The JazzReggae Festival at UCLA is celebrating its 27th year this Memorial Day Weekend! The amazing music from performers Santigold, Common, Ziggy Marley, Barrington Levy, and Mr. Vegas are just one of many brilliant aspects of the JazzReggae Festival at UCLA. JazzReggae proudly hosts a diverse array of 30 food vendors ranging from coastal Jamaican to fresh Vegetarian and Vegan, and a unique display of 33 craft vendors selling apparel, jewelry, and beyond. The art showcased in the art exhibit will come from the X is the Weapon collective, Sole bike shop, Canlove: A Graffiti Recycling Program, and installations designed by UCLA students. With an awesome music lineup, distinguished art displays and a diverse selection of delicious food from all over LA, the festival provides an enriching experience that can …
For all those looking for a new mix to get you through December, DJ and Rapper-Songwriter ASSAL has something fresh for your ears. Born in Germany and from a Persian background, ASSAL is that world class #veryrare chic tweaking your favorite genres with a global sound reminiscent of her upbringing. ASSAL and her music ignore traditional boundaries with her compositions combining elements of electronic, dance, alternative, hip hop and world music.
Her eclectic background not only shows through in her music, but in her unique sense of style as well. This jet setting partygoer and fashionite evokes global glamour, classic cool, and edginess all at once. What we’d like to call a “cultural cocktail.” Yes we just coined that. A tastemaker in her own right – her cutting edge style and genre-hopping have drawn comparisons to M.I.A or Santigold …
Less about a specific genre or style of music and more about the celebration of one man’s inventions, Moogfest 2012 offered a bit more variety in styles of music than your typical music festival. From ’80s new wave to the latest indie rock by way of early ’90s rave, ’90s alternative, minimal techno and just about anything else that’s touched a Moog.
Now this is more like it. After we heard “Big Mouth,” off Santigold’s upcoming second album, Master Of My Make-Believe, we were ready to write-off her sophomore effort as a sub-M.I.A. cash-in attempt. But “Disparate Youth” is what really makes Santigold great, mostly the differences between her style and most of her “peers.”
Riding a echoing piano line, some smooth synths, and the occasional slash of post-punk guitars, the tune recalls a standout ballad “LES Artiste” from her debut, as well as some moments from her dub-punk first band, Stiffed. Excellent stuff.
Philly songstress Santigold is back with a longer hair-do and a new packet of ass-dropping tunes set for release this summer on her second album, Master of My Make-Believe. The first tune, “Big Mouth” is a pretty straight-forward set of chants and percussion that’ll make you pine for the time before Diplo made trance hits and M.I.A. made everyone angry. Check out the colorful video and download the tune for free at her website.