Wednesday, March 15, 2017

AfroPop Radio..... listen to the Podcast

For the entire year, I have been walking down this podcast road. I am having a lot of fun with it. My frequent travels to Africa have found me enthralled with the rhythms of the continent. Rhythms that deserve exposure here in the USA. Thus the birth of AfroPop Radio. It is an absolute honor to present to you, these artists who sing with a purpose.. love, liberation and higher consciousness are constant themes in African Music as well as awesome party music cuz you know we gots to shake our groove thang!!! lol!

On this episode of AfroPop Radio, we find artists like @Somi , an American born sista born to parents from Uganda and Rwanda. She taps into her Afro roots to present an awesome display of Afro-Jazz and soul. Her voice is haunting, melodic, sultry.... she is an awesome artist. We also hear from my good friend Lira who is a absolute superstar in South Africa. She is constantly at the top of the charts and is one of the judges on the South African version of The Voice.

I hope you continue to enjoy these podcasts. We're building bridges of African Music, Arts and Culture y'all!!!!

Listen to "Afro Pop Radio Show 3-14-17" on Spreaker.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

AfroPop Radio #2 - Building Bridges

I am so very happy to be in a position to share some of the best music coming out of the continent of Africa. This is the second episode from my podcast. This week you'll here a few songs that demonstrates this generation's veneration for Mother Africa. The history, the essence, the spirit. It's incredible!!

We also hear from Nigeria's siren of song Tiwa Savage. We're even taking a left turn and explore some of the more indigenous music. There's this genre called Maskandi. It hails from the Zulu traditions and sounds sort of folksy, new orleans-like. But yet, lyrically the singer is braggadocious, proud... powerful...



I hope you will continue to enjoy these podcasts. I am searching high and low for the best in African Music. hear our new shows each week on Accelerated Radio each Tuesday at 10pm.... PLUS this podcast can be heard here on my blog, on soundcloud, podomatic and many more....



Love you... Peace and Blessings

Friday, January 27, 2017

AfroPop Radio: Building a bridge of Music Arts and Culture

If you know me or follow me, then you know that I am building a bridge of music, arts and culture between Africa and America. In my travels to Africa and as a seasoned music and broadcast professional, I have found the music of Africa to be vibrant, exciting, innovative and worthy of showcasing here in the states.

I am kind of the Anthony Bourdain of African Music. I see and hear music that is incredibly dope, so I created this podcast to share this awesome music with my peeps around the world. I hope you enjoy it...
Listen to "Afro Pop Radio 1/24/17" on Spreaker.
Afropop Radio is heard each Tuesday Nite at 10pm on the Accelerated Radio Network (www.acceleratedradio.net), You can also get it on demand on various podcasting platforms (spreaker, podomatic, iheart, just to name a few)  (afropopradio.podomatic.com  )

In the meantime, if you'd like to join me on one of my excursions to Africa, just hit me up at Afrop Tours and Travel. My next group is headed to South Africa for the Capetown International Jazz Festival. We'll be announcing another trip for later this year headed to the South Africa Traditional Music Awards....

Thanks for listening and please enjoy Afropop Radio....

Monday, October 24, 2016

Preaching to the Choir - my Men's Day experience

For nearly thirty years I have been blessed with longevity in the urban radio and music arena and I have enjoyed a pretty good reputation. I truly love the essence of music, particularly where it comes through the black american perspective. Yes, the method to all this madness is all about the music. I am a promoter of black arts and culture - globally.
That said, here's a random musical contemplation. This past Sunday It was men's day at my church. As I do each year, I sang in the Men's day choir (I have been so busy and swamped that I almost missed it this year, but at the insistence of one of my brethren I went in, one rehearsal and done). I love to do so because I spend year after year promoting and producing awesome music shows and festivals - indeed some of the biggest in our community.
SInging in the Men's Day Choir is sort of therapeutic for me. From my seat at the radio station, I hear some if not all of the best choirs, bands, singers and groups. I love discovering new talent in our community and giving them a shot on our many music stages throughout the course of the year. I love watching the crowds react to good musicianship and exceptional artistry. I love to work with some of the hottest professional bands, groups and singers in the nation as they share their latest hits live to our audiences in the community. I love it. My men's day is my opportunity to actually be in the choir, sitting next to the band, hearing what they hear and lending my voice to the awesome music that emanates from us. I cannot stop laughing as we sing those holy ghost gospel songs!!! It is like a thrill ride for me!!!
So this Men's Day, as I sang those inspiring gospel songs, those sweet songs of praise, those Pentecostal anthems, it dawned on me that I was in the company of some of the greatest musicians in the nation if not the world:
  • The great @freddiefluwellen on bass - I been knowing him a LOOOOOOOOOOONG time and he has always been and is the truth!!! ,
  • The incredible EricWalls on guitar - got to watch him work up close and wow - this dude right here;
  • The brotha Dana Hammond on drums - he is always incredible - keepin it on the one...
  • The ultra talented David Daughtry led and directed us - he has one of the top gospel albums out right now
  • The awesome psalmist @duwarddavis led praise and worship.
  • Didn't I see Judith Christie McAllister tending to stuff in the background?
Whew!! I'm beginning to wonder if I should submit our performance for grammy consideration lol!!!!! What an incredible musical experience!!!!