Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is no stranger to working with some of the most talented musicians in the world. He was mentored by the iconic Wynton Marsalis, arranged the entire 11-piece horn section for Tedeschi Trucks Bands’ 2011 album Revelator (which won a Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2012), and has played alongside incredible stars such as Santigold, Wyclef Jean, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo, Diddy, Musiq Soulchild, and more. They call him “Mobetta” for a reason; from a musical standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Mo Brown.Currently working on his own solo material, The Mood due out March 2017, Brown has released his latest single “Destination Hope,” featuring singer Chris Turner and spoken word poet J. IVY. It’s a jazzy, soul-infused number with straight hip-hop beats that will keep your head swaying even after the track ends.Brown tells us about the track: “Destination Hope represents a place of encouragement & inclusion in place of resentment & division, a place where there is no racism or discrimination. A place where people have respect for one another, their communities and the environment. It’s very easy to get caught up in the negativity & that leads to hopelessness. In these trying times, I sought to create a mood that would uplift people and give them a sense of hope. The destination is in the journey to get there; to actively & compassionately stand up for something better for ourselves & future generations is to cultivate hope.”Take a listen below:
By Dialogo December 27, 2012 The peace negotiations carried out by the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas in Cuba for a month, were making slow progress, said president Juan Manuel Santos in an interview with the daily El Tiempo, on December 23. “They are moving forward slowly, but they are still moving forward,” Santos said, even though he was optimistic that the Colombian 2013 Christmas will be celebrated in peace. “If there is good will (on FARC’s side), next Christmas will be celebrated in peace, with this conflict already settled,” Santos said. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and Santos government agreed a negotiating agenda comprising of five points, and since the talks started on November 19, they are still dealing with the first topic: the agrarian one. Santos has set November 2013 as the deadline for a final agreement to end the violent armed conflict that has affected the nation for almost 50 years with the FARC, the oldest Latin American insurgency. In his declarations, the president said that if negotiations fail, “the alternative is to continue under fire for several years, as we have been for the last 50 years.” On December 21, both parties concluded the second round of talks in Havana, which will resume on January 14.