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ALPHA CLEF PROJECT
Driving bass lines, skanky guitar, mixed with the dab of the one-drop beat, spread over some padded Rhodes. Now add some soulful vocals and you will be enjoying a delicious serving of the Alpha Clef Project. Alpha Clef Project is a multi-genre band in the Chicago area, playing different styles such as Funk, R&B, and Neo-Soul. The band was formed in September 2008. The core band consists of drums, keyboards, guitar, and the bass guitar.
Alpha Clef Project collaborates with one of Chicago’s finest soul duo, “The Ones”. “The Ones” is made up of the soulfully intense vocals of Yaw and Khari. Although the music of “The Ones” conjures up the spirits of soul legends past, their musical influences go way beyond the genre of soul and the sounds of Nina Simone, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Marley can still be heard. Khari’s single “Send Down Your Love” can be coined as the modern day version of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and Yaw’s “Rockstar”and “Thief” displays the vast fusion of Rock, Jazz, Opera and other genres that defines “The Ones.”
Alpha Clef Project and “The Ones” have had the opportunity to perform at various venues around the Chicago land area such as The Wild Hare, Close Up 2, Rumba, Beef & Brandy, RockIt Lounge, The Shrine, Elbo Room, Goose Island. They have also been featured at various events such as the 2010 Washington Park Soul Festival, Laugh out Loud Comedy Series with Jay Deep, and the Park Forest Haiti Relief Benefit Concert. The Ones featured Black Thought (The Roots) on their track “I’m gonna make it” and they themselves feature on Eric Roberson’s new album release “Mr. Nice Guy.”
Alpha Clef Project owes its unique sound to the diversity of the group and the collaboration with “The Ones” creates a vehicle by which the message can be conveyed. The difference in ethnic and musical backgrounds of the members of the Alpha Clef Project and the fusion of the genres in the sounds of “The Ones” delivers a groove that any heart naturally vibes with. "