Motown/UMe Release Marvin Gaye ‘Save The World: Remix Suite’ From Acclaimed Producer SaLaAM ReMi
As part of the ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye‘s iconic album, What’s Going On, Motown/UMe is releasing Save The World: Remix Suite from GRAMMY®-nominated producer SaLaAM ReMi today. Listen to it here.
“Marvin Gaye has been my favorite artist as his 70s LPs are unmatched as singular bodies of work,” says ReMi. “It was an honor to be able to look at the What’s Going On LP and to be able to create a remix suite to sit next to it. This is a dream come true. LoveLiveMPG.”
Known for his work with countless hip hop, pop, and R&B icons, ReMi has been hugely influenced by Marvin Gaye and was honored by the opportunity to reimagine these multi-generation defining tracks. Instead of re-interpreting the sacred title track, he shifted focus onto “Save the Children,” and the B-side “Sad Tomorrows,” an early version of “Flying High (In the Friendly Sky),” as well as the timeless holiday cut, “I Want to Come Home for Christmas,” and an unreleased Marvin Gaye instrumental, “No Need,” taken from the “Sad Tomorrows” sessions. He also went a step further and contributed visually to the remix suite, creating a celebratory illustration for the album cover art.
Connecting these tracks with masterfully crafted transitions to mirror the original concept album flow of What’s Going On, his interpretation of “Save The Children” magnifies the song’s natural rhythm and groove, giving way to his sleek and dynamic remix of “Sad Tomorrows,” which in turn leads gracefully into Marvin’s impassioned “I Want To Come Home For Christmas,” which also recently debuted its first ever music video. Closing the suite, ReMi’s re-imagining of the instrumental “No Need” encapsulates Gaye’s poignant artistry, honoring his warm tones, swirling soundscapes, and passionate melodies.
Save The World: Remix Suite
Marvin Gaye x SaLaAM ReMi
1. Save the Children (SaLaAM ReMi Remix)
2. Sad Tomorrows (SaLaAM ReMi Remix)
3. I Want To Come Home For Christmas (SaLaAM ReMi Remix)
4. No Need (SaLaAM ReMi Remix)
Additionally, on January 28, 2022, Motown UMe will release the original What’s Going On album in a 2LP, 180gm anniversary edition, with the main album mastered from analog for the first time since its original release, and an additional disc including all mono single mixes plus four rare cuts making their vinyl debut. Purchase the What’s Going On: 50th Anniversary 2LP Edition here.
Carver Annual Fundraiser Dec. 2
The Carver Development Board presents the Cavalcade of the Stars on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Center.
This annual fundraiser benefits the Carver’s School for Visual & Performing Arts’ Artist Residency/Master Class Program, summer camps, Youth Matinee Series, and supports the education programs of the Carver Community Cultural Center. The title fundraiser is Valero.
The night will start with a reception and silent auction at 5:30 pm. Dinner is served at 6:30 pm, and the show begins at 8 pm featuring Kiland Kyham, also known as Mr. Houston. Kyham is a gifted and powerful author, singer, and songwriter. He has performed and produced with such music legends as Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Johnathon Butler, and Smokey Robinson. He has written over 400 song jingles and has produced numerous projects.
For over 75 years, The Carver Community Cultural Center (“The Carver”) has served as the San Antonio Eastside’s foremost gathering place of cultural exchange and performance arts. It was originally erected in 1918 as a community center for African-Americans. By the 1930s, the building was repurposed as the Colored Library and renamed the Carver Library and Auditorium in honor of Dr. George Washington Carver. From the 1940s through the Civil Rights Era, prominent African-American entertainers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Louis Armstrong played at the Carver.
Individual tickets for the Cavalcade of the Stars are $250 or $2,500 per table. For more information, visit (TheCarver.org).
Kirk Brings Tour to San Antonio
Kirk Franklin’s new album “Father’s Day” just released on Oct. 6, 2023. Franklin has written and produced “Father’s Day,” marking his first new solo album since the 2019 release of his Grammy-winning solo album “Long Live Love.”
Franklin says about Father’s Day and connecting with God’s love: “I hope this album is a stripped-down, honest conversation about the difficulty of the life journey and how life can be messy, nuanced, and a matter of trial and error even for those who subscribe to faith. But it’s all wrapped in a bow of love, and that love doesn’t always make sense, but is always constant.”
Legendary artist Kirk Franklin has etched a mark on the music industry with his soul-stirring melodies and powerful lyrics. With an astonishing 2 billion career streams, his music has touched the hearts of millions around the globe.
Highly decorated with an impressive collection of accolades, including 19 Grammy Awards, 42 Stellar Awards, 23 Dove Awards, and 8 Soul Train Awards, he stands as a true icon in the gospel genre.
Kirk Franklin’s unwavering passion for gospel music continues to shine as a beacon of inspiration, leaving an indelible legacy that will resonate for future generations.
Franklin will be featuring some of his new albums in The Reunion Tour at the Frost Bank Center (formerly AT&T Center) on Nov. 16 at 7 pm. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
Joining Franklin on The Reunion Tour are Israel Houghton, David & Tamela Mann, Tye Tribbett, The Clark Sister with special guests of the New Breed, The Family, & God’s Property.
Jada’s Entangled Memoir – Worthy
By Ebony Huerta Wells
It must be nice! I don’t know if it’s just me, but when I heard actress Jada Pinkett Smith say she and her famous Oscar-slap husband, Will Smith, are separated but still married, I immediately thought that when I get upset with my husband, I have to sit in my car.
I don’t have another house to go to. I don’t even have another wing of the house to go to. And then I thought of the infamous Oscar slap in 2022 and the “Red Table Talk” discussion where she and Will Smith are in tears over her entanglement or affair. So, was all that necessary? Maybe to sell books, it may be necessary. Jada Pinket Smith’s new memoir, “Worthy,” has hit the shelves and she is making the talk show circuit. Like talk show host Sherri Shepherd said, the whole family should get Oscars for living a lie for seven years – supposedly the amount of time Mr. and Mrs. Smith have been separated.
Truthfully, I’m still trying to grapple with liking the couple – before her memoir. Unlike R. Kelly, Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby, Will Smith hasn’t been totally shunned yet, but he has paid a hefty price for his actions “defending” her honor. But it takes two to tangle, and I don’t think by any means we have heard of all his “entanglements,” and he has his own demons to work out.
. . . the whole family should get Oscars for living a lie for seven years . . .
In the Black community and especially in the entertainment industry, we don’t have a plethora of Black male actors. We are more accustomed to negative stories of Black men than good, so when Will Smith reprised his role as Muhammad Ali at the Oscars, we wanted so much to embrace him for his achievements. Instead, we had to defend Black men at work, hit rewind about a thousand times to make sure it wasn’t a skit, and then joke about it in our inner circles – what the hell was he thinkin’ fighting in front of white folks!
I haven’t read “Worthy,” but Jada Pinkett Smith does talk about Tupac, Chris Rock, and many more of our favorite celebrities. Maybe I will read it for that, or perhaps I will just wait for them to move back together again and stop all this actin’.
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