SONGS IN THE KIKI OF SOUL!!!

SONGS IN THE KIKI OF SOUL!!!

Hey! My name is Kiara Sade Rodriguez, but you can call me Kiki! My blog is consisted of just plain INDEPENDENT SOUL! Join me in this movement to support such lovely, real, honest soul music from the HEART! <3
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ATTENTION!

Tionne Watkins, aka T-Boz of legendary girl group TLC, is putting together the next superstar girl group. Any girl between ages 18 and 24 needs to be able to sing, rap, dance, or at least two out of the three (to be able to DANCE is the most important); submit a THREE-MINUTE-OR-LESS video of you showing that talent to tbozprojectnext@gmail.com, as T-Boz is looking for girls with unique, divine talent.

People, be sure to also “like” and share this page: http://www.facebook.com/TBOZProjectNext and follow on IG: @tbozprojectnext!

Two great independent artists from New Zealand, ChristopherKris and LucyX, recently made such a dope single with T-Boz (from the legendary girl group TLC), and two other NZ artists, Donell Lewis and female MC, Monax! When I first heard it, I loved it, especially the second I heard T’s signature deep, raspy voice! The music video just made it’s debut today, and I love the video just as much as I love the single itself. Shoutout to Shae Sterling, the director!

Check out this music video for the song “In My Hands”…just press play!

***Photo credit: Latosha Love Brown (IG: @latoshab)***


TO TEAM ATLANTA:

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 30th! Nu Soul Collective presents the ATLANTA WEEKENDER, where there will be some awesome house and soul music presented at the SoundTable! Get ready to hear some awesome independent soul artists you may love: Latosha Love Brown, Gloria Ry’ann, Bashiri Asad, and CyphaHouse, as well as DJ Funknatra on the 1s and 2s. More details soon to come…stay tuned!

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HOTTER THAN JULY!!!

Two weeks ago, I was visiting family and friends in NYC, and before my vacation in NYC, I was excited to find out that there was going to be a show at the Marcus Garvey Park Summerstage in Harlem on August 11th. The show was titled “Hotter Than July: Soul Train Tribute to Stevie Wonder.” I was also excited to find out that some of my independent soul artists were included in the tribute such as MiKA, Darien, Asa Lovechild, Vivian Sessoms, Chris Rob, Melanie Charles, Clayton Bryant, and last but not least, my girl Gloria Ry’ann, all backed up by the Jesse Fischer and Soul Cycle band.  This event was going to be the icing to my Sunday Funday, my vacation in NYC, and possibly my 21 years of life **giggles**.

My dad and I arrive at Summerstage in Harlem that afternoon, and the first person we see is none other than Mr. Marko Nobles of InJoy Enterprises and RhythmAndSoulRadio.com. I was very delighted to meet him; he’s so amazing at what he does for the independent soul movement. My dad and I were very happy to be sitting close to the stage enough for us to take pictures and videos of the event. As we finished enjoying the opening act of IllStyle, a dope and out-of-this-world hip-hop dancing group from Philly, it was time to get the show on the road. The whole crowd begins to warm up and dance to Stevie Wonder tracks and other soul and house music before the show had begun. Everybody was having a blast, including myself as I videotaped and danced at the same time. Several minutes later, I see the Jesse Fischer and Soul Cycle band and DJ Spinna get ready for the show.

