Featured Artist: Esnavi

Featured Artist:  Esnavi Article by A. Lester Esnavi (Es-Na-V) – Eclectic, Soulful, Natural, Authentic, Vivacious, and Intriguing This is an apt description of Esnavi.  Born and raised in Milwaukee, she has been compared to Jill Scott, India Arie, Lauryn Hill, and Erykah Badu, but she has a sound all of her own. Her influences are […]

Syleena Johnson: Chapter V Underrated

CD Review: Syleena Johnson Chapter V: Underrated Revview by: Ernest Barteldes On her follow-up to 2009’s Labor Pains, Syleena Johnson presents a solid, well-balanced collection of songs. On the title track, things get started with a prizefight narration: “On this corner…” done by AK of Do or Die (he also raps halfway through the song).  […]

Interview: The Future Looks Bright for Nicole Henry

Interview: The Future Looks Bright for Nicole Henry By Ernest Barteldes After a few years touring and performing between  Miami , New York and Japan (among other places), in support of The Very Thought of You, Florida-based Nicole Henry is releasing Embraceable, her  new disc via the DYI Artistshare label.  On it, she keeps her […]

Summerstage and Neo Soul

Summerstage 2011 Bringing Neo Soul Out of the Clubs for the Summer By Ernest Barteldes In addition to all the grilling, picnic outings, beach going, swimming or just lazing around that comes with the summer months, nothing excites me more than the wide availability of outdoor concerts – a time when audiences can come out […]

Quincy Jones – Q: Soul Bossa Nostra

Quincy Jones – Q: Soul Bossa Nostra Review By Ernest Barteldes Quincy Jones is arguably one of the three most important music producers to have emerged during the 20th Century (the other two being – in my opinion – George Martin and the late Ahmet Ertegun).  He is one of the few professionals who have […]

Concert Review: Maxwell

Concert Review: Maxwell FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN October 21, 2009 Review by Angela Lester Tuesday in Memphis is a difficult time to get folks out for a concert and although the crowd was light, Maxwell’s performance was not. The excitement in the arena was palpable as the crowd at the FedEx Forum waited for the […]