FEVA TV Wants, Satellite Expansion Of Coverage

 FEVA TV Wants, Satellite Expansion Of Coverage

African and Caribbean entertainment platform FEVA TV have plane to extend its webTV offering to a 24-hour television channel available on major Canadian cable and satellite TV networks.FEVA

First Entertainment Voice of Africa Television, launched its Internet-based content platform in September 2013, and hopes to start discussions with television distributors to increase its mainstream coverage across Canada.

The channel provides music, movies, news, sports, TV series and drama, and documentaries targeting the African and Caribbean communities in Canada. Nollywood and other African movies, reggae, Afrobeat and Soca videos, Caribbean films, hip-hop and R&B videos, and African and Caribbean TV series are all included, with programming originating from Nigeria, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Trinidad, Barbados, USA, Brazil, and Haiti among other countries.

FEVA’s mission is to build a television network in Canada that will showcase the global black community from an accurate perspective that is not always seen in most major media outlets, a statement said.

According to Lonzo Nzekwe, CEO and co-founder of FEVA TV, the channel aims to provide a clear picture of the social, economic and the political situations that black people around the world are faced with on a regular basis.

IndiMusic TV, Poised to Become the Worldwide Hub of Independent and Unsigned Music

Just a little over a year since IndiMusic TV launched in September of 2012, the music channel has rapidly imtv-channel-images-logo-largegained worldwide popularity. The online music channel (featuring a 24/7 live stream, music videos and a host of promotional tools) is becoming the go-to site for independent and unsigned artists to broadcast and promote their music and music fans looking for new music.

Founder Chris Pati and his partner Bill Zeh leading the team, the channel is aligned to become the worldwide hub of independent and unsigned music.

IndiMusic TV is currently launching a free worldwide ROKU Channel and a fresh new face to their already successful website with enhanced features and functionality.

Bill Zeh served as Vice President Logistics Group at EMI Music Plc. in London, England, where in addition to managing daily operations in 49 countries, he led the creation and deployment of the company’s divisional business strategy, and aggressive performance targets. Like Zeh, Chris Pati also has a history on the business side of the music world with an extensive background in radio, film and video. His strong entrepreneurial mentality led him to create successful entities such as Guru Project and Modern Voices Distribution, as an alternative to the Major Record Label distribution system.

Bill Zeh and Chris Pati’s passion for the music industry is what will continue to drive IndiMusic TV to success. Already, IndiMusic TV has become the #1 searched site for Indie Music Video Channel on Google.

With the release of their ROKU channel and newly renovated website to provide IndiMusic TV viewers with 24/7 music how they want it, when they want it- there is no doubt that IndiMusic TV will continue to garner an even greater worldwide presence and market share.

Long Over Due R&B Museum Headed To Detroit, MI

 R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum founder, entrepreneur and comedy basketball Clown Prince of the Harlem Clowns, LaMont “ShowBoat” Robinson from Cleveland, Ohio and his staff of advisors had narrowed the selection down to two cities (Cleveland and Detroit) to develop theOfficial R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum.

The R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum recently announced its partnership with  Detroit based entertainment company, the Detroit Touring Company, founded by mogul entertainment promoter Quentin Perry.

 The R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum will feature to the world the essence of rhythm & blues music and its components. The R&B Music Hall Inaugural Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan at the legendary Detroit Opera House. Tickets will go on sale June 1, 2013 at the Detroit Opera House box office, (313) 237-7464.

2013 induction includes Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, James Brown, The Temptations, The O’Jays, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Enchantment, The Ohio Players, Little Jimmy Scott, Gerald Levert, Aretha Franklin, and The Dramatics, to name a few of the inductees.

O Records to Livestream More Than 50 bands

50 bands or so will help keep the the music alive for 24 hours during the O Music Awards.

Put on by MTV, VH1 and CMT the show celebrates music and counter culture.  June 19 there will ba a 24-hour livestream event that will celebrate live music.