As soon as the 7pm hour hit, there goes the band playing and Asa Lovechild comes on the stage, performs her tribute to Stevie, and gets funky and rocks out with the crowd…I was definitely feeling it. Asa is just awesome, and her voice is so unique and out of this world. During her performance, my dad and I see a lady with long, curly black hair and bangs wearing a white Superman logo T-shirt peeking from backstage, and she begins to wave right at me…it is Glow, aka Gloria Ry’ann! My face just lights up with excitement and even more when MiKA comes out from backstage and both ladies start to wave and blow kisses at me and my dad. I immediately wave and show them love right back. Both ladies and Clayton Bryant then come onto the stage to support Asa in background vocals. Melanie Charles then performs her version of “My Cherie Amour”…I loved it! She’s such a fantastic flutist, as well. Clayton performs his Stevie piece and I just fall in love with his voice. His voice is so smooth and beautiful. Glow peforms her version of “I Was Made to Love Her”…you guys don’t even have to know how I felt about her performance, being that I talk of her and her soaring 4 1/2 to 5-octave range like Minnie very, very often **wink wink**. MiKA’s tribute to Stevie was so awesome and I highly enjoy her music and her voice (check out her album “Confirmations” on iTunes). Darien’s cover of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”…you betta SANG, bro! Vivian Sessoms: her voice is sooo POWERFUL. Loved her tribute to Stevie; it had me, the band, and crowd rocking out with her! Last but not least, Chris Rob’s beautiful ballad. His voice touches me, especially in his performance. The way he plays the keys in his tribute: PERFECTION. All performers gather for the finale covering “Sir Duke,” and everybody started a Soul Train line! It was a blast!

After the tribute, my dad and I decided to meet some of our friends, aka the performers. I immediately spot Glow’s face floating in the crowd. We see each other and give each other a HUMONGOUS hug. We were expressing our feelings as to how we were so happy to see one another. I was surprised that she was my height **giggles**. Glow is just as beautiful in person, and her smile is so bright that it can light up an entire room…awwww. Beautiful moment that I will never, EVER forget. Such a true sweetheart she is. As both my dad and Glow give each other a big hug, I see MiKA right in front me, and we both expressed our feelings as well. We were very happy to see each other, and she’s such a beautiful person inside and out as well…love her so much. My dad hugs MiKA, and my moment gets even more beautiful from there. I get on the stage and meet Asa Lovechild, and she is just a ball of positive vibes and energy. Love that lady! She took me to meet DJ Spinna, which was awesome. Glow introduces me to singers Karen Bernod and Lorenda Robinson of Brown Baby Girl. Such talented women with wonderful voices and wonderful personalities…love. She also introduced me to saxophonist Rakiem Walker of the Rakiem Walker Project (whom you can check out unplugged every Monday night at Red Rooster Harlem around 7pm).

It was such a pleasure meeting these talented musicians, and to those whom I haven’t been able to meet because of the NYC traffic, you guys were awesome. The show was a blast, and this will NOT be my last real concert I go to, although it was my first. Going to that free event taught me something: whether if you go to a show or open mic events, buy CDs or download MP3 tracks, or view videos and performances on the web, television, DVDs, or on video cassettes, ALWAYS support independent music and independent artists.

HOTTER THAN JULY!!!

Two weeks ago, I was visiting family and friends in NYC, and before my vacation in NYC, I was excited to find out that there was going to be a show at the Marcus Garvey Park Summerstage in Harlem on August 11th. The show was titled “Hotter Than July: Soul Train Tribute to Stevie Wonder.” I was also excited to find out that some of my independent soul artists were included in the tribute such as MiKA, Darien, Asa Lovechild, Vivian Sessoms, Chris Rob, Melanie Charles, Clayton Bryant, and last but not least, my girl Gloria Ry’ann, all backed up by the Jesse Fischer and Soul Cycle band.  This event was going to be the icing to my Sunday Funday, my vacation in NYC, and possibly my 21 years of life **giggles**.

My dad and I arrive at Summerstage in Harlem that afternoon, and the first person we see is none other than Mr. Marko Nobles of InJoy Enterprises and RhythmAndSoulRadio.com. I was very delighted to meet him; he’s so amazing at what he does for the independent soul movement. My dad and I were very happy to be sitting close to the stage enough for us to take pictures and videos of the event. As we finished enjoying the opening act of IllStyle, a dope and out-of-this-world hip-hop dancing group from Philly, it was time to get the show on the road. The whole crowd begins to warm up and dance to Stevie Wonder tracks and other soul and house music before the show had begun. Everybody was having a blast, including myself as I videotaped and danced at the same time. Several minutes later, I see the Jesse Fischer and Soul Cycle band and DJ Spinna get ready for the show.

