Alkebulan

Alkebulan

BandR&BPop

Alkebulan is the breath of fresh air that R&B has been waiting for: powerful vocals, insightful lyrics, versatility, and a great stage show with a live band. More than just a pretty face, she has style AND substance!! Alkebulan is the TRUTH....

Biography

Alkebulan is a singer/songwriter who can captivate every audience with her powerful vocals and strong messages. It is a stimulating potion of deep emotions, breathtaking melodies, rich harmonies, and a dynamic vocal range. The name Alkebulan (pronounced ah-kha-buh-lan) is one of the indigenous names for Africa. Her songs revolve around themes of life, love, reality, and heartache. Together with her talented live band, they compose a mosaic of grooves which touches the souls of audiences of all ages and races.

As a performer, Alkebulan possesses natural warmth that quickly embraces the audience. Her music is awkwardly labeled by some listeners as Neo Soul � which she is, but with a twist; we call it Rebel Soul. Alkebulan�s musical palette is a diverse collage: R&B, Soul, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock, Dance, Reggae and Latin, which helped her to create music unique unto her. �My music is about the people,� she says. �I strive to free people from some of the mental trivia that is injected into their brains on a daily basis.�

She was raised in a family of talented musicians and singers such as her godfather, Grammy winner Jazz great Eddie Palmieri. Alkebulan did not pursue an entertainment career seriously until she landed an opportunity to be a part of music legend Paul Simon�s Broadway production and soundtrack for The Capeman. This project allowed her the opportunity to work alongside singer/songwriter Ruben Blades, as well as Latin Pop sensation Marc Anthony.

Alkebulan later auditioned for Freedom Williams of the multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning pop group C and C Music Factory. Instantly, she became the new lead vocalist of such hits like Rock n� Roll, Sweat, Do You Wanna Get Funky, and Pride (A Deeper Love). In 2004, �Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)� was re-recorded as a European release featuring Alkebulan as the lead vocalist alongside Freedom Williams. The single has garnered rave reviews throughout the Europe, received major spins in the nightclubs and heavy rotation from the Deejays on European radio stations.

Her career has been blossoming ever since. Besides her role as an artist, Alkebulan is the Vice President of the Rufus Perry Foundation. She is in charge of research and project development. Every year the foundation donates $1,000 in a scholarship to African American students who excel in academics and who wish to study African culture at university level.

In addition to being C and C�s lead vocalist, Alkebulan has begun to focus on her solo aspirations. She recently recorded some songs for Disney Records, and has been working amongst the industry�s most respected musicians on the New York club circuit. �Bulan has taken her profession to the next level by signing to Freedom Williams Entertainment (FWE) as a solo recording artist in 2005. She recently finished recording her incredible debut album titled Rebel Soul.

The album�s brilliant production is handled by Ra-Sun, Freedom Williams, and DJ Wise. Fans are treated to additional remix singles for "Not Love At First Sight" by Kenny Dope (Luther Vandross, Janet Jackson) and the club banger "Pride" dance remix by Friscia & Lamboy (Donna Summer, Justin Timberlake). Alkebulan has made it her mission to break the barriers in today�s popular music. With future classics such as: "Not Love At First Sight", "Handle Him Better", "U Should Know", "Minority Story", "Back In", and the power dance anthem "Music Stepped Into My Life", Alkebulan is destined to become a future legend in the world of music.

