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kindred & surrender to love’s 10th anniversary

i was speaking with aja of kindred the family soul recently and she mentioned that their debut cd, surrender to love, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year. my initial response was a little disbelief, like, wordddddd?? it’s been TEN years?? it seems like just yesterday when i first heard some of my faves from that cd including “far away,” “if i,” “stars,” “rhythm of life”… actually it’s hard for me to even choose a favorite from this project because it was such a solid piece of work.

kindred the family soul

to celebrate the anniversary, kindred is planning to release a live cd and they’re in the studio putting together their next project, which the duo plans to drop later this year. so if you’re fans of the family be on the lookout for some great tunes coming from philly’s finest really soon.

kindred the family soul

in the meantime, check out some of their recent performances with jill scott, robert glasper, questlove & black thought and musiq at the shrine chicago.


Kindred The Family Soul w/ special guest (episode 1) Jill Scott (at The Shrine Chicago) from Jamaar J on Vimeo.

Kindred The Family Soul w/ special guest (episode 2) Robert Glasper, Questlove & Black Thought (@ The Shrine Chicago) from Jamaar J on Vimeo.

Kindred the Family Soul (episode 3) L’Renee, Gary “lil G” Jenkins, Avery Sunshine & Musiq Soulchild at The Shrine from Jamaar J on Vimeo.

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the brand new heavies :: dream on dreamer

the brand new heavies always put me in my happy place! “dream on dreamer” reminds me of my college days in nyc filled with discovering new friendships (most of which are still firmly in tact!) and an new exciting city.

whenever i hear this song i feel like i’m still in my dorm room, laughing with friends and blasting music. good times…

oh, and i just found out they’ll be here in the dmv on october 22nd at the birchmere! woot!! woot!!

earth, wind & fire :: september

dutch just discovered earth, wind & fire a few months ago and there for a minute he was requesting to hear them every day. one of his absolute favorites is “september”! one day recently after summer camp he told me a teacher caught him singing an ewf song and shocked that my kid was a little bit of an old school head, he asked, “dutch, are you singing earth, wind & fire??” haha!

i love it.

this one is for you, dutchie!

ba de ya, say do you remember/ba de ya, dancing in september/ba de ya, never was a cloudy day…

jimi hendrix :: the wind cries mary

my uncle tony was a HUGE jimi hendrix fan. huge. i remember back in ’93 when caron wheeler released beach of the war goddess and i was so hooked on her music. you might remember caron as the woman singing lead vocals on soul II soul’s “back to life.” but anyway, i played that cassette tape to death! then my mama told me that one of the songs, “the wind cries mary,” was actually a jimi hendrix song from his are you experienced album. i let my uncle hear caron’s version and he wasn’t very impressed. haha!! his response was something like, “it’s alright…”

so this one’s for you, t.