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Kampala Social Club releases debut single “COT2ON”

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Today sees the release of the debut music from Kampala Social Club, with the beautiful single “COT2ON”. Kampala Social Club is an experiment in journeys. The quest for self, the search for connection to the past and present. Seeking a known place in your own existence, and a place within its future. The architect, Steven Fernandez, is a Canadian artist whose meditative, instrumental recordings comprise this project born from a reach into his ancestral history and present-day spiritual practices. The goal is to tell a story and help the listener connect with its own.

In tangible form, the Kampala Social Club was a gathering place for the Goan middle class in early 20th century Uganda. At the club, people of like minded religion, social caste, language and tradition sought to gather, connect and find safety amongst themselves. The club was a central site in Fernandez’ own family – giving it legendary and weighted symbolic status via his parents – both immigrants to Canada in the late 60s. “My parents were born in East Africa and traced their ancestors back to Goa,” he explains. “Growing up in Stoney Creek, Ontario with parents who spoke Swahili, had a Portuguese last name and were Catholic with the appearance of an Indian – life was not easy to understand. I was too brown to be black, too brown to be white, too Anglo Indian to be Indian, yet I could identify very strongly with all cultures. I’ve spent my whole life trying to understand who I am.”

Using the rich historical backdrop of the social club – the musical project seeks to support foundational explorations in mindfulness. Purpose in action, in reflection and in the journey to understand and connect with self is at the core of the music – but the true value lies in the listener’s ability to embark on its own journey. “Though the name is tied to culture, it’s really about the symbol of safety and freedom,” Fernandez continues.“The hope that we can find refuge in sound, slow our minds down and feel safe to express all sides of our human experience in the lives we lead. The ability for us to pause and reflect before we can learn to expand. When I reflected on the name of the project, I realized it was the authentic culmination of my life after 48 years. The music is the alignment of all the influences of my culture, music and human experience to this point.” Fernandez has found direct utility for the music within his own sound meditation business Pause + Expandwhich began for the purpose of supporting the mindfulness community. 

“The music is a refuge from a world that in my experience works to never stop,” he concludes. “A companion in your life taking up as little or as much space as you allow.” Kampala Social Club is the first in a series of releases planned under the project moniker and the first recording “COT2ON” is available everywhere now.

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MICHAL MICHAL EMBRACES THE PROCESS ON NEW MIXTAPE ‘WHY WOULD I COMPLAIN

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Michal Michal embraces the good and bad life presents on his new mixtape, Why Would I
Complain. Released on leap day (Feb. 29), you can listen to the 7-track project HERE available
on all streaming platforms. Featuring previous singles in “Know Me Better,” “Calm B4 the Storm”
with 5heriff and “don’t blame the kids,” fresh-pressed highlights like the grandiose “$ Beers,”
infectiously chill “One Day” and hypnotic “Sneaky Link” continue to showcase Michal’s refined
talent. Meshing sounds found within the discographies of Mac Miller and Trippie Redd, the
Austin emcee lets his signature rasp lead the way for every melody he tears off.


“‘Why Would I Complain’ is like the transition of the old me and the new me, as far as the artistic
version of myself,” Michal says of WWIC. “This is really just the start – a transition into
something different.” Michal’s message and his mindset for the future are simple: “Anyone can
do whatever they want in life. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t go to college, didn’t go to high
school, if you come from poverty or from wealth. Whatever you want to do can be done. And
why not? We only have one life to do it. Life is too short, so why would I complain?”

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JAY?DUHHH RELEASES “MIND TRICKS”

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Richmond, Virginia native, Jay?Duhhh has announced the release of her latest single, “Mind Tricks” on Thursday, February 29, 2024 via Money By the Pound Records. “Mind Tricks,” produced by platinum music producer Mex Manny, can be described as carnivalesque whilst addressing the significant mental health issues humans may face navigating early adulthood. The sonic aesthetic of a crazy fun house, along with a maze and  house of mirrors, is interlaced throughout the musical number creating a peculiar and unique vibe.

“I wrote my new single “Mind Tricks” to  empower people to overcome daily obstacles such as their fears, doubts, the opinions of others/ the world, other people’s bad decisions, and the overall negativity that the world can sometimes bring. It’s easy to lose yourself in a world that is full of judgment and constantly moving. Sometimes you need to sit with yourself to realize what YOU need to be able to accomplish everything your heart desires. Life isn’t easy, and there will always be things that try to stop you from what you need to do, but if you stand strong, open your eyes and mind, and  stay true to yourself…. You’ll always win in the end. Never be afraid to Shine your Light. Nothing outside of you has Power over you. What I want people to apprehend from this piece is that Life is anything but easy, but you are anything but weak. Don’t let it Change who  you are.” – Jay?Duhhh

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T-Bruin Reveals New Album “Highs Never Last”

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Thought provoking and deeply emotional, New York based emcee T-Bruin crafted a nicely executed album entitled “Highs Never Last.” Fans of musicians such as Joey Bada$$, Mick Jenkins, and Kendrick Lamar should find themselves at home with Bruin’s combinations of wordplay, song curation, and subject matter.

Influenced by fatherhood, life experiences, and the hustle to be the best rapper in the world, the mind of T-Bruin is on full display with the art curated in “Highs Never Last.” Like a good boxer Bruin delivers intense and passionate music that will last with listeners for years to come.

Listen below.

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