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It's all about the
live performance for Jaguar Wright, the newest artist from
The Root's Motive Records imprint. Part Ella, part Millie,
and all uniquely soulful, her voice and her performance are
both unforgettable. Picture this: she takes the stage, her
shirt reads "Kick Azz" embroidered in gold. In the front
row, die-hard fans cluster to absorb the ruckus and joy that
comes with every Jaguar performance. In a few minutes Jaguar
has almost cried over her cheating lover and now is
pantomiming her revenge she rages on. "Singing is healing
for me. It gives me a sense of myself, a feeling of order.
My life makes sense when I sing," explains Jag.
Love Need and Want You:
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ON Sunday, October 6,
2002, MC Lyte took center stage on the scene of her video
shoot for her soon-to-be released smokin’ single “Ride Wit
Me,” off the upcoming album “Underground Heat Vol. 1”, which
is scheduled to be released late-January 2003. The album is
a joint venture between SGI (Lyte’s label) and Creative
Music Management (Lyte’s partner & manager). The label is
being distributed by Imusic/BMG.
Adding another video to his list of credits is INDRA—a cat
who, though new to directing, has worked with the biggest
names in music.
The video was shot in downtown LA, with cameo appearances by
a whole gang-a-folk—Lyte’s peeps were DEEEP—Da Brat came
through and did-da-damn-thang! Along with, Eric Sermon,
Queen Latifha (YES, the Queen herself), the lyrical Neb Luv
(5 Footaz). Also giving mad love were Kyla Pratt (Breanna on
UPN’s One on One), Sicily (Spirit—Breanna’s best friend),
Isaiah Washington (Ghost Ship, Exit Wounds, Soul Food), J.
August Richards (the brother on ‘Angel’—yes! And he’s from
D.C.!!), Elise Neal (Paid in Full, Brian’s Song, The
Hughley’s). And of course we can’t forget our girl Tichina
Arnold (One on One, Big Momma’s House, Martin), with her
stylish China Moon Rags (go on wit your bad self)! On top of
all that ‘star power,’ puttin’ it down for our “ghetto Joan
of Arc” were a bevy of friends and loved-ones who came down
to participate, help out and lend a presence to the shoot!
See the video now and spot the latest fashions, break
dancing, and some of your favorite celebs!
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Jazzyfatnastees, Tracey Moore and Mercedes Martinez, began
as a quartet, signing to Tommy Boy Records in November 1993.
"At that time we sang forties style harmonies over jazz
loops and break-beats. We wanted to have three-part harmony
plus a lead vocal. Basically we wanted to be able to do
anything we did on record live and in person," explains
Mercedes. Her brother J. Swift (producer of hip-hop group
the Pharcyde's first album "Bizzare Ride to the Pharcyde")
helped pen their name. " The Jazzy lyrics, the fat
harmonies, and the nastee tracks, it's all about the music,"
says Tracey. In that spirit, the Jazzees have also
collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Michelle N'degeocello,
Outkast, De La Soul, Blackilicious and Eric Benet. In 1995,
shortly after the Tommy Boy deal dissolved, they met hip-hop
legends The Roots. After doing a series of opening spots
with the band in LA, they were invited to do some guest
vocals on The Roots! ' album "illadelphhalflife." Seduced by
the creative energy of the city and inspired by their warm
welcome into The Roots' musical family, the Jazzyfatnastees
decided to make Philadelphia their home.
Jocelyn B. Smith
Jocelyn B. Smith was born in Queens, New York
on August 22, 1960. Her parents Joan and Kenneth recognized
her passion for music early. Jocelyn started classical music
training at the age of 5.
Through her classical training an interest in Soul emerged.
Some of Jocelyn's first musical experiences include singing
with Lenny White (former drummer for Miles Davis) on "Return
to Forever" his first solo LP. Then later toured with him in
A year later in 1982, Jocelyn toured with the band "Change",
which opened up for Rick James as he toured the United
States. During that tour Jocelyn became friends with Lisa
Fischer (whom received a Grammy for her work which was
produced by Luther Vandross. Lisa has also toured with the
Rolling Stones) Their friendship remains today. Another joy
was singing with Ellen Foley (former Meatloaf singer) while
touring with Electric Light Orchestra in front of up to
In 1984 during European tour "Tribute To The Platters"
Jocelyn decided to stay and live in Berlin. "Berlin is a
large, multicultural city like New York, and first of all
alive!" exclaimed Jocelyn. Jocelyn has worked with Falco and
Tangerine Dream since living in Berlin. But she never lost
sight of her dream of a solo career.
More Than Sex
Healing Is In The Water
All In Love Is Fair
" ... a truly enjoyable experience ... Jocelyn B. Smith
is truly a singing sensation to be reckoned with ... "
(The New York Voice/ March 18th-24th, 1993)
"Poetic delivery with musical intent" -
that's what singer-songwriter Marsha Ambrosius and
emcee-songwriter Natalie Stewart call the fusion of soul and
spoken word that is Floetry. Their anthem, "Floetic," serves
as the first radio track (and title track) of their debut
album. "We put floeticism into everything we do. We are two
opposites on the planet coming together and making something
real creative happen," Ambrosius says. "Love songs today
seem to be about arguments and breaking up, and the club
songs are all about getting one over on someone else,? says
Stewart. It's like, come on, I just want to be happy for
someone. We don't deny the difficulties in life, but we want
to say something positive, too."
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