First Listen: Vangela Crowe – Butterfly (Bang The Drum Vocal Remix) (Next Generation Records)
Although we just have here a little snippet – the track is not (yet) available on Youtube – the feeling is instant. With the first word coming to mind being absolute sultriness. “Like a butterfly in the sky, I’m so free…” As if Vangela Crowe‘s singing was like floating around. An impression which Bang The Drum’s Jihad Muhammad has pretty much managed to expand. Meanwhile enhancing his identiable signature appraoch with aerial keys and synths over a smooth rhythm pattern.
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Living in Newark, NJ, Vangela Crowe is obviously a versatile character, keeping her mind open to various disciplines. She first attended courses in MS educational administration and BA journalism respectively at National University in San Diego, CA and Rutger Newark, NJ. One could find traces of her on the big screen. Playing the role of an assassin on the James Lyons 2013 film ‘Firefighter’. Then, 3 years after, appearing as herself in an espisode of TV series of documentaries ‘State Of The Arts’.
A basketball player in her spare time, Crowe also happens to write material. She eventually contributed to 11 of the 14 songs for a Savion Glover‘s musical. And also happened to sing in the backings for luminaries such as Patti Labelle, Guy, BlackStreet and Wyclef Jean.
Vangela Crowe opened her own account back in 2011. Taking the centerstage along with producers Franke Estevez and George Mena on ‘I’m Sorry’. She soon after started a long time working relationship with Erik Wikman‘s label Next Generation Records, beginning with ‘Peace’. Crowe eventually sharing the vocal duties with Cassio Ware the same year on ‘Dance With Me’. And this, with production work courtesy of Luke Solomon and Roual Galloway.
Although, one could see her name appearing in various projects, she delivered most of her repertoire on Next Generation Records. With the label delivering a ‘Best Of’ back in June 2015 with remixes courtesy of Jonny Montana, Big Moses and George Mena and Franke Estevez to name a few.
– Newark, NJ-based DJ/producer Jihad Muhammad launched Bang The Drum back in 2009. Bang The Drum (BTD) has hosted some of the best DJ’s and artists in the underground Dance Scene. Its purpose is to promote the Global Soul Movement. Jihad defines Global oul as follows. “Soulful music (House, Funk, Disco, Afrobeat), and most likely any music that touches the soul of all people… Of all races.” That to him makes it Global…