Live Concert Concert Photography: Saul Williams with Kimberly Nichole at SummerStage, Marcus Garvey Park 8/17/16
Over the past twenty plus years, poet, singer/songwriter, emcee and actor Saul Williams has developed a reputation for being one most inventive, challenging and uncompromising artists and poets of his generation; but perhaps just as important, he’s proven to be a thoughtful and incisive social critic, who’s frequently commented on Donald Trump and the 2016 election cycle. Williams’ latest effort Martyr Loser King is a multimedia project that’s designed to engage the digital dialogue between First and Third Worlds and the global street sounds that bridge the two. As Williams explained in press notes for his recent SummerStage appearance in Marcus Garvey Park, “In Senegal, I was buying iPhones for $20, Beats for $10 because they get all the influx from China, with no regulation. So everyone’s online. Everyone’s high tech.” Sonically, Williams cites Beyonce, Fredo Santana and Haitian field recordings for inspiring the sound of his new, self-produced effort, an effort comprised of trap-like hi-hats, woofer and tweeter rocking beats, abrasive industrial synths, mbira strokes and more.
(Photo Caption: Saul Williams performing material from Martyr Loser King at SummerStage, Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem last week.)
Seattle, WA-born, Harlem-based singer/songwriter Kimberly Nichole quickly came to national attention with her appearance during season eight of NBC‘s The Voice, a season in which she received praise from Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera, Lionel Ritchie, Mark Ronson and Reba McEntire for her self-assured stage presence and her soulful, bluesy and rock-leaning vocals. And as a result, fans of the show clamored for the Seattle-born, Harlem-based singer/songwriter and her music wound up on the iTunes Top 20 three consecutive weeks and on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Performances opening for renowned nationally and internationally renowned acts including Slash, Living Colour, Alice Smith, Janelle Monae, Aloe Blacc, Bilal and The Heavy followed, as well as receiving praise and support from Quincy Jones, Ashford and Simpson and fashion designer Andre Leon Talley, who was instrumental in getting Kimberly Nichole featured in Vogue. And with the release of her debut effort The Yellow Brick Journey, the Harlem-based singer/songwriter has seen a growing profile as she was the featured rock performer in George C. Wolfe’s Hilary Swank starring film, You Are Not You. From what I understand, she’s working on her much-anticipated sophomore effort while playing gigs with her backing bands — including her opening set at SummerStage.
(Photo Caption: Seattle, WA-born, Harlem-based singer/songwriter Kimberly Nichole and her backing band performing at SummerStage, Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem last week.)