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On Aug 7th-9th, 2020, an unprecedented and extraordinary live event made recording history. For 54 hours, the world watched as legendary Grammy-winning artist Bilal (Musician, Actor, Composer, Producer, Vocalist), an original member of the iconic Soulquarians movement, Record Producer Tariq Khan (Slingbaum: Erykah Badu, FKA Twigs; Blue Note Records), and 30 musicians and vocalists, remotely recorded and composed an experimental 3-song EP, part-by-part, from 30 different locations — in real-time.
Each participant recorded their contributions from the safety of their own homes — in real-time. This multinational interactive recording session was broadcast live with Bilal’s creative process as the centerpiece, and used an innovative approach pioneered by HighBreedMusic (HBM) which combined several technologies to turn the isolation of the Covid-19 pandemic into an opportunity for collective creative expression. HBM, whose slogan is “The Artists That Artists Love,” is a forward-thinking Black and minority–owned studio and cultural hub in Brooklyn, NYC, run by founder Tariq Khanand Grammy-winning Videographer Nikki Birch (Snarky Puppy, Emily King, Cory Henry).
The album was released on Bandcamp on Sept. 6, 2020 and features an all-star lineup of artists, including Bilal’s long time friends and collaborators Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper, Chuck Treece (of The Bad Brains), Tone Whitfield, and Philly-based MC Khemist, along with members of HighBreedMusic’s extended family, including Keyon Harrold, Madison McFerrin, Nick Hakim, Cory Henry, Simon Mavin (of Hiatus Kaiyote), Jaime Woods, Marcus Strickland, Ray Angry (of The Roots), Ben Williams, Brandee Younger, BigYuki, Melanie Charles, Marcus Gilmore, and Louis Cato and many more.
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Associate Producer: Nikki Birch
Event Consultant: Jill Newman Productions
As an added bonus, HighBreedMusic announced its brand new app (available Fall 2020 on the Apple App and Google Play stores). Pre-order for the app is available right now by clicking here. As an early pre-order gift, users will have access to an exclusive 3 month basic membership. The app features a celebration of exceptional and diverse voices whose music embodies HBM’s core values: originality, authenticity, virtuosity, and timelessness.
Use the app to watch upcoming live stream Hi-Fi HD concert events from HBM’s “The World’s First Recording Lounge”, and explore a rich catalog of artist-interviewing-artists + time-released video content from over 100 acts (which include many of the artists featured in Bilal’s new EP experience). A unique feature of the app will allow users to financially support artists of their choice within a vibrant community of Black, Brown, Latin, Minority, and Women artists via donations and song/EP downloads of music produced with the artists at HBM.