👁 Video: “Playing Our Song” oh, so sensual 👩🏽‍❤️‍💋‍👨🏽

Yes, Yes, Yes…”Playing Our Song”, it’s happening

This song and video are artfully sensual. It has that sexy, smooth jazz sound that relaxes and stimulates you all in the same moment. “Playing Our Song” is the perfect companion when cleaning your house, washing your car, at the beach, doing yoga and of course, when you’re in the mood, you know, ready to be romantic…

Play the video: I know you’ll be feelin’ it too.

“Playing Our Song”, written and co-produced by Felecia Harte for Hartecast Music.

2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class: Cher, Mary J. Blige, Ozzy Osbourne, A Tribe Called Quest & Kool & the Gang 👋🏽

Your 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees…

A Tribe Called Quest Dave Matthews Band, Foreigner, Peter Frampton and Kool & the Gang will also be inducted at the Oct. 19 ceremony, which will air live on Disney+.

The incoming 2024 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class includes superstar acts such as Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Mary J. Blige, A Tribe Called Quest, Dave Matthews Band, Foreigner, Peter Frampton and Kool & the Gang.

Fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Lionel Richie and Ryan Seacrest announced the inductees Sunday during American Idol. The icons will officially be anointed as rock ‘n’ roll royalty on Oct. 19, when the 39th annual induction ceremony takes place at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. It will stream live on Disney+.

Cher, Osbourne, Foreigner, Frampton and Kool & the Gang are receiving the honor after appearing on the ballot for the first time. Osbourne is being inducted to the Rock Hall for a second time; he was inducted as a member of Black Sabbath in 2006.

The prestigious event will also honor Jimmy Buffett, Dionne Warwick, Norman Whitfield and MC5 with the Musical Excellence Award; Big Mama Thornton, Alexis Korner and John Mayall will receive the Musical Influence Award; and Suzanne de Passe will earn the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

Last year the Rock Hall included Kate Bush, Missy Elliott, Willie Nelson, George Michael, Sheryl Crow, Rage Against the Machine and The Spinners in its 2023 class.

Fifteen acts were nominated for this year’s Rock Hall and those who didn’t make the cut include Mariah Carey, Eric B. & Rakim, Sade, Jane’s Addiction, Lenny Kravitz, Oasis and Sinéad O’Connor, who died last year.

The 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air as a special on ABC at a later date and will be available on Hulu the day after the live ceremony.

Article by MESFIN FEKADU for The Hollywood REporter/April, 2024

Nia Archives: Silence Is Loud review – bold, fresh jungle unbound by tradition 🤩

Nia Archives, singer-songwriter, producer…Silence Is Loud

Judging by the cameraphone footage, Nia Archives’ support slot at the last of Beyonce’s  2023 London gigs was not an unqualified success. Archives has suggested she “got a lot of hate for playing jungle” at the show: the audience certainly look like it’s the last thing they want to hear. Then again, you could divine much from the fact that she was there at all: drum’n’bass producers from Bradford rarely attract the attention of US superstars.

Born Dehaney Nia Lishahn Hunt, Nia Archives counts Goldie among her mentors and currently seems to occupy a roughly equivalent position in the firmament of “next-gen junglists” – her phrase – as he did in the 90s drum’n’bass scene: a striking, charismatic figurehead for a genre traditionally lacking in striking, charismatic figures, dance producers seldom being as exciting or intriguing as the music they make.

Moreover, she clearly wants to do the thing that no 90s d’n’b producer did and become an actual pop star. Two EPs, 2021’s Forbidden Feelingz and last year’s Sunrise Bang Ur Head Against tha Wall, underlined her qualities as a producer well versed in her chosen genre’s past but not in thrall to it: the fantastic 18 & Over and Baianá’s skilful reboot of the samba-infused d’n’b style pioneered by Brazil’s DJ Marky were built to unite 20-something ravers and sniffy superannuated original junglists alike. But they also offered up tracks that posited Archives as a singer-songwriter, a weightier counterpoint to PinkPantheress’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it breakbeat pop.