As soon as the 7pm hour hit, there goes the band playing and Asa Lovechild comes on the stage, performs her tribute to Stevie, and gets funky and rocks out with the crowd…I was definitely feeling it. Asa is just awesome, and her voice is so unique and out of this world. During her performance, my dad and I see a lady with long, curly black hair and bangs wearing a white Superman logo T-shirt peeking from backstage, and she begins to wave right at me…it is Glow, aka Gloria Ry’ann! My face just lights up with excitement and even more when MiKA comes out from backstage and both ladies start to wave and blow kisses at me and my dad. I immediately wave and show them love right back. Both ladies and Clayton Bryant then come onto the stage to support Asa in background vocals. Melanie Charles then performs her version of “My Cherie Amour”…I loved it! She’s such a fantastic flutist, as well. Clayton performs his Stevie piece and I just fall in love with his voice. His voice is so smooth and beautiful. Glow peforms her version of “I Was Made to Love Her”…you guys don’t even have to know how I felt about her performance, being that I talk of her and her soaring 4 1/2 to 5-octave range like Minnie very, very often **wink wink**. MiKA’s tribute to Stevie was so awesome and I highly enjoy her music and her voice (check out her album “Confirmations” on iTunes). Darien’s cover of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”…you betta SANG, bro! Vivian Sessoms: her voice is sooo POWERFUL. Loved her tribute to Stevie; it had me, the band, and crowd rocking out with her! Last but not least, Chris Rob’s beautiful ballad. His voice touches me, especially in his performance. The way he plays the keys in his tribute: PERFECTION. All performers gather for the finale covering “Sir Duke,” and everybody started a Soul Train line! It was a blast!

After the tribute, my dad and I decided to meet some of our friends, aka the performers. I immediately spot Glow’s face floating in the crowd. We see each other and give each other a HUMONGOUS hug. We were expressing our feelings as to how we were so happy to see one another. I was surprised that she was my height **giggles**. Glow is just as beautiful in person, and her smile is so bright that it can light up an entire room…awwww. Beautiful moment that I will never, EVER forget. Such a true sweetheart she is. As both my dad and Glow give each other a big hug, I see MiKA right in front me, and we both expressed our feelings as well. We were very happy to see each other, and she’s such a beautiful person inside and out as well…love her so much. My dad hugs MiKA, and my moment gets even more beautiful from there. I get on the stage and meet Asa Lovechild, and she is just a ball of positive vibes and energy. Love that lady! She took me to meet DJ Spinna, which was awesome. Glow introduces me to singers Karen Bernod and Lorenda Robinson of Brown Baby Girl. Such talented women with wonderful voices and wonderful personalities…love. She also introduced me to saxophonist Rakiem Walker of the Rakiem Walker Project (whom you can check out unplugged every Monday night at Red Rooster Harlem around 7pm).

It was such a pleasure meeting these talented musicians, and to those whom I haven’t been able to meet because of the NYC traffic, you guys were awesome. The show was a blast, and this will NOT be my last real concert I go to, although it was my first. Going to that free event taught me something: whether if you go to a show or open mic events, buy CDs or download MP3 tracks, or view videos and performances on the web, television, DVDs, or on video cassettes, ALWAYS support independent music and independent artists.

HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY, SONGS IN THE KIKI OF SOUL!!!

Can you all believe that it’s been a year since my indie soul blog has been created? It’s been that fast…gosh! On August 1, 2012, I decided to make a blog about independent soul music. I love sharing independent music with people, and still to this special day, I feel proud of myself. My blog has been getting a lot of great reviews by artists, radio hosts, and so many other independent music supporters. I feel so grateful and blessed beyond measure. I would like to thank you all for continuously supporting the indie movement and joining me in this movement. Thank you all for checking up on the latest in indie soul news and constantly recommending my blog as a great read to many others! Let’s continue supporting real music, especially real soul music, people! Let’s celebrate!!!

Yours truly,

KIKI xoxo

SOULFUL SUNDAY!

