Saturday, March 20, 2010

NAACP Image Award Winner Sila Visits Radio Afrodicia

Recording Artist/Producer and recent NAACP winner Sila Mutungi stopped by Radio Afrodicia to discuss his win and update us on his current and future projects. Make sure you tune in to 90.7 FM KPFK Los Angeles today from 2-4 pm to hear the interview.

Sila will also be doing a special show tonight in San Francisco to celebrate his win! Tune in for more details!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Real Vocal String Quartet

LOCATION: BERKELEY, CA — With hints of West Africa, the Appalachian Mountains and Brazilian Folk.

Real Vocal String Quartet is a music supervisor’s dream! RVSQ’s smooth, tranquil, and yet soulful compositions could easily be the perfect marriage for any film or television score. Formed in 2003 by premiere violinist/composer Irene Sazer, who has worked with everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Bjork, the quartet includes fellow violinist Alisa Rose, Dina Maccabee on viola, and cellist Jessica Ivry. Collectively, RVSQ has seamlessly fused their classical training with the hypnotic rhythms and tranquil melodies from around the world.

Currently, my favorite track off their self-titled debut album Real Vocal String Quartet is the first song entitled Kothbiro. It was written by  Kenyan artist Ayub Ogada. The plucked strings immediately hook your ears and the hand claps seem to mirror one’s own heartbeat. Now enter the vocals; melodies so entrancing, it may have you feeling like you are slowly being drifted away down a calm river.

Listen to KothbiroHERE!

If you will be in the Los Angeles area this Sunday, March 14th, please check out RVSQ’s live show at the Bootleg Theatre on 2220 Beverly Blvd at 7:00 pm. They will also be at SXSW on March 20th!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Razia Calls For An End To Environmental and Cultural Destruction Through Her Music!

Seeking to raise awareness of the critical impact of slash and burn agriculture and climate change in her native Madagascar, singer Razia Said has created a stunning and moving album of original songs entitled Zebu Nation. Now available worldwide, the album celebrates the wealth of Malagasy musical culture and environmental biodiversity. 10% of the net profits from the sale of Zebu Nation will be used to plant trees in Madagascar.

"evocative new fusion... rooted firmly in Malagasy tradition." - Nat Geo Music
"A disk with sincerity and heart." - Songlines,  4 stars
"An album of rare beauty and commitment." - Music-News, 4 stars
"Insistent, hypnotic rhythms share the bill with ethereal ballads...
consistently seductive." - Boston Globe
"4 stars" - Financial Times

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