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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Common

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2014 07:37pm | Post a Comment

Common at Amoeba Hollywood

You definitely don't have to be a fan of Common to appreciate what he has been able to achieve over the past two decades. He went from humble beginnings as an underground emcee on the Southside of Chicago to a GRAMMY winning rapper and high profile actor in Hollywood. With the recent release of Nobody's Smiling, Common has achieved another milestone few artists can claim (aside from being one of the few rappers interviewed by Oprah) - growing his discogrophy to album number 10. 

Common

Teaming up with producer and former Kanye West mentor No I.D. (aka "the Godfather of Chicago Hip Hop"), Common delivers a stellar album depicting the struggles and tragic conditions that plague Chicago today. The album's context is in line with what fans came to love about Common. In the early '90s, when gangsta rap was taking over radio and selling millions of records, Common stuck to his jazz influenced raps, bringing the "Golden Era" of hip hop to the new millenium. Jay-Z and Drake may rule the Billboard charts, but it's Common who gains the respect of fans from the underground and the mainstream.  

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Free Grand Performances Shows in Downtown L.A. Will Feature Tribute to Fela Kuti

Posted by Billy Gil, July 1, 2014 12:25pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba is proud to sponsor a free, upcoming Grand Performances show at California Plaza in Downtown L.A. We’ll be on hand with our Prize Wheel at both shows, so come down to spin ‘n’ win. The show starts at 8pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy free live music under the stars!

On July 18, we’ll be at Chop and Quench, featuring The Fela! Band Broadway cast, including Tony-nominee Sahr Ngaujah. The show is a live performance of legendary African musician Fela Kuti’s ’69 Los Angeles Sessions album in its entirety. The album was recorded in 1969 while Kuti was living in Hollywood, performing six nights a week at Citidel de Haiti on Sunset Boulevard. The performers have worked on the Fela! musical, a show based on the life of Kuti that features his music and lyrics.

Grand Performances Chop and Quench

See a performance from the Fela! musical below:

Check out more shows happening at Grand Performances on their site all summer long.

 

Minnie Riperton's Sure Got Some Pipes on 'er!

Posted by Miss Ess, June 7, 2008 03:19pm | Post a Comment


Minnie Riperton makes singing this song look and sound easy! I had never seen any live performance footage by her before, so it was fun to find this. She has such a beautiful and interesting voice-- and a 5 and a half octave range, which is pretty insane! I remember when I first heard "Lovin' You" I was a teenager and I thought it was Michael Jackson! She still sometimes sounds like a little boy to me for some reason...

It's sad that her life and career were cut short so quickly by breast cancer. She was only 31 when she died in 1979.

If you are looking to hear more of Minnie, her 1970 album Come To My Garden is flawless.