’t rocket science.

Raheem Devaughn releases Art of Noise Mixtape


Art Of Noise

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Raheem Devaughn has done it, as he said he would.  He released the new 19 track mixtape “Art of Noise” on June 15th.  This is a prelude to his upcoming album this fall, “Love and War Masterpiece”.  As the King of Soul Mixtapes, he truly believes in giving fan what they want, music.  Along with releasing the new mixtape, he also announced his entry on to Twitter, and new collaboration site for 368 Music Group, with the artists Philade and Dre The Mayor.

To download  the mixtape go to 368 Music Group to enter email address, to receive the downlink. After you download, come back and tell us what you think.

New contests for new albums

Blacksummers' Night

Good afternoon.  Just a friendly reminder of two great albums coming our this summer, which is turning out to be pretty good for releases.  I just wish they would spread them out through the year, and the winter and spring won’t be so dry.  Anyway, we have Maxwell’s long awaited Blacksummers’ Night album arriving July 7th.  I’ve pre-ordered my copy of the Deluxe CD/DVD, and you can do so here @ Amazon.

Ledisi

Also we have Ledisi dropping her album “Turn Me Loose” on August 18th.  It will be her 5th album.  I can’t wait to hear this one.  I even picked up her Christmas album to get my fix.  It was great of course. When she came to Memphis last year, it was an unreal show. To me her show was one of the best Soul concerts I’ve ever seen.  The other great was Jill Scott, and 3rd is Frankie Beverly and Maze.  Last year was a great year for concerts in Memphis. Focus Eric. Here is a sample of her song Alone from the new album.

Alone

Now about the contest.  Since people enjoyed the last three contests, I’m doing once for each of these albums.  It’s very easy.

Here are the rules and a link to the obligatory legal statement:

1.  Open to legal US residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.

2. To enter leave a comment telling us how you’ll enjoy and chill to either album. (only one album entry per comment) (You can enter for each contests)

3. The comment must be left before Monday, July 6th, 05:00 PM Central Daylight Time for Maxwell’s album

4. The comment must be left before Monday, August 17th, 05:00 PM Central Daylight Time for Ledisi’s album

5. You may enter only for each album once.

6. One winner will be selected for each album in a random drawing.

7. Prize: 1 CD album of the corresponding album contest shipped to your address.

8. Click Here for complete Official Rules.

Maxwell touring in the South

Maxwell

Wifey just informed me that Maxwell is on tour in the South next month (July). First he is performing at Essence Music Fest, July 4th @ 7:00pm. Then for all the Mid-South fans, he will perform at the Ryman Auditorium July 12th @ 7:30pm. Lastly he performs in Louisville, at Louisville Palace July 13th @ 8:00pm. You can purchase tickets early, since the radio presale password is “summer”. So, you can get the jump on everyone else. I’m going to try to get to the Nashville concert, but prices are $89.50, $62.50, $49.50. I think that he will performing songs from his upcoming album BLACKsummer’s Night, that drops July 7th.

New Site features

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Just wanted to point out some new features, and wanted everyone to be aware of them. If you have any ideas for a feature, leave a comment detailing your request.  On to the features.

1. Calendar – In the right sidebar, at the top. It will list upcoming albums of note, and events in the Memphis area.

2. Coolris – Added Coolris support for all future image galleries and albums. It’s a plugin for your browser, that enables a great interface to browse the sites photos.

3. Downloadable music – Also in the sidebar, the newest EPs and mixtapes for the genre.  I try to find all the newest free music. If you know of one that I am lacking, please let me know.

4. Voting – In all future posts, the ability to vote your opinion of that post. With that info, I can better tailor the site to your tastes.

I hope these features enable you to enjoy the site even more.  Thanks for your readership, and input.

Back From Vacation!!!!

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Sorry for the lull in posting, but I needed a good vacation to revive my spirit.  Now that it is refreshed, revived and renewed I can burn it up.  We went on a cruise to the Western Caribbean, and had a blast.  I see that not a lot has happened in Soul music lately, so I’ll do what I do best, and bring you some more unknown music.   Check out the photos from the trip.  You will notice the food looked unreal.  It was.  I had some great dishes, that I’m going to do some follow up posts on.