1.15.2020 - “Rise” is an inspirational message song and the latest single from the Afroclectic album by Plunky & Oneness. “Rise” features vocals by long-time Oneness lead singer, Charlayne “Chyp” Green, and Plunky, who vocalized the instrument sounds of the bass and guitar and chanted percussive background lyrics throughout. There are guest appearances by elder poets, Ngoma and Olamina, who along with Plunky, spout solid, meaningful rhymes for now and a future generation of Africanists. That future generation is represented in the video by OSHUN, the Afro-futurist, hip-hop duo out of NY, who use their presence, bearing and imagery to great effect.

“Rise” Official Video Produced & Edited by Plunky/ Creative Director: Patrick Mamou/ Videography and Post Production: Fire and DJ Punisha/ Song written & Produced by Plunky & Fire/Special thanks to: OSHUN, Chyp, Ngoma, Olamina/ Shot on location in Richmond, VA: Main Street Station Train Shed and Exhibit Gallery; Lumpkin’s Jail Slave Trading Complex and Burial Grounds

 

 

 

AFROCLECTIC - The New Album by Plunky & Oneness  

     Eclecticism is the practice of deriving ideas or styles from a broad range of sources.  Afroclecticism is using black cultural artifacts to create new, positive experiences.  And that’s what J. Plunky Branch has practiced for decades: drawing from a wide range of music sources to develop his repertoire of Afro-funk, nu-jazz, hip-hop, R&B, neo-soul and world music songs.  

     Almost two years in the making, Afroclectic, is the latest music journey by Plunky & Oneness.  The album is a deep collection of original songs curated to fashion an artistic collage of musical genres. Alongside the ever fresh Oneness and his beat-making son, Fire, as co-producer, Plunky boldly blurs the lines between categorical styles to share stories and creative visions of wonder.   

     The playlist on Afroclectic flows from instrumental funk to odes of rhythm & blues, to soulful vocals tones and introspective smooth jazz. The liberated sonic mix is Afropolitan, rhythmic and seductive; paying tribute to our ancestral past with percussive offerings uplifting our inspired presence.  

     Plunky Branch started making albums in 1970 in San Francisco and then worked in New York’s jazz scene before going back to his hometown, Richmond, VA in 1975.  Since then he has released 25 albums, written 400 songs, toured in Europe, been to Africa six times, visited Cuba twice, played hundreds of gigs in clubs, concerts and festivals, made documentary films and videos, written his autobiography, and received numerous prestigious awards.  

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 Plunky & Oneness will release their new single "Rise" on MLK Birthday 1.15.20 

Here is the trail/preview for the video

 

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Plunky's autobiography, PLUNKY: Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness 

 

 

Plunky: Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness, is an overnight success story, 50 years in the making.  It documents James Plunky Branch’s career in music and arts activism and delivers his memoir as a straightforward recollection of anecdotes, journals, and photographs.   An early proponent of Afro-jazz and funk, Plunky, with his group Oneness of Juju with their deep rare grooves and progressive political themes, received international critical acclaim. 

 

Plunky: Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness is all about decades of transitions, completed circles, and momentous meetings.  It is not a standard sex, drugs and rock & roll exposé; rather it is an insider’s look behind the scenes of the independent Black jazz and soul music business and Plunky’s philosophies and methodologies that allowed him to persevere and come out on top. 

 

Available at Amazon.com

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