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“All The WOO In The World” Update! May 8th 2016
The celebration/fundraiser for Bernie Worrell, the wonderful wizard of WOO who’s battling 4th stage lung cancer and prostate cancer was a hugh success! Thank you to The BRC Team, the Sweet Relief Team, BLJ World Wide, God’s Love We Deliver, Jonathan Demme for the Stop Making Sense/Ricki & The Flash footage, Berklee College of Music’s ‘The Record’ Team, Tony Pallagrosi of the Stone Pony and specially to all of the ‘Superb Guest Artists’ on the stage April 4th. A major ‘Thank You’ to those who wanted to be there but couldn’t and sent ‘amazing’ musical instruments for the live and online auction, (Santana, Flea, Moog, Bob Gruen, The Rolling Stones, Pigtronix, Fender Guitars, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Dennis Chambers),you made the funds raised for Bernie even sweeter. Thank you to Mayor Ras Baraka for the ‘Proclamation’ proclaiming Bernie’s contribution to music and the music industy. To the Stephen Colbert Show for showing Bernie & P-Funk ‘air time love’ the day of show. The hundreds of members of the press who helped to promote the event, the volunteers supporting the event and the thousands of ‘Funkateers’ who brought their funky selves to the fundraiser and those who checked in online, you made a thought, a dream come true!
The goal was to raise funds for Worrell’s health and living expenses as he fights Stage 4 lung cancer and prostate cancer. The even honored Worrell for all he’s given to popular culture through music and raised funds to attempt to cover gaps not adequately paid by way of health care limitations, royalties, samples, licensing, and the like—a side effect of being a pioneering artist whose impact and influence spans back to when he started composing music in the 1950s.
MAY 2 - CHICAGO - SYMPHONY CENTER W/THE MOSAIC PROJECT - SINGING WITH AND LISTENING TO CARMEN LUNDY AND LIZZ WRIGHT AND MUSICIANS LED BY TERRI LYNN CARRITINGTON, INCLUDING GERI ALLEN, JOSH HARI, NIR FELDER, INGRID JENSEN AND TIA FULLERAND. GETTING PAID TO DO IT, WHAT A RICH LIFE I LEAD! THANK YOU, WHOEVER!
APRIL 28 - HARLEM STAGE GALA - SING ‘GOD BLESS THE CHILD’ W/JOSE JAMES TO BEGIN THEIR YEAR LONG ‘BILLIE HOLLIDAY’ CENTENIAL SERIES OF SHOWS, CELEBRATING ‘LADY DAY’S’ MUSICIAL LEGACY WAS A SUCCESS FOR THE ORGANIZATION.
APRIL 26 - TORONTON @ THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY WAS MAGICAL WITH THE MOSAIC PROJECT.
NEWS BLUES!! SO SORRY ABOUT THE WEEK MY SITE WAS DOWN, MISS DIRECTED WEB POINTING AND I’M NOT POINTING A FINGER AT ANYONE BUT hmmmm CAN I SAY ‘NETWORK SOLUTIONS’??????
2014 NEWS - FALL TURNED INTO A VERRRRRY LONG WINTER!
Three trips to Berklee College of Music for my Ambassador of Artistry sessions.
2 Trips to London and Ibiza to meet with my new business partner to reconnect art with music!
Back to London for Vicki’s OBE Investiture and celebration!
Back to Ibiza to begin recording a new project, yes, sumfin new for 2014/15! With surprise guest too boot!
Got funked up with Sly Re-imagined band led by Jason Miles in where? Reading Pennsylvania, that’s where at the Berk’s Festival.
SUMMER 2013 NEWS
IBIZA: July 30 to Aug. 8th - BEING PRODUCED old skool style, 24 studer, tube pres & amps (manly) Urie & tele, shure (a variety of vintage mics) BY THE IMPRESSARIO REZA W/CHRIS FRANCK (gtr), ERNIE MCKONE (bass), MIKE PATTO (keys) & DANIELA CROSBY (drums)
Life is amazing! Aug. 11th, I had the honor of interviewing a great American songwriter and treasured New Orleans pianist; Allen Toussaint, yes, the same Allen Toussaint who produce our (Labelle) biggest hit record ’ Lady Marmalade’, so excited!
AND FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! I’M TEAMED UP WITH GARY LUCAS, JESSE KRAKOW, ERIC SLICK & JORDAN SHAPIRO TO DISTURB THE QUIET IN THE HAMPTON. WE PERFORMED THE MUSIC ‘THE WORLD OF CAPTAIN BEEFHEART’, AUG. 15TH, THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD!
D.C, Apr.19 - Howard Theartre Restoration
N.Y, Apr.20 - Apollo Theartre
I hope to see ya in Da House!
