Classics: N’Dinga Gaba & DJ Spen feat. Marc Evans – Until You (Original Mix) (Quantize Recordings)
Marc Evans made himself quite a name back in 2004 with the memorable ‘The Way You Love Me’ along with Ron Hall & The Muthafunkaz. An anthem which cleverly embedded harmonies from Teddy Pendergrass‘ ‘Come Go With Me’.
He, together with N’Dinga Gaba and DJ Spen would adapt the same principle on ‘Until You’ 8 years after. This time incorporating reminders of George Benson‘s ‘Love Ballad’. A cut which we heavily championed on our Facebook page back then.
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– Marc Avon Evans, a native Baltimorean, was born into music. This son of a vocalist and Jazz saxophonist didn’t discover his own music until his late teens though. Finally, as a student at Morgan State University, under the tutelage of Dr. Nathan Carter, he began nurturing a love for music. Out of that nurturing arises one of the most sultry, smoky baritones ever. That smooth voice meshed with passionate delivery sets Evans apart from the rest as one of the most talented vocalists of the millennium.
After performing as a solo artist or with his band, Soul Centered, Evans felt there was something missing in his music. Inspired by lyrical greats Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Sting, and Sade, he decided to focus as much on his lyrical development as his musical craftsmanship.
He began to write poetry and perform on the open-mic circuit. As ‘The Songbyrd’, Evans the poet travelled up and down the East Coast from Massachusetts to the Carolinas. Eventually becoming a favorite on the performance poetry circuit.
Whether it’s his independent releases or his international label releases, he pursues both his writing and his music with purpose. Balancing his talents in both areas, Evans‘ lyrical presentation in song and spoken word is miles beyond one-dimensional artists. To witness any of his performances is truly an experience one won’t soon forget.
No surprisingly, Marc Evans has crossed the path of countless first league producers. Comin’ to international recognition back in the mid 2000’s with the memorable ‘The Way You Love Me’, along with DJ Spen & The Muthafunkaz. A cut which cleverly emebedded a riff of Teddy Pendergrass‘ ‘Come Go With Me’. He eventually followed in this spirit 8 years later N’Dinga Gaba and DJ Spen on ‘Until You’. And this time embedding a riff of George Benson‘s ‘Love Ballad’. Other cuts of his which deserve the listen including ‘Given Me Joy’ (here again with DJ Spen & The Muthafunkaz). But also ‘Without You’ in 2010 with Jamie Lewis. This in addition to ‘Respect’ that saw him sharing the vocal duties with Michelle Weeks and Natasha Watts. Not to mention the recent ‘You Change My World’ to name but a very few.
– N’Dinga Gaba has been on the music scene for more than two decades as a DJ, producer, musician and composer.
Hailing from Central African Republic although based in Baltimore, MD, N’Dinga has embraced a variety of musical styles over his career. He has played with several symphony orchestras and Jazz bands as a trombonist. And as a DJ, he has toured with Hip-Hop and Rock acts. And he is most likely proficient in all styles of electronic music.
Also known as The Diplomat, DJ Nuclear, and The Love House Movement, N’Dinga’s musical style is hard to define. You can find his music and remixes on many labels, such as Foliage Records, Peng Records and Sole Channel. And also Code Red / Quantize Recordings where he collaborated with Marc Evans, Mark Di Meo and Erin Leah.
In addition to this, N’Dinga has launched his own label – Global Diplomacy – by the end of 2014.