Farewell to Andre Williams, R&B Singer and Godfather of Rap

Singer, songwriter and arguably the inventor of rap

Zephire “Andre” Williams—singer/songwriter and arguably the inventor of rap—has passed away in Chicago at 82 years old. Nicknamed Mr Rhythm, Williams worked in the music industry in various positions since the 1950s, from procuring and developing new talent to songwriting and producing. He co-wrote “Shake Your Tail Feather,” produced for Parliament-Funkadelic, teamed up with the Dirtbombs—his desire to make and explore music was, by all …

Farewell, Jackie Shane

Jackie Shane, an influential figure in soul music and the LGBTQ+ community, has passed away at 78 years old. Even though she helped define the R&B sound of the ’60s and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Historical Album this year, her work transcends music. Shane identified as a woman from the age of 13, before the term “transgender” was used.  More than an entertainer, she …

Naomi Banks’ Farewell to 2018 Playlist For COOL HUNTING

The London-based singer selects songs by SAFIA, Kehlani, Blossom and more

Fusing genres, London-based Naomi Banks released her debut EP Deja Vu last month and it’s a lush, immersive soundscape blending jazz, electronic, neo-soul and more. Emotive and tender, powerful and soaring, Banks’ songs strike a heartstring. “I think people listen to music and lyrics so differently, which makes it difficult to create something that will be received in the same way,” she tells us. “I have tried …