Lyrics

Minority Story

Written By: Alkebulan

{Chorus}

I’ve been around the world and back
I’ve seen a lot of this and that
Mama ye oh we fell off track,
Cause circumstances keep us in check
I’ve been around the world and back
I’ve seen a lot of this and that
Mama ye oh we fell off track,
And it’s time to take it back, so come on

{Verse 1}

Deep in the concrete jungle
a serious crisis got the people going under
Everybody run for cover
You see, a state of amnesia
got brothers killing brothers,
got sistas too young to be mothers,
looking for the love that they never got
Their dreams are shot.
And I walk down the block,
amazed at the number
of those who simply forgot
that there’s more to life
than hangin’ on street corners
attracting the cops
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody knows what’s going on
Babylon got us lost not found
People look around now

{Chorus}

I’ve been around the world and back
I’ve seen a lot of this and that
Mama ye oh we fell off track,
Cause circumstances keep us in check
I’ve been around the world and back
I’ve seen a lot of this and that
Mama ye oh we fell off track,
And it’s time to take it back, so come on
Yeah, we need to take it back, so come on
It’s time to take it back, so come on
I think we need to take it back, so come on

{Verse 2}

So I see that we still need Bacardi to party,
And liquor stores keep on
spreading the slave disease
New Millennium and they still call us minorities
But when it comes to H.I.V.
we’re certainly majority
Out babies are dying,
it’s not the way it’s supposed to be
Did we stop trying?
Where are our priorities?
You see, ghetto fabulous don’t serve a purpose
if your kids can’t read
but they sure know how to dress
They know how to shake that ass
and flash the ice,
But tell me, can they pass a test?
Once we were Young Lords,
now we’re drug lords,
pimps, murderers and whores
The future’s gone over board
Who’s gonna set the example?
Palante, mi gente, palante

{Chorus}

I’ve been around the world and back
I’ve seen a lot of this and that
Mama ye oh we fell off track,
Cause circumstances keep us in check
I’ve been around the world and back
I’ve seen a lot of this and that
Mama ye oh we fell off track,
And it’s time to take it back

{Bridge}

This is genocide from the inside,
And no one stops to question why,
Because the truth it hurts
and it’s easier to stay blind
Traditions will eat you alive
when the truth they try to deny,
Because the truth shall set you free
But will that day ever come?
No, no, no, no, no,
I think we’d rather stay dumb

{Chorus}

I’ve been around the world and back
I’ve seen a lot of this and that
Mama ye oh we fell off track,
Cause circumstances keep us in check
I’ve been around the world and back
I’ve seen a lot of this and that
Mama ye oh we fell off track,
And it’s time to take it back, so come on
Yeah, we need to take it back, so come on
It’s time to take it back, so come on
I think we need to take it back, so come on

{Outro}
I said that I ain’t no minority……
(Repeat 5x)

Sex

Written By: Alkebulan

{Verse 1}

It’s such a basic and natural instinct
It comes on so strong
that some of us forget how to think
We love the way that it feels,
the chase and the conquest
We’re free to live and love as we please,
but how many of us are cautious?
You lived the freak life, you were outrageous
Your love was toxic, now you’re contagious
She was just 17, he swore he loved her
Her ass got knocked up,
now he doesn’t know her
I’ve got a pussy, so why not exploit me?
Too many songs are promoting misogyny
Turn on the TV, it’s all on prime time,
From reality shows to Desperate Housewives

{Chorus}

(Sex) that drives us crazy
(Sex) that keeps us up at night
(Sex) that’s got us hazy,
(Sex) that makes us feel alright
(Sex) that’s got us shedding tears
(Sex) that’s got us filled with doubt
(Sex) is how we got here,
But if we slip,
it’s the sex that’s gonna take us out

{Verse 2}

Fathers can ruin their daughters’ lives
by crossing the boundary lines
We’ve heard the stories a thousand times
And priests are told that it’s a sin,
yet some can’t fight the urge that’s within
So many scandals, so many victims,
so many hearts broke cause
somebody got it twisted

{Bridge}

He’s a celebrity, she says he raped her
The latest news is
that he was served with papers
She had a boyfriend, he was the jealous type
She tried to leave him
so he went and took her life
Some people film themselves
having a good time
Then someone steals the tape
and puts it on line
So many problems
just for that sweet rush
People are dying,
but it’s always them and never us

