Daily Archives: June 28, 2017

Gabriel Garzón-Montano Celebrates The People Of Columbia In Bombo Fabrika Video

Gabriel Garzón-Montano spends a day in San Basilio de Palenque, Columbia with the band Kombilesa Mi and people from the community. Garzón-Montano reconnected to the country after leaving at age 10 through a childhood friend. He also wanted to be in Palenque for its musical heritage:

“First I’d like to thank our friend Guillermo Camacho for taking us to Palenque and introducing us to our new friends from the band Kombilesa Mi. Palenque is a magical place – people blasting music and playing drums and singing everywhere – expressing more joy than I’ve seen or felt in my whole life. Bombo Fabrika is about the place I go to when I write music. The music is not mine, it flows through me from a source much older and wiser than my body. Palenque is famous for originating some styles of Cumbia music which I’ve been greatly influenced by. Filming this video in such an energetically potent musical birthplace was an incredible and humbling experience. Creating a bridge between Colombians living in NYC and Colombians living in Palenque was beautiful.”

Garzón-Montano is currently touring his Jardin debut.


Killer Mike & The Atlanta Hawks Announce A New Location For Mike’s SWAG & Barbershop

Killer Mike and The Atlanta Hawks held a press conference to announce a new location for Mike’s Barbershop and SWAG shop. Mike and his wife Shana opened the first S(have) W(a) A(nd) G(room) shop close to Mike’s old neighborhood close to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. They wanted to provide jobs and a positive experience for the community.

Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin stated the importance of the shop:

“Killer Mike is a true Atlanta legend. His SWAG Shops are so important to the areas in Atlanta that they serve and we wanted to make sure that was represented in our new transformed arena. We believe in providing a diverse and inclusive entertainment experience and we are thankful that Killer Mike and his SWAG Shop will help us be authentic as we do so.”

Killer Mike expressed his feelings about the new location:

“I’m very happy that the front porch of the Hawks is going to be host to a SWAG Shop, it really is like a dream coming true because now kids are going to be coming down early just to hang out in my shop, buy a t-shirt, get a haircut and watch the game.”



R.I.P. Geri Allen

Detroit jazz piano legend Geri Allen passed Tuesday at her home in Philadelphia at the age of 60 after a bout with cancer. Allen was recognized for mastering jazz tradition and branching out into other genres in her sound. She was influenced by Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, and Cecil Taylor and she told the Detroit Free Press in 1996 that her challenge was to find her voice among their contributions. Her respect for the greats that came before her did not stop her from becoming a charter member of the Black Rock Coalition Brooklyn’s M-Base collective. She played on several albums by Steve Coleman and later went on tour with Mary Wilson of The Supremes. Her career as a bandleader began in 1984 with the release of her Printmakers album. Allen recorded 20 albums as a leader and worked with jazz luminaries like Charlie Haden, Ron Carter and Ornette Coleman as well as funk/rock leader Vernon Reid. She received the first Soul Train Lady Of Soul Award for jazz in 1995 for Twenty-One recording. In 2012, Terri Lynne Carrington formed a trio with Allen and Esperanza Spalding and performed some critically-acclaimed concerts at the Village Vanguard.

Allen also worked as an educator having taught at the University of Michigan and being an Associate Professor Of Music at her alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh. The Berklee College Of Music awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Music in 2014.