DELL-P NEW ALBUM RELEASE: WORDSMITH, PHILADELPHIA (PA), AUGUST 11TH 2018


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Conscious Hip Hop Philly artist Dell-P’s new album features legendary and like-minded artist David Banner from Mississippi. This album was made to commemorate the anniversary of Hip Hop on August 11th and let the world know that lyricism will always matter. The album title represents one of the primordial elements of the culture which is the Emcee aka “Wordsmith”, and also Smith is Dell-P’s last name. This is his most personal album to date and he addresses issues such as politics, his love for Hip Hop, relationship goals, family, senseless violence, police brutality, and also being a positive light for the younger generation. This album could potentially take Dell-P to the next level, with its lyrical content and universal message.
“Wordsmith” will be available on all digital platforms on August 11th, 2018:

#Itunes #GooglePlay #Tidal #Spotify #Amazon etc…

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For all booking inquiries contact @HisHersEntertainment and @BizPorter
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SOULNIC 2018, LOS ANGELES (CA), JUNE 30TH 2018


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SOULNIC is a free, family-oriented dance music festival with DJs and live musicians who showcase the soulful sides of House music. Originally created in 2010, SOULNIC has quickly become L.A.’s largest Soulful Dance Music Festival. This is a one-of-a-kind event in Los Angeles that has been widely accepted by the community, attracting attendees of all ages and backgrounds.

To date, SOULNIC has more than doubled in size each year. This year, we anticipate 4,000 in attendance. And in order to meet the rising costs to produce this event, we are seeking to raise $65,000. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to THE GOOD SEED SHELTER, Our charitable beneficiary. Good Seed Shelter’s mission is to help youth not only live, but thrive. We provide a supportive, nurturing and specialized care for homeless young people in California, through supportive housing, job training, comprehensive services and individual planning. The Good Seed creates an environment where youth, ages 18-25, can grow to achieve their full potential. Our aim is to ensure that youth have the tools they need to realize their goals and dreams, so that they may live healthy and meaningful lives.
The Good Seed Shelter attempts to fulfill a mission to “Shelter Those Who Are Homeless, Cloth Those Who Are in Need, Feed Those Who Are Hungry, and Assist Whenever We Are Needed.
We need your help to either become a sponsor or assist in finding sponsors. If you work for a company OR know of a company that has a charitable giving arm or a company that could benefit from a marketing partnership for this event, please contact us to provide a referral.

Once you’ve made the commitment to support SOULNIC, share this campaign and your SOULNIC experience with others. Be sure to ‘like’ the official SOULNIC Facebook page, tag yourself in our photo gallery and, if possible, attend one of our upcoming fundraising events.

You may obtain more info here: http://www.soulnic.tv

ESSENCE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), JULY 5TH-8TH 2018


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Janet Jackson and newly minted Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige are among the headliners announced for the 2018 Essence Festival. The festival returns to the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans July 5-8.

The initial performance lineup also includes a headline set featuring Erykah Badu and Jill Scott with Snoop Dogg and other guests in a special curation by The Roots. Rounding out the first wave of announced headliners are Miguel, Fantasia and Xscape. Also scheduled to perform: Daniel Caesar, H.E.R., Kelela, Ro James, DVSN, 112, Mali Music, Kevin Ross, Marsha Ambrosius and Teddy Riley’s New Jack Swing Experience featuring Wreckx-n-Effect, BlackStreet and Guy.

More than 40 acts will appear between the Mainstage and the four Superlounges stationed inside the Superdome. Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks. The Mainstage host is Roy Wood Jr.

You may purchase tickets here:

https://www.essence.com/festival/tickets

HOLLYWOOD CARNIVAL, WEST HOLLYWOOD (CA), JUNE 24TH 2017


The 2017 Hollywood Carnival was oh so colorful with Carribean, as well as South American and African participants & attendees, representing their flag colors via Carnival costumes and clothing, The City of Los Angeles was able to witness the parade which ended in West Hollywood where the party continued with various performances. The eclectic sounds ranged from Soca,  to Calypso, to Reggae, to Hip Hop, to Salsa and to R&B.  The Carnival also featured Carribean food vendors much to the delight of the audience. This event is a continuous success and showcases Africa and Diaspora unity at its best.

