THE ULTRA VIOLET EP

THE ULTRA VIOLET EP by Tamara Renée

 illustration by Maite Gomez Perez

illustration by Maite Gomez Perez

The Ultra Violet EP is the second electronic EP released by Harlem artist, Tamara Renée. The Ultra Violet EP blends electronic, funk, jazz, hip-hop, trip-hop, soul, blues and reggae, creating a deliciously mystifying and mood altering experience. Violet is the color of the 7th, crown chakra and the  highest frequency in the visible spectrum, it  is a point of alchemy and self-transformation. Violet is wholeness, completion, illumination and rebirth. The Ultra Violet EP is an offering, a mantra of the new age-the golden age. In making the EP, Tamara embarked on an initiation in which she emerged from the nine realms of darkness, letting go of a depression and instead entering the void of fearlessness, magic and illumination.
 
As an artist, Tamara Renée embodies the spirit of the black jaguar bolting herself into the next stage of her journey as a musician, healer, and wild woman. As stated by Maya shaman Ohky Simine Forest, “In the early Maya matriarchal civilization, the jaguar clan was a high cast of priests and priestesses. The jaguar is the greatest feminine shield of all animals. In ancient times, to become a jaguar priest involved mastering the art of shape-shifting. The jaguar is connected to the mysterious, sexual center, and the heart center using the power of pleasure and eroticism to transform the self; tantra.” Tamara has become a shape shifting woman effortlessly embracing wisdoms of ancient traditions and thus transcending genres and mediums as she explores her Self- a being deeply connected to all of her ancestors and the earth. Listen as she sings, howls, purrs, raps, moans, and groans herself into existence.

All production on the UV EP is done by Tamara Renée and Javi Santiago. The project features one track produced by Art Vandeley, and a guest feature by Guitarist Justin Matthews. Tamara worked closely with producer, guitarist, and engineer Justin Matthews to take the project to it’s final stages. Tamara cites various  influences for this project including:  Bjork, Sun Ra, Missy Elliot, Sade, Busta Rhymes, Massive Attack, Prince, Daft Punk, Jimi Hendrix, Jill Scott, Slum Village,Brandy, Marvin Gaye, Georgia Anne  Muldrow, Melvin Van Peebles, Erykah Badu, Parliament Funkadelic, Digable Planets, A Tribe Called Quest, Curtis Mayfield,  Billie Holiday,Sizzla, Martina Bird, Beenie Man, Kendrick Lamar, Janet Jackson and Minnie Ripperton.
to listen and download to the ULTRA VIOLET EP 
https://tamararenee.bandcamp.com/album/ultra-violet
for a free download code of the project email blackdecoolsun@gmail.com
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joni mitchell woodstock

blessings to the legend joni mitchell. a soul that has walked this earth many times. she has shared her pool of songs with us all. she is truly healing and cooling. she is currently in very poor health so send  your blessings to this rainbow warrior. 

below find two exquisite live videos of joni singing "woodstock" a song she wrote about the music festival that she missed in 1970. this song is quite beautiful! wow. and it is very fitting for now, another time where young folk are searching to find the truth amongst so much turmoil and strife.

the first video is her playing it in 1970 on a piano, she is around 27 so you can see she is young and almost angelic. very pure and clear. the second video is much later and on guitar! she clearly has the growth of a wild woman, who has been through winds. her voice a bit raspier and her stage presence a bit more powerful and sexy. i love them both. so thankful for a woman artist who showed you could be vulnerable, sweet, sexy, angry, powerful, and control your own vision.

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

 

FAME by Anaka Morris

Fame by Anaka Morris

the series entitled, "Fame," by Portland born, LA based photographer, Anaka Morris. we asked her a few questions about her elegant photos, all taken with film. please enjoy her images and words below. 

 yasiin bey LA 2015

yasiin bey LA 2015

for my “Fame” project i am mixing my ethnographic directed research on the concept and social relevance of fame with portraits of artists i shoot through photography and short film. i am particularly interested in how an artist’s persona matches with their “true” identities. this juxtaposition is interesting to me because an artist’s persona is usually so solidified that an artist may have a hard time letting their identity grow and develop over time. i mostly shoot hip hop musicians because they are arguably the most idolized form of artist in our culture.
— Anaka Morris
 Ham on Everything

Ham on Everything

although we all see fame as a sole goal most artists work toward, everyone’s perception of success is different. this is why i have become interested in all levels of fame. i seek to show all the artists i shoot at the same level despite the hierarchical levels they may be in other people’s minds relating to their level of fame.
— Anaka Morris
 Kembe X

Kembe X

i have definitely noticed artists pushing their personas as i shoot them, but I have also been able to get to a comfortable enough level with most of the artists i shoot so they are not thrown off by the camera. shooting in film has also helped the relaxation level, leading my subjects to feel automatically comfortable with me because the action of taking the photo takes a lot longer than a digital camera.
— Anaka Morris
 Kali Uchis

Kali Uchis

these images are important because i am a part of a big artistic cultural movement puzzle that documents what is going on. i am mostly focused on documenting artist’s relationships with themselves and each other in order to document artists who are changing art (and the world) for the best. i see the most driven artists as those who have been raised, and despite social disadvantages are finding ways to shine through our societal elements that don’t really matter at all in the end. what really matters is the ability to recognize cultural movements and make it strong enough for people to follow and support positively.
— Anaka Morris
 simz

simz

FAME by Anaka Morris 

Deeper Space

Pleased to annouce Black de cool Sun's collaboration with the monthly music event DEEPER SPACE. This month's deeper space will be at Baby's Alright in Brooklyn. 

Deeper Space is a party that promotes electro/soul/jazz/hip-hop influenced music and brings in artists that share that ethos. While there are plenty of venues/parties in NYC that book this kind of music, we hope to bring the musicians that we work with together to share more of themselves than just their stage show. Deeper Space asks that each act curate a playlist of 5-10 songs that puts them in a "deeper space" and we put these out in the days leading up to the show for guests to connect with. We think that discovery is just as important a part of the show experience as the show itself. These playlists, called 'Deeper Cuts' are short enough to promote recommended listening and come from artists that guests are already interested in. We also ask that the acts create a handmade art page that represents them--they can put whatever they want on it we just ask that they make it themselves for the show. Past artists have made collages, drawn self-portraits and added their flair in other ways that allows them both another creative outlet and an opportunity to deliver more of themselves than just the set that Deeper Space "presents". The final piece of the show is a live art piece by Stewart Hoyt. Using roll paper, a lightbox and a projector, he is able to add his live sketches to the show and follow the artists movements as they perform. In his own words:
"Ink is yes or no. There’s no erasing or futzy maybe. From this basic binary equation flows visual notes: strokes on paper reverberate our eye cones, and signal the piano player ways to key our ear bones. Our grey matter awakens to soul."


This is the goal of Deeper Space: to create a place where grey matter can awaken in a genre that is largely underrepresented in music media. 

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