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This Christmas 

Donny Hathaway


  Christmas time has come again. Even here in Japan, which is not a predominantly Christian country, the holiday lights, decorations, events and songs declare the season's popularity.

One of my favorite Christmas songs is Donny Hathaway's This Christmas. I love listening to his version and I love singing it as well. In fact, I've performed it a few times this month at various Christmas events.

Today, I'd like to share a beautiful version which I discovered recently on YouTube. What is even…

The New Nutcracker 

The Nutcracker - http://www.cbtnva.org/nutcracker

 

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Baltimore School for the Arts dancers - http://www.bsomusic.org/calendar/events/2014-2015-events/the-nutcracker.aspx


As a child, The Nutcracker was one of my favorite ballet productions. It inspired my desire to become a ballerina and to take ballet lessons in primary school back in Trinidad.
 
With a fabulous score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet premièred at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892…

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…

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…

New Art Music Video!!! - Fractal Addict by Alicia Saldenha 

RedFire (Fractal Art by Alicia Saldenha - DeviantArt.com)



  Hi Friends,

Drum roll please......

Announcing my new art music video!!! 

Yes, art AND music. 

With my new passion for fractal art, I decided to showcase some of my first digital creations in a movie slideshow, set the the soundtrack of my original music. I'm a beginner in the weird and wonderful world of fractal art, but I love it so much that I have been producing tons and tons of it. I'd like to share some of it with you.

(You can also visit my Digital

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…

Bilal & The Roots!!  

 Fantastic performance of "The Other Side" by The Roots feat. Bilal on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Dec. 6, 2011.
The song is off of their new album, "undun."

Bilal is always wonderful but here he just blows me away. 
Enjoy!

12月のライブのPV (December Events Promo Video) 

 Well, I was at the studio with my band last week, rehearsing until 2 a.m. (with everyone's busy schedule, midnight rehearsals are often our only option),
when I decided to do an impromptu promo video for our upcoming gigs. I wish I had thought of it earlier because it was only two days before the first show.
Still, we had fun doing it and it turned out so well that I may try to do more next year for our shows.
I'm calling it my directorial debut but the guys actually needed little direction - they were…