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The Foreign Exchange at One MusicFest

by +FE on August 31, 2011 at 7:26 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at One MusicFest
Check out some great photos of The Foreign Exchange's performance at One MusicFest in Atlanta, courtesy of our good friend Paul Abraham.

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour at The Door, Dallas TX | Nov 17, 2011

by Aimee Flint on August 30, 2011 at 11:00 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 8:00 PM
The Door, 2513 Main Street, Dallas TX 75226 | (214) 742-3667

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Phonte: In My Own Words (via The Source)

by +FE on August 30, 2011 at 1:13 PM · Comments
As a part of one of Hip-Hop's most influential groups, Little Brother; Phonte has always stood out. Ask around with anyone in the know, and he is pound for pound, one of music's most talented artists. He raps as good as any rapper in the game and sings just as good as any singer in R&B. Now, the freakishly talented artist out of North Carolina is ready to break out with his first solo project, Charity Starts At Home, and has linked back up with Little Brother member 9th Wonder after a long hiatus. In this interview, Tigallo speaks on his inspiration for the solo album, his relationship with Drake, 9th Wonder, the future of The Foreign Exchange and Little Brother, and more.
You shocked a lot of people by reuniting with 9th Wonder earlier this year. What exactly led to the reunion?

Me and 9th have a mutual friend in Fatin "10" Horton. Fatin is a producer in 9th's Soul Council production team and he's been a friend of mine since we were both teenagers growing up in Greensboro, NC. Through the years, he's always been a neutral party and always told us, "Look, whatever y'all gotta work out, that's on y'all; both of y'all are still my peoples." Fatin called me on New Year's Eve and said that 9th wanted to talk, and I told him to give 9th my number and we can hash it all out. He came to my crib on New Year's Day 2011 and we been rockin ever since.

The Foreign Exchange really allowed you to spread your wings as a complete artist, what does the future hold for that?

The Foreign Exchange has changed my life in so many ways. I tell everybody that +FE is me and Nic's 401K package. I love the craft of emceeing, but you can't rap forever. Being the person I am, I just love doing music. I don't want a vanity label, I don't want a bullshit clothing line, I want to make music until I die. +FE gives me the space to do that. I can sing til' I'm 70 if I want to. Me and Nic can be like Frankie Beverly and Maze and tour forever. You see Frankie step onstage with his white hat and them white linen pants, you know what time it is...lol.

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+FE: Checkpoint (via Stark)

by +FE on August 30, 2011 at 8:37 AM · Comments
What began as a friendship between Dutch producer Nicolay and former Little Brother frontman Phonte in a forum on Okayplayer.com, lead to the birth of indie-soul juggernaut, The Foreign Exchange. Now a decade strong, the group reflects on their evolution and their search for authenticity.
Since embarking on their collaborative endeavor nearly ten years ago in 2002, The Foreign Exchange members Phonte Coleman and Nicolay have been breaking down non-believers with their modern take on timeless Hip-Hop Soul music religiously. But for what seemed like an effortless creative front, the duo actually spent their first two years conceiving the foundation for their sound via non-stop emails, with Nicolay sending his production and Phonte recording to them. "Light It Up," one of those records recorded during that time span, became the B-side to "Whatever You Say" from Little Brother's 2003 debut album, The Listening, (Nic also produced the "5th & Fashion" skit on LB's highly-anticipated sophomore album, The Minstrel Show) while the others helped to deliver Connected, +FE's classic debut LP in 2004, without the pair ever meeting face-to-face.

That same year their first officially meeting took place at a Little Brother show in Amsterdam -- the meeting place coincidentally taking cue from the influences within the sound that we've grown to love. A sound where experimentation with Hip-Hop, Electronica, Soul and Psychedelic was the norm for the group, and long before the music industry began to accept genre-bending formats as the new standard. +FE even drew inspiration from everyone, from The Beatles to James Taylor and Prince. So as the underground buzz began to stir, the idea of creating an new album under the same pressures of the first, seemed a tad ridiculous and extra. So Nicolay moved to Phonte's home state of North Carolina, where they began to work on another project.

