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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Under the Sun with Erik Rico

I recently heard two songs I really like by this musician. He has a smooth unique voice and sound that recalls vintage R&B with his song "Penny", and "Under the Sun" is an alternative, sort of acid jazz number. This is a real treat, especially during these days of high commercialism and overplayed songs on the massive uninspired radio stations around the country. This is some flavorful soul food for your ears.

Here he is with Missoless, and then click the link below to hear his new song "Penny" that's to be featured on his upcoming EP, "Erik Rico's Jukebox" Vol. 1. Here's one of North Carolina's own, Erik Rico:

Check out "Penny"

Friday, December 13, 2013

Store Clerks Sing for Tata Madiba (Mandela)

This flash mob at Woolworth's in South Africa was planning a Christmastime fundraiser but changed the song at the last minute to pay tribute to their brother and leader, Madiba (Nelson Mandela). The song is "Asimbonanga," and was written in the 1980s calling for Mandela's release from prison.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Free! Nelson Mandela

I was both saddened and joyful when I heard about the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela -- a REAL man, hero, and liberator of his people. After giving so much of his life, energy, and soul to freeing the beautiful people of South Africa, he deserves to rest easy and luxuriate in all of the comforts and bliss that God has planned for him. As President Barack Obama said, Mandela no longer belongs to us, he "belongs to the ages."

As he liberated his own people, he also liberated us. He made us realize what true commitment, dedication, compassion, and courage are and I'm sure he inpsired many freedom fighters to walk in his footsteps.

When Gigi saw the announcement on the news about Mandela's death, she stopped in her tracks and covered her face with her hands. She was visibly shaken by the news. Even the children recognize the warrior spirit and great courage of President Mandela. I introduced her to Nelson Mandela when she was no more than 3, as he and other famous black people were featured in the book I read to her every night, The ABCs of Black History. Along with other luminaries of black culture, such as Zora Neale Hurston, Paul Robeson, Wilma Rudolph, Martin Luther King and others, Nelson Mandela of course was the featured profile for the letter "N."

Rest in peace Madiba!

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

I also gave all of the heros of the book theme songs when I used to read it to Gigi. I would sing the song after each entry. Here's Mandela's song:

Click here to read some of the text from the book, The ABCs of Black History

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Pharrell Williams: Happy

This song by Pharrell Williams will definitely make you HAPPY. It's from the movie Despicable Me 2, which I saw with Gigi last weekend. We loved it! Enjoy.