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afra behn
afra behn
4 Tracks
Vibed-out music blended with hip-hop, funk, soul, jazz, rock, and electronic technologies in a way you have seldom heard....
World of Paper: The Looong Green
Peak in sub-genre #12
World of Paper: Drowning Deep
Peak in sub-genre #7
Seasons: Springtime
Peak in sub-genre #22
Bubblin Brown Suga
Peak in sub-genre #21
The Vibemachine is leaving soon.....
Band/artist history
Hailing from the musically rich center of Detroit, afra behn brings a unique sound, which is a blend of various forms of music, ranging from soul, hip-hop, and funk to rock, techno, and jazz. afra behns songwriting and vocal arrangements are reminiscent of eighties rhythm and blues. As far as the hip-hop element is concerned, his sound comes from the same roots as Golden Age hip-hop (circa 1986 1994). Drawing inspiration from the various innovative groups of this era, afra behn maintains the integrity of hip-hop. Funk is also an essential element in the sound. He utilizes various synthesizers, vocoders, and vocal effects to achieve a unique balance with the other musical influences, which helps the blend into electronic forms of music such as, house and techno. The result is amazing. The journey started in Detroit, with afra behns introduction to hip-hop music in the early eighties. An insatiable appetite for all types of hip-hop consumed the passionate and eager double-deck cassette producer from an early age. The influence of soul and jazz he picked from his parents record collection as a youngster became crude hip-hop loops. Crude loops would transform themselves into innovative hip-hop and would first manifest themselves into the form of a critically acclaimed local Detroit hip-hop group called Ditmot. As afra behn moved on to college in Atlanta, he gradually started to incorporate more southern influences in his music and became open to even more types of music, adding to the melting pot of sounds which he already had been utilizing. Eventually, he would link up with R & B producers Tricky & Sean (Chante Moore, Sole, Tyrese, Blu Cantrell, etc) and become a daily fixture at the Red Zone Entertainment studios. This experience would teach him many crucial aspects of music production including vocal arrangement and many recording techniques. Upon graduation, afra behn migrated back to Detroit to resurrect Ditmot into a formidable group on the Detroit hip-hop scene and help create another group called Ichabods Tree. While both groups were moderately successful, afra behn always felt his sound was meant to reach a much larger audience. After not receiving the response from his music that he felt was warranted, afra behn moved to New York City to explore other opportunities, which did not present themselves to him in Detroit. As a result, afra behn would further expand and enhance the sound by working with a plethora of focused, talented artists, musicians, rappers, and singers. Currently, afra behn is poised to make a major impact on the music industry with his debut full-length album featuring other talented artists called The Vibemachine. It is the culmination of his journey through the world of music and his experiences in life. Currently, afra behn has an EP called World of Paper/ City of Boom. World of Paper is a three part song about money in relation to ones happiness, it features vocalist Tara Thomas. Baatin, former member of the hip-hop group Slum Village, is featured on the b-side song City of Boom. World of Paper/ City of Boom EP is currently available at CDbaby.com (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/afrabehn). afra behn could quite possibly usher in a new era in music. Welcome to the Vibemachine.
Your musical influences
GOD, LOVE, Thomas Butler, Sharon Butler, Autumn Butler, Hillari James, Quincy Jones, Jamiroquai, Anita Baker, Roger Troutman, Leon Ware, Pink Floyd, Isaac Hayes, Dr.Dre, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Stereolab, Kurt Cobain, Michael MacDonald, N'Dea Davenport, Ronnie Dyson, The Isley Brothers, Incognito, Al Jarreau, Christopher Cross, Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Teena Marie, Rick James, Burt Bacharach, Johnny Mathis, Curtis Mayfield, Teddy Riley, Rod Temperton, Michael Franks, Run-Dmc, BDP, NWA, Public Enemy, The Neptunes, Battle Cat, David Bowie, The Brand New Heavies, Eric B. & Rakim, EPMD, Gangstarr, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Jay-Dee, DJ Quik, Outkast, Kokane, Sade, Kraftwerk, Nirvana, Trevor Horn, Lewis Taylor, The Funk Brothers, Angela Winbush, Force MD's, Raphael Saadiq, Al B. Sure, Kyle West, Goodie Mob, James Brown, MC Hammer, Too Short, Chick Corea, Devante Swing, Jodeci, Keith Sweat, Michael Jackson, George Benson, Andrew Slater, Minnie Riperton, Timbaland, Gamble and Huff, RZA, Organized Noize, Jean-Luc Ponty, Fertile Ground, UGK, Schoolly D, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, MC Eiht, Compton's Most Wanted, Roy Ayers, Above the Law, 2Pac, Scarface, Mr. DJ, Eightball & MJG, Detroit's Most Wanted, AWOL, Awesome Dre, Rap Mafia, DJ Assault, Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, Mojo, The Wizard, Detroit GhettoTech Music, Inner City, Kevin Saunderson, The Box, Esham, Smiley, Kaos & Maestro, Loose Ends, SOS Band, Hall & Oates, Stevie Wonder, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Three Six Mafia, Omar, Will Downing, Prince Paul, Thom Bell, George Duke, George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, Deniece Williams, and Earth,Wind & Fire.
Anything else?
afra behn - THE VIBEMACHINE IS ON SALE NOW!!!!! For the latest music from afra behn go to Myspace.com and check the tracks: http://www.myspace.com/afrabehn Oh yeah, Be sure to check out the first afra behn project, which was never released titled "HapE: a beatstrumental portraiture of life" at http://www.soundclick.com/afrabehnhapeabeatstrumentalportraitureoflife or type "afra behn" into the search.
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