Soul Artist Spotlight: Afi Soul

Good morning people.  Going for a different vide today.   Afi Soul (pronounced ah-FEE) is singer that is from the Washington, DC area.  She has a very soft sensual voice that  lull you into a relaxed state.  She performs mostly on the East Coast, and has won many local awards for her voice and talent.  Afi has one album, which is “Lovely“.  It was released in 2007.  She is currently working on new material to be released.  Anyway, on to the music.

Afi Soul

Afi Soul

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Kisses

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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.

Brown Rice

Shamika Brice aka Brown-Rice

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Sade’s Site is Updated

Sade Updates

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

Taboo Band

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.

Soul Food Festival Coming Near You

Soul Food Memphis

Here is the last event to help fill up your weekends.  The Soul Food Festival.  Bet you didn’t know one of those existed.  I was really taken aback when I saw the size of this event, and the numerous cities that it is taking place.  It has many musical groups for the “Grown Folks” crowd.  From Peabo Bryson, Silk, Ready For the World, O’jays, MC Lyte, and quite a few others.  The artists do vary from city to city, so check the flyer for your location.

There will be a variety of Soul Food vendors, some local and some national.  To become a vendor for your city’s event check here. Also for general rules about the event check here.

Tickets range from $25 – $35 for general admission, and VIP tickets are from $45- $50.  Gates normally open two hours prior to show time, and the show lasts about four to five hours.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at Front Gate Tickets. Below are the upcoming dates and cities for the Soul Food Festival.

July 11th   Nashville, TN

August 1st   Memphis, TN

August 8th   Charlotte, NC

August 15th   Cleveland, OH

August 22nd   Kansas City, MO

August 29th   Cincinnati, OH

September 5th Palm Beach County, FL (Info not released)

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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Writers, Contributors, bloggers oh My!!!

Good morning. Hope everyone had a great holiday.  I’ve come to the understanding that, I’m not going to take this site into blogging stardom by myself.  So, I’m looking for Soul, Neo Soul, R & B music or great food lovers that have some opinions, point of views, and something new to add to the site.  I’m only opening  three spots, so throw your name in to the hat, if you interested.  Also, this may be a chance for you to try out blogging, but have someone else do all the technical stuff. Just drop me a line at [email protected] Thanks.

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.

Raheem Devaughn to release new mixtape

Raheem Devaughn

His supreme Soulness, has announced that he will be releasing a new mixtape June 15th.  It is titled “The Art Of Noise”, and will be a free download.  If you are new to Raheem Devaughn, he has a very strong love of mixtapes.  To my knowledge he has eight mixtapes that he is featured.  All of his mixtapes are listed below.  To celebrate his release of a new mixtape, I’m posting The Street Experience Vol 1 – 5.  Once you listen to the mixtapes, you will be very impressed.  You will find yourself asking what rock you were living under, that you didn’t haven’t heard these sooner.  Enjoy.

1. “The Healing – Daily Dosage” by Urban Ave 31 (Universal People Improvement, 2002)

2. “The Antidote – The Healing Volume 2” by Urban Ave 31 (Universal People Improvement, 2003)

3. “Limited Budget, Unlimited Quality” by Crossrhodes (Urban Ave Music, 2004)

4. “The Street Experience – Volume 1” by Urban Ave 31 (Urban Ave Music, 2004)

5. “The Street Experience – Volume 2” by Urban Ave 31 (Urban Ave Music, 2004)

6. “The Street Experience – Volume 3” by Urban Ave 31 (Urban Ave Music, 2004)

7. “The Street Experience – Volume 4” by Urban Ave 31 (Urban Ave Music, 2006)

8. “The Street Experience – Volume 5” by Urban Ave 31 (Urban Ave Music, 2007)

9. “The Invitation: Crossrhodes Volume 2” by Crossrhodes (Urban Ave Music, 2005)

Thanks for HoneySoul for the heads up on the new Mixtape.

UPDATE (5-21-09): Fixed Vol. 5 Link. Thanks, Dave.

UPDATE (6-17-09): Found three more mixtapes on the list. “The Healing”, “The Antidote”, and “Limited Budget, Unlimited Quality” are now clickable links.  If anyone has “The Invitation: Crossrhodes Volume 2” Let me know.  That’s the only one missing.