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Robert Harper

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By Nigeria Anderson

The Bomb

Robert Harper is a bassist, recording artist, composer and songwriter who has just released a new single titled “Tha Bomb” that is now available on all major digital outlets.  “Tha Bomb” was released just in time for the fourth of July celebration and the reopening of many cities from the shutdown of the COVID PandemicTha Bomb has a horn section that is serious and Robert shares his solid bass grooves & rap/vocals on this funky track.  Earlier this year of 2021 he released The Fonk Record which is a tribute to legendary pioneers of funk, with a song dedicated to the late Wayman Tisdale titled Mr. Tisdale, which is available as well.  Robert Harper began his interest in music at the tender age of thirteen.  Inspired by Bootsy Collins, Robert Harper has developed his own sound by using a variety of special effect pedals to create various tones which add to his bass groove.  You can view Robert Harper’s passion for funk music by subscribing to his YouTube Channel @robertharperbass  *The bass community is deep-rooted. Many have enjoyed their rhythms on the dance floor.  There are many bass lines we remember and enjoy from some of our favorite recording artists.  Robert Harper’s passion for funk has resurrected what many of us over 40 miss in music today. You can listen to his earlier recordings such as;  Ride With Me and The Fonk Record at: https://robertharper.bandcamp.com/ 

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Shéquanda (Shea) Long

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By Nigeria Anderson

JUNETEENTH IS COMING TO HARLEM

Mrs. Shéquanda (Shea) Long is known for her culmination of creative events. A graduate of the University at Buffalo, Shéquanda Long served as Event Coordinator to the Black Student Union (BSU), where she helped to service roughly 5000 student members of color. She was responsible for overseeing and tending to the logistical details of over a dozen annual events. Raised in Harlem, NY Shéquanda Long was born a leader and an innovator. Shea is known for her commitment to improve progress in low-income communities. She is the proud owner of Kidz Day Care, author of a children’s book Rain, Rain, Go Away!  And the first to launch Juneteenth Freedom Fest NYC, (JFFNYC). Although, there is talk of fewer restrictions for events. Shea and her team have decided to have a week-long Juneteenth virtual festival online sponsored by Lunchtable June 13th to 18th and a block party on June 19th in Harlem, 12pm to 6pm,129th street between 7th and 8th avenue.

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David Sosa

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By Nigeria Anderson

Journey: To Love EP

David Sosa, a New York based singer/songwriter, is promoting his EP Journey: To Love.  David was introduced to musical stylings such as Opera, Jazz standards and Broadway that allowed for him to build an eclectic taste and multi-genre performances. While sonically contemporary, David’s musical influences stemmed from 90’s R&B which grew outward into the soul music of the 60’s and 80’s. Powerhouses such as Luther Vandross and Donny Hathaway to prominent women like Patti Labelle, Mariah Carey and Rachelle Ferrell significantly added to David Sosa’s soundscape. Sosa has toured with Nashville artist Tim Dillinger as part of his trio Soulkiss working alongside Charlene Moore, Patsy Moore and Susaye Green. Songstress and longtime friend Ramona Montanez who’s also featured as a vocalist and co- writer for his  EP Journey: To Love may be seen touring with him locally.

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Ben Tankard

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By Nigeria Anderson

New Music SHINE

Ben Tankard has blessed the gospel community with smooth jazz and gospel renditions for over two decades. Ben Tankard is a Christian renaissance man, he is a licensed pilot, former NBA basketball player, author, owner of Tribute Records, 8 Dove awards, 15 stellars and grammy nominations, producer for reality show, The Tankards, best-selling gospel jazz artist, inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame and he is known as the Godfather of Gospel Jazz. He released his new project titled SHINE. He says it is a follow-up to his last project RISE. A spin-off from his youth.  When his mother’s morning call would be rise and shine.  Ben Tankard’s music is available on all digital platforms.  I am enjoying one of his musical meditation on Youtube during this month. Between making music and speaking engagements, Ben Tankard is spreading love and music wherever he goes.  Ben Tankard is an example of being successful in Christ Jesus.  Which he teaches at The Destiny Center Church, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Tankard and his wife started The Destiny Center Church and they practice what they preach. 

