Clap! Clap! Recalls Last Live Set Before COVID-19 Lockdown

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Next up in our Last DJ Set series, where we’re talking to a wide range of artists about their final gig before government-ordered lockdowns and travel bans went into effect in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is producer/performer Christiano Crisci (a.k.a. Clap! Clap!).

Read on to find out about his last live set before lockdown, the release of his Liquid Portraits album and what he’s been up to in quarantine. Continue Reading

The Black Madonna Changes Artist Name to The Blessed Madonna

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DJ/producer Marea Stamper — better known as The Black Madonna — has changed her professional name to The Blessed Madonna.

The decision comes after an online petition called The Black Madonna: It’s Time to Change the Name was launched by Monty Luke, asking Stamper to change her alias.

Wrote Luke on the petition page,

“On June 14 of this year, I emailed Marea Stamper, in an effort to open a dialogue about the possibility of her moving away from using her DJ alias, The Black Madonna. This name, “The Black Madonna,” holds significance for catholics around the world, but especially so for black catholics in the US, Caribbean and Latin America. In addition, Detroit’s Shrine of the Black Madonna has been an important cultural figure to many interested in the idea of Black feminism and self-determination for the past 50 years. Religious connotations aside though, it should be abundantly clear that in 2020, a white woman calling herself ‘black’ is highly problematic. I explained these things in my message and concluded the email with some practical suggestions on how the nickname/alias transition could take place.”

Taking to Instagram today, Stamper wrote,

“I have always been transparent about my faith because I felt a responsibility to be clear about who I was and who I was not. The name was a reflection of my family’s lifelong and profound Catholic devotion to a specific kind of European icon of the Virgin Mary which is dark in hue. People who shared that devotion loved the name, but in retrospect I should have listened harder to other perspectives.

But now I hear loud and clear. My artist name has been a point of controversy, confusion, pain and frustration that distracts from things that are a thousand times more important than any single word in that name. We’re living in extraordinary times and this is a very small part of a much bigger conversation, but we all have a responsibility to try and affect positive change in any way we can. I want you to be able to feel confident in the person I am and what I stand for.

Thank you for listening. Stay blessed.

-Love Marea
PS: If you read this far, arrest the cops that murdered Breonna Taylor in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky: Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove.

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Friends, I have changed my name to The Blessed Madonna. I have always been transparent about my faith because I felt a responsibility to be clear about who I was and who I was not. The name was a reflection of my family’s lifelong and profound Catholic devotion to a specific kind of European icon of the Virgin Mary which is dark in hue. People who shared that devotion loved the name, but in retrospect I should have listened harder to other perspectives. But now I hear loud and clear. My artist name has been a point of controversy, confusion, pain and frustration that distracts from things that are a thousand times more important than any single word in that name. We're living in extraordinary times and this is a very small part of a much bigger conversation, but we all have a responsibility to try and affect positive change in any way we can. I want you to be able to feel confident in the person I am and what I stand for. Thank you for listening. Stay blessed. -Love Marea PS: If you read this far, arrest the cops that murdered Breonna Taylor in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky: Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove.

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Video Premiere: V feat. Yameen Allworld – Into The Light

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New Jersey-bred singer/songwriter Valvin “V” Roane has been making waves in neo-soul and R&B for some time now. Over the years, he’s collaborated with artists including Masters at Work, Jill Scott, Common and The Roots, to name but a few. Plus, he’s toured extensively and has performed on an array of popular TV shows.

V lets his silky voice soar on the smooth, soulful cut “Into The Light” feat. Yameen Allworld. The song — culled from Image A Nation (BBE) out in early September 2020 — will be released tomorrow as a single. Leveraging an uncomplicated acoustic guitar part, crisp drums and keyboards, it’s the simple, uplifting song we need right now.

We’re thrilled to world premiere the music video for “Into The Light” filmed and directed by Harold Russell. Hit the play button below and enjoy these easygoing vibes. And as V so rightly sings, “Don’t get left in the dark.”

Image by Joey Adarkwah

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Werner Niedermeier & Gareth Whitehead July 2020 Chart

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1. Whitehead/Niedermeier – Nineteen92/Conception – Tribu Oro Remix – Bulletdodge Records
2. Moogly Caraibes – La Fe – De & Grego G Remix – Brique Rouge
3. Cymande – Bra – Gazeebo Rework – Unknown
4. Luca Torre – Lancolimel – Enough Music
5. Pascal & Urban Absolutes – Ooh – DJ Sneak Dub – Brique Rouge
6. The Duke Of Iron – Man Smart, Woman Smarter – Virgin Island Calypsos
7. Suna Path – Give Me The Head – WiN Recordings
8. Martin Rev – Sparks – Sahko Recordings
9. The Obsessed – The First Wave (Michael Wells a.k.a. G.T.O. Remix) – Hard Electronic
10. Earth – Engine Of Ruin – Southern Lord

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

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