DERRICK N. ASHONG & SOULFЀGE RETURN TO
THE LEGENDARY JOE'S PUB FOR THE APUTUMPU FESTIVAL
(Published: March 18, 2013)
New York, NY, March 18, 2013-The exciting and eclectic Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège will be performing for this year's Aputumpu Festival at the world-renowned Joe's Pub in NYC on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 10:15 p.m. Following a recent concert at Stanford University; the competitive selection and screening of their animated short film Love Rain Down (from their latest successful CD, AFropolitan) at last year's prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival; performing at Club de Madrid's gala dinner honoring former President Bill Clinton with the Democratic Leadership Award; a recent performance for the Clinton Global Initiative; appearing at the 2012 NXNE music festival in Toronto; and a triumphant national radio broadcast campaign, they're now scheduled to appear at Joe's Pub for the Aputumpu Festival.
"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
At Joe's Pub Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège will be performing songs from their previous critically-acclaimed CD Take Back the Mic, and their recent CD release, AFropolitan. The group will be propelled by drumming phenomenon Stix ‘Mr. Pocket' Bones and rock-solid Berklee alumnus, bassist Alex Staley. This band is a refreshingly original 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 VanityFair.com, MTV Africa, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, MNet Africa, ABC Chronicle and BBC Worldservice, while reaching 146 million listeners world-wide. Download for free their current CD, AFropolitan, and check out their new animated short film, Love Rain Down at www.derrickashong.com.
Show Time: 10:15 p.m.
Admission: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Location: 425 Lafayette St., NY, NY 10003, 212-967-7555, http://www.joespub.com/
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.joespub.com/