Last week, English art&b enigma FKA twigs released her much-feted debut album, LP1. Born to a Spanish mother and a father of Jamaican heritage, and raised in the large Jamaican expat community of Gloucestershire, the artist also known as Tahliah Barnett is a backup dancer turned singer/fashion cipher/abstract electronic producer praised by everyone from Pitchfork to the New York Times for her “monumental debut,” which makes ephemeral dance music “halt and burn into the sense memories and become permanent.” In an underwhelming year for innovative albums, her weirdly elongated neck helps her rise above the pack.
Yet there’s a curious moment on the album’s lead single, “Two Weeks,” that has little to do with the subversive, mysterious, visually disquieting aura she’s carefully cultivated. For most of the song, Barnett entwines her breathless mewls of desire with drum programming that skitters away from a tactile beat. It’s an exercise in delayed gratification. But near the three-minute mark, as she utters the wanton line “Smoke on your skin to get those pretty eyes rolling / My thighs are apart for when you’re ready to breathe in,” her voice follows the melodic contours of Air Supply’s inescapable 1980 soft-pop schlocker “All Out of Love.” Read more
The British director, playwright and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah is to develop a musical, including a book, based on the life of Bob Marley.
Rather than be a traditional “jukebox” musical where the songs take precedence over plot, it will instead focus on a three-year period in Marley’s life that Kwei-Armah describes as “really dynamic”. Between 1975 and 1978 Marley survived an assassination attempt in Jamaica and moved to live in London, where he recorded classic albums such as Exodus.
“We have maybe 20 songs, but I’ve tried to make them come out of what I perceive to be an integrity that Bob would demand,” Kwei-Armah told the New York Times. “It’s not, ‘Here are some songs and how can I link them with some drama.’ There is an investigation into the man’s life, between him putting his life on the line and going into self-imposed exile for 18 months and while there, recording two of his biggest albums.”
Of the casting of the lead role, he said that “whoever takes on this icon doesn’t have to look like him. But he has to be able to generate his physical and spiritual and sexual energy in a way that will enthrall.”
The musical will debut in May 2015 at the Center Stage theatre in Baltimore, where Kwei-Armah is artistic director. He hinted at a possible life beyond its initial run: “If I can get it right, then we can construct it so it has the legs to travel.”
The Afro-Caribbean Festival in Bredene Belgium was a HUGE SUCCESS! Inner Circle brought the Roots Rock Reggae to a crowd of over 7,000 people! They headlined the festival! The European Leg of the One Love Reggae Revolution Tour Continues all through August with dates in Russia, Portugal, Lithuania, & more. Read more