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2016 has been  a brutal year for the passing of iconic culture stars.

I’m still trying to grapple with the death of Prince. Sadly, I got the news of the passing of Attrell ‘Prince B’ Cordes, one of the co-founders of the rap duo called P.M Dawn.

For those of you who can fondly remember the early 90s, P.M Dawn was a permanent fixture on the radio waves. They were the first black hip-hop group to top the Billboard 100 with their single “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss,” which hinged on a sample of Spandau Ballet’s classic “True.”

P.M Dawn went on to achieve critically acclaim with some of their albums and inspire many other artists of contemporary hip-hop such as Outkast and Tribe Called Quest. 

 

I’ll really miss Prince B. He made it cool to be weird – a trait i can identify with. Its a shame he had to die of diabetes but its also serves as a painful reminder about how short life is.

Underrated but certainly not forgotten.

W.

 

Christ-and-the-Pope

The sort of religion I only practice.

The Father (The Club/Party)

The Son (The DJ)

And The Holy Ghost (The Groove)

All is well.

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Coffee with plantain is always a winning combination if you ever need a little pick-me-up

The Ibeyi’s Yoruba Doom Soul is my pick of the day.

The french Afro-Cuban sisters, daughters of the famous Cuban percussionist, Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz, are cutting a path for themselves, serving up spiritual sounds mixed with hip-hop, electronica and Yoruba lore from Nigeria.

Channeling their musical energy from their Afro-Cuban heritage, the twins see themselves as part of a new breed of musicians seeking to push the boundaries of the music scene in the African Diaspora.

Below is their video for a track titled ‘Rivers’, dedicated to the the goddess Oshun, the mother of the Ibeyi which means “twins” in Yoruba.

Welcome back to Wazzos people! Sorry for hitting the hay to the tail end last year. Had my brother’s big fat Nigerian wedding to help out with. For those of you who haven’t been to one, you should. Murder to plan but one great party.

Anyway (sob), enough of the teary stuff. 2013 awaits!!

Big Krit, Rapsody, 9th wonder and Heather Victoria in the studio last night made this track. Krit and 9th wonder used twitter to release it via the Jamla soundcloud page. No info on whether this record will see a release date yet but its definitely worth checking out. 9TH Wonder always provides that signature soulful sound that is sorely missing in hip-hop today.

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Miss Azealia Banks is a hottish rapper,singer and lyricist from the depths of Harlem signed to Interscope Records. Known on the streets under her alias ‘Miss Bank$’ her debut single “212” feat Lazy Jay, topped in several Euro countries and is featured on a number of mixtapes.

Think Nicky Minaj meets Queen B under gamma ray conditions…scary:)

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Lizha James is the Mozambique answer to Nicki Minarj.Her style of music is a mixture of rhythms like Marrabenta, Reggae, R&B and hip-hop. The remix of ‘Tote’ is sleepless treat which will definitely appeal to the hips. How we love Fridays.