Jonathan ‘Chaka’ Mahone is a member of RIDERS AGAINST THE STORM. For this Artist-to-Artist Q&A, he gets down to the nitty gritty and up to spiritual heights with Bobby McFerrin, who Chaka dubs “a vocal alchemist.”
Talking to two-time Grammy nominee Eric Roberson is like talking to a best friend. You can tell he is listening. Everything he offers to the conversation is smooth and thoughtful. It’s not just that he likes to talk; he likes to learn.
Bill “The Mailman” Martin, gospel announcer and president of the Texas Chapter of the Gospel Announcers Guild, passed away on Apr. 7. He mentored Naomi Richard, who authored this remembrance of his life.
“Mission Accomplished,” was how Chaka felt when Riders Against the Storm (RAS) won the prestigious Band of the Year award at this year’s SXSW Music Festival. To have Hip Hop appreciated and validated by a bona fide music-loving community was exactly the purpose of RAS’ move to Austin in 2009.