Lianne’s response to her experience growing up bi-racial (Greek-Jamaican).
“This subject really interests me. I knew that I was brown, let’s say, but I never felt like I belong necessarily to any racial group. At school, there would be a lot Muslim girls hanging out with other Muslims and a lot of African and Jamaican girls hanging out together. That was never my thing: to be part of a group that you’re the same as. A lot of it was music related too, like goths and grunge kids. I was with the group that wasn’t with any other group. It had an African girl, some very English girls, a Bangladeshi girl, and it didn’t really matter. We all knew where we came from, we knew our parents were from different places, we just thought that we were all hilarious and we hung out with whoever we thought was the funniest. Doing what I do now and seeing the plethora of creeds, colors, and religions I’m reaching with the music I’m making—it’s amazing. This is going to sound cheesy, but I think the beauty of music is that it doesn’t see color. The kind of music that I’m doing comes from many different worlds. I like to think that it doesn’t matter anymore.”
Read the rest of the interview here.
Rachel Claudio eloquently explains her ups and downs as an hip-hop/r&b singer, composer and producer in her latest video diary.
Her mixtape, C.L. Audio, is so funky. It has the right amount of edgy soul, delicious beats, and harmonies that keeps your head bobbing. Please press play if you have not heard it yet.
After getting lots of shine and snagging a few awards (two New Zealand Music awards, two Pacific Awards and Taite Music Prize) for her 2010 release, The Liberation Of, Ladi6 is back with a new feel-good single, “Ikarus” from her third album due out June 2013. She recently released the visual for the track that shows her amongst a community from young to old, representing culture, tradition and family bonds.
Director, Wendy Morgan, really brought out the warm, lighthearted vision of Laura Mvula’s track “Green Garden.” Set in the middle of a pretty nowhere, Laura and crew dance their hearts out with no care in the world.
Her debut album, Sing To The Moon, is set for release March 4th. Pre-order the album on her website, lauramvula.com.
Krystale’s latest single, “Machine” is one of those tracks that grabs the listener’s ear at the first few seconds. And since one listen to this addictive jazzy-soul track is not enough, you have to play it again and again; always hearing something new. The 21-year-old Montreal native is not new to the music scene though. She has two EPs under her belt (Reboot and The Good Fight) and a full-length album on the way. Based on the single, we look forward to it.
Catch more of Krystale’s tunes at krystalemusic.com.
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One of our favorite ladies of visuals and scribe, Elisabeth Ouni of A Polaroid Story, recently hosted an exhibit showcasing the many famous faces she’s snapped for her blog.
“Old School Kind of Love“, a funk-blues track from Leela James‘ current project, Loving You More…In The Spirit of Etta James, is not just a heartfelt song thrown together, it is truly art intimating life for the soul singer. In the video she discusses the inception of the song and how it applies to her personal life.
Some of indie music’s brightest singers, songwriters and producers took over The Roxy on Sunset Strip Thursday night. Rachel Assil assembled a handful of talented friends to celebrate the release of her album, The Opus Unplugged, such as Timothy Bloom, Tha Boogie, Dezi Paige and others.
As soon as we entered the venue, Timothy Bloom’s performance began.
With a voice like Donny Hathaway and the sex appeal of D’Angelo, he wooed the crowd. His equally awesome band and backup singers added to rhapsody that he stirred. A woman next to us couldn’t help herself and screamed, Timothy! Will you marry me?!” Yes, he was that mesmerizing.
In between sets, DJ Paris Paul helped the crowd stay warmed up and interested. He was high energy the entire night with his mixes.
Ms. D-NICE, a percussionist/drummer, dubbed as the next Sheila E., did an on-the-spot performance where she timed her beats to every song that the DJ pumped out. The crowd went in a frenzy over her performance.
Shortly thereafter, Rachel Assil hit the stage.
Behind her Steinway & Sons piano, she belted out The Opus Unplugged, a sincere, soulful record touches on life, love, betrayal and deceit. “Cold Cold Coma” got the biggest reaction from the crowd. Definitely one of the standout tracks.
Make sure to get it on iTunes.
Tha Boogie finished off the fun-filled night.
Their energy level is off the charts!
Rachel hopped on stage to party with the duo.
We were all smiles and ringing ears afterwards. On our way out, we ran into Maya and Nandy of Heroine December.
Overall, great great great night. Supreme voices. Phenomenal music. Live music is everything!