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Meital Dohan Talks Working With Sean Kingston, Acting And New Album

Many female artists get lost in the pop shuffle but Israeli musician Meital Dohan manages to flip the bubbly genre on its face with thoughtful lyrics and soul-searching concepts.

The actress, writer and playwright now tacks on singer to her list of talents with a new single titled “On Ya” featuring Sean Kingston. The infectious single, produced by Brass Knuckles (who has worked with Kimbra, Rick Ross, Jagged Edge) and Brian Cid, features her label mate Kingston who adds a reggae feel to the dance track. Meital was happy to work with Kingston, who was introduced to her though Fo' Reel Entertainment CEO Cudda Love. “I liked [Sean's] style and music,” she says. “Sean is a talented beautiful superstar.”

When it comes to the second single off her debut album, I’m In Hate With Love, Meital hopes to lighten the mood. “I think when you’re really really depressed it’s something you can listen to," she says. "It’s a song about the celebration of life and one each other, rather being caught up in the race.”

With its peppy electro beat, “On Ya” has stuck with the masses. The visual, dropped in October, managed to garner over 1.4 million views on YouTube in just two short weeks. Her previous single “Yummy” did the same, but her wardrobe choice--or lack thereof--with nothing on but pink boxing gloves doesn’t hurt either.

“The videos are really all connected,” explains Meital. In her video for ‘Yummy’ Meital kept the super-herione theme going for ‘Yummy,’ while knocking out guys left and right, and for ‘On Ya,’ by uniting tribes on a remote island.

The singer likes to think of her musical persona as a heroine to some, while still enjoying life and bringing in a little humor to cheer people up. While she’s clothed as a superhero in the video for “On Ya,” she fantasizes about bringing a tribe together after crashing her plane on a remote island. “One of my favorite movies of all times was the Never Ending Story,” said Meital of her inspiration for her Ray Kay-directed visual. “ I wanted my video to feel like a variation of that with a story behind it of a woman superhero who lands among a tribe who’s having a fight to make peace.”

Meital (whose name is the Israeli word for "waterdew") may be unfamiliar to some but she’s pretty much a big deal in her homeland. She also plays dual roles as an actress who has won two Israeli Tony awards and nominations for the Israeli Oscars for her work. She has played the seductive Yael Hoffman in the Showtime series "Weeds." When asked about which passion she enjoys the most, it comes down to a tie for the Israeli beauty. “I enjoy acting and singing,” says Meital. “Writing is just something that comes naturally.”

Music was a talent that she’s always wanted to try but never had the time for until her spiritual guide urged her to pursue it. Her guide, who she doesn’t name has helped her with her personal journey as well as some of her career choices. “I have a great spiritual guide, like a healer or something, and in one of our meetings she said I needed to go back to America ASAP to start doing music,” recalls Meital, from the set of Israel's Dancing with The Stars. She made three phone calls with a friend to find the perfect producer. The third ring landed on super-producer Che Pope (Eminem, Dr. Dre and Lauryn Hill), who ultimately beat-mapping her album, which is slated for an early 2013 release.

Inspired by her buffet of musical tastes including artists like Fleetwood Mac, Eminem and Skrillex, Meital’s bullseye is to spread positivity through sound while still exuding her natural sex appeal. “When I create art, I want it to talk about where we at as a society, the universe and the sun,” she says, a champion of the female cause. The 33-year-old formerly hosted a webcast on Women’s Radio titled "Loud Miracles" where she interviewed people who have encountered miracles throughout their lives and penned the informative narrative Love and Other Bad Habits in January 2011. Love and Other Bad Habits features bios about Israeli figures and the social view of feminine behavior and what is expected of them.

But don’t expect a feminist on a soapbox to soak up her entire album. Meital redefines the image of a pop star with her multiple side-hustles and pensive approach to flimsy records. She still wants to craft hip-shaking tunes, too. “I’m just trying to deal with all of that in a different way.” [My album]’s about salvation and about family in general,” she says. “The concept for I'm In Hate With Love is about the state of the modern world. We have to think about our own personal freedoms," she urges. "It's about being confronted with the choices of our society and questioning how we value love in the capitalistic world. I’m trying to deal with all these issues of humanity in my art.”

Take a behind-the-scenes look behind Meital Dohan's new video "On Ya" featuring Sean Kingston below.

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Ella Mai Puts The Ball In Your Court With "Shot Clock" Visuals

Kobe, KD, Kyrie, how about Ella Mai?

Marking her third official single from her self-titled debut album, the 24-year-old dropped a new video from her charting project, bringing "Shot Clock" to life in her B-ball themed clip.

The Colin Tilley directed visual captures the essence of the young singer, framing her unique style and iridescent vocal abilities. The clip captures the various parts of Mai's magnetic energy, as she stars in her own thematic love story.

The two-time Grammy nominee goes through the many downs that occur in relationships while the red beams of shot clock shine in the background slowly reaching zero, a neon indicator of her lessening patience, the singer finds herself alone.

