LIVE at the VIVA LA VUVUZUELA MUSIC FEST: DERRICK N. ASHONG & SOULFЀGE
(Published: June 17, 2011)
New York, NY, July 5, 2011-Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège will be performing live at Babycastles in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the Viva La Vuvuzuela Music Festival on Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 9:45 to 10:35 PM.
"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."
At the Viva La Vuvuzuela Music Fest Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège will be performing songs from their previous critically-acclaimed CD Take Back the Mic, and their upcoming CD, AFropolitan, to be released in the fall of 2011. The band will be propelled by drumming phenomenon Stix ‘Mr. Pocket' Bones, rock-solid Berklee grad & Funk/Rock bassist Alex Staley, and keyboard wizard Nathan Rosenberg. Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège are a 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 Derrick and co-founder Jonathan M. Gramling, and provocatively elevating lyrics; a combination that transcends and defies even the most imaginative of descriptive capacities. They are a powerful live act and a vivid new voice that has perpetually electrified audiences with their joyous ‘Afropolitan' fusion.
"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
Soulfège's previous CD, Take Back the Mic, debuted in the top 10 of the JamBands.com/Relix Magazine Radio Chart and the top 100 of the Jazz Week World Chart. The music and their social movement have been featured in such major media as VanityFair.com, MTV Africa, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, MNet Africa, ABC Chronicle and BBC Worldservice, reaching 146 million listeners world-wide. Check out their current single, "AFropolitan", the title cut of their highly anticipated upcoming CD release in the fall.
Show Time: Doors open at 8:00 PM; Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège from 9:45 to 10:35 PM
Admission: $10 advanced, http://vivalavuvuzuela201..., $12 at the door
285 Kent Ave. (at S. 1st St.), Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY 11211
Visit Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège
on the Web: www.derrickashong.com
Contact info for Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège:
Redwood Entertainment Inc.
More Information: http://www.derrickashong.com