Category Archives: Music & Poetry

12Jul/16
African Rhythm

Lindi Roaming the Streets Highlights South African Band “African Rhythm”

In this edition of Lindi Roaming the Streets, Lindi highlights South African Band “African Rhythm.”

Celebrating our Youth

“When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note that makes it good or bad.”

Miles Davis.

 

African Rhythm is a percussion band that performs a combination of Afro Soul and Tribal House music. This young band chose to make a good note…

African Rhythm

“We are from Krugersdorp, South Africa and a fresh approach to the healing properties of African Music”

African Rhythm 

African Rhythm

They find this very appropriate as their main aim is to Unite and Heal through music. This team has been friends for 10 years, and decided at some point to start a group that fused music, fashion and dance. “Music was not always readily available, so we started playing African instruments to make our own rhythms to dance to. This led to the formation of our band.”

Music unites”

African Rhythm

*Bongane “Bongs” Vuso

*Thabang “Nikki Nak” Motsoahae (Shakers)

*Kamogelo “Youngman” Tshabangu (Percussionist)

*Tebogo “T.B.Z” Mabe (Percussionist)

*Katlego “K.Tee” Mathakeng (Xylophone)

* Vusi “Mavara” Mathule (Percussionist)

*Letlhogonolo “Mafa” Motshetshedi (Percussionist)

*Nthabiseng ”Nthabie” Sentso(Vocalist)

*Kutlwano ”Kaytee” Lubeko(Dj&Fashion

*Tshepo “Jozi” Mokgosi (Percussionist, Leader)

Their achievements include being featured in big music festivals such as:

  • Go West Festival in the Westrand
  • Jazz on the Lake at Zoo Lake
  • 99% Local Music in Randfontein
  • Donaldson Dam Annual Picnic Explosion in Westonaria

“We spent Earth Hour 2016 performing for the mayor of Pretoria, Kgosientso Ramokgopa and various other dignitaries.

We have also been featured on “Skyroom Live” on SABC1 and won Brenda Fassie’s 10year Legacy Competition in 2014.

Thus far our biggest highlight has been performing at Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital in Krugersdorp, for World AIDS Day in 2014 and 2015. These performances solidified our belief in the healing power of our music as even the bedridden patients at the hospital got up to dance.

We have always believed in our talent but this became more apparent when our Facebook video went viral on 3 April 2016. Having achieved more than 900,000 views in 1 week, we have decided to dedicate the next few months to satisfying the overwhelming local demand for our live performances.

We are currently based in Pretoria and have been booked for events in Gauteng and the surrounding provinces, namely North West, Free State and Limpopo (MP, we are ready for you).”

“In the future, we want to elevate South African music by touring abroad and establishing fashion, music, and dance schools in under privileged areas in South Africa.”

 

This man is a living testament of what a father is.

African Rhythm

“When I met African Rhythm they had been staying with Katlego’s Uncle for about 2 weeks.

About a week later they called that they needed to see me. Jozi, Nik Nak and Katlego came to see me and explained that their families were not too happy about them leaving home. Their Uncle approved and was willing to continue accommodating them but they didn’t want to be the cause of a rift between the Uncle and the rest of the families. So they asked if they could stay with me.

It was nearly month end and I thought we would be able to find a place for them before the end of the month but that proved to be a very difficult task.

No agency would allow 10 people to move into one place so we had to find a place being rented directly by the owner. We eventually managed to find a place 2 months later.

Finances come from multiple sources:

– Some of their parents send them a little money monthly.

– The money they get from performing and sometimes busking (when things get really bad)

– I handle the shortfalls

African Rhythm

“I have an agreement with them to get a certain percentage of their performance fees but I haven’t taken a single cent yet. They just can’t afford it. Feeding, housing, and transporting 11 people is very costly.

What we need to resolve this is more gigs. They have been getting a lot of publicity and requests but very few gigs (averaging a gig a week).”

To book them or for more information visit @african_rhythm!

07Jul/16
vENv

vENv is Spreading Love Through His Words

We were introduced to vENv at the always dope Sehiii (“Pronounced Say-Hi, don’t forget the third eye”) in Brooklyn, NY. “Simply put, Victor ‘vENv’ Arumemi is a creator. A multi-hyphenate (I promise, it’s a real word) who believes in the power and purpose of bringing the things that lie within the imagination to life. Whatever the medium may be, art is all around us and it should be embraced and experienced by every soul, starting with yours.” Watch the videos below for a sneak peek into vENv’s artistry. Check out his instagram @venvthetrbldhrt and soundcloud for whole shebang!
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Photos by Tyrell Gittens
@unscripted_moments

26Apr/16
ms. reign

Check out the new video by Ms. Reign for “Boom Boom Clap”

