ABOUT JALI JALI is the debut recording of Mahogany Public - a side project conceptualized and spearheaded by Edmonton hip-hop group Politic Live. Produced by Edmonton-based urban music producer Oozeela (PIK/Windward Caribbean Kulture), JALI is a well rounded fusion album that can be appreciated by music listeners from all walks of life. By meshing Reggae, Ska, Soca, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Afro-beat, and Spoken Word, JALI sets itself apart from most albums available on the market right now. Unlike previous Music For Mavericks' releases, JALI has not pulled inspiration from the artists' immediate surroundings. For this project Music For Mavericks' recording artists Politic Live, Oozeela, and Proveli Paragon conducted interviews with people both young and old, male and female from Edmonton's Caribbean, African and Pioneer Descendent communities. It was their hope to act as Jalis by capturing the thoughts of the African-Canadian community presently living in Edmonton and bring their stories to the masses. Touching on everything from the universal hardships "minority" women face in the work place to the increasing black on black violence in Edmonton JALI covers so much ground that listens may find themselves out of breath just trying to keep up. Mahogany Public go from raw, unpolished, and almost nude sounding tracks like 'I Roots' 'Forgive Me' and 'I Am' to the robust and overwhelming sounds of 'Boom or Bust', 'Always' and 'Raise I Consciousness'. In it's attempt to show the cultural diversity of a Province often stereotyped as being "redneck", JALI is so bold and so unique that it may be frightening for some to listen to. However, the courage found in the album's 16 songs is not just a confrontational boldness for boldness' sake. At times JALI seems like a confession, and at other times, like a war cry and everything in between. While a CD cannot solve all the worlds' problems, it is the hopes of Mahogany Public to create dialogue through JALI that can help prevent division and discrimination. Mahogany Public represents the unprecedented collaboration of Politic Live (Vocals), Minister Faust (Vocals), IBO (Drums & Percussion), Souljah Fyah (Vocals, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Percussion), Proveli Paragon (Vocals), Oozeela (Vocals, Keyboards, & Percussion), Jasper (Guitar & Steel Pan), Brett Miles (Saxophone & Flute), K-Riz (Vocals), Emcee E (Vocals), Singin' D (Vocals), Cunningham (Vocals), Titilope Sonuga (Vocals), Groovesmith (Bass), S.T.U.G.A (Vocals), and Cherelle George (Steel Pan). ABOUT THE PUBLIC POLITIC LIVE • 2008 Indies Award Nominee for FAVOURITE URBAN ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR. • Politic Live's Adaptation placed #17 on Earshot's Top 20 Hip-Hop Albums of 2007. Adaptation spent 10 weeks on the National Campus Radio Hip-Hop Charts where it peaked at #2. • 2007 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee for OUTSTANDING URBAN MUSIC RECORDING. • Nominated for a 2007 CBC Radio 3 Bucky Award for BEST RAP RECORDING. • Politic Live are the creators, producers and hosts of annual Edmonton Hip-Hop For Hunger concert which has raised over 6,000 lbs of food for Edmonton's less fortunate in only seven years. SOULJAH FYAH • Souljah Fyah is presently nominated for a 2009 JUNO of the BEST REGGAE RECORDING Category. • Souljah Fyah is also presently nominated for 4 Canadian Reggae Awards, which include - TOP REGGAE NEWCOMER (Female), TOP REGGAE BAND, TOP REGGAE CD/ALBUM, & TOP REGGAE SINGER (Female). • Souljah Fyah's sophomore release Truth Will Reveal recently won a 2008 Western Canadian Music Award for OUTSTANDING URBAN MUSIC RECORDING. • Truth Will Reveal's latest single, "Sweet Love", recently hit #1 on CBC Galaxie Radio's Reggae Charts. • Truth Will Reveal spent 7 weeks on the National Campus Radio International Charts where it topped the chart. • Souljah Fyah's "Abundance of Good' topped CBC Galaxie Canadian Reggae Weekly Top 10 for 8 weeks straight. The song spent 24 weeks in the Top 10. • Last September "Rwanda" from Truth Will Reveal made the playlist on Ziggy Marley's internet radio station Ziggy Radio. IBO • Although originally from the Caribbean island Nevis, IBO has many years of experience touring North America with his previous bands Imperial Force out of Montreal, Strugglah out of Calgary and Kindread - also out of Calgary. • IBO has played for the likes of Half Pint, Ken Booth, The Mighty Diamonds, Scare Dem Crew, George Nooks, Alton Ellis, Ras Ghandi, Pinchers and Leroy Sibbles. • IBO is a founding member of the Annual Calgary International Reggae Festival and has played a great role in producing, promoting and elevating reggae music in Canada. OOZEELA • Multi-instrumentalist who plays Bass, Guitar, Piano, and Percussion • Producer of Jali Volume 1. • Former Vocalist, Pianist and Percussionist with Partners In Kryme (Dominica, W.I), Windward Caribbean Kulture (Dominica, W.I) and Raw Riddim International (Dominica, W.I). These bands toured the Caribbean and the US. BRETT MILES • A multi-instrumentalist who plays Keyboard, Saxophone and Flue, Brett Miles fronts his own band, Magilla Funk Conduit. • Miles lived in New York City from 1984 to 1996 performing with The Sam and Dave Revue (tour), Taylor Dayne (singing backup), Ivan Neville (tour), and the Buddy Miles Band (tour). • Miles has also performed and/or recorded with James Brown, Buddy Miles, Cadence Weapon, Sample This, Milo Z, Jomanda, Grandaddy I.U., Kid Capri and Mick Jagger. • Miles played saxophone on the extended EP vinyl version of Mick Jagger's 'Sweet Thing,' Jomanda's maxi-cassette single, 'I Like It,' Granddaddy I.U.'s 'Represent,' and Sample This CD, 'Sample This.' • Miles composed and performed a horn quartet for Choreographer Kathy Ochoa for the 2008 Dance Inner City Festival. TITILOPE SONUGA • Nigerian born Poet, who has been featured at The Roar Spoken Word Festival, Born To Write 2008, and The Haven Reading Series. • Headliner of the 2009 Edmonton Poetry Festival. • Creator and Host of Edmonton's Poetry Night Rouge Poetry - a weekly spoken word night that features established and aspiring poets in the city. • Earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta in Civil Engineering. MINISTER FAUST • Minister Faust is an Edmontonian writer, high school English