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Rising stars Chapel Hart discusses family, music, and country roots

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Rising stars Chapel Hart discusses family, music, and country roots

Photo by Alexis Carter HYFIN Verified group Chapel Hart, a country music trio consisting of sisters Danica and Devynn Hart and their cousin Trea Swindle, recently sat down for an interview to discuss their journey in the music industry. Hailing from Hart's Chapel, Mississippi, a small town named after their family, the group has risen to prominence since beginning their musical journey in 2018. Drawing inspiration from their Mississippi roots […]

todayJuly 19, 2024 3

8 must-listen new albums: Childish Gambino, Lava La Rue, BLXST & more

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8 must-listen new albums: Childish Gambino, Lava La Rue, BLXST & more

HYFIN has curated eight must-listen new albums of the week. From the genre-bending BLK ODYSSY to the farewell album of Childish Gambino, the experimental sounds of Mourning [A] BLKstar, and the return to roots for Denzel Curry, there's something for every taste. R&B fans can look forward to new releases from Blxst and Steven Bamidele, while hip-hop enthusiasts have JT's solo debut to anticipate. Rounding out the list is Lava […]

todayJuly 19, 2024

Kendrick Lamar's 'Not Like Us' inspires video game

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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Not Like Us’ inspires video game

Kendrick Lamar's recent track "Not Like Us" has sparked the creation of a video game inspired by the song's music video. Richie Branson, a developer with previous experience on "Fortnite", has created "Not Like Us: The Game". The game employs a whack-a-mole style of gameplay where players control a Lamar-like character who strikes owl-shaped targets as they appear. The game draws inspiration from a specific scene in the "Not Like […]

todayJuly 16, 2024 3

Mustafa announces debut album 'dunya' and drops new single 'SNL'

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Mustafa announces debut album ‘dunya’ and drops new single ‘SNL’

Canadian artist Mustafa has announced his debut album, "Dunya," which will be released on September 27th via Jagjaguwar. Coinciding with this announcement, Mustafa has unveiled a new single, "SNL," accompanied by a self-directed music video. "SNL," produced by Mustafa's frequent collaborators Simon Hessman and Rodaidh McDonald, explores themes of resilience and love in challenging environments. Mustafa explains, "'SNL' is about finding charm in the gloom of the hood - to […]

todayJuly 12, 2024

Milwaukee's J.P. releases new video for "Private Room"

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Milwaukee’s J.P. releases new video for “Private Room”

Milwaukee-based artist J.P. has released a new video for his track "Private Room," a song from his debut album "Coming Out Party." The video, directed by JD Miyagawa, was shot in New York City and features an appearance by Milwaukee's 414bigfrank. "Private Room" is an R&B track that demonstrates J.P.'s versatility as an artist. The song's production blends elements of hip-hop and R&B, resulting in a contemporary sound. J.P. collaborated […]

todayJuly 12, 2024

Michael Kiwanuka returns with new single "Floating Parade"

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Michael Kiwanuka returns with new single “Floating Parade”

Acclaimed British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has unveiled his latest single, "Floating Parade," through Geffen Records. This release follows Kiwanuka's recent return to live performances, including a notable appearance on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival last month, where he introduced the new track to audiences. "Floating Parade" features a steady bass line, orchestral strings, and Kiwanuka's recognizable vocals. The song reunites the artist with producers Danger Mouse and Inflo, a […]

todayJuly 12, 2024

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5 must-listen new albums: Tink, Common & Pete Rock, Rema, salute and more

This week's HYFIN's must-listen new albums showcase diverse musical talent. From Tink's introspective R&B to Salute's electronic collaborations and Common & Pete Rock's hip-hop fusion, these releases promise to engage and inspire. Join us as we explore Tink's mature reflections in "Winter's Diary 5," salute's driving momentum on "TRUE MAGIC," and the timeless artistry of Common & Pete Rock on "The Auditorium, Vol. 1." We'll also delve into the reissued […]

todayJuly 12, 2024

NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series recently featured cast members from the Broadway revival of 'The Wiz,' a musical that is approaching its 50th anniversary. This performance not only celebrates the present but also connects us to the rich history of American theater and Black culture that 'The Wiz' has been a part of. Cast members performed a selection of the show's songs at NPR's offices, bringing elements of the production to the compact Tiny Desk setting. The performance showcased the talent that has made "The Wiz" a recognized production since its 1974 Baltimore debut. The talented ensemble of vocalists, including Nichelle Lewis, Melody A. Betts, Alan Mingo, Jr., Kyle Ramar Freeman, Phillip Johnson Richardson, and Avery Wilson, delivered powerful performances throughout the concert. The setlist showcased the cast's vocal prowess as they brought to life iconic songs from the beloved musical. Highlights included the emotionally charged "The Feeling We Once Had," the revelatory "Meet The Wizard," the defiant anthem "You Can't Win," the introspective "What Would I Do If I Could Feel," the playful "Mean Ole Lion," and a triumphant reprise of "Ease On Down the Road." The concert concluded with a heartfelt rendition of "Home," serving as a poignant finale to the show. "The Wiz" tells L. Frank Baum's story from a Black cultural perspective. The musical has contributed to presenting Black talent and creativity on mainstream stages. Its influence extends to music, fashion, and popular culture. "The Wiz" resonates with audiences through its Black empowerment and self-actualization themes. The musical celebrates African-American culture, incorporating soul, R&B, and gospel music styles, while addressing issues of urban life and community strength. Its message of finding inner power and pride continues to inspire decades after its debut. The show plans to begin a new national tour in early 2025. This Tiny Desk appearance reminds audiences of the show's ongoing relevance. And it’s no coincidence that HYFIN, a Milwaukee organization focused on Black culture and media, has announced its upcoming event themed around the musical. The 2024 HYFIN Anti-Gala Fundraiser, set for October 10 at Turner Hall Ballroom, will feature elements inspired by "The Wiz." The anti-gala's program includes a musical performance by Brew City Soul, who will present their interpretation of "The Wiz" soundtrack. Frank Gaston will direct the opening and closing numbers. The event includes a fashion show by Edessa Fashion School and food from chefs Dane Baldwin of The Diplomat (James Beard Award Winner), Zakiya Courtney of Vegan Soul, and Jason Alston of Heavens Table BBQ.

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The Wiz’ takes center stage: Tiny Desk tribute and HYFIN’s Anti-Gala in Oct

Credit: Photo: Michael Zamora NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series recently featured cast members from the Broadway revival of 'The Wiz,' a musical approaching its 50th anniversary. This performance celebrates the present and connects us to the rich history of American theater and Black culture that 'The Wiz' has been a part of. Cast members performed a selection of the show's songs at NPR's offices, bringing elements of the production to […]

todayJuly 12, 2024 2

Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn announce new album and tour stop in Milwaukee

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Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn announce new album and Milwaukee tour stop’

Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn, photo by Clifford Usher Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn are preparing to release their second collaborative album, "Quiet in a World Full of Noise," through Merge Records on October 4, 2024. This new work follows their 2022 release "Pigments" and aims to present a distinctive musical experience that combines various musical elements. The duo has released the album's first single, "Breath Out," which provides an […]

todayJuly 9, 2024

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