JAZZ AT DREW 2018, LOS ANGELES (CA), OCTOBER 6TH 2018


image descriptionJoin the Wave for “Jazz At Drew” an all-day outdoor fundraising and community concert produced and hosted by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. This year’s concert series will be held on October 6th from 12pm-9pm. Performances by: After 7, The S.O.S. Band, Jazz Funk Soul featuring Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr, and Everette Harp, The Pete Escovedo Orchestra, DW3 and more on the campus!

Event/Ticket Links: Call (323) 357-3669 or visit http://www.jazzatdrew.com

SOULNIC 2018, LOS ANGELES (CA), JUNE 30TH 2018


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SOULNIC is a free, family-oriented dance music festival with DJs and live musicians who showcase the soulful sides of House music. Originally created in 2010, SOULNIC has quickly become L.A.’s largest Soulful Dance Music Festival. This is a one-of-a-kind event in Los Angeles that has been widely accepted by the community, attracting attendees of all ages and backgrounds.

To date, SOULNIC has more than doubled in size each year. This year, we anticipate 4,000 in attendance. And in order to meet the rising costs to produce this event, we are seeking to raise $65,000. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to THE GOOD SEED SHELTER, Our charitable beneficiary. Good Seed Shelter’s mission is to help youth not only live, but thrive. We provide a supportive, nurturing and specialized care for homeless young people in California, through supportive housing, job training, comprehensive services and individual planning. The Good Seed creates an environment where youth, ages 18-25, can grow to achieve their full potential. Our aim is to ensure that youth have the tools they need to realize their goals and dreams, so that they may live healthy and meaningful lives.
The Good Seed Shelter attempts to fulfill a mission to “Shelter Those Who Are Homeless, Cloth Those Who Are in Need, Feed Those Who Are Hungry, and Assist Whenever We Are Needed.
We need your help to either become a sponsor or assist in finding sponsors. If you work for a company OR know of a company that has a charitable giving arm or a company that could benefit from a marketing partnership for this event, please contact us to provide a referral.

Once you’ve made the commitment to support SOULNIC, share this campaign and your SOULNIC experience with others. Be sure to ‘like’ the official SOULNIC Facebook page, tag yourself in our photo gallery and, if possible, attend one of our upcoming fundraising events.

You may obtain more info here: http://www.soulnic.tv

ESSENCE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), JULY 5TH-8TH 2018


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Janet Jackson and newly minted Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige are among the headliners announced for the 2018 Essence Festival. The festival returns to the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans July 5-8.

The initial performance lineup also includes a headline set featuring Erykah Badu and Jill Scott with Snoop Dogg and other guests in a special curation by The Roots. Rounding out the first wave of announced headliners are Miguel, Fantasia and Xscape. Also scheduled to perform: Daniel Caesar, H.E.R., Kelela, Ro James, DVSN, 112, Mali Music, Kevin Ross, Marsha Ambrosius and Teddy Riley’s New Jack Swing Experience featuring Wreckx-n-Effect, BlackStreet and Guy.

More than 40 acts will appear between the Mainstage and the four Superlounges stationed inside the Superdome. Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks. The Mainstage host is Roy Wood Jr.

You may purchase tickets here:

https://www.essence.com/festival/tickets

JAZZ AT DREW, LOS ANGELES (CA), OCTOBER 7TH 2017


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Jazz at Drew is an all-day outdoor concert and featured some of the most prolific names in jazz and R&B. This year’s concert was headlined by Earth, Wind & Fire, the legendary Grammy Award winning act. Lineup also included performances by Sheila E, the West Coast Get Down featuring Kamasi Washington, Miles Mosley, Cameron Graves, Ron Bruner and more, DW3, Eloise Laws, and the Fernando Pullum Center Arts Community Band. It all happened on the campus of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and is its largest fundraiser.

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                 KAMASI WASHINGTON

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EARTH WIND & FIRE WITH FERNANDO PULLUM CENTER ARTS CENTER COMMUNITY BAND 

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For 20 years, Jazz at Drew’s emphasis on showcasing home-grown talent with international appeal has been the distinguishing factor that separates the event from larger jazz festivals in Southern California, in a range of styles, while being surrounded by a colorful marketplace and health pavilion.

Venue is located at:

1731 E 120th St, Los Angeles, CA 90059

UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FESTIVAL 2017, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 29TH 2017


 

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Wolof Times, here with Sultry and conscious Reggae artist JAH9, was honored to be a part of the 31st UCLA Jazz & Reggae Festival with its eclectic mix of Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B and Reggae. There was great attendance this year of not just students but the city of Los Angeles as this festival has become a city event, in its 31st year. Fans can rejoice in hearing student-picked artists of various musical genres, as well as enjoy local and international food via the vendors.

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ESSENCE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), JUNE 30TH-JULY 2ND 2017


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The Essence Festival, known as “the party with a purpose”, is an annual music festival which started in 1994 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women. It is the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States. Locally referred to as the Essence Fest, it has been held in New Orleans, Louisiana every year since 1994 except for 2006, when it was held in Houston, Texas due to Hurricane Katrina. It also held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in 2016. It features artists simultaneously performing on a main stage as well as four standing-room only superlounge stages.

You may buy tickets here:

http://www.essence.com/festival/tickets

 

UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FESTIVAL 2017, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 29TH 2017


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In honor of the festival’s 31st anniversary, JazzReggae Fest is celebrating three decades of good vibes, jammin’ music, and cultural enrichment with a one-day festival under the Los Angeles sun. From the festival’s humble beginnings in 1986, it has continued to grow and develop while forging connections between UCLA and the broader Los Angeles community. In keeping with the successful model set last year, Jazz Reggae Fest is sticking to its roots, presenting headliners from the genres of jazz and reggae accompanied by a curated selection of talented student bands. In addition to the early festival elements of jazz, reggae, and a grassy venue, live art, and food and craft vendor elements are also offered.

