Tennerz: Jihad Muhammad, Earthman Experience – Live Life Your Way (Vocal) (Movement Soul)
One of the most exciting and sensitive producers of his generation, Jihad Muhammad delivers another of those blowing jams which have been for much on his reputation along with time. ‘Live Life Your Way’ sees him joining forces with the Earthman Experience. A collective of musicians, singers and DJ’s geared towards African music, who’ve graced the stages of many venues in the Big Apple area, beginning with the famous S.O.B….
The result is nothing but another fascinating construction, built in a deep and progressive way over a… banging rhythm pattern. Therefore serving as the right conductor to the uplifting vocal performance of Soleil Laurent and Tasha Mabry…
“Live life your way…” We just love the way they do. Don’t you?
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A native of Newark, NJ, Jihad Muhammad began exploring his love for music and DJing at the early age of 12. The first traces one can find of him in terms of discography bring us back to 2001. Back then he did a rework of ‘My Heavenly Stars’ for Black Masses on Easy Street. We then would have to wait a couple of years to hear his first production. An instrumental by the likes of ‘Movement Blues’ which saw the light back in 2004 on Blaze Imprints.
Another important date for him would be early 2006 and the launch of his Movement Soul label. A label which he runs with a lot of care, obviously opting for quality rather than quantity. Just as his own productions or remixes, as a matter of fact. Eventually sharing the duties with Blaze on a revamp of Jephté Guillaume presents AK‘s ‘Shining Your Way’. Or on his own, remixing Dennis Ferrer‘s ‘Change The World’ and Tamara Wellons‘s ‘Like Rain’ back in 2008.
2009 saw him launching Bang The Drum. A monthy party that has hosted some of the best DJ’s and artists in the underground Dance Scene. Its purpose being to promote the Global Soul Movement. A movement which Jihad defines 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…
Jihad Muhammad‘s signature has most likely established itself as a guarantee of quality. A signature one could define as a trancey blend of Afro, Latin and Jazz vibes with a soulful edge. With gems such as ‘Destiny’ which he remixed for DJ Beloved & Shane or ‘Journey Into My Heart’ for Zandy Shejay & Thandi Draai adding to his reputation. But also ‘Heaven’ for Jersey Soul presents Walter Christopher. Not to mention ‘Live Your Life Away’ along with Earthman Experience. Or the stellar ‘Illusions’ in addition to his rework of ‘Come Over’ for Nina Provencal. And, last but not least, the mesmerizing ‘Butterfly’ for Vangela Crowe.