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Acclaimed Poet, Musician, Artist, Saul Williams, Considers The Politics of Race and Poetry with the release of US (a.) 

Saul Williams (from Buzzfeed)


Where does one begin when speaking about the wonderful Saul Williams
He is so prolific - an actor, rapper, musician, artist, and writer. 

No wonder that he was commissioned to write a book about about the United States of America. 
In US (a.), he reflects on the complicated issue of identity, of being an American, and the ways in which race informs that identity.
Check out the beautiful interview on Buzzfeed here.

Enjoy this video below. He is definitely one of the artists…

Sananda Maitreya (Formerly Known as Terrence Trent Darby) Powerfully Addresses Civil Injustice in New Music Video 

Sananda Maitreya

He's back.
I have loved Sananda Maitreya since way back when he was known as Terrence Trent Darby.
His voice, his wonderful songs, his style, his sex appeal--- it was all enthralling. I followed his career as he became more and more philosophical and continued to produce beautiful music.  Today, my respect for him increases with the release of his new, powerful, passionate song and heartbreakingly beautiful music video.
The song is called I Wanna Breathe. According to AfroPunk, where…

Art Work for Upcoming Single from the Lady A Project 

The first single from the Lady A Project is due to be released soon. 
It is a protest song and a call for solidarity in the face of racism, police brutality and injustice.
Here is the cover art.
What do you think? :-)

Photography by Fabio Dal Grande, Emoeye Photography. http://www.emoeye.com/
Cover Art by Kim Bernard. https://kimbernard.carbonmade.com/

Single: Can You See Me? (Hands in the Air)
Artist: Alicia Saldenha
Writer/Producer: Alicia Saldenha
Mixing Engineer: Chris Howe  

Upcoming Single by Lady A aka Alicia…

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Black Lives Don't Matter to BET?? Why BET Ignored the Million Man March 

Were you excited when BET first launched? I was.

Coming from the Caribbean twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, it took a while before our little country got cable television. One of the channels I was most excited about was BET along with MTV. Music was always my passion.

Do you still feel that enthusiasm for BET and its programming in recent years? I don't.

And what do you think of BET's recent statement about its refusal to air the Million Man March 20 year reunion held in Washington, D.C. on October…

VibeOlogy - My New Music Podcast on Blackan Radio, Japan 

Hi Friends,

I've been wanting to do a music podcast for a while now, to promote the great independent artists I have discovered over the years and to introduce more and more people to the gorgeous music coming out of my homeland, Trinidad and Tobago.

Finally, here it is! Thanks to Blackan Radio, Japan, for hosting the show. Blackan has been a great champion of independent music by foreign artists in Japan, as well as a big supporter of my music and my albums, Rose, with indigo jam unit, and my solo album…

Top 12 Indigenous Songs of All Time!!! 



How unexpected and lovely!

My song, "Don't You Wish I Was Your Woman," is #1 on the Top 12 Indigenous Songs of All Time in Trinidad and Tobago!! It means so much to me that you loved the song enough to keep it on the charts for so long - 43 weeks! 

Moreover, the Indigenous Crew are doing such invaluable work by supporting local and independent artists at home. 

Thank you to everyone who voted for my songs and shared my music. Thank you for buying the music as well. Your support is so crucial. 

As independent…Read more

Press Release: Freedom Fest Japan Honors Nelson Mandela 

 

Freedom Fest Japan



Osaka, Japan

November 28, 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Osaka loves Nelson Mandela! November is Nelson Mandela month in Osaka with the launch of Freedom Fest Japan – a festival inspired by the former President of South Africa. 

Artists, dancers, musicians, photographers, academics and activists from all over the world have all come together to stage events throughout Osaka and even in Kyoto in honor of the ailing ninety-five year old Nelson Mandela. 

Freedom Fest Japan, conceived by the…

Press - Alicia Saldenha on Sisters with Beauty 

 I was very honored and pleased to be invited to do an interview with Sisters with Beauty, a hot new blog about natural hair and beauty based in the United States. If you've seen my photos, from the past braids and dreadlocks to the present fro, you'll know that natural hair is a passion of mine. So I was very happy and excited to do the interview.

Like me, Diana Ramsey, founder of the blog, is passionate about what she does and very dedicated. I wanted to be a part of her growing online presence as well…

Press - Alicia Saldenha Feature on AllVoices 

 

Thanks to Junior Campbell for his feature on me and my new solo album, Dance with the Sun, on AllVoices
Please check it out and share with friends. As an independent artist, the promotion is priceless. Without a record company, I rely on friends and fans to get the word out about my music. 
I truly appreciate all the support and I'm so happy to be able to share the new album with you.
Official release - June 13.

Read the article here.

"Dance with the Sun" Album Cover - Voilà!! 

My solo album, Dance with the Sun, is finally ready! Hooray!! 

The CD release is coming soon - Saturday May 12 at Janus in Shinsaibashi, Osaka.
I can't wait for the show and for you to listen to the album. :-)

Here is a preview - the album cover!

Photography by the multi-talented Zak Baney, who also directed the music video for my single, "Ooh Boy."

Album design by my dear friend, Bernhard Rothbucher, in Austria.

You really must buy the CD because the art work inside is just beautiful.

Thank you so…

Justice for Trayvon Martin 


(With my band in Japan, wearing our hoodies for Trayvon and for justice)

 I don't know what is worse - that in 2012, a young, innocent black boy can be pursued and shot to death by a self-righteous, racist, self-proclaimed vigilante, or that, despite the growing evidence, witnesses and public outcry, the police not only fail to arrest the shooter, but even make excuses for him.

It is deeply troubling that parents still have to teach their children - sons especially - that they must be careful, that…

Dear Whitney 

It is still difficult to accept the passing of Whitney Houston. The loss is compounded by the fact that it was so untimely - she was only 48 years old - and the fact that she was in the middle of a comeback. I, like countless other young children, sang to Whitney Houston in front of the mirror, or in front of the TV screen watching her on MTV, dreaming of the day when I, too, would be on the stage.

I don't want to think only of the sadness, however. This post is meant to focus on the happy news that we…

D'Angelo is Back! All Hail the King! 

Rumours have been circulating for years about a come-back for soul sensation, D'angelo, all leading 
to dead-ends and disappointment for his legions of fans around the globe.

We have been waiting since The Voodoo Tour of 2000. 

Then, last month, a leak of a new demo on the internet - "Black Hole Sun."

Now, concrete proof - clips of D'angelo's concert on January 26 in Stockholm at the Filadelfiakyrkan. 
(Pronounce it if you can.) 

He has ended his retreat and our frustration with the first of a…

"Ooh Boy" - Trinidadian Reggae Breaking Barriers in Japan (Press Release) 

 


Management and booking: info@lovealicia.com

Osaka, Japan

December 2011


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Trinidadian Soul Singer-Songwriter, Alicia Saldenha, Releases 1st Single in Japan

The beautiful and talented singer-songwriter from the Caribbean melts barriers and hearts in Japan with her romantic reggae tune, "Ooh Boy."


Soul singer-songwriter, Alicia Saldenha, born in the Caribbean twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, has been charming audiences in Japan, where she currently resides, with her…

Haiti - Horror and Hope 2 Years Later 


(http://news.yahoo.com)

It has now been two years since the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, which killed over 300,000 people, injured countless others and destroyed the infrastructure of the tiny Caribbean island.

Here in Japan, we can have special empathy for the people of Haiti, having experienced a terrible earthquake and even worse tsunami in 2011.

Unlike Japan, however, Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the Western hemisphere. The earthquake also destroyed Haiti's government and…