You may purchase tickets here:

www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0B005299B62A8229

 

DELL-P, 4 DA ART, PHILADELPHIA (PA), 2017


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Dell-P is a Conscious Rapper from Philadelphia. His latest album “4 DA ART” contains all of the elements Real Hip Hop lovers have been yearning for: That Conscious Neo Soul Sound punctuated with positive, uplifting and well-thought-out verses, Historical Black Speech interjections, Black Love ballads, vivid descriptions of Black struggle, inner-city dwellings and situations, as well as collaborations with Dope Female MCs. The type of music you want to inspire your own children or the next generation in these crucial times, see post-Obama era.

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Philly’s Breakthrough Artist Of The Year Dell-P has definitely  come back to defend his crown at his peak. 4 DA ART is a testament of hard work, perseverance and lyrical virtuosity. Support this album as it is much needed in these trying times we are facing. We hope that you enjoy it and spread the word about one of Philadelphia’s top MCs. It is time to expose our youth and the world to this type of message. Dell-P is proof that Hip Hop Still Lives!!! Be sure to follow Dell-P on IG & TWITTER @DELLP215.

 

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NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), APRIL 28TH-MAY 7TH 2017


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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival goes down April 28th – 30th and May 4th – 7th. The festival annually celebrates the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana, alongside unforgettable performances by nationally and internationally renowned guest artists. With twelve stages and over 500 bands performing virtually every style of music, Jazz Fest presents one of the entertainment world’s most diverse music lineups. Hundreds of thousands of fans annually flock to the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course for Jazz Fest, which has been called America’s best festival.

You may purchase tickets here:

http://www.nojazzfest.com/tickets/

LINEUP

Aaron Neville
Alabama Shakes
Amos Lee
Anders Osborne
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians
Big Freedia
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Blues Traveler
Bonerama
Buddy Guy
Corinne Bailey Rae
Cowboy Mouth
Cyril Neville & SwampFunk
Darius Rucker
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Dawes
Dr. John
Earth Wind & Fire
Elle King
Ellis Marsalis
Galactic
George Benson
Harry Connick Jr.
Honey Island Swamp Band
Hot 8 Brass Band
Irma Thomas
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
JohnnySwim
Jon Batiste and Stay Human
Jon Cleary
Jonny Lang
Judith Owen & Krewe de Jude
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers
Kings of Leon
Lake Street Dive
Leon Bridges
Lorde
Marcia Ball
Margo Price
Maroon 5
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Meghan Trainor
NAS with The Soul Rebels
Patti LaBelle
Pitbull
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Rebirth Brass Band
Rhiannon Giddens
Snoop Dogg
Sonny Landreth
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
Stevie Wonder
Tab Benoit
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Lone Bellow
The Mavericks
The Meters
The Revivalists
The Travelin’ McCourys
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tower of Power
Trey Anastasio Band
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Usher with The Roots
Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters
Widespread Panic
Wilco

A TOUCH OF AFRICA IN SANTA CRUZ, SANTA CRUZ (CA), JUNE 15TH-18TH 2017


“A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz“, an event which will take place June 15th-18th, 2017, featuring world-class dance & music teachers as well as artists from Africa and the Diaspora representing their cultures through dance, drumming and music performance. The event will offer a total of 35 workshops, performances, food, arts & crafts, educational lectures and panel discussions.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS!

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There will also be musical and dance performances by Sambada (Afro-Brazilian Funk & Dance music) and Pascal Bokar (Afro-Jazz) respectively on Saturday June 17th & Sunday June 18th.

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Please visit our Facebook page and website:

https://www.facebook.com/atouchofafricainsantacruz/

http://daafricanvillage.org/

for updates and information regarding this exciting event. Please also like and share this page on facebook with your friends and family as this is a community event and all are welcome! More to come!!!!

AFRICA RISING, EAST HOLLYWOOD (CA), OCTOBER 15TH 2016


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Africa Rising 2016 is a positive family-oriented event created to uplift the continent and showcase World Music & Dance as well as Reggae and Jazz acts from Africa and the Diaspora. The event was hosted by conscious and legendary actor Isaiah Washington. He recently became the first African-American to become a Sierra-Leonese citizen on the sole basis of a DNA test. The event took place at the Ford Theatres which offered a scenic stage backdrop with its open roof, amidst Hollywood. The headliners were African Reggae Ambassador & Grammy-nominated Rocky Dawuni and legendary Marie Daulne, half of Zap Mama. The Festival also featured popular local acts such as Wondem, an Ethiopian-influenced Jazz ensemble led by Dexter Story, as well as some of the best West African and Afro-Cuban dancers and drummers in the city of Los Angeles. The event was a definite success as the venue was nearly full and the crowd had great vibes. Rocky Dawuni’s high energy, Zap Mama’s sultry’s voice, Wondem’s musical virtuosity, the great dancing and drumming, as well as Daniel Bambaata Marley’s guest appearance (Ziggy’s son) made the audience rejoice in clamor. Also Parking was only $5 in Hollywood out of all places.

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AFRICA RISING, EAST HOLLYWOOD (CA), OCTOBER 15TH 2016


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Presented by 89.9 KCRW and Afro Funke’, Africa Rising celebrates the influence and legacy of African music, culture and art. Grammy-nominated and Ghanaian-born Rocky Dawuni, co-founder of Afro Roots, brings a mix of reggae, Afrobeat, highlife and soul, for an evening of live collaboration. Wondem, an Ethiopian influenced music ensemble led by Dexter Story will be joined by Congolese-Belgian songstress Marie Daulne of world-renowned Afro pop group Zap Mama. Spinning cross-cultural dance floor sets will be Afro Funke’ resident DJs Jeremy Sole (KCRW) and Glenn Red. Drummers, dancers, visual artists and more from across the Diaspora will round out the eclectic night.

