Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NEW WORK: 'The Apparition'

This is the first of a new series I'm working on, it's called Apparition. She is one the solar fertility goddesses of KATAPULKO.

This portfolio is a part of Art Takes Miami, an art open call awarding competetition $25,000 in Prizes and Exposure, including a Feature Booth at this year's SCOPE Art Show in Miami. You can check out this link if you're up for a one-quick vote...and thanks for everyone for the support so far!


I recently had a chance to work with SangeetSabha who organized this concert of two of India's greatest living master musicians, Ustad Shahid Parvez & Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. I greatly recommend it to anyone who loves Indian music...I used to listen to traditional Indian music more a few years ago, and recently rediscovered it through friends. This is the soul music of one of the greatest cultures of the planet... heart chakra opening sound and the true meaning of playing (like the gods) has to hear it live! Tomorrow (Thursday), they are playing together in NYC, below is all the info.

SangeetSabha presents two living legends

September 29, 2011 8:00 pm
Engelmen Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue (on East 25th between Lex and 3rd Avenue), New York, NY

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is one of the finest sitar players alive today. His dazzling virtuosity and innovative genius have earned him a legacy as a giant of the sitar. Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan learned his craft from his father, Ustad Aziz Khan, and enjoys an impeccable pedigree. He is a seventh generation heir to the sitar's first family, the Etawah Gharana. Ustadji's global reputation as an awe inspiring performer is complemented by another rare gift- his ability to spread his music as a dedicated and loving guru. Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan sums up his mastery of this most intricate art form with a profoundly simple philosophy: "Music is my life".
"Shahid Parvez makes the notes sing, giving them the colours of a vocal performance." – Dr. Salman Ansari
"To play with Shahidbhai I have to think a lot. I have to be on my toes and concentrate constantly. Playing with him is never a casual affair. He plays very serious music".
– Ustad Zakir Hussain commenting about accompanying Shahid ji.
"…one of the most important sitar players of his generation" –


Pandit Anindo Chatterjee is a rare phenomenon in the art of tabla playing. Anindo Chatterjee is one of those rare few. His power and speed combined with total clarity and sweetness is unparalleled and speaks of years of backbreaking practice. The spontaneity and intuitiveness of both his accompaniment and his solo improvisations speak of the depth of his artistry and leave his audiences speechless. Pandit Anindo Chatterjee is one of the great musicians of our time.
"Pandit Anindo Chatterjee is one of India's greatest tabla maestros."- (Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India)
"For me it has been a great joy whenever I have performed with Anindo. I have always admired his tonal quality, virtuosity, and effortless playing of tabla". (Pt. Ravi Shankar)
In 75 years of my music life I have seen only two tabla players who have been able to maintain perfect clarity while playing at extreme high speed. One is the late Pt. Anokhilal Mishra, and the other is our Anindo. He is the pride of our country." (Pt. Kishan Maharaj)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


NNEKA 's new single "Home" video directed by Andy Amadi Okoroafor (CLAM). Nneka was playing one of the lead roles in Andy's debut feature film RELENTLESS.  

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Started painting a mural in the garden of the L.E.S. Girls Club
(shout out to Winiche *shirt*, Mega.Dope.Pop *custom hat*, YOUNITY for the project)


ALPHA freestyle on the set of "BODEGA
#KONOGO.MIX (site relaunch soon) // A.L.I.E.N NYC

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


DEDE, Deanne Reynolds & Tim Kvasnosky, is a Nouvelle pop band from Brooklyn. I heard about them last summer (Waajeed introduced me to the singer Dede and told me to watch out for their new album.) I just came across their new video 'Secrets' recently and remembered her from last year. I love the hi styling & the cinematic feel (plus she is beautiful), they definitely created a whole experience around the sound. Both the music & visuals have a  French avantgarde feel, though you can definitely sense New York in there as well. Definite artists to look out for.
Secrets from DEDE on Vimeo.
Waajeed, Tim, DeanneComputer Jay (©lichiban 2010)

