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"JunoFest rocks downtown"

JunoFest rocks downtown
With its mix of roots, rock, hip-hop and world music, bars were buzzing into the wee hours

Urban Music Night, Part One

The scene at the Empire Cabaret started out slow, but by 11 p.m., the place was packed with about 250 people -- including a heavy contingent of tank-topped chicas ready to shake it at the Peg's best (only) hip-hop venue. The biggest roar of the evening came for homegrown and Jesus-loving Fresh I.E., a Notorious BIG-like rapper (this guy is pretty hefty and tough, but admitted to be nervous about his upcoming turn at tonight's awards show).

But the lady who stole the show was the baby-blue faux-fur coated Fenom. Fenom is part of local hip-hop group Bonafide, but her voice and Lauryn Hill-looks meant everyone -- everyone -- in the venue had their eyes on her. Fresh I.E. spent the evening checking her (talent) out, and other fans included Fresh I.E.'s Louisiana-imported back-up talent Marcus, who asked, "What's she doing in Winnipeg?"

Some of the bigger marquee R and B and hip-hop acts didn't hit the Empire, still holding out for the show tonight. Plus, it seems there was other entertainment on their minds -- to celebrate Maestro Fresh Wes's birthday, a group of street-talking heavyweights took the Toronto rapper to check out some of Winnipeg's finest at the Gentlemen's Club.

Tip: If you're looking for the urban A-list tonight after the awards show, check out the Au Bar, the spot's been marked as a fave hang-out.

- Winnipeg Free Press


Look out for solo releases from FENOM coming soon!

Radio/Online Promo Singles:

Bonafide Feelin'
Chilly City
Love (Remix)
Game Tight
Baby Girl
My Heart
Lover's Paradise (collaboration with Mello Man)
Give A Little (track by Fascade137db feat. Fenom)
Shake The Dust (track by Ade feat. Fenom)

"Welcome To The Jungle" mix CD released Spring '05 featuring original cuts from the BONAFIDE crew.



bo•na•fide – [boh-nah-fi-de]The state of being exactly as one claims or as appearance indicates things to be – in other words, REAL.

BONAFIDE, is hip hop duo based out of Winnipeg, MB (CANADA) The group consists of FINI and Fenom. Two unique individuals with one common goal…which is to grace the hip hop world with BONAFIDE lyrics, BONAFIDE beats, and BONAFIDE attitudes original to their entourage. Versatile vocals coupled with lyrical prowess will make this group a force to be reckoned with. Currently play listed on various campus and mainstream radio stations, the group plans to help solidify their city’s role in the hip-hop realm.

The group considers their musical influences, which include (but are not limited to): Jay-Z, Mobb Deep, The Fugees, B.I.G., Mary J Blige, and KRS-One to be one of the factors in creating a sound that is all their own. It has played a huge role in the success they have garnered so far, including being chosen to perform at the official 2005 JUNOFEST URBAN SHOWCASE, and the 2006 WCMA Urban Showcase!

Over the years, they have opened for various well-known artists such as:

K-Ci & Jojo
Mobb Deep
Joe Budden
Maestro Fresh Wes
Kardinal Offishall
Naughty By Nature
Royce Da 5’9”
In Essence
Boot Camp Clique
Ali Shaheed Muhammed

BONAFIDE has been very fortunate to be backed by a solid production team for their debut album,”Overdue” which is scheduled for late 2008 release. It is comprised of a variety of tempos/vibes, which will appeal to a vast audience while visiting hiphop, reggae, and r&b elements.

The future is very bright for this group. They have put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into what they do and it shows! So keep your ears to da street…BONAFIDE is on their way!

Check them out at one of the following websites:

Professional Affiliates:

Urban Music Association of Canada
Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association


Rhonda Thompson
cell: 204-229-1167