Candice Anitra & Mustafa "Effortless" Shakir's The Love Machine Project Release Party + Sp G. Jesse Clegg
85 Avenue A
(between 5th St & 6th St)
New York, NY, 10009
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
In her solo career, Philly-raised and Brooklyn-based Candice Anitra explores the fine lines between genders, self-love and loathing, and the polarities that exist in us all. She is one part soul singer, and equal parts rabble-rouser and philosopher, with her edgy, electro-rock-infused, sultry songs. After releasing an EP in 2008, Anitra's full-length debut, Bark Then Bite, dropped in 2010. It wasn't long before the praises began to roll in from Soul Tracks, Rolling Out, Soul Bounce, and more. Anitra's Kickstarter-funded next effort, Big Tree, dropped in 2012, gaining further acclaim from Yahoo! Music, Electronic Urban Report (EURweb), and Grown Folks Music. The album is a mellifluous yet audacious blend of all the delicious oft overlooked spaced between the genres, which also led Candice to perform up and down the east coast, including venues such as the Blue Note, Apollo Music Café, NJPAC, the Brooklyn Museum, and Brooklyn Academy of Music. In her music, Candice looks within to take the emotional bumps in the road and combine euphonic bits of this and that to master a sacred pastiche art that magnetizes audiences.
Mustafa "Effortless" Shakir
Meanwhile, Mustafa "Effortless" Shakir has his hands in everything from acting to writing to directing. As an emcee, Mustafa bridges the gap between conscious rap and ear-to-the-street swagger; his first bid was the 2006 full-length album Holy War, with production from Goldrocc, Ayatollah (Mos Def), and Leggo, in response to which URB Magazine proclaimed, "Effortless is sure to impress." He came back with his sophomore effort Chameleon in 2010, which ignited the underground hip hop scene with production from Dirrty Brahms (Rhye) and garnered praise from Rollingstone.com and XXL. Mustafa and Brahms then followed a year later with their ode to hip hop, DIEMIND: god the carbon copy, a brilliant sonic exploration of the pitfalls of evolving while still in the trenches of the hood mind state. Between solo albums and mix tapes, M*E has kept it fresh by touring with daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, the LA-based 74-piece musical cornucopia headed by Geoff "Double G" Gallegos. Overall, M*E' combines lyrical prowess and provocative content to create effortless flows sure to keep listeners on their toes.
Jesse Clegg is a South African alternative rock artist whose 2008 debut album, When I Wake Up, and his 2011 follow up, Life On Mars, have both made the 24-year-old a platinum-selling success in his home country. This is a considerable feat in a place where the rock genre makes up only a small minority of the market.
After the widespread acclaim of his first album, Jesse’s music caught the attention of 3-time Grammy-winning Canadian producer David Bottrill (Muse, Tool, Placebo). Jesse subsequently moved to Toronto for 4 months to work with Bottrill who produced his 2nd album in its entirety. Another notable contributor was Grammy award-winning engineer Bob Ludwig who mastered the album in New York. Entitled Life on Mars the album embodies a substantial musical leap forward for Jesse and showcases some of the more experimental moments of his songwriting.
Jesse has achieved much in the 5 short years he has been active. He has released 4 Top 10 singles, toured extensively throughout South Africa, playing the biggest festivals in the country, and has performed abroad in both North America and Europe. As an official ambassador for the Nelson Mandela 46664 foundation, Jesse was invited to play at Radio City Music Hall in New York alongside the likes of Stevie Wonder, Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and many others. He has been nominated for three South African Music Awards over the course of his career.
In January 2013, Jesse returns to North America to continue on his musical journey in a new territory. The rights to both albums, including master- recordings and publishing, belong to the artist and remain available for International release.