"Durham, NC's incubator for new music, Blackspace, has teamed-up with Forging The Musical Future to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! We have put a bill together, featuring three exciting, Bull-City based (or originated) groups that exemplify black music of the past [Africa Unplugged], the present [The jonDoe] and the future [The Afronauts]. We welcome everyone to join in the celebration with us! - Blackspace // FTMF Talent
The jonDoe is a new and refreshing take on the millennial jazz/hip-hop sound. The Durham-based quintet delivers a mix of seductive and magnetic vocals on top of potent grooves that make your head nod. You could call their music "Soul", but as soon as you did, you would notice that what you were hearing has evolved significantly from where you began. The jonDoe consists of vocalist Myk'l Hanna along with JC Martin (guitar), Chuckey Robinson (keyboard), Justin Henry (bass) and Devin Fuller on drums. They are currently recording their debut album.
The Afronauts (Blackspace)
"Raising up my power fist, showing off my battle scars, shift from all my haters took a breath and now I'm moving on pushing through my struggle, drop the beat and get my grooving on" -Naima Harrell (aka NAMA) from the song 919
Executive Produced by J Rowdy and mixed by Blackspace youth under the guidance of producer and sound engineer Rem (the co-owner of the local Cotton Candy company called WonderPuff) REVENGE is an album of original, refreshing North Carolina Hip Hop.
"Sankofa" comes from a proverb in the Twi language of Ghana, "Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi". This translates as, "it is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten". Djembe master, guitarist and songwriter, Atiba Rorie has not only kept with this principle but expounded upon it in Africa Unplugged's sophomore release.
With "Vol. 2", Rorie and fellow percussionists, Lamar Lewis and Elisha Harris are joined by NC guitarist, William Darity and Nicaraguan bassist, Cesar Oviedo. This new instrumentation is employed richly to combine both the "village" and "city" drumming styles of Mali with both rural and urban sounds from the African diaspora. Rorie's disarmingly warm and personal approach to songwriting and arranging takes the listener on a sonic journey from West Africa to the nightclubs and "juke joints" of the US "chitlin circuit" as well as the beach parties and dance halls of the caribbean throughout the recording."