 

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ESSENCE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), JUNE 30TH-JULY 2ND 2017


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The Essence Festival, known as “the party with a purpose”, is an annual music festival which started in 1994 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women. It is the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States. Locally referred to as the Essence Fest, it has been held in New Orleans, Louisiana every year since 1994 except for 2006, when it was held in Houston, Texas due to Hurricane Katrina. It also held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in 2016. It features artists simultaneously performing on a main stage as well as four standing-room only superlounge stages.

You may buy tickets here:

http://www.essence.com/festival/tickets

 

UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FESTIVAL 2017, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 29TH 2017


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In honor of the festival’s 31st anniversary, JazzReggae Fest is celebrating three decades of good vibes, jammin’ music, and cultural enrichment with a one-day festival under the Los Angeles sun. From the festival’s humble beginnings in 1986, it has continued to grow and develop while forging connections between UCLA and the broader Los Angeles community. In keeping with the successful model set last year, Jazz Reggae Fest is sticking to its roots, presenting headliners from the genres of jazz and reggae accompanied by a curated selection of talented student bands. In addition to the early festival elements of jazz, reggae, and a grassy venue, live art, and food and craft vendor elements are also offered.

You may purchase tickets here:

www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0B005299B62A8229

 

DELL-P, 4 DA ART, PHILADELPHIA (PA), 2017


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Dell-P is a Conscious Rapper from Philadelphia. His latest album “4 DA ART” contains all of the elements Real Hip Hop lovers have been yearning for: That Conscious Neo Soul Sound punctuated with positive, uplifting and well-thought-out verses, Historical Black Speech interjections, Black Love ballads, vivid descriptions of Black struggle, inner-city dwellings and situations, as well as collaborations with Dope Female MCs. The type of music you want to inspire your own children or the next generation in these crucial times, see post-Obama era.

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Philly’s Breakthrough Artist Of The Year Dell-P has definitely  come back to defend his crown at his peak. 4 DA ART is a testament of hard work, perseverance and lyrical virtuosity. Support this album as it is much needed in these trying times we are facing. We hope that you enjoy it and spread the word about one of Philadelphia’s top MCs. It is time to expose our youth and the world to this type of message. Dell-P is proof that Hip Hop Still Lives!!! Be sure to follow Dell-P on IG & TWITTER @DELLP215.

 

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NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), APRIL 28TH-MAY 7TH 2017


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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival goes down April 28th – 30th and May 4th – 7th. The festival annually celebrates the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana, alongside unforgettable performances by nationally and internationally renowned guest artists. With twelve stages and over 500 bands performing virtually every style of music, Jazz Fest presents one of the entertainment world’s most diverse music lineups. Hundreds of thousands of fans annually flock to the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course for Jazz Fest, which has been called America’s best festival.

You may purchase tickets here:

http://www.nojazzfest.com/tickets/

LINEUP

Aaron Neville
Alabama Shakes
Amos Lee
Anders Osborne
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians
Big Freedia
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Blues Traveler
Bonerama
Buddy Guy
Corinne Bailey Rae
Cowboy Mouth
Cyril Neville & SwampFunk
Darius Rucker
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Dawes
Dr. John
Earth Wind & Fire
Elle King
Ellis Marsalis
Galactic
George Benson
Harry Connick Jr.
Honey Island Swamp Band
Hot 8 Brass Band
Irma Thomas
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
JohnnySwim
Jon Batiste and Stay Human
Jon Cleary
Jonny Lang
Judith Owen & Krewe de Jude
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers
Kings of Leon
Lake Street Dive
Leon Bridges
Lorde
Marcia Ball
Margo Price
Maroon 5
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Meghan Trainor
NAS with The Soul Rebels
Patti LaBelle
Pitbull
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Rebirth Brass Band
Rhiannon Giddens
Snoop Dogg
Sonny Landreth
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
Stevie Wonder
Tab Benoit
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Lone Bellow
The Mavericks
The Meters
The Revivalists
The Travelin’ McCourys
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tower of Power
Trey Anastasio Band
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Usher with The Roots
Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters
Widespread Panic
Wilco

