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Laura Mvula Releases Debut LP, 'Sing To The Moon'

UK singer Laura Mvula releases her debut album, 'Sing Me To The Moon'


U.K. singer, songwriter and composer Laura Mvula has officially released her debut album Sing To The Moon today, which means if you're like us, your musical crush can come full circle into complete fandom (or maybe stan-dom? We're not here to judge). A classically trained student of composition, Mvula and her seductive voice are not the only stars on the LP, as her lush arrangements find her layering vocals on top of bells, hand-claps, and even more of her own vocals to create a work that manages to be both rhythmically complex and soothing at the same time. Composing an album that incorporates jazz, pop, and soul influences while staying refreshingly innovative is no easy task, but Mvula handles both feats with deft and grace. In case you missed our drop of her video for 'Green Garden' last month, we've included it below so you waste no time getting caught up - and for those of you in the London area, Mvula will be taking the stage tonight at Tabernacle if you'd like to see her live (trust us, you do). Be sure to grab Sing To The Moon on iTunes now.

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Emile YX? Wants to 'Reconnect The String'

The father of South African hip-hop's latest book release is here to teach you about the culture.

As a father-figure in South African hip-hop, there's a lot Emile Lester Jansen, aka Emile YX?, knows. He'll also tell you, there's a lot he doesn't. But the knowledge Emile has gained, over his 3 decades in music, he's always tried to share with others. His latest project is no different. The Black Noise founder is working on a book that identifies the similarities between Bushmen expression and hip-hop, and how this knowledge can help empower anyone who has a love of the culture.

The book, which will be called Reconnect The String, comes on the back of this year's 21st anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba, one of the landmark hip hop events in Cape Town created by Emile, which has helped many an artist launch their career. As a teacher and a musician, he's long been involved in using hip hop to uplift communities—first through the seminal group Black Noise, founded in the late 1980s, with its rhymes rallying against Apartheid, and then through the Heal the Hood organization, a non-profit that grew out of the group's efforts to use its love of hip hop to fuel youth development initiatives in townships on the Cape Flats.

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