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LCV Magazine reviews 'Sun Money'

Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine - Fall 2013 
Sound Advice: Music Review by Ben Sandmel

Louisiana rhythm & blues is often exclusively -and thus erroneously- associated with songs from the 1950s to the 1970s. Two impressive new releases demonstrate this genre's constant evolution. On Sun Money (Kwality Records), singer Tondrae Kemp deftly balances suave crooning with gritty urgency on a set of all-original material. A native of Baton Rouge, where he started out singing in church, Kemp launched his career in New Orleans. Sun Money reflects these Louisiana roots, along with subtle rap and hip-hop influences, and time spent in the New York scene's cutting edge. The result is a consistently engaging and well-paced album that calls for repeated listening. From a Louisiana cultural perspective, two songs, "Happiness" and "Say If You Want Me To Leave," capture the raw spirit of old blues records -such as Lightnin' Slim's "Hoodoo Blues"- as s…

Video: Baby Girl (Live)

Tondrae Kemp performing his song "Baby Girl" live with the Kwality Records band. Taped in concert at Billie's Black, Harlem, New York City on March 23, 2013.

Sat 9/14 - Tondrae Kemp at Billie's Black

Live in Concert
w/ Live Band
Opening sets by Sun Singleton & Elliot Luv
+ Special Guest Dammian Moore

Where: Billie's Black
271 W. 119th Street, New York, NY 10026
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $10 adv / $15 door
Ticket Notes: + 1 drink minimum
For reservations call 212.280.2248
Music: Soul, Reggae, Blues, R&B