May 31st, 2013 by harlemhouse

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You don’t want to miss this!  The 7th Annual Mafrika Music Festival Sunday, June 9th in Harlem.  This Free Live Music event comes at the perfect time now that the warm summer weather has finally arrived.

This year the festival will start at 12 noon and and go until 7pm.  Live performances by Maria Davis Presents, AZAR Traveling Roots, Soul’D Out NYC, The Gecko Brothas, Jomion & the Uklos and Crucial Bridge and the I-Nity Band. Traveling around the world with Native North African Music, Soul, Hip Hop, Music from Benin and Reggae.

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The Mafrika Music Festival will be in Harlem at Marcus Garvey Park, 120th Street & 5th Avenue.  Come early and save a spot!  There will be food provided by Yatenga Bistro & Bar.

The “After Party” will be held at one of our favorite music spots The Shrine.

(The Shrine is located at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. #212-690-7807)

Shrine Bar Restaurant World Music Venue in Harlem

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April 29th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

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The Shrine Bar Restaurant is all kinds of fun.  Literally, with its World Music Venue in Harlem you can expect to hear a wide variety of different music every week.  I was there recently with friends just passing through (not for a particular event), and was happy to meet Francois Maheux, the man responsible for Bookings and  Promotions.  We were discussing Harlem, Apollo Theater and just music in general and how vital live music is to Harlem and the history of Harlem.  There are many great spots to hear music in Harlem and Shrine is no exception.  It is the perfect size venue, roomy but not too big with a comfortable, inviting and festive interior.  I especially enjoy that you can hear jazz, hip hop, funk, world, reggae, Latin, rap, blues rock on any given night as they keep it interesting, current and on the pulse.  Here is a list of upcoming events you can see at Shrine Bar Restaurant/World Music Venue.  Recently friend to our blog, Harlem born and raised “John O” of Tha Gecko Brothas, perfromed there and I’m sure that they will return over the summer months.  It is worth passing through if you have not been there yet to check out their food and drinks MENU.  Every once in a while there is a cover for special events like an AIDS benefit, or a fundraiser where customers are more than happy to contribute.  The Shrine has great drinks if you like margaritas and pina coladas.  My friend recommended the pina colada (with a splash of grand  marnier on top) which was very good especially with a side order of wings.  You cannot go wrong with that combo.  Next time I would like to sit in their outdoor seating and try their Fela Burger and also their Afro Chicken which both looked good.  But then definitely come back inside to enjoy some great live music!
(Make sure you check out The Shrine Sunday Jazz Jam Session which is each and every Sunday)

*Stay tuned as HarlemCondoLife will continue to keep you posted with events at the Shrine.

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Classic album covers cover the ceiling of Shrine

Shrine Bar Restaurant
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
New York, NY 10030
(212) 690-7807

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March 11th, 2013 by harlemhouse

 

Nights In Harlem (Lounge Mix)


RhythmDB’s latest mix for HCL is sure to be a favorite for the grown and sexy crowd.  Bringing it downtempo this podcast will take you on a soulful journey with chillout grooves, jazz, neo-soul, brazilian, hiphop, world, remixes & mellow house grooves.  To download or stream “Nights In Harlem” (Lounge Mix) click on the following links below…

Download free (via iTunes) |   Play on-line now (via Podbean)

See Playlist below

PLAYLIST-

Nickodemus– (intro fade) Sun People mixed with DJ Sun– Ten

Nina Simone– My Man’s Gone Now (Dj Wally Remix)

DJ Sun– Marks On The Keys

Incognito– Everybody Loves the Sunshine mixed with Roy Ayers– Everybody Loves the Sunshine (9th Wonder Remix)

Billie Holiday- Trav’lin All Alone (Nickodemus & Zeb Remix)

Blue Six– We Used to Rock

Cesaria Evora– Quem bo e (Who Are You)

J.Period & Nneka– Mind Vs. Heart

Marcio Faraco– No Casa Do Seu

Ursula Rucker– Anyouknowhat? (Original Mix)

The Game f./Pharrell & Justin Timberlake– Ain’t No Doubt About It

Malcolm McLaren– Un Coche de Agua Negra

Raul Paz– Buena Suerte

Fat Freddy’s Drop– The Raft

Samantha James– Find a Way

Vikter Duplaix– Electric Love (Jneiro Jarel Remix)

U.Rucker– Obama Interlude #2

Jill Scott, Al Jarreau & George Benson– God Bless the Child

Billie Holiday– All Of Me (Live Version)

Sunshine Jones– If You Wouldn’t Mond (Tiger Stripes Remix)

Audiofly– 1999

Kindred the Family Soul– House of Love (AC’s Dub Mix)

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February 14th, 2013 by harlemcondolife

MADE IN HARLEM 3


Long time since we released MADE IN HARLEM (Winter Chill Part 2) but a lot of people like this series so we finally have Part 3!  Click here MADE IN HARLEM (Winter Chill Part 3) for the latest free download podcast on iTunes mixed by RhythmDB for Harlem Condo Life.  This heartfelt selection of music is perfect for Valentine’s Day but also good for all year long.  On this Podcast you will hear songs by…

Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Faith Evans, Sade, Solange, Raheem DeVaughn, The Floacist, Robin Thicke, Wiz Khalifa, Mary J Blige, Keyshia Cole, Eric Benet, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Daddy Yankee, J. Alvarez, Kanye West, The Weekend and more.

