Fourteen years after his last album, the R&B star returns with a warm, expansive masterpiece. Here’s to messiahs worth waiting for. D’Angelo has kept the world fiending 14 years for the follow-up to his Crisco-thick R&B classic, Voodoo, but as the man himself purrs in “Sugah Daddy,” “Can’t snatch the meat out of the lioness’ mouth/Sometimes you gotta just ease it out.” Black Messiah shows how deep easy can go. D’Angelo and his band have built an avant-soul dream palace to get lost in, for 56 minutes of heaven. [via rollingstone]
Producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Q-Tip, Adele) appeared as one of the latest installations in the TED Talk series. In a segment titled “How sampling changed music,” the talented Englishman spends a few minutes recounting the heart behind sampled music, a historical overview behind Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick’s “La Di Da Di,” and even goes as far as live mixing aspects of TED talks and the TED theme music.
Uploaded to YouTube on May 9th, 2014, it is definitely worth the watch. See below!
Your favorite song affects your brain
Listening to a favorite song seems to trigger a common pattern of brain activity, regardless of genre, a small study in Scientific Reports suggests. The findings may explain why different people describe similar emotional feelings and memory responses when listening to their favorite piece of music, whether it is something by Beethoven or Eminem.
Fatoumata Diawara aka Fatou is a Malian musician who currently lives in France. Diawara sings in her native Wassoulou language, but understanding the exact content of the songs isn’t necessary to enjoy them. She has a very beautiful voice and is a great live performer. Fatou’s voice accompanied with amazing melodies and rhythms is a sound that should be heard around the world. Her simplicity, strong culture and style are unique. To find out more about Fatoumata Diawara and any upcoming events check out this link:Fatoumata_Diawara