You may get additional info or purchase tickets here: http://www.rockydawuni.com/africa-rising-event-ford-theatres/

Event takes place at Ford Theatres at 7PM:

2580 Cahuenga Blvd

East Hollywood, CA 90068

 

 

BILAL, POWER FEST 2016 SOUTH LA, SEPTEMBER 3RD 2016


 

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Power Fest, featuring Neo Soul artist BILAL as a headliner this year, is the premier political music festival in South LA that attracts thousands of families in a day of celebration, empowerment, and education. Power Fest takes place in Martin Luther King Jr. Park in the historic King Estates neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

This year’s Power Fest promoted the importance of voting in this November election, and educated the community on key state and local ballot initiatives. The festival also served as a space for community healing to take place in response to the recent murders of black lives by law enforcement.

Come enjoy every year, a great music, art installations, good food, health resources, and special activities for kids! You are not going to want to miss out. Please visit for more info: http://www.southlapowerfest.com

 

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2016 ESSENCE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), JUNE 30TH-JULY 3RD 2016


The 2016 Essence Festival was highly-inclusive since it featured relevant artists of every era from Charlie Wilson to Diddy down to Kendrick Lamar. Fans were delighted to see the highly-promoted Bad Boy reunion tour which showcased Legendary Biggie Hypeman/Rapper Diddy, classic Diva Faith Evans, Mase, 112 and latest addition hitmaker French Montana. “Essence” is huge with attendees from all over the nation and major sponsors, therefore they’re able to boast multiple stages and a beyond solid line-up which included Mariah Carey, Maxwell, Common, Tyrese and Jeremih to name a few. The New Orleans Superdome was nearly filled and concertgoers had ample time to visit the now revived and conveniently small city of New Orleans since the festival lasted four days. The Historical French Quarter offered various venues for impromptu after-parties.

Off-site New Orleans Convention Center hosted various events featuring Oprah Windfrey as well as Gospel singer Yolanda Adams. There were also mini game shows and parties in a family-friendly setting, as well as various vendors and organizations such as NASA selling and promoting their work respectively.

 

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SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016, BOONVILLE (CA), JUNE 17TH-19TH 2016


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The 2016 Sierra Nevada World Music Festival started on the wrong note on Friday June 17th as Lee Perry and Don Carlos’ shows were postponed until the next day due to rain. However, the weather on Saturday and Sunday was mild and sunny to the delight of the concert-goers who drove from various parts of the country to the very remote and rural area of Boonville (CA). The venue (Mendocino County Fairgrounds) was packed with novice and seasoned campers, as well as one-day concert attendees. The Festival, though Reggae-based, was very eclectic as usual and boasted musicians from North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Asia. The format was as in the past: Shows during the day and dancehall at night with Bay area and Kingston sound systems playing classic tunes and the latest hits. There were also food, clothing and art vendors who conducted business amidst a Brazilian Carnival-like atmostphere as Samba dancers and drummers marched around the venue. The three-day festival was closed by Alpha Blondy who delivered a great performance where the message of World Peace was pronounced and clear as the crowd roared in agreement.

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ANGELIQUE KIDJO, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 21st 2016


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Angelique Kidjo performed differently this time around in Los Angeles, in
the more intimate setting of the Luckman Theater which was at
full-capacity. This concert was acoustic as she only utilized a guitar
player, and local drum phenomenon Magatte Sow (Djembe, Sabar & Congas) who
always tours with her when needed. Angelique Kidjo was mostly interacting
with the audience, speaking about her childhood in Benin, musical
influences and humanitarian work (UNICEF, Amnesty International etc…).
She also discussed her humble beginnings as an expatriate musician in
Europe where she was discovered by world renowned music mogul Chris
Blackwell of Island Records, prior to moving to America and becoming a US
citizen. The beloved singer displayed her high octave voice range and sang
in three different languages including her native Fon, English and French,
much to the delight of the diverse crowd. She sang her first childhood song
and own classics, as well as others by musicians that influenced her,
including James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Celia Cruz. This concert was a
success and gave us a glimpse of who Angelique Kidjo is as a human being.

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Thank you Nnamdi Moweta of Radio Afrodicia (KPFK,  90.7FM) for sharing this picture.

 

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UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FEST, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 30TH 2016


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Jazz Reggae Festival has been an integral part of the UCLA and LA communities for the past 29 years. In honor of the festival’s 30th anniversary, we are celebrating three decades of good vibes, jammin’ music, and cultural enrichment with a one-day festival under the Los Angeles sun. From the festival’s humble beginnings in 1986, it has continued to grow and develop while forging connections between UCLA and the broader Los Angeles community. Alongside sustainable initiatives and live art, the festival has showcased talent ranging from Ziggy Marley to Snoop Dogg to Erykah Badu. This year, Jazz Reggae Festival is returning to its roots, presenting headliners from the genres of jazz and reggae accompanied by a curated selection of talented student bands.

You may obtain more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.jazzreggaefest.com

2016 JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL, JOSHUA TREE (CA), MAY 12TH-15TH 2016


 

 

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The 2016 Joshua Tree Music Festival took place as usual in the panoramic setting of the Joshua Tree desert. The festival was family-oriented with RV and regular camping available, as well as health food, art craft vendors and Yoga practitioners; much to the delight of the local and surrounding communities which include Los Angeles and San Diego.

