TGIF – Birthday Celebration

Maya Azucena does Birthday
Dear Friends and Family,
My birthday rolls around again.  I want to invite you to a special night, hoping you may share some time with us.


Maya Azucena entertains with Strings concert at WNYC Radio – First Fridays in The Greene Space

The Greene Space kicks off its monthly series of First Fridays mixers. It’s Friday, so WNYC will invite listeners to drop in, let down their hair, sip a complimentary drink, enjoy great food, and mingle with WNYC hosts and fellow listeners.

Richard Hake, local anchor of The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji, and Patrik Henry Bass, Essence magazine Senior Editor and The Takeaway contributor, will emcee, while award-winning vocalist Maya Azucena provides the dance track. Azucena has developed a dedicated international following with her classic soul voice and her progressive music, which bridges soul, hip-hop, world and dance music.

You must be 21 years of age or older to attend (all attendees will be asked to show ID at the door).

Friday, May 01, 2009 at 8:00 PM
Duration: 3 hours
Tickets: $50

The Greene Space
44 Charlton Street
New York, New York 10014
(just south of SOB’s club on Varick, near Canal on the corner of Charlton and Varick)


Meet us at The Canal Room at 11PM, May 1st It’s my favorite dance party in New York.
If you say “Maya Azucena birthday party” you’ll be charged the reduced price*.  Come if you wanna hang socially (I don’t think I’ll be performing any songs, but I might be acting up).
*Reduced admission to the event ($7 ladies, $10 gents).
*** Free if you show up in your Birthday Suit.
**** If you have freckles and you are in your Birthday Suit, The Canal Room will pay you! ($1 / Freck)

Here’s a description: The Freedom Party is a celebration of life, liberty and music. We keep people grooving all night to classic dance hits, be it hip-hop (mostly old school), R&B, reggae, 80s, rock, house, soul and funk, doing our best to keep the dance-floor vibe up-tempo, happy and fun. We expect all patrons to be in high spirits, ready to DANCE—not argue, fight, act disrespectful or foolishly, or bring any ill-will or negativity through our doors.

Dress code for the evening is “casual but cute.” No overly-baggy clothing, no athletic wear, no jerseys, no do-rags, no baseball caps, or white tees. Jeans and sneakers are fine, but in good taste. There is a mandatory coat check required for all patrons.

Our door man reserves the right to refuse anyone not in compliance with the above, so again, please make sure your guests are aware….

Canal Room
285 W. Broadway
New York, NY


Wayna Grammy send off, Maya’s GET IT TOGETHER, FRIENDS WE LOVE and HESTON

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Soul heads are still raving at Sound In Color the other night at Joe’s Pub and Monica Blaire’s performance. Everywhere I turn- they keep talking about how amazing Monica was. How she blew everyone away with her dynamic and spectacular performance. Wow is the truth! She even received a standing ovation!!!!

This show was a long labour of love- passion, sweat and tears went into making this happen and Monica and I had been talking for almost 2 years trying to get her to NY and it finally happened!!! Thanks to Drake from Urban-Organic who flew in from Detroit. It was his festival in 2007 where I first discovered Monica Blaire!

This week is nuts- events back to back and workshops and then it’s off to sunshine and glamour during the fab week of Grammy’s. I can’t wait!

Shouts to Kissey Asplund, Miz Metro, & Dred Scott

OMG- please check the blog on Sound In Color...Everyone tore it up- the energy, vibe and talent was insane. Probably one of hottest intimate shows I’ve done. The Bloom Blog

I’m going to start launching monthly blog contests. I know I’ve been talking about it so it’s about putting into action…Just wait!!!l launching with Eb Did It Gift Baskets.

Winner will receive a beautiful custom made gift basket courtesy of Eb Did It. Thanks Eb and worth $150.00

I highly recommend you check out BILAL next week at SOB’s. Thursday, Jan 29th. If I don’t go to D.C for Wayna’s Grammy Nod Celebration- I will be at Bilal for sure….