Silence Is Loud takes the latter approach a stage further. Archives has mentioned Britpop as an inspiration, a reference that could give anyone with a long memory pause. The solitary conjoining of Britpop and d’n’b during the Britpop era was Goldie’s 1997 collaboration with Noel Gallagher, Temper Temper, the mere thought of which can still leave you grasping for a paper bag to breathe into: let’s just say it wasn’t either artist’s finest hour. She’s certainly dabbling in Britpop iconography: there’s a limited edition of Silence Is Loud pressed on “union jack vinyl”, matching the grill on her front tooth in the cover photo; the video for Unfinished Business featured the Fred Perry-clad producer in a greasy spoon cafe and drinking a pint in an ungentrified boozer. But its musical influence is less obviously pronounced.

In fact, it turns out merely to indicate a certain colloquial snottiness to the vocals (“all my friends hate you – to be fair, I do too”, opens the excellent Nightmares, addressing an ex who’s apparently “a tool”), and the presence of guitars. At its most straightforward, the alt-rock/jungle hybrid features a recumbent acoustic strum proceeding at half the speed of the beats beneath it, as on Cards on the Table, but it’s often far more artful than that. The opening title track is both melodic and ferociously noisy, the vocal melody and guitar figure poking through screaming electronics. On the superb Tell Me What It’s Like?, the two genres are tightly wound around each other: the lower end continually switches from dive-bombing sub-bass to bass guitar, an acoustic guitar playing a Kashmir-esque riff overlaid with bursts of white noise and poppy synths. The overall effect is not unlike a noticeably more wholesome version of the Prodigy, if you can imagine such a thing. And if you want evidence that Archives is a jungle producer not bound by tradition,

you might alight on the fact that she’s unafraid to tether her breakbeats to a pounding four-to-the-floor kick drum, a move that would have been absolutely verboten in 90s jungle: the lack of a 170bpm kick drum being one thing that traditionally separated d’n’b from its profoundly uncool, permanently gurning cousin happy hardcore.

Her voice is strong and appealingly unmannered, capable of cutting through the density of her productions. Meanwhile, the songwriting ranges from slightly undercooked – Unfinished Business clings doggedly to a melody too rinky-dink to bear that much repetition – to genuinely striking, even daring. The angsty Crowded Roomz implies that her party-starting DJ persona is often a facade masking personal loneliness. The album’s hookiest track, F.A.M.I.L.Y., manages to create a propulsive dancefloor anthem from the topic of long-term parental estrangement, which it seems fairly safe to say hasn’t been done previously.

That sensation of freshness, even innovation – that no one has put these ingredients together in this particular way before – strikes you more than once over the course of Silence Is Loud. The recipe doesn’t come off every time, but there’s something weirdly reassuring about that. It makes Archives seem like a work-in-progress rather than a perfectly polished finished article, which is exactly what an artist should be this early in their career: it’s impressive and bold enough to leave you wondering how she might develop, rather than worrying where she can go next.

Article by the Guardian; April 2024

Cardi B Reveals How She Secured Her Upcoming Collaboration With Shakira 💃🏽

Cardi B and Shakira, These Hips Don’t Lie

On Saturday, March 16, Gillie da King and Wallo dropped the latest episode of “Million Dollar Worth Of Game” featuring the Grammy award-winning rapper. During their conversation, the guys asked Bardi about her list of dream collaborations. One of the artists she brought up was Shakira, who recently recruited her for a song on her upcoming album Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran. The “Like What” rapper recalled how the opportunity to collaborate with the legendary singer happened by chance after they met in Paris for Fashion Week.

“I always wanted to do a record with Shakira,” she admitted. “and it’s like, wow, it landed on my lap. It really landed on my lap, so I got a record coming out with her next week. It’s like, ‘B***h, I’ll do whatever the f**k you want me to do, b***h. I’ll fly to Colombia.’ Like, I’ll go over there right now.”

