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Win Tix To Questlove's Shuffle Culture Festival at BAM 4/19


Like we told you, our afro'd overlord ?uestlove is curating this festival thingy on Thursday and Friday of this week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music called Shuffle Culture (everyday we're shuffling, shuffling--heh heh. Sorry, had to be done). Besides ?uesto himself, the two-day happening will feature Rahzel, Deerhoof, Sasha Grey, First Looker Willis Earl Beal and more--including undun piano-man D.D. Jackson and the full Metropolis ensemble--performing songs in "a free-flowing playlist—a kinetic mix of songs and sounds from unexpected musical bedfellows—that celebrates and reflects our current shuffle culture."

Tickets start at 25$ (see full details after the jump or check  the BAM site) but Okayplayer and Okayafrica are offering you the chance to win a pair of tix for Thursday night's performance (8 pm). All you have to do is sign up for our email lists using the link below--each site has 1 pair of tix to give away (2 pair, 4 tix total) so jump on it!

>>>Sign Up For your Chance to Win Tix to BAM Shuffle Culture

Shuffle Culture Festival at BAM

Conceived and curated by Questlove

Directed by Annie Dorsen

Conducted by Andrew Cyr

Featured Artists:

Questlove

Jeremy Ellis

Sasha Grey

D.D. Jackson

Rahzel

Kenny Muhammad

Deerhoof

Reggie Watts (Thursday show only)

Willis Earl Beal (Friday show only)

Gray (Friday show only)

Metropolis Ensemble:

Conductor: Andrew Cyr; Violin: Kristin Lee, Annaliesa Place, Elly Suh, Emma Sutton; Viola: Juan Miguel Hernandez, Danny Kim; Cello: Ashley Bathgate, Hiro Matsuo.

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Tickets start at $25

Stage Design by Samantha Sleeper

Sound Design by Jon Smeltz

Lighting Design by Joe Levasseur

 

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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