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“Holdin’ On” is a collective effort with ADaD, Black Thought, Chicago soul artists Yaw & Khari Lemuel and Chicago producer Tensei. The survival anthem is the first song in rapper ADaD’s #drifted campaign and he says more music is coming before the end of the year.
Ms. Lauryn Hill and Tidal X are presenting their Diaspora Calling! event tonight at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The event begins tonight and ends on Friday the 15th and it is an exhibition of various forms of visual art from artists around the African diaspora. The lobby of the theatre will be transformed into an art gallery with a concentration of works from Haitian artists.
Hill states: “Diaspora Calling! is a collection of works intended to celebrate the rich tapestry of artists from the African Diaspora while also illumining persistent and irrepressible themes… Even if we work independently, we are a resounding collective voice, both reconciling and embracing our relationship to history, our origins, our future and to ourselves.”
At tonight’s opening, there will be music from DJ Spinna, DJ Juls and more. The gallery will be open to the public April 14th and April 15th 12-4PM. Ms. Hill curated the gallery with the help of MoCADA, Nader Haitian Art, and The Haiti Cultural Exchange.
Hill is turning her sold-out concert Friday night into the first inaugural Diaspora Calling! Music Festival. Ms. Hill will headline the show, which will also feature performances from Machel Montano (Trinidad), Stephen ‘Ragga’ Marley (Jamaica), Stonebwoy (Ghana), Mr. Eazi (Nigeria), EL (Ghana), Wondaboy (Nigeria), JoJo Abot (Ghana), and Paul Bearbrun (Haiti).
Friday’s Diaspora Calling! Music Festival will be live streamed pre-paywall for fans and TIDAL subscribers alike on tidal.com
For set times and more information, go to MsLaurynHill.com.
Nas debuted J.Dilla’s “The Sickness” on the Mass Appeal stage at SXSW this year and now the audio version is available for streaming. Madlib produced the song from Dilla’s resurfaced Diary album which has his rare vocals. The Diary comes out Friday.
Will.i.am may have released his fourth solo album, #willpower in 2013 but he just made a video for his Nicole Scherzinger collaboration, “Mona Lisa.” In the second video, he talks about being inspired by the Mona Lisa painting, the concept of the visual and he and his Black Eyed Pea band members filmed it at the Louvre early one morning after giving a concert.
U.K rapper K.I.N.E.T.I.K. and producing partner Imperial collaborate with DMV favorite Oddisee on the buoyant single “Travel The Map.” The song will be on their debut album Adventures In Technicolor coming out April 15th.