11.07.11 Burning Spear & Joel Harper: The Time is Now!

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Burning Spear & Joel Harper: The Time is Now!

10.26.11 Leon Mobley article/interview

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Leon Mobley article/interview


Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 11:30 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Wed Oct 26, 2011.

By NAILA FRANCIS Staff Writer Calkins Media, Inc. |

Leon Mobley finds cultural connection in drumming

Leon Mobley’s first dream was to become an actor.

But even from birth, it seems he was destined for another career.

“If you ask my mother, she tells you that I started playing in the womb,” says the percussionist, who has worked with artists like Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Santana, The Fugees and Michael Jackson over the span of his eclectic career. “She and my father would wake up at nights after coming from the jazz clubs listening to music and I’d go off playing inside the womb.

“By the age of 4, my mother bought me a drum set because I banged and played on everything that I could.” more»

09.30.11 Ben Harper to appear on Dhani Harrison's next album...

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Ben Harper to appear on Dhani Harrison's next album...


Dhani Harrison Enlists RZA, Regina Spektor for thenewno2 Releases
by Jessica Letkemann, N.Y. | September 28, 2011

Dhani Harrison's thenewno2 pack a lot of special-guest driven power into its new EP, "EP002," out now. The band, led by the son of the late Beatle, George, has recruited not only Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, but also Regina Spektor,and rappers Crisis and Sir Eyes to appear, all in the space of just four tracks. And the EP is just a warm-up, Harrison tells Billboard.com, for the full length due early next year.

The RZA, Crisis and Sir Eyes appear on "EP002"'s lead track "Mr. President," while Spector sings on "Live a Lie," putting their thumbprints all over thenewno2's intricate, groove-driven, laptop-aided rock. more»