Playlist of Friends & Family

10Nov

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Hi, ya’ll.

I figured I would share a list of songs for your entertainment. Included are some folks that I have played with in some capacity or respect musically. I hope you enjoy. All you have to do now is press play, and let the music fill your ears.

Try Again – Aspectz Of Me (2014)

21Oct

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Hey, ya’ll. It was about two years ago today that I performed a song live at Roccapulco in San Francisco named ‘Try Again’. It wasn’t in the recording phase yet, but after rehearsing this track with a few great musicians to make it ready for an audience of 1000+ people at a Goodwill Industry Corporate Event, I was excited to move it towards recording.  People danced and had a great time while I performed ‘Try Again’, and it quickly became one of my personal favorites in my newest body of work, Aspectz Of Me  (http:r3np.bandcamp.com), for more reasons than one.

The inspiration for this track comes from years of experience with relationships, being reflected in ways, which has inspired me to grow & evolve psychologically, socially, and ultimately, relationally. You see, I don’t give up on things so easy, and sure, I get bummed at times when things don’t work out the way I want them to, but that feeling only inspires me as much as oxygen inspires fire. I just burn a little more brighter, and get a little more hungry.

Check out the lyrics: http://atiimchenzira.com/lyrics/try-again/

Here is the Kosta Mix Version from Aspectz Of Me – Volume A:

Here is  the Version, which is on both the EP & Volume Bomani: 

Oh, and here is video from about two years ago, when I performed it at Roccapulco (www.roccapulco.com/) in San Francisco for a Goodwill audience, with some great musicians:

Enjoy!

The Mayhem Festival Winners are announced!

20Oct

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Winners!

Well folks, the winners have been announced, and there is a great number of great musicians and song writers in this Bay Area. Congratulations to all of the winners! Time to get back to the making of more great tunes, and we’ll see how next year pans out. Thank you very much for your support, and it was an honor to participate in the Mayhem Festival competition! Thank you.

Sincerely,
Atiim Chenzira

Nominee for Best Song by Oakland Solo Artist, Mayhem 2014

17Oct

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Mayhem 2014

 

“Miss Fire” was nominated and selected as one of 21 finalists in the category “Best Song by an Oakland Solo Artist.”

Winners will be announced on Monday October 20th, so stay tuned. 

 

To take a listen to the 21 Oakland Solo Artists who were nominated for this category, please visit the link below:

http://www.oaklandmayhem.com/2014bandfinalists/

 

Miss Fire:  

 

Concert on 10/10/14

29Sep

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10/10/14

The Legionnaire Saloon
Oakland, California

 

6/22/2014 Release Date for Aspectz Of Me

19Jun

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The Release of Aspectz Of Me is here:

Volume Atiim & Volume Bomani

6/22/2014

ORDER NOW! 

Link: 

http://r3np.bandcamp.com/

Aspectz Of Me:  6/22/14

Pre-order now!

 

Thank you!

Oakland Neighborhood Project

6Jun

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A Photo Project To Bring Out Oakland’s Voice

Steve Texeria is a photographer with Oakland roots, who has set off to bring a different kind of attention to Oakland, an attention only natives, and people who know her can. With his camera, he is inspired to share a thousand words with one image, and another.

I was one of his latest participants, and though I grew up in the Allendale district, in 1994 I moved away from the Bay Area for school, and for love, and Oakland has re-opened her arms to me after those two had ended. Since my return in 2003, the Golden Gate district has claimed me as her own. And, this is where Steve and I meet. I read and article in the SF Chronicle one Sunday morning, while having coffee, and decided to find him on Facebook. I wanted to be a part of his project, his documentation of my city, our city, and his vision, which I share; to give Oakland back her name, reputation, and smile.

It is all too often that I hear the negatives of what Oakland has to offer, even from those San Franciscans who have come to her because of cheaper housing, and access to more space, but she isn’t all bad. Nothing truly is all bad or good, but what is more commonly spoken of Oakland, or, at least, has lingered since the days of the War on Drugs, is what is remembered.

I, in no way, am saying that Oakland doesn’t have its horrors, traumas, blues, and unbelievable stories, she does, AND… And, Oakland has a great deal more too. Steve Texeria is on a journey to share the other side, the kindred heart of Oakland, not just to Oaklanders, but to the world. I am grateful to be a part of his journey.

