Monday, December 11, 2017

The GroovaLottos Say "Ask Yo' Mama" For a Holiday Gift Idea

Grammy Nominated "Ask Yo' Mama" is the perfect Holiday Gift!!!!
With the holiday season upon us, give the gift of Grammy nominated Phunk to your loved ones!!! For a Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah gift idea, "Ask Yo' Mama"

Looking for that perfect stocking stuffer, gift for the office pool, holiday "I'm thinking of you" gift, or a token for the eight nights of lights or seven days of the harvest? The best idea is "Ask Yo' Mama" the Grammy nominated album by The GroovaLottos. The gift of good soul music is always appropriate and appreciated! At a time when people are favoring downloads over physical CDs, "Ask Yo' Mama" has gone into a few reprints, due to the volume of sales at performances.

Mixed with car stereos in mind and packing 90 minutes of great entertainment, many fans of The GroovaLottos note that the CD lives in their players. This debut album has proven to be one of the items of the year that has the R&B branch of the music industry re-examining itself and it's musical values.

Rotation on over 200 stations throughout the country, and appearing on the RMR and Jam Band music charts; as well as the debut single "Do You Mind (IfWeDanceWitYoDates)?" spending 41 weeks in the top ten of the Indie Blues Charts, this album is guaranteed to satisfy the most jaded and skeptical listener.

You can order your copy of "Ask Yo' Mama" on CDBaby and Amazon:

The GroovaLottos and The Soul, Funk & Blues Legacy

A powerhouse soul-funk-blues band reflects on the swelling rise of their movement as the landscape of urban music changes.

In the book The Death of Rhythm & Blues, by Nelson George, (1987) the end of Black music audiences as tastemakers was predicted and has sadly come to pass. It was in the late 1950s when Black American musical genres, Gospel, Blues, Rhythm & Blues (also called Jump Blues), and Jazz re-converged into a sound called Soul music. Soul music would also incorporate the instruments, rhythms, and nuances of Afro-Caribbean music as well. As a music form that incubated and blossomed during the civil rights movement; the lyrics and social content of the music was reflective of the Black experience. As with all African American musical forms, Soul music became globally influential.

However, around the beginning of the new millennium, the influence of the Black audiences on the shaping the Black aesthetic began to wain, to the extent that the "tastemaker" status that Black audiences once held is now seen as non-existent by many. Much of this is due to the rapid disappearance of small, local and regional live music venues that catered to mostly Black audiences; often introducing audiences to new music and artists.

Slowly, these venues began to make the switch to either using a DJ or a cover band, leaving artists and bands that focused on original music to seek audiences and gigs elsewhere. Black music audiences now have their artists, music, and trends pre-packaged for them, removing the organic effect of audience finding artists and artists finding audiences.

For The GroovaLottos who have always prided themselves on treating soul, funk and blues like traditions and not commodities; the search for venues and audiences led to them following the Indie Band and Jam Band route, playing to mostly white audiences. Curiously, while the styles and trends of Black music have shifted, the band's debut album, "Ask Yo' Mama" was still nominated for a Grammy in the "Best R&B Album" category.

Playing on over 200 radio stations and streaming shows throughout the USA and Canada, charting on Jam Band and RMR Charts, and receiving 4 Grammy nominations in Pop and R&B; The GroovaLottos are now being seen and recognized by Grown & Sexy Black audiences.

Join The GroovaLottos for their Pre-Grammy Kick-Off performance at the Coffeehouse Soul Sessions on January 20, 2018 at the Dedham Square Coffeehouse, 565 High St, Dedham, MA. Show starts at 8PM

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Mwalim's No sugar BBQ Sauce

Remember that tangy BBQ Sauce that you can no longer have because of your blood sugar issues? Well here is my personal recipe, allowing you to have the magic without worry about your sugar spiking and keeping your A1C under control.

To make this, I suggest a crock pot, but you can also use a stove with a flame tamer and just watch the concoction very closely.

  • 2 (28 ounce) cans peeled ground tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 2/3 cup Splenda or similar sucralose product
  • 1/3 cup of Brown sugar/ Splenda blend
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1  teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground allspice
  • 1/4 of cayenne pepper
1) Combine vinegar, sugars, and spices in a bowl and whisk until blended.

2) Empty cans of tomato into crock pot and use 1/4 cup of water in each can to swish out the remnants into the pot.