Apr. 20 - CARL HANCOCK RUX FOR HIS HOMEOSTASIS CD RELEASE @ THE APOLO THEATRE
Nona joins Carl Hancock Rux for his return to his artistic roots and reunites his spoken word/performance band in Rux Revival. Homeostasis, explores more global themes. Rux, along with conductor, Greg Tate and special guests KimberlyNichole Rock Ballerina, Nona Hendryx and Martha Redbone, will capture the revival experience through spectacle and sound.
APR. 19 - HOWARD THEATRE RESTORATION GALA
In addition to recognizing Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan and Valerie Simpson, artists such as Be Be Winans, Sheila E., Leela James, Nona Hendryx, Maysa, Marsha Ambrosius, Jaguar Wright, Athena Cage, and Howard Universities’ Afro Blue will pay tribute to these living legends and Etta James and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm through - performance. There will also be a special memorial tribute to “DC Men we Loved”, Chuck Brown and Dr. Donald Byrd.
The Apollo Master Class, ‘Is On’! Here’s my thinking…sharing & teaching is about giving back to all who’d like to come and experience what my experience, knowledge and talent has to offer. See below links to the Performance & Vocal Seminar by Mamafunk aka Me!
Mar. 26 - Nona Rewired! @ Berklee College of Music
Battle of the Boroughs concerts. Hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight.
Mosaic Project, Hosmer Hall, Potsdam, NY
Notes from Mamafunk:
From Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ to ‘The World of Captain Beefheart’ straight to a show with the Mosaic Project, Whew! With more challenging projects up my every changing sleeve, stay tuned my peeps!
I first met Captain Beefheart at The Bottom Line, a club in the village in NY when he and the Magic Band altered minds including mine and thus began my exploration and love for Captain Beefheart’s lyrics and music. A one off performance of ‘UPON THE OH MY’ with Gary Lucas on guitar during a tribute to Captain Beefheart led by JesseKrakow was the catalyst for my performing with the Metropole Orkestra in Amsterdam tomorrow night, FEB. 17 @ 8:30 @ PARADISO. CO KLOET (really cool guy), invited me on GARY LUCAS’ suggestion, thank’s Gary, your cool too, we do our ‘glimmer twins’ dark sun glasses thing & you play a mean slide guitar! See all those who can make it at the Trout Mask Replica Bash!
My 1st Show w/Global Noize @ Drom, Fri. Night!
Here’s What Went Down!
MASTER CLASS: NONA HENDRYX - http://www.apollotheater.org/calendar-60/details/79-master_class_nona_hendryx
SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 8TH - THE MOSAIC PROJECT featuring Terri Lyne Carrington, NONA HENDRYX and Gretchen Parlato
The Mosaic Project is a historic, cross-cultural celebration of female artists masterminded by acclaimed drummer, composer and producer Terri Lyne Carrington. The Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival performance will feature Carrington along with stunning vocalists Nona Hendryx(of rock funk band LaBelle) and incredibly inventive modern jazz singer Gretchen Parlato.
UK - MUTATIS MUTANDIS CD RELEASE DATE = SEPT. 3RD
WED., SEPTEMBER 12TH TO 19TH - LONDON, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND FOR RADIO & PRINT PRESS!
w/ Toshi Reagon , Meshell Ndegeocello , Joan As Police Woman , Imani Uzuri , Morley , Marcelle Davies Lashley ,Allison Miller , Ganessa James , Alex Nolan , Slanty Eyed Mama , Alsarah , Arooj Aftab , Nona Hendryx
SATURDAY - AUGUST 11TH - 5:00PM
The Triple Goddess Twilight Revue: Celebrating the Music of Laura Nyro
SUNDAY - AUGUST 12TH - 8:00pm
HAL WILLNER: FREEDOM RIDES
JULY 12 - (SOMERVILLE) BOSTON, MASS - JONNY D’S
11. 16 to 21 - COPENHAGEN
11. 2 to 7 - KAZAKHSTAN - ALMATY
I’ll perform, ‘White Rabbit’, ‘Women Who Fly’ from my Skindiver CD & ‘Let’s Give Love A Try’ from my new CD ‘Mutatis Mutandis’ both nights.
10.16 - RIDGEFIELD, CT. W/JEFFERSON STARSHIP
10.15 - BB KINGS W/JEFFERSON STARSHIP: A PAUL KANTER BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!
