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811, 2017

#1 on Billboard Jazz Chart!!! The only Jazz Album on the Top Album Sales Chart!!!

November 8th, 2017|

The number one album on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart (printing 11/4/17) is A Beautiful World by Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield!
In addition to #1 on the Jazz Albums chart and #1 on the Traditional Jazz albums chart, A Beautiful World is the only jazz album in the Top Album Sales chart (across all genres) at #44, and it’s #11 on the Independent Albums chart! It also just hit #1 on the Heatseekers Chart!  This #1 album features The Unorthodox Drummer himself Jamal Batiste, George Porter, Bill Summers, Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, Rebirth Brass Band, Cyril Neville, Topsy Chapman, and many more! CLICK HERE TO READ

1509, 2017

What do you get with 25 musical Batistes? ‘A captive audience’

September 15th, 2017|

Ask Paul Batiste how many people in his family play music, he’s soon exhausted counting all 10 toes and all 10 fingers. Eventually, the number sounds something like two dozen.”If I round it off between people I forgot, 25,” he laughs. “The youngest baby is my heart … and everybody’s saying he’s got music in him.” CONTINUE READING

2202, 2017

Wednesday at the Square announces 2017 dates, lineup

February 22nd, 2017|

The Young Leadership Council’s annual Wednesday at the Square concert series in Lafayette Square returns March 15-May 24. Admission is free.
Irma Thomas and Jamal Batiste open the series on March 15. The concerts run 11 weeks every Wednesday through May 24, and there also will be an event on Tuesday, May 2 with the Christian Scott Quintet. CONTINUE READING

2204, 2016

Group provides ear plugs to help save local musicians’ hearing

April 22nd, 2016|

NEW ORLEANS – Listening to loud music, through ear buds or at music concerts, can cause hearing loss for anyone.
But what if loud music is how you make your living.Several local groups are working together to save the hearing of the city’s cultural treasures. Identical twins Torrence and Thurman Thomas love playing urban contemporary R&B. And today these ASKTHETHOMASBROS band members are making sure the gigs last well into the future.

“I’ve noticed small things here and there but nothing substantial, because once I saw first and foremost, that I was losing, I was like, ‘I need to do something about this to help prevent it,'” said musician Torrence Thomas who plays bass guitar, drums and sings in the ASKTHETHOMASBROS band.


404, 2016

Carver Theater concert series to boost Treme corridor

April 4th, 2016|

A small audience gathered at the Carver Theater tonight to hear R and B artist Vivian Green. The event is the first of a four part series called the Divine Supper Club Experience.
One local non-profit is determined to revitalize the Treme area using music as a start.
R and B soulful and sultry balladeer Vivan Green serenades the audience with such hits as Emotional Rollercoaster at the newly renovated and historical Carver Theater. Green is the first of four artists featured in the divine supper club experience.
“The fact that someone would want me to be a part of revitalizing one of the neighborhoods is really amazing because I really do have true genuine love for this city,” said Green.
The sole purpose of the club experience is to generate interest and boost economic development along this corridor of Treme. Some say it has been overlooked far too long for other interests like the CBD.

201, 2016


January 2nd, 2016|

David Batiste is a legend in the field of music as Founder and Bandleader of David Batiste and the Gladiators. Most notably known for his soul classic ‘Funky Soul Part 1 and 2,’ he continues to be in demand internationally as a pioneer of New Orleans funk music. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

2404, 2015

CNNGo’s Series on New Orleans features the sounds of the City’s iconic cultural brand of Damon J. Batiste Family music

April 24th, 2015|

NEW ORLEANS – Damon J. Batiste & NOSACONN, Inc. [New Orleans South Africa Connection] are proud to announce a three-part series produced by CNN International Productions about New Orleans which features four generations of sounds of the Damon J. Batiste Family music.
“Our family’s cultural brand of music has been woven through the fabric of New Orleans for over 40 years. It is very fitting that CNN selected our post-Katrina music to be used as part of the soundtrack for this series about our great City”, says Batiste.

The dates and air times [CST] of this series on CNNGo are:

Wednesday April 8, 2015 4:30am 11:30am

Saturday April 11, 2015 12:30am 1:30pm

Sunday April 12, 2015 7:30am

Saturday May 9, 2015 7:30am

Sunday May 10, 2015 12:30am 1:30pm

The following Batiste artists’ music is highlighted in the video series:

David R. Batiste Sr. – New Orleans Hall of Famer: “New Orleans is Coming Back”

“During the time I lived in Dallas, Texas after Katrina, I had a vision that the people of New Orleans will come back and rebuild our City. I decided to write a song entitled “New Orleans is Coming Back.” Next I began to think about some things that represent New Orleans, so I began to put the words together for the song.” says Batiste, Sr. “PS… New Orleans has some of the best bars and nightclubs in the United States. I put the lyrics with the music and the soul of those venues!” he added.

Russell Batiste: “Hey Hey, Get on Down”

Russell composed “Hey Hey, Get On Down” as his own Tribute to New Orleans Anthems.
There are many Anthems like “When the Saints Go Marching In”; it’s about New Orleans Culture!
So this song is Russell Batiste’s New Orleans Anthem. His hope is that the world will give it a title as another New Orleans anthem!

Jamal Batiste: “Just Do You”

The creation of “Just Do You”, produced by Jamal Batiste and written by Michael Batiste, Candace Sharper, and Alana Creecy, came about during a time that preceded one of the most difficult moments of their lives. Where as most inspiration comes during or after an experience, theirs served as almost a premonition of the confidence, hope and faith they would need to overcome. Out of a desire to put a positive new spin on New Orleans native bounce music, they came up with the uplifting, feel good content that they pray embodies the true spirit of this song to all who listen to it.

Jordan Batiste [aka: Ka$h Akbar ]: “The Statement”

“The Statement” was created from the perspective of Ka$h Akbar, a young teen in New Orleans who knew that to get where he wanted in life he would have to go against the grain and do things differently from his peers. “The Statement” was written by Ka$h Akbar and Toi Whitney and was produced by New Orleans’ very own Jamal Batiste, a legendary musician in New Orleans. “The Statement” was created to touch any individual who feels that putting in overtime for his or her dream is more important than going out and partying every night and for those who believe that their passion will take them places that only a chosen few will go.

Damon J. Batiste’s role in his family’s musical culture and heritage is that of “Visionary.” He is the Culture Ambassador of the New Orleans South Africa Connection [NOSACONN] and is also a father, musician, producer, music educator and a proud New Orleanian. He is values his position as a member and descendant of Batiste Musician Family Tree. The Ten Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is this August. Damon is preparing a number of events to honor our great City’s resilience through disaster.

As a result of Damon’s diligent and dedicated national and international work on behalf of the City of New Orleans, he was recently hand selected by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to the International Engagement Committee of the 2018 NOLA Foundation to celebrate New Orleans’ 300th Anniversary-The Tricentennial.


Founded by Damon J. Batiste in 1998, the New Orleans South Africa Connection, Inc. (NOSACONN), a nonprofit501 (c) 3 organization, is comprised of business, civic, community and entertainment industry leaders both in New Orleans and in the Republic of South Africa. Their Mission is to link worlds together that are worlds apart by building enduring intercultural connections through the arts, entertainment, education and economic development. NOSACONN has produced special events in the City of New Orleans and the Republic of South Africa. These activities have allowed the organization to serve as pioneers in presenting art, culture and tourism as the forefront of economic development.

About CNNGo TV/CNN Travel

CNNGo is a monthly 30-minute show featuring a unique take on global destinations, bringing views from genuine insiders on what gives dynamic destinations around the world their distinctive buzz.

Think of CNNgo as CNN to the nth power: As the live channel plays in either a Web browser or a tablet app, it is surrounded with additional content options including contextual links that offer CNN-produced video, text, tweets and photos relevant to what is being discussed live. If a given story isn’t of interest, there’s also a menu of different segments from which to choose that aired anywhere from just minutes earlier to days ago.

2509, 2014

Damon J. Batiste honored by The Links, Inc. “Champions For Change”

September 25th, 2014|

NEW ORLEANS – Damon J. Batiste President, Founder & Cultural Ambassador of NOSACONN Inc., is among those being honored by the Crescent City Chapter of the Links, Inc. for making a significant difference by serving as catalysts for positive change in the New Orleans community. The fundraising will take place on Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 11:00 am at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Loyola Avenue. This year’s honorees are: Stella Pickney Jones, Amanda Aiken, Michael Hickerson, Sharon Carter Sheridan, and Damon J. Batiste. Over 600 people are expected to attend.

Damon went to St. Stephens Elementary School and St. Augustine High School, then attended Southern University of New Orleans and the University of Southwest Louisiana. At the age of 19, while still in college, Damon started working with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He has also performed at Jazz Fest over the years with his father and uncles. He’s also played with George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars in their HBO special in Aruba.

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3108, 2014

Times-Picayune: Jamal Batiste of New Orleans plays drummer in the James Brown movie!

August 31st, 2014|

Eastern New Orleans musician and producer Jamal Batiste is making his movie debut in the biographical drama, “Get On Up,” about the life of the godfather of soul James Brown.

In the movie, Batiste plays drummer John “Jabo” Starks. A member of New Orleans’ Batiste family, Jamal began playing drums at the age of 3. He continued his studies of music at the University of New Orleans where he earned a degree in jazz studies.

When Batiste’s father, David, told him about auditions for the movie, he said he decided to attend “just to see what would happen,” he said. After the first audition, Jamal was called back for another audition in Natchez, Miss. where he was asked to druma James Brown song. After several callbacks and rehearsals with other musicians, directed by Chadwick Boseman who plays James Brown, he won the part of Starks.
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2407, 2014


July 24th, 2014|

Local drummer Jamal Batiste is set to make waves on the big screen as the legendary James Brown’s drummer John “Jabo” Starks in the James Brown biopic Get on Up.

The long awaited screen adaptation of the Godfather of Soul’s life story will premier on August 1, and Batiste is ready for his close up.

John “Jabo” Starks and Jamal Batiste.

As a member of the musical Batiste family, which has far too many members spread throughout the New Orleans music community to count, Jamal Batiste was already keeping himself busy with hisUnorthodox Drummer and Honorable Southprojects when he attended an open casting call at the Old U.S. Mint.

“My father got word about the auditions, and he really just passed the word on to me,” Batiste said. “I was kind of like thinking nothing of it, and I just went there kind of like to just see what would happen.”

Batiste’s interest was piqued when he was called back a few weeks later for a second audition, this time in Natchez, Mississippi, where he was asked to play a James Brown song on the drums.



707, 2014

Damon Batiste’s NOSACONN to host a Film Presentation at #YesWeCode

July 7th, 2014|

Damon Batiste and the New Orleans South African Connection to host a Film Presentation at 
NOSACONN Film Presentation 
2:30 PM Sat. July 5th 
10:30 AM July 6th 
 Limited Ticket Access will be given out in Hall B at the Digtal Media Tech Village @ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.   This Project was filmed in New Orleans and Aulnay, France. 
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