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More of The Foreign Exchange at One MusicFest

by +FE on August 30, 2011 at 8:24 AM · Comments
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Zo! Listening Party at Rumba Room, Memphis TN | Sept 5, 2011

by Aimee Flint on August 29, 2011 at 9:19 AM · Comments
:::::::music, poster & ticket giveaways:::::::

*Live Band- "Memfist10"*

$5 admission

Monday, September 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Rumba Room, 303 S Main St, Memphis TN 38103

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour at Masquerade, Atlanta GA | Nov 9, 2011

by +FE on August 28, 2011 at 7:40 PM · Comments
Twenty 28 & From Afros To Shelltoes present

The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Masquerade, 695 North Ave Atlanta, Ga 30308 | (404) 577-8178

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour at Zanzabar, Louisville KY | Nov 13, 2011

by +FE on August 25, 2011 at 10:24 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band
DJ Set by: Dwight Johnson

Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Zanzabar, 2100 S Preston St., Louisville KY | 502-635-ZBAR

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour at Rumba Room, Memphis TN | Nov 15, 2011

by +FE on August 24, 2011 at 11:22 AM · Comments
NeoSoulville presents The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Rumba Room, 303 S Main St | Memphis, TN (Downtown) 38103 | (901) 523-0020

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Textura reviews Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange

by +FE on August 23, 2011 at 10:22 PM · Comments
Essentially "The Foreign Exchange Unplugged," Dear Friends: An Evening with The Foreign Exchange perpetuates the embrace of acoustic soul that was so much a part of the group's last album Authenticity. As such, we're a long way removed from the raw hip-hop stylings of the group's earlier work. Not that that's a bad thing, necessarily, as the music on this latest recording is as refreshing as a warm summer breeze, and its appeal is bolstered by the fact that so few groups aside from The Foreign Exchange are waving this genre flag, so to speak. That the recording's sole cover is of a James Taylor song rather than something harder-edged tells you something about the mellow vibe The Foreign Exchange's courting with the set.

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Phonte feat. Elzhi - Not Here Anymore (Prod. 9th Wonder)

by +FE on August 23, 2011 at 9:10 AM · Comments
Phonte feat. Elzhi - Not Here Anymore (Prod. 9th Wonder)
+FE Music proudly presents "Not Here Anymore", the first single from Phonte's upcoming solo album, Charity Starts At Home. The single features Elzhi and production from 9th Wonder.

Charity Starts At Home will drop 9/27 on +FE Music. Thank you for listening!
"NOT HERE ANYMORE feat. ELZHI" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Featuring Elzhi
Produced by 9th Wonder

Cover design by Chris Charles of Creative Silence Photography

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Independent Weekly reviews Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange

by +FE on August 22, 2011 at 2:05 PM · Comments
Phonte Coleman and Nicolay Rook began The Foreign Exchange, as the name suggests, as an international file swap, with the Carolina-raised Coleman and the Dutch Rook building suave soul music through the Internet. But in the last several years, Rook has moved to Wilmington, Coleman has left Little Brother and the pair has made The Foreign Exchange a full-time, full-regalia operation. They've received a Grammy nomination, consistent critical kudos and, appropriately, a dedicated and worldwide fan base. In return for inviting them to our cities, they've invited us into the studio on Dear Friends. Recorded this past February at Durham's Sound Pure Studios in front of an audience of 40 fortunate fans, the CD/ DVD package is an intimate, scaled-down performance of several selections from The Foreign Exchange's entire catalog, exemplifying the magic that can happen when a band handles its music and career with care.

