Sunday, August 26, 2012


Independent Artist Inspires and 

Uplifts The Soul 

Soulful independent artist, Oya Thomas, highly anticipated new single “LOVE” is now available It is a heartfelt tribute to the divine beauty of the world as felt through the Spirit of Oya. 
"LOVE" is one of 10 tracks off her soon to be released debut album “Spirit of Oya”. The project is a fusion of R&B/Soul, Jazz, Funk, Pop and Gospel and will be released on September 23, 2012. Infused with compassion and divine energy, Oya uses her voice as an instrument to weave textured stories and melodies, that vibrate with the transformative power of music.
Her original songs and thoughtful interpretations of timeless favorites, pay homage to the authentic storytellers and creators that most influenced her, including Whitney Houston, Prince, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.
Oya voices her interpretation of music by stating, “Music is a movement. It is the flow and breath of life born of rhythmic and melodic essence and, much like our spirit, imbued with infinite possibilities.” Her mission behind the music is to spread love, inspiration and joy while raising the vibration and connection of people.
The musical vibrations come to life on “LOVE”, as Oya has enlisted the artistic vision of Ryan Cross, a celebrated cellist and bass player, who has graced the recording studio and stage with Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight and Rihanna. And Brandon Coleman, a highly renowned pianist who has worked with notables such as Rachelle Ferrell and Babyface.
With an innate fervor for growth as an artist, Oya continues to ignite her exceptional spark through her art. Her debut solo album "Spirit of Oya" will release September 23, 2012.
Spirit of Oya Music Entertainment

Love (Radio Edit) by spiritofoya

Saturday, August 18, 2012



"MOURNING IN AMERICA" "This song is an observation on the culture of murder and death and our society. It's a critique of our hypocrisy as it relates to the taking of innocent lives. Power to the peaceful."     ~Brother Ali


"The underground Albino best known for his bare honesty and daunting sociopolitical messages is back upon the always-groovy Jake Uno beats that are hard not to like"  ~VIBE

Fully recharged and inspired by his eye-opening first trip to Mecca, the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East, and the world wide Occupy movements, Brother Ali is prepared to unveil his fourth full-length offering Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. Created during a self-imposed two-month exile in Seattle and helmed by platinum-selling producer Jake One (50 Cent, T.I., Wiz Khalifa), the album presents a scathing yet honest critique of America and its many flaws while simultaneously presenting a hopeful outlook of its possibilities. Preceded by the release of free music downloads with accompanying music videos such as “Shine On," "Writer’s Block,” and “Not A Day Goes By," Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color is the pièce de résistance.

In an age of hip-hop where the paradigm of swag over substance reigns supreme, few emcees are willing to use their platform to tackle the hot-button topics and pressing social maladies of our time - but it’s apparent that Minneapolis-based hip-hop artist Brother Ali is one of those few. Over the course of 14 tracks with assists from esteemed author/ professor Dr. Cornel West, revered Southern hip-hop icon Bun B, and Def Poetry Jam poet Amir Sulaiman, the album brazenly holds a mirror to the idiosyncrasies of American life while simultaneously painting a vibrant portrait of its wondrous potential. Actualizing hip-hop’s full range of motion as a gage for the times, Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color asserts itself as the definitive soundtrack of a disenchanted, disenfranchised, and wildly optimistic citizenry during a landmark period in American history.

Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, in all its sonic and lyrical glory, promises to be both the voice of a burgeoning new critical American consciousness and the beacon of hope for those that hold fast to its ideals and potential.

On September 12th, Brother Ali and friends will kick off his promotional North American tour appropriately entitled, Mourning in America. The 38 show dates start and end on the beautiful California coastline but will hit every major city from Dallas, Texas to Vancouver, Canada. Ali will be accompanied by his new band, Blank Tape Beloved, a 5 piece ensemble that incorporates Jake One's thundering drums with a powerhouse horn section, keys and guitar.

Pre-Order the CD "Mourning in America Dreaming in Color" from 
CD will be released September 18, 2012

Brother Ali - Mourning in America by rhymesayers

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Smooth Jazz of Yolanda Rabun

The North Carolina based Soul-Jazz artist, Yolanda Rabun, collaborated with the late Soul singer Isaac Hayes, sang with R&B crooner Howard Hewitt and opened for Grammy and Tony winner, Jennifer Holiday. In 2011, Yolanda toured her So Real single and project in Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Jordan and Diego Garcia via Singapore and left crowds screaming for more. In 2012, Yolanda Rabun's project SO REAL, charted in the US and Overseas and Yolanda has exploded on major festival stages, including the 33rd Annual Artsplosure Festival in Raleigh and Atlanta's prestigious 35th International Atlanta Jazz Festival.

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