Starting at 6pm
on March 22nd at Matthattan's CODA,
and again on March 23rd at Brooklyn's
Southpaw, the "New York Collective
of One World Beat Artists" will
be performing in a spectacular line-up
featuring six artists or bands per
evening, all to benefit OWB's "Give
A Child A Chance" education campaign.
Organized by OWB USA Coordinator,
Lisa G. Humphrey--herself one of the
performers--this incredible group
of caring creatives features F.L.
Jones and the F.B.B., Mic Jones, Ayanda
Hutchinson Band, Eve Torturo Band,
Kaissa, Durand's Funky Blues, and
Phife at CODA, and the Wonderland
Orchestra, Nicole "Byrd"
Johnson, Rashani, Lisa Humphrey, Bulan,
and Ali Shaheed Muhammed at Southpaw.
Singer and songwriter Bulan (also
known as Alkebulan, whose name means
"land of original people")
captivates audiences with her powerful
vocals and equally strong messages.
Her original songs are infused with
themes of life, love, reality, drama,
and heartache. She surrounds herself
with talented musicians, and the result
is a daring mosaic of groove-minded
invention and introspection, which
blends musical prowess with message-driven
lyrical expression. Drawing on the
roots of her African lineage, she
creates music with the pulse and rhythms
of jazz, soul, R&B, hip-hop, pop,
rock, dance and reggae, which has
helped her to develop a body of work
uniquely her own.
Bulan, raised in a family of talented
musicians and singers, grew up listening
to the words and poetry of then brother-in-law,
Felipe Luciano (political activist
and one of the founders of the 1960's
organization, the Young Lords), and
the music of her godfather Eddie Palmieri
(the preeminent Latin-Jazz Grammy
award-winning musician). An audition
for music legend Paul Simon for his
Broadway production, "The Capeman",
first led her to take her musical
talent seriously, and--although that
project was ultimately unsuccessful--she
is featured on "Songs from the
Capeman", which Simon produced.
She has also worked alongside singer/songwriter
and political activist Ruben Blades,
and pop sensation, Mark Anthony.
She has performed and toured major
cities around the world with Freedom
Williams, of the highly successful
C and C Music Factory, and became
the new voice of such hits as "Rock
'n' Roll", "Do You Wanna
Get Funky", and "Pride (A
Deeper Love)." The hit, "Gonna
Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)",
was re-released in Europe in 2004
with Bulan at the vocal helm, alongside
Williams. It has garnered rave reviews
and is getting major spin at clubs
and on the radio. In New York, she
has performed at CBGB'S, Groove, The
Culture Club, and the now legendary
Palladium, with her band TBMIG (pronounced
TA-BIMME-GEE , which means "The
Black Man Is God"), otherwise
known as G.A.M.E. when performing
She recently recorded some songs for
Disney Records' latest children's
album, "Mickey's Dance Party",
and promoters involved with the project
are clamoring for the release of "Pride
(In Your Soul)", featuring Bulan,
K1, and Freedom. The song is a tribute
to the late great David Cole and the
legendary Babatunde Olatunji. It features
a 16-bar rap by Freedom Williams and
a chant in the intro by Trinidad native
K1. With thought-provoking statements
regarding social responsibility and
education, Bulan is both a genuine
performer and socially-conscious artist.
She is preparing her own album now,
which will feature artists such as
Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, and
Marc Anthony, as well as Steve Perry.
She says that one of her greatest
honors would be to one day record
with David Bowie, who she credits
with saving her life.
Bulan has recently been named the
Vice President of the Rufus Perry
Foundation, where she is in charge
of research and project development.
Every year the foundation donates
a $1000 scholarship to African-American
students who excel in academics and
who wish to study African culture
at the university level. Rufus Perry
was the great-great grandfather of
Freedom Williams; he was born a slave
in Smith County, Tennessee, and escaped
from slave-traders to freedom in Canada.
He learned to write Hebrew, Latin,
and Greek, and became a scholar who
penned classic books on the African
and Greek people.
Bulan has made it her mission to break
as many stereotypes as did Rufus Perry
before her. Her unique, compelling
voice, coupled with the ability to
reach the hearts and minds of an audience,
has made Bulan an exceptional talent
sure to take her fans to a higher
level of music appreciation.
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