Recently Ms. Reign released a music video for her track “Boom Boom Clap”. The song focuses on political influence and how it affects the 99%.  Or, in layman’s terms, it’s about politics, prostitutes, education, and fighting the system. We encourage you to watch it, enjoy it, and feel free to share it! Check for more Ms. Reign on MissReignProductions.bandcamp.com.
“Boom Boom Clap” by Ms. Reign (prod. Miss Reign Productions)

23Apr/16
prince

Prince Nelson Rogers: 1958 – Forever

At 1:05p I get a text from my longtime homie Shan that reads “WTF is up with these people saying my original Baby Daddy is dead!?!” I simply replied, “Nas??” half caring about internet rumors, especially when I’ve only been awake for 15 minutes. Awaiting her response I inadvertently check a facebook notification, hit the back button which led to my newsfeed, and lost all air from my body… No, God, Please… Not Prince…

I went to check the singular news source I rely on for death notices and they only confirmed “someone” died. Then, at 1:17p my King messaged me: “Hey baby. Prince died.” He was the first person to actually say it to me. A minute later my best friend called and whispered “Are you ok?” …”No…” We cried. Hung up. My King called, I was still crying, he just listened, only half understanding. I didn’t have the words to explain it to him at the time. I washed, briefly went to the gym, and cancelled the rest of my day.

I was too mentally numb to party like it’s 1999 alongside the rest of the Prince stans at the impromptu Spike Lee block party or with Quest Love at Brooklyn Bowl, so I stayed in bed. When I first realized it was official, I didn’t think being on facebook was a good idea, but I’m glad I hit the window accidentally. It was tough, but the out pour of love for Prince’s artistry has been so fulfilling. I’ve gotten to see a few clips I’ve never seen before and watched the globe bask in why I’ve loved him as far back as my memory travels… Throughout the day I received the messages I needed to use to explain why the loss of this particular icon crippled me.

 

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@ElusiveJ explained it best!

 

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It helped to know I wasn’t alone, like I so often felt when I spoke of Prince.

It also helped to laugh in between the blanket-soaking tears.

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prince

But of all, my heart was most moved by my King creating this piece for me… the tears burst through like a flood… The black and white version is in his Pan African coloring book, The Little Black Book. The colored piece is available as a print and t-shirt due to popular requests when he posted them.

prince theonewillfocus

prince theonewillfocus

My first facebook post read: “This sh*t is so unreal to me. I decided to go work more on [Taji] Mag to take my mind off of it and forgot I dedicated a page to him (it’s Vol 7, the theme is Afrofuturism, his Bday is June 7th and Vol 7 releases June 7th, etc), but now it has to be in memory of… I’m not ready.
Yesterday my old ipod finally died while I was listening to Insatiable (my fav song) and I was so momentarily pissed. If I only knew…”

I was devastated. I felt betrayed. But now… Now I’m listening to HITNRUN Phase One & Two imagining how his concerts would’ve been performing these songs so different from his 80s hits, yet still SO him.

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How I will remember him. Afro. Smiling. Protecting his 3rd eye. <3

09Apr/16
Meridian Lights

Brooklyn Indie-Soul/Rock Band ‘Meridian Lights’ is Making Waves

Meridian LightsBrooklyn-based indie-soul/rock band Meridian Lights has been on the scene for about 3 years, constantly playing gigs around the U.S. Meridian Lights is the song writing team consisting of vocalist Bradley Valentin and guitarist Yohimbe Sampson. They have recently completed their “self titled” second release.

Bradley and Yohimbe both grew up with heavy musical and art influences in the home. Music was part of celebrating the greatest moments of life, maintaining optimism during its trials, and served as an outlet for self expression. Yohimbe, self-taught, started playing guitar as a teen and honed his skills studying the instrument while playing with various bands, one being popular Brooklyn based Rap/Rock band Game Rebellion. Bradley, writing since the age of 12, has penned everything from short stories to poetry. He started singing as a teen in his mother’s church choir.

After crossing paths several times while living in the BedStuy section of Brooklyn, it all came to head at a party where Yohimbe grabbed a guitar and nobody would sing. Brad stood up, they started rocking, and haven’t stopped.

 

Check out the sounds of Meridian Lights via the links below!

14Mar/16
Roaring ‘20s Party

Roaring ‘20s Party During NY Fashion Week Benefits Polished Pebbles

Roaring ‘20s Party During New York Fashion Week Benefits Polished Pebbles

Roaring ‘20s PartyNew York, NY: This NYFW event/benefit showcased local artists, musicians and performers while raising awareness and funds for Polished Pebbles — a not-for-profit organization that mentors girls between the ages of 7 and 17.

Winston Wise, Exquisite Events NY & Beautique hosted and sponsored the 1920s themed extravaganza and benefit on Friday, February 12, 2016 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. The celebration took place at Beautique, 8 West 58th Street near 5th Avenue. The event was open to the public with no admission fee. Guest attire was Gatsbyesque and flapper inspired, or “dress to impress.”