“I saw her in Paris and I talked to her,” Bardi explained. “I don’t like being in b***h’s face about it. I’m like, ‘I have to, my sister she did a talent show when she was in first grade and she won doing your song! I just love you so much, like you’re a part of my life.’ And then her team reached out to me. I’m like, ‘Ahhh! Shakira, Shakira!’ I was gagging.”

Another artist Cardi B wants to work with is Rihanna. So far, she hasn’t pitched anything to her because she doesn’t make Riri’s type of music. The pair have never linked up in the studio before. However, Cardi said she’ll be ready for the day when she finally does have a record Rihanna will love.

Cardi B and Shakira’s collaboration “⁠⁠Puntería” drops this Friday along with Shakira’s new album. Watch the latest episode of Million Dollaz Worth of Game below.

Article by ByTony M. Centeno for American Top 10, March 2024. For more: bit.ly/4amTP0x

International Women’s ♀ Day

A World of Wonderful Women…

Empowerment, resilience, achievement, and equality. These are just a few of the myriad attributes and goals associated with International Women’s Day. This special day champions the incredible contributions of women across the globe and rallies for gender equality and women’s rights.

What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Additionally, it’s a call to action for accelerating gender parity, recognizing the barriers women face, and celebrating the milestones in women’s rights and equality.

When is International Women’s Day?

When is International Women’s Day?

Held annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day is not just a day but a movement. Throughout the month, and indeed the year, various events, campaigns, and initiatives are organized in its spirit.

How to Get Involved

Engage with the core of International Women’s Day and make a difference with these suggestions:

  • Attend Local Events: Many cities host marches, workshops, conferences, and more in honor of IWD.
  • Support Women-Owned Businesses: Make an effort to purchase from businesses owned and operated by women.
  • Educate and Raise Awareness: Share stories, articles, and resources about women’s achievements and the challenges they face.
  • Wear Purple: Purple is the official color of International Women’s Day. Wearing it shows solidarity and support.
  • Engage on Social Media: Use the official hashtags to join the conversation and amplify the voices of women worldwide.

History of the Event

The origins of International Women’s Day date back to the early 20th century, stemming from labor movements and women’s suffrage activism. Over the years, the United Nations began to adopt and promote the day, setting annual themes that highlight various aspects of women’s rights and equality. Today, IWD is recognized worldwide, drawing attention to issues like gender disparity, women’s rights, and celebrating the countless achievements of women throughout history.

Relevant Hashtags

Join the global conversation, share empowering stories, and uplift the spirit of International Women’s Day using these hashtags:

  • #InternationalWomensDay2024
  • #1WD2024
  • #ChooseToChallenge
  • #WomensRights
  • #GenderEquality

Article by Awareness Says, March 2024

Watch the video: Beyoncé Announces New Album Act II and Shares 2 New Songs: “Texas Hold ’Em” and “16 Carriages”

We Do Everything Big In Texas

Beyonce has announced a new album; Act II arrives March 29. She’s also graced us with two new songs: “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages” Listen to those below, and scroll down for Beyoncé’s teaser clip for the album.

During the Super Bowl LVIII broadcast, Beyoncé revealed the news with a video on her Instagram. It looks as though she’s going country for the second act of her Renaissance trilogy, based on the sound of both songs and the footage in the teaser. The announcement video features old-school tunes like Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline,” as well as a dusty scene of men looking up at a massive billboard featuring a scantily-clad Beyoncé and the words “Texas! Hold ’Em.” The moment seems to be a reference to Wim Wenders’ 1984 film Paris, Texas.

“Texas Hold ’Em” was co-written by Canadian artist Lowell, with production and instrumental contributions fromRhiannon Giddens, Raphael Saadiq, Hit-Boy, Nathan Ferraro, Killah B, and more. “16 Carriages” features Dave Hamelin, Gavin Williams, Justus West, Saadiq, and more.

