Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfege Releases Their Latest Single: "AFropolitan"
Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège is a band of very creative and talented musicians from a diverse variety of impressive backgrounds.
- (1888PressRelease) July 19, 2011 - New York, NY - Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège is a band of very creative and talented musicians from a diverse variety of impressive backgrounds who've brought together a festive amalgam of musical styles. They have perpetually electrified audiences with their joyous 'Afropolitan' fusion, and one can easily see why upon hearing their new single release, "AFropolitan," a preview, and the title cut, of their highly anticipated upcoming CD to be released in the fall of 2011.
"Here are musicians, poised with a positive vibe and with lyrics so uplifting that you actually believe, if only for one night, that slowly, out of a species-wide weariness for discord and conflict, a new world mood may emerge from the street and the Net, somehow defying the odds-a spirit of promise and hope and harmony, a spirit that denies dissonance. Soulfège lets us dream such sweet dreams, in vibrant colors."
"AFropolitan" is a funky-rockin'-dance-groove characterized by rhythmic and lyrical invocations to action, both literally and metaphorically, that is, on the dance floor ("Move ya body") and in the world at large ("Six billion ways to live . . . choose one"). The track reinforces the band's call to 'Take Back the Mic™,' a movement they've created to put meaning back into today's music and to challenge a new generation of youth to find their own voice and take on roles of leadership in society. "AFropolitan" is, musically, one facet of the band's many stylistic excursions they draw upon to create their expressive vision, and it's effusive and infectious. Plainly put-it makes you want to move!
"Its [Soulfège's] members realized they had the platform to reach ears not only with their music-a fusion of thumping African music and rhythms, sweet reggae breezes, funk, and hip-hop-but also with their message."
-The Boston Globe
Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège is a critically-acclaimed, refreshingly original and exciting group of musicians who have synthesized an eclectic blend of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Funk, World Beat and West African Highlife music to create an integral musical mélange of style and substance. They combine driving rhythms, authentic musicianship, the crisp harmonies of Ghana-born Derrick, and co-founder and fellow Harvard alum Jonathan M. Gramling, with provocatively elevating lyrics, resulting in a combination that transcends and defies even the most imaginative of descriptive capacities. The band is propelled by drumming phenomenon Stix 'Mr. Pocket' Bones, rock-solid Berklee grad & Funk/Rock bassist Alex Staley, Ghanaian percussion prodigy Atta Addo, and keyboard wizard Micah Hulscher-and together with Ashong and Gramling create a powerful, undeniable whole. Look for their new, full CD release, "AFropolitan," in the fall of 2011.
Visit Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège on the Web: www.derrickashong.com
Contact info for Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège:
Redwood Entertainment Inc.
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