The musical line-up was very eclectic and ranged from New-Orleans Funk (Dumpstaphunk), Chicago Blues (The Main Squeeze), acoustic Reggae (Del Corazon), Ethiopian Jazz (Dhara World Music Quartet) to the local favorite fusioned sound of The Desert Rhythm Project. The three-day Festival was peaceful and well-organized.

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LEIMERT PARK ART WALK, LOS ANGELES (CA), LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH


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The Leimert Park Art Walk is an invigorating event for the
local African-American community as it offers a platform for local artists,
musicians, dancers and comedians to practice their craft in front of
attendees from diverse areas of Los Angeles. This event takes place the last Sunday of every Monday and also features Art, food and clothing vendors.

 

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SAN DIEGO SOUL MUSIC FESTIVAL, SAN DIEGO (CA), APRIL 9TH 2016


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The annual San Diego Soul Music Festival presents Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Kem and Joe this April 9, 2016.

Maze’s self-titled debut album was released by Capitol in 1977; that album (which contains the hits “Happy Feelin’s,” “While I’m Alone,” and “Lady of Magic”) went gold and earned Maze an extremely devoted following. Combining a Philadelphia soul sound with a strong appreciation of Marvin Gaye, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly was among the top R&B acts of the late ’70s and ’80s.

A Nashville-born, Detroit-based singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Kem (born Kim Owens) overcame homelessness and addiction to become one of the most popular adult contemporary R&B artists of the 2000s and early 2010s. Kem’s third album for Motown, titled “Intimacy,” was issued in August 2010, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, and went gold as well; the single “Why Would You Stay” was nominated for Grammy awards in the categories of Best R&B Male Performance and Best R&B Song.

Joe is an accomplished vocalist of smooth and sultry R&B productions with occasional hip-hop beats, and his extensive background in gospel music has allowed him to produce his albums as well as sing on them. A native of Georgia, Joe later moved to Opelika, Alabama; since he was the son of two preachers, he spent much time in church singing, playing guitar, and even directing the choir. Influenced early on by gospel stars like the Winans, Commissioned, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Joe grew to love soul legends Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye plus contemporary stars Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat.

You may get more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.sdsoulfest.com

20TH ANNIVERSARY JAZZ FEST WEST, SAN DIMAS (CA), JULY 16TH-17TH 2016


 

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Founded in 1996, JazzFest West has strived to bring world-class Jazz musicians to Southern California music fans. 2016 will be our 20th Anniversary. Throughout the years, we have called many places our home (Central Park & Brookside Park in Pasadena, then the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia) but for the past 9 years, the beautiful Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas is where it all happens!

Bonelli Regional Park is a scenic 1,800 acre facility featuring a 250 acre lake with 14 miles of multi-use trails. Home to the Raging Waters waterpark, Bonelli Park offers a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, jet skiing, fishing, swimming, family and group picnicking, nature walks, hiking, jogging, and biking. There are also concessionaires offering RV Camping, Hot Tubs, Wedding Facilities, and Horse Back Riding. Throughout the year, annual special events are conducted including fishing tournaments, concerts, triathlons, water sports and cultural events.

JazzFest West has been honored to feature an incredible mix of contemporary jazz, classic R&B and soul artists at the festival, including Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Maze ft. Frankie Beverly, Teena Marie, Boney James, Erykah Badu, George Duke and The O’Jays. Attendees will enjoy two stages of live music, delicious eats from the International Food Court, shopping in the Vendor Village and a dance party all day long!

You may get more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.jazzfestwest.com

 

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2016 ESSENCE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), JUNE 30TH-JULY 3RD 2016


imageThe ESSENCE Festival is back in New Orleans with an extraordinary roster of the biggest names and best performers in entertainment—from global music icons to the industry’s rising stars. We are welcoming Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar and Maxwell to headline the Superdome main stage. In addition, we will be embracing newcomers like Leon Bridges, Jeremih, Lion Babe, Dej Loaf and The Internet, as well as fan favorite Charlie Wilson for the ultimate cultural experience in New Orleans this July 4th weekend.

You may obtain more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.essence.com/2015/11/05/essence-festival-2016-tickets-sale-now

LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE, BRADLEY (CA), MAY 25TH-30TH 2016


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California’s Premier Summer Campout Festival featuring music, art, yoga, and education. LIB 2016 is a transformational festival in the Central Coast region of California presented by The Do LaB. The Do LaB seeks to promote sustainability, social cohesion, personal health, and creative expression.
Location: Bradley, CA
Dates: May 25 – May 30, 2016
Genres: Electronic dance music, Devotional song, Experimental music, Folk music.

You may purchase tickets or obtain more info here: http://www.lightninginabottle.org

 

JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL, JOSHUA TREE (CA), MAY 12TH-15TH 2016


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Don’t miss the 14th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival. You may purchase tickets or obtain more info here: http://www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com