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson will kick off 24 hours of live music by starting a drum-a-thon and artists will perform around the country. Awards in categories like next big scene, digital genius and best Web-born artist will be given out.

Don Blackman Songwriter, Producer and Jazz Pianist Succumbs To His Battle With Cancer

DON-BLACKMANR&b  jazz-funk pianist, singer, songwriter, and producer Don Blackman passed away Thursday after being hospitalized with stage four cancer.

Blackman’s neighbor as a child was Charles McPherson, and while still a teenager he played in McPherson’s ensemble.

In the early 1970s, he played with Parliament/Funkadelic, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Roy Ayers, before becoming a member of Lenny White’s group Twennynine, for whom he penned songs such as “Peanut Butter” and “Morning Sunrise”. He released his self-titled debut solo album in 1982 on Arista Records, including the songs “Holding You, Loving You”, “Heart’s Desire” and “Since You’ve Been Away So Long” that became minor hits in Europe.

Blackman also worked as a session musician, appearing on many albums including, Kurtis Blow (Kingdom Blow), Bernard Wright, Najee,David Sanborn, Lenny White Roy Ayers, Sting (Brand New Day), World Saxophone Quartet, Janet Jackson’s “That’s the Way Love Goes” (Remix) and Wayman Tisdale. He also composed “Live to Kick It”, which appeared on Tupac Shakur’s album R U Still Down? (Remember Me), “Dear Summer” which appeared on Memphis Bleek’s album “534” featuring artist Jay-Z, and “Holding You, Loving You” which appeared on Master P.’s album “I Got The Hook Up”.



Don Blackman Songwriter, Producer and Jazz Pianist Succumbs To His Battle With Cancer

Birthday Shout Out To Jazz Legend Max Roach

Today would have been pioneering percussionist, composer, band leader, drummer  and civil rights activist, Max Roach 89th birthday. Born on this day  in 1924 in North Carolina.  He worked with dozens of jazz legends, including Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Clifford Brown and many others.  He passed away (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) in Manhattan. He survived by five children.



Jazz Legends Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter Professors At UCLA

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music today announced the appointment of multiple Grammy Award winners and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter as UCLA professors. The two jazz greats are part of the school’s Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA is a two-year graduate-level program that accepts one ensemble of musicians for each class; the current class includes seven students. The students, known as Thelonious Monk Fellows, will be taught each month by Hancock and Shorter throughout the academic year. Hancock and Shorter will share their musical philosophies and knowledge learned from their years of playing with the architects of jazz.  Additionally, the professors will lead master classes open to all UCLA students.

Master Slide Hampton Hospitalized

Locksley Wellington “Slide” Hampton an American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger was hospitalized last night after leaving the stage during a performance at Indiana University. Mr. Hampton is recovering in a Indianapolis area hospital. His performance at the Jazz Kitchen has been rescheduled.

September Birthday Shout Out To Horace Silver

American jazz pianist and composer, Horace Silver (born September 2, 1928) born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva in Norwalk, Connecticut. He would have been 84. Silver is known for his distinct humor and funky playing style and for his pioneering compositional contributions to hard bop. He was influenced by a wide range of musical styles, notably gospel music, African music, and Latin American music and sometimes experimented with soul jazz.


Detroit Jazz Festival More Than Just Music This Year

The Detroit Jazz Festival will be start Friday and two organizations MusiCares and Smile Programs will hold a free dental clinic 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Renaissance Center for musicians. The clinic will give free screens, teeth cleaning and x-rays to “uninsured music professionals in need. For complete schedule of events.

Bessie Smith Heritage Festival Features Soul & Jazz

The fifth annual Bessie Smith Heritage Festival will feature a two-day celebration of music, visual art and culture. Music throughout the day and evening concerts planned for inside and outside the Bessie Smith Cultural Center Aug. 18-19. Rashaan Patterson’s, new release “Bleuphoria”, which was released earlier this year has written songs recorded by Jody Watley, Tevin Campbell, Brandy and Chico DeBarge.

Check the center’s website  for complete information on each option.

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