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Bobby and the Pentatonic Scale

We love this video from last year in which Bobby McFerrin (yes, that Bobby McFerrin), demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale…We think it’s pretty cool that human beings recognize the inherent order and balance of the pentatonic scale, regardless of culture or community. This falls nicely in line with our philosophy here at (echo)witness that learning is remembering…

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R.I.P. Guru

Guru, a.k.a. Keith Elam, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer…One of the great rappers of all time, he was only 43 years old. His contributions to thoughtful and intelligent hip-hop, with his group Gang Starr and through his incredible Jazzmatazz albums, will be remembered for a long, long time…R.I.P. Guru…

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The Messengers

We are really digging the new mixtape, The Messengers, from J. Period and K’NAAN…It’s a concept album of a different sort featuring remixes and production by J. Period and lyrics from Somali MC K’NAAN. This whole album is a tribute to three of the biggest musical influences of modern times: Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan…And the best part? You can download it for free at J. Period’s website, here.

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Bedouin Soundclash

So, the sun finally came out today after a couple weeks straight of gray skies, rain and snow. And here at the (echo)witness office we immediately put on some music that would reflect our euphoria. Bedouin Soundclash is one of the bands that never steers us wrong. They mix in a bit of rock and a bit of pop with an extensive knowledge and strong foundation of classic ska and rocksteady,  while keeping it true to the old-timey tunes we love. We have had a lot of requests for new music lately and while they aren’t a new band, they do deserve a bigger audience here in the states. Check ‘em out at their site, here.

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