S.O.L.A.R.

S.O.L.A.R.

 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
BandJazzAcoustic

SOLAR (Source Of Life Arkestral Revelation) is about promoting Peace, Love, Joy, Harmony on this planet Earth and in this Universe amongst all living beings, through the expression of the music that comes to and through us.

Biography

SOLAR (Source Of Life Arkestral Revelation) originated in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1980 as the heir-apparent of the fortunes bestowed by its predecessors, Shree SunRays and Nu-Life Arkestra.

SOLAR’s original personnel and instrumentation included:
Rukiya Imani – piano/ lead vocal;
Humaa Lewis – violin;
Safiya Harrison – background vocal;
Bindu Gross – alto saxaphone / percussion;
Mamaniji Azanyah – bass.

Throughout 1980-81 SOLAR performed mainly in Louisiana, with the notable exception of a 1980 Kwanzaa performance at the Afrikan I in Atlanta, Georgia. It was at this event that SOLAR realized the universality of its appeal, beyond being merely a “hot” local attraction.

SOLAR relocated and reorganized in Atlanta, Georgia in 1981, performing throughout the southeast region, opening for such notable acts as Afrikan Dreamland (Crescendo Lounge, 1982) and Lonnie Liston Smith (Agora Ballroom, 1983). Following the 1983 release of their self-produced and only studio recording, Faith for My Mind, SOLAR fulfilled a successful weeklong engagement at the New Orleans, Louisiana 1984 Worlds Fair. The group had by then expanded to include:
Claudius Fabien - percussion;
Immanuel Zechariah - saxophones/ flute/ misc. percussion
(replacing Bindu Gross);
Kariba Jendayi – background vocals/piano;
Itiya Damali – background vocals;
Ariyo – background vocals
(replacing Safiya Harrison – who would later briefly rejoin the group);
Olanyun – drums;
Omelika Bynum – background vocals;
Rudell Young – dance/choreography;
Sadiyo – dance;
Adama – dance;
Noni - dance.

Discography

FAITH FOR MY MIND

Faith For My Mind..........6:29
- Rukiya Imani
It’s A New Day..........7:31
- Rukiya Imani
To The Most Holy Place..........3:35
- Rukiya Imani
Walk Together Children..........5:49
- Rukiya Imani
Living For The Most High..........5:12
- Mamaniji Azanyah
Eat I-tal Food..........2:54
- Mamaniji Azanyah/Rukiya Imani
Rejoice..........5:00
- Atiya Damali Hollis/Kariba Jendayi
Vanity..........3:32
- Atiya Damali Hollis/Kariba Jendayi
Rainbow..........3:47
- Mamaniji Azanyah/Bindu Gross

All songs © 1983 Mamaniji Azanyah/Rukiya Imani except
Rejoice and Vanity © 1983 Atiya Damali Hollis/Kariba Jendayi (aka Corliss Beckham/Eva Hoskins)
All tunes Published by Path Of Light Publishing (BMI)

SOLAR (Source Of Life Arkestral Revelation)
Rukiya Imani – Acoustic Piano/Lead Vocals (track 1-6,9)
Emanuel Ibrahim – Flute/Soprano Saxophone/Vocals
Humaa Lewis – Violin/Vocals
Claudius Fabien – Congas/Percussion/Vocals
Mamaniji Azanyah – Bass/Vocals
Kariba Jendayi – Acoustic Piano/Vocals/Lead Vocal (track7)
Atiya Damali Hollis – Vocals/Lead Vocal (track8)
Ariyo – Vocals
Ajamu – Steel Drums
Jerome Crichton – Drums

Youth’s Vocals on Eat I-tal Foods (track 6):
Kamau/Maramba/Rafi/Moksha/Jwanza/Ngina/Ayana/Marlene

Produced by SOLAR
Recorded and Mixed at: Haywood’s Recording Studio, Atlanta, GA 1982-83
Recording/Mix Engineer: Haywood Tucker

Cover Concept: SOLAR
Front Cover Photography: Andre Bertrand
Technical Assistance: Abdul-Rahim Farra

Special Thanks to:
Sadio Saran, Haywood Tucker, for their efforts toward the manifestation of these works;
Bolaji and Abba for inspiring Eat I-tal Foods;
Tkewme and Nadim Suliman Ali for opening many ears to these sounds;
The Parents of the Youths;
The Parents of SOLAR for their faith and love

For Spiritual Inspiration:
Lumumba Imani/Bindu Gross/Safiya/Zakiya/Mamare/Nkuli/Kamau Omari/Zambo Kalonji

For Your Assistance:
Obayana Bandele Ajanaku/Thomas J. Bennett/Jalani Bey/Tkyisha Bey/Mr. & Mrs. L. Crichton/Lillie Mae Davis/Donkor/Helen Frederick/John & Wilma Germany/Bindu Gross & Family/Mr. & Mrs. Claude Harper/Mrs.. Francis Hoskin/William Hoskin/Jay Jackson/Allton & Credell/Brother Nashid & Family/Sababu A. Nkrumah/ Sulaiman Nuriddin/Sule Oding/Brother Osie/Poorna (Monica Page)/Linda Ann Peters/Rick Reed/Dr. Marvin W. Rogers/Nadine Scott/Amoyewa Skaggs/Amon Sherriff & Family/Majeeda Snead/Joseph & Corine Strother/Muriel Sweeting/The Alva Tabor Family/Paula & Robert Thomas/Mr. & Mrs. James Turner/Mrs. Charlotte Watkins/Randy Wooden

Highest Thanks to YHWH Elohim for Everything!