Black American Music
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Today marks the release of the epic AFRO-CARIBBEAN MIXTAPE from Mr. Nicholas Payton. The first comment on Itunes states 'Im not sure what you call this crap. One thing's for certain: it ain't jazz' and the second comment states 'Nicholas Payton has been known to push the limits of traditional jazz'. And so it begins - BUT the point is that ACM is a nuanced, complex discussion between an inspired artist and the world - a discussion in which Mr. Payton's view is beautifully expressed, with the groove. So sit back and take the time to let this story unfold.
'While Black is a race, it is also a synonym for African. We aren't born a race - we are raced. But despite any structural attempts by the dominating class to suppress our spirits, there is a light that still shines within.' (Nicholas Payton). Thus begin the liner notes for AFRO-CARIBBEAN MIXTAPE, a master work from Mr. Payton that brings his full essence as a musician, a composer, and a Black man in America. Afro-Caribbean Mixtape delivers the history OF the music, IN the music. Drop in right here for a first listen and to pre-order your copy.
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It is with great pleasure that we announce the addition of Paytone Records to the growing network of interdependent labels at Ropeadope. The home of trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton, Paytone Records will reissue five catalog titles from Nicholas - all available now in high quality audio and coming soon to streaming services worldwide. In preparation for the 2017 release of the new record, Afro-Caribbean Mixtape, Paytone dropped a gem on us for Indigienous Peoples Day titled THE EGYPTIAN SECOND LINE - a 15 minute reflection on Africans giving Africa back to herself. Check the track here, and support Paytone as they join forces with our growing movement.