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Subversion and Romancing Dissent



Nani and Zonnie is Nani Mathews, of Brooklyn NY, and Andrew Zonneveld, of Atlanta GA. Nani and Zonnie, partners in thought crime, began exchanging ideas over the internet in late 2010. Their first album is set to be released, just one year later, in the winter of 2011.

The chemistry between this cross country duo has been explosive. The entire first album was written and recorded in early January of 2011 after only four days in the studio.
Since January, the album has come full circle and is nearing completion. Ten tracks of the original 13 recorded are slated to be released on their debut album, Subversion and Romancing Dissent.

Nani was inspired to pick up the guitar after a chance encounter with an old wise man at a bar. At the age of eight, Nani spent most of her evenings sitting at the bar where both her mother and father worked, who were often unable to afford a babysitter. One evening, Nani sat enjoying a Shirley Temple on a bar stool far too tall for her short dangling legs and swaying to the best country tunes that an old southern Moose Lodge had to offer. A much older man she had been chatting to about class and school leaned into her and slid an old nylon guitar pick across the bar. "You oughta play guitar one day," he said while sipping his whiskey on the rocks.

Stashing the pick away in the bottom of a dusty jewelry box, eight years later, at the age of 16, Nani bought her first guitar and played Amazing Grace with that same old nylon pick.

In her teens, Nani wrote and played music in her church. These days, her music has taken a big turn from Amazing Grace and hymnals but the remnants of repentance and grace still linger in her lyrics.

Growing up in Atlanta, Zonnie began playing guitar and writing songs in his early teens. Since that time, he has written, sang, and performed with several different bands in the area.

As a songwriter, Zonnie hopes to bring to light many social injustices too often taken for granted. The exploitative nature of the wage system, the global presence and effect of nationalism and empire, and the real potential for a more free society governed directly by the working-class, are some of the topics and circumstances that inform his writing.

When Nani and Zonnie began working together in late 2010, both were feverishly studying the effects of globalization and imperialism. The duo connected immediately on topics of leftist politics and began exchanging lyrics. From there, the music was easy. The sultry vocals that Nani provide fit right in line with Zonnie's deep, boomy and authoriatative voice.

Nani and Zonnie have a wide range of influences, including musicians, writers, revolutionaries and philosophers.
Some influences include, Emma Goldman, Marvin Gaye, Social Distortion, George Orwell, Johnny Cash, Public Enemy, Depeche Mode, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Janelle Monae, Joe Hill, Fiest, Staughton Lynd, Talib Kweli, Murray Bookchin, Metric, Mos Def, Dead Kennedys, Upton Sinclair, Over the Rhine, David Bowie, Emily Haines, Albert and Lucy Parsons.