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Friends and Fam

Someone said to me yesterday- “Fiona- you do something- throw an event every day of your life”. Um- I had to think about that for a second because lately- I haven’t stopped and I wonder to myself where the heck is all my energy coming from. Well – I can answer that– through my passion for the music and culture. Without passion driving everything I do— there would be no reason to continue…

We Aries continue the party….Although I think I’m done with all the celebrating. I had to leave my afterparty early the other night as all my friends got me way too drunk:-) Frank’s Lounge- Nu-Soul Series was ridiculous. Place was packed full of artists, bloggers, photographers, soul supporters and out of towners. All there to witness greatness and the buzz on HESTON and Tricia Angus... Photo credit: Stevie’s Soul

Please check the flicks on Soul Commune Soul Commune Also- The Bloom Blog The Bloom Blog Read up on the party and the days in the life of ATL’s HESTON

Atlanta Soul sensation- Heston has been wooing audiences in NY so far with a sneak peak taste at Frank’s Lounge in Brooklyn and then at SIP Lounge in Harlem to ONUTSS at Shrine this evening and then to Tillman’s Lounge– The Marksmen Monday night.

Heston in in NYC promoting his debut album – a collection of 15 heartfelt songs called ‘Storyteller’. He is available for interviews, photo opps, parties and whatever else you’re interested in.

I’m off to Atlanta for The Bob Marley Tribute at Sugar Hill May 10th. Heston is producing and performing along with Julie Dexter. The first major Bob Marley Tribute of this nature with Soul Artists—

Also hailing from Atlanta- April Hill – young up and coming immensely talented vocalist/songwriter with jazzy sensibilities, sophisticated soul and a spoken word and hip hop feel– April has it all. Wide broad appeal.

She ripped it opening for Roy Ayers at SOB’s last week. She’s got a few shows coming up in Atlanta including Harmony in Life, Centennial Park and 500 Songs for Kids.

Hailing from PA and living in Toronto- this exceptionally talented singer/songwriter jazz vocalist/guitarist Kate Schutt has lots to say. Her latest release ‘ No Love Lost’ says it all. Very prolific writer and great performer. She’s part of the Artistshare Collective. Artistshare

Kate is performing with her Jazz Trio at World Cafe Live Sunday, May 11th..

So got to keep the momentum going for Portuguese MC SAM THE KID. His trip to NY and U.S.A was incredibly successful. You’ll be hearing lots more from this kid. He’s a sick producer, acrobatic skilled lyricist and his flow is rich..

Hoping that he’s back for June/July- performing at some outdoor events/festivals. Sam is collaborating with well known Brazilian MC Marcelo D2 and is also involved with a very cool project called DIVERSIDAD EXPERIENCE Diversidad Experience Several MC’s from around Europe came together in France to record and shoot a video to a very hot single. You’ll be hearing it soon. It will debut across the world on April 30th. There is a big festival to celebrate end of June in Vienna. I’m definitely trying to attend…

There’s a new weekly kicking off that will give all these hip, cool hotel lounges a run for their money. The Upstairs at Renaissance Times Square. Partnered up with a fabulous white spirit “Signature cocktails by Sagatiba Cachaça”. Every Wednesday starting April 30th. 6:00-10:00PM

The hotel has undergone significant design changes and the look and feel is a completely new experience. Come out next week – have some h’ors douvres by Chop Suey and some fab cocktails. On the turntables- some of my favorite DJ’s. MONI and DHUNDEE

On a final note- I’m very happy to say that after championing the Soul and Global Hip Hop movements and being a strong advocate and helping grow the genres and contributing to artists having a platform and voice– It’s very exciting to witness the expansion and evolution of these styles.

I will be involved in even bigger projects that continue to put these styles on the map in The U.S and will be able to announce fairly soon some very exciting deals to further enhance these artists moving forward. If you hear of anything unusual, creative, innovative from other parts of the world that I may not be hip to- please inform me and send them my way.

