Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Derrick Ashong and Soulfege

You may remember the remarkably gifted young man who, caught outside a primary debate, oratorically soared in his response to a reporter (obviously a Republican, obviously hoping to interview those who support Obama but can't explain why).

Here's a refresher:

That young man, Derrick Ashong, gives us more insight into his background here:

And it turns out that he's also a musician. His band, Soulfege, has released their first cd, which I listened to in its entirity, found reminiscent of Michael Franti and Spearhead, and wholeheartedly recommend. You won't be surprised that my favorite song is "Funkadocious." If you like what you're hearing from Derrick Ashong (or even if you don't share his political views), please visit the band's website and give a listen.

Here's an excerpt from the Vanity Fair review:
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. Soulfege lets us dream such sweet dreams, in vibrant colors.


slag said...

Very insightful! I like that dude. And since I love Franti, I'm going to have to check out his band. Thanks for the tip!

Charlotte said...

Wow. Just Wow.

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hello there!

I remember seeing that vid on YT quite a while ago and he sounded like a well-informed, politically conscious young man...I don't know WHY black folks were acting so totally stunned that there are intelligent young black men who are well-read on the issues....

I'd love to know more about his musical career so thank you for sharing!

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