Hip-hop artists represent one of the strongest and most diverse facets of the Azalea City’s music scene. Rappers have come and gone, but C-Nile has remained one of its most productive and talented figures, bringing the world stories of his life coming up in the Roger Williams Projects.

His rhythmic verbal science has allowed him to work with artists such as Lil Boosie, Yo Gotti and T.I. Throughout his career, his listeners have watched as he has transformed from the “Golden Child” to the “Frozen Child” to simply “Afori.”

(Photo/ facebook.com/coldflameceo) Mobile’s own C-Nile revisits his personal and artistic transformation with “The Best of C-Nile.”

(Photo/ facebook.com/coldflameceo) Mobile’s own C-Nile revisits his personal and artistic transformation with “The Best of C-Nile.”

Each of these identities has served as an evolutionary stage in C-Nile’s career as his subject matter has shifted from stories from the streets to sermons from the pulpit.

C-Nile fans can experience his personal and artistic transformation with “The Best of C-Nile.” With gritty releases like “Who Can I Trust” to inspirational rhymes from “The Master’s Piece,” this album provides a perfect cross-section of this local legend’s life. “The Best of C-Nile” is now available at his official website, www.afori251.com.

Singer-songwriters flourish at Callaghan’s
Callaghan’s Irish Social Club and American Songwriter magazine make a great team. The two have collaborated to provide some of Mobile’s most memorable shows, such as Justin Townes Earle’s intimate performances at this neighborhood bar/music venue in the Oakleigh Garden District.

The performances are so intimate and popular they typically sell out. For those who haven’t been fortunate enough to attend one of these shows, American Songwriter has posted Earle’s most recent Callaghan’s gig (from September). In addition to his music, this video also captures Earle’s memorable stage banter from his Callaghan’s performances. Fans can view the video by visiting the American Songwriter website.

Speaking of Callaghan’s and songwriters, this cozy venue is starting 2016 with a huge show guaranteed to be a sellout. On Sunday, Jan. 24, Callaghan’s will welcome modern-day troubadours Andrew Duhon and Dylan LeBlanc. Hailing from opposite sides of Louisiana, these songwriters’ back-to-back sets will give the audience a look into that state’s versatile songwriter scene.

Duhon, from New Orleans, has gained popularity through the literary element he weaves into his songs. This versatility has earned Duhon dedicated fans in Mobile and beyond. In 2014, his latest album, “The Moorings,” received a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album.

While still a teenager, LeBlanc began performing in his hometown of Shreveport and eventually made his way to Muscle Shoals. For his performance at Callaghan’s, he’ll be performing cuts from his latest album, “Cautionary Tales.” As with many songwriters, LeBlanc’s music is inspired by his daily life experience.