Lost In The Wilderness (Soundtrack)

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The Soundtrack will be released on your bandcamps, soundclouds and youtubes and all those good ole musical sharing avenues.  The track listing will include all songs used in the upcoming documentary (Lost In The Wilderness).  A list of songs, some -like Peaceful, C.h.u.c.h.a, The flight back, and The Field  of which have already been released on other projects. but help tell the story of Negros Americanos.  The Soundtrack, however is majority new songs that the world has never heard, including snippets from the upcoming album “Take Flight”.  I can also tell you that the song cornbread will  be on the soundtrack along with another song from the same band Le Gamut.  

Check the link below to see the trailer for the (L.I.T.W) soundtrack sung by the beautiful and talented Fallon Chalvire (euphrates).  This will also be the intro record, you will enjoy-

The first single from the Lost In The Wilderness (Soundtrack) -Can you ride it- has been out since the 4th of May.  It features the voice of the lovely Alexis Monteith, and was filmed on a secret location.  The first three people to guess the location get a free black and white Negros Americanos t-shirt!!!! Leave your guess in the comment box here!

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FOSHO by Mello Mel

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Mello Mel’s FOSHO is finally out! I for one am stupidly excited about that.  I have had the pleasure of working with Mel at his studio several times and must say that this individual is really a complete producer.  Never before have I listened to modern instrumental music without trying to imagine my own lyrics over the track.  Correction, I always try to rap over Mel’s Fosho tracks, but the extreme enjoyability of the music slaps me into a trance that only allows me to focus on the instrumentation and not what I may want to add.

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The FOSHO album is 2 years in the making.  I am always in the awe of the amount of work that Mel puts in, and the ear for sound that he has.  An ear that could take a drum and base sound, mix it with “elevated” trap a little boom bap, house music, etc.  The outcome is a sound that you can dance to, smoke to, have as good background music as you engage with friends.  Maybe even a good tune to put on when you want to talk to an attractive lady and possibly get some action, as there are less distractions with no lyrics.  So, If you are not in the Jersey area to pick up a physical you can free stream, or support this extremely talented black man by purchasing the album for $9.99 USD on Bandcamp.com.  

Below is the link to check out FOSHO!

https://mellomel.bandcamp.com/album/fosho

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Brazilian AfroBeat

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Based in Salvador, Bahia, this band/group I.F.Á is top notched next level with their music creation.  I.F.Á. (Ijexá — Funk– Afrobeat) presents a repertoir inspired by the musical diversity of African roots and its presence in the contemporary scene. the group dives into the universe of Afrobeat, Dub, Reggae, Funk and the music  of the Afro Afoxe groups of Bahia, making their music a true manifestation of the musical aesthetic!

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So I met this very talented individual on Facebook.  I was connected with him through a woman that is a part of my closed group.  She sent me a suggestion to make him my friend, and said that we were on a similar wave. Jorge Dubman, a.k.a. Dr. Drumah hails from Salvador, Bahia-which is The African soul of Brazil. The mere mention of the name carries a deep cultural, spiritual and religious significance that is linked to Africa.  This soul definitely manifests itself within Dubman’s music.  At first, he was introduced to me as a dope hip hop producer.  We linked and he sent me a couple beats that were FANTASTIC!!  But then, about a week or two ago he sent me a link to a new video that he did with his band I.F.Á (He is the drummer of the Band) and I was absolutely blown away!!! I had to post it here.  It wasn’t really hip hop but a blend of so many genres and executed properly!  The way the video opens up gives me a quick glance of life in Salvador and it is shot so well that I actually thought I was a part of the band!.  Make sure you check out the new video posted below!!!

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Cornbread Around the World!

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So If you happen to find yourself in the Southern part of Tennessee on the 25th and 26th there will be a National Cornbread Festival!  Ya thats right! A Festival for Cornbread! I couldn’t make it up if I tried.  It is interesting that this annual festival is held in Tennessee, because if you check the song that I posted below named Cornbread, I talk about about a girl from that state who I fell in love with and wanted back.  The National Cornbread Festival takes place in the sleepy town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee, quite some distance from the metropolitan hotspots of Memphis and Nashville.  It appears that this town is about 80% White, hmm  I wonder who they have making the cornbread.  But I don’t want you to think this post is only about the National Cornbread Festival.  I have also been checking what other cultures outside of the United States.  First click below to see the video Negros Americanos-Cornbread.

Now that I have that out of the way, I would like to share some of what I have learned today.  Of course I can’t talk about every culture’s cornbreads, but just highlight a few.  The United States isn’t alone in its love for this buttery and delectable treat!  Below, is Broa de Milho and it is a Portuguese and Brazilian Cornbread.  Unlike the cornbread typical of the US  Broa is leavened with yeast, rather than baking soda.

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Pain de Mais is French cornbread, but made differently in different areas.  For instance I looked  into the Haitian Variety, and also the cornbread from Quebec. The Haitian Pain de Mais looks a lot different from the American cornbread, because seems to use more  cinnamon and nutmeg, MMM I want to taste it! I don’t see much of a difference between the Quebec cornbread and US cornbread.  But also don’t know much about the ingredients because all the info on it seems to be in French, which I cannot understand yet.  Left is Haitian Cornbread, to the right is Quebec Cornbread.

