Laura Mvula and KING at El Rey Tue Sep 17

Wow this show just snuck up on me — I only found out about it tonight thanks to the ever-connected Wamuhu of PriMo Arts. We last saw Laura Mvula at the Bootleg Theater and the UK soul and gospel singer had us instantly mesmerized with her exquisite voice and beautiful melodies, with songs ranging from the upbeat Green Garden to the intimate, haunting She. Not too long ago, Laura was answering phones as a receptionist and sending out demo tapes and the rest is history — she’s burst upon the music scene with her debut album Sing to the Moon released earlier this year.

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Pravini US Tour and Exclusive Interview

Pravini, soul singer and songwriter from Netherlands, will be touring the US from April 19th to May 4th with 4 stops in the LA area. I was intrigued by Pravini’s eclectic fusion of soul, hiphop, Indian and South American rhythms and in researching her diverse heritage, I learned that there has been a strong, thriving East Indian community in Suriname, a former Dutch colony in South America, since the 1800s. Many emigrated to Netherlands, where Pravini was born, and she has really broken boundaries there and put a spotlight on the rich, diverse talent of the Dutch-Indian-Surinamese community. Pravini is excited to be performing her new music in the US and was gracious enough to grant me an interview, so enjoy her new single Move Me to Tears and read on! Continue Reading →

Paris Combo US Tour with New Album

By the time a friend introduced me to the wonderful eclectic music of Paris Combo, the group was already well into a long hiatus after their 2004 album Motifs. Their music is a blend of French cabaret, rumba, flamenco, Gypsy swing, cool jazz, African, Latin and Middle Eastern styles that defies easy categorization. My long wait to hear them live is over! They will be touring the US in April and May, playing new songs from their 5th studio recording, simply titled “5”. Here are their tour dates/cities:
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