Mishka and Anuhea
- Day: Tue, May 15, 2012
- Showtime: 8:00 PM
- Doors open: 7:00 PM
- Days until show: 24
- Ages: 16 & Over
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Mishkas biography has an almost cinematic sweep. He spent most of his early life on a boat in the Caribbean, sailing from island to island with his seafaring parents and older sisters. A child of the islands, it was almost inevitable that hed be drawn to reggae, Rastafari, and the natural mystic that inhabits his music and his soul. Above The Bones is his third album and the debut release for Matthew McConaugheys j. k. livin label. The music I heard growing up from my parents, sisters and the places we visited gave me a lot of musical and cultural flexibility. Everything Ive ever heard blends together in what I do. Im a huge reggae fan but theres folk, soul, rock and other elements in the music. Mishkas international outlook is a product of his unique upbringing. My parents met in Bermuda Mishka explains. They always had dreams of living at sea and my father built a boat for the family to live on. I moved onto the boat when I was three. We sailed all over the Atlantic and Caribbean Mishka recalls. We visited Brazil, all the Caribbean islands, even made a cross-Atlantic trip to Portugal and England. Mishka and his sisters were home schooled until they went to boarding school for their higher education. Learning how to read maps and chart a course was my math and geography class, going ashore in different countries and talking to people about their culture was my history class, reading books on board was my literary education, picking up French and Portuguese in the ports we visited was my language school. The boat had a small battery run cassette player and Mishka heard the music his parents loved: The Beatles, Jimmy Cliff, Dylan and Jimmy Buffett who was sailing the same waters as his family in those days. My sisters turned me on to the Police, Cars and Roxy Music, but when I heard Burning Spear, Culture, and Bob Marley, I got addicted to roots reggae. Mishka moved to London and his debut, the self-titled Mishka, became a Top 40 hit in England. Give You All the Love cracked the charts in Britain and Japan where it went Top 10. While he was making Mishka, Swedish producer Martin Terefe (KT Tunstall, James Morrison) was working in the studio next door. Terefe produced Mishkas second album, 2005s One Tree, a blend of electronica, folk and reggae. While on tour, Mishka met Darryl Thompson a long time guitarist for Sly & Robbie. They were working on Above the Bones when Matthew McConaughey showed up and signed Mishka to his new label j. k. livin. Mishkas varied musical interests are evident on Above the Bones but his vocals may be the most captivating element of the album. His striking tenor is mellow and intense with a bluesy quality that gives every word an aching intensity. Its a timeless voice, the familiar sound of a friend youve always known but never met. Higher Heights opens the album with a roots reggae vibe. Its a song of empowerment and encouragement to people who want to see more love and unity in the world, an invitation to let our better nature shine and heal the troubled world we live in. 3rd Eye Vision is a rock steady groove. Its a prayer for the planet that urges us to live in harmony with the earth and find peace of mind amidst a system that often forces us to be hypocritical to ourselves. Peace and Love is a simple three chord celebration of eternal values. Mishkas vocal is full of sweet soulful fire. The title track for the album is essentially a folk song about honoring our ancestors, their memories, their tribulations and their joys and translating that into a prayer for the living.Other stand out tracks include Coastline Journey with laid back conga lines and surfer style guitar licks this one is essentially a love song for the ocean; Mountains Meet the Sea a tender rock ballad and Train Again a tune that brings to mind the early Wailers with its funky Clavinet and rock guitar leads also features vocals by dancehall artist Lyrical Don.The album started as an independent project produced by Mishka and Guitarist Darryl Thompson but was finished with the creative assistance of Matthew McConaughey. It was essentially tracked live with minimal overdubs. Darryl has played for many years with Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru, but he has a background mainly in rock and blues Mishka says of Darryl. He could hear the folk, soul and reggae in the music and really helped bring the songs to life. Matthew (McConaughey) has a good ear for picking out the best elements of a song and really brought his positive energy and enthusiasm to the studio. With an album that fully realizes his multifaceted musical vision, Mishka and his band will take to the road, sharing his positive vibrations and his global musical vision with fans old and new.
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Anuhea (pronounced Ah-New-Hey-Ah) is a self-taught guitarist and song-writer born on the Hawaiian island of Maui. On her self-titled debut album, Anuhea weaves soul, R‘n’B, jazz and reggae with smart, personal lyricism. With seductively sophisticated pop vocals and spirited guitar accompaniment, Anuhea shares the same independent attitude of celebrated female artists like Gwen Stefani and Lily Allen.
Anuhea’s album opens with the jazzy and unapologetic track “Charismatic SOB.” Girls around the world will relate to Anuhea’s spunky challenge, calling out her crush to “climb off your pedestal” and “see that what you could’ve had.” The soulful and breezy “Right Love – Wrong Time” features parlor piano and Hammond B3, with crisp drum hits. The infectious hooks in “Right Love” show off Anuhea’s songwriting chops. And on “Fly,” she takes a look at the bright side of life, “I've been told the universe conspires to assist / In making dreams realities for those who persist / All things are for purpose they won't pass you by / Every knock you take is an opportunity to fly.”
Born into a musical family, Rylee Anuheake'alaokalokelani Jenkins (Anuhea) began showcasing her talents in coffee shops and clubs while still in high school. Her grandfather is a country guitarist, and her aunt, Nalani Choy, is part of the award winning contemporary Hawaiian music trio Na Leo Pilimehana. Anuhea has found local success opening for Brushfire Recording artists Jack Johnson and Matt Costa as well as collaborating with indie favorites Gym Class Heroes in a remake of their song “Viva La White Girl.”
It’s easy to see that Anuhea’s lyrical flow stems from her early musical influences. “When I was in elementary school I would listen to TLC, Salt n Pepa, Color Me Badd and Maxi Priest on my walk-man and memorize every word to every rap, every ad-lib, and every run,” reflects Anuhea. “Looking back, I realize that I was probably the only second grade girl at Makawao Elementary that could rap!”
An eco-conscious surfer as well as an outdoor enthusiast, Anuhea is not just another pretty face. She is a savvy entrepreneur who acted as her own manager, agent, producer and distributor before signing with One Hawaii Music. “My main goal as a music-maker is to inspire people to find their dream, whatever it may be," she says. "I just feel lucky that I've found my dream and am able to pursue it.”
She's on the positive freak flow. My conversation with Anuhea was peppered with references to inspirational speeches by Nelson Mandela and excerpts from Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. Even her MySpace blog reads like an affirmation from Chicken Soup for the Anti-Beauty-Pageant-Turned-Songwriter Chick Soul.
"I encourage you to think about your life, your goals, and realize what exactly it is that's preventing you from achieving them. It's probably yourself. And frankly, that's just dumb. That idea is the inspiration for my song 'Endlessly.' 'You trust that you won't make it, 'cause you hate to make mistakes and your life has been nothing but struggles in this silly rat race... But on and on, endlessly you try.' And keep trying, you! Keep focused on your goals and thinking positive. The power of the mind is amazing. "
This will be Anuhea’s first release on the WorldSound label. Produced by Drew K, and mastered by Grammy winner Gavin Lurssen, the album arrives April 21st, 2009.
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