Legendary Bassist Marcus Shelby Discusses His Opera “Harriet’s Spirit”

By JR Valrey, the Minister of Information Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway were two of the first internationally known Black musicians in this country, and they were both leaders of big bands otherwise known as orchestras, which means that big bands played an integral part … Continue readingLegendary Bassist Marcus Shelby Discusses His Opera “Harriet’s Spirit”

Bay Area based wordsmith Marisha Ashanti is Touring Ghana with D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony, Toni, Tone

By JR Valrey, The Minister of Information Marisha Ashanti is a very talented rhyme-sayer that I met at D’Wayne Wiggins Compound, where I used to regularly host. I’ve caught 3 of her performance sets over a year, and every time she had the whole room … Continue readingBay Area based wordsmith Marisha Ashanti is Touring Ghana with D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony, Toni, Tone