The words ‘This Is Not A Moment, This Is A Movement’ adorn hoisted homemade placards. Screen printed slogans such as ‘Demilitarise the Police’ and ‘Am I Next?’ are emblazoned on t-shirts. People are clapping, singing, marching, fighting back in a united endeavour for judicial reform.
Alabama Shakes and Kamasi Washington are among the leading nominees for this year's 5th Annual Libera Awards, a celebration of the independent music scene that caps A2IM's Indie Week conference held this summer in New York City. The Libera Awards will be held at Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom in NYC on June 16.
Kamasi Washington was a guest on "Charlie Rose" last week. In addition to performing "Re Run" and "The Rhythm Changes" from The Epic with his band the Next Step, he sat down for a chat with Rose. He talked about why Kendrick Lamar is "the John Coltrane of hip-hop" and "a pure artist," growing up in Inglewood, his friendship with his band, the state of jazz, the art of songwriting, and more.
Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington is a central figure in the Los Angeles jazz scene. He’s toured for over a decade with artists like Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, and Snoop Dogg. He collaborated on Kendrick Lamar's classic "To Pimp A Butterfly". And only months later, Kamasi released his own highly-acclaimed, three-disc record "The Epic"