I said it the night I discovered her at Billie’s Black back in 2011, and I’ll say it again. Rajdulari is a star rising with a quickness and now the world DOES know her name! Europe is already in love with her.
Raj is back in full force with her new project, Journey of a Woman. What I love about this work, in addition to it being a manifesto in support of REAL women, is that it reflects her very distinctive signature sound, which was there from jump. Masterful, high level jazz, soul, R & B, lots of church, BAM at its finest. She should be very proud of this endeavor which I know personally has been a labor of love.
Our girl has that gift of incorporating her own story into music that resonates – speaks to each of us in the way we need to hear it. She shows us the wisdom of being authentic. Her truth is sweet, real and so musical, with strong resolve and a direct projection into the future. She’s even got love in there, which is always life affirming. I also love the way she connects with her audience. She communicates on the regular and treats you like fam. I recommend joining her mailing list to get in on her updates. They always uplift.
I recently asked Raj about how she sculpted this project. The writing process was a combination of things, typically [Producer Aaron Brooks-Roberts] would send me a track and I’d write the melodies to it and then we’d arrange the song together. As a vocalist, I really wanted to stretch myself in this project, so I took more liberties with the way that I wrote the background vocals, etc. with more complex harmonies and more lush sounds.
I think what I’m most proud of in this project are the lyrics and the way each song is woven together to create a story. When you listen to the album from start to finish, you’ll see what I mean. The story begins with a woman starting on her “Journey”, then she examines herself in “Natural”, in “BlackGyrl” she strengthens and gears herself up to take flight, then in “Peace” she remembers her inner balance. With “Dance w/Me” she explores her sexuality, then sings about the vulnerability of single life in “Real Love”. With “Open Air” love finally finds her, and in “Miracle” she celebrates the newness of her relationship. With “Juicy” she shares an intimate moment with her lover, and then in “What’s Love” she shows her vulnerability again and questions her liaison.
Rajdulari’s Journey of a Woman experience is her story and vision of her path to the Grammys. She’s not playing, and she lets us know with a funky backdrop and strong harmonies throughout the album. Life affirmation. Self creation. Exactly how it’s supposed to happen. Put it out to the universe clearly and without doubt, and take control. How can she go wrong? The timing couldn’t be better.
Purchase Journey of a Woman here: http://rajdulari.com
The Manhattan real estate market continued a trend characterized by few listings, surging sales and flat prices.
The median sales price of $855,000 was up just slightly from the same quarter of 2012.
A strong local economy, stock market gains and steady foreign interest helped bolster demand for Manhattan apartments as supply continued to shrink, brokers said.
The number of sales rose 26.8 percent to 3,297.
New development median price increased 32 percent.
It is a trend that is expected to continue in 2014 as a number of new luxury developments currently in contract at record-breaking prices are poised to close.
Harlem’s restaurant scene was hotter than ever this year, and on New Year’s Eve some of Harlem’s finest spots are going all-out to bring in 2014 with a bang. We’ve got them linked up for you below, check out the flyers with all the info and come out to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Harlem!
Super Bowl week will bring lots of visitors to the New York/New Jersey area, so there’s no better time for the 2014 Harlem Fine Arts Show to take place during the weekend of the big game, from Thursday, January 30th at 6:00 PM to Sunday, February 2nd at 7:00 PM. Like last year’s HFAS event, the The Riverside Church at 91 Claremont Avenue and 12oth street in Harlem will host the show.
2014 Harlem Fine Arts Show tickets include an Early Bird One Day Pass for $15.00, and an Early Bird Weekend Pass for $40.00. Regular pricing for the Harlem Fine Arts Show is $20.00 for a One Day Pass and $50.00 for a Weekend Pass.
There will also be a separately sold HFAS Exhibition Opening Night special event that will be held on Thursday, January 30 from 6pm – 11pm.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
2014 Harlem Fine Arts Show – Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM.
Thursday, Jan. 30 (6pm – 11pm)
HFAS Exhibition Opening Night (tickets sold separately, check back for details)
Friday, January 31 (8am – 3pm)
Youth Empowerment Day
Friday, January 31 (4pm – 9pm)
Friday, January 31 (6pm – 10pm)
HFAS Networking Event
Saturday, Feb. 1 (10am – 2pm)
HFAS Lecture Series (tickets sold separately, check back for details)
Saturday, Feb. 1 (10am – 10pm)
Sunday, Feb. 2 (10am – 12pm)
Salute to Churches @ the Naïve
Sunday, Feb. 2 (10am – 6pm)
Two of our favorite Harlem restaurants have announced their Holiday offerings with special dinner menus for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Executive Chef of both of these establishments Alexander Smalls has planned some special Holiday eats at Minton’s Harlem with Chef de Cuisine Banks White’s Southern Revival cuisine, and at The Cecil restaurant with Chef de Cuisine Chef JJ doing up a special pig roast on New Year’s Eve, and a whole fried duck on Christmas Eve. Reservations are open for Minton’s and The Cecil.
As the world says goodbye to Nelson Mandela, let this be a teachable moment worldwide to remind people the meaning of dignity, courage, compassion, and moral character.
Video message delivered by Dr. Maya Angelou on behalf of the American people in memory of Nelson Mandela.