While the album news came as a surprise, Verizon did hint that a Beyonce-related advertisement would run this week. Sure enough, she starred in a Verizon commercial during the Super Bowl in which she teased releasing new music to break the internet. Minutes later, she did just that. Beyoncé also wore a white cowboy hat to the 2024 Grammys last weekend, perhaps as a nod to her country pivot.

Renaissance was Beyoncé’s seventh solo studio album, and was originally billed as Act I: Renaissance—implying future releases would follow suit—before its release in July 2022. While the album never got traditional music videos, there was a “cliquebait” clip for “Break My Soul” a “brand campaign film anthem” for Tiffany & Co. that used “Summer Renaissance,” and a concert film that played in theaters worldwide. Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce was the No. 1 movie in the United States during its debut weekend and, as of January 11, raised over $44.4 million worldwide.

“Break My Soul” was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Dance/Electronic Recording at the 2023 Grammy Awards, but Beyoncé won only the latter award. That didn’t stop her from taking home four trophies that night anyway, though, raising her overall career tally to 32 wins –breaking the record.for the most Grammys won by an artist in the award show’s history.

By Nina Corcoran for Pitchfork, 2024

N.W.A., Laurie Anderson, Donna Summer and more receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards 🏆

What a Life!

“What luck! To be part of a group of some of my all-time favourite artists”

N.W.A., Laurie Anderson, Donna Summer, and more have been announced as recipients of this year’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2024 cohort, which also includes Gladys Knight, Tammy Wynette and The Clark Sisters, will receive their awards at the Special Merit Awards ceremony on February 3. It will precede the Grammy Awards, which will take place the next day at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

“What luck! To be part of a group of some of my all-time favourite artists”, Anderson wrote on social media.

Article written by:Alex Rigotti; 6th January 2024 for NME

LiTTLE ACTS OF KiNDNESS ✨ CAN CHANGE THE 🌎… ☮ ❤❤❤

THE LiTTLE THiNGS ARE REALLY THE BiG THiNGS…

“Little Acts Of Kindness”: amidst the coldness of winter, we celebrate the spirit of the holidays by giving. Now and throughout the year, let’s give the heart-warming gift that never wears out or becomes outdated…kindness~from the Harte 

A friend of mine once told me that his mother always told him to ‘be nice’. Being nice is being polite which is important as it promotes civility.

However being kind is deeper. Being kind is being not only considerate but generous and caring. Kindness is a special sort of gentleness displayed by the way in which you speak to and treat others. Kindness is not limited to just people but animals show acts of kindness as well.

Kindness denotes being tender hearted. If one is kind, it does not mean that you are weak. One of my mother’s favorite sayings was a warning to beware of some people who might exploit kindness saying: “people can take kindness for weakness”. On the contrary, she knew kindness demonstrates strength of character and a reserve of generosity.

Being kind fits the saying: “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”. It takes a strong person to look out for more than just self. It’s easier to tend to your own needs than to consider the needs of those around you; it takes an inner fortitude and a tender heart to be genuinely concerned about the well-being of others.

A demonstration of kindness doesn’t have to be grandiose. It can just be little acts like holding the door open for the next person, letting a driver switch lanes in front of you, giving words of encouragement when someone is sad, getting that top shelf item at the grocery store for someone who can’t reach it or saying, “I’m sorry and meaning it”, etc.

Just the word kindness evokes a certain tenderness. It’s funny how words take on their own frequency/vibration. Is this because words accurately describe how we are actually feeling or do words, after being used so often to describe how we feel, take on a resonance of that quality?

A person can be taught to be polite but can you be taught to be kind? Kindness comes from the heart and with its every beat sustains our very physical existence. Perhaps also along with every heart beat, there is a sort of indigenous, ethereal kindness pulsating through our bodies connecting us collectively heartbeat to heartbeat… written by ~from the Harte 🤜🏽⚡🤛🏽

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