Friday, January 18, 2013

Kalimba Master Meets Hip Hop/Jazz Prodigy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Vinson Muhammad 478-361-2880

January 12, 2013     


Macon, GA—Kevin Spears, an Atlanta-based Kalimba artist with blinding skill and musical creativity often compared to innovators like Herbie Hancock, Jimi Hendrix and Les Paul; and Macon's own Allah's Apprentice aka Vinson Muhammad, gifted poet, inspirational mc and jazz trumpeter will team up for a live show Sunday, February 3rd at 5 p.m. at Macon's Historic Douglass Theatre. Tickets to this unique performance starting off Black History Month 2013, are $10 in advance, $15 and now on sale at the Douglass.

The concert is dedicated to the legacy of great African-American musicians demonstrating the unifying power of music to touch and give meaning to the lives of all people. The community is urged to support positive progressive music. In this case the kalimba, a hand held wooden percussion instrument of African origin, with ringing metal strips played as a thumb piano has been revolutionized by Kevin Spears, who has performed internationally, including a recent tour of Japan and was recently featured by Japan's legendary radio personality Masaharu Yoshioka. Spears has also teamed up with Grammy winning percussionist Count M'Butu of the Derek Trucks Band to form a dynamic world fusion duo called Rhythm Nomadic and has worked with and/or opened for India Arie, Eric Benet, Victor Wooten, Arrested Development, Toubab Krewe, Col. Bruce Hampton, Richard Smith (guitarist for Earth, Wind and Fire), Vinx, Mamadou Doumbia (of Salif Keita band), Epizo Bangoura, Jhelisa Anderson, Yonrico Scott (of Derek Trucks Band), Moziak (of Fela Kuti) and Divinity (bassist for Beyonce).

Macon native Vinson Muhammad, whose performing name is Allah's Apprentice, is a multi-talented hip hop recording artist, accomplished b-boy, host of Macon's popular, annual Real Talk Hip Hop Summit and Kwanzaa Youth Night events, and a jazz trumpeter. He also has performed internationally in London, Egypt, and Haiti as well as in Dallas, Texas, New York City, and frequently in Atlanta and Macon. Resume credits include opening onstage for James Brown, Dwele, Lailah Hathaway, and appearing in TI's music video “Here Ye, Hear Ye” featuring Pharell Williams. Known as a “certified renaissance man”, Muhammad is a graduate of Morehouse College in Business Administration with two independent albums, and several music videos under his belt.

The Black history artistic renaissance continues at the Douglass Theatre with this exciting, positive, and progressive concert by two beautiful rising star artists from our own region. This is a show for the whole family and the whole community; support great music in Macon, February 3rd.