"When the smoke clears, we dry our tears…" These are the words that the lovely Tamar Braxton sings in her single "Love and War."  Now, I gotta share with you all this amazing cover of this sultry tune.  This song that was originally sung by one artist had been remade into a duet, y’all! Morris Alan and Teri Tobin SMASHED this song! When I first listened to it last night, I fell in love with it instantly.  I just love the way Alan and Tobin’s voices mesh so well together, especially in her tune "So Good to Me."

Check out Morris Alan and Teri Tobin’s version of Tamar Braxton’s “Love and War”…press play, sit back, and enjoy the sultry vibes!!!

TRACY CRUZ ON SOULTRAIN.COM!!!

One of my favorite indie soul singers recently made the front page of SoulTrain.com a couple of days ago! Yes, Tracy Cruz has done an amazing interview with Mr. Joe Walker about her music and life as an independent soul artist. So proud of you Tracy! Check out and read her interview with SoulTrain.com here: http://soultrain.com/2013/07/10/sound-check-tracy-cruz-universoul-symphony/ !!!

NEW MUSIC!

"Wherever you are is whatever I have to be…"

Yes, ladies and gents! Amel Larrieux is BACK with some new music, and I absolutely cannot wait for her new album “Ice Cream Everyday” to drop next month, August 27th! I have been waiting a while for one of my favorite soul artists to drop some new material. Here she is with a new single out and her new album available for pre-order until August 5th on her website here: http://www.blisslife.com/icecreameveryday.

Check out her mesmerizing, powerful new track titled “Afraid” right here…all you have to do is press PLAY!!!

APRIL FOOLS IN LOVE!

J Rome, the winner of the first season of ABC’s Duets. had a show Sunday night, April 28th live at Joe’s Pub in NYC titled “Night of April Fools in Love.”  It featured duet partners including R&B Diva Monifah and Brianna Colette, rapper Dunson, and special guest/Duets contestant Bridget Carrington. There’s another duet partner that also performed with J Rome: my good friend, Gloria Ry’ann. Mark Forrest of Savvy Marketing Entertainment Group posted this live video of J Rome and Glow’s performance yesterday morning on Facebook, and I was just BLOWN AWAY. Believe me when I tell you all that their rendition of Adele’s “Someone Like You” moved me to tears. J Rome’s voice is just spectacular and smooth like silk. Another thing, Glow’s whistle register in this performance: just pure PERFECTION in every sense of the word (I strongly believe that this lady has FIVE octaves, ladies and gents…*giggles*). Overall, as Mariah Carey often says on American Idol: “#POW!” I loved their duet to the fullest; breathtaking, beautiful, beloved.

Watch this stellar performance of Adele’s “Someone Like You” by this lovely duet  J Rome and Gloria Ry’ann from Sunday’s “April Fools in Love” show at Joe’s Pub in NYC. If you don’t believe me when I say that this moved me to tears, then again, watch it for yourself! If you need any, get your tissues in handy!!! *wink wink*

MUSIC MONDAY&#8230;NEW MUSIC!!!
Two years ago, this beautiful lady released a single and a music video for her awesome dance anthem &#8220;We Got Music&#8221;! Well, yesterday, my girl MzMunchie released her mixtape that is just phenomenal from start to finish! It&#8217;s titled &#8220;Project &#8216;M&#8217;: The Missing Melodies,&#8221; and you all should check it out and download it. This project contains some R&amp;B and soul, some hip-hop, and some pop all in one. Remember her single that she released prior to the mixtape release called &#8220;Go Head&#8221;? You know, the dope remix featuring rapper Donteze? Yup, that&#8217;s song is featured on her mixtape. Besides &#8220;Go Head" (both the remix and the original), some of my favorites on the project are the Lauryn Hill-sampled "It&#8217;s Gone Come Back," another track she released prior to the mixtape titled "I&#8217;ll Follow River," "Have U Seen Him (featuring Ottomatic)," the R. Kelly-inspired "Love Cums Calling (Ooooh Baby),&#8221; and so many more to name!
I&#8217;m telling you guys, if you download MzMunchie&#8217;s mixtape, you will not be disappointed. It has interludes, anthems, love-making tracks&#8230;just songs that you will love and enjoy listening to. These are the missing melodies that should be promoted globally for the whole world to hear. MzMunchie&#8217;s voice is just spectacular&#8230;what else can I say about her and the project? Oh yeah (giggles), also the album cover is HOT!!!
Here is the link to listen and download: http://www.datpiff.com/MzMunchie-Project-M-The-Missing-Melodies-mixtape.476973.html

