Daily Archives: May 11, 2012

2012 SESAC Pop Music Awards

Jacob Luttrell; Bryan-Michael Cox; Usher; Rico Love

NEW YORK, NY (May 11, 2012) – Last night, SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization, awarded Rico Love with top honors at the 16th Annual SESAC Pop Music Awards when he was named Songwriter of the Year, at NYC’s Skylight Soho. Multi-platinum superstar Usher made a surprise appearance at the awards to present his friend and collaborator Love with the prestigious award.


Incognito’s Surreal 15th Trip: Interview With Bluey Maunick

“I’ve never doubted the power of music to cure, heal and make sense of things”

Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick has always given credit to the music from the beaches of Mauritius for being the nucleus of the Incognito sound. The Sega music he heard during his youth started his visceral understanding of music’s power to heal emotional weariness. His connection to the slave music of the island and that of African-Americans started the reinterpretation of a path most notably lead by Herbie Hancock into Incognito’s sound of curative joy. Maunick’s British based band of multi-cultural musicians hit their commercial peak in the ‘90’s when “Always There” and “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” charted and put them in center view with their American fanbase. The 33-year mark and 14 albums to date after working with such voices as Maysa, Jocelyn Brown and Chaka Khan made the recording of the current project seem like a dream after a dream hence the name Surreal. This phase of the band’s journey revitalizes the R&B/funk/ jazz style they have always produced but with the new voices of Mo Brandis and Natalie Williams giving the album a subtle edge. Maunick spoke to Kickmag recently about Surreal, the structure of the band and the power of music.

Why do you call this album Surreal?

Well first of all, for several reasons, this fantasy world I live in making this music and 15 years later 33 years of Incognito and I’m really on top of my game and it felt really quite abstract because I really thought at some point in my life it would really stop and peter down. It felt surreal like I had a new lease on life I felt like I was producing in my own studio again and it just felt abstract every step of the way that I was making a new record again. The last album we had done Transatlantic RPM, I just felt that I had reached a peak at that point I was working with Chaka Khan, Leon Ware and Al McKay from Earth, Wind & Fire is on there and I felt it was a pinnacle album it marked the end of a chapter. I just felt that us beginning again was surreal.


J.Dilla-Rebirth Of Detroit (Trailer)

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Ma Dukes is perservering on and J.Dilla’s Rebirth Of Detroit will come out June 12th.


National Radio Personality and Best Selling Author Michael Baisden Explodes on the Literary Landscape With New Political/Action Thriller

Miami, FL – As one of the most influential and engaging personalities in radio history, Michael Baisden is an iconic figure. The social activist, filmmaker, television host, and speaker commands a daily audience of over seven million listeners with his top rated afternoon drive radio program heard in 22 of the top 25 urban markets. But when Baisden dons his hat as a best-selling author, he fully encapsulates the essence of his magnetic force. His previous titles like “God’s Gift to Women,” and “Do Men Know What They Want” have traditionally titillated while informing, unmasking relationship and societal issues that many might deem risqué. However, with his sixth book release “Maintenance Man II: Money, Politics and Sex…Everyone Has A Price” Baisden raises his own bar, delivering an explosive political romance thriller that mixes sex and politics with volatile flair.