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Kingsley Ibeneche returns with two suave and infectious new jams

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A year after his last release, Camden-based singer songwriter Kingsley Ibeneche returns with two new singles “Encompass That​” and “Kknees,” out on New York label Astro Nautico. With the help of producers Lee Clarke and Kevin Ripley, Kingsley was able to create two soulful pieces with infectious melodies and suave R&B vocals. “Encompass That​” takes on a faster-pace than “Kknees,” hitting you with a collection of beats/sounds that work in harmony. At first, it sounds a little chaotic, but once you get settled in, you’ll begin to get lost in the vibrant funky melody.  “Kknees” slows things down, mixing things up between spoken word and singing. Continue reading →

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Gaelynn Lea and Kingsley Ibeneche will play a free concert and talk about using music for social change at Moore

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NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea joins Philadelphia singer-dancer-songwriter Kingsely Ibeneche next month for a free concert at the Moore College of Art and Design. The first in Moore’s Mutual Irradiation series, the event also includes a dialogue concerning their artistic journeys and the way both artists utilize their talents for healing and social change. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Kingsley Ibeneche

When we first met Kingsley Ibeneche, he was dancing.

More specifically, he was onstage backing Kate Faust and her sensual electronic rock with impressive poise and fluid motion. The Camden artist, who studied ballet at University of the Arts and spent a few years after school practicing modern dance in Germany, has always been an interpreter of music, the vehicle that a current of music sets into motion. But the more time he spent around it, the more he began to absorb and incorporate music directly into his practice. This year, Ibeneche debuted with CHi, an eclectic EP that serves as a fine introduction to him as a singer and songwriter, an interdisciplinary artist. Continue reading →

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Kingsley Ibeneche will play The Barnes Foundation’s College Night

Kingsley Ibeneche | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Experimental artist Kingsley Ibeneche is set to play The Barnes Foundation’s third annual College Night, in partner with Campus Philly, on October 19th. Throughout the month of October, The Barnes will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of their move to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with a series of events that reflect the Barnes Foundation’s commitment to community engagement.

Kingsley Ibeneche is no stranger to performance: he’s trained professionally in ballet from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and soon after graduation he pursued a modern dance tour through Europe. He’s appeared onstage with Kate Faust as a dancer, but as a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter, has begun performing his own material lately as well. Continue reading →

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Your set times for Philly Music Fest have arrived

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Philly Music Fest returns this year, providing a snapshot of artists currently staking their claim in the Philly music scene. Kicking off on Thursday with a punk rager at Johnny Brenda’s, closing Sunday with a jazz showcase at MilkBoy, and centered by two eclectic nights at World Cafe Live, the festival rounds up 25 artists at three venues, with hotly anticipated performances by Soul Glo, Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield, Hardwork Movement, Ruby the Hatchet, Palm, The Districts and more.  Continue reading →

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Local artists inspire Philadelphia’s youth at Aspiring Young Artists

Aspiring Young Artist | photo by Richard Sanders | courtesy of Aspiring Young Artists

The city of Philadelphia has a very incredibly vibrant music scene and a rich music history that spans genres. But imagine if those two intangible things could become more of a direct resource for the adolescents of the city who are in school and have a passion for creating music. That’s where Aspiring Young Artists steps in.

While most schools can only advocate for more funding so they don’t have to make really hard choices, like cutting out art programs because of lack of funds, AYA cuts out the middle man and connects North Philadelphia students from schools like Youth Build Philadelphia, Kensington CAPA and Olney Charter High School with local artists who teach them how to compose their own music and expose them to the beautiful things that are happening in their hometown’s music scene.

Recently I was able to sit with AYA’s founder Ricky Strickler about how the music programs and the local artists that lead them have made an impact on its students. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Queen of Jeans, The Diplomats, Drive-By Truckers, Lorde and more

Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist
Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist

Your choices are many; your excuses are few. Here are 25 concerts you could see in Philadelphia this week; enough for you to catch one per day, or for the more enterprising of you Key readers, several per day. Starting with folksinger Sam Amidon, and going up to arena pop rocker Lorde, here are our picks for the week ahead. Continue reading →

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Jasmine Cassell flexes her songwriting skills on S7VEN EP

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New Jersey singer songwriter Jasmine Cassell focuses on love for her recent EP S7VEN. Different types of love; self love, the love of God, romantic love. The lyrical theme, mixed with superb instrumental arrangements, made this project a standout debut.

I had heard Jasmine Cassell perform “Let Me In” live, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear some layered 80s synths — a signature style of producer Lee “LeBeet” Clarke, who has also worked with Kate Faust and Kingsley Ibeneche. That sound could have easily been a very cheesy move, but it works so well for the song and compliments the melody really well. The melody is catchy, and the way the chorus comes in makes this perfect for an impromptu car karaoke session. The lyrics echo Erykah Badu’s “Bag Lady” sentiment with lyrics like “You’ve got a lot of baggage, girl. / Let me in so I can trash it, girl.” Continue reading →

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Five artists to see at O:O Our Black Arts Festival this weekend

Kingsley Ibeneche | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

O:O Our Black Arts Festival is this weekend, February 9th and 10th, at Circle of Hope in South Philadelphia. The two-day festival welcomes people of all ages, shapes, colors, genders, and orientations. There will be visual work, poetry, and performances from various artists, which you can read more about below.  Continue reading →