No longer do I suck my thumb. I breath. I conquer.
Banjee Musick, was the first track I ever recorded. It was a song that took the mold of a musical monologue that illustrating my voice, my perception of reality, and my ideas on the way to live life. It felt so good, to shout out to the world and to tell the universe where I stood. So with Banjee Musick completed, I carried on, and that one monologue became a waterfall of acts, a myriad of conversations turning into my first EP, INVICTOS.
Recording mostly with Schwarz, a beautiful producer, we came together magically to create several tracks that’s featured on INVICTOS. Working closely together, I made sure to sew a distinctive sound, a sound very green, and unheard of. Meshing a lot of genres from Hip Hop to Ballroom to Baltimore Club, I wanted to make sure that my sound represented who I am and what I love. Musically + lyrically, I admire the creations of artists like Prince (CONTROVERSY), Patti Smith (RADIO ETHIOPIA), Erykah Badu (BADUIZM LIVE), Missy Eliot (SUPA DUPA FLY), JOHN LENNON/YOKO ONO (DOUBLE FANTASY), Lil Kim (HARDCORE), NOTORIOUS B.I.G. (READY TO DIE), and Lykki Li (YOUTH NOVELS), and most importantly Miss Tony (MASTER OF CEREMONIES)(+ MORE). These were the people and these specific works were the reason why I wanted to start doing music so bad, also noticing how vital it is to have your own sound, and create a sincere identity within your music, from the production to the lyrics. With INVICTOS, I feel like I achieved that.
The album features other magical pieces from J Lamar, who mixes dialogue of two icons I admire, Nina Simone, and Quentin Crisp. It also features an instrumental from Amy Reid of Chiffon, and a beautiful ovah Baltimore Club track from Dj Lemz. The mood is dark. The lyrics is empowering. The production is moving. We painted what is to live as a minority, in many ways from sexuality to race, in an urban environment, in America, in the world, that not only possess heavy truths but virtuous realities that exist within life. I feel fortunate to had lived the life I am living. It made me who I am and what I am, and who I am becoming. Invicto or invictus, rooted from Latin means to be invincible or unconquered is what I’m trying to manifest and felt like it was the perfect titled for my first project. I added an (s) to the end of Invicto because, I am not only one entity. My existence is not just of me, it’s a collective of strengths and insecurities that I share with my mom, my friends, and you. So, I’m saying invictos, because, when listening to this ep I want not only me to feel unconquered but I want you to feel the same way. So please listen, dance, feel inspired, and ask a lot of questions about yourself and where you stand. Feel me, feel yourself!
As I said before: My music is about individualism, identity, salvation, and being socially extracted and castrated. I kind of always beam myself into being like a moth, a symbol, an advocate for self liberation, and a supplier of freedom, bearing freedom too. I’m like a cunty fairy banjee god mother/son…My life…my music, play as narrative that represent the triumphs of being an outcast, a minority, and a living martyr of oppression. Being pushed to the outskirts of society, living in the darkest alleys, and, in some cases, being socially jailed, sometimes pushes a person or a community to be liberated, claiming freedom. Through my music I want to stand as a symbol of freedom. Music is a pathway to deliverance. It’s enchantment grants spiritual freedom, emotional freedom, and mental freedom. It’s very therapeutic for me and I hope it’s therapeutic for the people who listen to my melodies.
Best, Abdu Ali
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CHECK OUT BANJEE MUSICK!
It’s almost here. INVICTOS. My first ep that features a lot of love not only from me, but from my producer friends, Schwarz, DJ Lemz, and JLamar. So this week, I wanted to release a new track and the album front and back cover art.
“Queen Banjee” is a Baltimore Club and Ballroom infusion, with an intro sample of the legendary Martha Wash’s “Carry On”, produced by DJ Lemz, that with simple diction and few words, carries a ton of fierceness by faith.
The album art was created by POZSI B KOLORS ZB4S, who is a crafty passionate artist that’s fucking amazing. He created perfect images that capture the energy of the music, the aesthetic of my personality, the story of my life, and the beauty of the manifestation of INVICTOS. I hope you appreciate it as much as I do and again INVICTOS will be out soon. SO GET FUCKING READY!
Persuing music has definitely been a cosmic journey, filled with metaphysical challenges that I never thought I would endure. I’ve changed so much this year. My eyes are new, my feet washed, and my body is bouncing like a jax ball. Being apart of music has been the best exchange I ever participated in my life. It feels so good to perform, feels so good to flood the mic with my thoughts and experiences, it’s like winning a golden ticket over and over again. I’m very blessed to never been hesitant to paint my visions, bring my wants to life, and for INVICTOS, I wanted to not only promote the philosophy of “carpe diem” but also microphoning the beauties of empowerment, individualism, and not being fearful of new possibilities.
Best, Abdu Ali AbduAli@EatOnThis.com
“There’s a new breeze blowin’ tonight Clear away the past Honey, free at last Yes, I’ve paid for the choices I’ve made No apologies from me You know I’ll never, no Never lose my will Never, never standin’ still I’ll carry on When the valley’s deep I’ll be strong With a mighty love to carry on Never sleep til’ the new day dawns I carry on” Carry On, Martha Wash