ZDE – “Shake the World” EP Launch [THURSDAY – 07.05.2015]
“INTRICATE LAYERS, HEART HITTING CHORDS, SOULFUL VIBES AND 90′S REMINISCENCE WITH A MODERN TOUCH”
“Shake the World” is the debut EP album release by Sydney producer ZDE, who over the years has produced and remixed for many local and international artists. The album primarily showcases ZDE’s diverse production skills with songs ranging from nostalgic to hypnotic, ground thumping underground conscious Hip-Hop, radio friendly Rap infused with R&B, to sentimental, emotionally evoking, romantic Soul music.
The album features guests such as “Kween G” who is locally known in Sydney as a leading female pioneer MC, international performing Hip Hop artist “Josiah Hotwire” from Harlem, New York, “Elf Tranzporter” initially hailing from L.A., founding member of one of Australia’s early legendary underground Hip Hop acts, “MetaBass’n’Breath”, “D Maurice” who is a respected performing artist in his own right and manages well known singer/songwriter “Eric Roberson”, “Drea” a talented musician hailing from Alabama, who ZDE has a long standing collaborative musical relationship with, co-producing her recent album “Trust”, and sultry singer “Sarai Jazz” from Derby, U.K. who blesses the album with her infectious ode to the sun.
Performances on the night include:
Zde (pronounced zed) is a singer/songwriter/producer hailing from Sydney, Australia, specializing in R&B, Soul and Hip Hop music.
Growing up immersed in Jazz, Rock, Soul, Funk, R&B influences and descending from an established musical family, Zde was inspired to create music at a very young age and was writing lyrics by the age of six. Intense listening occupied his childhood, and it wasn’t long before he was imitating melodies on the keyboard and programming patterns on a Roland TR-505 drum machine. By the age of 15, Zde had harnessed all of these elements and influences, and started producing music on the family computer.
Over the years, Zde has produced and remixed for many local and international artists, with beats known for their intricate layers, polished mixing, soulful vibes and 90’s reminiscence. One of his major accomplishments include production for the album “Trust”, released in 2013 by Alabama Soul artist, Drea. Zde reached out to Drea via the internet, initially offering to remix a song from her debut album. Impressed with his talents, Drea quickly appointed Zde as an Executive Producer, albeit the distance between them, they collaborated closely on songs by exchanging files via email. “Trust” received rave reviews – “This is what true music sounds like and you are getting a heavy dose of it” – Austin Jeter Urban Magazine.
Most recently, Zde released an EP as a producer titled “Shake the World”, which features collaborations with local and international artists. Scratchtheblock.com, a website who describe themselves as “ambassadors of quality music”, reviewed the EP as “A charming kaleidoscope of genres, an intimate sound-trip, an eclectic project…”
KWEEN G //
Kween G (Kibone) was born in Uganda, East Africa . Kween G’s father sought political asylum in Australia and when Kween G was 4 years old, the family emigrated to Sydney. Attending primary and high school in Australia, Kween G was raised on a steady diet of African music and Reggae, but growing up with three older brothers she was introduced to the culture that would captivate her for life: Hip Hop.
Kween G toured extensively throughout Australia on the festival and club circuit with her original Hip Hop duo Killaqueenz, and released the album Sistarhood through Central Station Records in 2009. Sistarhood features high profile local artists such as Spit Syndicate, Ru C.L., Vida Sunshyne, Lady Chann from London and Buff1 from Detroit. KillaQueenz were the first female duo in Australia to showcase hard-hitting rhymes over a fusion of Hip Hop, Reggae, Dance and Bass music. Their beats were produced by Australian artists, Katalyst and M-Phazes and South Rakkas Crew known for their work with Diplo and Mad Decent.
In 2010, Marrickville Council voted her Young Citizen of the Year, a prestigious honour that rewarded the essential community work that Kween G undertakes. Kween G regularly participates in workshops with Beyond Empathy, an NGO that uses arts genres such as film, digital and mixed media, theatre, music, dance and visual arts to build relationships between inter-generationally disadvantaged young people, local support agency staff and the local community in 13 locations across Australia.
