Aloe Black to play Backstage in Auckland

Tuesday 2 November 2010, 11:36AM

By Isaac Promotions


Soul  sensation Aloe Black
Soul sensation Aloe Black Credit: Isaac Promotions



Rising American soul singer, rapper and musician Aloe Blacc will head to Auckland for a special one-off show at BACKSTAGE (The Studio) on January 27th 2011.

Aloe’s 2010 worldwide hits, ‘I Need A Dollar’ (commissioned as the theme tune for HBO series How To Make It In America) and ‘Femme Fatale’ (The Velvet Underground cover), are merely the tip of a very large iceberg: Aloe Blacc  is fast becoming the spearhead of modern, 21st century soul.

The first-generation American offspring of Panamanian parents, Aloe Blacc has become what writer/activist Amiri Baraka once said of John Coltrane: he is a singular “scope of feeling...” who has found cohesion in art and life.  In the tradition of some of yesteryear’s greatest of soul greats, Aloe Blacc’s goal is to affect change by way of his own success.

“My purpose for music is positive social change,” says Aloe. “Even if the music itself does not explicitly express anything that may signify positive social change, the product of the music will.”

The stunning new album Good Things marks a shift from his 2006 debut Shine Through: the 30-year-old Aloe has transformed the inner streams of consciousness he possessed as an MC early in his career, into more disciplined, mature perspectives. Good Things resonates with the sounds and emotions of vintage soul music, but the album is Aloe’s definitive declaration of contemporary soul and the modern world.

A record full of heart despite its sobering subject matter, Aloe refers to Good Things as a report from the front lines, where many struggle to survive:  unemployment, homelessness, the misappropriation of wealth, pillaging of resources, and the universal lack of compassion from capitalism at-large.  It is, most certainly, a modern classic in waiting…

Without a doubt, this will be your only chance to experience Aloe Blacc this up-close and personal:  get in quick, as good things lie ahead.


Thursday 27th January 2011

BACKSTAGE (12 Galatos St, Auckland.)

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