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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Purple Summer in Europe

As millions of Purple Hippies know Prince has left the U.S. to start his Welcome 2 America European Tour this Summer so ALL of y'all over seas get ready 4 some PURPLE FUNK this Summer. The Welcome 2 America Tour started off at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in Quebec,Canada on June 24th and 25th. Prince has now headed to Paris, France for a performance on June 30th at Stade De France where there will be a Special appearence by Sharon and The Dap Kings. Here is the performance and Interview on the French T.V. Show "Le Grand Journal".

Prince and Band interview:

30 min Music performance:

Now here are the rest of the European Tour dates 4 The Welcome 2 America Summer 2011 Tour.

24/25 June -Montreal International Jazz Festival, Quebec, Canada[SOLD OUT]

30 June - Stade De France, Paris, France

2 July - Open'er Festival, Gdynia, Poland

3 July - Hop Farm Festival, Kent, England

5/6 July Gent Sint Pietersplein, Ghent, Belgium [6th SOLD OUT]

8-10 July North Sea Jazz 2011, Rotterdam, The Netherlands [SOLD OUT]
Tickets Sales :

13 July Rockhal, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

15 July Umbria Jazz Festival, Arena Santa Giuliana, Perugia, Italy

16 July Summer Festival, Piazza Napoleone, Lucca, Italy (TBC)

21 July Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland

23-24 July Spektrum, Olso, Norway [23rd SOLD OUT]

26 July Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

28 July Lanxess Arena, Cologne Germany

30 July Malahide Castle, Dublin, Ireland

4 August o2 World Berlin, Germany [POSTPONED?CANCELLED]

6 August NPG Music and Arts Festival, 10-door, Copenhagen, Denmark [NEW]

11-13 August Way Out West Festival, Slottsskogen Park, Gothenburg, Sweden

Saturday, June 25, 2011

2nd Anniversary of Michael Jackson's Death

As millions ALL over the world STOP and remember that two years ago on June 25th we lost a Icon and a Legend when we found out Michael Jackson died it felt like the World had STOP and indeed the World did STOP. Every TV, Computer, Cell phone , Internet was reporting on the death of Michael Jackson the man that had become inspiration to millions had fallen. What does Michael Jackson mean to Me he was the soundtrack of my life, when I was a little girl I dream I was going to Marry Michael LOL. I also reflected on the days when Michael would interrupt TV programming to premiere his latest video's and after watching going to School and telling ALL your friends that you saw the newest Michael Jackson video and remembering the dance steps. Now it's been Two years since his death and his music still moves ME. I Thank God for the time we ALL have shared in the ups and downs of Michael Jackson so on the second Anniversary I say I LOVE U MICHAEL and Thank you for giving us so many memories in your videos and Music and in your three children Prince Michael Jackson Jr. Paris Jackson, and Prince Michael Jackson II A.K.A Blanket. Here is some of my favorite video's

Michael Jackson-Smooth Criminal

Michael Jackson-Dirty Diana

Michael Jackson-Rock with You

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Music from Jill Scott "Light of the Sun"

Well it's the First day of Summer and we have new music for the Summertime from our Girl Jill Scott who's New album is OUT TODAY!! called "Light of the Sun". Here is what The Hollywood Reporter is saying about the new Jill Scott album. It’s been nearly four years since R&B singer Jill Scott graced us with a new album. Her fourth studio venture is finally here, and is garnering generally positive feedback from critics.

“The Light of the Sun” was released on Tuesday (June 21), rolling off the momentum of her noteworthy lead single featuring Anthony Hamilton, “So In Love.” The 15-track album also includes collaborations with Doug E. Fresh, Eve and Paul Wall, as well as that signature spoken-word we come to expect from Ms. Scott.

Now here is NPR Radio review on "Light of the Sun" "I gotta do what I gotta do, son," Jill Scott says on "Le BOOM Vent Suite," a third of the way through her fourth studio album. "Grown woman making decisions and choices." It's not as if she ever really had a frivolous phase, but on The Light of the Sun, out June 21, Scott sounds whole, composed. She's powerful, and she's fighting the good fight.

Scott has come a long way since she was working as The Roots' hook girl. (Can you imagine a time when Scott rode the bus on the Things Fall Apart tour just to come out and sing the chorus she'd written for Erykah Badu to sing in "You Got Me"? And people were kind of bummed when she hit the stage — until they heard her sing, of course?) Scott began in Philadelphia as a spoken-word artist, and on The Light of the Sun, she incorporates that work into her songs cleverly. When she finds an opening to leaven her singing with speech, she goes for it, but within reason and to an end.