Lastly, keep reading my blog- The Bloom Blog The Bloom Blog My audience is growing. Bookmark my site- The Bloom Effect Check out Miz Metro Mondayz and if there’s anything you want me to post– hit me up.

Sincerely,


Fiona Bloom

The Bloom Effect

KUKU Updates: New Single "Ballou, Ballou, Ballou"

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New Single “Ballou, Ballou, Ballou”

THE ABSENCE OF COOL

On Wednesday April 23rd, 2008, I will be releasing a new single, “Ballou, Ballou, Ballou” inspired by the Ballou movie documentary that chronicles S.E Washington DC’s award winning Ballou High School Marching band. The single will be available on Itunes, Rhapsody and all digital music stores. For more information on the Ballou Movie visit www.balloumovie.com.

Peace and love,
KUKU

The Absence of Cool

THE ABSENCE OF COOL

BUY NOW

Nigerian singer/songwriter, KUKU, offers his most intimate recording yet. During a two-hour evening session on Friday, July 20th, 2007, KUKU recorded a suite of unadorned and emotionally-charged songs – and the result is nothing short of glorious. The “African Music Medicine Man,” as he was once called, smoothly ushers listeners through the faith and presence of raw emotion…
THE ABSENCE OF COOL

Peace, Love and Blessings.

KUKU

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Apr 23 2008 12:00P
Old Post Office Pavilion Washington, DC
Apr 25 2008 7:00P
Star Lite Cafe Washington, DC
Apr 26 2008 8:00P
Organix Soul @ Holiday Inn-Panorama resturant Springfield, MA
Apr 29 2008 12:00P
Old Post Office Pavilion Washington, DC
Apr 29 2008 6:00P
Mariam’s House (Private Event) Washington, DC
May 2 2008 8:00P
Portland OR Portland, OR
May 3 2008 8:00P
Mission Theater “Hybrid” Keegan Smith CD Release Party Portland, OR
May 4 2008 8:00P
Portland OR Portland, OR
May 5 2008 8:00P
Portland OR Portland, OR
May 6 2008 8:00P
Portland OR Portland, OR
May 7 2008 8:00P
Portland OR Portland, OR
May 8 2008 8:00P
Portland OR Portland, OR
May 9 2008 8:00P
Portland OR Portland, OR
May 10 2008 6:00P
Crooning for the Cure: Multiple Sclerosis Benefit Show? @ Mecury Cafe Chicago, IL
May 17 2008 8:00P
Frank’s Lounge/ Nu Soul Saturdays Brooklyn, NY
May 28 2008 8:00P
Bohemian Caverns: Rhythm & Soul Series with Siji (Yoruba Night) Washington, DC
May 29 2008 8:00P
SOLOMON’S PORCH BROOKLYN, NY
Jun 4 2008 12:00P
Old Post Office Pavilion Washington, DC
Jun 11 2008 12:00P
Old Post Office Pavilion Washington, DC
Jun 19 2008 12:00P
Old Post Office Pavilion Washington, DC
Jun 26 2008 12:00P
Old Post Office Pavilion Washington, DC
Jul 18 2008 5:00P
National Harbor Concert Series Baltimore MD
Aug 9 2008 7:00P
Private Event Ithaca,NY
Aug 28 2008 8:00P
DC9 Washington DC
Sep 1 2008 8:00P
TBA Paris
Sep 2 2008 8:00P
TBA Paris
Sep 3 2008 8:00P
TBA Paris
Sep 8 2008 8:00P
TBA Paris

BrazenBunch and Lifeforce Band

BrazenBunch and Lifeforce Band continue their joint tour de force presenting journeys through Jazz, Soul, Folk, and Blues and everything in between.

It is a unique opportunity to see some of the most innovative of established and emerging artists performing their own original musical compositions in an intimate environment. Backed by The Lifeforce Band who have backed artists from Omar to Caron Wheeler.

Modern instruments such as the violectra and electronic loopers and traditional instruments such as the kalimba and steel pan will feature during the series of events that show music really has no boundaries.