TICKETS

**** All wristbands / passes are picked up at WILL CALL at the festival. No tickets or wristbands will be mailed.
Tickets are transferable, but not refundable ****
BUY 4 Day All Weekend Festival Wristband $180
Experience the entire festival so you don’t miss a beat. This pass includes an all weekend festival wristband and walk-in tent camping in the main campground, for one person, from THU at Noon til MON at 2pm. You park your car in the lower parking lot, then walk up to the main campground with your gear. If you want to have your vehicle at your camp in the main campground, then you will need a car (or RV) pass. Thursday night festivities include 3 sets of live music and complimentary food & beer. (This price is the same early bird price as for the 2014 & 2015 festivals, but the festival & camping fees are combined, not separate).
BUY Family & Friends Package $775 (save $200)
Includes five (5) all weekend festival passes and one car pass. All five wristbands include camping, and the car pass gets one vehicle in the campground. If you need additional car passes, they can be purchased separately for $75. If you buy this package, and have friends or family arriving at different times, email us the names that you’d like each wristband to be for at will call, so you can all get in upon arrival. So, now is the time to bring friends and family
Kids 10 & Under: Free!
Little loved ones 10 and under don’t need to pay for camping or a festival wristband, as they are gratis.
BUY Kids 11-16 Years Old: $80 for the all weekend pass
Single Day Passes: The prices include walk in tent camping and festival wristband for that day and night. By 8am the next day you will need to get another pass for the day, or head on home. The price of these tickets screams out for you to come for the whole weekend (so take off work on FRI and get the 4 day pass above!).
BUY THU Only: $60
BUY FRI Only: $90
BUY SAT Only: $90
BUY SUN Only: $75
BUY Locals Only Tickets: (camping not included) $120
This festival pass is for all four days. Camping not included. (If you want to camp, there are no discounts, buy the regular tickets above). You must be a resident of Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley or Landers. The billing address on your credit card needs to be local, or we’ll negate the sale. Limit two per person. Limited number of these tickets available, so get yours while they last.
BUY Wed Night Camping: $20 per person
Come set up early, and get settled in. If you plan to arrive on Wednesday to camp, you’ll need to purchase this WED camping option. Allows you into the campground anytime after NOON on WED. Only 4 day pass holders can purchase a Wednesday night camping pass.
BUY RV Pass (No Hook Ups) $125
If you’d like to have your RV (any vehicle over 15′ long) in the main campground (with no power or water hook ups), you will need an RV Camp Pass for the vehicle. Each person in the RV will need a festival wristband to enter the grounds. (finite number available, so reserve yours now if you know you need one)
BUY Car Pass $75
If you want to have your car at your camp in the main campground, then you need to buy a car pass for that vehicle. (Any vehicle over 15’, or any vehicle towing anything, will require an RV PASS). If you don’t need to camp with your car, then you’ll park in the lower day park lot, and walk up to the main campground with your gear. Each person in the car will need a festival wristband to enter the grounds. As the campground approaches capacity, our goal is to make the campground less of a parking lot, and more of a festive campground. And to encourage carpooling. If you are camping with friends, and want to save money, but still have a car at your camp to lock valuables in, then consider splitting one pass fee amongst a few of you. (finite number available, so reserve yours now if you know you need one)
RV Site with Hook Ups (power & water) SOLD OUT
Reserve one of the 44 RV sites with Power & Water. Each site comes with power (50amp, 30 amp, & 20amp outlets), and water. By reserving the site, you get one RV pass for your vehicle, but you can have as many friends and family camp/park on your site as you can fit on there (the space is yours to do with as you see fit). That said, every vehicle entering the campground needs a pass ($75 for a car, $125 for an RV), and every person in the campground needs a festival wristband (sold separately). The site is yours from THU at 8am til MON at Noon. (only 44 sites available, these will be sold out quickly)
More ticket options will be available soon –
single day passes, discount for ages 11-16, locals, and active military.
Kids 10 and under come in for free.

TASTE OF SOUL 2015, LOS ANGELES (CA), OCTOBER 17TH 2015


Taste of Soul LA  2015 is one of the most anticipated events of the city as 300,000 plus residents flood the Baldwin-Hills Crenshaw area to taste American Soul food as well as various foods from the Carribean, South America and Africa. There are numerous radio-sponsored musical stages where renowned R&B Singers & groups such as Joe Thomas, Monica, Angie Stone, Mint Condition and Gospel singer Deitrick Haddon perform. You will also encounter craft vendors as well as different companies advertising their products and services.

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International celebrities from the area such as 90s female rap star Yo-Yo often come to support their community. Wolof Times staff including myself, Sunny Moore and Batani Khalfani were of course in attendance to enjoy the different festivities.

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Joe Thomas headlined the festival and was the last act to perform to the delight of the numerous females fans enthralled by his smooth voice and sex-appeal.

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Angie Thomas graced the audience with her soulful voice and inspiring conscious message backed by an array of sultry background singers.

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Mint Condition displayed their range as vocalists and musicians to the 90s nostalgics.

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Gospel singer Deitrick Haddon came in full-force with his massive choir backing him.

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The iconic Lula Washington Dance Theatre is located on Crenshaw Boulevard and took advantage of the event to showcase its dance talents which performed R&B, Ballet, Cuban and African dance routines for the event goers.

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The event had significant success and is a much needed financial boost to the local economy.

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BAY AREA VIBEZ: DAMIAN & STEPHEN MARLEY, MORGAN HERITAGE, TARRUS RILEY, I-WAYNE, NAS, ALOE BLACC ETC…, OAKLAND (CA), SEPTEMBER 26-27TH 2015


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The Bay Area Vibez Festival, in its first year, boasted an unbelievable and eclectic line-up which included the acts from Damian Marley’s Catch A Fire Tour 2015 (Damian & Stephen Marley, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, SuperCat etc…) and Hip hop heavyweight NAS, as well as other R&B/Jazz/Blues artists such as Meshell Ndegecello, Aloe Blacc and FishBone. The venue was in an industrial port area which offered a scenic view of the city of San Francisco and the newly-built Oakland bridge.

The Festival featured one of the Best Hip Hop Freestylists ever: SuperNatural, working as a host and displaying his skills intermittently.

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The highlights of the Festival were of course Damian and Stephen Marley as well as the other acts from their tour due in Los Angeles the next day.

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Upcoming rising stars Skip Marley (Cedella’s son) and Ghetto Youths Crew Black Am I are regularly part of the line-up whenever Damian or Stephen Marley perform.

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Morgan Heritage, the other Reggae Royal Family was also featured.

