Home of the Live
Hip Hop Artist
Af the King, a.k.a. Africa started becoming serious
about music and entertaining in his freshman year in
college.While attending the Fashion Institute of Technology,
he quickly earned his own radio show on the college station.
The official format was "new"wave music but he
fought to maintain a hip hop format for his time slot.Sunday
nights after the last show had aired, he would teach himself
how to blend beats in time.AF quickly began constructing
personal mix tapes gradually gaining appreciation for some
of the "new" music on the station's regular format.
Artists like: U2, Shriekback, Inxs, Simple Minds and Depeche
Mode. His musical taste expanded. He began to combine some of
these songs with Hip Hop instrumentals and old school beats
like Bambataa's"Looking For The Perfect Beat".Fast
forward two years later, AF started a group called African
Nemesis, with fellow rapper LoPro. Socially conscious content
over tracks combining unusual samples. Influenced by his love
for instrumental jazz, AF began creating original bass lines,
melodies and beats.
It was during the next 4 years he honed his craft for
listening to and creating new intricacies in his music.
Then African Nemesis dissolved. Faced with the question
of how to best relay his observations of the human
condition, AF decided to go solo. Fast forward to the present.
After hooking up with multi-platinum engineers / producers
Roey Shamir and Angela Piva, owners of INFX Productions, AF's
idea to sample original music played on live instruments was
taken a step further. Angela and Roey suggested trying
an all out live band format. AF stated "as long as we
can make it pump with the force of hard core hip hop"
he was game. AF the King combines poetically explored social
themes, an urban savvy rhyme flow and a weathered sensitivity
to the joy and pain of everyday life. His consistently striking
vocals string together the various musical motifs. You're not
tripping when you hear hip hop beats boiling under jazz fusion
influenced bass lines on one track and then Zeppelin-esque
guitar phrases and turntable acrobatics on another. But hold up!
Is that a hip hop slow joint with lyrics that touched your soul?
Diversity,that's the meaning of Eclectic Hip Hop. This is a big,
big world we live in. AF the King want's to make sure you get to
visit some of the neighborhoods that aren't on the official tour.
Thrilling Hip Hop fanatics and converting non-believers, has
earned AF the King a huge buzz in the NYC live music circuit.
With a CD released on AshaRecords.com and a constant performance
schedule,watch for AF the King to blow up! As a matter of fact
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