Category: Music


Featuring Mabika Ki, Milla Thyme, Basics, featuring a keyboard battle between Anomalie and David Osei-Afrifa, Christopher Vincent on trombone, and house band Urban Science holding it down with Jon Arseneau on bass, Anthony Pageot on drums, Frank O on guitar, and Vincent Stephen-Ong on sax.


?uestlove and D’Angelo made history at Bonnaroo 2012 with a funked up super jam that took the crowd by the throat and baptized them in the cosmic slop. The Roots‘ band members combined with Soultronics and Prince vets to form a superband featuring Pino Palladino, Eric Leeds, Jesse Johnson, Captain Kirk Douglas, James Poyser, Frank Knuckles and Kendra Foster. Bonnaroo365 takes you behind the scenes to reveal what it takes to make this kind of groundbreaking once-in-a-lifetime moment of musical overload occur – from New York City to Nashville in a matter of minutes. With this performance D’Angelo made his return to the stage after a 12-year hiatus to takeover the 2012 festival with an obnoxious wig-snatching set featuring “My Summertime Thang” that funks like he never left. The performance was the third super jam experience for ?uestlove, who had taken on the challenge twice before – once with Herbie Hancock and Pino Palladino, the second time with Ben Harper and John Paul Jones. This jam could potentially go down in history as one of the closest things to soul music nirvana since Wattstax, and this is just what happened last summer. With D’s long-awaited third album rumored to be on it’s way, you would be stone cold crazy to think they won’t try to top this – especially if ?uesto has anything to do with it. A word to the wise. Be ready for Bonnaroo 2013.






“Adorn” is a song by American singer Miguel, written and recorded as the first single from his second studio album Kaleidoscope Dream (2012). It was entirely written and produced by Miguel, who was inspired by a series of dreams he experienced prior to writing the song.[4]

“Adorn” was released to iTunes on August 7, 2012.[5] It peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming Miguel’s most successful single to date, as well as his third number 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It also currently holds the record for longest stay atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and is the only song in the chart’s history to spend 20 or more weeks at number-one.[6] The song earned three nominations for Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance at the 55th Grammy Awards, winning his first in the category of Best R&B Song.[7]



UK soul vet Omar Lye Fook returns strong with the video for his new single “The Man” ahead of his forthcoming LP of the same name. Though trite, it is absolutely true that Omar kills the track; an expertly produced and utterly seamless series of movements that put lackluster soul music to bed within the first measures. Ever-ahead of the curve, Omar anchors this joint with bass clarinet and peppers the track with pockets of strings and flute. Take note. The bar has officially been raised. Omar is an artist whose talent and attention to detail make it nearly impossible to find a mediocre track with his name on it. In keeping with tradition, this song is a stunner.

The visual is directed by Robin Brunson of Hexstatic. This video – a simple black & white take that moves in and out of color through the myopic angle of a fisheye lens – animates the refreshingly luminescent power of love in vibrant bursts that correspond with Omar’s most heartwarming lyrics. This is a joint about personal evolution that champions the responsibilities and rewards of manhood as they correspond with a life in love. The single drops with three reworks of the title track, including contributions from Shafiq Husayn, Zed Bias aka Maddslinsky and Scratch Professer. The short release also features a re-recorded version of Omar’s 1990s classic “There’s Nothing Like This” featuring Soultronics bass god, Pino Palladino. That’s not all! The Man LP drops June 24th on Freestyle Records and features Caron Wheeler, Stuart Zender and the Hidden Jazz Quartett. From the looks of it, this joint will be a game changer. Check the video for “The Man” below. Scroll down for the single tracklisting.























A video for one of the singles from ‘Invocation’, the debut album of deep afro house producer Boddhi Satva (Central African Republic / Belgium) which came out last year. Featuring griot legend Oumou Sangaré, ‘Ngari Konon’ opens up Boddhi Satva’s sound to a broad audience.



It goes without saying that you need to understand French to get the most out of any release by the Malian-born, France-based rapper Oxmo Puccino, particularly as he is renowned for his word play and cinematic storytelling. But that shouldn’t stop non-French speakers from checking out his music; you can still enjoy his flow and the beats.


Roi sans carrosse, his six and latest album, hit the stores yesterday, and the man the French call the black Jacques Brel doesn’t disappoint. Our only minor gripe would be that 11 tracks seems a bit on the stingy side after the bumper-packed live album he treated us to a couple of years ago.

If you enjoy these two vids, then you won’t regret giving the rest of Roi sans carrosse a listen.