Monday, February 8, 2016

Floetry Reunion

This vibrant duo out of London, England consist of Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart they formed Floetry in 1997. Floetry is ahead of so many contemporary R&B acts. Rather than being put in a box like many of the R&B divas, Floetry has chosen to look outside of the box. With one half dedicated to pipes and the other dedicated to poetry and alterative rap. Their sound is fantastic. From 1997 to 2006 Floetry was doing their thing in the music industry. They put out three albums Floetic in 2002, Floacism in 2003 and Flo'Ology in 2005. In my opinion they just kept getting better. Then in 2006 Marsha Ambrosius signed a solo record deal. In 2007 she released Neo Soul is Dead album and parted ways with Natalie Stewart. In late 2010 Natalie Stewart release Spoken Soul Volume 1. The artistry of both these women is amazing. Both of these women are artists in the truest sense of the word. This is a wonderful merging of styles that is unique. Well, all you fans of Floetry there back together! They will be performing at Yoshi's Oakland, California on April 5th, 6th and 7th of 2016. You can check some songs of Floetry on Streetwise Radio.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Beauty Behind the Madness By The Weeknd

I had never heard of The Weeknd until I heard his song “Can’t Feel My Face”. My discovery of The Weeknd happened, while riding in the car with my husband. He was listening to The Weeknd because his band was doing his song. I asked who is that, he said “you haven’t heard of The Weeknd”. I can’t believe I had missed him. While listening to this album, the only songs I like is “Can’t Feel My Face”. Being of an older generation, he has a variety of enjoyable music from his previous work. Some of his songs are explicit but this young man is way too talented to resort to such language in is music. I like the eerie sound and the dancing beat of his music. This soon to be 26 year olds given name is Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye and is of Ethiopian descent. What I like about The Weeknd is he isn’t afraid to be himself and put himself out there. He was previously touring in the San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. DJ Michael Ealey had the pleasure of seeing him in concert. He was part of the press, so he got to meet him. Michael said he was real nice and humble guy. The Weeknd will be around for a longtime, if he stays true to himself.