Sunday, January 4, 2009

Some of Our 2008 Top Indie Music Picks

2008 was a HOT year for the Indie performer...Liberated Muse Productions was thrilled to be front seat, center stage to check out some of the hot acts of the year. Putting on the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest, being a part of the International Soul Music Summit and checking out such hot festivals as the Can a Sista Rock a Mic and the Black Luv Fest-- both in DC, we feel that 2008 was a GREAT year in particular for Indie Acts from the DC Metro area.

Though there are several music acts we call favorites, some of the acts we actually bought music from and are pumping as we speak include some of the people below...check them out! Support INDEPENDENT artists!!!!

Chaquis Maliq

This sista is a soul songstress with a sweet and sassy disposition that shines through in her music. Her voice is melodic and takes one back to the days of Stephanie Mills and Chaka Kahn & Rufus. She is a member of the Liberated Muse social network. Check out some of her sounds below.
This MC has mentioned numerous times on this blog. There are many reasons why. It's not because he has appeared on MTV and has a star that seems to only get brighter. It's not because he is fine (although, that would be ok).
Substantial is a dope MC. Substantial is also a genuinely nice guy. Substantial also works tirelessly with the kids (he is a program coordinator with a prominent Washington-based nonprofit working with kids in DC's Southeast area). Don't take our word for it, though, when it comes to his dopeness. Check it out yourself:


This sista is sophisticated soul on high notch. Her voice is bluesy jazzy over soul tracks and her songwriting is quality. She reminds me of Chante Moore in the 90's. Everyone and their mama will be able to relate to songs that talk about everything from the office politics that make the 9 to 5 a headache to the joy of finally finding someone who is good enough to share your life with. Check her out. This CD is constantly on spin in our car.


We love Kuku. His music, his energy, his lyrics. See for yourself:

In the video above, Kuku is with two other phenomenal talents, Sol Elder and Alexei Jendayi. Alexei and the poet MC Komplex started the group Fly Gypsy which made their debut in 2008. Check them out:

These are just a few of our faves...who are some of yours from 2008?


Click to learn about the Top Indie Music Sites of 2008

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