Dana Murray To Release
The Negro Manifesto On April 20
via Ropeadope Records
Featuring First Track "The System"
Musician, producer and educator Dana Murray is set to release his socially conscious album The Negro Manifesto on April 20 via Ropeadope Records. Today he shares the song "The System" featuring JD Allen on tenox sax and Reg Wyns and Elizabeth Kantumanou on vocals.
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Murray says, "The purpose of the album is to motivate constructive dialogue between people who might otherwise not cross paths. I want to bring people together from different ethnic backgrounds, religions, sex, political affiliation, tax bracket, etc. Most people find that they actually have more in common than they do differences. So, why is so much energy spent on defining those differences? These are questions I think about every day. Through open honest discussion people can develop the ability to empathize with each other....This, in my opinion is the path to evolution. These are difficult conversations...but have them we must. 'Negro Manifesto' is MY reality....it is a collection of thoughts from someone that has always asked the question 'why?'"
Blending jazz, hip-hop, spoken word and more, The Negro Manifesto seeks the true roots of the system that creates and perpetuates injustice. Not a tidy story with simple answers - it’s a noisy and deep chasm of universal struggle. The album stands as a summary of history and a challenging artistic piece, touching on racism and sexism in the capitalist paradigm. It evokes artists from Gil-Scott Heron to Hip-Hop activists The Goats, from Coltrane to Philip Glass. Social justice movements need more than just tough stories and hopeful mantras. Dana Murray delivers for us a testimony of truth, challenge, with a call to engagement.
After a brief move to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music on scholarship, Omaha native, Dana Murray moved to New York City on the advice of jazz legends Max Roach and Victor Lewis. Becoming heavily involved in the jazz scene, he toured the world with Wynton Marsalis and began gigging and recording with the likes of Donald Byrd, Jimmy Witherspoon, Roy Hargrove, Sherman Irby, Marc Cary and Russell Gunn, among others. As a producer, he has worked with local and commercial labels as well as Blue Note Records releases. He collaborated with Eric Revis on his 2017 album "Sing Me Some Cry" as well as industry heavyweights Aloe Blacc, Caron Wheeler, Orrin Evans, Oliver Lake, Nasheet Waits and more. Murray has held teaching positions at several schools in the Omaha area including the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and founded the Dojo Percussion and it's parent company DMgroove Drum Dojo, which aims to reach the masses through the power of music and percussive art.
Murray will embark on a national tour to perform the music and discuss the issues. He will be joined by many of the players on the album including, JD Allen (Tenor Sax), Andrew Bailie (Guitar), David Hawkins (Percussion/Turntables), Reg Wyns(Rapper) and other special guests.
The Negro Manifesto
2. In The Beginnning
4. The System
5. Comfortable Discomfort
6. Stand By Your Man (Lady Liberty)
7. Suite Kaepernick Mvt 1
8. Suite Kaepernick Mvt 2
9. Suite Kaepernick Mvt 3
11. Ballad of Lies
12. Dead Wishes
13. Alice Mae
April 23 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
April 24 - Minneapolis, MN - Amsterdam Bar and Hall (HOLD)
April 25 - Chicago, IL - Tonic Room
April 29 - Cleveland, OH - Bop Stop
May 2 - New York, NY - NuBlu
May 3 - Marlboro, NY - The Falcon
May 4 - New Haven, CT - New Haven School of Music (HOLD)
May 5 - Burlington, VT - ArtsRiot
May 6-8 - Philadelphia, PA - Ropeadope Records, Performance (TBA)
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