{Chorus}

(Sex) that drives us crazy
(Sex) that keeps us up at night
(Sex) that’s got us hazy,
(Sex) that makes us feel alright
(Sex) that’s got us shedding tears
(Sex) that’s got us filled with doubt
(Sex) is how we got here,
But if we slip,
it’s the sex that’s gonna take us out

{Outro}

(It’s sex) It’s such a basic
(The sex) and natural instinct,
(It’s sex) so why not use it?
(The sex) Cause baby sex sells, sex sells
(It’s sex) Wanna buy some sneakers,
wanna buy a car?
(The sex) Wanna have some chocolate,
wanna be a star?
(It’s sex) Wanna join a gym,
wanna run this town?
(The sex) Wanna buy my album?
Hey! I’m using sex right now…..

Sex… (Repeat 8x – Fade out)

Not Love @ First Sight

Written By: Alkebulan

{Verse 1}

It wasn’t love at first sight,
but the timing was right
It was more than a coincidence
the way met that night
When I walked into the room
I didn’t know my life was about to change
Thinking back on it now,
I can’t help but feel like it was all pre-arranged
Was at a party with some friends,
we were introduced and that was when
The planets aligned, I couldn’t see the signs,
the life that I had know came to and end
He didn’t really talk much,
as we passed around a Dutch,
But to my surprise before we said goodnight
he asked if we could stay in touch

{Pre Hook}

I came with no pretensions,
with no expectations at all
I showed up with no intentions,
I wasn’t looking for love
But he got the best of me,
I didn’t think that I would fall
Now, for the first time I’m free,
he’s got me walking so tall
How can I express
this true feeling of happiness?
Never in my wildest dreams
could I have ever been so blessed
I think that someone saved my life that day, right by his side is where I wanna stay
Eternally giving and receiving
the better part of me

{Chorus}

See I believe
this was no accident my friend,
(No, no, no, no, no)
So I’ve got to see this to the end

{Verse 2}

No, it wasn’t love at first sight,
my heart didn’t just take flight
I heard no angels sing, no melodrama strings, cupid was nowhere in sight
He seemed arrogant at best,
though I couldn’t front, brotha could dress
He was a mystery to me even though he came to be the answer to my S.O.S.

{Outro}

Sometimes he makes me laugh,
sometimes he makes me cry,
But I’d rather be with him than someone else until the day that I die
He don’t have to buy me rings and flowers, cause our love is deeper than that
I’d rather sit and talk for hours
just listening to where his heads at
How can I express
this true feeling of happiness?
Never in my wildest dreams
could I have ever been so blessed
I think that someone saved my life that day, right by his side is where I wanna stay
Eternally giving and receiving
the better part of me

Discography

* Songs from the Capeman Soundtrack
(Album/Warner Bros. Records/1997)

* Mickey�s Dance Party
(Album/Disney Records/2004)

* RMD Vs. C and C Music Factory featuring Freedom
Williams and The Exchange
(Album/UK Release/2004)

* "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance
Now)": C and C Music Factory
(Single/UK Release/Mega Bop/Universal/2004)

* Pride (In Your Soul): C and C Music Factory
featuring Bulan, Freedom Williams and K1
(Single/UK Release/Inversus Records/2005)

* FWE Wendy Williams Diss Mix CD
(Various Artists/Freedom Williams Ent./2005)

* Rhymes For Treason: Welfare Poets
(featured vocalist/Welfare Poets/2005)

* I Eat You Eat ("Heaven"): A-Alikes
(featured vocalist/Nervous Records/2006)

* Rebel Soul
(debut solo LP/Freedom Williams Ent./2006)

Set List

Performance Set:

* Gotta Keep'em Dancing
* Minority Story
* Sex
* Back In
* Allow Me To Introduce Myself
* U Should Know
* Dedications
* Sunshower
* Not Love At First Sight
* Dance Of Life
* Never Too Much (cover: Luther Vandross)