The Sh8peshifter’s “ABRACADABRAKAAFRIKA” encourages empowerment

Zakiya Harris, an Oakland based activist, educator, and musician will soon be putting out new music under her musical persona, The Sha8peshifter. She's announced an upcoming EP, After Darkness, and just released a video for "ABRACADABRAKAAFRIKA." The song draws inspiration from "the death of Sandra Bland, and [is] an ode to little black girls like my 12-year-old daughter," Harris says. "I wanted her and others like her to see Black Women represented as the highest expression of life, which is God." Harris is the co-founder of many environmental and cultural organizations in addition to her music ventures. Hack The Hood [...]

OIM presents Zakiya Harris at the Starline Social Club (enter to win tickets!)

I think it's pretty clear at this point that Oaktown Indie Mayhem is one of the best things to happen to the Bay Area music scene. Their taste in local artists is impeccable, and the roster of musicians on their record label is about as killer as the Murderers' Row lineup of the '27 Yankees (Whiskerman and Foxtails Brigade are, respectively, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in this analogy). OIM also presents some truly special shows as well, and Thursday's bill at the Starline in Oakland is no exception. It's an evening featuring the sultry grooves and cosmic poetry of [...]

Mixtape: Northern California’s Best Summer Music Festivals Download: Mixtape: Northern California's Best Summer Music Festivals (Podcast #363) That the San Francisco Bay Area has seen a rapid rise in the number of music festivals over the last decade isn't a distinctly local phenomenon, but there's something about the way the Bay does festival season that feels unique. In many cases, it's the use of beautiful public spaces, city and state parks that become part of the festival experience. Or maybe it's the way that our festivals invest more time and effort into making sure that the food and beverage offerings are compelling on their own. There's [...]

Bells and Yesway single release show with Zakiya Harris at Brick and Mortar, 1/10/13

East Bay quartet Bells will perform a single release show with Yesway and Zakiya Harris at Brick and Mortar on January 10th. Bells has an unique local-meets-exotic sound combining elements of Afro-soul, heavy percussion, and experimental indie pop. East Bay Express said the band "draws from Oakland's tradition of jazz and blues, speeds it up with Afropop beats, and breaks the flow with odd tempos and quick changes." They will be releasing a new single "Video Star", the first release from the band’s forthcoming debut album, due in Spring 2013. Listen to three Bells demo tracks below (via Bandcamp). BELLS' [...]

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