Monthly Archives: January 2008

Dwele Talks To The Free Press

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R&B smooth operator Andwele (Dwele) Gardner has a lot to smile about as 2008 takes shape. His third full-length effort is being readied for a spring release from Koch Records. And the Detroiter, known for his mellow but streetwise blending of R&B and soul, is readying himself for a visit to L.A. for Feb. 10’s Grammy Awards. He’s nominated for his laid-back, jazzy take on “That’s the Way of the World” from the tribute album “Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire.” Detroiters looking to get schooled in a li’l groove theory should get ready for Thursday’s show at Music Hall, where Dwele will be opening for Amel Larrieux.

QUESTION: This spring, fans will finally get to hear your new record. How about some hints?

ANSWER: I just got back in from New York City, and we finished up a couple songs for my record as well as a couple songs for a DVD we’re trying to put together. If everything goes right, we will put out a DVD with the record that features a couple live performances from a show in New York I did a few months ago. I don’t have a new name yet for the album, but it should be out at the end of March or early April — and the first single is called “I’m Cheating,” a track I did with G-One out in L.A. I also did a track called “A Few Reasons” that I did with Knox, a producer from Virginia. I worked with different producers on this album to bring a different vibe. I’m still going to have a mellow vibe. It’s a little bit of “Some Kinda …,” a little bit of “Subject,” but at the same time, I’m trying to take it to the next level. It’s all about expanding and growing with the music.
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Mos Def Tribute To J.Dilla “Stakes Is High”

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Saul Williams Goes On Tour

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*Poet Saul Williams has set aside dates in March and April to promote his latest album “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust,” a project based on lyrics adapted from poems in Williams’ 2006 book “The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop.”
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Chaka Khan Plays The Drums

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Nina Simone’s Daughter Simone Releases Debut Album April 29th

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New York, NY – (January 28, 2008) – On April 29, 2008, another generation of talent will be releasing her first solo album nationwide. Her name is Simone and she is the daughter of the legendary musical icon Nina Simone. She is her own woman, a singer, songwriter and performer whose ability to transcend genres echoes the tradition of her mother.

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