1. Watch James Mtume’s
    Red Bull Music Academy Lecture (VIDEO).

    Last fall during RBMA Tokyo I had the pleasure of hosting the legendary Mr. James Mtume ‘s lecture, and the video is now finally up. I don’t know if there’s a more eloquent and inspiring speaker than this gentleman, who shared a few anecdotes and jewels of wisdom from his very storied career as a producer/composer/bandleader/musician/activist over the course of a 2-hour talk. If you’ve listened to this then you’ll have some idea of what’s covered. But for those that haven’t, check the vid when you have a minute (or 120). That is if recollections of working with Miles Davis, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, and Phyllis Hyman pique your interest. Or whether his thoughts on being targeted as an anti-sampling foe on Stetsasonic’s “Talkin’ All That Jazz,” and “Juicy Fruit’s” extended musical life – from risque ’80s R&B paean to oral sex to the basis of Biggie’s breakout single – sound at all compelling (hint: they are). Enjoy!

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