DAARA J, DAKAR (SENEGAL), DECEMBER 24TH 2016


My husband and I are currently visiting his native Senegal from Philadelphia. On Christmas Eve, we had the opportunity to meet the world-renowned Ndongo D and Faada Freddy from The Daara J Family, right before their concert at the Daniel Sorano Theater in Dakar. Both artists are undeniably very spiritual and talented. Music is their weapon and they only use it to promote Peace & Love in the world. I was very excited to just converse with them and even while doing so, Faada Freddy couldn’t resist singing. Ndongo D was very “cool & calm” as most rappers are, and also so humble. We discussed many different topics including health and my favorite Daara J songs. Towards the end of the conversation, they both promised to put on the best show for their fans, which they accomplished to the fullest extent. The Daniel Sorano Theater was at full-compassity and tickets were sold out, the streets were also packed with cars. The concert could still be heard clearly outside by the fans who were unable to get in. The performance was nothing less than awe-inspiring, brilliant, cool, explosive and magnificent. When Daara J Family is in your city or near, you should definitely come out and show support. They are the Best! Their music is available on I-Tunes, Amazon and stores nationwide (USA).

I thank Wolof Times for helping me achieve my dreams of journalism.

Khadijah Yayefall Ndiaye is a Reporter/Photographer for Wolof Times. All photo credits go to Moustapha N’Diaye.

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BILAL, POWER FEST 2016 SOUTH LA, SEPTEMBER 3RD 2016


 

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Power Fest, featuring Neo Soul artist BILAL as a headliner this year, is the premier political music festival in South LA that attracts thousands of families in a day of celebration, empowerment, and education. Power Fest takes place in Martin Luther King Jr. Park in the historic King Estates neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

This year’s Power Fest promoted the importance of voting in this November election, and educated the community on key state and local ballot initiatives. The festival also served as a space for community healing to take place in response to the recent murders of black lives by law enforcement.

Come enjoy every year, a great music, art installations, good food, health resources, and special activities for kids! You are not going to want to miss out. Please visit for more info: http://www.southlapowerfest.com

 

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2016 ESSENCE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), JUNE 30TH-JULY 3RD 2016


The 2016 Essence Festival was highly-inclusive since it featured relevant artists of every era from Charlie Wilson to Diddy down to Kendrick Lamar. Fans were delighted to see the highly-promoted Bad Boy reunion tour which showcased Legendary Biggie Hypeman/Rapper Diddy, classic Diva Faith Evans, Mase, 112 and latest addition hitmaker French Montana. “Essence” is huge with attendees from all over the nation and major sponsors, therefore they’re able to boast multiple stages and a beyond solid line-up which included Mariah Carey, Maxwell, Common, Tyrese and Jeremih to name a few. The New Orleans Superdome was nearly filled and concertgoers had ample time to visit the now revived and conveniently small city of New Orleans since the festival lasted four days. The Historical French Quarter offered various venues for impromptu after-parties.

Off-site New Orleans Convention Center hosted various events featuring Oprah Windfrey as well as Gospel singer Yolanda Adams. There were also mini game shows and parties in a family-friendly setting, as well as various vendors and organizations such as NASA selling and promoting their work respectively.

 

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UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FEST, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 30TH 2016


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Jazz Reggae Festival has been an integral part of the UCLA and LA communities for the past 29 years. In honor of the festival’s 30th anniversary, we are celebrating three decades of good vibes, jammin’ music, and cultural enrichment with a one-day festival under the Los Angeles sun. From the festival’s humble beginnings in 1986, it has continued to grow and develop while forging connections between UCLA and the broader Los Angeles community. Alongside sustainable initiatives and live art, the festival has showcased talent ranging from Ziggy Marley to Snoop Dogg to Erykah Badu. This year, Jazz Reggae Festival is returning to its roots, presenting headliners from the genres of jazz and reggae accompanied by a curated selection of talented student bands.

You may obtain more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.jazzreggaefest.com

2016 JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL, JOSHUA TREE (CA), MAY 12TH-15TH 2016


 

 

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The 2016 Joshua Tree Music Festival took place as usual in the panoramic setting of the Joshua Tree desert. The festival was family-oriented with RV and regular camping available, as well as health food, art craft vendors and Yoga practitioners; much to the delight of the local and surrounding communities which include Los Angeles and San Diego.

The musical line-up was very eclectic and ranged from New-Orleans Funk (Dumpstaphunk), Chicago Blues (The Main Squeeze), acoustic Reggae (Del Corazon), Ethiopian Jazz (Dhara World Music Quartet) to the local favorite fusioned sound of The Desert Rhythm Project. The three-day Festival was peaceful and well-organized.

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LEIMERT PARK ART WALK, LOS ANGELES (CA), LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH


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The Leimert Park Art Walk is an invigorating event for the
local African-American community as it offers a platform for local artists,
musicians, dancers and comedians to practice their craft in front of
attendees from diverse areas of Los Angeles. This event takes place the last Sunday of every Monday and also features Art, food and clothing vendors.

