BOSS SCHOLAR | Rihki Kennebrew
Lugene Kennebrew jr, also known as Rihki Kennebrew: is an American scholar, film composer, and songwriter. A member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and BMI collectively for 15 years, He has written, arranged, and produced over 23 solo independent albums.
His film composition for Deniran Films award winning motion picture Diary of a Bad Man earned him the nomination for Best Score by The Philadelphia Independent Film Awards. Similarly, he earned critical acclaim for the score composition and soundtrack he produced for the cinematic feature Federal Reserve Notes.
Kennebrew is a law scholar at the Charles Hamilton Houston Law School Preparatory Institute in Washington, DC. He is a 2016 alumnus of America’s first Historically Black College, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
His current collective is entitled PHILASOULPHIA. PHILASOULPHIA is centered on the pervasive social, cultural, and racial disparities within our society. PHILASOULPHIA is a cinematic soul collective comprised of 20 compositions. Each composition showcases Kennebrew’s dynamic vocal ability, musicianship, and expansive production expertise.
PHILASOULPHIA is inspired by such masterpieces as Marvin Gaye's The Ecology, and Prince’s Sign of the Times, the first single, and music film short from the project is entitled I Can't Breathe. The music film short was directed by renowned director Nick Asenjo. In addition to its commercial success, I Can’t Breathe was also featured as part of Kennebrew’s Keystone Honors Academy capstone thesis on Liberation Philosophy and Social Justice.
Born in Tuskegee Alabama the same birthplace of legendary singer songwriter Lionel Richie. He is a native of Trenton New Jersey from whence he began his career. Initially focusing on theatrical performance, he later transitioned into writing and producing Hip Hop. Early on his career he co-wrote and produced songs with such fellow natives as the late Hip Hop producer Tony D of Poor Righteous Teachers Fame, Boulevard Masse, Tom Zepp, and the legendary R&B producer Raymond Earl of Instant Funk.
The film composer’s core influences are The Sound of Philadelphia, The Sound of Minneapolis, Stax, and Motown. He also cites a number of additional hip hop, jazz, soul, gospel, and classical songwriters as well as artists who continually inspire him.
The influence of the aforementioned genres is clearly prevalent throughout PHILASOULPHIA. Kennebrew presents both an extraordinary spectrum of music genre, and cultural diversity. Within PHILASOULPHIA the musical forms of Latin, Bollywood, British Soul, and African/Caribbean Rhythms are infused with Kennebrew’s unique blend of blues, soul, rock, and Jazz.
Kennebrew’s discography with BMI Future School Music and Def Anointed International LLC is featured on streaming sties and online retail outlets globally.
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