Working as a solo artist, Kween G has maintained a high level of community engagement with young Indigenous teenage girls from Warramangu country in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory. She made yearly visits with the NGO, Beyond Empathy and then with Barkly Regional Arts she facilitated their 2013 Lady Beats project. LADY BEATS was a twelve-week project focusing on girls in Tennant Creek, providing them with skills in singing, lyric writing, recording and performance. Kween G was hired as the trainer and mentor for the twelve-week period, working with the girls on a daily basis to build their technique and skills.
Kahotep is an aspiring up and coming conscious Rapper. He is also known by his birth name Hussein Daud Ahmed. He was born in Mogadishu, the Capital City of Somalia. The year 1990 was the year he was born. He was one years of age when the civil war erupted in his native country Somalia. He and his Mother and twin brother fled the country to Kenya, when he was one and a half years old. He and his mother and twin brother resided in Nairobi, Eslee. Soon after he and his family were sponsored by his Uncle, to come to Australia as Refugee’s.
Kahotep loves to read and learn about Ancient African history, Culture and Sciences. Not only doe’s he find interest in learning about Ancient African history, such as Kemet/Egypt, Kush, Axum, Abyssinia, Punt, Mali, Timbuktu, Songhai, And Monomotapa. He also has a zeal to learn about Ancient, Sumerian, Olmec, & Aztec history and culture. As well as a Myriad of Faith systems and cultures.
Kahotep grew up listening to Conscious artist’s such as, Mos Def/ Yassin Bey, Common, Talib Kweli, Red Man, K’naan,Method Man, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Nas,Bob Marley, Damian Marley, Stephan Marley, Kymani Marley, Lyfe Jennings, Musiq Soul Child, Immortal Technique, Guru, D’Angelo, Bilal, Prince, Micheal Jackson, Chris Brown, Usher. These artist helped him grow and keep positive in a world full of anarchy. They also helped him be more conscious person.
Kahotep’s music touches issues facing the world today. He is the Voice of the voiceless, Indigenous, oppressed, and marginalized. Kahotep see’s himself as a modern day Poetic Morpheus who is on a mission to awaken and unplug the masses from this Material Matrix. His lyrics are quite metaphysical and poetic.
His Rap alias “Kahotep” is an Ancient Egyptian Name. Which mean “Peaceful Spirit”. Kahotep Try’s to embody the image of peace. He highly regards Bob Marley as one of his influences. Kahotep, Like Bob Marley Believes that if he can Inject Positive Music in to the veins and heart’s of the masses. He can uplift people and Elevate them to a higher Consciousness. Bringing peace and love and Unity amongst the masses. That is his main aim and goal in producing music.
PATRICIA ALVAREZ [AQUA ZEBRA] //
Patricia Alvarez from Aqua Zebra will be performing a guest vocal track on the evening…
Digging into the crates of funk folklore, Aqua Zebra have assembled a cast of characters able to channel some deeply funky grooves with a hint of jazz.
Featuring musicians who have also appeared with The Liberators, Dr Kong and Stem Cells, Skylounja and Doctor Wasabi, Aqua Zebra are influenced by artists such as Meshell Ndegeocello, Erykah Badu, Jamiroquai and d’Angelo.
Keeping it simple, on the one, pumping out some infectiously funky wumpawumpa.
NICK CARATGOLD //
After getting busy as an Mc back in the early 2000′s in and around Canberra ACT my crew at the time ALIKEMINDS supported any and all big hiphop acts that came to town (Jungle Brothers, Braintax/Mystro, Bliss & Esso, Lyrical Commission the list goe’s on) With some of the most raw and talented Mc’s around such as Anton, Audible and the new renown Maggot Mouf (Broken Tooth Melbourne) and Canberra’s very own Dj Buick 3x DMC Champ, we tore up the local Battle scenes and generally represented. Sadly people had to go places and the crew never released any official EP. But the name Caratgold continued as a passionate producer and part time Mc. Now residing in Sydney i carry the torch forward as a local Soul/Funk/HipHop Dj and Beatmaker.
And introducing DJ Digabeat to the turntables…
WHEN: THURSDAY 7 MAY 2015 – ZDE “Shake the World” EP Launch feat. Zde, Kween G, Kahotep, Patricia Alvarez & DJ sets from DJ Digabeat & Caratgold | 6PM-MIDNIGHT | HAPPY HOUR 6-8PM
WHERE: PLAY BAR SYDNEY. BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS
FREE ENTRY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. THE WORLD IS INVITED.
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