Artist Spotlight: Drummer Jas Kayser

London-based drummer Jas Kayser is one of a growing number of musicians who are showing that females in jazz and in the drumming world is a norm rather than an exception to the rule. The 26-year-old drummer and composer – who released her debut album for Jazz re:freshed’s iconic 5ive series earlier this year – loves to explore the commonality between jazz and afro-beat. The … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Drummer Jas Kayser

Sahel Sounds release compilation, Music from Saharan WhatsApp

Sahel Sounds have released a greatest hits compilation on vinyl, Music from Saharan WhatsApp, which brings together tunes from their popular WhatsApp EP series. The LP features tracks by Sahel Sounds artists including Etran de L’Aïr, Hama, Alkibar Jr, Amaria Hamadaler (of Les Filles de Illighadad), and artists new to the label like Bounaly and Andal Sukabe. In Africa, mobile phones have become a tool of … Continue reading Sahel Sounds release compilation, Music from Saharan WhatsApp

GongBox: Music streaming platform putting African artists in the spotlight while maintaining their independence

GongBox is a music streaming app focused on bringing awareness of African artists, creators, and dreamers, while also allowing African musicians to stay independent, owning 100% of their creations. Created by South African artist Black Coffee, Gongbox strives to be a platform for the people, shining a light on talents that may be hidden from the vast majority of the world. The app, which has … Continue reading GongBox: Music streaming platform putting African artists in the spotlight while maintaining their independence

Artist Spotlight: DIVINEANGEL

DIVINEANGEL are a London-based duo, who with their fusion of afro-rhythms, soul and psychedelic rock, create music and lyrics with the intention to motivate, inspire, heal, unite, and to remind listeners of their truth, their inner truth. A collaboration between Yoruba-British artist muva of Earth and Asante-British artist, Angel SEKA, the friends describe their sounds as “Afro-futuristic Punk”. Earlier this year, DIVINEANGEL released their first … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: DIVINEANGEL

Spaces & Places: Michigan’s female-owned, all-vinyl record shop, The Record Lounge

Michigan’s only female-owned record store is going from strength-to-strength. Now both a physical store in Lansing and an online shop, The Record Lounge has seen a boom in vinyl sales in recent years. DeWitt resident and owner of The Record Lounge, Heather Frarey opened the store in 2008. She started out in the now-defunct local record shop Michigan WhereHouse Records in 1979, where she worked while … Continue reading Spaces & Places: Michigan’s female-owned, all-vinyl record shop, The Record Lounge

Tune of the Day for Monday 18 April 2022: Gettin’ To It by Christian McBride — Feline Basslines

Christian McBride’s Gettin’ To It is a message today about tieing up any loose ends. There maybe projects that were previously set aside to be completed at a later date. Now is the opportune moment to roll with those once again and get them done. The post Tune of the Day for Monday 18 April… Tune of the Day for Monday 18 April 2022: Gettin’ To … Continue reading Tune of the Day for Monday 18 April 2022: Gettin’ To It by Christian McBride — Feline Basslines

Tune of the Day for Sunday 17 April 2022: Soul Connection by John Patton — Feline Basslines

John Patton’s Soul Connection is a message that there is a reason why you are drawn to certain beings, certain things in life and why such keep coming up on your radar. The more you are aware of yourself, you then acknowledge and accept that it is you who is at the centre of the… Tune of the Day for Sunday 17 April 2022: Soul Connection … Continue reading Tune of the Day for Sunday 17 April 2022: Soul Connection by John Patton — Feline Basslines

Tune of the Day for Friday 15 April 2022: Paved by Nate Smith — Feline Basslines

From the moment you fully accept your truth, every step you take on your path from then on you “walk” on firm ground. Nate Smith’s Paved comes in recognition of your acknowledgement of self, your responsibility, and your strength. The post Tune of the Day for Friday 15 April 2022: Paved by Nate Smith appeared… Tune of the Day for Friday 15 April 2022: Paved by … Continue reading Tune of the Day for Friday 15 April 2022: Paved by Nate Smith — Feline Basslines

Saffron: Developing a music tech industry that’s diverse, inclusive and balanced

Saffron is a music tech initiative aiming to redress the gender imbalance in the music tech industry. The Bristol-based initiative supports women anywhere in the world to get involved in music production, sound engineering and DJing through training courses and workshops that it offers both in-person and online. Saffron’s aim is to advance gender equality in the music tech sector by creating a safe space … Continue reading Saffron: Developing a music tech industry that’s diverse, inclusive and balanced