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HARLEM GROOVES (VOL 1 & 2) Podcasts on iTunes

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Harlem Grooves Series – Support Music & Art

A collection of old and new soul, classic, house, hip hop, jazz  to get your weekend started right with not one but TWO new mixes. Missy Elliot, Fantasia, Elements of Life, Louie Vega, Pharrell, Daft Punk, Miquel, Chrisette Michele, 50 Cent, Gregory Porter, Marcus Canty, Kerri Chandler, India Arie, Frank Ocean, Inaya Day, Justin Timberlake, Stacey Barthe, Chris Brown, Cypress Hill, AL Green, Rick James, Mary J Blige, Notorious B.I.G., Tina Marie, Classics, New Music, Covers, mash-ups, instrumental grooves & dub edits… it’s all on there, just download and enjoy.

HARLEM GROOVES vol 1 (Download)

HARLEM GROOVES vol 2 (Download)

For restaurants/bars/retail stores with ipod/laptop digital systems Harlem Grooves Vol 1 & 2 are easy for download (no separate tracks) one audio file on iTunes and sound great back to back.

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Harlem Grooves Series is a series featuring a variety of music and art.  We decided to feature artists for our covers for this Harlem Grooves series to support local artists along with local guest DJs podcasts which we will feature here in the months to come.  Harlem has a wide range of established artists as well as many up and coming new artists making their mark.  This cover for Harlem Grooves Vol 1 & 2 is by Shea Sullivan.  She is an artist, studied fashion at Parsons, graphic designer, blogger and during the day a corporate fashionista.  Vol 1 & 2 were compiled & mixed by RhythmDB for HCL (HarlemCondoLife)

Meet the founder of 'Harlem Street Painters'


By HarlemGal
As we approach the annual Harlem Art Walk, which is taking place this weekend (October 9th and 10th), we wanted to introduce one of the artists who will be participating in that event as part of our second installment of the HCL Artist Profile. Our first HCL Artist Profile featured Harlem watercolorist Lynn Lieberman. In a Q&A conversation with HarlemCondoLife.com, meet Maria Amor Franco, a Harlem resident and founder of “Harlem Street Painters.”

What is your occupation? And where do you reside in Harlem?
I am an oil painter. I live near Marcus Garvey Park.

As an oil painter, is your work linked to the community of Harlem? If so, tell us how?

Painting by Maria Amor Franco


Yes, my work is linked to the community in two ways. I founded a group of painters called the “Harlem Street Painters.” We are a group of painters who travel with portable easels and paints. We set up and paint around the streets of Harlem.  So far, we have settled into the area of 123rd and Lenox.  We paint on Sunday mornings, depending on the weather.

There is a second way my work is linked to the community.  Since I moved to Harlem, I became aware of the custom of wearing hats on Sunday!  I greeted women on the street and commented on their hats.  Then I began to take photographs of them wearing their hats.  The image is so precious and beautiful, I responded by painting them.  So now I have begun a series titled “The Ladies of Harlem in their Hats.”

What is it like painting on the streets while people pass by?
An unexpected pleasure of this meetup with other painters is our audience. I can’t tell you how enjoyable it is to interact with the people as they pass by.  There is so much interest, curiosity and respect for art.  So many people comment that they also paint!

Where did the name “Harlem Street Painters” come from?

Painting by Maria Amor Franco


A tradition of painting outside began with the Impressionists in Europe.  It began soon after they discovered how to put paint into tubes-this made the paint portable.   These painters called themselves “plein air painters.” It is french and it means “fresh air painters.” I tried to think of a name that would be more representative of our mission.  Our mission is to capture and paint in whatever medium we choose as long as we capture the beauty of Harlem. It is a big undertaking. But it is a start. I hope that the “Harlem Street Painters” can produce enough art to create an exhibit at the Harlem museum one day.

How many artists participate in “Harlem Street Painters?”
Thirty two painters are signed up.  On any given day, four to eight artists paint.

We always ask our artists featured in the HCL Profile what they like most about Harlem. Tell us what are your favorite things?
The strength of spirit and hope of the people, openness and acceptance to all races and religions, and curiosity about art.