FRIDAY 2nd MAY – 8.00pm
Lifeforce – Journeys from Jazz through to Soul and more

Guests:
Imaani, Don-e, Joy Rose, Baby Sol, Root Jackson

The Vortex, 11 Gillett Square, N16 (0207 254 4097)

Tickets:£10

http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/this-months-programme.html#may

Manchildblack, My Mind’s I

Manchildblack, My Mind’s I
Singer, songwriter, Raw Soul pathfinder – Manchildblack – celebrates the release of his highly anticipated EP, My Mind’s I, with a live performance at Joe’s Pub
Monday, May 5th, 2008, 9:00pm

Manchildblack celebrates the release of the highly anticipated My Mind’s I EP, a follow-up to his Awake In A Dream EP released on the legendary label, West End Records. Manchildblack’s My Mind’s I EP features a collection of incredible soul music full of passion, truth, and love.
Making his Joe’s Pub debut, Manchildblack will perform brand new material from this EP, as well as the acclaimed “Rain,” “To The Sky,” and much more!
With special guest DJ Ian Friday (Tea Party Music, Libation).

JOE’S PUB at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette St. TICKETS: 212-967-7555, joespub.com and in person at The Public Theater Box Office or Joe’s Pub
TABLE RESERVATIONS: 212-539-8778
Seating, as well as standing-room, is available only on a first-come, first-served basis for all shows without a dinner reservation.


For more information on Manchildblack, press photos, interviews, or to arrange press clearance for the performance at Joe’s Pub, please contact Lorie Caval at Lovebug PR: 212-726-1322, lorie@lovebugpr.com, http://www.lovebugpr.com
Manchildblack: Biography

“As he searches for his own promised land, Manchildblack might be on the road to delivering us all.”
– Jason King (Freelance writer for Vibe Magazine & Village Voice/Artistic Director of The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU).

A proponent of what he calls “Raw Soul”- an amalgamation of Funk/Rock/Hip-Hop and R&B, Manchildblack brings to the music world uplifting and socially conscious lyrics, a bohemian sense of style, and a warm and inviting spirit that illuminates every stage he graces. Like his idols Stevie, Donny, Marvin and Gil, Manchildblack is on a mission to heal, educate and elevate audiences through inspirational songs of life, love and self-discovery.

The name Manchild may conjure up memories of Claude Brown’s searing novel, Manchild in the Promised Land, but it has quite a different history for the man himself. “I was born Derek Deeocie Gentry,” Manchild confesses “but a Rastaman I knew during my time in D.C. would call me ‘Manchild.’ He never explained why, but when I started doing music I decided the name fit who I was musically and epitomized what I was singing about. For me, the name represents the three constants in my life – I will always be a man, I will always be a child of God and I will always be black. Everything else about me may change but those aspects will always remain.” Although the name (all one word) has no immediate relationship to Claude Brown’s book, the similarities are there. The classic 1965 novel offered truthful evidence of what it meant to survive as a black man in a complex, troubling society. In the same vein, many of Manchildblack’s original songs, most of which are co-written by guitarist Shelton Garner, also comment on the plight of African-Americans, shedding new light on problems of self-esteem, masculinity, and racism, among other topics.

A native New Yorker, Manchildblack didn’t just emerge as a recording artist overnight. Fed on a steadfast diet of his parent’s music, including the songs of Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke, Manchild always knew he was destined to be a performer. “I never wanted to do anything else”, he professes, “I was a shy and quiet kid so writing and performing was my outlet.” After briefly attending Howard University in Washington D.C. as a drama major, Manchild purchased a one-way Greyhound ticket back to NYC to “do it on a bigger scale.” In the Big Apple, he began to build his acting résumé, appearing in shows like the world premiere of the Richard Adler and Bill C. Davis musical Off-Key at the George Street Playhouse and even on the now defunct crime series on the A&E Network, 100 Centre Street. More recently, he received critical raves as Racine in Carl Hancock Rux’s Asphalt which featured music by Toshi Reagon and DJ Spooky.