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour at One Eyed Jack's, New Orleans LA | Nov 21, 2011

by +FE on August 18, 2011 at 10:34 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Sound provided by: DJ E.F. Cuttin

Monday, November 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM
One Eyed Jack's, 615 Toulouse Street New Orleans, LA 70130

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Zo! + Sy Smith at Ben's Next Door, Washington DC | Aug 22, 2011

by Aimee Flint on August 16, 2011 at 11:10 AM · Comments
Wes Felton & Ben's live presents:
An Intimate Night with Zo! + Sy Smith

An acoustic session that features Sy Smith on vocals while Zo! accompanies her on keys.

Monday, August 22, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Ben's Next Door, 1211 U St. NW, Washington DC 20001

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Zo! Listening Party at The Silver Room, Chicago IL | Aug 20, 2011

by +FE on August 12, 2011 at 9:11 AM · Comments
Join Zo! for the official '...just visiting three' Chicago Listening Party / Meet & Greet, hosted by Kwest_on and Dylan.

Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM
The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

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More of The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Sacramento

by +FE on August 12, 2011 at 8:53 AM · Comments
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Prefixmag reviews Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange

by +FE on August 11, 2011 at 2:35 PM · Comments
Over the course of three studio albums, the Foreign Exchange, a collective built around the core duo of former Little Brother rapper/singer Phonte and Dutch producer Nicolay, has refined an increasingly austere brand of hip-hop/R&B that has taken them from the freewheeling braggadocio of 2004's Connected to the sophisticated relationship melodrama of last year's Authenticity. One element of the group dynamic that has gotten lost in the fray as the subject matter has grown up is the sense of humor. Onstage, Phonte is a veritable comedian, and his bandmates are his foils. That playful joie de vivre carries over to the music as well on their latest release, the live CD/DVD Dear Friends: An Evening with the Foreign Exchange, which documents an intimate acoustic set played for a group of friends and lucky fans in Phonte's hometown of Durham, N.C. back in February.

The Foreign Exchange has been touring extensively since the October release of Authenticity (which charmed its way onto Prefix's Best Albums of 2010 list in December), so Dear Friends finds a band in top form tearing through a series of hits, select numbers from individual members' solo outings, and a James Taylor cover, aided by the singing talents of newcomers Jeanne Jolly, a North Carolinian songstress, and actress, singer, and songwriter Sy Smith. While the Foreign Exchange's canon makes fantastic use of producer Nicolay's icy electronics on record, Dear Friends takes advantage of the acoustic setting and imbues these songs with a kind of breezy, almost porchfront vibe.

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour at 2720 Cherokee, St Louis MO | Nov 14, 2011

by Aimee Flint on August 10, 2011 at 6:39 PM · Comments
Epic + kiD present The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Sounds provided by: DJ JMo of The Soulition

Monday, November 14, 2011 at 8:00 PM
2720 Cherokee, 2720 Cherokee Street, St. Louis MO 63118 | (314) 664-9900

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Oakland

by +FE on August 9, 2011 at 8:51 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Oakland

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More of The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in San Jose

by +FE on August 8, 2011 at 9:35 AM · Comments
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Phonte - Charity Starts At Home

by +FE on August 3, 2011 at 11:02 AM · Comments
Phonte - Charity Starts At Home
The multi-talented frontman of Little Brother and The Foreign Exchange drops his long-awaited solo album.

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Nic's Groove live from Portland

by +FE on August 3, 2011 at 10:14 AM · Comments
Nic's Groove live from Portland

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour at The WorkPlay Theatre, Birmingham AL | Nov 10, 2011

by Aimee Flint on August 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Sounds provided by DJ Rahdu

Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM
The WorkPlay Theatre, 500 23rd Street South, Birmingham AL 35233 | (205) 879-4773

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour at The Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC | Sept 10, 2011

by +FE on August 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly, Zo! and live band

Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 9:30 PM
The Neighborhood Theatre, 511 East 36th St., Charlotte, NC 28205

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in San Jose

by +FE on August 1, 2011 at 10:01 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in San Jose

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