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Name: Squallè (Squah-LAY) City: Athens, Georgia Genre: Hip-hop Favorite artists: J. Cole and Meek Mill What does your artist name mean to you? Everything. My “artist name” reflects who I am as an artist and a person. The translation alone is a direct definition that sums up how others view me and my experiences. I learned a…

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Rolling out’s Master DJ series spotlights DJs recognized in their respective cities who are making an impact in their communities. DJ Jamad was inspired to rock turntables in the 1980s while growing up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. After moving to Atlanta in 1987, he started working to save for college but then changed his mind and enlisted in…

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Rising star Imani Scott effortlessly brings the funk and soul back to a new generation. She’s releasing another Blue Diamond Music exclusive titled All Over Again. The Houston native delivers an undeniably soulful visual as a follow-up to her groovy, funk video Get Litty. Recently nominated for best new artist in Houston, the “funkadelik groovemaster”…

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Incredibly talented. Classically trained. And capable of singing opera in seven languages all describe music phenom Bilal. Bilal Sayeed Oliver is a creative and unique artist with an immense range of talent that it makes it difficult to categorize his sound. Having attended New York’s New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he received…

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Questlove may have been one of the busiest artists at Coachella on the second day of the weekend festival. On April 11, Questlove kicked things off by serving as the headlining DJ for Pandora and T-Mobile’s private pool party. The event took place at the Cree Estate in Cathedral City where guests were treated to…

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On the “A” w/Souleo:  At this year’s 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, numerous attendees were seeking the funk. One of the event’s most anticipated films, Finding the Funk was screened and brought out stars including George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic, Nona Hendryx, Melvin Van Peebles and Questlove. With the project author, filmmaker and producer, Nelson…

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When Fernando Jones was a budding musician, he always wished he had other children his age with whom he could play blues music.   That desire, which transcended well into adulthood, was the catalyst behind Jones starting Blues Kids of America, Blues Kids Foundation and the Blues Camp, which is in its second year.  Running July…

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