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Victorious – Definitely a triumph of music

Written by Shirlene Brown | May 23, 2013 | Leave a Comment

Matthew Shell (MTS Music) is at it again.  His song ‘Genesis’ is but a glimpse into the promise that is to be his latest album, ‘Victorious‘.

In ‘Victorious’,  one is introduced to great music production, in part due to the talent that he manages to amass for each song.  Take ‘Genesis’for example.  He produces this with Grammy-nominated Arun Shenoy and showcases the talents of various musicians.  In ‘Another Way To Get To Heaven’, he teams up with Kenny McNeil, a vocal artist/producer from Northern Virginia (he has written for Rob Mercer on his hit single “Amazingly” and has also written for Free, from BET’s 106 & Park) to put together a song highlighting the piano keyboard-caressing skills of Vahagn Stepanyan.

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Genesis – an exclusive look for Jamati readers

Written by Shirlene Brown | May 6, 2013 | Leave a Comment

Matthew Shell of ‘Freedom’ fame shares his latest work with us.  This time, ‘Genesis’, ropes in a very talented young man, Arun Shenoy, a GRAMMY® nominated record producer and songwriter with a social conscience  whose company donates 100% of revenue from albums sold direct through his company’s website to milaap.org, a micro finance organization that educates and empowers the underprivileged in India.

Arun Shenoy and Ian Cameroon

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Matthew Shell releases us with Freedom

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 3, 2013 | Leave a Comment

Matthew Shell, the son of a Zimbabwean mother and American father, is acutely in tune with the elements of a great song. This talented producer was featured on Grammy.com and has produced several artists including Marcus Johnson, Kenny Wesley, D2D, Carolyn Malachi, Kolten Perine (‘Secret’), Greg Adams, Paul Jackson, Jr.,  and Trey Eley. He has also engineered & mixed for DJ Flexx, Free, Jeff Lorber, Marcus Mitchell, and Gerald Albright, among others.

Matthew Shell (Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

Matthew Shell (Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

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Zewdy introduces us to ethio-soul fusion

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 2, 2013 | Leave a Comment

We don’t hear enough of the contemporary artists of Ethiopian descent who do an excellent job of blending contemporary western genres with a traditional Ethiopian rhythm. There is Nhatty Man who melds rap and ethio-beats into  a funky hip-hop dance/rap genre which is both unique and exciting.  Wayna Wondwossen is more contemporary R&B, and very talented in her own right.

Zewdy

Zewdy

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Selasi joins Kandi Burruss on Bravo TV reality show, The Kandi Factory

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 26, 2013 | Leave a Comment

We were first introduced to Selasi when he appeared on several episodes of  ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta‘. He shared some of his experiences with Jamati in 2009.

Selasi (Bravo TV screenshot)

Selasi (Bravo TV screenshot)

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International Reggae and World Music Awards is slated for May

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 19, 2013 | Leave a Comment

The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRWMA) are scheduled to be held in Fort Lauderdale, FL on May 4, 2013.

Wyre - Kenya

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Sousou and Maher Cissoko performed at Kennedy Center

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 14, 2013 | Leave a Comment

Swedish/Senegalese couple Sousou and Maher Cissoko share a destiny shaped by music. Sousou grew up in southern Sweden and fell in love with the kora, a western African stringed instrument, when her father started playing with the Gambian griot Alagie Mbye in the early 1990s. Maher Cissoko was born into a well-known griot family from Casamance, Senegal, and learned to play the kora at an early age.

Sousou and Maher Cissoko

Sousou and Maher Cissoko

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Freshlyground to perform at Jammin Java

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 12, 2013 | Leave a Comment

Freshlyground will be performing at the Jammin Java in Vienna, VA on March 21, 2013 at 7 p.m.  This afro-fusion South African group have been impressing crowds since their formation in 2002.

Freshlyground (Photo: Freshlyground website)

Freshlyground (Photo: Freshlyground website)

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Remembering Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

Written by Shirlene Brown | February 19, 2013 | Leave a Comment

Remembering who?? I am sure that is what most people may ask, but for those in the know, the ones who truly love music, there is a short pause of silence taken.

 

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Video Thursday: Lira – Hamba

Written by Shirlene Brown | February 7, 2013 | Leave a Comment

This is a beautiful song by South African singer, Lira.  ‘Hamba‘. Basically the song is saying, enough is enough.  Even if you leave me, I will not cry for you.

Lira

Lira

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Mic Check: Hip-hop from North Africa and the Middle East

Written by Shirlene Brown | February 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is producing a hip-hop show with several prominent rappers from the North Africa and Middle East, including Amkoullel of Mali. The show, Mic Check: Hip-hop from North Africa and the Middle East is scheduled for March 9, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at BAM.

Brahim Fribgane

Brahim Fribgane

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