Fana Hues’ Valentine’s Day Playlist for COOL HUNTING

We speak with the singer-songwriter and musician ahead of the release of "Flora + Fana"

Following her exquisite 2020 debut, Hues, singer-songwriter and musician Fana Hues is poised to release her second full-length album, Flora + Fana (out 25 March). It will encompass a spectrum of emotions lyrically and sonically, and the just-released track “Wild Horses” encapsulates them all. According to the recording artist, the first single, “Pieces,” “set the tone for Flora + Fana, ‘Breakfast’ solidified the sonic world, and ‘Wild …

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Saying farewell to two icons, plus new tunes in this week's musical wrap up

Ronnie Spector: You’d Be Good For Me Ronnie Spector, best known as the lead singer of quintessential ’60s girl group the Ronettes, has died at 78 years old. Born Veronica Bennett in Spanish Harlem, she formed the trio with older sister, Estelle Bennett, and their cousin, Nedra Talley, in 1957. They soon became a popular live act in NYC, but their biggest hit—”Be My Baby” …

OkayPlayer’s James Mtume Playlist

Musician, producer, singer/songwriter and activist James Mtume sadly passed away this week. While many know him for his band’s 1983 hit “Juicy Fruit”—which was famously sampled in Notorious BIG’s “Juicy”—Mtume was remarkably prolific far beyond and for many decades, oftentimes behind the scenes. He was a session player with Don Cherry and Herbie Hancock, rose to prominence as part of Miles Davis’ ensemble and, in …