ALFRED BANKS “A Beautiful Song” & “Bless You” (Prod by CZA)

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Alfred Banks writes a heartfelt letter & reminisces on all the good & bad times he shared with his brother.

Born and raised in Uptown New Orleans Alfred Banks grew up with a love for two things, sneakers and rap. At an early age Alfred knew he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his mentor and older brother Orlandas Banks and make music just like him, all while rocking the hottest kicks around. His brother’s support and guidance kept Alfred afloat through all the hectic times in his life, but when Orlandas departed for the Marines, Alfred began to see an emotional disconnect in their relationship.

During the years without his brother by his side Alfred experienced some of the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Alfred’s talent and insane work ethic helped him bounce back from being homeless and landed him various co signs from outlets like Complex and Revolt. Alfred even worked his way onto his first national tour alongside his close friend Mickey Factz. But Orlandas wasn’t around to share these moments with his little brother because he committed suicide after battling schizophrenia. It was the worst day of Alfred’s life when he got the news, but he knew that no matter what Orlandas wanted him to fulfill his dreams.

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GERY MENDES “Not ready”

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The road of life is never without trials and tribulations. Do we hold on to what is or are we willing to let go and embrace the unknown and be ready for change?
Welcome Gery Mendes; a Cape Verdean musician, poet, mc, actor, producer residing in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Not too long ago, he released his sophomore album entitled “Caminho”, a 12 track album which features “Memories” as the first single and “Not ready” as the second. To give you a new set of visuals he joined forces with Congolese filmmaker Bouba Dola for ” Not Ready”, a beautiful but simple video about life and the constant changes we encounter.

For all the bookers out there, if you searching for the next big thing for your festival look no further, Gery Mendes is the essence of a true artist. With his band or by himself for an acoustic set he will rock the house. He really deserve bigger stages to shared craft his music with a large audience.

14 APRIL – VERS BLOED DE BALIE, AMSTERDAM (acoustic set)
15 APRIL – GROUNDS, ROTTERDAM (full band) with a video premiere of his 3rd single “Wonder”
24 APRIL – V11, ROTTERDAM (acoustic set)
26 APRIL – PARADISO, AMSTERDAM (full band)

For more info contact: Gery Mendes, info@gerymendes.com

DOWNLOAD “Caminho” here

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MILES BONNY “4 Phife” / BUSTA RHYMES

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Still sad about the death of one of my heroe. I had the chance to catch Phife Dawg and Tribe Called Quest during their last tour as a unit in Paris…It was legendary ! Too bad we won’t have the chance to hear “Muttymorphosis” his second album he was working on. I really hope that we at least will have the opportunity to hear the complete track “Nutshell” (produced by J. Dilla) because it leaves a taste of becoming an instant classic.

Trompetist Miles Bonny, who in my eyes is also one of the most underrated singer / producer out there and Busta Rhymes (check his Instagram) are paying tribute in their own way to Phife. Rest in power…

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ODDISEE “AlWasta”

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Oddisee decided to kick off 2016 with a new free ep, AlWasta, 7 tracks featuring all new vocals and production. Add to that, Oddisee is ready to unveil his 2016 plans which include a new instrumental album in May, a tour and festival dates with his band Good Compny from May through July, and the heavily anticipated follow up to “The Good Fight”, a new solo album this fall.

Sudanese­-American hip­hop artist Oddisee’s new EP, “Al­Wasta,” takes its title from the Arabic colloquial term used to mean (to use colloquial English) “the plug.” The term “wasta” comes from the Arabic word “wasat,” meaning “middle” or “middleman,” and describes a member of the community who acts as a connector using their wealth of social currency. Understanding the value of social currency & how to use it (for better or worse) is what Amir Elkhalifa aka Oddisee focused on as the primary inspiration for his writings.

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OLIVIER SAINT SOUL “Black Music” EP

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Olivier is no rookie to music. The artist formerly known as Olivier Daysoul has toured the world as part of Oddisee’s band and worked with more then one of your favorite producers, be it Hudson Mohawke, Bibio, C2C, Onra or Oddisee. Now he lives in Berlin and decided it’s time for his own music, no compromises.

His upcoming “Black Music” EP on Jakarta was entirely produced by him, 90% of the instruments were played by him. Time for a new chapter, time for a new name. Get familiar.

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ROSELEAVES feat. KAYE TUNEZ, MOZ ROC, FEREAUX “Mr. NiceGuy remix EP”

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Producer RoseLeaves from Amsterdam drops the “Mr. Nice Guy remix EP”. With the motto thinking outside the box, the creative mind is assisted by the South Africam mc Moz Roc, Kaye Tunez and Fereaux (BangUrang) and deliver a promising effort. Stay to tuned for what next to come.

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