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Be There for Me

Mariam is a singer/songwriter and self taught guitarist hailing from South London. Described as ‘atmospheric soul’, her music is the perfect blend of soul, folk and pop with thought provoking lyrics.

Mariam has always had a strong passion for words, writing poetry and creative pieces at a young age. She was quick to understand that she had a natural gift to combine rhythmic melodies with meaningful words, an ability she credits to her Nigerian heritage. She adds “Nigerians are natural story tellers, it is an art that is passed down and learned within the family and community, hearing stories has been a prominent fixture in my life just as strong as music. Music is such a powerful way to tell stories and relate to others, and I love how words come together to paint pictures”.

In 2011, Mariam decided it was finally time to share her music with the world and introduce herself as a singer/songwriter. She got well acquainted with the underground scene and started playing open mic nights.  These experiences turned into opportunities and Mariam joined the ‘London Community Gospel Choir’ (who has supported artist such as Tom Jones, Sam Smith and more) and started working on original material with local artists (including British artist Samm Henshaw).

The soulful singer/songwriter is now proud and ready to share her debut EP; a mature piece of work full of vocal grit and depth. Mariam managed to find the right balance between vulnerability and strength without losing her unique soulful sound that is her own. Mariam adds ‘The EP was birthed out of a heart to heart that myself and the producer had on our first session. I shared about my disappointment of my initial EP not working out, the highs and lows of being a solo artist and just about life.This is my way of bringing everyone in on that conversation, it is the fruit of it and something I am proud to share.’ Her debut EP ‘Heart To Heart’ is now available on all digital platforms. Make sure you stream her video below and as always….

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Levels

Today’s post comes from a well-known DC rapper Azizi Gibson as he ask questions about social injustices and provides solutions for the lost in his latest single ‘Levels’. The melodic production and smooth vocals invites you into a peaceful world that challenges the views and morals of  our society. Encouraging listeners to stay on the righteous path and come together so we can fix the hate in the world. Using his words as weapons of motivation for anyone who may be thinking about giving up. Make sure you stream this inspirational video below and as always…

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Blue Lights

Today’s post comes from the skilled singer and songwriter Jorja Smith as she blesses our page with her celestial voice. Jorja provides a mysterious vibe that forces listeners to find out more, judging by face value you can’t help but notice how she resembles the great Sade musically as well as physical. On her latest single released “blue lights” Jorja speaks about the duality of life, speaking on everyday scenarios that can go both ways. Comparing the blue lights to police officers or authority, stating that if you have nothing to hide from then the lights should just pass you by. Encouraging listeners to do right and be there best self and in return the obstacles of life will begin to pass you by. Make sure you stream this video below and as always…

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KING

Kidswithsoul finds himself on our page today with their new music video for “King”, a single off his highly anticipated EP From Under. This track deals with Kidswithsoul’s battle of self, and finding out who he is and what he wants to accomplish. Taking on a militant mentality of him against society, battling to rise to the top.  With recent performances at SxSw and an upcoming show at the Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY he is well on his way. We look forward to seeing more of the guru soon, make sure you stream is video below and as always…

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Phenomenal Women

Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” is one of poetry’s most cherished pieces of literature. The poem has been performed countless times in classrooms and heard an innumerable time in households. She has been empowering young women and men for years especially in the African American community through her literature, poetry and social activism. Her message has been heard and continues with an electric new visual from Laura Mvula who honors Mrs. Angelou’s legacy with her latest song “Phenomenal Women”. This magnetic high energy video was filmed in Cape Town, South Africa and captures a different vibe with a soulful sound and images of women dancing and celebrating freedom. When you hear Mvula’s voice you can’t help but compare her sound to Nina Simone and Billie Holiday two vocal greats of our time, but don’t take our word see for your self below and as always….

 

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Rest In Power

Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, has died at the age of 69. The northern California police department confirmed her death Tuesday morning. (May 3, 2016) Shakur, a political activist and member of the Black Nationalist group and Black Panther Party, has been an active presence in our nations fight for equality. In 1969 she was arrested for conspiracy in New York, she was accused of plotting to bomb buildings and landmarks, she was later acquitted in 1971 and gave birth to Tupac the month after. Afeni was also the subject in Tupac’s famous song “Dear Mama” which was released in 1995. The single accumulated much success by going platinum and touched the hearts of millions who could relate. She also is credited for being the moderator of Tupac’s estate since his death in 1996, as well as establishing the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, which supports art programs for children. Afeni Shakur was a voice for the voiceless, a human activist for the less fortunate and her presence will be missed. We personally want to thank her for all of her efforts and endeavors while living and continue to carry on her message. Rest in Power Afeni Shakur!

 

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THE RISE AND FALL OF A KING

Decline is something inevitable for every player in any sport, they peak and start to decline. LeBron James is no different and this has led many to wonder if King James still holds the throne for best player in the league. Regardless who you ask, LeBron James has been one of the best players in the league for the past 8 years. Accumulating 4 MVPs, 2 NBA titles, 2 NBA Finals MVPs and All-star selection every year. Getting the job done and efficiently with an offensive dominance unparalleled to anyone else in the league since Oscar Robinson or Wilt Chamberlain. Logging heavy minutes in his career the 31 year old has a lot of wear and tear to his body. When you consider he’s been playing heavy minutes since he was a rookie out of high school along with lots of postseason minutes and lets not forget the Olympics, needless to say the average athlete would be drained. Looking at the decline in his numbers since the 2013 season LeBron still produces some of the leagues best and most consistent stats but the decline is there. Which brings us to the big question- is LeBron still the undeniable best player in the league? Depending on whom you ask will dictate different answers. The die-hard fans wont reason with you, but if you ask others there are a lot of people who hold a different stance on the best player in the league. Some people think Stephen Curry is the best player in the league, others Kevin Durant or Westbrook, times change and so do players. Steph is the greatest shooter ever and is scoring at an efficiency never before seen, and at the very least, there are guys in the league breathing down his neck for that title. The point Im trying to make is, LeBron is just going through what every player goes through in his or her career and that decline is inevitable. LeBron is still really good, but is he the best, is he what he used to be? Maybe he is maybe he isn’t, and that’s the beauty, you can make a case that he is, but you can also make an equal case for the new talent. All in all, LeBron is still a fantastic player who should not be taken for granted, even if hes becoming yesterdays news in some folks mind.

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