Spoken Word: Ursula Rucker (The Roots) in Sydney tonight @ Pier 4 – (Sydney Theratre) feat. Candy Royalle | WORD TRAVELS FESTIVAL | spoken word, poetry, slam

Playing tonight (Oct 11th) @ Pier 4

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This will be Ursula’s only full set in the festival!
US performance artist Ursula Rucker, is the queen of spoken-word. One of the strongest female poets performing today. Critics have compared Ursula to celebrated writers like Sonia Sanchez and Nikki Giovanni.

Ursula is known for award-winning solo albums like Silver and Lead as well as her work with The Roots. She created a spoken word contribution for The Roots debut album, Do You Want More?

Her track Unlocking, which closed the album, introduced Ursula to the world of progressive hip-hop and led to subsequent invitations to collaborate on The Roots albums.

Ursula’s work has been described as part of a growing movement that is slowly adapting its aural sensibilities to women, particularly in hip-hop and urban music. Ursula plays an essential role in the rise of a new crop of female recording artists who deliver strong, intelligent, and a visionary feminine flavour.

Sydney spoken-word powerhouse Candy Royalle opens the evening with her own stage-shaking poetry. Candy is a multi-disciplinary poet and artist who combines powerfully-crafted stories with theatrics, vocal harmonies and a can’t-look-away charisma.

She has performed her work both nationally and internationally from the Sydney Writers Festival to festivals in the UK and Spain. Candy recently won the Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup. She just returned from Texas and the Austin Poetry Festival. She has appeared in the SMH, Daily Telegraph, on ABC Radio and CNN.



MIXTAPE: Okayplayer Presents The Official ROOTS PICNIC MIXTAPE 2012 By DJ Low Budget

2012 Roots Picnic Mixtape by DJ Low BudgetOkayplayer Presents: The Official Roots Picnic 2012 Mixtape!

mixed by:

DJ Low Budget

Featuring: The Roots, De La Soul, Kid Cudi, Rakim, Major Lazer, Shabazz Palaces, Danny Brown, James Murphy, Wale, Tune-Yards + more! (full tracklist below)

Purchase tickets (or enter to win FREE) at Okayplayer:


The Lesson Part III/Paid In Full blend – The Roots/Eric B & Rakim
The Next Movement- The Roots
Ego Trippin-De La Soul
Paid In Full b/w Stay cool – Eric B & Rakim
It Ain’t All Good b/w Don’t Look any Further (Low B Blend Up)- De la Soul/Dennis Edwards
Adenaline (Beanie’s Verse) – The Roots
That Tree (Low Beezy’s Midnight Mona Lisa Mix)- Kid Cudi
I Know You Got Soul b/w Slight Work (Low B Blend Up) – Eric B & Rakim/Wale/Diplo
That’s The Way – Wale & Dorrough
Express Yourself – DIplo Feat. Nicky B
Danger – Major Lazer Feat. The Beastie Boys & Santigold
Gangsta _ The TuneYards
Galactus (Emynd Remix) – Mr MF’n Exsquire
Swerve… The Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding) -Shabazz Palaces
My Melody b/w Clones (Low B Blend Up) – Eric B. & Rakim/The Roots
Oooh b/w Sister Wife Star Slinger Remix (Low B Blend Up) – De La Soul feat Redman/ Alex Winston
Freaks N’ Geeks (Star Slinger Remix) – Childish Gambino
Get Free (Why So Not Remix) w/Die Like a Rockstar (Low B Blend Up) -Major Lazer Feat Amber/Danny Brown
Wit It/Harlem Shake (Low B Blendup) – Danny Brown/Baauerr
Piss Test – A-Track, Juicy J, &Danny Brown
All Tonight – Chill Moody
City Luuks (Kid Sister x Flosstradamus x Symmetry) – The Hood Internet
Luuk Out Girl – Flosstradamus feat. Kid Sister
Horsey (Diplo) – SwizzyMack (Philly Club remix)
Hood Fantasy – Flosstradamus
Original Don (Major Lazer) – Dj Sliink (Jersey Club Remix)
Yeah (Clap-a-Pella)- LCD Soundsystem
Yeah – LCD Soundsystem
Dr. Pill – WZRD (Kid Cudi)
Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood – St. Vincent
Powa b/w Purple Swag (Low B Blendup) – The Tuneyards/ASAP Rocky


When Jimmy talks to the UNC audience about student loans, he decides a slow jam with President Obama and The Roots is appropriate.

Author - Ryan Harris

Author - Ryan Harris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bell Biv DeVoe & The Roots – Remake Poison (Live)

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Video: Bell Biv DeVoe Reunites on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

Bell Biv DeVoeThey’re back! Bell Biv DeVoe reunited on Wednesday’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” performing two of their biggest hits with house band The Roots. Wearing green leather vests and jeans, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe took it back to the ’90s on air with “Poison” and the web bonus “Do Me!” They received a warm welcome, as the crowd stood on its feet while they busted old school moves. Get back into the swing of things with BBD.


Annie McKinnon.

