Decoding The Expats : Wayna’s Interview with Afrofusion TV

March 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

I don’t know if it matters that Ethiopian American singer/songwriter Wayna‘s sophomore album Higher Ground is high on a list of top 25 most slept-on soul albums of the last decade. After all it’s common knowledge that to hear really good soul music, hip hop, or R&B you have to hunt for it. Mercifully we didn’t

Wayna performs at U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC, Nov. 2013

Wayna performs at U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC, Nov. 2013

have to go searching for The Expats, her third and latest album; we had a delicious preview two days before its release at a U Street Music Hall show last November, where the Grammy nominated singer joined two other DC based artists Wes Felton and Asheru for a “Triple Threat” performance promoted by Munch’s Hedrush Music. Fusing her soul sound with elements of afrobeat, alt rock, reggae, indian music, and hip hop, Wayna does with The Expats what she deals with day-to-day – navigating that « Read the rest of this entry »

Gbenga Akinnagbe talks with Afrofusion TV about producing “Newlyweeds”

March 17, 2014 § 1 Comment

Gbenga Akinnagbe talks with Nzinga Blake of Afrofusion TV

Nzinga Blake interviews Gbenga Akinnagbe in Silver Spring, MD

It was a mild October night when Afrofusion met up with former host of the ABC show Culture Click Nzinga Blake at a Silver Spring, MD bar, where she was hanging out with a mutual friend.  They had just attended the premiere of a new independent film Newlyweeds, and who, perchance, should they be hobnobbing with at the bar? None other than former Wire actor Gbenga Akinnagbe, one of the producers of the film. Turns out he and Nzinga go way back to when Akinnagbe had a part on the TV series Barbershop. Naturally, we wanted to talk to him about the new movie and find out what other projects he was getting into, and Ms. Blake was naturally the one to do it! Gbenga has starred in another recent « Read the rest of this entry »

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