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Boddhi At Bunda Lounge in Toronto

Boddi Satva (Offering Recordings)

Lights dimmed, incense burning (precisely Nag Champa), music is just right- Late night date? No, not at all. It was the Toronto leg of DJ/Producer Boddhi Satva’s Canadian tour. I had been wondering about Boddhi the artist after stumbling on a podcast a few years ago and was assigned his latest ‘Ancestral Interpretations Pt. 2’ (for review).

I had a chance to sit down with Boddhi Satva last Saturday to discuss the album, the journey, the collaborations and most importantly; the person. He had a lot to say……..

About Being African: Born and raised in the Central African Republic and being well exposed to other parts of Africa and his approach to business and interaction with people in general- this is an integral part of who he is as well as the music he has chosen to share with the world. He is proud and says….’I’m African don’t get it twisted-I’m mixed but anyone who knows me knows I’m more African than any African’

On Being signed to Vega Records: Louie’s got a great heart, he’s family-oriented in business and in life. Our friendship is beyond business….it’s a team effort. He allows me to express my identity. It’s opened many doors for me…it’s definitely increased my credibility. People recognize me for my talent first and foremost……’

On his climb forward: ‘It was very slow, it was and still is lots of work….there are still challenges. Just because you tour, travel, have a label backing you up-the work never stops there. Money is a means to be able to direct your work but it’s not stop….I’m grateful for the all the opportunities awarded. I’m so blessed’

Collaborations with other artists: He’s always wanted to do this! In fact he says,’I wanted to collaborate-it’s the smartest way to get your brand out, it’s all about team work, I can’t have an ego when I know it takes a lot of collaboration with others….

On respecting those that paved the way: He sites Louie Vega, Alton Miller, Kai Alce, Osunlade among many that he has looked up to, worked with, those that have designed the music industry in a way that makes House what it is today….he lists tons of other producers from everywhere-‘I believe in Pan-Africanism especially with art/music’

On African artists namely (Oumou Sangare, Ade Alafia, Yuba, Mangala Camara) and their support of Boddhi Satva using their vocals for ‘house’ consumption- ‘They give me props, she (Oumou) is in full support and respects what I’ve done. The support is mutual-the connection is organic’

On the South African House Invasion: ‘No doubt that South Africa is a hub for house music but EDM in Africa has reached other African countries….Angola has been a runner-up for a few years now and Senegal’s hip hop music scene is stellar. Botswana is another heavy-hitter’

Music to look for: (For those looking for things he’s fond of….music and artists he mentioned during the interview……Paul Randolph (Soldier), Mara TK, Salif Keita, Jose James (Vicadin), Rancido, Offering Recordings vocalist Marie Jolie, Orgasm EP feat.Ade Alafia, Teedra Moses (My fave :D)……

Music as a spiritual connection: ‘Music can move a grown man to tears…..it can heal someone’s spirit, it invokes feelings…it can be sensual in nature’

Working with Promoters: ‘It can be tricky sometimes-my name has been used on events that I didn’t know about….you want to visit different cities but promoters don’t always come through’

On the future of Offering Recordings: ‘Offering Recordings is set to be persistent in providing quality music’

Advice to those on their hustle to succeed in the industry: ‘Stay true, work hard, collaborate, never forget to respect yourself, be grateful for all opportunities’

Impression of Canada (Canadian Tour cities): Winnipeg was happening. The festival (Manitoba Electronic Music Festival)…it was fireburn…a very organic city really peaceful. Lots of street art. Big ups to Winnipeg!’….He describes Toronto as ,vibrant with a mixture of people’ and, ‘good peoples’……’I hear Bunda’s the spot’

Expectations for that night’s (August 17) show (At Bunda Lounge): ‘I hear that Solid Garage and Booty Lounge are pretty good…..(laughs) I don’t have too many expectations but I plan to take the crowd on a journey’

Needless to say, the night was a journey. He traveled the world with music and brought tunes from countries where rhythm rules….no matter the language or dialect….you heard and felt the beats! Dancers of all ages and colours shook their butts (myself included) lol

Afrobeats and Eurobeats ran the night. The interview was as eclectic as the set that night….Boddhi, thanks for the visit!

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Peven Everett – Music Review for Bamalovesoul.com

Peven Everett - King of Hearts

Everett delivers a syrup-laden continuous soul story. And delivers it on ice! Peven Everett will never fail to deliver to the die-hards who enjoy a true dance floor experience. ‘King of Hearts’ is a sexier change from the usual stories of anger, heartbreak and kissing games. It reads like love poetry of promises…..True to soulful music form. This album is very fitting for the (summer-love-free-flow) fan. It’s a softer loving side of Everett that can be felt in every track….will definitely be an end of summer banger! Peven takes on intimate journey through the courting/dating process. And it’s ALL good! Softening his love stance by no means, means he’s gone soft in fact he shows us another side with ‘I Can Be Your Boyfriend’ -Let’s just take a joy spin, I can be your boyfriend. I can be the wildest….He even uses a softer freestyle technique which will definitely appeal to the homies too!

In ‘Another Tender Moment’ I couldve sworn I was listening to a soul piece from the Motown era! Masterfully created music pieces rule this King of Hearts record. All pieces are absolutely fitting and subtly gorgeous!!! The only one that seems a little out of sync is ‘A Baby Mama with Sense’ should be kept as a vinyl B-side or a hidden/bonus track. It changed the album’s tone and seems incongruently positioned against the rest of the album.

The intro to ‘When I Want Someone It’s You’ had me chuckling with it’s naughty suggestion of getting up close and up front…..this really forces you to envision Everett flashing his confidence in a bold and confident style! His vocals are also pulled forward for extra effect. I call this the disco rock track!

The album goes POP! with the heavy hitting ‘Baby Won’t You Try Me’ in TRUE EVERETT FORM. The soul house crowd is gonna go nuts with this….no remixes required. Dancers will do some serious damage with this summer banger!!! HOT, HOT, HOT! A cool, carefully arranged nine tracks. Everett is always new, always wonderful and a very necessary staple to every nu soul collection. See you on the dance floor people!

Check out the site here:
http://bamalovesoul.com/2013/07/15/peven-everett-king-of-hearts-album-review/