Happiness in Slow Swing

We’re Listening to: Chris Lydon: Nothing to do with anything, but… I have an all-time fave song in my head this week, so listen up to “Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe.” It requires a miracle in every performance, to make a verrrrry slooooow song swing — with passion. It was a Harold Arlen / Yip Harburg addition to […]

Even after 40 years, Maze and Frankie Beverly play on

A loving history of the band that always spreads happy feelings before they let go Frankie Beverly and Maze perform to close out the 10th Annual Essence Festival in the New Orleans Superdome. James Crump/WireImage for EMI Music Distribution BY BRUCE BRITT July 12, 2017In 1976, a demo tape came across the desk of Capitol Records vice […]

WHO OWNS THE BLUES?

BY FLORENCE DORE   Long ago, in a time available to us in the dirty crackle and hiss of 78s with worn labels, an African American singer who had traveled for 15 years on the medicine show circuit committed to shellac a song called “Old Dog Blue.” His name was Jim Jackson. Jackson recorded “Old Dog […]

NOW STREAMING—AFROPUNK MIXTAPE #028: 100 DAYS OF RESISTANCE

NOW STREAMING—AFROPUNK Mixtape #028: 100 Days of Resistance featuring music by Project Black Pantera, Kendrick Lamar, OSHUN, The Digital Wild, Baloji, Younger Lovers, NoMBE, and more. With special interludes by Trevor Noah and Hasan Minhaj at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this past weekend! Enjoy, below and over on Soundcloud. 01. Algiers – The Underside […]

NEW MUSIC: OSHUN DELIVERZ UNAPOLOGETIC MESSAGE OF RESISTANCE WITH “NOT MY PRESIDENT”

Oshun’s ambient soul track “Not My President” is a smooth AF resistance anthem for everyone who are still fucked up over Nov. 8. The NYC-based artist spills some tea on the American President through dreamy soundscapes and lush harmonies reminds us not to normalize the erratic man-baby and the hateful rhetoric that got him elected. […]