Author Archives: Paul Brad

About Paul Brad

Freelance journalist / Publisher Editor - Straight No Chaser magazine & From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: A History Of The UK Jazz dance Scene by Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove / Music Fan: Interplanetary Sounds: Ancient to Future / Cultural Event Consultant & Activist / Nei Jia practitioner

SOUNDS OF HAITI 2016: Lakou Mizik – The Trailer

Lakou Mizik – The Trailer has arrived! On April 1st 2016, Cumbancha Discovery will release the debut album from Haitian roots-revival band Lakou Mizik. Following their triumphant performance at GlobalFest in NYC the ensemble ignited a wave of interest and … Continue reading

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YEAR OF THE FIRE MONKEY – February 8, 2016

Year of the Fire Monkey—February 8, 2016 I have to confess that I’m somewhat addicted to visiting the Plum Publications website – a treasure trove of a martial arts information/resources run by California based teacher and practitioner Ted Mancuso and … Continue reading

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A FEW 2015 RELEASES THAT ARE STILL IN THE PLAY PILE!

A FEW 2015 RELEASES THAT ARE STILL IN THE PLAY PILE! AS WE’RE NOW IN 2016 I thought I’d stop prevaricating and just big up a few albums that were bought or sent to me in 2015 and have stayed … Continue reading

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JANUARY 1st 2016: Heiroglyphic Being & Friends LIVE @ Cafe Oto!

JANUARY 1st 2016: Hieroglyphic Being & Friends LIVE @ Cafe Oto! New Years day 2016. Following on his 6 hour New Years eve DJ set at Café Oto Chicago’s Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being returned to Oto to perform a … Continue reading

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QUESTS FOR 2016…THE OGONI… STRAIGHT NO CHASER – THE ARCHIVE….

QUESTS FOR 2016…THE OGONI… STRAIGHT NO CHASER – THE ARCHIVE…. As someone who is “under-employed” and pretty much unemployable in the straight world I find myself not alone. Like many of my friends and fellow cultural co-conspirators, who have spent … Continue reading

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YES MI SELEKTAH: SOUNDS OF FREEDOM! 2015 / INTO THE VORTEX!

YES MI SELEKTAH: SOUNDS OF FREEDOM! @ The Vortex …Finally, after ’nuff requests here are are a few tunes that I have had the privilege of playing between the live sets at Freedom! The Art Of Improvisation – the monthly … Continue reading

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INTERNAL ALCHEMY & SHAOLIN ADVENTURES

INTERNAL DAOIST ALCHEMY & THE WAYWARD ADVENTURES OF A SHAOLIN DISCIPLE are the subjects of some recent reading matter….as the holiday approaches and new years resolutions are made savour some alternative lifestyle runnings! Despite having practiced “internal” martial arts with … Continue reading

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