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by Zwei

A \"Ben\'s Chili\" bowl of soul, funk, rock, and go-go.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. 2'sday (a new day)
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2. thank you
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3. Remedy
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4. Alone
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5. Souled Out
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6. Wish I Wasn't 'Bout
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7. U St. Blues
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8. Serenade
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9. where we're from...the drums talk
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10. Moon Over U
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11. Happy
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12. Gratitude (what you have)
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13. ...
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14. (soul) Alone
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Album Notes
Although "zwei," the German word for "two," is properly pronounced "zvy," jones explains,"We thought we should change the sound of the word to something cooler, but the meaning is the same." jones continues, "More personally, 'two means We before I.' From the mutual appreciation we had for Hall & Oates as kids, to talking to Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis as adults about songwriting, we have always been clear that the best teams were always two cats who came from separate places, but understood and brought the best out of each other."

Having composed, arranged, performed and produced every note of their debut album, The 2, and its follow up, 2'sday, Zwei is prepared to sail or sink, but they'll do it 2gether. When asked about their creative process, Kuti offers, "Songs can come from anywhere. We channel emotions from everywhere and bring ideas to each other. He may call me with a concept for a tune and I'll do a track for it. I may come to him with a musical arrangement of which I've only laid down 8 bars, and he'll finish it. Or, the roles could be completely reversed. As long as there's input from both, we keep it moving."

When The 2 was released, Zwei was immediately featured in the Washington Post, added to the Carter Barron Amphitheatre's summer schedule and added to DC/MD/VA's premier urban adult contemporary radio station, WHUR FM's playlist-3 feats rarely, if ever accomplished by an act upon their debut. With some of the most highly attended appearances all over the D.C. metropolitan area, including the Stone Soul Picnic and the Black Family Reunion, a Wammie nomination for best urban contemporary act by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA), a showcase on Megahertz Networks (a national cable network), and heavy rotation on XM satellite radio, not only are D.C.'s eyes on this sensational act, but the nation's as well.


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Mike Joyce

Personality 2 spare!
ZWEI "2'sday" BolaMarge

It's not hard to enjoy Zwei's new CD "2'sday," given its endless neo-soul grooves and crooning harmonies, but first you have to get past the opening (and title) track. Unspooling like the credits at the end of a film, it ends with a long shout-out to all supporters of the group, including family, friends, artists and media outlets. If Zwei wins a Wammie for "2'sday," any acceptance speech is likely to be redundant.

Fortunately, Zwei then gets down to business, evoking all manner of old school, new school and blue-eyed school soul stylings. A series of multi-tracked R&B seductions ensue, featuring Maryland-bred singer-songwriters Reg Jones and Kuti Mack.

The duo wears its influences proudly -- Prince, Marvin Gaye and Hall and Oates loom large here -- but there's also a strong contemporary hometown vibe evident on "U St. Blues," "Moon Over U" and other tracks that keep Zwei's take on soul/funk music from sounding routine or strictly retro. At its best -- on "Remedy," "Alone" and "Souled Out," for example -- the duo's songwriting is smart and the tracks are awash with layered lead vocals, sweet harmonies, moody electric keyboards and tugging rhythms. "Wish I Wasn't 'Bout . . . It" has all that and more -- an amusing lyric and a nearly hypnotic beat. In fact, though a modest and not entirely filler-free production, "2'sday" has something a lot of soul music lacks these days: personality to spare.

Jan and Tommy D

One Night at Borders
Sometimes you find new music and talent in the strangest places. We went to Borders White Flint to get some coffee. Instead we listened to two entertainers squeezed between the bookshelves on the third floor. No matter, they rocked the house.

Original songs, a mix of old school, hip hop, jazz and rock, hooked us. Grab their two CDs and get ready to be treated to music from the past and from the soul. Here are two young men that care about the past, and the future. Support them at local gigs. Check 'em out.