Daily Archives: May 15, 2018

Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World 50th Anniversary Celebrated In New York City

The 50th anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” is being celebrated in New York City with a series of free events. Queens Library, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College have joined forces to commemorate the anniversary at all 62 branches of the library until June 30th. The late jazz innovator who made the trumpet his instrument lived in Queens most of his life. It was three generations of families that he saw in his neighborhood that inspired “What A Wonderful World.” 

The celebration features performances from live bands including David Ostwald’s Grammy-nominated Louis Armstrong Eternity Band and a bilingual lecture series with English and Spanish-speaking lecturers. 

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May 14: Blue Pipa: From Harlem to Shanghai and Back (Fresh Meadows Library)
May 18: A Lecture on the Life and Times of Louis Armstrong (in English; at Glen Oaks Library)
May 24: David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band (Langston Hughes Library)
May 26: Radio Jarocho (Langston Hughes Library)
June 2: A Lecture on the Life and Times of Louis Armstrong (in Spanish; at Jackson Heights Library)
June 4: A Lecture on the Life and Times of Louis Armstrong (in Spanish; at Astoria Library)
June 9: Akoko Nante Ensemble (Jackson Heights Library)
June 14: David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band (Flushing Library)
June 16: Akoko Nante Ensemble (Glen Oaks Library)
June 19: Blue Pipa: From Harlem to Shanghai and Back (Windsor Park Library)
June 25: A Lecture on the Life and Times of Louis Armstrong (in English; at Forest Hills Library)
June 29: David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band (Peninsula Library)
June 30: Prasanna (Flushing Library)
June 30: Radio Jarocho (Forest Hills Library)

Obie Iyoha Releases New Single Fire

Nigerian American rapper Obie Iyoha releases his new single “Fire” from his forthcoming Pink Moon album. Iyoha worked with Detroit producer Motorcity Mello and used inspiration from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fela Kuti, Wizkid and Brenda Fassie. The song blends Afrobeats, dancehall and hip-hop. Iyoha explained the process in a press release:

Honestly I was just having fun in the studio freestyling to dance floor vibes when I got to thinking about situations we put ourselves in during the heat of the moment. we’ve all played with ‘Fire’ before per se, especially when the opposite sex is involved. Basically, this is a track about being torn between living in the moment because you won’t live forever, and the foreshadowing consequences of tomorrow.” 

Iyoha’s voice debuted on the scene in 2013 when he started appearing on The Black Opera’s mixtapes and albums. Those appearances led to him touring with Mayer Hawthorne, Souls Of Mischief, Big K.R.I.T. and Ghostface Killah. In 2016, his debut album Midnight Run was released independently. He is set to unveil his sophomore set, Pink Moon, later this year. 


Magestik Legend Releases All This Time (Album Stream)


Magestik Legend’s All This Time is his third solo album after spending years as the co-founder of Michigan’s The Black Opera. All This Time is a mini diary of his life as an independent artist completely invested in artistic self-actualization. There are appearances from Opio, Jamall Bufford and 14KT but he makes it clear that All This Time is about camaraderie instead of chasing co-signs from commercial stars. The singles “Mind Woes” and “DetroitMental” expressed Magestic Legend’s intention to bypass trends and champion his own voice. Stream All This Time below. 


Questlove Announces 4U: A Symphonic Celebration Of Prince

Prince’s musical legacy will be celebrated in a new orchestral production 4U: A Symphonic Celebration Of Prince. Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment are presenting the tour and Questlove curated the music which will be performed by a symphony orchestra and a live band. Prince’s estate has approved of the outing and provided video and photo content for the event. The tour has dates in America and Europe and tickets are on sale now. 


BJ The Chicago Kid & Ro James Cover Jodeci’s Come And Talk To Me

 BJ The Chicago Kid and Ro James collaborate on a cover of Jodeci’s “Come And Talk To Me.” They turned their photo shoot into a black and white video for the song. Lukes James makes an appearance with the two singers who smoke, drink and laugh in front of the camera. BJ and Ro James have kicked off their R&B Tour in Atlanta tonight. Tickets for the rest of the tour are on sale.