FELA! I love this because that’s exactly how I say his name. All caps, exclamation point. The musical has already gotten lots of rave reviews, but I remained skeptical until I saw this: Continue reading
If you follow me on twitter, you know that Nneka (@nnekaworld) is quickly becoming my favorite artist. You can imagine my excitement when Talib of This Is Real Music (a maddope music site, by the way) linked to The Madness (Onye-Ala), J.Period‘s and Nnneka’s gift to the world. I’ve listened to it for about 5 hours straight and I can’t begin to tell you all the things I love about it. You can’t take my word for it, so you’ll have to listen to it for yourself. Click on the image to download the .zip file.
This Fela Friday, I thought I’d share my favorite track from the Red Hot + Riot tribute album. It’s Baaba Maal and Taj Mahal paying tribute to Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am, here below in it’s ten minute glory:
And just who is Baaba Maal? AfriPOP! has an excellent interview with this prolific Senegalese musician. He latest album called Television features the singe Television:
And once again, courtesy of Giant Step, I have a Baaba Maal package to give away to a lucky commenter. Contest ends at the end of the weekend and the winner will be announced Monday.
While I was at the future last night (more details soon), twitter was buzzing with news of Sade’s new single. I got a chance to listen to it last night and found this great review of Best of Sade on J. Dakar’s website. Her new album comes out February 14, 2010. We are all waiting.
Hey Los Angeles! Catch Afrolicious at Crenshaw Live Wednesday, December 9th at 8pm for Jazz Meets Hip Hop.
This is the future, y’all. I’ve been there and it’s sultry, and simple. Eargasmic.
See you there!
Congratulations Odinaka! You’re the first Fela Friday winner! Email your mailing address to email@example.com and we’ll mail you a copy of The Best of the Black President courtesy of Giant Step.
Danielle, you’re free stickers are on the way
$20 presale ends on December 11, 2009. Tees ship December 28, just in time for Christmas! Buy it today!
Beautiful brown women featured in this beautiful song.
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen of the order of all things Afrolicious: we’ve got t-shirts!
Well, technically, the shop has them as they’ve been ordered and are on their way to somewhere in South Los Angeles. We’re only making 50 shrits and we wanted to get them out to you in time for the holidays. They’re on sale for $20 including shipping and are oh so American Apparel soft. Deliciously soft! Only 50 shirts, so get em while they’re hottttttt!
My sister and I were at Los Angeles’ first Natural Hair Expo yesterday handing out Afrolicious stickers and checking out the booths. It was LOUD! but there was a good turnout and plenty of quality vendors. I met a woman selling a line of natural hair care products, a photographer willing to shoot my sister and another boutique selling gorgeous bags. I’m working on getting the photos of all these and more since I forgot my camera that day. Actually, I have no excuse: my phone has a perfectly good camera on it; I was just too excited to see the vendors!
I did notice that many vendors didn’t have websites; fortunately, they were not the majority. For those who didn’t I encouraged them to get a website because having a website for your product is HUGE! You’re competing with a whole world of people to sell the same products, so a website automatically puts you in the game. These days, it’s easy to sell your things online, with several store fronts like Etsy, Artfire, 1000 Markets, Big Cartel and more available for little (and sometimes no) cost.
Another thing I noticed was the visual branding of many of the products. I’ve mentioned on twitter before that African American products need a face lift; from typography to design and packaging. A lot of work goes into making these products, but sometimes the packaging betrays how good they actually are.
On our way out, we bumped into Bessie Kaine of CoilyHair.com. It was so cool meeting a local twitter(er?) and blogger!
In the next few days I’ll highlight some of the products my sister and I liked. Did you attend the expo? What was your favorite part? Did you get an Afrolicious sticker? Let us know in the comments below!