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There is also a Colombian Cornbread called Mantecada.  Now the original Mantecada is a type of Pastry from Spain similar to a muffin, but in Colombia it is different.  It is cut into squares like the cornbread we are familiar with and it is mostly popular in the capital city of Bogotá.  Now that I know this, I will order it from the Colombian restaurant near me.

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Since we made the song cornbread, I have noticed that many women have offered to make us meals with this down home treat on the side.  If that is the only benefit or rewards from this song, I’ll take that lol.  I have definitely gained a few pounds! I Love Cornbread! and I am elated to know that when I travel to other countries, I still have a similar dish that can compliment my main course- cornbread!

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Banda Preto Soul (Brazil)

So I do believe that I have mentioned to you that I am part of a closed  Facebook group aimed at bridging the cultural gap between black folk from the US and Brazil.  It is called Negras Brasileiras e Negros Americanos.  I am meeting so many beautiful and talented people from Brazil!  I constantly talk about my musical group-Negros Americanos.  We have been getting so many other recording and performance artists joining the group as well, it has become almost a musical overload,  And much like McDonalds…………I’m Luvin it!

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I really enjoy this group-Banda Preto Soul!  Their sound blends together beautifully, from the instrumentation to the soothing voice of Nega San (lead vocalist).  As soon as she joined our Facebook group and saw me posting about N.A, she asked me if I ever thought about coming to São Paulo and Goiânia to do shows with them.  She then put me in contact with other members of her band, and we have been talking about the Brazilian hip hop/alternative scene and how to contract shows.  I am really looking forward to meeting this band and working with them in Brazil!

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A Weekend Getaway

Originally posted on Plainfield View:

I suppose I ought to have a good excuse for not posting in eight days. For most of that time, I was distracted by one of my most significant decisions in quite a while. I’ll explain another time, but trust me, you wouldn’t have blogged either.

Towards the weekend, I had a different preoccupation. How good of an excuse it is depends on how much of a sports fan you are.

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On Saturday morning, I flew out to Cleveland, Ohio to watch the opening game of the Cavaliers 2015 Playoff run. My 1998, 1999, and 2007 trips to Cleveland were all during the offseason, and I’d never attended a Cavs home game through nearly eighteen years of fandom.

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Quicken Loans Arena, as it is called now, was Gund Arena back when I started following the team as a ten year old.

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I get the most pleasure from walking around…

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Evolution of New Jersey Music Culture

So, as many of you lovely individuals may know I am in a music group called Negros Americanos.  You may also know that I am from New Jersey.  We have been living back in this state and country since about 2012, and one thing that I can say is that I have always been chasing the New York scene, and not unlocking all of the fun secrets of Jersey.

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However, I have learned from hanging out with Mello mel -who also produced the Negros Americanos-Flowverdose” record, that Jersey has a great scene that needs to be explored further.  I met Mello Mel through his sister Kaylan Jones of the clothing and accessories mark Forever Audatious and Dubois Ashong-director of the movie No Boni, of which I am also featured in.  Hanging out with these guys in Newark has shown me that there is a different type of scene here.

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Some of the most enjoyable shows that I have been to as of late, do not involve singing or rapping.  Only a producer, some knobs, and a little “goin dumb” -as they say in the urban community-.  I am learning that it is all you need.  I am also learning that this style of show is growing and people enjoy coming out “getting right”-they also say that in the urban community- and vibing to some good instrumental music like Mel’s!!!

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Meninas Do Rio

Sorry I haven’t been sharing with you guys as much.  I have gotten super busy, but I am back and I promise that I wont go away again!  One of the things that I have been doing is putting my Portuguese to the test and meeting and conversing with actual Brazilians.  I, along with a lovely woman from São Vicente, São Paulo –Margareth Alexander Laurido- started a closed Facebook group to facilitate a connection between Black Brazilian woman and Black American men.  The group is called Negas Brasileiras e Negros Americanos -I will speak about that in another post more specifically- but  I have been making a lot of New Friends in Brazil! One of these friends is a woman named Bruna Oliveira from Rio De Janeiro.  We started to talk about music and she told me that she was in a band called Meninas Do Rio.  They are an all-girl percussionist band and I loooove them.  We are definitely going to collaborate when I get to Brazil,  check them out in the link below.

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Negros Americanos- Flowverdose – New Video –

It has been a while since Negros Americanos has done a new video, but now here we are!  Flowverdose is the latest from our tri-lingual crew, and mc enigma takes us on a ride down his continual stream of consciousness for a while over a lovely beat by the uber talented mello mel, who you will learn about in following posts.  The cinematography was done by Justin Butler @jstbtr on instagram.  I really think you guys will enjoy!!

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Jersey City Museum Screening of No Boni!!

So I made a post a while back about the film No Boni by Dubois Ashong.  Now this brotha is so talented that instead of sharing the No Boni trailer, I decided to share his newest film reel.  Here you can see a clip of No Boni included but some of the other things that he has is working on. I love his artistry!!  It has been a long time since I have been around someone who is able to execute their vision like Dubois Ashong.

I say and show this to say that the examples of this man’s excellence has proved that this No Boni film will be no short of a masterpiece! One that will have an early screening at the Jersey City Museum -350 Montomery St. Jersey City, NJ- on the 28th of March-which will be next Saturday.  The event will run from 1-4pm and also will show an Documentary on Jerry Gant that Brotha Ashong was also a part of.  Also your protagonists Negros Americanos will be performing a short set!!!! Its going to be simply magnificent, and the space is soooo beautiful! so come out support and enjoy.  Thank You!!!

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