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You Just Might Need A Passport Just To Rock Wit It: ‘Native Sun’
03/01/2011, 6:06 pm
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Blitz the Ambassador is Back With Anticipated New Album ‘Native Sun‘ Out Worldwide on May 3rd, 2011

Blitz the Ambassador will follow up his critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘Stereotype’ and follow-up live album ‘Stereolive,’ with the 12-song Native Sun’ – a deeper, more roots-oriented record with the first single, ‘Best I Can’ and Les Nubians on the track ‘Dear Africa.’

The Ghanaian-born, Brooklyn-based MC/Composer recently returned from Ghana where he shot a compelling and beautifully shot short film also titled ‘Native Sun.’ The new album provides a vivid soundtrack to the story of a young boy’s daunting pilgrimage from the countryside to the capital city of Accra to find his father, who he only knows from a photo given to him by his deceased mother.

Blitz told Public Radio International {PRI) Afropop Worldwide recently:

“We have to create other things that will make our music noticed. It’s very difficult to get anyone to buy music today, so it’s more about creating worlds, so if you create a world that other people are willing to exist in, and they’re willing to support it, and willing to spread the word about it, so we are making a short film that’s gonna add another element to the album, and I’m really excited about it.”

Watch the ‘Native Sun’ film teaser: http://vimeo.com/channels/blitz

‘Stereotype’ hit top ten on iTunes where it remained for a month following its independent release on Blitz’s record label, Embassy MVMT.  Blitz says about his debut effort, “I wanted to pay homage to make people understand that like anything, hip-hop has its lineage. It starts somewhere and it’s gonna go somewhere.”

The album lead Blitz and his seasoned band, The Embassy Ensemble to tour across the United States, including sharing the stage with Public Enemy at NYC’s Summerstage and The Roots & Talib Kweli at Celebrate Brooklyn! as well as all over Europe hitting festivals like Belgium’s Afro-Latino Festival with Sean Paul and France’s TransMusicales Festival with Bomba Estereo, M.I.A. and Janelle Monae.  Summer 2011 will have Blitz and The Embassy Ensemble all over Europe for more festival runs, in support of ‘Native Sun.’

Watch the dynamic and show-stopping performance in front of 5,000 of the first single, Best I Can performed in Rennes, France at the prestigious TransMusicales Festival.

Quotes about Blitz:

Every once in a while, I find myself back in the audience, wide-eyed and helpless to explain what my senses are telling me. That’s what happened when Blitz the Ambassador visited Soundcheck.”NPR

“The djembé-playing artist rocked the stage. He lived up to his name as an ambassador, introducing the audience to his intoxicating, world-wise hop-hop.” – Huffington Post

“Step outside of an American-centric perspective, and it’s a fact that on the global stage, African hip-hoppers are winning the race to the top. Blitz the Ambassador is one of the most exciting artists to emerge from this ascending group.”Washington Post

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