It would stand to reason that the New Orleans Saints, a team named after a song, might inspire more songs. Being one of the most defeated teams in American Football, this season The Saints captivated their musical hometown, the football-watching masses and even some of those who tend to loathe the sport (that would be me).
Poet, journalist, activist and mouth musician Hakim Bellamy is a Philadelphia native who has lived in the Land of Enchantment for five years. Bellamy, who is also the social and community programs coordinator at the New Mexico State Office of African American Affairs, took time out of his busy Black History Month schedule to identify, via electronic mail, Albuquerque’s very own hip-hop supergroup.
In 2008, after five years living in Bath, England, James Reich and Hannah Levbarg decided to relocate. The married couple and founders of post-punk group Venus Bogardus fled the bloody British economy of Reich’s homeland and returned to Levbarg's roots. They now live in Santa Fe.
To help it, of course. On Friday, Feb. 5, DJs Losack, Denise, Maris, Dave 12, Pablo 77 and Burnt Reynolds will mix beats to raise money for Haiti. The charitable action takes place from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW). All proceeds and donations go to Yéle Haitia. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)
As musical as he is adventurous, keyboardist/composer/arranger Jason Lindner earned well-deserved plaudits for his big band project. With Now Vs Now, he turns his fertile imagination toward creating a startlingly fresh sound from worldly jazz smarts, with the Balkan-flavored bass of Panagiotis Andreou and the rock-inflected drums of Mark Guiliana in his trio. Throw in Meshell Ndegeocello as producer and guest appearances from hip-hop artist Baba Israel, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, Avishai and Anat Cohen on trumpet and sax, and vocalist Claudia Acuña, among others, and you’ve got a world of influences that blend and morph effortlessly in Lindner’s hands. The trio delivers a rich and varied musicality that could grace a concert stage and a rhythmic sensibility and thump more at home in a dance club. (MM)