Mustafa Akbar and Chosen

Mustafa Akbar and Chosen

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Funk cultivated in soulful expression. High Energy Funk, R&B and Rock reminiscent of George Clinton, Issac Hayes, and Curtis Mayfield. Guaranteed to get the dance floor moving. More info at: www.myspace.com/musafaakbarandchosen

Biography

A Native Philadelphian, Mustafa Akbar has been touring the U.S. and internationally as lead vocalist for the Drum and Bass superstars, "Thunderball" (ESL Music), promoting their critically-acclaimed CD, "Scorpio Rising". This CD features the stand-out track "Heart of the Hustler", which displays Mustafa's singing and songwriting skills. You can also hear him on the dancehall smash, "Zouk", from the T. Kolai album, "Teak All Eye"(Chillifunk Records, London England), and on the hit tracks, "Touching You", by talk (Perfect Toy Records, Germany) and "Wonderful Life" by A.S.E. (Odara Productions, WDC).
Mustafa can also be heard on "Just a Smoke" from the album "Dark Matter: Moving At The Speed Of Light," a recent release by Afrika Bambaataa (Tommy Boy Records), as welll as many vocal contributions to the upcoming Fort Knox Five album and the new Thunderball album. "We make music to move the crowds world wide", says Mustafa, having shared stage with Thievery Corporation, De la soul, Los Amigos Invisibles and many other notable artists.

Mustafa now has his own full length album entitled "Natural High" (Odara Productions), a culmination of funk and afro-beat flavored dance tracks produced by Mustafa Akbar and various partners.

The Chosen is a high-energy funk band that Mustafa has formed to promote the "Natural High" album. The Chosen brings old school funk, hip-hop, and R&B grooves with a new dance vibe. This talented group of funk-minded musicians interprets Mustafa’s studio electronica, house, and dance compositions for the live stage. Tight and tasty, deep-pocket grooves with live, energetic flare sure to get bodies moving. The live band also adds an exciting improvisational element to Mustafa’s music. You’ve heard the silky studio tracks - now get down with Chosen.

Discography

"Scorpio Rising" - Thunderball (ESL Music)
"Teak All Eye" - T. Kolai (Chillifunk Records, London)
"Dark Matter, Moving at the Speed of Light" - Afrika Bambaataa (Tommy Boy Records, NYC)
"The One" - Jon H. & Raskil (Fort Knox, WDC)
"Transitions" - various artists (Odara Productions, WDC)
"Natural High EP" - Mustafa Akbar (Odara Productions, WDC)
"Natual High Album" - Mustafa Akbar (Odara Productions)
"Sign of the times" (POJI Records - Baltimore, MD)

Set List

Typical show is approximately 45 - 80 Minutes
Entirely Original Repertoire