Bomani Armah & #Immaletchufinish

Bomani Armah & #Immaletchufinish

 Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., USA
BandRockHip Hop

Immaletchufinish: a no seat-belt-roller-coaster-ride through #Rock #Funk #Soul #HipHop #GoGo and #Afro-Beat. #Immaletchufinish knows the rules and isn't afraid to break them. Soul stirring vocals, mind twisting lyrics, body rocking percussion. #Immaletchufinish will shake you every way, but lose.

Biography

Bomani Darel Armah, aka D'mite, aka The Hip-Hop Levar Burton, aka Mr. Read a Book, aka The Watermelon Man, aka Darius Lovehall, aka The Black Colin Powell, has even more artistic skills than aliases. As a poet he takes his cues from his favorite writers like Langston Hughes, Yusef Komonyakaa and E. Ethelbert Miller. As a lyricist and songwriter he strives to live up to the legacy of his favorites like Bob Marley, George Clinton, Fela and Frankie Beverly and Maze. Raised in DC and Maryland on the music of gospel greats like Richard Smallwood and John P Kee, as well as local go-go legends like Chuck Brown, Rare Essence and Backyard, Bomani learned about musics intrinsic spiritual power to move people. While discovering his voice he developed his tagline "I'm not a rapper, I'm a poet with a hip-hop style". An apt description for an emcee who took pride in being able to move any crowd, from prisons to pulpits to concert halls, with a full band or simply a cappella.

Bomani had always been into hip-hop, glued to the radio like every kid in the 80's. The emergence of A Tribe Called Quest and the Native Tongues movement turned him into a die hard fan, while the explosion of Outkast and the Dungeon Family turned him on to the endless possibilities of this music. He intertwined the social and political awareness of legends like KRS-1 and Public Enemy, as Dead Prez's "Let's Get Free" radicalized his view of hip-hop during his sophomore year in college. While Bomani was pursuing his formal education as an English major at the University of Maryland, his more important artistic studies happened on DC's historic U Street in the late 90's into the turn of the millennia. He found himself spitting free-verse or rhyme, as well as backing some of DC's best loved voices like Raheem Devaughn,and Deborah Bond, as the drummer for Lauda. By 2005, as a young man and creative writing teacher for organizations throughout the DC Metropolitan area, he began to recognize the need for his own voice to be added to the barrage of messages inundating his students.

Bomani released a self produced maxi-single entitled The Hustle/Shake it Off. The music video for The Hustle debuted to wide acclaim at the San Francisco film festival and has been viewed over 12,000 times on Youtube. That was just the beginning, as he used his biting sarcasm and bits classical piano training to develop one of the most hilarious and impacting critiques of modern culture, Read a Book. This song, that began as a free give away on his Myspace page, exploded across the internet, leading to an animated video deal with BET and a storm of simultaneous praise and hate. While being lauded by the over 4 million people who have viewed in on Youtube and the shocked and awed crowd at 106th & Park, he was attacked mercilessly by CNN, Jesse Jackson and Michael Baisden and others who seemed to be out of touch with the youth Bomani dealt with daily. Undeterred, Bomani released his next single/video Grown Ass Man (viewed over 63,000 times) as well as his "self bootlegged" debut album Radio Friendly. Always looking to improve as an artist as well as reach new ears with his music, he has released two free mixtapes, the New Classic Mixtape featuring DJ RBI in 2010, and Bomani Armah is Darius Lovehall in Love Jones the Date Mixtape in 2011. In 2012 he is striving for new uncharted territory as he releases his first chapbook of poetry and essays with an accompanying album entitled Circumlocution Vol II. Part diary, part inquisitive finger poking into the eye of society, Circumlocution is the latest incarnation of the combination of his multiple talents as he weaves poetry, emceeing and music. Nothing personifies that more than his new band #Immaletchufinish which showcases Bomani as lead vocalist and drummer with the ground stirring soul, funk, rock and hip-hop riding the rhythm of West African jambe drums.

As always, Bomani stays on his Hustle, as a edutainer and consultant for numerous organizations such as Words Beats & Life Inc., as a audio engineer and producer working out of Urban-Intalek Studios, and a film maker at Park Triangle Productions. For more info on this multimedia artist feel free to go to www.notarapper.com.

#Immaletchufinish Is the brain child of poet, educator and hip-hop insurgent Bomani Armah. Best know for his 2007-08 underground classic "Read a Book", Bomani is nationally known for making socially relevant, controversial, yet head nodding music. Their sound flourishes from the crate digging styles of DJ D'Salaam (the bands bass player, engineer and DJ), wading in every style of black music from the last century. The sound is anchored, however, by the undeniable African rhythms laid down by Mahiri Keita-Edwards and Bomani Armah on jembe and drums respectively. James McKinney, Grammy award nominated keyboardist and songwriter, and guitar player Mark "The Professor" Hatche hold down the time bending harmonies while keeping the

Discography

2005 Mello-D & the Rados Single and Video “Cool Witchu”

2005 Mello-D & the Rados hip-hop album “Antitainment”

2006 D’mite Maxi Single “The Hustle/Shake it Off”

2007 Grown Man Mixtape

2008 Full Length Album "Radio Friendly"

2010 New Classic Mixtape

Set List

Talkin' 'Bout Change
Late Shift
Grown Ass Man
Shake it Off
Read a Book
Give the Drummer Some
Good Day
Ain't a Game
Peek-a-Boo
Give it Away