Since the 1960s, Nigerian Afro-pop pioneer Orlando Julius has merged western pop, soul, and R&B with traditional African sounds and rhythms. In this video, he does a steamy, funky version of "Aseni" with the Heliocentrics (a London-based musical collective combining funk, jazz and hip-hop influences) at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was one of the great innovators in twentieth-century American music, gospel's first cross-over artist and a huge influence on early rock-n-roll. Here she does "Up Above My Head" on the show TV Gospel Time (which ran from 1962-66) accompanied by the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church Choir and rocking her Gibson Les Paul SG custom.
Born in Bastrop, LA in 1930, Mable John's family relocated to Detroit, where she became the first woman signed to Motown's Tamla label. The performance and interview videos below come from 2008 appearance on the BBC's Later...with Jools Holland.
Musicians and friends of Harold Battiste, Jr. , composer, producer, teacher and mentor are invited to enjoy and listen to a salute entitled "The Music Of Harold Battiste, Jr." This special salute will take place on Wednesday, June 24 at the Prime Example on North Broad Street from 8pm to Midnight. Funeral services will take place on Thursday, June 25.
Aurora Nealand and Tom McDermott have performed together at Buffa's on Esplanade each Thursday for years, but had never recorded with each other until now. The multi-instrumentalist and pianist's new album, City of Timbres, came out in April, and covers everything from traditional New Orleans jazz to the more worldly sounds of Latin America.