That end might be an offering to women when they're feeling bruised or disappointed. Scott has publicly taken a few punches herself in recent years — a divorce, followed by a short relationship which left her a single parent. "God, please hear my call / I am afraid for me," she sings in "Hear My Call." "Love has burned me raw / I need your healing." In that song, Scott is backed by swelling strings and tender piano; she says "please" over and over, with a different inflection every time. But in spite of the pleading, there isn't anything ragged in her voice.

Scott's words aren't wasteful, and she doesn't sound like the type to cry in public. She's honest and heartfelt, but she also comes off as a better version of a regular woman. I've seen a sold-out arena crowd hang on her every word and shout encouragement from the cheap seats. She feels close enough that listeners can sing with her, while still looking up to her.

After all, this is the woman who can turn a Doug E. Fresh beatbox and a touch of ragtime piano into the bottom of a breezy kissoff song ("All Cried Out [Redux]"), in which she sounds more free and brazen than she has in years. This is also the woman who calls herself a "motherf—— G" in a spoken-word track called "Womanifesto" — and destroys all doubt that she's anything less. And hear what Jill had to say about her new album.

Jill Scott on "Light of the Sun"

Tracks listings
01. Blessed
02. So In Love feat. Anthony Hamilton
03. Shame feat. Eve
04. All Cried Out (Redux) feat. Doug E. Fresh
05. Le BOOM Vent Suite
06. So Gone (What My Mind Says) feat. Paul Wall
07. Hear My Call
08. Some Other Time
09. Making You Wait
10. Until Then (I Imagine)
11. Missing You
12. When I Wake Up
13. Womanifesto
14. Rolling Hills
15. The Light of the Sun

Here are two of new Video
Jill Scott-Shame(Ft.Eve and The A Group)

Jill Scott-So In Love(Ft.Anthony Hamilton)

Listen to 'Light of the Sun' In it's Entirety

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Honoring the Purple Funk that is Prince

Today millions of Purple Hippie Fans ALL over the world are celebrating Prince Rogers Nelson 53rd birthday(June 7, 1958). I am reminded how I was first introduce 2 his music at the tender age of three years old by my cousin who was living in Memphis Tennessee and when I heard is name I was like "WHAT" are you kidding me, who would name their child Prince but once I heard the MUSIC I was hooked and now at the age of Twenty-Nine I have been following him ALL of my life his music has been the soundtrack of my life, like so many others have been. But it's been something about that Minneapolis sound that I have held on to and will continue to hang on 2. I want 2 Thank GOD 4 Prince Rogers Nelson and all that he has done 4 music and the Music Industry so 2day I am Honoring the man I LOVE and who has been a BIG Inspiration and Influence N my life. I remember my very first concert which was the Emancipation concert and I was like "WHOA" he is AMAZING! my 2nd concert was the Musicology tour N 2004 and that little girl who went 2 see her first movie which was Purple Rain back N Memphis sitting N my moms lap a saying 2 myself one day I would like 2 work with him and see him perform Purple Rain live well I haven't work with him YET but my dream of him performing Purple Rain during the Musicology tour back N 2004 brought tears 2 my eyes. Prince's music has made me laugh, cry, wonder, dance and reflect on GOD and how his longevity in the business has made him stand out from other artist and musician. So here is the story on Prince Rogers Nelson. Prince Rogers Nelson was born on Saturday, June 7, 1958 to John and Mattie Nelson @ Mt. Sinai Hospital in Minnesota. His father played piano in a Jazz trio called the Prince Rogers Band and named his son after the group. John was 20 years older than Mattie, who was 24 when Prince was born. He worked by day as a plastic molder at Honeywell Computers while Mattie stayed home to raise Prince and his sister Tika Evene. Prince's parents separated when he was seven years old in 1965. The separation had a tremendous influence on Prince's life, causing him to become closer to his younger sister, whom he affectionately called 'Tyka'. Mattie remarried in 1967 to Howard Baker, whom Prince disliked instantly. As a result, Prince started running away from home at age 12, often spending time with his father or an aunt. When he was home, he spent much of his time in his room, teaching himself to play on the piano his father had left behind. As Prince put it, 'My father and me, we're the same. He's a little sick ~ just like I am!' Prince would pick out tunes and play them for his sister. At the time, his favorite tunes were from TV shows such as Batman, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and The Munsters. This also caused Prince to become an introvert; he was considered shy and reclusive and became known as a loner.

