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Nov 18, 2009

Contemporary Paranda Artist, Nuru, launches CD

25887You will remember him as one of the big voices behind the Garifuna Kids, the Garifuna Legacy Band and the L.A. based Punta Band sensation, Ibayani. And tonight, thirty-four year old Dayaan Ellis, known as Nuru, is launching a fifth album entitled, “Afien” which translates to “Believe”. Nuru was born and raised in Dangriga and after sixteen years of singing Punta, Reggae, Paranda and other genres, he considers himself a Contemporary-Paranda artist… but diversified. The album is reflecting just that as it features several local artists—including Lloyd, Reckless, Supa G, Adrian “the Doc” Martinez and others—in eleven tracks. A bonus track features a live concert performed by Nuru and the Griga Boyz Band. He has been working on this album for three years and is presently the Music and Creative Arts Director at Delille Academy in his hometown. Meet Nuru…

Dayaan “Nuru” Ellis, Contemporary-Paranda Artist

“I was born in Dangriga and raised on Umagarugu. My grand parents were all musicians. Machete is one of the most famous drummers; he was my granduncle. With that, basically I think it’s in me. On top of that downstairs from where I grew up was Pen Cayetano and Turtle Shell Man so again it was like enforcing it more into the bone. And then it just became a passion as a little boy growing up. It became a passion where it just sunk it. I am a Bahai by nature. My dad was a Bahai so being a Bahai you tend to be musically inclined and there at that point I got a lot of singing skills.”

“Now basically, this is my fifth album and I don’t only record myself, I try to record other people as well because as a musician, we are the only ones who know how we want to sound. I mean an engineer outside, with respect to them, they cannot give you your flow you have to be able to give them. so me being a musician and an engineer as well as an artist and a producer, you package all that together and you’re supposed to have dynamic work all the time.”

“On the album, I believe, there are a lot of artists on it including Reckless, Supa G, Lloyd, Adrian Martinez, even the young guys like Sheldon. I try the best to bring them in because I think that everybody need a little bit of exposure, need a little bit of each other so we can make something great. So that’s what the experiment—I believe that’s how it came about because we have to have that joint unity in order for that to happen. So we all gotta believe that unity is strength. There is one track that especially touches my heart, it’s called Child Molester and the reason for that is because we, in the south, the north and the whole world, it has been a problem and so we have to try and see how we as artists can influence people to think on a different level and see what is wrong with it and how we gotta go about fixing it. so that’s one of my favourite tracks.”

“Afien” is available at music stores countrywide for twenty-dollars. Also available are t-shirts which are going at twenty-five dollars.


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