Accomplished singer/songwriter, Chandanie, describes her new EP, Intersections as a, “5 song conversation of Being that collides with Blackness, womyness & self-worth.” It perhaps seems like a far-reaching pursuit and weighty spectrum to explore in the space of five songs. However, it’s likely the purpose of this impressive collection is to not only be witness to a conversation in the moment, but to spawn further dialog or even more, to stoke your awareness. All is achieved by way of her artfully asserting you see the full picture in all of its complex simplicity. It’s an example of what she’s dubbed Soul Liberation Music where siblings, soul, jazz, R&B and more form the musical landscape for meaningful messages and societal commentary to thrive. It should be successful in garnering your attention with respect to the subject matter and to the very talented, thoughtful artist on the rise Chandanie surely is. Wonderfully backed by minimal instrumentation that centers you on her engaging voice and wisdom, she assuredly helms the discussion with a soulful vocal flow and tone that harnesses both nostalgia and newness – surrounded by supremely crafted harmonies.
The Pulse with host and WBGO Afternoon Jazz radio personality, Keanna Faircloth celebrates Women’s History Month with a special edition featuring the women of WBGO in a discussion on navigating a career in radio, the challenges of working in male dominated spaces and the unique landscape of jazz. Joining Keanna, are notable hosts Rhonda Hamilton, Awilda Rivera, Lezlie Harrison, Monifa Brown, Sheila Anderson and Nicole Sweeney. Check out this very interesting and insightful conversation below:
I SPY SOUL is excited to share the popular interview series with our audience here on our website via rebroadcast. Presented live on the WBGO Facebook page, The Pulse is the splendid brainchild of host Keanna Faircloth and clear kindred platform of I SPY SOUL that presents an array of outstanding burgeoning and acclaimed artists with a common strand of jazz, but with a mix of other musical influences. Stay tuned for upcoming episodes!
From the burgeoning NYC collective of accomplished, multi-talented artists, Trew Culture, emerged last year a duo project from two of its founding members – sought after drummer/producer, Justin Swiney aka Unkle Nephew (UN) and highly regarded rap artist BD3. The project is called Sunnydale, named after the priced-right, sugary flavored elixir of choice for kids years ago, found in corner stores and local bodegas in the most urban areas of NYC. The “flavorful” collection with prime production from UN puts a modern day sheen on a classic hip hop vibe. And the content swings from fun-loving to scathing commentary punctuated with the swag and realness of BD3’s lyrical flow and prowess. Sunnydale with guest appearances from outstanding vocalists Melanie Charles, Kamilah, Jermaine Holmes, Edson Sean and Christina Flemming, yielded several fan favorites including the tracks, “Why Do U Luv Me,” “For The Ancestors,” and “Paranoia,” which now joins the aforementioned two with its own newly released, animated visual complement.
“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Now” is the latest release by acclaimed guitarist, songwriter and producer Marlon McClain featuring ace, Brooklyn – bred MC and lyricist, BD3. The fun and super funky uptempo track with the lyrical hip-hop flow marks the coming together of two different generations, but the seamlessness of this winning collab once again confirms funk, soul and hip hop all fall from the same fertile tree of Black American Music. It’s also the first single from McClain’s upcoming, full-length project, Funky Fridays, Vol. 2
As a teenager, McClain aka “The Magician” as he’s commonly referred to, was the co-leader and guitarist of the highly regarded 70’s progressive jazz, soul, funk band Pleasure from the Portland, Oregon area who gave us most notably the ultra funky hit, “Glide”. Later, McClain joined Grammy – winning R&B group, The Dazz Band and also began writing and/or producing songs for such luminaries as George Benson, En Vogue, Eric Benet, Toni Braxton, George Clinton, Jeff Lorber, Kenny G, and “uncle” Charlie Wilson, garnering him even more renown.