Raphael Saadiq, "Jimmy Lee" (Columbia Records)
"Jimmy Lee" is a stirring album combining Raphael Saadiq's trademark vintage soul sounds with moving gospel, disquieting soundscapes and...
ATLANTA (AP) — If Raphael Saadiq had a choice, he would rather be heard than seen.
But Saadiq's behind-the-scenes musical work has thrust him into the limelight once again. The musician earned an Academy Award nomination for his co-writing efforts on Mary J. Blige's "Mighty River," an original song from the Netflix film "Mudbound."
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NEW YORK (AP) — Afropunk festival co-founder Matthew Morgan remembers when the musical event carried out as a small gathering on New York's Lower East Side with 25 people. Now, celebrating its 12th year this weekend in Brooklyn, New York, the festival has also expanded to an international celebration, even traveling to South Africa for the first time in December.
NEW YORK (AP) — A list of the year's top 10 songs from Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.
1. "Cranes In the Sky," Solange: On a song about trying to move on, Solange tries a few things to get on with life: drinking, having sex, shopping and running away. It's an honest tune over a mid-tempo beat produced with the help of a musical genius named Raphael Saadiq. And Solange's vocals glide nicely over the track, ending it with memorable coos, and making it the year's best.