By Popular Demand: Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfege Return to the Internationally Renowned Drom

Here are musicians, poised with a positive vibe and with lyrics so uplifting that you actually believe

New York (I-Newswire) August 29, 2012 - The always entertaining and eclectic Derrick N. Ashong & SoulfĬge are set to make another highly anticipated return appearance in NYC. After recently performing at Club de Madrid's gala dinner honoring former President Bill Clinton with the Democratic Leadership Award; the competitive selection of their animated short film Love Rain Down (a cut from their latest highly successful CD, AFropolitan) for an April screening at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival; launching a national commercial & public radio broadcast campaign; and reaching over 50,000 downloads for their Million Download Campaign for 2012 (available free at, they're now scheduled to re-appear at the internationally popular Drom in NYC on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 7:15.

"Here are musicians, poised with a positive vibe and with lyrics so uplifting that you actually believe, if only for one night, that . . . a new world mood may emerge from the street and the Net, somehow defying the odds-a spirit of promise and hope and harmony, a spirit that denies dissonance. SoulfĬge lets us dream such sweet dreams, in vibrant colors."

At Drom Derrick N. Ashong & SoulfĬge will be performing songs from their previous critically-acclaimed CD Take Back the Mic, and their recent 2011 CD release, AFropolitan. The band will be propelled by drumming phenomenon Stix 'Mr. Pocket' Bones, rock-solid Berklee grad & Funk/Rock bassist Alex Staley, keyboard wizard Nathan Rosenberg, and the lyrical and dynamic alto sax of Jorge Montoy. Derrick N. Ashong & SoulfĬge are a refreshingly original and exciting group of musicians who have synthesized an eclectic blend of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Funk, World Beat and West African Highlife music to create an integral musical melange of style and substance. They combine driving rhythms, authentic musicianship, the crisp vocals/harmonies of Derrick and co-founder Jonathan M. Gramling, and provocatively elevating lyrics; a combination that transcends and defies even the most imaginative of descriptive capacities. They are a powerful live act and a vivid new voice that has perpetually electrified audiences with their joyous 'Afropolitan' fusion.

". . . [SoulfĬge's] members realized they had the platform to reach ears not only with their music-a fusion of thumping African music and rhythms, sweet reggae breezes, funk, and hip-hop-but also with their message."
-The Boston Globe

SoulfĬge's previous CD, Take Back the Mic, debuted in the top 10 of the Magazine Radio Chart and the top 100 of the Jazz Week World Chart. The music and their social movement have been featured in such major media as, MTV Africa, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, MNet Africa, ABC Chronicle and BBC Worldservice, reaching 146 million listeners world-wide. Download for free their current successful CD release, AFropolitan, and check out their new animated short film, Love Rain Down at

Show Time: Doors open at 6:30 PM, show starts at 7:15
Admission: $10 advanced (at Drom &, $15 at the door
Location: 85 Avenue A (btw 5th & 6th St.), New York, NY, (212) 777-1157

Contact info for Derrick N. Ashong & SoulfĬge: Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment Inc., (212) 543-9998,

Management: M. Quentin B.L. Williams, The Butler Lappert Williams Firm PC, (212) 572-4822,

About Redwood Entertainment

Redwood Entertainment Inc. is widely known for its versatile marketing approaches in the Music and E   More..ntertainment Industries.

Redwood's experience covers all areas of show business in marketing, public relations, and radio promotion with an award-winning emphasis on music sales, and video and film production. Where we excel, is in the originality and freshness of our creative design and niche marketing. Whether our clients need a totally new approach to the market or enhancements in familiar markets, our marketing execution and strategic placement gives our clients a distinct advantage. Our structure allows our clients to choose from a range of services that is right for them.

Redwood Entertainment, Inc., has worked with and works with a roster of artists which includes, 2005 Grammy Winner, Ken Williams, original writer of the Alicia Keys Hit, "You Don't Know My Name"; The Cab Calloway Orchestra; Kevin Mahogany; Eden Riegel, (two time Emmy nominated, actress, "Bianca" Susan Lucci's daughter on "All My Children"); Annie Haslam (former lead singer of Renaissance); Neshama Carlebach, vocalist, and the daughter of the late Rabbi Schlomo Carlebach; world renowned Cuban born drummer, Horacio "el Negro" Hernandez, who is one of the premier Latin jazz drummers in the world, just released his first headlining album, "Italuba"; The Larry Baeder Group, Blues; Armand & Bluesology, Blues; The Danny Morris Band, Surf & Blues; Stephen McConnaughey, Writer/Music Producer; Early Clover, of the Coasters, ®&B; and Chaz de Paolo, blues/rock fusion.

In addition to many years of marketing talent, Redwood Entertainment, Inc. has been involved with various award winning film and video projects such as "Steps Down The Aisle" starring Debby Boone (the only Wedding Planning Video to ever be endorsed by the Association of Bridal Consultants,) "Simplicity's Sewing it Up" (Bronze Award Winner in the New York Film and Television), "Love Times 3" (Music Video starring Chuck Jackson, O.C. Smith, and Cuba Gooding formerly of the Main Ingredient), to name a few, as well as earning numerous plaudits for promotions of major feature films and performing artists.

Most recently, Redwood Entertainment, Inc.'s marketing projects include Fahir Atakoglu, internationally renown Symphonic Conductor who is releasing his first Jazz / World Music CD in the United States, entitled "If", and featuring the legendary Anthony Jackson on Bass, and the Latin drumming virtuoso, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez on Drums; Ken Williams (original writer of Alicia Keys' hit 2005 Grammy Winning Hit, "You Don't Know My Name"; Fremont John, AC Artist/Songwriter of Aim High Music, Kenny Seymour, Jazz Keyboardist of A Dish-A-Tunes Records, Teja Frank, young hip-hop artist of A Dish-A-Tunes Records; Steve McConnaughey, musician / songwriter / producer; Larry Baeder, legendary guitarist / musician / composer and producer along with other nationally known comedians and internationally renown musical acts.Less..

Contact Information

Redwood Entertainment
Carol Green
138 Haven Avenue
Suite 4D
Phone : 212-543-9998


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