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Legendary SuperCat reemerged after a long hiatus as one of the most energetic and entertaining artists of the line-up.

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Tarrus Riley has definitely become a Reggae Powerhouse with his sultry voice and dancehall and R&B influences. Not to mention that he is backed by Reggae’s most recognizable saxophonist in Dean Fraser.

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It was a delight watching I-Wayne perform his now classic and newest hits with his trademark high-pitched tone, on the smaller stage.

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Hip Hop Heavyweight NAS was part of the line-up and delivered a mesmerizing performance with his array of classic hits from the 90s to the 2000s much to the delight of Sunday’s Hip hop crowd. However, he surprisingly did not perform with Damian Marley though their collaborative album “Distant Relatives” is a modern Hip hop/Reggae classic.

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Established Blues and R&B/Jazz legends FishBone and  Meshell NDegecello as well as newcomers Blues singer Aloe Blacc and Techno/Club-influenced Reggae band The Courtney John Project contributed more to the eclecticism of this festival which fulfilled the musical fantasies of a very diverse crowd.

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JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL, JOSHUA TREE (CA), OCTOBER 8TH-11TH 2015


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The 10th  Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival (JTMF) is happening October 8-11, in Joshua Tree, CA.
Merging its funky desert style with an internationally acclaimed lineup of musical artists, this three day (and four night) family-friendly festival is truly a global music experience. The festival melds the overwhelming spirit of desert freedom, with powerful music from around the world, to create a lighthearted oasis for music lovers. Magically magnificent art installations, a robust Kidsville schedule, the heavily shaded Music Bowl, a full spectrum of yoga classes from sunrise to sunset, 27 different music playshops and didjeridu classes, late night Astronomy theatre, and a World Market further inspire, intrigue and invite festival goers. Discover your new favorite band and dozens of new friends in the shadows of the otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park.  The fall line-up features the hip swaying positive sounds of Xavier Rudd & the United Nations (AUS), the Brooklynbased, horn-filled freight train of a funkestra that is Turkuaz, the rollicking ‘Ozark Stomp’ of the Ben Miller Band, Daby Toure’s (Senegal) soulful global sonic mixture, the raw funk of Ronkat Spearman’s Katdelic, steamy tropical beats by Boogat (Argentina), the soul-tastic stylings of Chali 2na (J5) and the Funk Hunters (Canada), global superstar DJs Marques Wyatt and Adam Freeland (UK), and the belting rock and roll anthems of Lee Gallagher & the Hallelujah.  Twenty eight artists representing more than 10 countries, with just one band live at a time so you don’t miss a beat. An eclectic line-up, artfully sequenced throughout the weekend for maximum impact.  For the full line-up and festival info, log onto:  http://www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com
The Joshua Tree Music Festivals (there are two each year, with the 14th Annual Spring JTMF happening May 12-15, 2016) are intimate, community-centric, artistically infused and highly participatory affairs. They capture the DIY funkiness of the high desert, turning rusted junk into striking art, old trailers into stages, and a shaded stretch of campground on the outskirts of the infamous national park into a family friendly global music experience. Focusing on up-and-coming artists, the festiva lhas a penchant for picking about-to-break names, from Deer Tick to Trombone Shorty, Edward Sharpe to Brett Dennen, the Avett Brothers to Toubab Krewe, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Elle King, Chicano Batman, Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, Valerie June and more.
JTMF is produced by a family of friends and funsters convinced that music is the soul of life, and that art enriches and saves lives. The festival is constructed around one Music bowl, with two alternating stages. “It’s the combination of the magical setting, the music and the people that leads to epiphanic moments. We’ve created a space that enables folks to spend more time together with the ability to not miss any of the music.” Those ‘shared experiences’ are where you find the magic. Kidsville is action packed, and people rate JTMF as one of the few festivals that truly caters to the entire family. There are no ‘nosebleed’ sections, white tents, long lines or yellow-jacketed security details. Instead find instant community with nonstop interaction, as folks gather under the billowing shade cloth (over 30,000 square feet of shade flying over the stages and audience), while soaking up the sonic celebrations of the inspired artists. This intimate affair is splashed with ‘conversation stopping’ golden sunsets and star-filled desert night skies.
The desert is freedom, music is power, and community is crucial. Tap into this magical trifecta and get your JTMF tickets now! http://www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com/tickets.html
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JE SUIS SOUL, HARLEM (NY), DECEMBER 5TH 2015


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FEATURING MANU DIBANGO, BEN L’ONCLE SOUL AND MONOPHONICS, AND LES NUBIANS
In  interconnected global village, the soul of today’s musical soupcon is rooted in the multiple strands of the African diaspora. This weekend celebrates Africa’s gift of soul and its musical manifestations throughout the Americas and France.

This weekend of events celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the Jazz Á Vienne Festival. Founded in 1980, Jazz à Vienne is one of the world’s premiere music festivals. This annual, three week festival stretches from mid June to July and features a mix of gospel, soul,
funk, blues, groove and, of course, jazz. In July 2014, the Festival celebrated the Apollo Theater’s 80th anniversary in its 7,500 seat Roman amphitheater.

Featured artists include:
Legendary Cameroon saxophonist, Manu Dibango, best known for his hit “Soul Makossa;” French soul superstar Ben l’Oncle Soul performing with San Francisco’s foremost retro soul group, Monophonics and Les Nubians, the Grammy nominated duo whose unique mix of neo soul, hip- hop and African music is epitomized in their most recent hit, Nü Revolution.

