Aminé Announces The Best Day Ever Festival Kaytranada, Ravyn Lenae & More To Perform

Aminé has announced The Best Day Ever festival kicking off its first year in August. Kaytranada, Ravyn Lenae, Toro y Moi, and BADBADNOTGOOD are some of the artists on the roster. The festival takes place on August 10th and August 11th  at Edgefield Lawn in Aminé’s Portland, Oregon hometown. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 17th at 10 AM Pacific time on the event’s website

Andra Day Performs In Memoriam Tribute At NAACP Image Awards

Watch Andra Day sing Minne Riperton’s “Back Down Memory Lane” during the Memoriam part of the NAACP Image Awards. Harry Belafonte, Amp Fiddler and Maurice Hines are a few of the people honored in the segment. Queen Latifah hosted the 55th NAACP Image Awards that aired on BET Saturday night. gave an inspired speech about the women in his life as he accepted the President’s Award. H.E.R. won Outstanding Female Artist and Fantasia won Outstanding Actress for her role in The Color Purple. See all of the winners here

Listen: Justin Hicks’ Bedlam Blues From Red Hot Sun Ra Tribute

Red Hot + Ra The Magic City cover art by Cécile McLorin Salvant
Cover Art by Cécile McLorin Salvant

“Bedlam Blues” is the second single from the Red, Hot & Ra: The Magic City. Justin Hicks performs the song that he wrote  after hearing Sun Ra’s poem, “The Mirror Of Things To Be.” He explained in a statement: 

Some years ago I wrote a piece of a song based on Sun Ra’s poem “The Mirror Of Things To Be”, over the years it’s been a space for me to think through and speak on the state of humans who drive the world with their bodies. Sometimes it’s hard to feel how integral we all are to every single system we live with. Yet imagining a different way or other systems can be terrifying and disorienting. “

The Meshell Ndegecello curated album brings the late Afrofuturist jazz innovator Sun Ra’s music into a modern musical world. The music is not a strict group of cover songs but compositions inspired by Sun Ra’s work which was a mix of cosmic philosophies, pageantry, and an encyclopedia of jazz styles performed by his Arkestra. Marshall Allen, the leader of the Arkestra, is on the album in addition to rapper/punk rocker Pink Siifu, bassist Rahsaan Carter, drummers Kojo Roney, Deantoni Parks, and more. Red, Hot & Ra: The Magic City hits retail on April 12th. 

                                                                        Red, Hot & Ra: The Magic City 

1. Solipsistic Panacea (Black Antiques)

2. Departure Guide Of The 7 Sisters

3. Bedlam Blues

4. #9 Venus The Living Myth

5. El-Soul The Companion, Traveler

6. LQ1TY – 29 Years

7. Yet Differently Not- Mars Hall

8. Reproductive Manatees – Sunny Said Up!

9. The World Of Shadow

Thundercat & Tame Impala’s No More Lies Limited Vinyl Release

Thundercat and Tame Impala’s “No More Lies” is going to be released on limited edition 7″ vinyl. The single which came out three months ago was the first time the duo worked together in more than three years. The harshly honest track about being a selfish and less-than-ideal partner has Thundercat’s dark humor and is the sum of both artists’ expansive jazz fusion and pop worlds. The announcement of the vinyl single comes just days before Thundercat’s In Yo Girl’s City Tour which kicks off August 27th right after his appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 5th. The tour has dates in North and South America and tickets are available via Thundercat’s official site. The “No More Lies” special vinyl release can be pre-ordered now before the September 29th release date.