Come inside today's rehearsal space of The Soul Travelers. With the Mandeiro, Bernt Nellen, away on vacation, The Soul Travelers cooked up this smooth version, of the ever so timely, "We Alive." The song calls for recognition of our unity, freedom, and greatest hopes given the miraculous fact that we are alive. Get comfortable then get inspired to do what you've been waiting to and be who you are.
I was lucky enough to be on hand as Homeboy Sandman and J-Live brought a flurry of dopeness to The Melkweg in the heart of Amsterdam. Check below for some footage of the Sandman giving his all into a high-energy performance of "Watchu Want From Me" and "Table Cloth," both performed as a result of crowd requests. If you haven't already, be sure to check Homeboy Sandman's Hallways and J-Live's His Own Self to stay up on their latest.
Check the second installment of the Woonbootsessies featuring a fiercely talented crew with Mark Nieuwenhuis on trumpet, Jur de Vries on guitar, Jack Julian on Moog, and the lyrical mastermind Haas on the mic. Enjoy as these guys create, record, and share a beautiful day's fun.
Just yesterday we got the premiere of Shishani's new quartet, Shishani & The Afro Namibian Tales, by way of the beautiful and thankful "Ndapandula." Check the video below to hear exactly what "an eclectic acoustic band that fuses sounds from different cultures [and] merges black American music traditions with Cuban, African, and European aural flavours" sounds like - you won't be disappointed. You can catch them performing on June 3rd at Mezrab in Amsterdam. Enjoy!
The Soul Travelers happily accepted an invitation to The Hip Hop Valley Show on Razo Radio hosted by DJ Sonsy and Robin where they played five songs (Road to Grow, Waiting for a King, Paint a Picture, Gold, and What I Am) live on air. The vibes were great and the hosts were top notch. Check out the video above of the complete performance and a bit of the happy banter. You can track The Soul Travelers tour schedule on BandsinTown and on their Facebook page. Listen, share, and enjoy!
Check out an up close and personal look as The Soul Travelers took the stage for Spelen de GRAP at The Sugar Factory in Amsterdam, NL. They guys lay down the funky, crowd-included jam, "Paint a Picture," reminding us "what is written in your heart will paint a picture in your mind." Stay up to date on upcoming shows by following the crew on Facebook and BandsinTown.
Breathe, listen, and love as Eric Ian Farmer ask's you to "take off your mask" at Green Couch Concerts. Once again, Eric bares his soul and fills the room with the power of his voice carrying the essence of his song before you can even digest the words. If you haven't already checked out Eric's beautiful EP Flower Water over at Bandcamp then stop waiting! Press play below and stay up-to-date with Eric over at VocallyGrown.com
Check out The Soul Travelers acousticly performing "What I Am" for Sofar sessions in Cafe Ruimte in Noord Amsterdam. Sofar knows how to bring together a group of music lovers and those who love to share music, so the vibe was electric. Check the video below (lyrics below the video), listen to some more of Sofar's sounds from around the globe and be sure to find out about the next Soul Traveler's show here. Peace.
What I Am
written by Donnie Adams
If I could say what I was really feeling you would feel like you had left from this planet and your breath had vanished / expanded to understanding / a plan perfect to free a stranded seed planted in weed sand and debris damaged indeed but ready to break the surface / simple / singular purpose / reach as high as it can despite the circus in the circuits of man / burning his hand to touch his turn to burn a buck but never he earn enough to affirm his lust for a hologram / a picture that he trust / mental image what it meant to be winning but my luck was broken back in the beginning getting in it for the wrong reasons / but through the wrong I’m seeing / the way glowing like auroras showing solar breezes / what my soul needed / to show me how to plug the holes I should know breathing / breaching my limits letting go of what I know is weaker / it’s in the air the ether / I play the receiver and let it seep from my fingers ‘til it’s complete and it lingers like something sweet the demeanor of dreamers who fiending to sleep be in it deep awake to the day and all that it keeps falling in peace no walls / no streets streaks of the all screech off and reach ya’ll to free ya’ll ‘til we all call the block / a place to raise a child / purple haze of days / finding a smile in this scrimmage of you versus you that never finishes and witnesses / a sad ending to a bad story call it allegory for pain / painted in shades of being a human being that wades in the water / and waits for Valhalla / the author at the altar of experience / impossible to altar Gibraltar with no fear in it / you hearing it but not to / listening but not you / whispering to spirits here and figures that’ll watch you / telling ‘em to trust that we’ll make it together we headed to better or bust we aching but shaking the weather with feathers on our backs we touch / a measure of heaven found resting in the crest of our lust / severed away the desert that begetted our crutch / so we shed for something wetter with the rest of what was setting us up / deaded the shuck confidence is alive / in the eyes of my eyes we all gods all good all hoods ready to rise until we arrive / mind on the job at hand / show my brother the plan to find bliss in the midst of what I am
Check out a medley of Shishani giving a stellar performance to a packed crowd at The Sugar Factory as she opened as the support act for Scott Bradley.