Location: Apollo Mainstage
Tickets: $28.50, $43.50, $53.50, $68.50
In person at the Apollo Theater Box Office
By phone call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000
Online at http://www.Ticketmaster.com
For Groups Call (212) 531-5355

NEW-ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL, NEW-ORLEANS (LA), APRIL 24TH-MAY 3RD 2015


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The 2015 New-Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival featured a plethora of artists as its name suggests, ranging from local legendary local Jazz bands such as Dirty Dozens to mainstream acts such as Macy Gray, John Legend, Anthony Hamilton and Lady Gaga. Afro-Pop Diva Angelique Kidjo was also part of this eclectic festival. There were four main stages, various performance tents, food and craft vendors, all contained within a race track. Attendance was great despite the rain and seasoned attendees wore mud boots.

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NEW-ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL, NEW-ORLEANS (LA), APRIL 24TH-26TH & APRIL 30TH-MAY 3RD 2015


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You may get more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.nojazzfest.com
The lineup of the 2015 New Orleans Jazz Fest boasts Elton John, The Who, Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran, Pitbull, Jimmy Buffett, No Doubt, T.I., and Tony Bennett paired with Lady Gaga. They’ll join a schedule that includes Widespread Panic, Wilco, Maze, the O’Jays, Hozier, John Legend, Shirley Caesar, Alison Krauss, Chicago, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, Jimmy Cliff, Ryan Adams and Kacey Musgraves, plus Dr. John, the original Meters and hundreds of other Louisiana artists at the Fair Grounds this spring.

The 2015 Jazz Fest — officially it’s the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell — is April 24-26 and April 30-May 3.

PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL, HOLLYWOOD (CA), JUNE 13TH-14TH 2015


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For more info and tickets visit: http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/playboyjazz

The LA Phil presents the Playboy Jazz Festival.

All-star line-up will include:

Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter with Monk Institute Ensemble, Aloe Blacc, Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Band, Snarky Puppy and many more, hosted by George Lopez

A complete artist line-up will be announced on March 3, 2015.

Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.

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TASTE OF SOUL, LOS ANGELES (CA), OCT 18TH 2014


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Please check website for more info: http://tasteofsoul.org
Taste of Soul is FREE and so are all the performances! Just be sure to bring plenty of spending money for all the great FOOD and get to the stages early to see your favorite performers! 10 am to 7 pm on Crenshaw Blvd. between Stocker St. and Rodeo Dr.

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JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL, JOSHUA TREE (CA), OCT 9TH-12TH 2014


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Get more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com

The festivals are produced by a family of friends and funsters convinced that music is the soul of life, and that art enriches and saves lives.

That the experience is enhanced when embraced in the great outdoors amongst fellow music lovers. Better still in an intimate setting, where the distinction between artist and audience is blurred, and a passionate performance can be truly relished in close proximity to the stage. Add FREE water to patrons, no service charges on reasonably priced tickets, and well…..let the games begin.
To meet the folks behind the mission, click here.

We put on two festivals every year:

9th Annual
October 10-12, 2014
More information here.

12th Annual
May 15-18, 2014
More information coming soon.

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GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC, LONG BEACH FUNK FEST, LONG BEACH (CA), SEPTEMBER 1ST 2014.


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Great way to celebrate Labor Day at the Long Beach Funk Fest’s new location (Queen Mary’s Events Park) by the ocean with the scenic view of the City’s shore. George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic definitely shocked the crowd with their formal wear (Suits) instead of the psychedelic eccentric look which involves diaper wearing and roller-skating on stage, not to mention George Clinton was wearing a hat instead of his trademark rainbow color wig. The show and performance were excellent nonetheless. The Band is energetic and gives the audience the impression that they’re family. They performed most of their classics including “Let me ride” and “Atomic Dog” which had a huge influence on 90s West Coast hip hop, and particularly Dr. Dre who sampled their music tremendously with his top-selling album “The Chronic”. The event was a bit tightly guarded with police and many restrictions with the No food and chairs policies amongst others. Also there weren’t too many healthy food selections.

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LONG BEACH FUNKFEST, QUEEN MARY, LONG BEACH (CA), SEPTEMBER 1ST 2014


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LB Funk Fest 2014, September 1 at the Queen Mary. Purchase tickets here:
http://tickets.queenmary.com/ItemList.aspx?node_id=161300

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UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FESTIVAL, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 25TH-26TH 2014


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Kymani Marley delivered a great performance and showcased why he was chosen as a closing act to the festival. He sang his now classic songs, newer hits and material as well as his father Bob’s classic songs. He was vibrant with positive energy and also improvised by inviting his son and protege KJ Marley on stage for a true Reggae/Dancehall performance.

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UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FESTIVAL, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 25TH-26TH 2014


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Kymani Marley on stage with Gramps Morgan whom he invited during his performance on stage to reprise some of his father’s classic songs. Sister Carol delivered classic conscious-reggae songs with her Roots dancehall vibes. Great performances to witness.

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UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FESTIVAL, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 25TH-26TH 2014


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Snoop Lion aka Uncle Snoop had a vibrant and well-planned performance. He opened up and closed the show to Reggae music to live up to his new Snoop Lion moniker. Daz from “Tha Dogg Pound” played a great set of classic Snoop from the Dre era and new Dancehall-Reggae influenced songs. Snoop showcased his great entertainer skills by incorporating college football anthems, Cypress Hill and Bob Marley songs. There was a great attendance and he was flattered and professed his love and appreciation for the school of UCLA and the city of Los Angeles.

