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.
For more on Black Shesus, please visit http://www.blackshesus.com
For more on BFLY, follow her on twitter @THEREALBFLY
For more on the Baltimore Girls, visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreGirls
Vex DaVortex of Boogie Monsters fame joined us in the lab Saturday. This emcee, visual artists, graphic designer, producer, game designer, app designer–man of many talents–blessed us with some exclusives from his yet to be released The Muddy Contender. Wombatt55–emcee, drummer and new father–was also in the lab. We played joints from his last project Lord Baltimore with a few exclusives from his newest project Ignorance or Indifference which drops on 12/12/12 to be shared next Saturday. Make sure you tune in. Of course the emcees as is our must, dropped freestyles as well as their thoughts about making music in the industry today. Grown Up Hip Hop was definitely fully represented by the work of the two emcees as those who didn’t know became converts of Vex and Wombatt.
Check out the show here:
New Vex DaVortex
The Kharismatic…..Kane Mayfield!
Boy oh boy oh BOY! Kane Mayfield had 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!!!!
Listen to the full interview here:
Enter the songstress who is free enough to release 10 tracks to 10 producers and say “go with your heART.” This interview, done live during the sound check before Sahffi released “Expectations,” her most recent cd project, talks about the story behind the music, and focuses on such tracks and “Gravity” and “Ticktock Islands”. Her love of classical music and confession, “I feel… like I’m a vessel…” make you understand so much about this channeler of folk, rock, classical, and jazz blends. Sahffi is open and free in talking about her growth through tragedy, dealing with those who feel they know and love her through her music, and even her break-up from a long-term love. She is honest and private, humble and strong. Listen carefully to hear when she asks “How can I tell my story; how can I live this life if I didn’t notice?” Listen to hear who she enjoys listening to, listen to hear her………..She is beyond genre, beyond trends… beyond “Expectations”…………………..Sahffi.
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You can listen to, share, and buy her music, as well as find out about how to follow her at…………… http://www.sahffi.com/ and here http://www.reverbnation.com/sahffi
Check out “Summer Breeze” which features Sahffi on an N’Dinga Gaba track. Both create music independently as well as collaboratively as members of the group T3N.
And watch her perform live here:
Mosno Al-Moseeki–what can we say about this musician, songwriter, poet, and all around good guy with a great voice and interesting sound? He calls his music Eclectic Desert Rock because he blends alternative rock and Sudanese rhythms. He has released two albums–low tech and The Ungenre– and is currently working on his third–Novella, which at the time of this interview was just a concept.
His voice has a beautifully haunting quality that takes you on a journey through love, sadness, heartbreak, anger, joy and passion. He touches all of the traditional topics you want and expect from a talented singer-songwriter but with unusual metaphors. Cookies on Monday is the symbol he shared with a past love, referring to a ritual they shared, or “the black iron eagle in my closet staring at me…” from Guilt and Empathy that represents the feeling and transferal of bad emotions and anger from a “friend”. Through his music he opens up the window for you to see his view of the world and leaves you with a lot to ponder. Mosno Al-Moseeki–Most Noble, the Musical,–he is well named.
Play the interview! Here the voice! Feel the guitar! Do it Now!
“Lost the Sun” Live Mosno with Sahffi and Robin
To Hear More Visit Mosno’s website: http://mosno.net/
And his reverbnation page: http://www.reverbnation.com/mosno
Also check out the House group Mosno is part of called T3N: http://www.t3n.us/
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.
Listen to “A Day in the Life”
Check out the interview:
Sean Toure Final 1 by goodmusicgoodpeople
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.
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Introduction video to her book Black Marks on White Paper: