The current state of a majority of mainstream R&B/Soul music in the States is rather discouraging when compared to its heyday, as it’s now comprised of little in the way of refreshing or original-sounding talent, so who knew that a young London artist raised by Ugandan parents could inspire a little hope for this genre by building off the styles of venerable singers like Otis Redding, Bill Withers, and Marvin Gaye. The artist is Michael Kiwanuka, and there is a lovely hazy quality to his debut album Home Again as if it’s straight out of the 1960s or 1970s, thereby evoking a timeless quality. Kiwanuka’s music can be described as rootsy, folk-inflected modern soul with hints of jazz and contemporary R&B.
Michael Kiwanuka is pleased to announce details of his debut UK and Ireland tour this Autumn, as well as a tour of the US in support of Adele.
Michael will head out across the UK in late October and November for his first spate of headline shows in support of his forthcoming second EP, I’m Getting Ready.
The dates will be preceded by a previously announced EP launch night at London’s Bush Hall on the 21st of September, and a 10 date tour of the US in October.
Deep in the heart of Hollywood, sandwiched in between Santa Monica Boulevard and the back lot of Paramount Studios, is a plot of land, known as Hollywood Forever Cemetery, that has become the final resting place for many in film, television and music. Hollywood’s royalty are buried here. Iconic figures like Tyrone Power, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Sr., Fay Wray and Rudolph Valentino share this space with Get Smart’s Don Adams, The Golden Girls’ Estelle Getty, gangster Bugsy Siegal and Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone. When you enter the grounds, there is an immediate feeling of restfulness and belonging. It’s weird because cemeteries usually give me the creeps. They are not spaces where I generally want to hang out. But this place does something completely different.
For today’s Free Music Friday we are pleased to offer you a magic bag of tracks from five different artists. All of these tracks were sent to us by Stayloose, a music PR company located in Bristol, England. We were introduced to Stayloose by Kevin Jones who, along with acclaimed producer Ian Grimble and Mumford & Sons, Ben Lovett, founded the London based Communion Records.
The concept of Sankofa is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Afrika. Sankofa is expressed in the Akan language as “se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki.” Literally translated it means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot”.”Sankofa” teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward. Whatever we have lost, forgotten, forgone or been stripped of, can be reclaimed, revived, preserved and perpetuated. Thus, Sankofa Music Series will examine our modern roots and the early influences of rock music, in the hopes that we can find something that’s been lost or forgotten, and use it to move forward and create something new. Today’s subject is Jimi Hendrix.