About Polished Pebbles: The mission of the Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program is to provide girls with the opportunity of learning the vital life skill of effective communication. Our Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring program instills confidence in girls to face the challenges of daily life by substituting aggressive forms of communicating and problem solving with new strategies that allow them to gain a solid reputation and respect without retaliating.

“Girls have adopted a “street code”, as a means for survival, to protect their reputation and retaliate when they believe their reputation is threatened. Sadly, we’ve all witnessed how many young women are only equipped to use fighting and aggression as the primary means to protect their personal respect and security, as well as to gain status.” – Kelly Fair (Founder of Polished Pebbles).

Roaring ‘20s PartyAcute Inflections is a chic duo of an innovative vocalist, Elasea Douglas, and a captivating upright bassist, Sadiki Pierre. Although their instrumentation is minimal, they deliver an intoxicating jazzy, funky and sultry sound.

Atomic Entertainment is a member of ISES (International Special Events Society) and APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters).

To learn more contact Jodi Isha Bisasor at [email protected]

Live jazz music by Acute Inflections with performances by Atomic Entertainment and art exhibitions by Ben Moon, Sarah Yi,James Stanhope, and Eddy Bogaert.

Jewelry by Soul BY Tapti Tapan

Photography coverage by Neil Tandy

17Dec/15

Songstress Morrisa Jeanine Releases “Real Simple”

Real Simple

International R&B/Pop Songstress Morrisa Jeanine just released a beautiful and refreshing piece of art that reminds us of how simple love can be in a time that’s often far too complicated. Real Simple is available for streaming and free download for a limited time at https://soundcloud.com/morrisajeanine/real-simple-free-download. This is the first cut we’ve had the pleasure of hearing from her new album to be released during the first quarter of 2016. Morrisa Jeanine loves to hear from her fans and can be found on Twitter @MorrisaJeanine and on Instagram at @MorrisaOnline.

09Dec/15
Messiah Ramkissoon

Messiah Ramkissoon | Poet, Artist, Activist

Messiah RamkissoonThe Twenty-First Century has indeed been full of trying times. Despite tons of intentional division and propaganda imagery, there has also been a banding together and a notion that we, as a people, must foster our own growth and progression. It is said that in the midst of turmoil, the air is ripe for the likes of a prophet; one who can ingest the struggle and obstacles of the time, and in return paint a portrait of a prosperous future. It is no easy task to be able to rise from police brutality, genocide and institutionalized racism, while still being able to see Nirvana and rouse others to do so as well. Insert: Messiah Ramkissoon.

A spoken word artist by way of Trinidad, this young man has accepted elevating the collective as his life calling. He started writing as a young child, and with the support of his family he has honed his skills. Idolizing the likes of Muhammad Ali, he has chosen to also use his skills to improve the world we live in. Thrice a ‘champion’ of Showtime at the Apollo, he contributes his successes to consistency. Much as his name suggests, his efforts truly reflect his desire to enlighten and uplift.

En lieu of enlightenment, he has gifted us with his latest work, a mixtape named ‘The Reminder’. A grail of sorts, Messiah intends for his work to ‘restore awareness’ to where we have been, where we are, and where we need to focus our efforts for the future. He addresses everything from recalling the loss of our civil rights heroes to rallying pride and unity in combat of recurring oppressive forces. In his own words from the mixtape, “As a collective, we are much more effective/ Kill the social contraceptive/ To live and let live is the ultimate incentive.”

When it comes to uplifting the collective, Messiah takes an approach even more personal. He has dedicated much of the past 8 years to prison outreach in Washington, DC, Baltimore and NYC. Coming face to face with our incarcerated males, he chooses to stand in where, often enough, there has been no one. A major part of the process is in fact within his ability to articulate conversation. In giving the young men a platform to express and reflect upon all aspects of self, true progress is made. His worlds often tie together. On ‘The Reminder’ he has dedicated a track to the late 16 year old Kalief Browder, who took his own life following wrongful imprisonment. In another case, a young man by the name of Asad Giles spent two and a half years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Upon his release, Messiah continued to provide support and resources. Asad is now employed and due to start school in 2016. He says of his philanthropy, “My goal is to empower each young brother I encounter… not only making change but taking the… example back to our own to duplicate this process of progress.”

An Artist in his own right, Messiah has not only chosen a life of dedication, but it seems to have chosen him. “I would like to leave a legacy as someone who loved his people, was passionate about his work, exuded excellence with each opportunity and [was] fearless… Fearless enough to accept any challenge which may arise on the road to providing true liberation and a better lifestyle for the babies! That would suffice.” Ashe, Messiah, Ashe.

Show him your support by following Messiah on IG & TW at @AllMessiah and www.facebook.com/messiah.ramkissoon. Visit his website, www.AllMessiah.com, for more on Messiah’s endeavors! Shine on King!

Written by Lola Valentine
Photo by NayMarie Photography