 

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2016 ESSENCE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), JUNE 30TH-JULY 3RD 2016


imageThe ESSENCE Festival is back in New Orleans with an extraordinary roster of the biggest names and best performers in entertainment—from global music icons to the industry’s rising stars. We are welcoming Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar and Maxwell to headline the Superdome main stage. In addition, we will be embracing newcomers like Leon Bridges, Jeremih, Lion Babe, Dej Loaf and The Internet, as well as fan favorite Charlie Wilson for the ultimate cultural experience in New Orleans this July 4th weekend.

You may obtain more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.essence.com/2015/11/05/essence-festival-2016-tickets-sale-now

BAY AREA VIBEZ: DAMIAN & STEPHEN MARLEY, MORGAN HERITAGE, TARRUS RILEY, I-WAYNE, NAS, ALOE BLACC ETC…, OAKLAND (CA), SEPTEMBER 26-27TH 2015


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The Bay Area Vibez Festival, in its first year, boasted an unbelievable and eclectic line-up which included the acts from Damian Marley’s Catch A Fire Tour 2015 (Damian & Stephen Marley, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, SuperCat etc…) and Hip hop heavyweight NAS, as well as other R&B/Jazz/Blues artists such as Meshell Ndegecello, Aloe Blacc and FishBone. The venue was in an industrial port area which offered a scenic view of the city of San Francisco and the newly-built Oakland bridge.

The Festival featured one of the Best Hip Hop Freestylists ever: SuperNatural, working as a host and displaying his skills intermittently.

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The highlights of the Festival were of course Damian and Stephen Marley as well as the other acts from their tour due in Los Angeles the next day.

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Upcoming rising stars Skip Marley (Cedella’s son) and Ghetto Youths Crew Black Am I are regularly part of the line-up whenever Damian or Stephen Marley perform.

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Morgan Heritage, the other Reggae Royal Family was also featured.

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Legendary SuperCat reemerged after a long hiatus as one of the most energetic and entertaining artists of the line-up.

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Tarrus Riley has definitely become a Reggae Powerhouse with his sultry voice and dancehall and R&B influences. Not to mention that he is backed by Reggae’s most recognizable saxophonist in Dean Fraser.

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It was a delight watching I-Wayne perform his now classic and newest hits with his trademark high-pitched tone, on the smaller stage.

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Hip Hop Heavyweight NAS was part of the line-up and delivered a mesmerizing performance with his array of classic hits from the 90s to the 2000s much to the delight of Sunday’s Hip hop crowd. However, he surprisingly did not perform with Damian Marley though their collaborative album “Distant Relatives” is a modern Hip hop/Reggae classic.

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Established Blues and R&B/Jazz legends FishBone and  Meshell NDegecello as well as newcomers Blues singer Aloe Blacc and Techno/Club-influenced Reggae band The Courtney John Project contributed more to the eclecticism of this festival which fulfilled the musical fantasies of a very diverse crowd.

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DELL-P, VOLTAGE LOUNGE, PHILADELPHIA (PA), SEPTEMBER 11TH 2015


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Who is Dell-P??? I was recently at Voltage Lounge in Center City Philadelphia, where I had the great privilege to come across one of the Dopest and Livest Hip Hop Artists called Dell-P. His song delivery leaves the audience no choice other than feeling the passion, anger, love and rawness of his lyrics. As he performed, I glanced around at the crowd, and all were doing the classic Hip Hop Head Bob in unison, which was awesome.

Dell-P is the true definition of Hip Hop. A West Philadelphia native who isn’t afraid to create his own lane and refuses to conform to the new waves of the industry . Dell-P has a lot of great things currently happening for him as well as on the horizon.

