The Break – Call It On Both Sides

In this episode KC, Chris, Tash, Leisha, Shelby, Nicole and E. Green (from the Hip Hop Digest Show) discuss Erykah Badu and long skirts, having conversations with men, the evolution of women and raising kids with changing gender roles.

Music: Mikos Da Gawd – Love

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Culture Connection: Omar Lye-Fook MBE

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Listen in to the second and final installment of Malcolm’s interview with the British King of Soul, Omar! Be sure to support Omar and buy his new album, The Man, available now!  Check out the slideshow of Omar while you take a listen and watch his new video for the single, The Man!

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Culture Connection UK was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and the British Council USA.

Movers & Shakers: Garth Trinidad

No other DJ in the last decade has had a bigger influence on Los Angeles music culture than Garth Trinidad. As both a resident DJ with KCRW over the last 15 years and a voting member of The Recording Academy, Trinidad has risen to prominence by championing progressive, creative and often overlooked artistry in urban alternative music. Through his weekly show, Chocolate City, Trinidad has inspired a refashioning of the Los Angeles underground music scene, providing a much-needed platform for new, independent music artists. Further, Chocolate City has evolved into a global soundscape by infusing soulful classics with the best in independent world music.

I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know Garth over the last year and was happy to discover the many layers of the man
behind the music. Garth, a loving husband and father, is also an artist in his own right and, lucky for us, 2013 will be a year of many Trinidad-laced projects. First up, is the KCRW 5th Annual Moja Moja Pre-Grammy Brunch & Benefit Concert happening this Saturday, February 9th at the W in Hollywood. The brunch, which benefits Oxfam America and The Darfur Stoves Project, will honor the legendary George Clinton this year and feature intimate performances by artists such as pianist, Chloe Flowers and Malaysian singer-songwriter, Yuna. This event usually sells out so check here for tickets for more information.

Watch and listen to the first in a two-part series with Garth Trinidad. Stay tuned for more to come!

Photos by Monica Orozco and JLogic.