Nhojj | Someday Peace Love & Freedom

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Someday Peace Love & Freedom

by Nhojj

Acoustic Reggae flavored Conversation on Politics, Religion, Hope and Love. Degrees of Folk with light showers of Funk... *Nominated for 2004 OUTStanding Male Album.
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1. Hold on
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2. Free
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3. Peace
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4. What r u begging for?
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5. The Beggar's Cup
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6. Fighting for Love (The Warrior's Song)
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7. Lost/Found
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8. U
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9. I Miss You
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10. Love Again
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11. A New Me
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12. Someday
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Guitars strumming… soft and smooth… 2 voices singing in harmony “I laid in my bed last night…” He closes his eyes and allows himself to reminisce -feels like a lifetime“…staring up to the sky…” He grew up in Guyana, the son of an Adventist minister, and had started singing at the age of 5, in a small church not far from the ocean. He remembers that first performance and how nervous he was. Now, 25 years later, he is listening to his second CD “Someday Peace Love & Freedom.”

The music is mellow like Sade and cuts across musical boundaries mixing reggae, soul, and poetry. The Caribbean influences remind him of this poor socialist country on the tip of South America. Before he left, he had performed on local radio programs, in churches, and finally at the stadium in front of the President and thousands of others. But Church is where it all started “Hold on… everything will be alright…” maybe that is where he got his sense of hope.

Funky guitars kick off the 2nd track, and his clear falsetto whispers “Cut the strings… untie the things… that keep you down… bound… facing ground… lost now found…” Then the heavy bass line… Trinidad was the land of heavy driving bass lines, carnival, calypso, soca, sand, sun and again the ocean. This was high school, fun, friends, laughter, and then a burgeoning need for more. He hadn’t stopped singing and once again, this time as a member of a quartet, he found himself singing for the President of this country and a stadium full of listeners.

The sounds of instrumental bullets echoing in the distance brings him back to the present “... how long would it take for you to call for peace?” For Nhojj peace was music. After graduating from NYU with honors and a BA in Economics, he decided to spend a year teaching himself to record and produce. He then spent another 2 years producing what Musicdish.com would call “musical genius” his debut “I’ve Been Waiting for You”.

Nhojj spent the next 2 1/2 years performing in churches and clubs around NYC. He made his acting debut at the 2002 International Fringe Festival in the award winning play “The making of the Black Man”, co-produced the “The Underground to Peace and Unity” concert in support peace, and released a live performance DVD “An Intimate Evening with Nhojj” with Emmy nominated director Bill Cote. Yes recording and performing had brought him his peace - his freedom.

Lying here in the sunshine brought a sense of accomplishment, he's been enjoying this new CD. Where his debut had been like a personal diary -deep, personal, melancholic, and poetic, “Someday Peace Love & Freedom” is relaxed, calm with lots of vibes and grooves and social commentary. It is hopeful.

A slow reggae groove that morphs into “The Beggar’s Cup” begins. This song tells the story of a beggar at a street corner, but he isn’t begging for money - he’s begging for something far more important, something that will last… He is begging for love.

Nhojj stops the CD, it has been a long journey. And in many ways he has just begun - life is a well of possibilities, both frightening and exciting, and he has certainly had his share of both. But in the end, the experiences have been rewarding, he’d managed to discover his truth, express it, and share it with those that came along his path.



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Rebecca Kemp - CUR 1350, Cambridge University Radio

His voice is amazing.
I really enjoyed listening to it, it was definitely the sound of peace!

MandaHug - 88.3 Southern FM in Moorabbin, Australia

It's great!
It's great! I look forward to playing it and getting others to play it too!

Mana Alban - Radio 1 - Tahiti

Excellent voice.
Excellent voice. It's a soul voice with reggae, and the sound is so clean.

Zeitgeist-scot.co.uk

A remarkable work of art.
Nhojj has one of the fines voices I've heard in years. Effortlessly flowing through a variety of sounds, this is harmony on a higher plane.

