Many musicians profess their art as an emotional release, but very few claim witnessing the fatal shooting of their father as the cause. Dwele does, and while he may best known for his guest appearances—especially with Chicago emcees Kanye West and Common, most recently on the former’s single “Power”— the Detroit nu-soul vocalist has released four studio albums of his own. Featuring the likes of Slum Village, last month’s W.ants W.orld W.omen is at times gritty and sensual, confident and insecure, and always powerful. Drawing on influences from Stevie Wonder to A Tribe Called Quest, his music reflects the essences of soul tradition updated to sport a sharp hip-hop edge. NICK FELDMAN

Wed., July 7, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 2010

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