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ADIKA PONGO

Rome, Italy | Established. Jan 01, 1993 | INDIE

Rome, Italy | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1993
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"Christopher Williams helps Adika Pongo find "You""

(December 21, 2017) A few years ago we introduced SoulTrackers to the uber-talented, European soul band Adika Pongo, via their terrific album, Groovin’ Up. And so we were very excited to learn this week that they’ve released a new single with the great Christopher Williams.

This new track, called “You,” anticipates their new album coming out next spring 2018. It is an homage to the sound of famous artists such as Marvin Gaye and Earth, Wind and Fire. The band tells us:

“When we wrote “YOU”, we thought about a male singer performing a duet with our lead singer, Ms Francy. We thought about a powerful voice, full of romantic and harmonic nuances. We thought immediately of a great singer who was an icon of New Jack Swing-Era and famous for his duets with Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans: Mr Christopher Williams.”

The song was recorded in both Italy and Atlanta, and the results are terrific. Check out “You” below and welcome back Adika Pongo to SoulTracks! - Chris Rizik - Soul Tracks


"D-Train helps Adika Pongo to "Touch My Heart""

When the mood calls for several shots of stress relief, many people depend upon on that infectious post disco era in the eighties, a period that let us dance to our heart’s content with a mix of dance pop, techno and R&B. The Italian band Adika Pongo is more than qualified to deliver those irresistible ingredients that lift a unique spirit of disco to a joyous funky high. Riding on the inspiration of fellow countrymen and post- disco masters Change, we featured Adika Pongo on First Listen a few months ago with an Alex Di Cio remix of their biggest jam from 2011, “Diamonds.”

Now, the great news has finally arrived with more needed therapy as Adika Pongo brings us another round of boogie. Their new dancefloor gem, “Touch My Heart” (Expansion Records) calls upon yet another post disco voice, James ‘D-Train’ Williams. The energetic interchange between Williams and Adika Pongo vocalist Ms. Francy sync well with the upbeat soundtrack. And the backing band covers all the necessities that disco requires: hard hitting brass, piano crescendos and solid percussive beds. Once again, Adika Pongo fulfills their artistic duty to touch those stressed out hearts and fuel those dancing feet. - Peggy Oliver (Soul Tracks)


Discography

Riding the wave of their "live" success, Adika Pongo’s first CD comes out in June 2011: Groovin’ Up! – Hits 1997-2011 with the renowned British label Expansion Records.
The CD will feature songs from their 1997 recordings, as well as new tracks recorded with their current lead vocalist Francy. Among the guest artists, a special mention goes to Norma Jean Wright and Luci Martin (ex vocalists of the remarkable band Chic), Robbie Dupree (nominated for Grammys and twice in the Top Ten on Billboard) and Steve Khan (known for his numerous solo projects and his work with Steely Dan, Weather Report, Brecker Brothers, Dianne Schuur, Donald Fagen et al).
Some songs are sung by Baruch "Darling" Chadwick, one of the first solo vocalists to perform with Adika Pongo, who unfortunately died prematurely in 2004. Two songs on the new CD feature a duet with Francy and are a tribute to him.
Three songs from this album, “Chill Out” and “The Look In YourEye”, have been released on the soul compilation "Luxury Soul 2011" by the Expansion Records. “Make the move” is on another compilation “Soul Togetherness 2011 – De Luxe Ed.” "Good Day" on "Soul Togetherness 2013"
This album was recorded between Rome and New York City. The 1997’s songs were mixed by Michael Landy at the Review Room at GRP in New York and mastered at Sterling Sound by famous engineer Greg Calbi.
They have been from September to November 2011 in the UK SOUL CHART (first Italian band ever) climbing to the 5 th place. Their music is still played by many radios all over the world (Ita ly, Brazil, USA, Japan, Germany, France, Netherlands and England as well).

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The new Adika
Pongo's single, Touch My Heart


is out worldwide on
renowned British label Expansion Records.


ADIKA PONGO, one of the leading bands on
the European and ltalian Soul scene, have been grooving audiences since 1993,
combining original songs with cover versions of major funk/soul/disco hits.


They have
performed with some great artists such as Lionel Richie, Norma Jean
Wright-Alfa Anderson-Luci Martin
(formerly of Chic) and Leroy
Gomez Santa Esmeralda
to mention a few.


Riding the wave of
their success with live performances, Adika Pongo's new single “Touch my
heart” comes out again on Expansion Records and features the voice of
Disco/Soul Icon, Mr. James “D-Train” Williams on a duet with the lead
vocalist, Ms Francy.


This track
anticipates their new album coming out next year. It is an homage to the sound
of Disco Music with some flavours of New Soul. Here is what the producers have
to say:


When Alessandro Benedetti wrote “Touch My Heart” in
2000, he asked Baruch Chadwick (Adika’s singer at the time, who prematurely
died in 2004) to help him with the lyrics. A demo was produced and it was kept
for decades, until now.


When we thought about a male singer who could perform
a duet with our lead singer, Ms Francy, in a new rearranged version of the song,
we thought about a powerful voice, full of harmonic nuances.


We thought of someone who could represent the iconic Disco
Era.


We talked with our friend Norma Jean Wright (formerly
Lead Vocalist of Chic) who immediately suggested D-Train!


We sent him the Demo, originally sung by Baruch and
he immediately loved it (luckily for us!). He recorded his part in his studio in
NYC adding some new extraordinary parts of melody and vocals’ impros.


When we heard his voice and performance on our song,
we were immediately taken over and very happy to have chosen James and his fab
voice.


We do hope you’ll like as much as we do, and we hope
it becomes a much-appreciated Disco song, reminiscent of the old-school
Maestros in a modern attire!


We did it with LOVE…and with a fond thought and
memory of our beloved friend Baruch!


Alessandro Benedetti and Costantino Ladisa


(Executive Producers)


 Adika Pongo have already published with Expansion
Records
their first album “Groovin Up!”, their latest single “You”, who
featured American soul singer Christopher Williams, and “Diamonds - Alex Di Ciò
Remix”, which climbed many Soul Charts all over the world. They all have been
international successes in the Soul and R&B community.




ADIKA PONGO on the web


Website: www.adikapongo.it


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adikapongoofficial


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adikapongoofficial/


Mail: info@adikapongo.it


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