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Rhiannon Giddens has unveiled the official music video for "Black Is the Color," off her debut solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn. The video, directed by Peter Zavadil, premiered as an NPR Music First Watch. "We all had such a great time filming this video," says Giddens, "and were so honored to set our story—an old love story rediscovered—on the campus of Fisk University, a Nashville HBCU that dates back to 1866. The Fisk Jubilee Singers were among the first African-American performance groups to tour America and Europe, and they single-handedly kept their school from closing its doors with the money they raised with their singing." Watch it here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsMonday, October 5, 2015|0 comments
Lianne La Havas was the musical guest on CBS This Morning: Saturday this past weekend. She performed three songs from her recently released album Blood: "Green and Gold," "Unstoppable," and "What You Don't Do." CBS This Morning host Anthony Mason called her "remarkable." You can see why in the performances here. La Havas is touring North America through the end of October.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News TelevisionArtist NewsFriday, October 2, 2015|0 comments
The complete soundtrack recording of Laurie Anderson's newest piece, Heart of a Dog, is due from Nonesuch Records on October 23, 2015. Commissioned by the European TV network Arte, the feature film—her first in 30 years—is a personal essay on joy and heartbreak and remembering and forgetting, at the heart of which is a lament for her late beloved dog Lolabelle. The Nonesuch album is the full audio recording of the film, including all music and spoken text. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include a limited-edition, autographed print while quantities last.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsFriday, October 2, 2015|0 comments
Lianne La Havas, who is touring North America, stopped by the NPR studios to perform a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music, including two songs from Blood, her new album—"What You Don't Do" and "Unstoppable"—as well as the song "Forget" from her debut album. "Her music works for any activity, any emotion," says NPR's Suraya Mohamed. "La Havas is soulful yet playful, raw and vulnerable in a commanding kind of way, and her new second album, Blood, is as amazing as the first ... If you're like me, you will never get enough." Watch the set here. And catch La Havas on CBS This Morning Saturday this weekend.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsThursday, October 1, 2015|1 comments
St Germain (aka Ludovic Navarre)'s new, self-titled album, out next Friday, October 9, is streaming in full till then in the US as an NPR First Listen. The record marries percussive grooves, which have always been central to his sound, with a new element: traditional Malian music. "Navarre remains a sly master of the textural mix; a producer whose sweeping effects and atmospheric auras become part of the structure of the tunes," says NPR's Tom Moon. Malian guitarist Guimba Kouyate "thrives within St. Germain's sonic schemes; his terse rejoinders between vocal phrases are as spellbinding as his full-on solos." Moon concludes: "[S]ome tracks sound like they could have happened live in the studio. In those moments, everyone involved is seeking not just the right notes, but also the most apt expression; those sounds that lift the music into the higher spirit realms."