3) Add vinegar mix to tomatoes and whisk together.

4a) In crock pot, cook uncovered on high for about 10 hours until mixture is reduced by half. Stir every so often

4b) On a stove, set pot over a low flame, uncovered for about 2-3 hours until mixture is reduced.

Transfer mix to a bowl and allow to cool before tasting and adjusting salt, etc.

Store in glass jar. I used mason jars, but old spaghetti sauce jars work just as well.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The GroovaLottos Schoolhouse Phunk Party - Nov 18th in Provincetown

The WOMR Schoolhouse Presents an early winter soul, funk and blues concert and dance party by Grammy nominated band The GroovaLottos.

The summer might be over, but the good times aren't... are you ready to get Phunked up? the WOMR Schoolhouse presents The GroovaLottos -the same band that made the streets of Provincetown into a soul-funk-blues dance party all summer- are back with a special concert at the Schoolhouse. Need to revive your Soul? Is it time to get out of the Funk? Trying to escape those winter blues? Time to get phunked up!

Join us on November 18, 2017 at the WOMR Schoolhouse, 494 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA 02657. Doors open at 7:30 pm for an 8pm show. Tickets are $15.

WOMR is a Community Radio station on Cape Cod that provides a media platform to present local, eclectic, entertaining, informative and educational programming, and to encourage community participation in all aspects of the station. occupying the second floor of the old Provincetown Schoolhouse, the radio station also boasts a 150 seat concert venue that has hosted hundred of local, regional and national performers and exhibits.

For tickets and information to the party, visit the lin below:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Cedarville Sound: Creating History At the Johnny Drama Funk Lab & Area Twenty-Two

Melo, Bob, Johnny and Eddie Ray at the Funk Lab.
Today was one of those days that a lot of musicians and songwriters only get to dream about. Today, on April 13, 2017, The GroovaLottos got to record three live singles at the Johnny Drama Funk Lab, owned by none other than THE Johnny Drama of "Wahlburger's".

Mwalim with his official Johnny Drama T-shirt!
When Bob and Chuck are at the boards, it's magic!
Recording in this facility was total synergy for the retro-groove style that the band has been cultivating. The "Ask Yo' Mama" CD totally revisits of the sounds of the late 1960's and early 1970's, from the most spirited Muscle Shoals soul, to the rawest New York funk in it's raw form. Today at Johnny Drama's the band took it to the Memphis Stax and Detroit Motown era and formula of live recording and mixing. 

This kind of recording is the true test of the value of a band. Can they bring it live? The results of this Recording session are going to be special bonus tracks available exclusively to fans and friends of The GroovaLottos.

By the way, you can get your FREE copy of the CLUB TRACK "For My NDN Relations"
FREE Download of "For My NDN Relations"

When Legends Meet!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Understanding Haters As Cowards

Where there is success, there are haters. Where there is progress, there are haters. The thing to understand is that haters are cowards at life who have very low self-esteem and are afraid to excel at anything other than failure.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

RECIPE: Wampanoag Ital - Root Vegetable Stew

Wampanoag Ital - A Root Vegetable Stew
Okay, when you're half West Indian and Half Wampanoag, you make jokes like this. One of the traditional Wampanoag dishes is a vegetable stew made with root vegetables. A traditional vegetable stew dish, primarily among Rastas in Jamaica is called "Ital".

The Granola Eaters on the lower-cape call it "Root Vegetable Medley", I call it "Wampanoag Ital" or "Bad Hunter's Stew". This is a basic Day of Mourning comfort food for the season and very easy to make. First, your stock.

The Stock:

  • 3/4 cup of minced scallions
  • 1/4 cup of minced, fresh sage
  • 1/4 cup mix of parsley, oregano and cilantro
  • 1/2 cup minced celery
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1 gallon of water

Place contents in stock pot, bring to a boil until about 1/3 of the water is boiled away. Remove from heat and set aside.

The Stew:

Basically, it's a mix of your favorite root vegetables. Quantities are to taste and I personally avoid potatoes.

  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Rutabaga
  • Onion
  • Yucca
  • Turnips
  • Wild Nuts

I also throw in a splotch of butter or coconut oil for infusion.

