Come experience BlackNotes performing their dynamic brand of music!
Label: MusicMessage Records
Bio: BlackNotes is a music ensemble, based in Washington, DC, that offers a uniquely attractive brand of music and cultural art. With its dynamic blend of soulful singing and spoken word with insightful, and uplifting and progressive messages rooted in African-American and African heritage, along wit...See Full Bio
“...BlackNotes’ honoring of Fela Kuti is always a crowd pleaser, and this evening was no different. As soon as the bass and drums sounded the unique Fela musical tradition of Afrobeat, hands went up as we knew Fela was now in the building; and when the horn melodies of Reginald Cyntje and Antonio Parker came in, along with the Fela-style vocal harmonies, it was confirmed. Lasana's smooth, poignant rhymes over the band’s instrumentation of Fela’s “Mr. Grammar...is the Boss” was a fantastic fusion of now and then, of spoken word and Fela, of BlackNotes meets inspiration. ...Vocalist Nina Harley beautifully covered the jazz standard Afro-Blue with the group’s unique and dynamic arrangement of the tune. As she soulfully exclaimed “Dream of a land my soul is from, I hear a hand stroke on a drum…”, BlackNotes drummers Mahiri Keita, Kofi Handon and Daruba Kenyatte sizzled with an intricate and emphatic rhythmic celebration of the song’s theme...”