Dell-P has performed at many premier locations in the Philadelphia area including the TLA and the Wells Fargo Center. His musical talents have granted him the opportunity to open up for hip-hop acts such as DMX, Slum Village, Rich Boy, Fabolous, and State Property. With this resume, there is no question as to why XXL Magazine and This Is 50.Com have named Dell-P one of the best kept secrets of Hip Hop…

Dell-P dropped his new project this summer on the WHOMAG/SONY Distribution imprint, and from the comments on iTunes his project “A New Beginning” is exactly what he’s got in store for Hip-Hop as he sees it. There are some like minds out there hungry and “A New Beginning” feeds them properly. Once you take a listen to the music, you will understand why Dell-P has been called “the best kept secret of Hip Hop” by XXL Magazine… Feel free to follow Dell-P on IG & TWITTER @DELLP215

I firmly believe that Dell-P is an artist that every true Hip Hop lover should definitely support by purchasing his albums and attending his shows, given the current state of Hip hop.  If you thought this art form was dead, Dell-P is here to let you know its a New Beginning…

Khadijah Yayefall Ndiaye is a Worldwide reporter and photographer, based in Philadelphia, for Wolof Times.

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THE WEST COAST LOVES SEAN PRICE-A TRIBUTE, LOS ANGELES (CA), AUGUST 28TH 2015


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This event was organized to pay tribute to one of the best Hip Hop Lyricists ever Sean Price aka Sean P, half of Heltah Skeltah and member of the Boot Camp Clik…Rest in Peace! The event featured a DJ who played classic Sean P and East Coast tracks throughout  the night (9pm-4am) and various local MCs also performed. There was a food caterer, vendors with Sean P apparel and CDs as well as an outdoor projector displaying the Brooklyn/Brownsville rapper videos. The Hip Hop venue, located in Chinatown, was punctuated with graffitis and offered a Basement-like/Underground atmosphere with an East Coast flavor enhanced by the DJ’s tracks. All proceeds from the event will go to the deceased MC’s family. Sean Price was an enigmatic real MC with lyrical skills who never compromised his music and was never afraid to speak his mind. Hip hop has suffered a great loss and he will most surely be missed.

Donations can be made to Sean Price’s family via this Duck Down Music sponsored link: http://www.crowdrise.com/seanp

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EMMANUEL JAL, BASSEKOU KOUYATE & NGONI BA, REGGAE ON THE RIVER, GARBERVILLE (CA), JULY 31ST-AUGUST 2ND 2015


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The 31st Annual Reggae Festival featured an international and eclectic cast of artists from African countries such as the Sudan and Mali. Sudanese rapper and spoken word artist Emmanuel Jal offered conscious radical lyrics meant to awaken the crowd regarding the socio-political issues of his country which include war, violence and child exploitation with his poignant life story as a child soldier and refugee. He received numerous accolades and crowd participation. The Malian Family Ensemble which featured husband and wife Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba enchanted the crowd with their original Malian Blues singing, guitar and percussion using traditional instruments. You could clearly see and hear the African influence on Blues and Rock N’ Roll with the Jimmy Hendrix-like guitar-playing as well as sultry voice of Ngoni Ba. The youngest members of the Family ensemble also performed so well and energetically at the traditional guitars and talking drums that the crowd demanded an encore.

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PHAROAHE MONCH, DRAGONFLY, LOS ANGELES (CA), JUNE 25TH 2014


image Pharoahe Monch is of one of those REAL MCs you listen to and realize that THEY ARE HIP HOP as they represent its true essence in the purest form. His various flows, conscious as well as purposefully “demented” lyrics are off the charts. He is also a true entertainer who knew how to hype up this West Coast DragonFly crowd with Tupac and NWA references and classic West Coast tracks/beats spun by his fast Jazzy Jeff reminiscent DJ Revolution. Pharoahe Monch confirmed that REAL Hip Hop is not dead and old school MCs are still relevant and get better with time with his upcoming album which he promoted by performing new songs as well as classic tracks such as “Simon Says” and “Oh No” now a tribute to Nate Dogg (RIP). Check Afrocentric Shirt Designs: https://woloftimes.wordpress.com/baby-f-dada-custom-clothing-www-babyfdada-com/ Fitness is 80% Nutrition and 20% Exercise! If you’re interested in losing weight, check: https://woloftimes.wordpress.com/herbalife-fitness-nutrition

9TH WONDER & RAPSODY, DRAGONFLY, LOS ANGELES (CA), JUNE 25TH 2014


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REAL Hip Hop DJ/Rapper/Producer 9th Wonder graced us with his presence and Baritone voice at the DragonFly with his new Protégé Rapsody who seems like a Black Female version of Eminem with conscious lyrics from the Zulu Nation. 9th Wonder started the show off by bangin’/mixin’ classic 90s Hip Hop joints from the Biggies to the Wus to the Nas to clearly define the era he stems from, as well as old school 70s R&B joints to the delight of the crowd, his signature Hip Hop/R&B mix. I was very surprised and enchanted by female MC Rapsody who’s a true lyricist that can hold her own amongst the best of her male peers, her flow, lyrics and delivery are incredible, and she goes from sexy to conscious to funny to straight battlin’. Great show!

