Karanji's Soulwater

Karanji's Soulwater

 Detroit, Michigan, USA
BandHip HopSoul

Karanji and band Soulwater are a cultural and socially conscious hiphop band who infuses rich imaginitive soulful beats with a poetic wordplay that is very rythmic, entertaining and thought provoking.His music and dedication to struggle is strongly rooted in the soul of his hometown of Motown.


Karanji is a hip-hop/soul artist from Detroit, MI whos credits include production work for Detroit own K-Jon. His name, Karanji, means "spiritual one who guides". Being raised with an upbringing that taught self-love became an integral part of his music interest and later on motivated him to create music that moved feet as well as spirits. Artists he claims as musical inspirations are Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Marvin Gaye, Gill-Scott Heron, The Spinners, Earth Wind and Fire ,KRS-One,Common , Nas, Tupac, Outkast and Public Enemy.
A turning point came in Karanji's life at age 18 while enrolled at Hampton University when his mother, passed away from a rare form of brain cancer. Her passing motivated him to continue at Hampton University. After graduating, he decided that he would give back to his community the best way he knew how and that was by teaching. So he enrolled at Marygrove College GRIOT program, to become a certified science teacher. As a science teacher on Detroit's East side at Pershing High School, he had experiences that would motivate him to do hip-hop music. As a teacher at Pershing, he taught students who felt no one really cared about the inner city child and the things that they experienced. Most of his students had never seen anyone in their family go to college and the most common successful people in their neighborhoods were drug dealers. Almost every child in his classes either knew someone close to them who had been shot or knew someone who had shot somebody. Moreover, he saw first hand how most current rap music was encouraging children to aspire to live a negative lifestyle that would damage their communities. All of this motivated Karanji to do hip-hop that would not only entertain but would also inspire.
He is currently working on his new album as yet untitled. He is also currently promoting his record labels new compilation album "Onesoul Presents: Vol. 1.5", while also performing new music with his new band "Soulwater".


Compilation Album: Onesoul Presents: Vol 1
Debut Album: Appreciation 2008
Singles:Soulstar, Soulnites, Mama's Song, Do Ya Thang, Extra Extra, Slow Stroke

Radio Airplay: WJLB fm 98 Detroit (Soulstar),WGPH 88.1 FM Detroit, WHOV 88.1.Hampton, VA. Hampton University Radio
Video Broadcast (EXtra EXtra): Ch 68 Detroit, Youtube

Streaming Airplay: www.Detroitriotradio.com

Set List

Set of original songs and some covers included but not limited to. "Life I Live", "Hate Me", "Where I Wanna Be(Donell Jones cover)", " I Know","Soulstar" Thats Ma Song,\City of Real" Mama's Song"," Miss Hip-Hop", "Marry-go-Round", "Me and You","Soulcity", "What is It" . Set time varies depending on venue and set time limits.