Black Merda Band

Black Merda Band

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We are a funk- rock, black-rock, psych-rock, funk, blues-rock, hard to characterize group. We were influenced by freddy king, Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, and many of the groups doing that era.

Biography

BLACK MERDA WAS THE FIRST, AFRICAN-AMERICAN (ALL BLACK) ROCK BAND, WHO WROTE, PERFORMED AND RECORDED THEIR OWN MUSIC DURING THE LATE 1960'S AND EARLY 70'S AND ARE REVERED AS CUTTING EDGE PIONEERS OF THEIR OWN UNIQUE BRAND OF PSYCHEDELIC ROCK. CONTAINING DIVERSE MUSICAL ELEMENTS, THEIR UNIQUE STYLE OF MUSIC HAS BEEN CALLED FUNK-ROCK, BLACK-ROCK, PSYCH-FUNK, FUNK, FOLK-ROCK, BLUES-ROCK, BLACK PSYCHEDELIC-FUNK AND A HOST OF OTHER NAMES AND IS HARD TO CATEGORIZE COMPLETELY, AS YOU CAN SEE BY SOME OF THE ADJECTIVES USED TO ATTEMPT TO DESCRIBE IT ABOVE!

ALTHOUGH THEIR RECORDINGS WEREN'T ADEQUATELY PROMOTED WHEN ORIGINALLY RELEASED BY CHESS RECORDS. THEIR SINGLE "CNYTHY-RUTH", ALBUMS "BLACK MERDA" AND "LONG BURN THE FIRE!" ARE HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER AND ARE CONSIDERED CULT CLASSICS BY A GROWING NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL RECORD COLLECTORS AND A MUSHROOMING INTERNATIONAL FAN BASED CULT FOLLOWING.

AS A RESULT OF INCREASING MEDIA AND FAN INTEREREST IN THEM AND THIEIR MUSICAL LEGACY, BLACK MERDA IS CURRENTLY SEEKING NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND PROMOTION AS WAY OF KEEPING THIER MUSICAL LEGACY ON DISPLAY, LIVE BEFORE FANS WHO'VE NEVER SEEN THEM PERFORM AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC!

I'm Charlie Hawk, I'm VC L.Veasey and I'm Anthony Hawkins! We'd like to say What's Up! to all of our old and new fans! Thanks for visiting our website where you'll find out about all things Black Merda! You'll be presented with our history, pictures, articles, gig schedules, etc. We're sad to report that our original drummer, Tyrone Hite, is recently deceased, but we're carrying on anyway!

We know as a result of purusing various internet sites that some of you have questions about the Black Merda/ Fugi connection as well as about our history in general. Some of you even thought that Black Merda use to be Fugi! Well all those questions and more will be answered on this site.

The original Black Merda line up was: VC L. Veasey, Bass and Vocals, Anthony Hawkins, Guitar and Vocals, Charles Hawkins, Guitar and Vocals, Tyrone Hite, Drums and Vocals.

The primary writers on our self-titled "Black Merda" album were VC L. Veasey and Anthony Hawkins on "Long Burn The Fire" Charles Hawkins, VC L. Veasey and Anthony Hawkins.

Fugi is Ellington Jordan a musical friend of ours. We created all of the music for Fugi's Classic recordings, and of course Fugi contributed his own unique vocal and lyrical stylings to the musical mix making Fugi's music a hybrid of Black Merda and Fugi. Note: There's been some confusion and misinformation circulating about Fugi's relationship to Black Merda. We going to set the record straight once and for all! Fugi was never the leader or frontman for Black Merda! Fugi was never in Black Merda! He was someone we met and befriended who wanted to participate in our style of music which he wasn't doing at that time. So we gave him a hand by doing some tracks for him.

Initially there was very little information available about us or our history, So some writers tried to piece together bits of information as best they could about our story. Some of it right, some of it wrong! The bits about Fugi being in Black Merda or leading Black Merda were wrong! We have nothing against our boy Fugi! We just wanted to clear up the air for those of you who who were under the mistaken impression that he was in Black Merda or the leader of Black Merda! There was a Black Merda before Fugi but no Psych-Funk Fugi before he met Black Merda! Peace

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Lyrics

ANOTHER TIME

Written By: A Hawkins

We dedicate this song yall, to another time. When a guy name Jimi Hendrix, blew your mind. What an experience, the people would say. When Jimi Hendrix's guitar - would play - he would say! I will see you, in ANOTHER TIME.

We all was serching then for a better way. Make love not war we would say. We may not have known then even love has a law. But war is not the answer I think we saw - I know we saw, and I will see you - in ANOTHER TIME.

Discography

Our latest CD is THE FOLKS FROM MOTHER'S MIXER - A Compulation of our first two LP's on CHESE RECORDS doing the early 70's. Re-Released by TUFF CITY after the two albums became a collector's favor in resent years.

Set List

We do mostly the songs from our first two Albums by popular demand, but we do throw in a few cover songs to boot.