If you are interested in learning more about Maria Amor or “Harlem Street Painters,” click here or better yet, check out the Harlem Art Walk. Maria will be exhibiting several paintings at this event.

HIP-HOP SOUL JAM / Harlem Event

By HarlemHouse

HIP HOP SOUL JAM – A Celebration of Emerging Artists Performing For a Cause

Next Thursday May 6th, 2010 at The Shrine Bar in Harlem, marks the launch of Hip-Hop Soul Jam, a quarterly performance series showcasing emerging hip hop soul artists making music for a purpose.  The event, conceived and produced by Hip Hop Saves Lives Founder Chad Harper, aims to expose new and positive talent in the hip hop soul community, while using the power of genre of vital causes.

The event format will feature live performances by select local and international acts, highlight and benefit a chosen charity, and conclude with a DJ led dance party celebrating music genres of the Black Diaspora and bringing together actors in the entertainment community.

“We want to give a spotlight to quality hip hop soul artists, those with a focus on saying something and creating music with artistic integrity, while showing the power of hip hop soul to effect change on a global level. We’ll place emphasis on acts who follow their words with actions, personifying Hip Hop Saves Lives’ motto, ‘We don’t just talk about it, we be about it,’” Harper said. To this end he has teamed up with co-producer Jake Bright, a DJ and Director of African focused Cocody Productions, twice recognized by award winning radio program Afropop Worldwide and having produced events for The Touch Foundation and Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive.

The inaugural event will feature performances by local artists including Gene Pritsker´s Sound Liberation, the concert will also feature Nahdi, Squala Orphan, Clarisa Rose, R-Kitech and Chanda Rule, as well Babaluku of Uganda and Makhtar from Senegal. The evening’s donations will benefit Charity Water (charitywater.org), which is currently working on providing earthquake survivors of Haiti with clean drinking water. Evening will also include a special photographic exhibit on Haiti by Bennett Raglin. AOC Fine Wines is sponsoring the red carpet reception.  

Hip Hop Saves Lives, founded by Chad Harper is a charitable/entertainment organization dedicated to using the powerof hip hop for global change. Its primary focus is clean water wells for Africa and educating the hip hop community on living green. Coming ventures include an on-line radio and TV show, news letter, and magazine  www.hiphopsaveslives.org


Shrine Bar, themed after the legendary artist Fela Kuti’s bar of the same name, is one of New York’s pre-eminent live music venues (www.shrinenyc.com).

See you all there!   HH

(red carpet interviews and wine reception 8:00pm – 8:45)


Cocody Productions (pronounced Cocoa Dee), formed in New York by Directors Tunde Agboke, Jake Bright, and Ken Oriwa, produces upscale events showcasing art, music, film, non-profit activities, business, and fashion of Africa and the African Diaspora.  CONTACT: Jake Bright  347-204-7576 // Jake@Cocodyproductions.net


*To read the full artile on this event click on the link below
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HIP HOP SOUL JAM – Thursday May 6th
from 9pm – 1am at The Shrine Bar
2271 Adam Clayron Powell Jr. Blvd,
bet. 133rd & 134th St. New York, NY

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For more information about Hip Hop Soul Jam, Hip Hop Saves Lives and Cocody Productions please contact Chad Harper at Chadharper@hiphopsaveslives.org or Jake Bright at Jake@cocodyproductions.net

Visit The Studio Museum in Harlem

by HarlemOnaBudget

Last week I had the pleasure of stopping by the Studio Museum in Harlem to see their spring 2010 project titled Collected. Reflections on the Permanent Collection. This collection of eight distinct exhibits features a mix of media materials and artwork given to the museum and explores how art is produced and presented.

Abstract by Julie Meheretu (from SMH website)

Of the eight exhibits, my favorite was “Catalogue: Systems of Dis/Order”, an exhibit displaying artwork that challenges normal perceptions of order with various creative patterns and shapes. I was also drawn to a collage entitled “Panthera” by Mickalene Thomas.

While “Catalogue: Systems of Dis/Order” and “Panthera” were some personal highlights, all eight exhibits have interesting and beautiful artwork. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. The exhibits will be on display through June 27th (Admission $7, free on Sundays) at the Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street (between Powell and Malcom X Blvds).  I definitely recommend stopping by!