AFROTRAK Presents RAHKII
Nola Ade, Chai Tulani, Calid B
2033 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL, 60647
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM (event ends at 11:59 PM)
This event is 18 and over
AFROTRAK Presents RAHKII
At the age of twenty-five, Rahkii has already begun to make an impact on Chicago as a music artist. Her broad roots in music stretch further than any genre can define. Her talent was discovered at an early age, when she began to sing solos in the Youth Choir at her home church. Rahkii emerged onto the urban music scene by way of her education at Columbia College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Theater. Discovering her voice through gospel music, sparked a curiosity of various styles of music. Rahkii is influenced by artists such as John Mayer, Janelle Monae and Mali Music. Taking inspiration from the diversity of the local music culture, she supports the “no genre” movement.
Some highlights of her professional career thus far include placing her single Beautifulas the theme song on the Lifetime television series American Beauty Star inSeptember of 2016, performing alongside great artists such as OBY, Walking on Water and Pocket Radio. She has worked as a background vocalist for talented artist such as R.Kelly, Eryn Allen Kane, Patti Labelle, Jenifer Hudson and more.
Though this list only shows a small portion of Rahkii’s accomplishments, it highlights her “jack of all trades” personality as well as her ambitious and hardworking nature. In addition, it also shows her love for collaboration of all types of music, which is why she is joining a “no genre” movement. Rahkii is an emerging artist who wholeheartedly believes that she can affect lives in a positive way with her music. She’s been blessed by God with a talent. She has a great power within her and she’s on a mission to make change. She is a Super Hero.
The trendy thing in R&B/Soul is to be emo, with slickly overproduced songs heavy with dark, coarse, moody, and often, quite frankly, depressing lyrics over synthetic sounds. We’re informed that somehow this malnourishment is “keeping it real.” In truth, sometimes what’s keeping it the realest is a ray of un-ironic optimism, an unfaltering faith in love, a little bit of sun in an uninspiring day, the music of singer-songwriter Nola Adé. Adé is the antidote, the anti-drug to the melancholic bit of missed Prozac doses that now passes for depth. In the face of such self-congratulatory darkness, Adé dares to embrace her light. So, have Windy City audiences who’ve taken on her positivity challenge and encountered the shine of a full-bodied vocalist whose phrasing is Ella Fitzgerald, soulful timbre is Jazmine Sullivan, and eclectic style is all her own. This too is what Adé’s music and message to her eager fans is really all about: honoring the traditions of the past, being unafraid of the present, and unapologetically being oneself for a brighter future. No hipster posturing here, just the real.
And how could this musical natural not be real? The first generation of her Nigerian American family to be born in the States, the Chicago, Illinois native is the embodiment of an immigrant spirit of hope and optimism, eagerly embracing the fresh opportunities presented by each brand new day. The infectious confidence and disciplined work ethic she was reared under by devoted parents are emblazoned on her rollicking melodies and in the fearless approach with which Nola Adé tackles the juggernaut of soul. Of course, it helps that Adé was surrounded from birth with music, from family who sung throughout the day and in church to the Chicago streets that birthed the likes of Chaka Khan, Curtis Mayfield, The Chi-Lites, Donny Hathaway, Dave Hollister, Jennifer Hudson and Kanye West.
Chai Tulani calls it "soul hop."/ "Sonic Soul"
Influenced by the style and swagger of hip-hop as well as the soulfulness of R&B and singer-songwriters like Bob Marley and Tracy Chapman, soul hop is a new genre of music unlike any you've heard before.
But soul hop as a genre is fairly new and Tulani, who began working full time as a musician four years ago, had a long journey toward the sense of purpose he now feels in his work.
Tulani was born in Kenya and came to the United States at age 4. His mother is Kenyan but his father is from Chicago, so his family eventually moved here. Tulani grew up in the Roseland neighborhood before moving to the south suburbs at 15
Founder/Rapper/Producer, Calid B, has pioneered a new sound—to connect those of African descent across the African Diaspora. Calid B has been featured in major publication such as the Chicago Tribune, Allhiphop.com, and African Diaspora Network. His latest installment, “Son of Sologon,” is an expansion of the AfroBang sound the dives deeper into the Pan-African culture he was raised in. Songs like “Free The Watoto,” provide the listener with conscious lyrical content with a groovy vibe; “Mansa Musa” is a stereo knocking anthem for those seeking inspiration; and “All Night Long” Calid greets you with his versatility with a contemporary hip hop sound accompanied with a summer breeze.
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