Wayna…..On a roll and perfect timed for Grammy week and the Awards Feb 8th….Exciting indeed and super happy for Wayna – in that she’s unsigned and super independent- what a unique story…

This week Wayna’s in USA Today,, and featured on Myspace and so much more…

We’re giving her a send off-Grammy nod party- if you’re in D.C I highly encourage you come out… This Thursday, Jan 29th. It’s going to be lovely…. At Liv. 9PM Special guests also include a performance by Raheem DeVaughn. Wayna will be performing too.

So Wayna’s at Grammy’s for ‘Urban Alternative‘. I’ll be with her holding it down….

‘My Love’ just had it’s world premiere on BETJ and we’re at over 12,000 spins on YouTube and more outlets to be announced… ‘Daydream’ is added to Michael Baisden!

She’s also at SOL VILLAGE– Wednesday, Feb 18th… The Blue Note- Friday, April 3rd….

ve been hearing about this talented singer/songwriter a few years now. Anjulie is starting to garner heat and a nice buzz. Black Smith has signed her to management and it looks like Hear Music has picked her up for her debut full length sometime late Spring. Hot!

Anjulie has teamed up with Jon Levine of Philosopher Kings and he’s produced the addictive ‘Boom’ which is getting tons of plays on her myspace and elsewhere.
Grew up in Toronto- Anjulie has a very eclectic mix of sounds/styles and she’s open to even more growth in musical sensibilities. She’s showcasing in LA where she resides currently at Teddy’s in the Roosevelt Hotel this Wednesday, Jan 28th….
Show begins at 10PM To RSVP do so at Blacksmith

Maya killed it the other night as a host! She was wonderful….I can’t wait to see her hold down more hosting duties….Oh- I still want to equally see her perform but just had to acknowledge her passion and entertaining quality!!

Tomorrow is the night we’ve been waiting for to see the screen premiere of her latest video ‘ Get It Together’. It’s such a beautiful video- Please come out and support all her hustle and fruitful work/talent….

The video is directed by Seth Kushner. It’s just been confirmed that the video will air on BETJ and VH1 Soul.….Stay tuned!

So show some love! ‘Get It Together’- Maya will be happy you did!!!! Tomorrow- 7:30PM DJ Center on decks… Brought to you by the Fort Greene Film Society.

Madiba 7:30PM Fort Greene. Maya will also be doing an intimate set…

Got to love Les Nubians– they’re doing some innovative things. They just performed on a few inauguration events in D.C this past few days.
We’ve seen Les Nubian’s Echos: Nubian Voyager which performed at Joe’s Pub as part of I Kiffe NY.
Now- we have a chance to see this wonderful production from Celia. Her French Cabaret and EPK Recording. Paris at Night! Cabaret!

The show is an unconventional mélange of ingenious originals and innovative renditions of Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Josephine Baker, Miriam Makeba, Dave Brubeck ~ an exhilarating soundtrack to her bi-lingual narrative of her love triangle with Africa, Paris and New York City.

Paris at night- Thursday, January 29th at Le Poisson Rouge. 158 Bleeker St. Doors at 7:30PM $15.00 in advance and $17.00 day of show. BlueNefertiti

Heston’s ‘Storyteller’ has a Europe release in the Spring and a Japanese release end of this month…. It continues to do well in the States online/downloads and critically…

Heston just recorded this delightful song inspired by the turn of events that’s just happened. Called ‘Change’. He recorded it over the weekend with 50 kids singing on the hook. It will be on his 2nd full length which he’s recording now.

He’s at Blue Note Late Night Series- Saturday, January 31st. Midnight… Also on the bill is Jesse Boykins III. Been hearing great things about him- can’t wait to see him live!

Vote for your best Remix- Voting closes Feb15th. Do it on APRIL HILL.

We narrowed it down to the best 3 – You will be able to see the voting process/listening session on video soon….

April just collaborated with Italian soul/jazz/funk act Live Tropical Fish. Look for their release soon and a tour in Italy!!