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UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FESTIVAL, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 25TH-26TH 2014


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Kymani Marley delivered a great performance and showcased why he was chosen as a closing act to the festival. He sang his now classic songs, newer hits and material as well as his father Bob’s classic songs. He was vibrant with positive energy and also improvised by inviting his son and protege KJ Marley on stage for a true Reggae/Dancehall performance.

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UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FESTIVAL, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 25TH-26TH 2014


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Kymani Marley on stage with Gramps Morgan whom he invited during his performance on stage to reprise some of his father’s classic songs. Sister Carol delivered classic conscious-reggae songs with her Roots dancehall vibes. Great performances to witness.

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UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FESTIVAL, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 25TH-26TH 2014


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Snoop Lion aka Uncle Snoop had a vibrant and well-planned performance. He opened up and closed the show to Reggae music to live up to his new Snoop Lion moniker. Daz from “Tha Dogg Pound” played a great set of classic Snoop from the Dre era and new Dancehall-Reggae influenced songs. Snoop showcased his great entertainer skills by incorporating college football anthems, Cypress Hill and Bob Marley songs. There was a great attendance and he was flattered and professed his love and appreciation for the school of UCLA and the city of Los Angeles.

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TASTE OF SOUL, LOS ANGELES (CA) – OCTOBER 19TH, 2013


TASTE OF SOUL, LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19TH, 2013

The Taste of Soul was definitely a success and had the longest succession of vendors (food, art, clothing etc…) and music stages I’ve encountered in Los Angeles so far. The festival as the name speaks for itself focuses on Soul food from the states and the Diaspora but also features R&B, Jazz and Hip Hop. I mainly spent time at the KJLH radio station’s stage which is owned by Stevie Wonder. Ran into Ne-Yo backstage who did not perform but was mainly taking pictures with fans. R&B singers Kenny Lattimore and Johnny Gill did a great job mcing the show and also performed, clearly demonstrating why they’re considered legendary R&B singers. Glenn Lewis rocked the crowd with some of his 90s hits. Mindless Behavior, the new hot teenage band rocked the teenage crowd which went crazy during their dance and singing performance. Marques Houston also performed new and classic material as well classic Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson hits to the delight of the younger and older crowd. Stevie Wonder came onstage with Johnny Gill at the end of Marques Houston’s performance to close out the show, unbelievable trio of legends performing at the same time.

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COMMON – UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FEST – MAY 26TH, 2013


COMMON - UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FEST - MAY 26TH 2013

Common (Left, here featured with Press members including Wolof Times reporters Bunaama Diagne (Right-column, bottom picture) and Sunny Moore (Right-column, Right in center picture)) showed he’s a TRUE MC through his lyrics/freestyles and interactions with the crowd. He definitely puts Chicago/The Midwest on the Hip Hop map. Great live energy and hip hop education for the youth. His DJ paid tribute to many old school hip hop artists such as Slick Rick, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep etc…

SHINE BLACKHAWK – DRAWING ON THE MOON, MALIBU – MAY 24TH-27TH, 2013


SHINE BLACKHAWK - DRAWING ON THE MOON, MALIBU, CA - MAY 24TH-27TH, 2013

SHINE BLACKHAWK (Top Picture,Top Center), here featured with Wolof Times reporter Bunaama Diagne (Left) and other band members) rocked the stage late night with FIRE tribal music within a beautiful natural setting in the Malibu mountains with the Moon hovering over us. Her music is an original blend of Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop as well as Native American and African influences. The Festival was cut short due to fire code violations but featured Yoga workshops, raw vegan cuisine, drumming, dancing, folk music, acrobats, club dancing etc…Wonderful camping first-time experience amidst the Malibu Mountains.

BROTHER J (X-CLAN) – MESSAGE MEDIA ED, LOS ANGELES (CA) – JULY 22ND 2011


Brother J (Right), one of the leaders of the East Coast Hip Hop Afrocentric movement in the early 90s and also one of my favorite rappers of all-time, has now relocated to Los Angeles where he is a Board member of Message Media Ed. This Learning Center provides digital education and professional development to African-Americans of all ages to bridge the divide/gap in this area between races/classes in Modern American society.