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Tuesday 18 February, 2014

Crush On You: New music from T. Nicole

“I got a CRUSH ON YOU…” I get giddy every time I sing the song, or even watch the video. I’ve been working on this album for the past year. I’ve always written and I’ve always wanted to record an album. It just never worked – couldn’t find the right producers, dedicated musicians, and I […]

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Tuesday 05 November, 2013

Reggae Reincarnated: 20 Alternatives to the Classic Bob Marley Poster

Art can lead so many interconnected and parallel lives. I once heard someone say there is no difference between the sounds musicians make with their instruments and the movements dancers make with their bodies. The dance is just the music in another form, dance is music incarnate and both give life to each other. No […]

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Saturday 26 January, 2013

Bergitta Victor Revealed | 30 Days Unchained: Day 17

30 DAYS UNCHAINED/#30 UNCHAINED | DAY 17  1/26/13 | INSPIRATION: BERGITTA VICTOR Just when you think you’ve figured out Bergitta Victor‘s style, she surprises you. When I first heard her debut single, “Say Love,” from her latest album, So Happy, I thought I had her music pegged—bohemian folk with an inspiring message. I expected the […]

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Wednesday 23 January, 2013

Freedom Fighter: Zaki Ibrahim | 30 Days Unchained : Day 14

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 14 – 1/23/13 | Inspiration: Zaki Ibrahim Canadian-born, South African singer/songwriter Zaki Ibrahim is a star in her own right. Zaki has created a distinct symphony of sound that is  both fresh and addictive. Ibrahim’s haunting vocals and charisma, blend with R&B, hip hop and electronica on her latest album Every […]

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Friday 18 January, 2013

Doing Fearlessly: Nomsa Mazwai | 30 Days Unchained : Day 9

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 9 – 1/18/13 | Inspiration: Nomsa Mazwai Original and deliriously contagious, the joyful rhythms of Nomsa Mazwai have the capacity to change both hearts and minds. As a musician and activist, that is exactly what Nomsa sets out to do with her art. Speaking of her life’s meaning, Nomsa tells […]

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Saturday 12 January, 2013

Beautiful Soul Mamadee | 30 Days Unchained: Day 3

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day: 3 – 1/12/13 | Inspiration: Mamadee A long-time supporter of Live Unchained, Lulu Kitololo of Afri-love encourages her readers to: “Imagine all who are inspirited by Africa – all whose lives and hearts have been touched by the spirit of the continent – sharing their passion through collaboration, in the name of […]

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Thursday 06 December, 2012

Her Journey Aflame: 5 Powerful Thoughts from International Hip Hop Artist Akua Naru

When I first heard “The Mo(u)rning” by Akua Naru with Drea d’Nur, I felt like the song was holding me in its arms. That was Akua doing what appears to come so effortlessly, giving voice to women’s interior lives in a way that is powerful, feminine and sincere. As she puts it: “We are so often […]

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Tuesday 13 November, 2012

Princess of Afro-Soul Nneka Shines at the New Parish, Oakland [Live Video]

Nigerian-German singer Nneka is hard to define. On Thursday, November 1st, hip hop/soul singer Nneka lyrically seduced the crowd of the New Parish, Oakland, casting a musical spell with her smooth voice, poignant lyrics, and impeccable rhythms. Weaving between many genres, including reggae, hip-hop, modern R&B, vintage soul, Afrobeat, flamenco and Sahara desert blues, Nneka’s […]

Monday 09 July, 2012

What Zaki Ibrahim Found in the Water…

Water is a powerful metaphor. Zaki Ibrahim‘s song, “Something in the Water,” from her new album, Every Opposite, reminds me of David Lynch’s book, Catching the Big Fish. Lynch says our lives are like mysterious waters and we are the mariners; we can stay in the shallow end and catch small fish, but if we […]

Monday 18 June, 2012

“Queendom”: A Pan-African/Norwegian Arts Collective, A Sisterhood, A Mindset

Editress’ Note: I decided to get a little off-the-chain with this introduction to our Queendom interview. I invited one of the most inspiring and unchained cultural workers, I know, Jess Solomon, to write the intro as a siren song to women of African descent around the world making collaborative artwork like the Pan-African Norway-based music […]