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Meshell Ndegeocello has announced her next album, No More Water: The Gospel Of James Baldwin. The album originates in a 2016 concert at The Harlem Stage Gatehouse during their annual showcase honoring Baldwin. Ndegeocello had read Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time the previous year and found it  “life-changing” and aContinue Reading

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Prince with MadCat Coachella 2008

Diamonds and Pearls is Prince’s 13th studio album recorded with his New Power Generation band. The title track is a romantic pop and R&B duet he sang with Rosie Gaines who had just joined the band. Gaines’ plush soul was a harmonious answer to Prince’s melodic monotone. She had heftContinue Reading

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Grace Jones Symphony Hall Birmingham 2009

Grace Jones recorded “Demolition Man” for her 1981 album Nightclubbing. She had requested a song from Sting and he sent her the demo. He wrote the song for his band The Police to record but they had not used it.  Producers Chris Blackwell and Alex Sadkin wanted Jones to embraceContinue Reading

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