Here are musicians, poised with a positive vibe and with lyrics so uplifting that you actually believe
The always entertaining and eclectic Derrick N. Ashong & SoulfÃ¨ge are set to make another highly anticipated return appearance in NYC. 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 an April screening at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival; launching a national commercial & public radio broadcast campaign; and reaching over 50,000 downloads for their Million Download Campaign for 2012 (available free at www.derrickashong.com), they're now scheduled to re-appear at the internationally popular Drom in NYC on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 7:15.
"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. SoulfÃ¨ge lets us dream such sweet dreams, in vibrant colors."-VanityFair.com
At Drom Derrick N. Ashong & SoulfÃ¨ge 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, rock-solid Berklee grad & Funk/Rock bassist Alex Staley, keyboard wizard Nathan Rosenberg, and the lyrical and dynamic alto sax of Jorge Montoy. Derrick N. Ashong & SoulfÃ¨ge 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 melange of style and substance. They combine driving rhythms, authentic musicianship, the crisp vocals/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.
". . . [SoulfÃ¨ge'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
SoulfÃ¨ge'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: Doors open at 6:30 PM, show starts at 7:15
Admission: $10 advanced (at Drom & www.ticketfly.com), $15 at the door
Location: 85 Avenue A (btw 5th & 6th St.), New York, NY, (212) 777-1157 www.dromnyc.com
Contact info for Derrick N. Ashong & SoulfÃ¨ge: 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