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Travis Higgins

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By Nigeria Anderson

Soul Session Vol. 1

Travis Higgins is a musician, recording artist and songwriter. He is no stranger to soul and inspirational music.  Born the son of a pastor, Higgins grew up in his father’s church. The drums were his first introduction to musicianship. Later, he transitioned to piano and organ. When he got hit with the music bug it was not gospel music.  He enjoyed hip-hop and secular music and even played for a few well-known artists.  Travis Higgins credits his mother for training his musical ear by listening to gospel greats like Walter Hawkins, the Winans, Rance Allen, and other soulful gospel recordings. Her secular playlist included sounds of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Jackson 5 to name a few. Travis Higgins was unknowingly becoming a student of soul music.  Which can be heard on his debut project Soul Session Vol. 1.  Soul Session Vol.1 is a breath of fresh air for those missing good soul music. 

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Mel Love

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By Nigeria Anderson

LINK 2 LINK TOUR 21

Mel Love CEO of Link2Link Entertainment, a creator extraordinaire, recording artist, producer, concert promoter and performer.  Link2Link Entertainment is responsible for many careers. The company has a complete package for artists breaking into the music business. Mel Love is a veteran himself with a lineage going back to Bad Boy and the boom of Black Music departments within major record labels.  Mel is giving back to the new generation of artists, helping them not to make the same mistakes many have made before.  Mel Love knows what it takes being successful in the music business. His longevity is his track record.  Mel Love Link2Link moto is; The Movement You Wanna Move With.  Currently on his BlazeFest OK 21 tour, they are moving.  Link2Link’s next show is April 17th in Oklahoma with Spice 1, Marveless, D. Brooks and Mel Love.  The song Bless The Child featuring D. Brooks and Mel Love has over 100K streams on Spotify.  You can buy their song on all major digital outlets. 

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The Agape Music Group

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By Nigeria Anderson

Love Is Loud

John and Sequoya Howard are a husband and wife Urban Christian duo residing in Atlanta, GA.  The 2x Award Winning duo have released their single Close To You.  Close To You, was birthed from a place of gratefulness. The lyrics are a prayer desiring to be closer to God and aware of His presence. The couple’s goal is to create music that expresses their love for God and introduce Him to listeners around the world. John is a producer and Sequoya is a writer and vocalist.  Together they are creating great Christian music.  They are using their creative gifts in music, fashion and collaborations to represent diversity in Christianity.  Which I absolutely enjoy.  As Sequoya mentioned in our interview, you cannot put our great God in a box. The Agape Music Group will use their platform to spread the heartfelt message of God’s Love. When you listen to Close To You, you will hear it for yourself. 

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T450 Style & Launch

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By Nigeria Anderson

T-Money Working on New Projects

CEO Tyrone “T-Money” Kelsie has developed his own promotion, management and marketing company, T450 Style & Launch.  He shares his music and media experiences and know-how with a variety of clients, from music and media to products and services. T450 Style & Launch is an extension of T-Money’s hard work, passion, and long-established career in music and press. T-Money is known for his appearances on Yo! MTV Raps which ran from 1988 to 1995.  In 2018 they celebrated a 30th anniversary show.  There is talk of a reboot.

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Our Friend

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By Nigeria Anderson

Friendship Is A Choice

The Bible says A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.  In this wonderful film Our Friend, about love, life and friendship, humanity is found.  In our world of so much unrest, family is still the cornerstone for strength. On January 21st, I attended a Q&A hosted by Branden Harvey with Casey Affleck and Matthew Teague.  In the interview below are the questions he posed.  One of the questions asked; We’re living in a pandemic and many have experienced loss this year.  Why is Our Friend the type of film we should all watch? If I had to answer, surely I would have reflected on the necessary need for all of us to stay connected and to love each other. The times and days are evil, just watch the news.  Our Friend is a film about a caring man who puts his own life on hold to help out his friends, a couple facing a devastating crisis.  Like that old rap song said, Friends, how many of us have them? Ones we can depend on, Friends. By Whodini.

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Terrae

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By Nigeria Anderson

New Music By Terrae

Terrae singer-songwriter was introduced to music at an early age. Influenced by her mother, Jazz singer and songwriter Ishma Durah.  Reigning from Chicago Terrae veered away from Jazz and was bitten by disco and house music bug.  Going to clubs in the era of Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles, Ron Trent, Leroy Burgess, Tony Sundance Evans and Mike Kirby. House music became the sound she enjoyed most.  Presently under S. Walker, Choice Kutz Label, Terrae is reinventing herself and sound with talented producer Who Is Brian Tech and other well known track masters.  Terrae has returned from a small hiatus after morning the passing of her mom.  Producing songs like Take Me, Without U and Da Way I Feel.  You can find her music on streaming platforms such as Traxsource, SoundCloud and Bandcamp.

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