November 7th, 2008
Welcome to the November “Yes We Can!” issue of Black Grooves. In honor of the historic election, we’re featuring several politically themed items, ranging from a recent documentary about Marcus Garvey that’s accompanied by a phenomenal reggae soundtrack, to the overtly revolutionary rap of Peruvian-born MC Immortal Technique. Other hip hop offerings include new releases by Kentucky’s Nappy Roots and Atlanta rapper T.I. Though it might sound like an expose on shady politics, the compilation More Dirty Laundry actually explores “the soul of Black country music.” Two new offerings in our ongoing exploration of black rock include Danielia Cotton’s Rare Child and TV on the Radio’s Dear Science. Wrapping up this issue are recent releases by blues guitarist Eric Bibb, The Murrill Family of gospel singers, jazz vocalist/bass player Esperanza Spalding, and neo-soul singer Rafael Saadiq.
Note: Since we “borrowed” the Trib’s front page, it seems only fair to give them a plug in return. You can buy a copy of the “Obama Wins!” issue here.