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Time well spent: Jacob Banks stops in Toronto ahead of North American trek

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Jacob Banks struts out onto the stage and his presence fills the sold out venue. His voice husky and full, it quickly silences a cheering audience as they let his words permeate their ears. Dressed in a denim jacket and jeans, he’s appropriately dressed in the “Canadian tuxedo” for the Toronto stop of his Village tour at the Danforth Music Hall on Feb. 26 that NDLYSS was on-hand to witness.

Banks sings into the mic with a downward gaze as the words of Be Good to Me echo throughout the room, “I’ve been running for far too long, oh please be good to me.”  A true lyricist, it’s clear that these are more than words to Banks. The chorus hits and he dances, taking the mic off the stand. There’s now not a stationary body in the building. The song ends and the lights go out. The audience cheers.

“Good evening,” his voice breaks through the darkness, silencing the crowd yet again. His ability to cut through the noise and capture the silent attention of the whole audience is demonstrated time and time again throughout the nineteen-song set. A set that includes many songs from the touring album Village including favorites Unknown (To You) and Chainsmoking both reserved for the encore. Banks also included tracks from his three EPs: The Boy Who Cried Freedom (2017), The Paradox (2015), and The Monologue (2013), as well as two noteworthy covers of Frank Ocean’s Swim Good and Coldplay’s Fix You.

Banks’ sultry commanding voice at times gives nods to crooners, while maintaining a soul sound that gives life to his intimate lyrics. Before launching into Keeps Me Going, Banks shares, “for those who don’t know, I was born in Nigeria.” The singer-songwriter moved to Birmingham, England at the age of 13. Seven years later, he began writing songs and performing at open mics. Since then another seven years have passed, and Banks has since supported greats like Sam Smith and Alicia Keys and is now touring his freshman LP Village.

The night capped with Banks asking for the house lights to be brought up, “we just want to take this moment to remember as many faces in the audience as we can tonight. Time is currency and you chose to be here… and we are so fuckin’ grateful. Thank you for choosing us this evening. God bless.” He stands at the edge of the stage and takes in the crowd after which the band plays him out.

Time is currency, and one of the best things that could be done with that currency is getting to know Jacob Banks a little more. Banks continues his North American tour back on US soil with his next stop in Detroit on March 1 . His album Village is available on Spotify and iTunes. Whether having the honor of seeing him live, or simply purchasing the album, both are time well spent.

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Rema drops Afrobeat track dedicated to women around the globe

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For the third week in a row, Rema is set to release “anotha banga.” Dropping on Mavin Records/Jonzing World, “Woman” is a song that expresses his appreciation and admiration for all females. 

Recently crowned Apple Music’s Up Next artist – previously awarded to Billie Eilish, Khalid & H.E.R – Afropop’s prince Rema has now released a trio of singles throughout June and July. He kicked things off with “Ginger Me,” a song created in a late-night studio session in London with UK producer The Elements. Quickly followed by trap-influenced track “Alien” which took us on a trippy journey through the mind of a young heartbreaker. 

Crediting his parents for introducing him to Fela Kuti & 2Face, Rema draws influences far beyond West Africa with Bollywood, Trap, Afrobeats, and Pop all becoming part of his trademark sound. With co-signs from the likes of Drake, Barack Obama and now Rihanna, Rema is on his way for a global takeover.

Stream “Woman” via Spotify below.

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La Doña releases debut EP ‘Algo Nuevo’

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Latina artist La Doña has officially released her debut Algo Nuevo EP via Human Re-Sources. Produced heavily by Doña herself, the EP includes previously-released singles “Quién Me La Paga” (“Whose Going To Pay For It?” in English), an infectious cumbia-led track that denounces life’s ever-increasing expenses, and the self-coined “femmeton” anthem “Le Lo Lai,” which reverts the machismo paradigm so prevalent in reggaeton and hip-hop.

Speaking on the EP, La Doña says: “Algo nuevo is a gift of something new; it is a statement about the versatility of musical forms and diasporic rhythms; it is a marriage of the traditional with the contemporary; it is an offering and a statement to la raza, the boss girls, las malas, the non-binary and queer homies, ‘I see you, I am you, and I made this for you.'” 

The EP is a fruitful and masterful collage of La Doña’s world. The artist composes songs influenced heavily by Bay Area hyphy styles, lowrider culture, Mission muralismo, and musica de la (U.S./Mexico) frontera, while exploring radical brown femininity alongside love and pain.

Algo Nuevo also arrives alongside La Doña’s release show at The Chapel in San Francisco tonight where she’ll be joined by Sazon Libre, Chulita Vinyl Club, and Mariachi Juvenil La Misión.

After touring North America in support of Cuco, opening for legendary Mexican rock group Café Tacvba, and being named one of YouTube Music’s Foundry artists with past alumni including Rosalía, Dua Lipa, Chloe X Halle, and Gunna, La Doña is entering 2020 in full force. 

Listen to the Algo Nuevo EP, here

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Roddy Ricch’s Video Release for ‘The Box’ made the #1 Song in the Country even Hotter

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Roddy Ricch has officially dropped the highly anticipated music video for “The Box” on Friday.

The Compton rapper premiered the impressive self-directed visual for “The Box” and there are several boxes scattered implanted in the clip, making the theme cohesive throughout the video.

“The Box” is the chart-topping song featured on Ricch’s debut studio album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, and has held the top spot on the Billboard charts for over five consecutive weeks.

In the video, Ricch is seeing scaling buildings, winning car races, lounging in the pool, slam-dunking basketballs and more. It concludes with him in a box factor and ultimately on display in a museum.

Ricch has made major plays this year with his win for Best Rap Performance at the 2020 Grammys for “Racks in the Middle with the late Nipsey Hussle. The Young emcee is currently on the second leg of his first headlining tour with shows coming up in Miami, Washington, D.C., and London.

Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial released Dec. 6. You can stream Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial below via Spotify and grab it on iTunes.

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