Funky Friday Song of the Day- Solange

I saw it all over social media and people were just raving about this new album. I have to admit when I first heard of Solange, I appreciated her style and uniqueness, but wasn’t grooving so much to her sound.
But this song did it for me. “Don’t Touch My Hair”, is an anthem for all black people, and I love it
The groove is amazing, and the chorus is even better. I love the creativity of the music video. If I was to ever watch live artwork come alive in a prestigious museum, it would look like Solange’s newest video…its that Beautiful.

Funky Weekend Song of the Day- Beyonce

Aiiighht y’All!
Let me start by sayin’ “DAMNNNNN B…DAMN!”…
This week I experienced Queen Bey’s Formation Tour, and I have to tell you, I was astounished by the pristine production, amazed by the band and dancers, excited by the energy of the concert, in love with the creativity, and in absolute awe of Queen Bey.
I know it is a combination of Beyonce and her amazing team of players, some handpicked by her I’m sure, that have put this extravaganza together. But from what I’ve heard, she has complete control of what we will see, hear and experience, and to her I say BRAVO!
Along with Janet’s Velvet Rope and Prince Lovesexy tour, Formation is hands down, one of the best that I have ever seen. It was an evening of spectacularism (just made that word up I’m sure)….but its so fitting. I had never seen anything like it
It was an inspiring experience for all women. It did make me feel strong when I left. My friend and I discussed how we felt we could do anything now, and that is all because of Beyonce’s anthem of Womanhood and strength. I only wished my sweet baby girl could have experienced this evening with me.
The all women dancers were crazy, the stage was clean and slick and Beyonce was ridiculous. She set the bar way high for all acts to come…Good Luck y’all!
It was a night of celebration, love for oneself, betrayal, strength, sexiness and lots and lots of eye candy
As the evening ended she blessed us with words of encouragement for all women. She said…believe in your dreams, work hard and you can be here like me. Let’s be honest Bey, we all can’t be up there like YOU…u know what I’m sayin’ girl
You have stepped into yourself…comfortably and with true conviction.
I am now a proud member of the Beehive, Bitches!

Here is a link to the best moments of one of the most innovative albums eva’

Juno Nominee- Rich Brown “Abeng”

Congratulations to one of the most notorious Bass Players in Toronto, Rich Brown, who’s latest album “ABENG“, is nominated for a JUNO for Best Jazz Album of the Year Solo. It is such an honour to have Afrodelik’s original design as the cover art for this beautiful gem of music.

Rich Brown is undeniably a VERY FUNKY MAN!
He is an amazing Jazz Bass player, but also a huge fan and player of tha’ FUNK. Without hesitation, Rich was my first choice in recording a funky track for my AFRODELIK COMMERCIAL. He recorded our vocals for the song, added just enough nasty funk, and VOILA…PERFECTION!
Such a fan of Such Great talent. Rich Brown I am so Proud of you. To you and the band, I wish you the best TONITE. LET’S DO DIS BROTHA!!!

Funky Friday Song of the Day- A Tribe Called Quest/Phife Dawg

This week we lost another pioneer and legendary MC of Hip Hop. He was an original member of one of my favourite hip hop groups, Malik Taylor aka Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest.
I don’t remember when I first heard them, but their beats influenced my love for hip hop music.
It’s jazzy like, with a taste of funk, and smooth like butta’. It was different and I soaked it up
MC Phife Dawg had some of the greatest lyrics:
“When’s the last time you heard the Phife was sloppy/ Lyrics anonymous you never hear me copy”
“Me sweat another, I do my own thing/ Strictly hardcore tracks, not a new jack swing”
“Mr Energetic, who me sound pathetic/ When’s the last time you heard a funky diabetic?
Like no other Phife….
I was lucky enough to meet Phife Dawg about 5 years ago in L.A., backstage at “Word Revolution: A Celebration of the Evolution of Hip-Hop,”. He was ever so sweet, with a down to earth energy, and a openness to others. Funny enough, he was definitely shorter that I thought he would be. Nonetheless, the evening was amazing. Comprised of great performances by Naughty by Nature, Arrested Development, Everlast, DJ Jazzy Jeff with Chrisette Michelle and of course Phife who performed “Check the Rhime”. He rocked the rhymes so comfortably on stage. He was smoove like that.
Upon writing my dedication to this lyrical genius, I came upon this viz of Phife Dawg spitting freestyle, supposedly one week before his death. Da man killin’ it!

5ft MC, you will be missed by so many of us, but your rhymes, rhythms, and undeniable lyrical flow will be everlasting. R.I.P Phife

Funky Friday Song of the Day- Rough Trade

Folks who have known me for a while know my huge love for the band, Rough Trade.
This early tune of theirs “Take Me”, is one of my favourites
The first time I heard them in the early 80’s, I thought lead singer, Carole Pope was a black woman. She was soulful, edgy, raw…she HAD IT, and I was hooked…big time.
This band opened me up to sexuality, raunchiness, edginess, brilliant lyrics and true talent. I was in LOVE. I am a true fan of this Canadian band and tonight, they will be performing their entire 2nd album “Avoid Freud” at the Phoenix in Toronto.
YES, I’ve bought my ticket, and I am as excited as I was when I was a teenager.
It will be a joy to sing all those tunes again, and hangout with my “besties” LOL!
There are still tickets available, but unfortunately the VIP tickets to meet the band are not.
But as the old days, I will do my best to stay close to the STAGE DOOR…
Check out the review of this epic concert, coming soon

Funky Friday Song of the Day- Otis Redding and Carla Thomas

This one is dedicated to my Dad. This album came out the year I was born. Dad loved Otis Redding, and he used to play this album over and over again during my childhood. It stuck in my brain, it is part of my soul. Especially this song “Tramp”, with the edgy soulful sounds of Carla Thomas. This song is clearly the definiton of SOUL.

I played this tune last week on my show Flavas of Funk on iLive Radio.
Check me out next week, Thursday January 21st, as I take you through a journey of FUNKY MUSIC