I met a Bouvier des Flandres last night.

This is Jasper. He’s a Bouvier des Flandres and he was chilling on the E train, calm as ever. His owner told me he weighs 120 pounds and is a service dog, which is why a crowded train did not bother him in the least.

About the breed via Your Pure Bred Puppy:

The Bouvier des Flandres is sober and thoughtful, rather than light-hearted or whimsical.
The AKC Standard calls him “equable, steady, resolute, and rugged.”
Though they can be athletic and agile, Bouviers are often a bit lazy unless deliberately taken out and encouraged to move. Brisk walks are a must to keep them in hard condition.
Mental stimulation in the form of advanced obedience, agility, tracking, herding, carting, or Schutzhund is even more important to this highly intelligent breed.
Though he is not overly demonstrative — he shows his loyalty in deeper, more subtle ways — the Bouvier des Flandres must live indoors and close to his family, his “flock.” When his needs are met, he is laid-back and serene.
Matching his stern appearance, he is often aloof with strangers and assertive when challenged. His air of calm appraisal can be intimidating, and he may use his big body to control people, rather than biting. Socialization must be early and frequent so that he learns to discriminate between friend and foe.
Most Bouvers des Flandres are dominant with other dogs, especially of the same sex, and those with a high prey drive are not reliable with cats and other creatures that run or flutter.
He may poke or nudge people and other animals in an attempt to gather them or move them along.
Make no mistake about it, the Bouvier des Flandres can be a pushy, strong-willed dog who requires a confident owner, especially during the challenging adolescent period. This is not a breed for first-time or passive owners.

 

New hip hop from NYC’s Justin Bates

Justin Bates
Justin Bates

Brooklyn rapper, Justin Bates (a Chicago native), tells me he often gets “You remind me of someone,” in regards to his sound. YES. Is it Red Man? I’m not sure. But one thing is clear: He’s got a GREAT voice.

Obviously, he’s a great lyricist, too, or I wouldn’t be sharing his latest track, “All On We,” produced by Madwreck. I dig the soulful intro, and again, can’t say enough of Bates’ voice. This song is very reminiscent of 90s New York hip hop for me!

And check out this video for his track, “Turn The Music Up,” from 2012.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/20853720″>Justin Bates &quot;Turn The Music Up&quot;</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/javiergoin”>jG Films</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Free download: SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

Grab a free download from the terrific “Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars” here.

SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS will play @ Apollo Theater for “AFRICA NOW!”
Presented in partnership with World Music Institute
Saturday, April 5th, 2014
253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
$25, $35, $45 / 8:00 PM /
www.cumbancha.com – http://sierraleonesrefugeeallstars.com/– https://www.apollotheater.org/all/details/127-africa-now

Africa’s most inspirational band, “Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars,” celebrates ten years together with its finest album to date. Libation’s “around-the-campfire” intimacy, honest soulfulness, and technical prowess reveal how far the group has come while remaining true to its roots. Produced by Chris Velan and mixed by Iestyn Polson, known for his work with David Gray,Patti Smith, and David BowieLibation embodies the contagious joy, optimism in the face of struggle and love for their fellow man that has earned the All Stars a devoted following across the globe.

US & Canada Release Date: March 18, 2014

After a 10-year adventure that has taken them from the squalor of refugee camps to the world’s biggest stages, Africa’s most inspirational band continues to ascend with what will surely be hailed as their best album yet.  For these beautiful recordings,Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars go full circle to the acoustic, “around the campfire” sound that appeared on their first album, much of which was recorded in the refugee camps during their years in exile from Sierra Leone. Back then, the group was in a very different frame of mind, had yet to tour the world, and were still raw in their sound. Over the years they have evolved to become one of Africa’s most recognized bands with fans across the globe. Libation‘s acoustic intimacy, toe-tapping rhythms, catchy melodies, honest soulfulness, socially conscious lyrics and musical dexterity reveal how far the group has come while remaining true to its roots.

It’s a family reunion as well, as they join forces again with Chris Velan, the producer of their debut album Living Like a Refugee. The new album, which will be released in the US and Canada on March 18, was recorded amidst the Green Mountains of Vermont and mixed in London by renowned British producer Iestyn Polson, known for his work with David GrayPatti SmithDavid Bowie and others.

The album takes its title, Libation, from the ritual pouring of a liquid that is common in African cultures. A libation is poured as an offering to a god or spirit, to honor the ancestors, and in memory of loved ones who have died. Often, when a libation is poured it is an invocation for sacred spirits to be present at a special event such as the welcoming of people into the community, for a wedding, birth or funeral or the coronation of a king or other ruler. After the tracking of the album was finished, for example, the members of the band celebrated the occasion by pouring a libation, both as a celebration and to remember the numerous beloved members of the band who have passed away over the last ten years and could not take part in the session. The title offers a celebration of ten years together, a chance to remember those who have joined the ancestors and hope for many years of success ahead.