It's basically smooth reggae grooves with soul, jazz and compelling lyrics, but the whole fits together so perfectly, that you feel yourself unable to move away from the rhythms and beats spilling from the speaker.

Caribbean born and New York raised, Nhojj is a warm trickle of honey salving your soul. His words are words of peace and love, a message sadly missed in this world of bling, cynicism and self serving. It's so hard to pick out favourites, but at a push I'd plump for "Peace" and "I Miss You", both sublime.

Things end on an awesome high with the ever hopeful, "Someday", a message we all need to hear sometime. It's hard to think of comparisons, but imagine, if you will, a more spiritual Maxwell. There's a little bit of everything from soul through folk through reggae, but it all adds up to more than the sum of its parts.

I've never counted them, but I've probably played over three hundred new albums this year, and Nhojj has strolled into the upper echelons. A remarkable work of art.

Keith Boykin

Really Enjoyed it
I finally had a chance to listen to your full CD, Someday Peace Love & Freedom, and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing it and best wishes.

BlkNgl

...Sultry melodies and conscious lyrics with a slightly island flavor...
I love cd's like this. Nhojj has a beautiful voice and I like his use of harmony to set moods and creat climaxes in his music. This is a wonderful mix of sultry melodies and conscious lyrics with a slightly island flavor. If you like setting the mood with artists like Jill Scott, Musiq, Janet Jackson, Brian McKnight and,(for old schoolers like me), Maxi Priest- among others, then you will definitely enjoy this cd. :)

Access Triple Nine - New Zealand

extraordinary talent
beautifully crafted songs that fit well on our station - an extraordinary talent.

Amsterdam The Netherlands

'Voice of an Angel' Nhojj 'Soul Rhyme & Rhythm'
What a voice this man has, varied in tone - high low, smooth (sweet). Lost & Found is a smooth balled, slighlty reggae dub feel to the music while Nhojj's jazz voice slips in and out of the guitar strum. Fighting For Love & The Beggers Cup also grab my attention.

LOGO-Magazine - UK's #1 Free New Music Magazine

The Voice of social conscience
If Wyclef is the new face of social conscience and Arrested Development its history, then Caribbean-born, NY-raised Nhojj is its voice. What a voice. It manifests itself through his throat as a honeyed, subdued and unadorned combination of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye; it manifests itself through his fingers when he writes simple plainsong that sounds like it was birthed in the cotton fields; it manifests itself in an imagination that has created a hybrid of soft southern soul, folk and jazz-reggae. His is a voice that is as familiar as an old friend, as comforting as a happy memory, as stirring as the first flush of love. His is a voice that speaks from every orifice, hear it.

Ty Sawyer

No big pimpin, ballers, or bling bling appear on Someday (Peace, Love, & Freedom
No big pimpin, ballers, or bling bling appear on Someday (Peace, Love, & Freedom) the second solo effort by R & B singer Nhojj. Someday is a collection of protest and love songs deeply integrated in Caribbean rhythms and the gospel tradition, which at times can draw comparisons to Ol Negro spirituals.

In a world were most male singers tending to be lazy, either from lack of skill or motivation, Nhojj isn’t afraid to go there. The man wails to the heavens on “Free” like the lord wasn’t listening and he had to get his point across. At other times Nhojj uses his falsetto to give off a smooth operator vibe, i.e. Maxwell, Prince, without necessarily being either of the two.

Yet for Someday to be such a positive album, (deeply needed in today’s urban music scene) it is a perfect example of what can happen when technique does not follow intent. At times Nhojj goes flat when reaching for those high notes, which is especially important to be on point, because those are the notes that make listeners feel the song. On “Lost/Found” one the albums center pieces, at the song’s end, Nhojj ad libs,”...it don’t have to be like this...it don’t have to be like this!” Starts to get a little off kilter with the catchy drum and guitar rhythm of the track.

Aside from a few other minor moments like these, “Someday” is a work, created by an artist. There is definite vision, and a potential for growth that will appeal to listeners of alternative soul music.
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