Here is Waajeed's remix of Phantom.   jeedo remix: Phantom (Waajeed Remix) by jeedo47

Thursday, September 8, 2011

UPCOMING SHOW: Saturday, September 10. YOUNITY presents: "GODDESHOOD: OUR LAND IS OUR JEWEL" group exhibit

I'll be showing a new piece called 'Katapulko Rising: The Apparition', curated by Alice Mizrahi & Diana Mclure of YOUNITY, a female art collective I'am also part of. The show features new work from SWOON, Sofia Maldonaldo, Krista Franklin, Marthalicia, Diana McClure, Faith 47, Imnop, Lady Alezia, Alice Mizrahi, and myself. The show opens on Saturday, September 10, The Yonkers Riverfront Public Library & Sarah Lawrence College. Come through if you are around!

Queens, NY (August 15, 2011)— All female urban art collective, YOUNITY, presents GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel, an art exhibition that will feature 10 artists in conversation with the themes mother earth, the hood and sustainable farming. Opening on Saturday, September 10, from 2pm – 5pm at the Yonkers Riverfront Public Library, during the annual Yonkers Riverfest event, the project utilizes urban art as a platform for visual discourse on sustainable agriculture, food systems, food justice, and mother earth, and closes on Sunday, December 4th, 2011. Additional programming in the City of Yonkers and at Sarah Lawrence College will take place throughout fall 2011, including youth workshops and a panel discussion.
All of the artists in the exhibition, Lichiban, Swoon, Sofia Maldonado, Krista Franklin, Marthalicia, Diana McClure, Faith 47, lmnop, Lady Alezia, and Alice Mizrachi, engage with the theme mother earth or nature, and related concepts, both directly and indirectly in their individual artistic practices. In the context of this exhibition the artists were asked to utilize the idea of the hood as a metaphor for not only local neighborhoods and urban culture, but also land, nature and the natural environment at large.  And, finally, the genesis and inspiration for the exhibition stems from the curators’ discovery of La Via Campesina (The International Peasant Movement) and an intense global movement for land and agricultural rights taking place below the radar.

In the YOUNITY tradition, GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel will include painting, murals, photography, and stencils, as well as video and sculptural objects. The exhibition picks up where YOUNITY’s last exhibition FRESHER!, which addressed consumerism, environmentalism, health, and renewable energy, left off in the fall of 2009. Co-curator Diana McClure says, “With the GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel exhibition we wanted to use the YOUNITY platform as a tool for social change and disseminator of information by bringing visibility to a battle being fought by peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. A battle that seems to get lost in mainstream media’s disregard for the economic politics of green living.” With the success of YOUNITY’s premiere exhibit in 2007, The C R O S S O V E R, the second annual Heart and Soul show and book publication in 2008, and FRESHER! in 2009, YOUNITY has become one of the most sought after all-female collectives to date. Co-curator and YOUNITY co-founder Alice Mizrachi says, “After 3 years of annual exhibitions, wall productions, youth workshops, etc. The core YOUNITY production team decided to take a year off in 2010 to explore new ideas and individual creative pursuits. During that time we’ve all developed and hope to use our growing cultural capital to continue to support female urban artists and address social issues as individuals and a collective.”

For more information on public programming in conjunction with the GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel exhibition, including youth workshops led by Co-Curator/Arts Educator Alice Mizrachi for Yonkers youth, and a panel discussion moderated by Co-Curator Diana McClure at Sarah Lawrence College, visit

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TONIGHT: Waxpoetics & Skullcandy present: Erykah Badu meets Adrian Younge [FREE EVENT]

Wax Poetics presents the second event in their monthly series with Skullcandy headphones - teaming legendary DJs from the pages of the magazine with Wax Poetics recordings artists.

The night will start with Adrian Younge of Black Dynamite fame, making the NYC debut of his band, Venice Dawn, followed by the iconic Erykah Badu - DJing into the late night.

The flyer is attached and the facebook event page is here. And it's free!