This visual was released in the midst of the "Boo'd Up" songstress' first debut tour currently venturing through the United States and Parts of Europe. Check out the tour dates below to see if R&B's new golden child is coming to a city near you and watch her video for "Shot Clock" above.

THE DEBUT TOUR

Jan 18 – Berlin, DE- Festsaal Kreuzberg Jan 20 – Hamburg, DE- Grosse Freiheit Jan 21 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Main Hall Jan 22 – Stockholm, SE - Berns Jan 24 – Oslo, NO – Rockefeller Music Hall Feb 12 - Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom Feb 14 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo Feb 15 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom Feb 17 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades Feb 19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater Feb 20 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Feb 22 – Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee Feb 23 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues Feb 25 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre Feb 27 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Feb 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater Mar 2 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall Mar 3 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall Mar 5 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Mar 6 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Mar 7 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda Mar 9 – Boston, MA - Royale Mar 11 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel Mar 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts Mar 15 – Silver Spring, M.D. – The Fillmore Silver Spring Mar 16 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage Mar 19 – Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle Mar 20 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live Mar 21 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live Mar 24 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Mar 26 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Mar 27 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Mar 28 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre

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9th Wonder Talks Collabo Album With Smif N Wessun And The Soul Council

A few weeks fresh off the 23rd anniversary of their classic debut album, Da Shinin', Brooklyn duo Smif N Wessun (Steele and Tek) have released the video for the soul smacking single, "Testify" produced by Khrysis, off their newest album, The All. The project, produced entirely by Grammy-nominated producer 9th Wonder and his Soul Council team, brings the hardcore feel of SNW's best work to the forefront.

“9th Wonder and the Soul Council provide the perfect backdrop for Tek and I to deliver heartfelt lyrical content,” Steele reveals directly. “It’s a true tale of ups and downs, wins and losses, growth and acceptance. It speaks to the hearts and minds of all people; particularly our followers and fans of all ages and ethnicities.”

When artists who rep a certain quality sector of hip-hop music resurface to offer newness to an audience, the longtime fans are looking to bring that old thing back while looking to reflect and push forward at the same time.

"'Testify' is a realistic reflective look back on our accomplishments and failures throughout our career and serves as a precursor to what you will experience on The All,” Steele continues. "This project is a reality check for SNW, one that reflects the struggles and obstacles that we’ve had to endure to survive at the level we occupy in the hip-hop arena."

9th Wonder took the project on as a lover of the group, "My goal is to make sure that we cement the legacy of the artist, but at the same time update the artist. We came up with the concept of  The All (based on a speech from Louis Farrakhan), you can never underestimate the essence of Islam in Hip-Hop. Given the fact that SNW are both Muslim and so many others are as well, we couldn't forget that part."

Going into new chambers of living is needed when you have been recording albums for over 20 years. 9th explains, "we wanted them to talk about stuff they wouldn't normally talk about on records, as they are in a different point in their lives, very grown man. It gives something to our generation to listen to, appreciate and celebrate without feeling old, without feeling outdated. We also wanted to let them know, the legends can still do it."

As the word legend gets thrown around a lot, it's not a far off title for the duo of Tek and Steele. "Some bestow the 'legend' tag upon us (we are very appreciative of that)," says Steele. "And we are chronicling that journey throughout the album.”

The full project will be dropping on February 22nd, 2019 on Duck Down Records. You can pre-order the album here and group merch here.

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Premiere: Duck Down Records' Smif-N-Wessun Returns With Khrysis-Produced 'Testify'

It's been nearly 25 years to the day since their classic debut Dah Shinin' impacted in January 1995, but legendary Brooklyn duo Smif-N-Wessun is still representing the culture with authority and authenticity. "Testify," the premiere music video from their upcoming album The All, adds another notch to their storied catalogs.

"Testify" begins with old photos of group members Tek and Steele in their 90s heyday, but they don't spend much time there before getting busy with present day rhymes. Over a backdrop from Khrysis, the Duck Down Records duo confidently announces their return while solidifying their legendary pedigree. The song gives a short but sweet taste from The All, their upcoming album produced entirely by 9th Wonder and the Soul Council.

“9th Wonder and the Soul Council provide the perfect backdrop for Tek and I to deliver heartfelt lyrical content,” Steele told VIBE. “It’s a true tale of ups and downs, wins and losses, growth and acceptance. It speaks to the hearts and minds of ALL people; particularly our followers and fans of ALL ages and ethnicities.”

‘Testify” is a realistic reflective look back on our accomplishments and failures throughout our career and serves as a precursor to what you will experience on The All,” Steele continued. "This project is a reality check for SNW, one that reflects the struggles and obstacles that we’ve had to endure to survive at the level we occupy in the hip-hop arena. Some, bestow the “Legend” tag upon us (we are very appreciative of that) and we are chronicling that journey throughout the album.”

The All is scheduled for a February 22, 2019 release on Duck Down Records, and is available for pre-order.

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