Afro D All Starz | Strength in Numbers

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Strength in Numbers

by Afro D All Starz

A 10-track musical and lyrical journey blending positive, socially-conscious rhymes, beautiful singing, and a wide range of live instruments into a hip hop, soul and jazz symphony of sorts.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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1. Keepin It Live
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2. I Care
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3. Time Flies
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4. Music Is an Ocean
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5. Memories Live On
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6. Love Story
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7. The Fro
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8. Gadzooks
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9. The B Word
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10. Ministry
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Album Notes
The Afro D All Starz originated as the backing band for Boston-based MC Afro D (formerly Afro DZ ak) as he released his 2008 solo album, "Elevation", but have since evolved into a well-balanced collective of like-minded singers, MCs, and musicians with a smooth, unique, funky style, blending a wealth of original tunes with occasional covers of artists such as Common, Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson, and Jill Scott.

Incorporating violin, flute, trumpet, saxophone and much more, the Afro D All Starz are not just your average hip hop band. They spread a socially-conscious positive message with their lyrics, while at the same time blending a variety of styles, from hip hop, to jazz, to soul to funk, bringing a live band energy that gets venues packed and crowds moving. They have played shows all over the Boston area at venues such as Tommy Doyle's in Cambridge, Rock the Plaza at Patriot Place in Foxboro, and Berklee College of Music in Boston, as well as countless community gigs in support of many Boston-area community organizations.

The Afro D All Starz are:
Pete "Afro D" Shungu: trumpet/MC/bandleader
Bruce "B Reese" Reese: MC
Noni Kai: vocals
Tanya Richardson: vocals
Steve Mossberg: keys
Dave Beauchesne: drums
Ben Davenny: bass
Reid Angwin: guitar
Adam Friedman: flute
Chris Huang: violin
Carl Catron: tenor sax
Eric Haltmeier: alto sax

Afro D (real name Pete Shungu) is a spoken word poet, musician, educator and activist who uses performance art as a medium to promote reflection, understanding, and community building. Born in New Jersey to a black father from the Democratic Republic of Congo and a white mother from Kansas, Afro D weaves his personal experiences and those of people whom he has had the privilege to know into his music. A graduate of Tufts University, he has taught high school history in the Boston Public Schools, taught English at an orphanage in Mexico, and served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in Worcester, MA, amongst many other transformative life opportunities. He currently works a day job for the non-profit organization uAspire, where he helps high school students and families break down financial barriers to college.


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