I’m a big fan of Art for Progress. They have some great initiatives and they’re a not for profit. If you’re not hip to them- get to know them…They’ll be your best friend…. Art for Progress is committed to celebrating the arts, cultivating emerging artists, and developing a diverse, creative community with an on-line presence.

The big event will take place in NYC in March…. The voting is now live……Please vote for your favorite!!! Art For Progress

Stay tuned for where the Big Event will be in March 2009 and you can be sure that The Bloom Effect will be highly visible and participating….

Beautiful concept, great art installation project. Have to shout out Moni and Michael Vargas for doing their thing and being creative and innovative and furthermore- a labour of love and from the heart. Friends We Love!

I remember when Moni first told me about her idea and dream- this was a short few months ago and look where they are. Moni released a Friends We Love CD in Japan that’s selling like hot cakes and they’ve had several installation viewings/screenings of several of their produced videos.

Now, they’ve taken it a step further and having a fundraiser in order to bring Friends We Love across the pond, to different Cities and looking to shoot and create content around the Globe to keep it interesting and continue their innovation.

Definitely a great cause to get down with so you definitely want to show your support. Benefit/Fundraiser at Sly Art vs. Robot City Loft on Friday, Jan 30th.

Friends We Love Art and Music Festival featuring: Waajeed, Bobbito, Jose James, Sarah White, Probe DMS and others. Going to be a splendid event. $20.00 suggested donation. 7PM start time…

So it looks like I have a date after all Feb 14th- Valentine’s Day….A date to host this fabulous event that I’ve been down with from the creation…

Purpose Records and Edclectic Entertainment hand pick some of the best up and coming world soul artists around… The talent is always creme de creme! In fact- I discovered Wayna back at this series last Summer.

Les Clarke and I usually hold it down on the mic….This time there are 2 editions for Feb so Les is doing Feb 12th at Frank’s Lounge and I’m Saturday, Feb 14th featuring Rogiers and Jon Bibbs…..Jon Bibbs is awesome! I always seem to miss his performances so now I’ll be able to see him in the mix!

Valentine’s Day is a weird celebration. Beautiful if you have your significant other and SUCKS if you don’t so this time- All of you will be my Valentine’s!!!!

So 2009 is spinning- I’m in the best frame of mind I’ve ever been in regarding my career and company and how I’m positioning myself in the social media space and mobile platforms and working on learning/absorbing as much information in those areas as I can so I can become an expert….

Now it’s time to get serious and to business and to building, creating and innovating and to connect with people and be kind to each other!!!

I swear- if it doesn’t happen in 2009– I am throwing in the towel!!! In other words- IT HAS TO!!!!!! I am at The Grammy’s…..I’ll be in warm weather at the most meaningful awards show in the entire music industry…. What can I say? I’m arriving both to LA and in LIFE!!!!!

I have so many friends in LA I can’t wait to see you all!!!

I’m working on another edition of SXSW SOUL! Look out!

Follow me on Twitter, be my Fan on Facebook and now that I have my new FLIP MINO which I adore- I’ll be building out both KYTE and YOUTUBE!!! See me online in cyber space and I’m about to get my SHORT CODE for texting!!!

It’s ON! Thanks for all your support. I would not be thriving or climbing without you….


Fiona Bloom

The Bloom Effect

WAYNA’s WORLD it is, Grammy build up, SOUND IN COLOR, and life in 2009!

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Where do I start? Since coming back from Miami this past weekend spending New Year’s with UK’s Firin Squad massive and my girl Sharon Carpenter– I’ve come back hit the road running and it hasn’t stopped!Oh- my holiday cheer poem was a big success so it seemed as I got tons of emails saying how enjoyable it was and glad to put a smile on all your faces! So glad in fact….I’m writing up another one in next week’s blast- yeah, yeah- I know you all can’t wait!

More and more readers on my blog- starting to leave comments- very exciting! By now- you’ve all peeped Wayna’s debut video ‘My Love’- otherwise you will now…

We’re judging a Remix Contest this Friday w/ April Hill- stay tuned….

and I locked down SOUND IN COLOR which I’m super excited about as Maya Azucena is hosting and one of my faves is debuting in NY- Monica Blaire!

