Denitia and Sene
Pool Cosby, Sanura, DJ Mursi Layne
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Denitia and Sene
Smooth like smoke from the tip of a Cuban cigar, and as sensuous as morning love, electro-soul duo denitia & sene not only exude sexy through their music, they invent it. The Brooklyn-based musicians came together a year ago with a shared vision to bring truth and ingenuity to stylistic music, and they’ve held their ambitions high ever since. Simple. Rare. Sumptuous. Bold. They’ve been influenced by a range of sonic proclivities. Thus, their work is distinguished not by genre, but attention to free verse, and the magic that transpires between darkness and light. It’s film noir for audiophiles – chic, hip and alluring – and together, they have broken down personal limits to forge a bond surpassing all expectations.
In true Brooklyn custom, the two artists met while attending a party one night at a spot they refer to as the “The Clubhouse,” an old Victorian home serving as a residence, community space, and recording studio for a collective of local artists. Sene, a rapper, was looking for someone to sing hooks on his new album, and denitia, a singer-songwriter, welcomed the challenge. He gave her the scratch vocals; she nailed it and then some; and suddenly, they were part of the New York fairytale so many artists call a dream. It’s Brooklyn at its finest – it’s serendipity. It’s denitia & sene.
After their initial collaboration went better than expected, denitia & sene decided to take it one step further and form a twosome, allowing sene, a Brooklyn native, to tap into his musical skills beyond hip hop, and denitia to explore a more sultry, theatrical side of her character. Both were inspired by a variety of artists and backgrounds, listing Sade, the Fugees, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Beatles, and Janet Jackson as a few of their shared favorites. Such diversity is reflected in the dynamism of their own sound, from smooth bass lines and reverberating vocals to synth-laden blues and abbreviated narratives. It’s kind of like nothing else out there, and that is the intention.
denitia and sene’s first EP, blah blah blah was released in August and presented by OkayPlayer.com, a three-track assortment blending definitive soul with electronic bebop. Their track “Casanova” won the attention of many music tastemasters, with Fader magazine calling it “an effortless, snuggly gem primed for late Saturday mornings tangled in rumpled covers.” Because their partnership has been effortless and magical from the get, they intend to continue down the same track, aiming to create authentic and intuitive music that is accessible to a wide variety of people. No fronts and no concessions – it follows only the rules they set for themselves, compromising nothing that might contradict their signature sweet panache.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Pool Cosby brings together sample-based electronic hip-hop with violin, cello, and drums. Influenced by artists such as Shlohmo and J Dilla, this genre-bending band fuses old-school classics such as Ol' Dirty Bastard, Sam Cooke, and Mariah Carey with contemporary rhythms and sounds.
Prior to forming Pool Cosby, each member had garnered their own recognition in the music industry, including major label credits for engineering, mastering, arranging, and tracking. Collectively, they have worked with artists including 50 Cent, Trey Songz, Oberhofer, Melanie Fiona, Sean Paul, araabMUZIK, Theophilus London, and Juelz Santana.
Even though their first album was released only a year ago in October of 2012, Pool Cosby has already more than proven themselves in the electronic music scene, ranking #4 on ReverbNation's chart for Top 10 Experimental Bands in Brooklyn. Pool Cosby recently headlined showcases at the CMJ Music Marathon, the Knitting Factory, Pianos, SPiN NYC, and Spike Hill and is currently working on their third and fourth albums.
Sanura is a Vocalist, Model, and Actress hailing from Virginia Beach, VA. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 13, 1987, and music has been a huge part of her life ever since. Growing up, she was exposed to all genres, and at the tender age of six discovered her own vocal and writing ability. A few years later she began recording music with a local producer.
In mid 2008, after posting her first demo to Myspace, Sanura was contacted by NJ based producer Cito on the Beat to record a full length project. She rose to the occasion and in a mere 5 days, the duo wrote, produced, and recorded her independent debut, "Ultimate Accessory," in a tiny room in Cito's apartment.
Upon its completion, Sanura returned to VA and took the album to the streets. Through word of mouth alone, she and her father eventually sold thousands of copies of the album within months. In 2011, she released her second indie LP, "The Green Room," with New York based Hip-Hop producers, A Lost People. With these projects, Sanura began to garner an overwhelming amount of local buzz and started working in other areas of entertainment. From modeling for clothing lines and fashion shows to landing a supporting role in her first independent feature film, it became clear that the songbird was a triple threat in the making.
In late 2012, Sanura moved to NYC to take her career to the next level. She has since landed major modeling gigs with B.E.T. Networks, Urban Ink Magazine, Miss Jessie's Natural Hair Care Products, and many more.
Sanura released her third project, "View From The Q," in May 2013. Co-written and composed with Hungarian producer Kata Kozma, the six song project received 95% of its funding through the popular fan site, Kickstarter.com. The album is based around true events and serves as the chronicle of a young artist's evolution; Spiritually, Mentally, and Musically.
DJ Mursi Layne
Trinidad native and Brooklyn resident, Mursi, is not only a crowd pleasing self-taught deejay, but also a producer, film Sound Recordist/Sound Editor and co-founder of The Artchitects, a boutique production company. She spins an array of music to include Hip Hop, Club, Reggae, Soca, Electronic, Classics, and anything that will make one body-roll even if they don't know how to. Her keen ear for music and down-to-earth personality has helped her build her brand both globally and commercially.
"My DJ sets are like a melting pot! I can go anywhere from c*nty beats like MikeQ-produced tracks to Stuttastep tunes such as DJ Kiva’s remix of Erykah Badu’s Out My Mind, Just in Time." - Mursi (ACE Hotel interview).
Mursi’s career highlights include Afro Punk Festival, F1 Grand Prix + Private event at The King's Palace in The Kingdom of Bahrain (Middle East), Lee’s Palace (Toronto), Ozio Lounge in Washington DC, The MET Museum, ACE Hotel, American Cancer Society, Top Shop, Madewell, Adidas, Public Assembly, Knitting Factory and more. She has also performed at shows featuring artists such as Rye Rye, TheeSatisfaction, Mykki Blanco and BadBadNotGood.