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MIGUEL ATWOOD-FERGUSON ENSEMBLE FEAT BILAL – “SOMEDAY WE’LL ALL BE FREE” (LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO & FREE DOWNLOAD) by Noggy
August 13, 2010, 9:41 am
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Download this track for FREE!:

miguelatwood-ferguson.bandcamp.com/track/some-day-well-all-be-free-feat-bilal

Recorded live in Los Angeles at Grand Performances, California Plaza July 23, 2010.

Produced by:
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

This was dropped in my mailbox by someone named ArtDontSleep …and I have to say if this is what it amounts to .. I’m happy “Art’  is experiencing insomnia



Bilal – Robots (sessions in tiny tent, Dour Festival, 17 of July, 2010) by Noggy
July 27, 2010, 12:07 am
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Have to love Mikael Columbu for providing us with such excellent Bilal material!!



BILAL – MOVE ON (LIVE MUSIC VIDEO) by Noggy
July 20, 2010, 5:00 pm
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Bilal Oliver performs Move On in the Attic Addict tent at Dour Fest, Belgium. Shot & edited by Mikael Colombu for Attack Of The Crazy Dolphins Film Productions, Good Music Only, and Free Your Funk.



BILAL ROCKED ROTOWN!!! by Noggy
July 19, 2010, 4:38 pm
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Normally I shoot two or maybe three videos to give y’all a bit of a taste of what a performance was like. This time I risked having my right arm amputated cause it was stiffly glued to my body as I taped the whole Bilal concert. Couldn’t put the camera down…for the man is the epitomy of AWESOMENESS!!

The band, his voice, the fans, the Rotown athmosphere…everything was just right and Bilal didn’t leave a heart or an eardrum untouched. I’ve often seen him perform and as far as I know the audience gets his all!! This time was no different. You had to be really def and blind if you were not able to sense that Bilal’s heart, soul and creativity were all over this unforgetabble performance!!

As usual I will provide you with visual proof of all the aforementioned but since I have a lot of footage to select from  it’s gonna take me a while to upload it all. Of course I did manage to upload at least one highlight….Bilal’s version of Led Zeppelin’s Since I ‘ve been loving you!!



BILAL – THINK IT OVER (LIVE MUSIC VIDEO) by Noggy
July 18, 2010, 8:33 am
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Bilal Oliver performs Think It Over at La Bellevilloise in Paris. From the upcoming document ‘Bilal Day’ shot & edited by Mikael Colombu for Attack Of The Crazy Dolphins Film Productions, Good Music Only, and Free Your Funk.



THE RETURN OF AIRTIGHT: BILAL INTERVIEW WITH GREEDMONTPARK by Noggy
July 14, 2010, 10:34 pm
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As you already know by now Bilal is going to perform in Rotterdam on the 18th of July and of course is Strangefruitmusicblog policy to hit you up with lots of info so y’all are warmed up for the actual performance. So below you’ll find are weapon of choice in the warm up department….enjoy!!

www.greedmontpark.com recently had a chance to sit down with Neo Soul recording artist, Bilal, to talk about the span of his career and the highly anticipated release of his new album “Air Tight’s Revenge”. For the 1st installment they talked about his childhood in Philly along with the progression of his early career and everyday life…

In part 2of this interview Bilal talks about his experiences on collaborating with artist like Dr. Dre and J Dilla to Jay-Z and Beyonce.

Here is the conclusion to the interview with Bilal, where he addresses the leak for “Love for Sale” and how that effected his career and the making of his new album “Air Tight’s Revenge”

RELATED POST: ARE YOU READY FOR BILAL?!



ARE YOU READY FOR BILAL?! by Noggy
July 12, 2010, 9:27 pm
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Even though this is hard for us to imagine the continuing info is for those of you who are not familiar with Bilal Sayeed Oliver.

Bilal Sayeed Oliver (born 21 August 1979), also known by the stage name of just Bilal, is an American “neo soul” and jazz singer, who is also a member of the loose collective, the Soulquarians.

Since his background story is featured in detail on the wikipedia website and pretty much sums up everything I entended to tell ya’ll only better….

In 2001, he released his debut album 1st Born Second, which featured contributions from the Soulquarians as well as high profile producers such as Dr. Dre. The album, while critically lauded, failed to achieve any significant mainstream success, and received limited promotion (although the single “Soul Sista” became fairly popular on late night alternative radio). Despite this, Bilal managed to gain a sizable following and high attendance at his live shows, as well as much acclaim and respect from his peers, many whom noted his range and ability to sing in a freeform style, and his classically trained falsetto.

In the following years Bilal continued to appear on projects by other artists both high profile and avant garde, while recording and developing his follow-up set to be released on Interscope Records and featuring contributions primarily from producers Dr. Dre and J Dilla (as heard by Dilla himself). These plans proved to be changeable and the final result, Love For Sale, was an album that appeared to be built around Bilal’s own musicianship, with many of the tracks produced and written by the artist himself except “Something to hold onto” was produced by grammy award producer Nottz. However, near the album’s completion, Interscope delayed the release date, then shelved the album indefinitely, hinting that it saw little commercial potential in it since it had already leaked online in its entirety. Online, many fans and music critics expressed their sadness that what they viewed as a carefully crafted album would be kept from a proper release.  Bilal continues to tour and he signed to Plug Research in 2009. Slated to be released September 14th 2010.

Since I was one of those fans willing to buy Love for Sale I was happy to find that in 2009 he dropped a mixtape by the name of The return of Mr. Wonderful featuring some old and some new tracks. It’s still available for Purchase when you click here.

DOWNLOAD: LEVELS (LIVE)

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BILAL “AIRTIGHT REVENGE” ALBUM COVER

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