Steve Texeria’s Oakland Neighborhood Project:

“The Oakland Neighborhood Project is designed to let the people in Oakland’s neighborhoods tell their stories in their own words. Over a period of 12-18 months, I will identify and photograph one person, family, or group in each of Oakland’s neighborhoods. Each photo session will take place in that person’s neighborhood and will feature that person or persons holding a sign with their message to the rest of the world written on it.”

_R7A3146<–Photo by Steve Texeira, 2014

Steve says, “I am actively recruiting for this project! So, if you are interested, if you want to represent your neighborhood, if you feel you have something to say that might improve people’s understanding of what and who Oakland truly is, let me know! But don’t wait, there are only so many neighborhoods to go around.”

For more information about Steve Texeria’s Oakland Neighborhood Project, go here:  http://onep.squarespace.com/

Finally Here!

5Jun

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Aspectz Of Me

Volume Atiim & Volume Bomani

Online Music Release TBA

 2 volumes of music
11 tracks each
v. Atiim
v. Bomani

2 volumes of music 11 tracks each v. Atiim v. Bomani

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Artwork & Design:

The Grammy Award Winning Company, EastRand Studios.

http://EastRandStudios.com

A Photo-documentary of Oakland, by Stephen Texeira

16May

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Hello, ladies and gentlemen.

I was chosen to participate in a photo-documentary of Oakland, by photographer, Stephen Texeira, who’s started a movement to document the REAL faces of Oakland. After reading an article this last Sunday (5/11/14), at my best friend’s house, while sipping coffee, she showed me an article from the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com; a publishing from Sunday April 27th, 2014. I was intrigued by the article, written by Chip Johnson, which stated,”Texeira wants to capture Oakland’s good side, but not like in one of his modeling shoots. – He’s not looking for the prettiest, most alluring face he can find. Instead, he wants to capture the essence of Oakland neighborhoods in faces that tell the story of a city with vast and diverse immigrant population; a long, proud history of African American residents; and a city of triumph and tragedy…” (http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Stephen-Texeira-gets-Oakland-picture-perfect-5393789.php)

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I thought to myself, “Well, I am from Oakland, and I care for the health of Oakland, and… I’m going to call him, and see if he is interested in interviewing me, an activist, organizer, entertainer, educator, and marriage and family therapist…” I thanked my best friend, found Stephen on Facebook, and emailed him my thoughts. Twenty minutes later, Stephen responded, and from there we set a date for a shoot. I am now one of the documented photo-stories of Oakland, and, because I now have lived and have worked in my studio in the Golden Gate District of Oakland for ten years, my story will too be told, as one of the “good” sides of Oakland’s history.

He isn’t done yet, as there are 150 different and unique neighborhoods in Oakland. I have also asked if I can help him find other stories to tell, as in, other individuals, families, and couples, and he agreed to utilize my support. His project is projected to take 12-18 months to complete, and after his story in the paper/website of SFGate.com, he is now becoming overwhelmed with responses.

He and I chit chatted about Oakland, took pictures, and shared our perspectives and history on and in Oakland, and I have to say, he is a very humble, intelligent, and personable gentleman. After reading many articles on Oakland, especially from the New York Times, about Oakland being the new Brooklyn, I think, instead of likening Oakland to other cities in preparation for more gentrification, or for trying to find ways to articulate what it actually is, Stephen is setting out on a journey that documents what Oakland was, is, and will be. One thing Stephen said, while we chatted, was, “Photography = Light Writing, so I am, essentially writing a story using light, about Oakland.”

Here is my Instagram photo of Chip Johnson & the San Francisco Chronicle’s April 27th, 2014 article: http://instagram.com/p/oCrKYAt8Ky/

The ‘Aspectz Of Me – EP’ is HERE!

12May

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After a year of song writing and recording, Atiim Chenzira has finally completed his newest musical work, Aspectz Of Me. The first of his releases is an Extended Play of 7 songs:

Aspectz Of Me - EP

Aspectz Of Me – EP

 

Links:

Album: http://r3np.bandcamp.com/album/aspectz-of-me-ep

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AspectzOfMe

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AtiimChenzira

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/AtiimChenzira