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Jamila, Emerging Artist Profile (Independent)

I first came across Jamila at this year’s Pan African Film and Arts Festival. I dropped in to see the Love Shorts Program and she starred in "Near Mrs.," a film by writer Sylvia P. Hillman about a young woman who didn’t recognize Mr. Right when she met him. What really moved me about the film was the soundtrack. I remember walking out the theatre saying to myself, it’s time to do a Google search.
Low and behold I found Jamila on myspace.com and as luck would have it, she lived in Los Angeles. We hooked up and the rest is history.
If you like Meshell Ndegeocello, Les Nubians, and Jill Scott, then Jamila would be right up your alley. Tracks include the Brazilian beat Clovo, while Bee Free is an easy Sunday afternoon listen. More favorites include Oooh and Love Lust.

While Jamila doesn’t have a full album in stores yet, she has a demo album definitely worth buying. You can check Jamila and her tracks out at myspace.com/jamila3. Jamila is definitely one to keep your eyes out for and check out "Near Mrs." if you get a chance.

Deejays we Listen to:
Chocolate City w/ host Garth Trinidad
Saturday evenings from 6 – 9 PM.
89.9 FM KCRW
Progressive mix of soul, hip hop, and world rhythms, hosted by DJ Garth Trinidad.

Restless Soul w/ hostess Kristi Lomax
Monday evenings 10:30 PM until Midnight
90.7 FM KPFK
Also "Lomax Wax" Saturday afternoons from 11 AM – 1PM on Cyberjamz Radio at www.cyberjamz.com
Soul, house music, world rhythms, and a live mix of the latest club jams
Albums on the Horizon
Bilal, N’Dambi, Res, Van Hunt, and Zero 7…more to come

Oneway – at Zanzibar 1301 5th St – Sundays – 9pm-2am – Garth Trinidad and Mr. French spin soul, hip hop, and world rhythms – 21+ – $5 www.zanzibarlive.com
Thursday Lounge Sessions – at Opus Bar & Grill 3760 Wilshire Blvd – Thursdays – 8pm-1am – DJ lady Sha spins rare grooves, roots reggae, and underground classics – 21+ – Free – appetizers & deserts available www.opusbarandgrill.com
Root Down – The Little Temple 4519 Santa Monica Blvd – Thursdays – 9pm-2am – DJs Dusk, Miles, Wyatt Case, and Loslito spin rare funk, hip hop, latin soul, and dub – 21+ – $4 before 10:30pm www.rootdownclub.com
Love is The Message – at The Room 1626 Cahuenga Blvd – Thursdays – 9pm-2am – A-Ski spins soul, jazz, and deep house – 21+ – call for cover (310) 712 5438

Fri. March 17 – N’Dambi, Soul of John Black, Doors @ 9 p.m. Show @ 10:30 p.m. $10 Advance $12 Door, Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, www.templebarlive.com (Do not miss this show!!!)
Tues. March 21 – The Roots and Okayplayer Present the Black Lily Concert featuring J Davey, King James, Black Thought and more, Doors @ 8 p.m., Free, El Cid, 4212 Sunset Blvd, L.A., www.theblacklily.com
Sat. March 25 – Leon Ware, Gina Loring, David Ryan Harris, Doors @ 8 p.m., Show @ 9 p.m., $12, Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, www.templebarlive.com

This column appears weekly in the Our Weekly Newspaper in Los Angeles.