Prince was very ambitious in school and made good grades though he is the first to admit that he never really liked it. Prince also excelled in athletics playing football, baseball and basketball. In fact, he was good enough to play junior varsity basketball at Central High School in Minneapolis. Prince also excelled in music theory, guitar class and stage band. He decided early on that he was serious about having a music career and went on to take several classes in song copywriting, recording and other music business classes. Now here some of my favorite albums
1.Purple Rain
2.Sign of the Time
5.Graffiti Bridge
Here is 2 of my ALL time favorite performance

Art of Musicology

Acoustic 2004 by href="" target="_blank">samsarax

Musicology 04 N Los Angeles

Friday, June 3, 2011

JUNE Is Black Music Month

This is the Sixth month of the New Year and I want 2 show my LOVE 4 ALL the African American musician ALL over the world. As millions may know I want to Honor the greats like Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, Tina Tuner, Sly and the Family Stones, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Gap Band, Diana Ross, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, George Clinton and P-Funk, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Mary J. Bilge, Alicia Keys. Frankie Beverly and Maze, James Brown, Chaka Khan, Maxwell, Lenny Kravitz Four Tops, Temptation, Smokey Robinson, Rick James, Ne-Yo, Monica, Brandy, Trey Songz, Toni Braxton, Aretha Franklin, Maceo Parker, Sade, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Bebe and CeCe Winans, New Edition, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Bob Marley, Fantasia, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Bo Diddly,Ike Turner, Luther Vandross and countless musician so many 2 name I just want 2 say Thank You for your HARD work and dedication to your body of work that have been Inspirational and Foundational soundtracks in my Life Past and Present. Here is the History on Black Music Month. American music reflects the diverse character of the American people. Each musical form reflects a mosaic of contributions by groups and individuals who arrived on U.S. shores from every corner of the world. It is difficult to imagine American music without the rich and continuing innovations of African Americans. Even as today’s hip-hop and rap owe much to the call-and-response patterns that black slaves brought from Africa, virtually every other American musical form similarly has been leavened by African-American traditions and innovations.

Spurred by the songwriter and record producer Kenny Gamble, President Jimmy Carter in 1979 designated June as Black Music Month. A quarter century later, President Bush continues to issue an annual Black Music Month proclamation.

The original African Americans were transported across the Atlantic to lives of involuntary servitude. They mostly came from West Africa, where call-and-response interaction between speaker and listener was common in civic and government gatherings, religion and music. As slaves, black Americans could not participate in government, but they were quick to adapt their native culture to Christian religious services, and to church music.

Church-going slaves of the 17th and 18th centuries would repeat, in call-and-response fashion, the hymns and psalms sung by the service leader. In the plantation fields of the American South, they employed these patterns in a variety of work songs, field hollers and other kinds of black folk music. Often improvised and typically syncopated (stressing the weak beat), these forms would develop in many directions and exert a strong influence on much of the nation’s popular music.

Slave religion also spurred the "Negro spiritual," often called a “jubilee.” Among the most beloved spirituals were Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and Roll Jordan Roll. Beginning in 1871, the touring Fisk Jubilee Singers, (based at Fisk University, a historically black college founded in Nashville, Tennessee in 1866) brought the spiritual, arranged for chorus, to much of the United States and Europe. The exposure helped catalyze the fusion of African American and other forms of popular music.

By the beginning of the 20th century, African-American music had evolved into new forms. Composers like Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake pioneered a piano style combining a regularly accented left (bass) hand beat with a highly syncopated right (treble) melody. It was called ragtime, and was one the genres that later combined to form jazz. Compositions like Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag (1899) transcended racial divisions and deepened the influence of black roots on American music.

At about the same time, the field hollers, work songs and other black music of the South gave birth to the blues. Incorporating a call and response pattern in lyrics (a-a-b pattern, "a" line repeated) or between vocals and instrumentation (often "slide guitar," applying a round metal tube rather than fingers to the guitar strings) and unique harmonic progressions, blues artists sang of sadness and melancholy in love. W.C. Handy's Memphis Blues (1912) is a leading example. Artists like B.B. King and John Lee Hooker continue the tradition. The blues, in its many regional (Chicago blues, Memphis blues, Delta blues) and other variations, remains popular in its own right, and its influence is apparent in the development of jazz, rock and later musical forms.

The black church remained a fecund source of musical inspiration. By 1930, elements of the blues and old Negro spirituals were crystallizing into gospel music. Thomas A. Dorsey, music director at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago, was instrumental in popularizing the sound, which featured a full-throated vocalist accompanied by choir, piano or organ, and by energetic audience participation, often vigorous rhythmic handclapping. Mahalia Jackson, who would perform at the inaugurat of President John F. Kennedy and the funeral of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., frequently is cited as the finest vocalist of the gospel tradition.

Gospel placed a direct imprint on later, more secular forms of black music, like rhythm and blues (R & B) and soul. Artists like Aretha Franklin (a preacher's daughter), Sam Cooke (a preacher's son) and the Reverend Al Green each incorporated gospel elements into their personal, form-transcending styles.

These African-American sounds are a treasured part of the nation's cultural heritage. They continue to bring great enjoyment to millions. Their influence spread even further through two of America's most popular musical idioms -- jazz and rock -- and then into the new music of the 21st century.