I’ve been going to the library lately. It’s a wonderful thing. I’m trying to make it a goal to read 2 books a month. Wish me luck. I also have to hit the gym or some sort of regimented work out and….Got to eat better- more healthy! Oh to do to do what’s a woman to do! And I’m nearly at my Facebook Friends Quota. Get me while you can!

Addictive TV out of UK have remixed and mashed up Slumdog Millionaire trailer- It’s brilliantly wicked! Check my Bloom Blog to view.

Karsh Kale at 92Y in Tribeca on Friday- 11PM.. Q-Tip at Santos Party House- Friday Midnight.. Saturday- Tomas Doncker at Barnes&Noble Lincoln Center- 7PM
Globalfest on Sunday- Webster Hall Tamara Wellons at Alvin Ailey Dance Studio– Sunday
Mama O’s Kimchee Salsa tasting at Jeffrey’s on Saturday… 2PM-7PM Essex Market.
Shouts to Kissey Asplund, Miz Metro, & Dred Scott I’m looking for more contributors….Hit me up if interested….

I’m getting tons of traffic on the blog so thanks for spreading the love…Bookmark it. Keep coming…. The Bloom Blog.

I’m also launching a Blog Contest on The Bloom Blog- Once a month kicking off with next Monday’s contest supported by Eb Did It Gift Baskets.

Winner will receive a beautiful custom made gift basket courtesy of Eb Did It. Thanks Eb!

No stopping Wayna. She’s on a roll and the next few weeks is all about Grammy’s. She’s also performing at several inaugural balls/events in D.C Jan 17-20th…
Her debut video ‘My Love’ is garnering a lot of praise/attention… Performing at SOB’s SOL VILLAGE– Feb 18th
Wayna will be in LA during Grammy week doing promo, performances, after parties and anything else we can pursue. Hit me up if you have any ideas.. Save the date: The Blue Note- Friday, April 3rd….
So nominated for a Grammy in the Urban Alternative Performance category. This is pretty remarkable and pretty much unheard of for an indie artist…What a unique story! Go Wayna!
‘My Love’ will have a world premiere on BETJ’s Soul Session inside the TOP TEN.
And…Lots more in the works…After all, it’s Wayna’s World!

Locked down the first show of ’09 and so excited! Shouts to Adriel of Ill-Literacy and The Funky Pixel for hooking up the dope design.
I’ve been wanting to bring Detroit crooner Monica Blaire for the longest and logistically it never worked until now and thus- her NY Debut….
The night is hosted by the fabulous and lovely Maya Azucena. This will be my first time seeing her in front of the mic not performing but giving some flavour to the night and verbal entertainment rather than vocal! Can’t wait. Also on the bill all the way live from Holland- Postman and one of my faves Kameron Corvet.
The night is powered by Thisisrealmusic, ONUTSS, Fusicology and Rebel Soul.
Friday, January 23rd- Joe’s Pub– Late Night Series 11PM
Hoping to have some goodies locked in TBA and handed out all night- stay tuned!! Can’t wait to see you all at SOUND IN COLOR.

Speaking of Maya hosting Sound in Color– we’re very excited to participate at the premiere screening for Maya’s debut video off the new album called ‘ Get It Together’.
DJ Center will be on the decks and there will also be a special intimate acoustic performance.
Wednesday, Jan 28th at 7:30PM at MADIBA in Fort Greene and sponsored by Fort Greene Film Society and The Bloom Effect.
The video is directed by Seth Kushner.
So show some love! ‘Get It Together’- Maya will be happy you did!!!!

Heston’s ‘Storyteller’ has a Europe release in the Spring. It continues to do well in the States online/downloads and critically…
He’s appearing on Soultalk Radio this Thursday at 10:30PM w/ Duane Simon so tune in…
He’s at Blue Note Late Night Series- Saturday, January 31st. Midnight...

