September 29, 2014

Rebel Queen by @WillieGreen1

Willie Green drops a new project in the middle of the friggin night.  That's how you do it!

Brooklyn-based producer Willie Green drops the latest in a long line of instrumental projects. In the same vein as 2009’s “...Of Heroes and Villains,” “Rebel Queen” tells a story through beats and samples; this time a rebel leader’s struggle against a tyrant. “Rebel Queen” is the first in a series of instrumental projects leading up to his upcoming full length “Doc Savage” due in 2015.

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August 15, 2014

It's important to me. I hope it is to you too.

When mainstream media reports what it wants to and law enforcement and gov’t find ways to block us from seeing what’s really going on, in this age we pull out our camera phones and take to the internet to get our social media networks charged with millions of characters, images, video and audio clips to connect with one another and reveal the truth we’re being denied. What about radio?

In January of 2013 we launched a radio station to give real people like you a voice globally. Diverse programming to educate, entertain and empower the listener. An example of what people can build if they have a dream and ignore all the naysayers, believe and just follow it. The impact thus far has been tremendous from Australia to the Ukraine we’re inspiring people online. And offline we’ve been hands on in the community serving meals, tending garden and speaking to the youth and interacting with real people.

I never thought that deciding to take over an open mic in 2008, the movement of Bondfire would grow as it has. Years of connections have brought a number of friends and close associates of mine under one roof to affect change in this reality we share.

We’re in our last week of fundraising for a new studio and community workspace to broadcast from. The space we currently broadcast from is on the market. We can not continue to grow and broadcast without a place to do it from.

Throughout this campaign I’ve been asking for contributions and it’s never been solely about the money (everyone doesn’t have it), of course we need it but what we definitely need just as much is true support by way of the co-sign, the testimony, the sharing of awareness about our movement to those that matter. Friends and family. The artists and entrepreneurs. I can honestly say Bondfire has been shaping and changing lives for over a half decade. It’s a big deal. It’s one answer to every complaint of how bad radio is. It’s an accessible entity. We’re in the community not shut off and hiding.

In close to fifteen years of community building and creating spaces for people with voices to express and grow, I’ve never wasted my energy with endeavors I felt were not worth it. I’ve fought with it. Sometimes you lose yourself in your work but I’ve never been upset with the results of how doing what I do has affected so many in a profound way.

I’m asking you to help build #thefutureofradio. Be a part of something real. Not later but now.This is for us.

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June 10, 2014

Ol' DIrty Basquiat (@oldirtybasquiat) is Back only for a limited time.

Ol’ Dirty Basquiat is back. It’s been a year now and finally the new design is rolled out as part of the #AGTH (Aught Gallery Trap Haus) #BLACKGODS series. Other shirts include “LeVar Burton Is My Hero” and an untitled Neil deGrasse Tyson design. Future designs will salute Octavia Butler as well as Frida Kahlo.

May 5, 2014

Hip Hop is for Lovers (.@hiphopis4lovers) Joins @BondfireRadio’s Weekly Lineup

New York, NY May 5th, 2014 – This week Bondfire Radio is proud to introduce Hip Hop is for Lovers (HH4L) hosted by Lenée Antoinette (also known as Dope Girl Fresh) to its programming schedule. The debut episode airs Wednesday May 7th, from 8-9:30PM EST.

Hip Hop is for Lovers (HH4L) Radio was created in 2010 by Uche Wogwugwu. The program explores topics of love, sex, intimacy, dating, and relationships with an analysis specific to hip hop music and culture. Originally a monthly podcast, HH4L transitioned to a live weekly broadcast format in 2011. One of the first users of the Spreaker web radio platform, the show has over 1,000 followers, and nearly 15,000 plays, utilizing live interaction with Twitter and Facebook users to further conversations between Uche and co-host Lenée Antoinette.

As HH4L Radio turns a new corner in its third year (joining the Bondfire Radio line-up), both Uche and Lenée are taking on new roles: Uche will serve as Executive Producer while Lenée will be taking the reins as the program’s official host.

Bondfire Radio is excited to add HH4L to its roster, continuing to supply diversity to the station’s growing list of engaging programs. Now every Wednesday let TK in The AM wake you up. The BodyRock Show join you for lunch. In the evening, allow Hip Hop is for Lovers to entice you with interactive convo of a ‘mature’ nature and a splash of music.

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April 22, 2014

Maroon Mentality feat. Malcolm X & John Henrik Clarke


"Maroon Mentality" is a piece that is meant to inspire a new mode of consciousness that acknowledges the past, engages the present, and prepares for the future. The slavery-era Maroons escaped the grips of their captors to establish their own communities in a foreign land. The Maroon Mentality is a modern-day adaption that enables people to establish a mental and spiritual space that is separate and free from the psychological trappings of neo-colonialism. The effects of post traumatic slavery disorder are prevalent throughout the world, so there no longer exists any physical escape from it. But we can adopt and nurture a mindset that allows us to author our own life story amidst the madness.
The inspiration for the song comes from Mercury's day to day experiences working as an educator in the inner cities of New York and Baltimore. Too often he has seen students and families in emotional despair, with little hope for a better tomorrow. A Maroon Mentality would give people an understanding of their situation, which would in turn nurture the wisdom to allow them to find a way out of the depravity.  While Mercury's work allows him to interact directly with these families, he recognizes the power of music to also influence lives. There was a time in recent history when people were aware and making conscious efforts to better themselves. In a very short period of time, we have lost that drive, and the moral emptiness of today's music does little to inspire.
The overall mood and tone of the song is deliberately aggressive while inviting at the same time. From the opening warrior drums and Malcolm X excerpt, the listener is forced to pay attention. The beat is kept as minimal as possible to allow the words room to be appreciated. Lyrically, Mercury paints the landscape that illustrates the need for a Maroon Mentality. We are a people with a rich history ("Go back further and you won't see dirt...Civilizations, full of dark faces"), fully capable of having an even richer future. The song is not a call to war in the traditional sense, but rather a call for people to change their situation through their own eforts. As John Henrik Clarke eloquently states in the final excerpt, God has given us all the equipment we need to do for ourselves.

April 7, 2014

She Hulk - @TigressZoo prod by @DJJimmyGuapo

Tigress Zoo gives us a sneak peak of her future release with her first single "She Hulk" (produce by DJ Jimmy Guapo) from the forthcoming "The Escape" EP. Here's what she had to say about the project:

"The escape is the realization of the power of your voice. A struggle is not all yellow brick roads and friends to comfort you along the way. It's a rite of passage about a strength inside to turn your back against adversity and start listening to your heart. When you know you have something worth tapping into and it feels like you have nothing to lose, just go for it. Take the leap of faith and soar. Go for what comes natural; we were created in the natural wild after all."

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