Brother Num

Brother Num

 New York City, New York, USA
BandR&BReggae

Brother Num and his band Nu Afrika play Soulful, Jazzy, Hip Hop, Roots Rock Reggae with a funky edge.

Biography

Over the many years of playing Percussion with Burning Spear, I had got used to playing in front of crowds of 100, 000 or more in giant arena's. However, by far the most gratifying experience, is to be playing my self penned music in clubs and open spaces around New York City and State, witnessing people stop in their tracks, listen, begin to dance, staying for my entire set. One time we were playing in Central Park, it had began to rain as we began to play, the crowd stopped in mid departure, stayed through the entire set in the damp dismal weather. We lifted their spirits.

Brother Num
Musician/Actor

As an artist Num celebrates his culture by versatility, and his art is a reflection of his gift from the ancestors. Num has studied and worked in Theater, Film and Television.  Num plays hundreds of Drums and Percussion instruments in styles ranging from African, Latin, Caribbean, Asian, Classical, Jazz, R & B, Blues, Gospel. Funk, Rock, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Spiritual Meditative Techniques; including Native American Rhythms.

Credits:
Num has performed with Roy Ayers, Clark Terry, Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Toots and the Maytals, The Wailers, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Third World, George Clinton and the P-Funk All stars, Bunny Wailer, War,  Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Sugar Minot, Baba Maal and the Ernest Ranglin, Maceo Parker, Brian Jackson, Burning Spear and the late Greats, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Rev. James Cleveland and Donny Hathaway.

Recordings:
Num is featured on:
Burning Spear’s 2000 Grammy Award Winning Album “Calling Rastafari,” Heartbeat Records; 
Brian Jackson's, 2000 album “Gotta Play,” RMG Records (As a performer and writer);
Common’s 2006 Grammy Nominated Album “Be,” Geffen/Good Music, produced by Kanye West;
Burning Spear’s, 2006 Grammy nominated Album “Our Music,” Burning Music Records; and
CONSEQUENCE’s 2007 album “Dont quit your day job”G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia Records. (Num is a featured vocalist.) Num appears in the Consequence video “Disperse” singing background vocals.

Num recently recorded with funk legends  BOOTSY COLLINS AND BERNIE WORRELL on Reggae Artist Burning Spear’s 2009 Grammy award winning album “Jah is Real”.

While working with Comedian Tommy Davidson’s Variety show  “TOMEDY”  Num performed with Gerald Albright,  Al Jarreau, Cameo, Brian McKnight, Sheila E and Pete Escovedo,  Howard Hewitt, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Fox, and Aaron Hall.

Film and Television:
Num has appeared on:
“Later with Jools Holland”, on the BBC in England; MTV and CANAL+ in France; the CBS Late Night Show “VIBE”; the HBO series “OZ”; and BET’s “PLANET GROOVE” 

In 2004 Num recorded with  India Arie, Toni Braxton and Maci Gray, for the Children’s TV Show “Blues Clues,” episode  “Bluestock” on Nickelodeon.
Num’s music is also featured in the movie, “ King Leopalds Ghost,” Linden Productions winner of “ Best Documentary” 2006 Santa Barbara Film Festival.

Not only a committed performer and recording artist, Num is also a constant and disciplined student as well as a teacher of music. Num has studied with the Late Greats Babatunde Olatungi, Art Blakey and Tito Puente, and has given classes, clinics, seminars and workshops worldwide.

Num is endorsed by Latin Percussion (LP) as one of their Artist/Players.

Lyrics

Ghetto

Written By: Num H.S. Amun'Tehu

GHETTO

copyright 2005 Drastadub records
Num Amun’Tehu

Chorus: They want the Reggae Rock Vibe
Down inna de Ghetto
You know that Rastafari always
Kill the Devil, Yeah, I say

V1: You cant confuse the youth not
Telling the truth, Oh, cause if you
Wind -up, not telling the truth
You’ll find yourself a murderer
Repeat

Chorus: Repeat

V2: The youth dem of today, Dem want
To be free, and dem gwan a fi
seek-out dem freedom by any
means now necessary

Chorus: Repeat

Dollar Bill

Written By: Num H.S. Amun'Tehu


DOLLAR BILL

Copyright DRastadub Music
Num Amun’Tehu

Chorus: Man live his life for the dollar bill
I n I nah live fe no dollar bill
Man live his life for the dollar bill
I n I nah live fe no dollar bill
Man sell him soul fe de dollar bill
I n I nah live fe no dollar bill
Man live his life for the dollar bill
I n I nah live fe no dollar bill

V1: To Africa, they came with trinkets
To take away the gold
and tried to kill Jah people
who lived there, black and bold
In Europe they taxed the people
Fe everything they had
until they all had nothing
and searched for a new land

Chorus: Repeat

V2: To America, they came for freedom
were greeted by the red man
he taught them how to live here
and how to understand
but when they gained his wisdom
They stole away his land
and now this all is righteous
in this here western land

Chorus: Repeat

Ghetto

Written By: Num H.S. Amun'Tehu

GHETTO

copyright 2005 Drastadub records
Num Amun’Tehu

Chorus: They want the Reggae Rock Vibe
Down inna de Ghetto
You know that Rastafari always
Kill the Devil, Yeah, I say

V1: You cant confuse the youth not
Telling the truth, Oh, cause if you
Wind -up, not telling the truth
You’ll find yourself a murderer
Repeat

Chorus: Repeat

V2: The youth dem of today, Dem want
To be free, and dem gwan a fi
seek-out dem freedom by any
means now necessary

Chorus: Repeat

Discography

"Lessons" LP - NUm and Nu Afrika
"Peace Signs" LP - Num and Nu Afrika
"Manic Depression" (single) Nov 13 2008
"Peace Sings" (single) Nov 13 2008
"New Orleans" (single) Dec 2009