Allow to simmer on low on the stove or in a crockpot for about 4 hours.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Short List of Books on First Nations (Native American) Social, Political and Economic Experiences

At the National Day of Action event at UMass Dartmouth, I was asked for a book list on Native History and socio-political issues. It was a good idea and since the request started this list. These are a few items on my book shelf and by no means a complete list, but a good start. 

If folks have books to add, please hit me up on the contact page with title and author.

  • Handbook of North American Indians, by Bruce G. Trigger (ed.)
  • Reinterpreting New England Indians and the Colonial Experience, by Neal Salisbury and Colin G. Calloway (eds)
  • Manitou and Providence, by Neal Salisbury
  • A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth: Mourt’s Relation, by Dwight B Heath
  • Early American Women: A Documentary History, 1600–1900, by N Woloch
  • Mashpee Indians, by Jack Campisi
  • Clambake: A Wampanoag Traditionby Russell Peters and John Madama
  • History of King Philip, Sovereign Chief of the Wampanoags: Including the Early History of the Settlers of New England, by John S. C. Abbott
  • Talking With The Elders of Mashpee: Memories of Earl H. Mills, Sr., by Earl Mills, Sr.
  • Faith and Boundaries: Colonists, Christianity, and Community among the Wampanoag Indians of Martha's Vineyard, 1600-1871, by David SilvermanKing Philip's War: Colonial Expansion, Native Resistance, and the End of Indian Sovereignty, by Daniel R. Mandell
  • Mashpee Nine: A Story of Cultural Justice, by Paula Peters
  • The Long Island Indians and their New England Ancestors: Narragansett, Mohegan, Pequot & Wampanoag Tribes, by Donna Barron
  • A Mixed Medicine Bag: Original Black Wampanoag Folklore, by Mwalim
  • Captain Paul Cuffe’s Logs and Letters, by Rosalind Cobb Wiggins (ed)
  • Paul Cuffe: A Study of His Life and the Status of His Legacy in Old Dartmouth, by Brock N. Cordeiro
  • The Red King's Rebellion, by Russel Bourne
  • Black Indians, by William L Katz
  • American Indian Politics and the American Political System, by David Wilkins &  Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark
  • The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, by  Andrés Reséndez
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, Colin Woodard
  • Indian Blues: American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879–1934 , by John Troutman
  • The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians, by Naomi Schaefer Riley
  • Native American Testimony: A Chronicle of Indian-White Relations from Prophecy to the Present, 1492-2000, by Peter Nabokov
  • Through an Indian's Looking-Glass: A Cultural Biography of William Apess, Pequot, by  Drew Lopenzina

Monday, November 14, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Delays DAPL Easement and Calls for Further Environmental Review

SRST Statement
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers delays DAPL easement and calls for further environmental review
Corp says consulting with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe pivotal before final decision
CANNON BALL, N.D. – The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers today announced they are delaying an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline project until it conducts further environmental review with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Corp noted that “construction on or under Corps land bordering Lake Oahe cannot occur because the Army has not made a final decision on whether to grant an easement.”
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair Dave Archambault II said while the decision was not 100 percent what the Tribe had hoped for he said it is clear President Obama is listening. “We are encouraged and know that the peaceful prayer and demonstration at Standing Rock have powerfully brought to light the unjust narrative suffered by tribal nations and Native Americans across the country,” Archambault said.
“Together we can inspire people across America and the globe to honor each other and the Earth we hold sacred,” Archambault said. “Millions of people have literally and spiritually stood with us at Standing Rock. And for this, you have our deepest thanks and gratitude. The harmful and dehumanizing tactics by the state of North Dakota and corporate bullies did not go unnoticed because of you. Not all of our prayers were answered, but this time, they were heard.”
The 1,100-mile pipeline was rerouted towards tribal nations after citizens of North Dakota rightfully rejected it to protect their communities and water. While the pipeline is nearly complete, it required the final easement to drill under the Missouri River (at Lake Oahe) just a half a mile upstream of the tribe’s reservation boundary. The water supply of the Tribe and 17 million Americans downstream are at risk for contamination by crude oil leaks and spills. A single spill would be culturally and economically catastrophic for the Tribe. The Missouri River is the longest river in North America and crosses several states south of the project.
“We call on all water protectors, as we have from the beginning, to join our voices in prayer and to share our opposition to this pipeline peacefully. The whole world is watching and where they see prayerful, peaceful resistance, they join us,” Archambault said.
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