STANFORD AFRICAN STUDENTS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS DERRICK N. ASHONG & SOULFЀGE AT CULTURAL SHOW
(Published: February 26, 2013)
New York, NY, February 26, 2013-The always entertaining and eclectic Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège will be appearing at this year's Stanford African Students Association (SASA) cultural show. After recently performing at Club de Madrid's gala dinner honoring former President Bill Clinton with the Democratic Leadership Award; the competitive selection of their animated short film Love Rain Down (a cut from their latest highly successful CD, AFropolitan) for a screening at last year's prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival; launching a national commercial & public radio broadcast campaign; and reaching over 60,000 downloads for their Million Download Campaign (available free at www.derrickashong.com), they're now scheduled to appear at SASA's event on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
"Here are musicians, poised with a positive vibe and with lyrics so uplifting that you actually believe, if only for one night, that . . . 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."-VanityFair.com
In CEMEX Auditorium at the Knight Management Center Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège will be performing songs from their previous critically-acclaimed CD Take Back the Mic, and their recent 2011 CD release, AFropolitan. The band will be propelled by drumming phenomenon Stix ‘Mr. Pocket' Bones and rock-solid bassist Sam Ravenna. 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 vocals/harmonies of Ashong (also on guitar) and co-founder Jonathan M. Gramling, and provocatively elevating lyrics; a combination that 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.
". . . [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. Download for free their current successful CD release, AFropolitan, and check out their new animated short film, Love Rain Down at www.derrickashong.com.
Show Time: From 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. (includes all performers)
Location: CEMEX Auditorium at the Knight Management Center, Grad School of Business, Stanford U.
Contact info for Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège: Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment Inc., (212) 543-9998
Management: M. Quentin B.L. Williams, The Butler Lappert Williams Firm PC, (212) 572-4822, firstname.lastname@example.org
More Information: http://www.derrickashong.com