Wishing you and yours a happy and soulful Valentine’s Day!

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February 3rd, 2013 by HarlemGuy

Celebrate Black History Month with podcasts from HarlemCondoLife.com.  Featuring classic and new sounds of Harlem and beyond.

Classics, a little gospel, jazz, soul, R&B and soulful house by RhythmDB.  Get yours here.

Gospel and Inspirational music mixed by RhythmDB.  Get yours here.

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January 29th, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Check out this new compilation mix (podcast) for Harlem Condo Life.  This is a hot one!  Downbeats, jazz, R&B, lil’ bit of world music, lil’ bit of dubstep and some funky dubby soulful house.  Sync the link below into your ipod, ipad, iPhone etc., put on your headphones and enjoy.

IBIZA 2 HARLEM is available for download (free) on iTunes.

Playlist – (coming soon)

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December 24th, 2012 by harlemhouse

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Happy Holidays from Harlem Condo Life!

Please enjoy this 2012 FREE DOWNLOAD Holiday Compilation Podcast – CHRISTMAS MIX 2012.

Jazz, Soul, Classical, Traditional, R & B and Country featuring musical artists Mary J Blige, Michael Buble, Whitney Houston, Sinead O’Connor, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Michael McDonald, Take 6, Enya, Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum, Harry Connick Jr. and many more.
Wishing all of you the very best in 2013!

For iTunes CHRISTMAS MIX 2012
For Podbean  http://harlemcondolife.podbean.com/2012/12/22/christmas-mix-2012/

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December 4th, 2012 by harlemhouse

This is big! The legendary Roy Ayers will be performing at Ginny’s Supper Club this Saturday, December 8th!

Tickets are available at ginnyspperclub.com for the 8PM and 10:30 shows.

Roy Ayers is considered a local Harlem legend and will no doubt be a highlight of the year for Ginny’s Supper Club.

A brief Bio

Roy Ayers was during the 1960s one of the most prominent and leading jazz vibraphone players in America. During the 1970s and 80s he came to change his focus and became one of the leading figures in R&B and jazz/funk. The 1990s has once again brought him into a new direction and he is now regarded being one of the greatest innovators of the acid jazz movement. His music has often been described as being years ahead of it’s time.
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December 2nd, 2012 by HarlemGuy

Looking for that perfect gift for family and friends? Browse HarlemCondoLife’s new on-line store. New items will be added regularly so keep this page bookmarked and visit it often.

“Give Harlem for the Holidays!”

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February 13th, 2012 by Native New Yorker

By NativeNewYorker

When it opened in 2005, Melba’s was one of the first new restaurants to arrive on Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Boulevard. This warm, welcoming, elegant establishment serves “American comfort food”. The menu now includes a few “healthy eating” items as well as traditional southern dishes. Melba’s is a favorite of local residents as well as a destination of choice for celebs, political VIPs, and New Yorkers in-the-know . The owner, Melba Wilson, can often be seen greeting her guests with the grace and style that are her trademarks. NativeNewYorker recently shared an outstanding meal there with other HCL founders HarlemGuy, HarlemHouse and ICare4Harlem. Melba wasn’t there but the place still ran smoothly. From the moment we walked in, her friendly, knowledgeable and efficient staff made us feel at home. We started with appetizers – the catfish strips were yummy, and the drinks were also a hit. I am not a Mojito lover but my colleague assured me that his was first rate. Our entrees were all beautifully presented as well as delicious.

HarlemGuy had the Melba’s signature Southern Fried Chicken and Eggnog Waffles, HarlemHouse really enjoyed the salmon with Melba’s famous mac & cheese and sauteed spinach; ICare4Harlem had the wine braised short ribs of beef and yours truly had the Chilean Sea Bass which was perfectly cooked.

We were almost too full for dessert but couldn’t resist sharing the chocolate mousse cake and the scrumptious homemade green apple sorbet. We lingered long after the last morsel was finished, enjoying the amazing selection of old school music that was playing throughout our meal. Often the music at Melba’s is pumping (sometimes a little too loudly for my taste) but this was a Sunday night and the sounds were perfect for ‘chillin’ with good friends.

If you haven’t been to Melba’s – go. This small, classy establishment is still the Queen of Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Melba Wilson

Melba’s is located at 300 West 114th Street on Frederick Douglass Blvd. It is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and for brunch on Saturday & Sunday. Call (212) 864-7777 or email melbas@melbasrestaurant.com for information or reservations. Melba’s also does catering; for information email melbascatering@gmail.com.

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