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TASTE OF SOUL, LOS ANGELES (CA) – OCTOBER 19TH, 2013


TASTE OF SOUL, LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19TH, 2013

The Taste of Soul was definitely a success and had the longest succession of vendors (food, art, clothing etc…) and music stages I’ve encountered in Los Angeles so far. The festival as the name speaks for itself focuses on Soul food from the states and the Diaspora but also features R&B, Jazz and Hip Hop. I mainly spent time at the KJLH radio station’s stage which is owned by Stevie Wonder. Ran into Ne-Yo backstage who did not perform but was mainly taking pictures with fans. R&B singers Kenny Lattimore and Johnny Gill did a great job mcing the show and also performed, clearly demonstrating why they’re considered legendary R&B singers. Glenn Lewis rocked the crowd with some of his 90s hits. Mindless Behavior, the new hot teenage band rocked the teenage crowd which went crazy during their dance and singing performance. Marques Houston also performed new and classic material as well classic Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson hits to the delight of the younger and older crowd. Stevie Wonder came onstage with Johnny Gill at the end of Marques Houston’s performance to close out the show, unbelievable trio of legends performing at the same time.

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WATTS TOWERS DAY OF THE DRUM & JAZZ FESTIVAL, WATTS (CA) – SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2013


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The Watts Towers 32nd Day of the Drum & Jazz Festival was very well-organized, peaceful and family-friendly with many Afrocentric vendors (Art, clothing, beauty products etc…), though the Food vendors selection could be improved upon to include healthier organic food. There were tours of the Watts iconic monument to inform the attendees about its history and the Italian immigrant who built it with his own hands Sam “Simon” Rodia. The highlight of the festival was Patrice Rushen’s Jazz ensemble’s (JMP All-Stars) performance but there were also various traditional music groups from Africa, the Diaspora (Caribbean, South America) and Asia in attendance (Clockwise in picture): The Wadada Cultural Soul World Beat delivered a great fusion of Reggae, Raggamuffin’ and hip hop despite some technical difficulties, Patrice Rushen and her all-star Jazz team (JMP All-Stars) were definitely the highlight of the festival and featured actor/singer TC Carson from ‘Living Single”, Kishin Daiko (Japanese Drum Ensemble) had a massive drum performance and educated the crowd about Japanese percussion styles which are similar to West African, Kevin Ricard & Creole Journey from Santiago Cuba to New Orleans delighted the crowd with Afro-Cuban jazz and classic Afro-Cuban songs and showed the similarities and cultural exchange of music from Cuba and New-Orleans before of the Caribbean influx of immigrants in New-Orleans, the Clayton Cameron Old School Swing delivered a great Jazz/Funk/R&B drum session, Wolof Times Reporter Sunny Moore poses here with some of the Festival organizers including John Outteridge (First Director of the Watts Towers Art Center, 2nd from right) in the Arts Center which provides great African Arts exhibitions to its visitors. There was also excellent “conscious” comedy from the Mooney twins who gave a touching yet funny tribute to John Outerridge and touched upon with humor various socio-political issues. The Watts Towers Festival was a definite success!
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PATRICE RUSHEN & JMP ALL-STARS – WATTS TOWERS DAY OF THE DRUM & JAZZ FESTIVAL, WATTS (CA) – SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2013


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Patrice Rushen and her All-Star team of Jazz musicians, the JMP All Stars which include World-renowned musicians Ndugu Chancler (Drums), Dr. Bobby Rodriguez (Trumpet), Justo Almario (Saxophone), Nedra Wheeler (Bass) and Munyungo D. Jackson (Percussions) were definitely the highlight of this festival and delivered mesmerizing flawless Jazz music much to the delight of the crowd. Their music featured singing by TC Carson mostly known as Kyle Barker in the African-American comedy show “Living Single” who delivered well-thought out poetic lyrics with his trademark baritone voice. Great mesmerizing performance by legendary acts!

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FUTA TORO – WATTS TOWERS DAY OF THE DRUM & JAZZ FESTIVAL, WATTS (CA) – SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2013


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Malik Sow’s Futa Toro Drum ensemble led by his son Magatte Fall delivered great folkloric music specific to the western countries of Africa which include Senegal , Guinea and Mali . The Malinke Djembe rhythms accompanied with the Kora of Amadou Fall represented the rich music tradition of these regions well. The Guinea-style dancers were on point with their choreography and added more originality to the show. The lead drummer Magatte is an exceptionally gifted soloist. Great performance!

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RON POWELL’S LA SAMBA – WATTS TOWERS DAY OF THE DRUM & JAZZ FESTIVAL, WATTS (CA) – OCTOBER 27TH, 2013


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Ron Powell along with his band delivered a very impressive Carnival-like performance. His Brazilian style drumming with the sticks punctuated with Afro-cuban drumming on the Congas and acrobatic and dance moves were truly mesmerizing. The Samba dancers were also excellent and further brought the vibes of the Rio Carnival. Great great performance!

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ANGELIQUE KIDJO/HUGH MASEKELA – PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL HOLLYWOOD BOWL – JUNE 16TH, 2013


ANGELIQUE KIDJO/HUGH MASEKELA – PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL HOLLYWOOD BOWL – JUNE 16TH, 2013

Angelique Kidjo (Left on Bottom right picture) was in Hollywood, CA representing Benin as usual and blessed the crowd with her singing and dancing. Hugh Masekela the Jazz trumpetist (Right on Bottom right picture) was also part of the festival, representing his native South Africa . Both artists took part of the same interview, representing the continent proudly.

SHEILA E. – PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL HOLLYWOOD BOWL – JUNE 16TH, 2013


SHEILA E. – PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL HOLLYWOOD BOWL – JUNE 16TH, 2013

Sheila E. hasn’t lost a step at age “56”. The USC Marching band opened up her performance and she gave a real all-around drum clinic from the drum set to the congas. Great crowd participation, even security was dancing and both her parents as well as India Arie joined in with dancing and drumming. Sheila E. is the real deal, a real drum virtuoso/singer who rocked the crowd with her classic hits.