‘MOSAIC’ *CHECK THIS PAGE FOR A SEPTEMBER SPECIAL PERFORMANCE in NEW YORK! TO BE ANNOUNCED
9.20 Celebrated the release of Terri Lyne Carrington’s ‘Mosaic’ CD project @ Berklee’s Cafe 939 in Boston!
Nona Hendryx & Band @ Harlem Stage ‘The Gatehouse’ Saturday, September 17th (Doors at 7:00) Show 7:30
A WeDaPeoples Cabaret Curated by Carl Hancock Rux
FEATURED ARTISTS: Nona Hendryx, Reno & Nelson George
Ronny Drayton - guitar
Warren Mc Rae - bass
Trevor Gale - drums
Etienne Standwick - keyboards
Keith Fluitt - backing vocals
Kiki Hawkins - backing vocals
Felicia Collins (Letterman Band)
Shea Rose (Transformation cover ‘Sister’s On The Rise’ w/Nona Henryx)
Join us as Nona Hendryx, Reno and Nelson George examine the nature of identity pushed to the margins. They’ll question the world out loud with a profound sense of love and friendship, call for recognition, hold the world accountable for its actions, and celebrate the regenerative spirit of humanity.
In the spirit of two fisted singer songwriters such as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Betty Davis, Odetta, Nikki Giovanni, and others, Carl Hancock Rux presents a rare performance by legendary singer/songwriter, Nona Hendryx. With a career spanning six decades of sound & style evolution paralleling the changing times, from bluebelle doo-wop to brill building revolutionary rock poetics to space age new wave goddess, Hendryx morphs into yet another incarnation.
Writer/filmmaker Nelson George pays tribute to poet Gil Scott-Heron and introduces a short film by Rux focusing on the impact of Scott-Heron’s radical political vision and his transformative contribution to activism, connecting social movements rooted deeply in civil rights struggles from integration to the exploitation of mine workers, anti-nuclear war and apartheid protests as well as Scott-Heron’s own political disillusionment and return to freedom struggles, all while impacting poets, musicians and the community at large, decrying a true America for real Americans.
Brutally honest comedian, political monologist Citizen Reno tackles America with an incendiary wit and a machine-gun delivery in a rant that expands from the neighborhood to the nation, reflecting on the ruins of 9/11, and the Ground-Zero guerrilla puzzle of voodoo patriotism, with scalding assessments of everyone from George W. Bush to Larry King to Donald Trump and the Obama/Osama drama.
9.9.2011 - Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass
They’re baaaaack! To school that is. I will be giving the keynote speech and performing in my ‘Audio Tutu’ persona; ‘Untethered’ for Berklee’s ‘Opening Day’ Presentation.
NONA @ British Library - ‘OUT OF THIS WORLD’ Event - June 18 w/Da Funkay Pres. George Clinton & Space Child - Jannelle Monae
Betta check yo blast off time & make sure you bring your tin foil helmet, oh and bring a lunch, we’ll be gone for awhile! ha, ha, ha, hee, hee, hee as Sly Stone would say!
NONA ON: Captain Beefheart Tribute show - June 4th
Come out! The music will be Dangerous, Wild and Bluesy! I’ll be on ‘Upon The My Oh MY’ and others! I remember seeing/hearing Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa & Tangerine Dream in NY in the same year, so now you know part of why my music is like is is!
NONA @ MELTDOWN FESTIVAL W/RAY DAVIS & MANY OTHERS! LONDON ENGLAND, JUNE 11, 2011
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL
News & New News!
Nona Fall & Winter Dates:
9.13 - Washington D.C, Arena Stage - Private Event
9. 21, 22, 23, 24 - ‘Skindiver’ Mini workshop, vocal clinic @ Berklee
9. 25 - Beantown jazz fest. Performing with Ronny Drayton, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Batiste and Berklee student musicians. http://www.beantownjazz.org/schedule.html
18 oct / New morning Paris
19 oct / Enjoy Jazz Ludwigshafen
21 oct / Stockholm Fashing Jazzclub
22 oct / Vienna Porgy & Bess
23 oct / Skopje Jazz Festival
*More European dates being added including dates for winter, Spring and Summer 2011!
*SkinDiver coming to Washington D.C for Arena Stage. Arena Stage is helping to develop a new musical, written by Nona Hendryx (Blue, Labelle) and Charles Randolph-Wright (Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, Blue, Porgy and Bess & Through the Night). Fusing explosive rock music with science fiction and suspense, Skindiver explores a world where technology reins supreme and leads humans and machines to manipulation, masquerade and murder. When Makeeda, the acclaimed “Queen Of The Web” an internet ‘Oprah,’ is imprisoned with accusations of killing her co workers with a computer code, psychologist Marta must travel down the rabbit hole to learn the true story about the woman behind the infamous web persona. What she discovers is a terrifying realization into her own world as she fights to bring Makeeda to justice. Stay tuned for the Arrival and Opening of Skindiver in the future. For questions about this project, e-mail, Nona Hendryx at nonahendryx.com or email@example.com or Amrita Mangus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORRECTION! Skindiver is in workshop mode for now and not ready for my discerning music fans! When we’re ready my fans will get an early heads up! Stay tuned!