Okay this may not necessarily fit into the soul/hip-hop/funk genre per se. But I am keen on introducing this sister, Annie McKinnon. She is an emerging Sydney-based (originally from Coonabarabran, New South Wales) singer, songwriter, composer and guitarist (and perhaps other things too!)
 I only discovered this precious gem earlier in the year as she          supported Jess Harlen on her Neon Heartache album launch at the Supper Club, Darlinghurst. As the audience were waiting, drinking a few beers and cocktails over a chat. Entered Annie. Jess introduced her as her ‘friend’. Honestly, didn’t know what to expect however, my ears and eyes were peeled. The moment Annie started strumming the guitar, the surrounding conversation slowly began to phase out. Eyes and ears shifted towards the stage, listening intently to the progression of her narrative throughout her songs. 
Her tunes could be described as having a smooth, soulful, acoustic, raw and lyrical sound. Great for chillin’.  Each venue had a unique character about them and a chilled-out ambiance. It was rockin’ like Robin! Speaking of which, one of Annie songs is called Robin Hood. One of the most catchiest lines in my opinion are: “I wish, I was, Robin Hood. Fighting the rich for the poor, and doing a bit of good”.
 Since the first gig I was able to watch two of her more recent gigs at Notes in Newtown in support of Francesca Sidoti and at the Clarendon Hotel in Surry Hills (where she gave out freebies – Plug It CD). Recently Annie has released two singles On Top Of The Hill and Plug It which are currently the top 2 songs on Triple J’s Unearthed Roots charts! Believe it or not. Everybody loves a freebie! So go fetch these tunes and rate them on Triple J’s Unearthed (see links below).
Annie is also currently working on her EP “The Endless Run” so keep your eyes and ears peeled for this sista!


You can find more of Annie McKinnon below:

Myspace www.myspace.com/anniemckinnonsolo

Free download and Rate Plug It and On Top Of The Hill at http://www.triplejunearthed.com/Artists/View.aspx?artistid=39884

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AnnieMcKinnon 


If you are in need of some fresh tunes, check out Blue King Brown’s latest album released in Augsut, “Worldwize: Part 1 – North & South” which was released in August. It comes as a two-disc album ‘North’ & ‘South’ and their band’s official flag! So dope.

Southside consists of tracks that are a blend of roots, reggae, funk and soul. Northside has a blend of remixes of previous singles and dub-style tracks. BKB are a Melbourne-based band who derives from diverse multicultural backgrounds which contributes to their unique sounds.

Not only do they have the capacity to get the crowd rockin but their music is all about being socially aware in regards to human rights, social justice and political issues throughout the world including Australia. Their message is that ‘being aware is one thing, but the people have the power to make a difference in the world’. To be the change. Blue King Brown has been involved in the change process throughout their music and works of activism. More recently BKB have teamed up with THE BODY SHOP and CHILDWISE to help fight against the child sex trafficking and slave industry. It is a massive human rights abuse that needs to be (and can be) prevented.

BKB have recently returned from their European tour and about to do some Australian gigs. They’ve also just finished their tour with John Butler Trio which I am very sad to have missed out.
BKB have played at some of the world’s biggest music festivals such as:
Live Earth 2007
East Coast Blues & Roots festival 2006, 2007, 2010 (Australia)
West Coast Blues & Roots festival 2006, 2007 (Australia)
Reggae Town 2007
Womadelaide 2007 (Australia)
Falls festival 2006 (Australia)
Southbound 2007(Australia)
Homebake 2007(Australia)
Woodford folk fest 2005 2006 2007(Australia)
JJJ AWOL SERIES 2007(Australia)
Summer Sonic 2007(Japan)
Green Room festival 2006 2007 2010(Japan)
Fiji’s World Music Festival 2006 (Fiji)
just to name a few…”*
They have also opened for:
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Damian “Jr Gong” Marley
John Butler Trio
The Cat Empire
Cody Chesnutt
Amongst others…”*
If you ever get a chance to go to one of their gigs, do so! Personally I was hooked since I saw them play live at Raggamuffin in Brisbane earlier this year.
For more information check out www.bluekingbrown.com
C’mon chicken!

Never Fade Away (latest single)

Blue King Brown, THE BODY SHOP & CHILDWISE Video blog

* Quotes from the official Blue King Brown website.

Australian Music Tribute # 1: Classic Funk, Hip Hop & Soul Music Videos

With Australia day just gone we though we should do our bit for the country &  put together a mix-tape of our favourite home grown music videos. Here is our selection of local Hip Hop, Soul & Funk videos that would go rock any Australia Day BBQ.

Ray Mann Three- Smile

Music video by The Ray Mann Three performing “Smile”. Directed by Louis Westgarth and Ray Mann. (C) 2008 Ray Mann. From the album “The Ray Mann Three”

The Avalanches – Since I Left You

Directed by Rob Leggatt and Leigh Marling.

The Cat Empire – Days Like These

Pnau ‘Journey Agent’

Pnau’s classic adventure in 50’s style and attempted substance. Directed by James Littlemore and art directed/illustrated by Stepahnie Anderson

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