teacher, union delegate, broadcaster, community activist and orator. • A national-award-winning community broadcaster on CJSR FM-88, Minister Faust has been hosting progressive and Africentric radio since 1989. • His debut novel, The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, has been hailed by The New York Times Review of Books, and short-listed for the 2004 Philip K. Dick prize, the 2004 Locus Best First Novel award and the 2004 Compton-Crook award, and ranked on four top ten lists of 2004 novels (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, January Magazine, SFSite.com), The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad is Minister Faust's first published novel, based on a screenplay he wrote in 1995. • His second novel, From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain (February 2007, Del Rey/Random House), has already met acclaim, receiving a starred review from Publishers Weekly amid other praise. • Minister Faust has written drama and sketch comedy for the stage, and wrote and directed his first play in Montreal, 1987, at the age of 17. A regular contributor to Edmonton's Vue Weekly, Minister Faust has also written for Alberta Views, See Magazine and The Globe & Mail, and has produced stories for CBC, including for the Saturday pop-culture programme Definitely Not the Opera, Commentary and Outfront. He appeared on an installment of the national television programme of ZeD TV performing his own poetry, and headlined the 1991 and 1992 Young Poets of the Revolution festival in Toronto, and has also performed in Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal and Kansas City. EMCEE E • Originally from Edmonton, AB, Emcee E is currently in his second year as a Masters of Journalism student at Carleton University. • Documentary filmmaker, whose short film Run Coconut Run, which has been met with high praise, will be appearing on the film festival circuit later in the year. • Poet who has competed in the CBC Poetry Faceoff and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and performed for the Governor General of Canada on two different occasions. • Guitarist, Bassist, and Pianist. JALI RHYME & REASON Boom Or Bust featuring Politic Live, Souljah Fyah & Proveli Paragon This song takes a look at the economic disadvantages of the "Alberta Advantage". While Politicians and Businessmen have seen great things come from our province's boom, the rising cost of living has become a harsh reality for the working class. Another Day At The Office featuring Oozeela, Politic Live, Souljah Fyah, Proveli Paragon & Titilope Sonuga This song looks at the hardships black women face while in the work place trying to break the invisible ceiling. Although the verses are told from the perspective of a black woman, females from across the board will be able to relate. Always featuring Oozeela This song is a story involving two characters who have more than just platonic feelings for each other, however refrained from exploring in order to maintain their friendship. It is from the male's perspective and he is confronting the female about their relationship. Raise I Consciousness featuring IBO This song is classic IBO singing praises to Jah. The song is reflective in feel, yet introspective in it's message. King featuring Titilope Sonuga This spoken word piece looks at the long held debate about black men not understanding black woman. We often hear from a lot of those conversations that black women are bitter, not supportive or have too much attitude. This piece tries to show the reality that both sexes only know each other in glimpses - and unfortunately those glimpses are often negative. Is This Love featuring Politic Live & Oozeela A fun song about pursuing one's love interest, "Is This Love" falls in the same category as songs like "Could You Be Loved" by Bob Marley. It is easy listening with lyrics that are simple enough to remember, but thoughtful enough that one wouldn't want to forget. I Roots featuring Souljah Fyah "I Roots" takes a look at the heritage of black people in the prairies. With history books and the school curriculum omitting Alberta's black history, which began prior to the 1900s, this song challenges them to "give I back I Roots". Ghosts of Absent Fathers featuring Minister Faust "Ghosts of Absent Fathers" addresses men in every part of the world who abandon their children physically, emotionally, or both. Perhaps if these men knew the damage they caused they would attempt to repair that damage before it's too late. Chocolate Face featuring Politic Live, S.T.U.G.A, & Oozeela This song looks at racism in an institutionalized way in addition to how it affects our everyday relationships. What's In A Word featuring Politic Live, Proveli Paragon, Emcee E, & Oozeela "What's in a Word" takes a look at different words we as a black community use to describe ourselves be they Black, African, Brotha, Sista, Nigga, or Bitch. Reggae Is featuring Minister Faust This poem examines the Africentric dissatisfaction -- even disgust -- with having powerful art forms turned into safe, commercialized pop culture, and employs the language and rhythm of it's subject matter to do so. Black Steele featuring K-Riz, Politic Live, Proveli Paragon & Singin' D As small of a city as Edmonton is, it has not been immune to black on black violence. This song looks at men who abuse their families, how gangs are becoming family to our city's youth and the affects of this violence on the community as a whole. Forgive Me featuring Cunningham This is a poem written by an Edmonton rapper presently incarcerated. The piece is an apology to the community asking for forgiveness for not using his potential for good and misrepresenting the community. I Am featuring Titilope Sonuga "I Am" looks at the struggle of many African immigrants to hold on to their traditional African values, while allowing themselves to become integrated into the Canadian way of life. 'I Am' is Titi's declaration that she loves and accepts everything that makes her who she is today. She has found the beauty in celebrating the traditional as well as the contemporary. Free Yourself featuring Oozeela "Free Yourself" is a party anthem which describes fun and enjoyment in a democratic economy through the eyes of someone living in the Caribbean island of Dominica.