April Hill’s Remix Contest for ‘ The Search’ is well under way with over 150 submissions already from various DJ’s, producers around the world…. After extending the submissions deadline to December 31st we finally got all the tracks in and uploaded…
There’s a big cash prize! Who’s going to be that lucky winner—- Well– the judges are sitting down(yes I’m included) this Friday at 5PM and we’re videotaping the entire event….
The decision will be made soon enough!
April just collaborated with Italian soul/jazz/funk act Live Tropical Fish. Look for their release soon and a tour in Italy!!

I’m a big fan of Art for Progress. They have some great initiatives and they’re a not for profit. If you’re not hip to them- get to know them…They’ll be your best friend…. Art for Progress is committed to celebrating the arts, cultivating emerging artists, and developing a diverse, creative community with an on-line presence.
They’re gearing up for Clash of the Artists- in its 3rd Year. Now in it’s third year plans on raising the standard of artist competitions across the world! At Art For Progress, they inspire exceptional international talent to get involved and support art education while having the opportunity to win fantastic prizes geared for the career artist. Here’s your opportunity to show the art world, peers, and fans your best work. The world will decide who makes it to the finals for the BIG EVENT in New York City in March 2009.
The annual competition encompasses genres of visual art, film, fashion, live music, DJ’s, and the exciting open category, “creative”. The interactive judging process allows the on-line community to view short films, listen to music, and see the work of artists and designers from Australia to New York. Over a five-week voting period, three finalists will be chosen in each category.
Deadline for submissions is this Friday…Jan 9th… No more submissions after this date and the voting begins on the 19th….. Stay tuned for where the Big Event will be in March 2009 and you can be sure that The Bloom Effect will be highly visible and participating….

So I’m helping this crew out from CT and MA doing shows up there- They’re looking out for me too with Sound In Color.
Saturday, Jan 24th in Springfield, MA at Holiday Inn, Penthouse Suite. 8:00PM featuring Leemy Waiters and the lovely Abby Dobson..
Organix Soul does all the Soul shows and they have radio shows too so definitely reach out to D.Moss and James!

So that’s my week so far- so much for starting out slow- I just jump right in! Can’t wait for anyone or anything….I’m on a roll and I need to stay here!!!

Follow me on Twitter if you’re not already…

I didn’t make the final nominations for the Shorty Awards which are being held in Feb in NYC but I did ok! Came in at #18 in the Ent Category- Not bad… I’m going Top 5 next year!!!

So I’ll be in LA…Can’t wait- I’m long overdue – Last time was there taking Anthony David around and now look where he is!!!

I’m working on another edition of SXSW SOUL! Look out!

I’m almost maxed on friends on Facebook. There’s a 5000 limit! I was told today by a staffer at Facebook that I need to do a celebrity page! Damn! Alright then!


Fiona Bloom

The Bloom Effect



Join Grammy-winning independent recording artist, Maya Azucena, and renowned cultural arts promotional team, Synchronized Rhythm as they welcome THE NEW CONGRESS in theirNew York Debut at Club Groove, Saturday, January 17, 2009!

Hailing from Minnesota, this six-member band has blazed the stage with their unique blend of R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Rock in major venues across the globe.  In 2006, they released “Everybody Gets Up” and received tremendous industry accolades including Best 2008 R&B Artist in the Twin Cities by City Pages of Minneapolis; Best R&B Artist/Group and R&B Album at the 2006 Minnesota Music Awards; and Neo Soul Artist of the Year and R&B Single of the Year at the 2006 Los Angeles Music Awards for their song “Make You Move.”  Their newest album, “Woman Is God,” is due to be released shortly and has already created a buzz around the country and in Europe. The New Congress have performed alongside some of the hottest artists in the industry including Prince, Faith Evans, Dwele, and Jon B, to name a few.  In addition to their Club Groove performance, they will also be opening for Mint Condition at BB Kings Blues Club & Grill on January 18, 2009.  We hope to see you there!

Get in Synch With the Rhythm!

Caprice & Chante
~Synchronized Rhythm~
The Cultural Arts Project

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