Monday, June 20, 2011

Youth Sounds

Hey guys... Check out the blog I wrote for invadenola magazine on the band Youth Sounds. Read it  here  and go grad their two EP here and here! Oh yeah... make sure to facebook like 'em... and stalk 'em on twitter - I'm sure they won't mind!
I'll leave you with one of my favorite song of the first records. Enjoy!

A Strangers Would

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hip Hop made in France

 Contrary to popular belief, I am one of those who believes that Hip Hop is in great shape. A butt-load of emerging MCs have been infusing new life in the Hip Hop scene. This new wave has been felt not only in the US, but in England and France. I want to share a few French rappers who have been a part of this awkening. The artists I chose falls under two "arbitrary"categories.
The first group of artists can be labeled as revivalist, advocating a return to old school Hip Hop aka "real hip hop" while the second group are more or less innovators who are trying to push hip hop beyond its comfort zone by learning from the past while looking forward, challenging the musical status quo.
Although both groups are stylistically different, they both emphasize the importance of lyrics which was pretty much lost in the mainstream arena - which is gospel to my ears. But anyways, enough rambling time to hear some musique.

Group 1

Group 2

Wilow Amsgood

Download the mixtape here

The Et's

Clone x

Download the mixtape here

Monday, March 21, 2011

Dabaaz - Monday Jam

 Today's jam comes from the French rapper ( and entrepreneur... he makes some pretty dope Tees) Dabazz. I started to loose faith in French hip hop - you know, the whole hip hop is dead thing - But cats like Dabaaz reminds me what I love about French hip hop. It's heartfelt, sincere, and unpretentious. Bref, It's vintage hip hop! So Dabaaz, we are eagerly waiting for your next LP mec!

Dabaaz - Ça fait un bail

Monday, February 28, 2011

Oh Land - Monday jam!

So... every Mondays, I'll feature a song/artist that I just can't stop listening to! Right now,  Oh Land self-titled EP has been playing nonstop on my Ipod. I hope you like it as much as I do.If you do, you can buy it here.

White Nights

Sun of a Gun

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I love Music part 1

Growing up in Africa, I got used listening to music I didn’t understand. I listened to just about anything, Afro-Cuban, Zouglou, American hip hop,soul, rock, pop, French folk music, you name it. I learned early to appreciate music not merely for cerebral or educational reasons.
Music for me was an existential affair; it made me appreciate other cultures; it made me feel alive, angry, happy, sad, joyful. So yeah, I love music and I would like to introduce, or reintroduce as the case may be, some of my favorite francophone artists. Sure you may not understand what’s said, but, if you listen with an open ear, you may enjoy it nonetheless.

Coeur de Pirate - Canada

La Patere Rose - Canada

Stromae - Belgium/Rwanda

Baloji - Congo/Belgium

Smod - Mali

Féfé - France/Nigeria

Fefe - Dans ma rue CLIP Exclu 2009
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Kaylynn Marie Photography

Kaylynn Clark is one of my favorite photographers. I’m always in awe of her artistry. Her editorial-style wedding pictures could make a nun want to leave the convent in search of The One!
Maybe I’m being a bit hyperbolic, but I’m not far from the truth. Her work is minimalist, beautiful, and warm. As impressive as I find her wedding and engagement pictures, I think Kaylynn’s editorial work is nothing short of amazing. Anyhow, let me stop rambling – see her work for yourself, and tell me if I am wrong. Check out her blog here.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Styling Gig 1

Every once in a while, I do some styling gigs for Oteka Photography. This is one of the gig I did for them! I must say, it was a lot of fun and yes that's my book haha!