Although much of Manchild’s artistic work had occurred in the theater, the unexpected passing of his father several years ago caused him to change direction and make a more decided move toward first love, music. Just as the Neo-Soul movement was starting to take baby steps, Manchild launched the band Urban Folklore along with writing and performing partner Nzinga. Tuned into the same philosophical frequency, the soulful duo co-wrote and performed Hip-Hop Soul music for eager audiences generating a cult following around the city. While gigging at popular local venues like SOB’s and CB’s Gallery alongside other emerging artists like John Legend and Res, Urban Folklore attempted to get signed and went though a rough phase of management deals. After a few years, the duo disbanded and Manchild left Urban Folklore for greener pastures. “I was beginning to write material that was more introspective and not necessarily appropriate for the group,” he explains.


The audience reaction to his solo debut a month later convinced him that he had made the right decision. “That night I knew that I was finally doing what I was supposed to be doing and reaching people the way I knew I should be reaching them,” Manchild states. “I felt like I was home.”

As time moved on, Manchild found himself perfecting his incredible live stage persona all over NYC. He performed to packed audiences at such notable venues as Blue Note, BAM Cafe, Joe’s Pub, Sugar Bar, Symphony Space and even Central Park Summerstage, where he shared the stage with Vernon Reid, Corey Glover, Caron Wheeler and the Black Rock Coalition.

In 2006, Manchildblack was signed to legendary record label West End Records, releasing the critically acclaimed Awake in a Dream EP. Included on the release was the melodic ode to his father “To the Sky.” The video for the song received frequent airplay on the BET J network introducing Manchild’s music and style to the masses. Also, on the EP was the dance floor filler “Rain,” which found itself on the play lists of such internationally respected DJs as Louie Vega, Gilles Peterson, Bobbito Garcia and Rich Medina. His journey into the dance music realm inspired him to become instrumental in producing two notable New York nightlife events. ALMA NYC, the monthly Neo-Brazilian Fusion party, has been widely praised for its high energy and percussive grooves. He later teamed with Global Soul DJ/producer Ian Friday to create the bi-weekly event, Libation. The party has become a hugely popular destination for all lovers of Soulful Dance Music and is instrumental in burgeoning the Global Soul musical movement, featuring guest DJs and performers including Osunlade, DJ Spinna, Karizma, Wunmi and Stephanie McKay. “Doing parties is just an extension of what I do musically. The music played and vibe created is meant to make people feel good – and that’s the same reason I do music.”

In mid 2008, Manchildblack will release his brand new and much anticipated My Mind’s I EP which will be the pre-cursor to his long awaited first full length album. “For me, this album is a collection of songs that tell the story of my life up till now. It’s a reflection of everything I’ve learned, seen, heard and felt.” “Outtasight,” the album’s thumping opening track is a ‘funkdafied’ introduction to the Manchildblack sound. The mid-tempo groove “Heavy” showcases Manchild’s rich and resonant baritone and centers around his observations about the issue of racism still plaguing our society. “There’s an energy of change happening in the world right now,” Manchild states. “Events are occurring to make us examine ourselves and if we don’t take this opportunity to handle our dirty laundry from the past were going to be forever stuck there.” The aggressive Hip-Hop/Rock anthem “Ascension” is a wake up call to the masses to rise up and claim their life. “I wrote that song for my own selfish reasons,” he laughs, ” I needed something that was going to motivate me to keep moving forward with my dreams and not let anyone or anything deter me, so that’s a song I keep in my head on a daily basis.” The uplifting “Wordz” with its catchy hook, bright horns and funky vocoder is a track that professes both spiritual and romantic love. “In essence all of my songs are about some form of love or another, whether it be spiritual, romantic or self love”.

>From singer/songwriter to recording artist to taste-maker to clothing designer of the “Black like Jesus” t-shirt line, Manchildblack is this generation’s true renaissance man. His music and mission are both clear and powerful and is now resonating with audiences around the world. “This is about more than me, it’s about a movement and I plan to be one of the leaders in the forefront of the change that’s coming”.