** Thanks to Ryan from Press Junkie PR for the press release!

Young Movement: Helping young people understand today’s economy

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One of the best things about working at a Jesuit university is that you’re often inspired by students who take the foundational element of Jesuit education, “Men and Women for Others,” and run with it.
Case in point: Michael Partis, a young man I wrote about who graduated from Fordham in 2008.
Partis is now a doctoral student, and through his work, he is doing something for the next generation.
Young Movement, Inc. is a nonprofit organization he has worked on building and developing for the past two years.
In conjunction with CUNY Hostos Community College’s Black Male Initiative, Young Movement will launch the one-day F.E.E.L Program at Hostos Community College, in the Savoy Building, Multi-Purpose Room.
“The one-day program is geared to help youth and young adults not only understand today’s economy, but also to succeed and transform it,” Partis says.
Workshop topics will include:
  • financial literacy
  • wealth-building
  • community leadership

Representatives from TD Bank and American Express, along with minority entrepreneurs and business-owners, will be in attendance.

Throughout the day, guest speakers will discuss topics such as social entrepreneurship, “turning classroom learning into a career,” and how local neighborhoods can accelerate local economic development.

Partis urges all youth, young adults, and area institutions and agencies, to attend.

Admission is free.

The first 100 people to RSVP and attend will receive a free book. Breakfast and lunch will also be served. RSVP HERE: http://spring2013feelprogram.eventbrite.com
Click here to learn more about how Employment ReadinessPersonal Finance, and Higher Education fits into Young Movement’s vision for economic empowerment and community development.

For more information, contact: michael@youngmovement.org

Follow Young Movement, Inc., on Twitter: @Young_Movement

Zuzuka Poderosa’s ‘Carioca Bass’ EP Out Now!

Stream the EP in Full at FACT Magazine 

Buy it on iTunes!

FREE DOWNLOAD in Discobelle of Jubilee/Burt Fox Remix

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“Zuzuka has turned to our minds like the impact of a helicopter against the building; like a hot gate of sound.  Zuzuka is a Big Bang. Zuzuka is poderosa.” – NHM (Spain / London)“She’s very prolific. We love all the stuff that she does. She has an interesting way with words.”
– NPR’s Alt Latino’s ‘Mad Musical Scientists’

About the EP via FACT Mag:
On her Carioca Bass EP, she has collaborated with Bay Area producer Kush Arora on a pair of baile funk tunes that use the genre’s everything-in-the-blender ethos to subwoofer melting effect. The title of ‘Seda’ (Portuguese for “rolling papers”) is a play on words, as Zuzuka meditates on the criminalization/legalization of pot over a club-rap grinder. ‘Psicodelia’ owes more to baile funk’s Miami bass tradition, with Zuzuka rapping about fireworks that are actually blasts of favela gunfire.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Chicago, IL – Fri, Feb 8th | Beauty Bar

San Francisco, CA – Sat, Feb 9th | Tormenta Tropical @ Elbo Room
Brooklyn, NY – Fri, Feb 15th | Public Assembly | Tickets

Born in Vitoria, Brazil, ZUZUKA PODEROSA grew up in Rio and spent her formative years in the West Indies. She later moved to Brooklyn, NY, to study jazz vocal improvisation and work at her poetry. For the past few years, she’s been building up the underground Baile Funk, Moombahton and Global Bass scene in New York.

The EP is produced by the Bay Area’s Kush Arora. Kush Arora has walked the line between culture, experimentalism, and percussive bass music for the last 15 years in San Francisco and beyond. With over 10 discs to his name and countless singles, all shades of Dub, Garage, Dancehall, and Indo-Caribbean influences merge into his unique futuristic sound.

She sounds dangerous, intense, unhinged, and different and more experimental than the baile funk, carioca, and tropical bass vocalists I hear out there. She has an amazing stage presence, uncompromising attitude and intense energy that she pushes forth, and her willingness to experiment outside of the small box of samples and traditions from the Brazilian electronic movement. She has that knack to take people, propel them into motion to get down and forget about the world, but lyrically she’s not all fun and games, which is very important to me.” – Kush Arora

Tracks on the EP are remixed by:
Jubilee: Though now splitting her time between Miami and Brooklyn, XLR8R’s “artist to watch” Jubilee will always be Brooklyn’s bass sweetheart. Known for her rambunctious combination of upfront bass music, UK house, and tropical flavors, she has become a surefire remedy for ailing dancefloors around the globe.

Sonora: Sonora Longoria, is a producer of Latin and third world/global bass music who resides in San Antonio, Texas. The “cumbia child” Sonora has accomplished quite a few projects with global artists, one being for his “Remezcla” EP series where he takes on remixing and recording with carioca bass diva Zuzuka Poderosa.

Nego Mozambique: a Brazilian expat living in Toronto, who has been in the electronic music scene for more than ten years, performing live acts of his own compositions, mash ups and remixes, and also creating soundtracks for TV and movies.

Others include: Vancouver’s HXDB, Chicago’s Chrissy Murderbot, Miami’s Burt Fox and CEE.

Song meanings:
Psicodelia‘ is an upbeat track featuring Zuzuka rapping about fireworks at a party that are, in fact, gunfire and bombs in one of Brazil’s favelas.

Seda‘ is a play on words. Seda is Portuguese for rolling papers. In this song, Zuzuka touches on everything sexy about the drug while advocating for its legalization as there are “worse things happening to people because of its criminalization.”

Press Inquiries: Gina at ginavergel@gmail.com
Booking Inquiries: Devin at Devin@surefireagency.com