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Fantastic Negrito Unveils Brand New Reimagined Acoustic Version of “Oh Betty”

In celebration of his fourth GRAMMY nomination for his song “Oh Betty” in the “Best American Roots Performance” category, soulful singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Fantastic Negrito (neé Xavier Dphrepaulezz) has released a brand new reimagined acoustic version today. Part love story, part history lesson and with acclaim spanning Pitchfork to NPR, the multimedia project tells the defiant tale of his seventh generation white Scottish indentured servant grandmother Betty Gallimore who was living in a common law marriage with his seventh generation African-American enslaved grandfather, Grandfather Courage, in the face of the racist, separatist, laws of 1750s colonial Virginia. Fantastic Negrito shares, “The incredible story of my seventh generation grandparents was so profound. I reimagined it through the lenses of my touring band. Please check it out unplugged unapologetic reimagined.”
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Whither, Iowa? Dems Consider Shaking Up Primary Season | NPR Politics

The Democratic National Committee is meeting this week in Washington to decide whether Iowa should still have the first caucus in the party's presidential nominating contest. President Biden and others favor switching to a different state, arguing Iowa's population isn't representative of America as a whole. Also, Oath Keepers founder...
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Fantastic Negrito Unveils Reimagined Version of GRAMMY Nominated Song, "Oh Betty"

In celebration of his fourth GRAMMY nomination for his song “Oh Betty” in the “Best American Roots Performance” category, soulful singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Fantastic Negrito (neé Xavier Dphrepaulezz) has released a brand new reimagined acoustic version today. Part love story, part history lesson and with acclaim spanning Pitchfork to NPR, the multimedia project tells the defiant tale of his seventh generation white Scottish indentured servant grandmother Betty Gallimore who was living in a common law marriage with his seventh generation African-American enslaved grandfather, Grandfather Courage, in the face of the racist, separatist, laws of 1750s colonial Virginia. Fantastic Negrito shares, “The incredible story of my seventh generation grandparents was so profound. I reimagined it through the lenses of my touring band. Please check it out unplugged unapologetic reimagined.”
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Following 3 GRAMMY Nominations, Aoife O’Donovan Shares Acoustic Version Of “Age Of Apathy”

Aoife O’Donovan — who was just nominated for three 2023 GRAMMY Awards for her 2022 album Age Of Apathy — shares an intimate acoustic version of “Age Of Apathy” (produced with Darren Schneider). The performance is essential Aoife: delicately expressive phrasings, instinctive accompaniment, and the elemental power of that voice cast against sparse instrumentation.
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BTS’ RM performs on NPR Tiny Desk concert with solo album

RM of the South Korean famous music band BTS has made his NPR (National Public Radio) Tiny Desk concert debut. RM took to the at-home concert stage at Tiny Desk on NPR Music to perform songs off his latest album Indigo album which was released on the same day. RM...
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Nate Smith + Kinfolk, with strings, live at Crosstown Arts

"When I'm playing snare, bass drum, cymbals, I hear orchestral sounds. I hear a universe of sounds," says drummer and composer Nate Smith. Audience members present at Crosstown Arts in Memphis, Tenn. on May 7 were welcomed into a new section of Smith's musical universe: When he and ensemble KINFOLK took the stage, they were joined by a string octet comprised of members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
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RM Releases Debut Solo Album ‘Indigo’: Stream It Now

RM finally unveiled his long-awaited debut solo album Indigo on Friday (Dec. 2) via Big Hit Music. For his first full-length effort sans his BTS bandmates, the rapper enlisted a diverse slate of guests assists from the likes of Erykah Badu (opener “Yun”), Anderson .Paak (“Still Life”), Epik High leader Tablo (“All Day”), Paul Blanco and Mahalia (the Honne-produced “Closer”) and more.
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BTS’s RM To Hold His Own Tiny Desk Concert On NPR

BTS’s RM will be appearing on NPR’s famous Tiny Desk concert series as a solo artist!. On December 1 local time, U.S. public broadcaster NPR (National Public Radio) officially announced that RM would be holding his very own concert at the Tiny Desk on NPR Music the following day.
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Fantastic Negrito’s new version of GRAMMY nominated “Oh Betty”

Unveils Brand New Reimagined Acoustic Version of “Oh Betty”,. GRAMMY Award “Best American Roots Performance”. “A stellar new album from Fantastic Negrito. Combining different corners of the. Black musical world… timeless quality”. – NPR Music. ”A funky, wah-laden melding of delta blues and disco, which examines...
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Interview: Shemekia Copeland

Multi award-winner, four-time Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland is considered one of the great blues and Americana vocalists of our time. The daughter of the legendary bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia Copeland made her debut at The Cotton Club at the age of 10. When she turned 16, her father took her on tour as his opening act. Her debut 1998 album Turn The Heat Up on Alligator Records, kicked off an impressive career.
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Drummer Nate Smith arranges funky grooves with strings attached

If you are a fan of jazz, or groove for that matter, then you're probably acquainted with the artistry of Nate Smith. Whether it's with the bass master Dave Holland or funk supergroup The Fearless Flyers, the copious joy felt from those projects should in no small part be attributed to this drummer (and his odd time signatures).
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