Bethany Mota is one of the most recognizable names on social media, most notably for her fashion and style video blogs with over 7 million YouTube subscribers (with 500 million views). The current Dancing With The Stars contestant released her debut pop single “Need You Right Now.” It was recorded with fellow YouTube star Mike Thomas and co-directed by Kevin Jonas (Jonas Brothers).
Called the “proud daughter and shining star of West Africa” and “the golden voice of Mali,” singer Awa Sangho has been active since the 1980s, having toured the world with the legendary Ensemble Koteba. From Mali, she relocated to New York in 2011 and recorded her debut album Ala Ta, bringing together traditional African sounds and instrumentation with slightly jazzy touches. She has performed and toured with artists like Salif Keita, Manu Dibango, Amadou & Mariam, Habib Koite and Oumou Sangare.
Known by many as one of the premiere soulful House music singers, Arnold Jarvis’ discography spans over 50 singles and three albums. His career began in the late ‘80s, collaborating with Fonda Rae on “You’re The Best.” Jarvis’ 1987 debut single “Take Some Time Out” enjoyed huge underground and global success. He continues to record to this day, having recently dropped the single “Music Is My Friend” which was mixed by legendary Deep House producer and DJ Kerri Chandler.
When the guys in Once & Future Band refer to “The King of Rock ’N’ Roll,” they aren’t talking about Presley – they’re talking about Crimson. It’s been a long time since a new band leaned on classic prog-rock this hard and this tastefully. The core of the Oakland trio comprises former members from Howlin’ Rain and Drunk Horse. But sometimes they are accompanied by Isaiah Mitchell (Earthless, Golden Void) and Phil Manley (Trans Am, Life Coach). With vacuum tight vocal harmonies, unfolding angular arrangements and some awe-inspired keyboard playing; Once & Future Band could have easily named themselves Crosby, Stills & Yes.
Mary Lambert – Heart On My Sleeve
Most familiar for her hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” and her hit singles “She Keeps Me Warm” and “Secrets,” Seattle singer-songwriter Mary Lambert has released her long awaited debut album. Heart On My Sleeve brings together her own life experiences, showcasing her powerful voice and piano playing along with spoken word poetry, as heard on the track “Dear One.” Also look out for a fresh interpretation of the ‘80s classic “Jessie’s Girl.”
We Bang – Take Me Higher
With previous releases on Dim Mak, Multikill, Ministry of Sound and Heavy Artillery; We Bang is an OG in the dubstep world. Take Me Higher finds him pairing with singer Samantha Leigh for an in-your-face combo of tripped-out vocals and nasty basslines. The Drbblz & Tovr remix is a trap-focused affair with a gritty edge and a touch of ‘90s rave. Take Me Higher is sure to satisfy our listeners who like their EDM with a jagged edge.
Arlo Guthrie – Running Down The Road
Released in 1969, Arlo Guthrie’s third album saw him move away from the comic story-telling troubadour style he was known for on his previous albums to an electric country-rock sound. Joined by an all-star backing band including Ry Cooder, Clarence White, bassist Chris Ethridge (The Flying Burrito Brothers) and drummer Jim Gordon (Derek and the Dominos, Delaney & Bonnie); he covers songs by his father Woody (“Oklahoma Hills”), Mississippi John Hurt (“Creole Belle”), in addition to original songs like the distorted psychedelic “Running Down The Road” and his Woodstock anthem “Coming Into Los Angeles.”
“Jump up and wine” to the sounds of the Caribbean on our Soca station. From carnival sounds to Dancehall influences, we bring you the energetic dance of the West Indies with artists like Bunji Garlin, Krosfyah, Machel Montano and Farmer Nappy.
We show you “what a gwaan” with the latest bashment riddims straight from JA. “Big chunes” from Popcaan, Vybz Kartel, Mavado, RDX and Aidonia make you mash up di place. Tune in to Today’s Dancehall to hear what’s hot in the dance.
Slow down and have a listen to the latest culture sounds of Jamaica. Today’s Reggae Roots brings you the latest releases from artists like Chronixx, Jah Vinci, Protoje and Exco Levi. We roll up the Red, Gold and Green with the sound of heavy bass bubblin,’ easy skankin’ and rasta vocals. Strictly Vibes!