This is an exciting time in the artistic community. We had the pleasure of interviewing and spending the day, and in the case of Dream, a few days with the incredibly talented emcee, performance artist, and thoughtful visionary, BFLY.
The emcee and first lady has been expanding her artistic expression and has started a movement with what I’m calling the Black Shesus Experience. We were going to originally post this interview prior to her showing at the Force Field Project in Philadelphia, PA. Unfortunately, some technical issues and changes to the weekend’s format delayed our posting of the video.
However, undeterred and determined to do what good performance art requires–confront, provoke and begin conversation–BFly and the Baltimore Girls, traveled to Force Field anyway, where they transformed into Black Shesus and the Disciples. The goal was to have the audience think about images of black womanhood and to really explore what each audience member knows, thinks and feels about the individual black women in their lives. BFlY through her character of Black Shesus, explores the divinity of black womanhood and the dichotomy between the holy and unholy, the good and the bad, and the all and the nothing that makes up the human experience. She takes stereotypical images of blackness, sporting a stylized, beautiful version of black face, and flips them on their head with a flick of the hand of the silent goddess that is Black Shesus. Taking this a step further than her earlier installations, she took on the crowd at the only part of Force Field that remained in effect, a dance party. Adding to the impact of the moving installation, she included a collective of amazing woman artists in their own rights, the Baltimore Girls, all donning gold flecked black faces as their Disciple selves. Show on or not the art must go on.
To understand the motivation and how BFly developed Black Shesus watch our interview with BFLY here.
Boy oh boy oh BOY! Kane Mayfieldhad us in sttiches during much of this, his second interview with us! He talks about his not 1, not 2, but 3 projects in progress! Listen to some fly tracks, including “Some Love”, “Latenight Cinemax”, and “Ova Ya Head” (featuring Homeboy Sandman). BUT! We are NOT going to give away the entire show! We do quite the fool, however! One hint to the madness, this quick note to Kane’s mom: Dear Mrs. Reid, Please call us at (202) 573-9826 so that we can ask you, “for the record” how you feel about your son’s music. Love, Shameeka Dream and One Love… Auntie Yvette or Kane’s dad, please give her the message! Wink wink, Kane, wink wink ;)! Bonuses include the stories behind songs, Kane freestyling, his “Ova Ya Head” verse spit a capella, and live bloopers!! The interview was a pleasure always, and we can’t wait to host an actual Kane Mayfield performance!!!!
What can we say about Sean Toure? Dope emcee? Check! Dope producer? Check! Dope musician? Check! All around good guy? Check! Sean Toure talks with us about what it is like to understand the music business and what it takes for an indie artist to grow in the industry. Making great music has to be first and he focused on developing his craft, telling us that “being an emcee and being a producer I’ve been focused on developing my craft.” We learn the story behind the title “The Sound Channeler” which is very interesting. The album is incredible and the beats seem heaven sent. His new album is sure to be a classic. Our favorites are “The Om-Aveneerer”, “A Day in the Life”, “My Turn”, “Lie in Bed” and “Hoodlife”. Sean Toure has every reason to feel proud that “all of my experiences have led me to where I am today.” Look for The Remix Project which is in the process of being re-released and the new LP The Sound Channeler.
She speaks about pursuing your passion. Her advice is simple, start with waking up. We talk about the “16 shining light beams”. She says the story of Christ is repeated throughout time. Why? She talks about the complexity of sexuality and how there is more to us than just being gay or straight. We exist in a spectrum. She does what every good writer should, leaves you thinking about her words long after you’ve heard them. She also creates sonically beautiful poetry that you will sing/speak with as loud as any song. She’s written a book, Black Marks on White Paper. She’s working on a new project, Gemini Moon. She’s released the first single from the project called “Like Gold”. She’s running a kickstarter campaign to make this project a reality. For more about her art and how you can support visit her website http://www.lovethepoet.com.
Listen to the interview. Click play!
Introduction video to her book Black Marks on White Paper:
What can we say about this wonderful, brilliant songstress? Music seems to permeate from her essence. She showed up at the interview vivid and alive recounting to us the details of a melody that came to her while she was driving. She is a healer–a registered nurse and a natural healer. She indeed has healing in her voice. She is fierce, strong and an expert in Capoeira. Seriously, she isn’t to be played with. A whole woman. Her soon to be released album is called “Destiny”. When you hear it, you’ll wonder how she combined jazz, soul, bossa nova, traditional capoeira songs and samba in that perfect way. You will want to take the trip with her. It was predestined.