Photo by Steven Duarte

For the past few months I have been excited to share someone fresh with you. This man is so talented! His name is Josiah Wise…GodBodi. His music is fresh, he is out of Philly, he rolls with a unique crew of creatives including performance artist and writer Trae Harris (who will be featured alongside Raye 6 at October’s Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum, Can you dig it?). Simply put, this man has it going on! and boy can he sang! Now, I am also excited to share with you know that Herman Jean-Noel from Neglakay Productions directed, produced, and edited his new video for the single Harvest Homicide (video in next post). Please… learn a little bit more about Mr. Wise. In his own words:


In the Summer of 2008 I began a journey for success and self-identity in Philadelphia. I set foot on this journey seemingly alone, but soon realized I had friends and companions on the road with me. We were all embarking on similar voyages and discovered that through music we could inadvertently release our fears about our life-journeys and each other. We were becoming a GodBodi.

GodBodi: A GodBodi understands that the fullness of humanity is not separate from the Supreme, and since that is the case, our bodies are not just bodies..they are indeed GodBodi(es). People often separate themselves from God; some out of ignorance, and some for convenience. The time has come for humanity to elevate our thoughts and perceptions of our own physicality; we must recognize and see how limitless we are. All three songs on this EP: paraboLA are about inverting the ideas you carry about yourself and the world you inhabit. This initial thought conversion involves inverting ideas on God, and even our fears in life, and using that inversion of thought to our advantage.

This is what GodBodi does with its music. Currently based out of Philly, our music and message are a tool we put forward to help rid the mind of ideas that no longer serve the individual or the collective. The songwriting process is, in major part, a response to surveying and studying the world’s mythologies, religions and people. Humanity’s answers to our illusory “new” problems are hidden in the world’s collective age-old wisdom. This has been the labor of the Soul, the journey, undertaken by GodBodi since 2008;  I invite you to journey your own soul, and the collective experience of mankind. I invite you to confront your fears of self and others.

In the film adaptation of Ronald Dahl’s famous novel “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory”, Willy Wonka famously states: “You’ve got to go forwards to go back.“ Abundant life is one well balanced, and at times you will have to dispel things and ideas, while wholly embracing new ones even if they conjure up fear. GodBodi brings together the disparate “parts” that are left after that shedding and growing process…different sounds, genres and stories. Most importantly, the stories. In a nutshell, we are simply as honest and authentic as possible, embracing all of who we are and the journey of what humanity is to be: The GodBodi.

Josiah Wise GodBodi-“Gifts For Shitenno” feat. Trae Harris


Gifts For Shitenno by Josiah Wise GodBodi 

You have to listen to believe. This song is like a christmas dinner of music.



Happy Fall! I am so excited to finally share this video with you, Harvest Homicide by Josiah Wise, GodBodi! Props to Herman-Jean Noel of Neglakay Productions for the dope editing, production, and well… magic! Video was created in Philly, PA.

Interview time…

Harvest Homicide, that is an interesting title for the song, where did the inspiration for the title come from?

Autumn is a very special season to me. It has always been my time to recharge. In this particular song I wanted to talk about my experience in the Autumn of 2009. It was during this time that I learned to let go of thoughts that caused me pain and discomfort. The harvest season marks the end of a growing period, and maturation; Harvest Homicide is my attempt at illustrating this. 

You have awesome song writing and musical arrangement skills, how long have you been writing and arranging music?

Like most little kids, I was composing songs daily when I was very young… You know those songs that don’t rhyme and are sort of atonal?? I was that kid that lived in the sky. I got back into writing when I started the band in the Summer of 2008. We started booking gigs and they wanted original music. I didn’t know that I would be so fed by composing. Now it’s all I want to do. I studied the writing styles of Cee-Lo, James Baldwin, Saul Williams, Stevie Wonder. Chick Corea, Kirk Franklin, Bjork are always on heavy rotation. They’re my bread and butter. 

You have a dope style that combines, theater, rock, soul and so much more, who has been your musical, spiritual, and theatrical influences?

My language is the language of motion.  I hear and see everything through the prism of dance; everything should move; everything should rock. That’s Black music, and I’m always trying to make the Blackest music possible. I have a classical and jazz background. I sang in choirs for most of my life. I am interested in elegance and sophistication but I am also into producing sounds that are visceral. I love the opera. I also love Youssou N'Dour, Dorothy Ashby, and Janelle Monae. They are scholars and intuitive beings. That’s the mission behind my music- to marry scholarship and dialogue about spirituality and identity. I’m a fan of most things. I’m inspired by most things. I suppose resourcefulness is something I live by. 

What has been your most magical musical experience… well, ever?

I’ve had so many magical moments performing with my band, and there have been so many mind-blowing concerts I’ve been blessed to witness in and outside of the U.S. However, some of my most magical musical moments happen when I see dancers perform. So often I wish I could set music to movement when I see it. I have a lot of dancer friends and they’ve taught me a lot about fluidity and being physically authentic. There’s nothing more musical or magical than that.

Speaking of that magic, what is your vision for your album and what would you like to manifest through producing it?

The name of this EP is paraboLA. Ever since 6th grade, I’ve sort of been obsessed with quadratic equations and parabolas. As I’ve grown, I’ve understood the spiritual implications even more. To me parabolas captures the idea of going forward in order to get back. With this EP I pray that people will desire to be a little more fearless. We spend so much time rejecting things that are intrinsic to us because we’ve inherited so much illness and so many ideas of deficiency. I want to live a full life. The 2012 shift is all about exchanging the fragmented perspective for clarity.

Do you have any advice for up-and-coming artists, especially new to NYC?

Be authentic. Be bold.  Observe the signs. If it’s screaming at you…listen! A peafowl never asks itself if its a peafowl; A rose knows that its a rose. 

What quote would you leave The Culture-Connector readers for remainder of 2012?

“Isn’t fear just obsession inverted?”

Where can we find more information about your work?

Filmed by: Herman Jean-Noel for Neglakay Productions
Location: Granny House, West Philadelphia
Engineered & mixed by: Micah Forsyth
Executive Producers and Producers: Josiah Wise, Anwar Marshall
Drums: Anwar Marshall
Percussion: Olatunji Ojore
Vocals: Josiah Wise, Elle Morris,Andre Webb, Vinchelle Woods
Guitar: Brosh Laven
Bass: Steve Lyons


No More Harvest Homicide by @JosiahWise8 
#GOOSEBUMPS …. no words. 


“Harvest Homicide” - Josiah Wise

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Philly based Josiah Wise releases his first three song EP: paraboLA, a journey for success and self-identity since the Summer of 2008. paraboLA contains a collection of songs that invert the ideas you carry about yourself and the world you inhabit. 

Harvest Homicide is the first Official Video released by JosiahWise/GodBodi. 

Download the free EP here: