Ekayani and the Healing Band was a project that endured ten years with it's beginnings in Paris, France in 1992/3. Our first show was at old fun place called Baby Jupiter on the LES the last one being at DUMBO Arts Festival 2007. Paris was the backdrop and at the prodding of Jean Zundell, Ekayani encountered Parisian self taught guitar player and composer Paul Mahoux who lived near the Goutte D'Or at the time.
"I remember specifically Paul lived on a street next to a beautiful little church of Saint Matthieu. I believe it was on the Rue Stephenson. For me that was a magical sign since my brother Matthew was a very talented percussionist and I felt like it was a kind of blessing from my brother. The church was pristine white and there was a beautiful little statue of the Divine Mother in front with her arms opened wide and upwards. She seemed almost cheerful. It was just precious and I felt inspired everytime I went" On their third meeting Ekayani wrote the lyrics to a composition that later became known as "Une Fille Qui Parle de Ses Desirs" and eventually made it on to the bands only full length album entitled Full Length. Paul and Ekayani parted ways in 2001 and for a time the project lay dormant. Around 2003 three separate persons encouraged Ekayani to give it another shot and she did with a talented group of hired guns and a relaunch at The Howl! Festival in 2004 at The C - Note. Eventually an album was patched together and Full Length was born. Among the songs were "La Raihna" which received Honorable mention in the Billboard Song Writing Competition . ISC Semi Finalist, turned into a gorgeous video produced by Kurt Ritta. Released at The Hit Factory in NYC it was honored with the Video of the Year Award by Mike McHughs's New Century Awards. The formal Bio here: FULL LENGTH by Ekayani and the Healing band has won muliple awards and honors since it's release in 2005. No less than 5 tracks have received distinction. They are La Raihna, La Porte, Comfort, Like Fire, & Une Fille Qui Parle de ses Desirs.The album in 2007, continues to receive international airplay in the UK, Canada, & The Netherlands which would suggest it's on its way to becoming a classic.
Number One on the New Century Heatseeker charts in America for an amazing 60 weeks in the R&B and Smooth Jazz category, "La Raihna" also was voted Number One R&B Performance for 2006 in NCEN's nationwide Internet vote. The World/Jazz/R&B song has also earned advanced rankings in the 2005 ISC and Billboard Magazine song competitions. "La Raihna" is now a music video produced and directed by Kurt Ritta (2006). The mini-movie called "Visually stunning and exotic!" by Mike McHugh, features a series of New York City scenes, including Central Park, Café Charbon on the Lower East Side and the 24th annual Mermaid Parade at Coney Island , and a sexy night shoot in water, in a multi- layered meditation on love. Written between Lisbonne and Paris during a series of thunderstorms, and recorded and mastered in New York, "La Raihna" is a multi-year hegira that includes a collaboration with French techno guitar master Paul Mahoux, who wrote the empathetic music and produced the multilayered sound on a crisp Gibson 335. It was premiered at New York City's legendary Hit Factory on September 29, 2007 paired with a live perfromance by Ekayani and the Healing Band. To see the video searck youtube, metacafe, or visit
"La Porte" (The Door) is a rap/spoken word riff that was voted Number One for the week of May 15, 2006 in the Spoken Word category at American Idol Underground. Besides reaching the top spot at AIU, the online affiliate of the hugely popular television show, "La Porte" has chalked up another aggregation of honors: six weeks in the top 10, 29 weeks on the charts, Number One Female Performance in four separate weeks at American Idol Underground.