Erykah Badu New Single “Honey”
New Album In Stores February 26, 2008

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 Erykah Badu is back, and it’s about damn time!

On November 20th, Motown’s multi-platinum-selling, Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter/actress returned with her debut single “Honey” of her forthcoming album set to drop on her birthday February 26th.

“Honey” was produced by 9th Wonder and is a return to the familiar Badu that we all know and love.

Badu describes the song as “an old school track with some funk on it.”

Badu has enlisted the best of the best on her new album, including Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder (Jay-Z, Nas, Mary J. Blige), Madlib, Mike “Chav” Chavarria and R&B singer Bilal. A special, 12-inch pink wax edition will be available only to DJ’s next month and will feature album tracks, “The Healer” and “Real Thing.”

“Honey” is the featured song in my Jukebox today.  Enjoy!

 

R&B’s Donnie Submitted for 2008 NAACP Image Award

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Newly “out” R&B singer/songwriter Donnie’s sophomore album The Daily News (SoulThought Entertainment) has been submitted for a 2008 NAACP Image Award for the categories of Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Music Video, Outstanding Song, and Outstanding Album.

I will also go as so far as to say that Donnie’s The Daily News has been the "Blackest" album to date released this year in terms of being pro-Black and speaking truth to power.

The Daily News, is the culmination of a thoroughly reappraised Donnie.  Donnie’s “ripped from the headlines” approach to songwriting on The Daily News sees him using poignant lyrics to tackle a diverse range of society’s woes – unemployment, racism, sexism, homophobia, suicide and child molestation – being just a few of the subjects. In less capable hands these topics could become overly dark and brooding, but on The Daily News Donnie finds himself at his funkiest. Full of righteous indignation without being preachy, he brings us with him, all the while allowing his truth to shine through.   

Donnie’s trademark political consciousness is a key element of The Daily News but it’s not the only exceptional thing about the record. The Daily News heralds Donnie’s foray into a new musical philosophy that mixes soul, funk, rock, hip-hop and the blues into a combustible combination that musically fuels his material. This is a record full of up-beat sounds that reflect both the urgency of the song’s messages as well as Donnie’s unique “never to be denied” energy.

“If I were You”, the first single from The Daily News, has enjoyed strong support on Urban AC Radio and its accompanying music is in rotation on VH1-Soul and BET J. The video can also be found online at YouTube and Myspace Videos.

Presented annually, the NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice.  There are 36 competitive categories in the fields of motion picture, television, music and literature. There are also several honorary awards including the Chairman’s Award, The President’s Award and The Image Awards Hall of Fame.

The 39th NAACP Image Awards will air on Fox on Friday, February 29, 2008 at 8 p.m.

NAACP Image Awards Official Website
Donnie’s Official Website

AYO Releases “Joyful” Album in United States

 

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AYO, born as Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmaki,n is an Afro-German singer-songwriter. She uses the pseudonym AYO or AYO. (with the period behind the O).

Her debut album Joyful, which was first released in 2006, reached Double-Platinum status in France, Platinum in Germany and Poland, Gold status in Switzerland and Italy.

The album was just released last week here in the United States on November 20th by Interscope Records and has instantly become a favorite of mine.

With a touch of reggae and neosoul, AYOs sound is very reminiscent of favs India Arie, Corrine Bailey Ray, Norah Jones, Tracey Chapman and Hope.  It’s an easy album to listen to, both sensual and soft with strong lyrics.  I love all of the tracks, but if I had to choose a favorite, I’d go with “What Is Love?”

AYO is a German born artist, the offspring of a Nigerian father who had come to Germany to study in the 1970s, and sometimes worked as a DJ, and a mother who is a gypsy. AYOs rather unusual name means joy in Yoruba. Her rich cultural background is also reflected in her musical influences. She grew up amidst Pink Floyd and Fela Kuti, the Soul Children and Bob Marley, and many others.

AYOs nomadic lifestyle brought her to live between Paris and New York, two capitals that accurately sum up her musical identity. In Paris, word got around fast, and she held initial solo concerts with her guitar, opened for Omar, the British soul brother and jammed alongside Cody Chesnutt.

AYOs entire album, Joyful, was recorded in New York under live conditions. She cries, laughs and moves us with her simplicity. To accompany her, producer Jay Newland put together a group of open-minded musicians that, with a note on a B3 organ or with a stroke of slide guitar melodiously enter this unusual world, which is studded with a few words in Pidgin, the street language of Lagos, and unveils recollections of gypsy life.

Official Music Video – AYO – "Down On My Knees"

Los Angeles Concert

AYO
November, 28 2007
The Mint
6010 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90035
$8

Please note AYO goes on at 8 p.m.

AYOs Official Website

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