Haile Roots in Concert April 2

Haile Roots and the Fano Band are coming to the District and we are super excited to be covering the event this year! For those not too familiar with the Ethiopian reggae artist please check out his music here on itunes and get ready for a dose of feel good music with a dash of consciousnesses. I…

Meet Patience Rowe

Today’s interview is with the Patience Rowe.  To get more information on her and to learn more about her role as a member of BOOMscat please read: http://wp.me/p10jRe-NB Follow her on Instagram: @Patiencesings |  Below you will find the video and we encourage you to give feed back! SDBUP would also like to give Dottn Boyz a…

Hello Spring!

Hey guys! SDBUP is back from its’ hiatus! We are welcoming Spring and embracing this lovely weather with tons of new projects and posts to come! Thank you so much for being patient with us! I promise you all will love what we have in store!   Astu Mengesha – Stay Down Blaze Up

Day Trip

Yesterday, I woke up and went into DC. I went straight to the MLK library did some reading and went right over to the one of the “Smithsonians”, I learned a lot! For example, when in a museum you do not wear your backpack on your back but rather hold it by the handle and…

Meet Chidinma Dureke

“My goal is to redefine the definition of blackness in the Diaspora, by using color, design elements to transcend physical material reality.” Thank God for the creators of Instagram! I am always finding amazing artists and this week we are highlighting an extremely talented female artist and her name is Chi-Chi. When people submit their work to…

Meet Narel Argaw

“Art is all about expression, you will value your art when you drop a little part of you in it. You will be patient enough to perfect it.” Born and raised in Ethiopia, Narel moved to the United states at the age of 12. He attributes a lot of his foundation to his father, who discovered his…

K E L E L A.

Shout out to my home girl, Selam, for breaking me off with this goodness. Kelela Mizanekristos is making quite the impression and I suggest you all get hip. Favorite track listed below, you’re welcome. Track: Go All Night https://soundcloud.com/kelelam Astu Mengesha – Stay Down Blaze Up

Zaaf Launch Event

Stay Down Blaze Up attended Zaaf’s Official Launch, this past Sunday, and below is the entire account. Enjoy! Upscale, classy, and family/friend oriented, Zaaf’s Launch event was beautifully executed. People from all over came to celebrate, Abai Schulze’s up and coming company, and I was super excited to meet the mastermind behind the promising brand. I…

Ones to Watch in 2014 Project

About a month ago I was scrolling through my feed and I came across a retweet, of a DeepMatter image, from the ERKYAH BADU. Just to clarify, it was not her fan page or some random natural hair diva claiming to be Badu, but the actual blue check official ERKYAH BADU page! Miss ‘Bag Lady’…

H E A P

Yesterday I linked up with the extremely moving and talented Entree, owner of HEAP Clothing, and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation. She is a member of TRDC, DC native, and is eager to produce a clothing line with a message. Below you will find our entire conversation and contact information, enjoy! Astu: “As always I start…

I’ve made it another year . . .

I came across this on IG and thought it would be an awesome way to start your week, with a kick in the butt of course. The writers information is below please feel free to connect with him and as always enjoy. I’ve made it another year, so that means it’s time for my annual…

All Hail Queen Kyi

Hustling mix-tapes, promoting live performances, and free styling at the drop of a dime; are all common characteristics I have seen in many people, over the years, who are trying to make it in the music industry.  So, I have been a little hesitant to interview musicians because like so many they come and go,…