MUSIC MONDAY…NEW MUSIC!!!

Two years ago, this beautiful lady released a single and a music video for her awesome dance anthem “We Got Music”! Well, yesterday, my girl MzMunchie released her mixtape that is just phenomenal from start to finish! It’s titled “Project ‘M’: The Missing Melodies,” and you all should check it out and download it. This project contains some R&B and soul, some hip-hop, and some pop all in one. Remember her single that she released prior to the mixtape release called “Go Head”? You know, the dope remix featuring rapper Donteze? Yup, that’s song is featured on her mixtape. Besides “Go Head" (both the remix and the original), some of my favorites on the project are the Lauryn Hill-sampled "It’s Gone Come Back," another track she released prior to the mixtape titled "I’ll Follow River," "Have U Seen Him (featuring Ottomatic)," the R. Kelly-inspired "Love Cums Calling (Ooooh Baby),” and so many more to name!

I’m telling you guys, if you download MzMunchie’s mixtape, you will not be disappointed. It has interludes, anthems, love-making tracks…just songs that you will love and enjoy listening to. These are the missing melodies that should be promoted globally for the whole world to hear. MzMunchie’s voice is just spectacular…what else can I say about her and the project? Oh yeah (giggles), also the album cover is HOT!!!

Here is the link to listen and download: http://www.datpiff.com/MzMunchie-Project-M-The-Missing-Melodies-mixtape.476973.html

SOULFUL SUNDAY…NEW MUSIC!

Ladies and gentlemen, Zo! is coming out with a new album, y’all! It’s called ManMade, and it will be released on May 21st.

A week ago, this fantastic producer and musician released a single off his new album featuring none other than—-you guessed it—-Sy Smith! This track has a Prince feel to it, and I love every minute of it. Can’t wait for the album to drop next month.

Check out Zo! featuring Sy Smith with their awesome song, “The Train”!!!

SOULFUL SUNDAY!
RhythmAndSoulRadio plays some good soul music, including Ill Clinton&#8217;s music (where I first heard his work). His &#8220;Presents: Vol. 1&#8221; project is just pure SOULFUL. Just want to thank him for sharing his work on my FB wall today. Check out one of my favorites featuring Eboni Star titled &#8220;Stupid Love&#8221; right here by clicking his album cover above!!!

SOULFUL SUNDAY!


RhythmAndSoulRadio plays some good soul music, including Ill Clinton’s music (where I first heard his work). His “Presents: Vol. 1” project is just pure SOULFUL. Just want to thank him for sharing his work on my FB wall today. Check out one of my favorites featuring Eboni Star titled “Stupid Love” right here by clicking his album cover above!!!

SOULFUL SUNDAY!

Of course, you all know I LOVE Teri Tobin’s music. Her voice is just spectacular. You guys gotta check her out, including her latest album “So Good to Me.” Tonight’s SOULFUL SUNDAY track from Teri Tobin is titled “Love’s Gotta Hold on Me”…all you gotta do is press play. Check it out!!!

SOULFUL SUNDAY!

I’ve always seen Chaz Shepherd on some of my favorite television shows such as “The Game” and “Sister, Sister.” It was until late last year that I found out that he is not just an actor, but a musician, as well. I know, right! This guy can really sing. I’ve heard his music on The Hot Pepper Show, and he is amazingly talented! This is one of the songs from his 2010 album “Love and Truth” titled “Chemical Reaction”! Check it out!!!