Music

‘Make Music Day’ is Coming: How to Get Your Family Involved

The benefits of music education are endless. Studies have associated music education with higher test scores, improved concentration and more. But if you are a parent, you probably know how it goes: many children will begin a music program with enthusiasm, only to complain about practicing a short time later, sometimes even asking to quit.…

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Dedicated Activist and Talented Musician, Diaspoura, Leaving Charleston

By Erica Veal [Twitter: @Indigo_Grio | FB: facebook.com/erica.veal.7 | Instagram: Indigo_Grio] Charleston is losing a dedicated community organizer and a talented musician. Anjali Naik, known by the stage name Diaspoura, is about to graduate from the College of Charleston and finished off her last live show as a local to a standing ovation at the Charleston…

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New Music Alert: Quis KingSoul Intrigues With Refreshing Debut ‘Godis’

By Natalie Prioleau, contributing writer New hip-hop artist Quis KingSoul has been reigning over the ears of listeners from the upper to lower regions of South Carolina since the debut of his mixtape, “Godis.” Following the release of his soulful, romantic hit single, “Girrrl” back in December of 2016, the mixtape embodies Quis’ life journey…

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Film Review: I Called Him Morgan

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) Bee Bop. Jazz. The 1950s and 1960s were a hotbed for cool music, and the hip musicians, who played those genres on records and in smoky, dimly lit nightclubs, were a special breed. Years later, most people still revere legendary trumpeters like Miles Davis and Chet Baker and…

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Debut of Haunting Music Single “The Talk” Catapults Social Injustice from the Black Community into Communities Around the Country

Millennial artist and social justice activist, Whitney Parnell, emerges as a new voice in the Black community with the debut of “The Talk,” a new music single and video. Composed and performed by Parnell, The Talk’s soulful rhythm with its haunting “hands-up” lyrics expose the all too often frank dialogue African American families have about…

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“Versus” Series Debuts With Cash Money vs No Limit Party

By Vaughn Postema The dimly lit Tin Roof was packed with bandana bearers and throwback jerseys. You could see the enjoyment as the crowd was captivated in a wave of nostalgia when a young Lil Wayne boomed from the speakers or when hands shot up to the sky when a skillful Mystikal rang through the…

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Hip Hop History at the Hall

By Vaughn Postema, contributing writer As the doors to the Charleston Music Hall opened, a rush of eager Hip-Hop lovers infiltrated the theatre. Over 150 people made themselves comfortable in the spacious hall and prepared themselves for a night of history. The excited chatter of anticipation died down as the spotlight focused itself on the…

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EP Review: Chaquis Maliq’s ‘Resilience Eludes Death’

By Vaughn Postema Ms. Maliq, I hear your beautiful tone as you wail, whine and croon over acoustic melodies and production that nods to some past greats. I enjoy when music reminds me of the past, while simultaneously demanding attention to the present. Maliq helps the listener maintain this balance in several songs: Letter to…

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Kanye West Needs Real Help, But It’s Likely Won’t Get It

By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Kanye West is melting down. He didn’t perform to expectations at two concert dates, declaring, at one, that he would have voted for Donald Trump for President and generating boos for his statement. In a subsequent concert he performed just a couple of songs, and abruptly ended a performance…

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Jazz and R&B Meet at Simmons-Pickney Middle School

One day this past September, Sam Singleton, a noted and accomplished singer known for his melodious baritone singing of R&B, walked into the Simmons-Pinckney campus formerly (Burke Middle School) as a brand new substitute teacher. By chance meeting, one of Charleston’s legendary accomplished jazz musicians by the name of Oscar Rivers, happened to be teaching…

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