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A TRUE Musical Experience

BOOMscat On Red Couch

Last week, I attended the official release party for BOOMscat’s Album The West Wing Project Live Ep. It was held at Mad Momos Beer and Deck Restaurant on 14th street in Northwest DC. I came rushing in all late because I had just left a dinner on the other side of DC but ironically, I believe I came right on time. I told my girl, who tagged along, that the place was going to be packed and don’t bother wearing heels; from what I’ve heard BOOMscat knows how to get a full house. So, it was no surprise when we came in and it was exactly that, a full house. We circled around the bar area and luckily found two seats. While in the mist of settling down, the crowd was shouting “give us more, give us more.”

Asha Santee (BOOM) and Jennifer Patience Rowe (scat), the beautiful duo of BOOMscat, are naturals. While on stage, they carried a normal conversation as if this was not a live performance but rather a causal day at rehearsal. Their energy, passion, and emotion spilled over into the crowd. I couldn’t believe what I was watching. Not only did they deliver a five-star music experience but they gave us a show to be remembered. BOOMscat interacted with the audience, urging everyone to get in on it by asking “should we do another” as if the crowd could ever say no. I watched the entire set in “aw.”

Once they were done I had to snap back to reality, because if I wanted to speak to them I would have to beat the other fans who had come early and gotten good seats and had strategically placed themselves right by BOOMscat’s equipment.

The official name of the group is The Peace & Body Roll Duo BOOMscat and as their bio, from their website, states “together, they create a sound that ignites vulnerability, elevation and self-reflection.” I snagged the two ladies separately and was able to get you readers a little more of an insight on BOOMscat.

Patience: 

[A] “Why music?”

[P] “Because it is the thing that comes so natural to me and because I know every morning I will wake up and be able to do this thing and love it and do it with my entire heart because it is in me…I was born with it.”

[A] “If you could open up for anyone, who and why?”

[P] “Ledisis! I think her voice is amazing, she is technical goddess, and I want to interact with her on a vocalist level.”

Asha:

[A] “Why music?”

[Asha] “Because music is necessary for life…I can’t live without music I wouldn’t be here.”

[A] “If you could open up for anyone, who and why?”

[Asha] “Erykah Badu, not questions asked. Her style, her freedom, and her passion with music – just the way she arranges music, it touches my soul and that is how I want to touch other people with my music.”

These virtuosic women are humble and passionate beyond measure. I truly believe that the music they create has the power to evoke emotion that would other wise go untapped. Do yourself a favor and support this dynamic duo. Download their album here: http://boomscatmusic.bandcamp.com/ and visit their respective sites below.  Oh and if you wanted to know my favorite song is: #7 Closure. Get HIP!

This article is just a sample of what is to come from SDBUP & BOOMscat – full interview coming soon. Stay Tuned!

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Astu Mengesha – Stay Down Blaze Up

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Zaaf Launch Event

Stay Down Blaze Up attended Zaaf’s Official Launch, this past Sunday, and below is the entire account. Enjoy!

Upscale, classy, and family/friend oriented, Zaaf’s Launch event was beautifully executed. People from all over came to celebrate, Abai Schulze’s up and coming company, and I was super excited to meet the mastermind behind the promising brand. I arrived about an hour into the event along with a couple of my girlfriends and we were immediately greeted with a sweet smile from an enthusiastic hostess.  The Barcelona Wine & Bar venue, handpicked by event planner Yodit Geberyes, was an excellent choice as it offered an intimate yet spacious feel. My girls and I checked in and we were immediately thrown into a room filled with laughter, good vibes, good food, and even better looking bags.

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Abai Schulze

Before delving into the mix of the event, I caught of up with the woman of the hour and here is what she had to say.

After speaking with Abai, I connected with an attendee and the male perspective is always appreciated, in this next clip Alan Yeboah tells us his connection with Zaaf and his go to piece.

Yodit Geberyes, the engineer of the event, sits down with SDBUP and tells us how her experience with Zaaf has been so far. [Yodit pictured below]

Zaaf, as Abai previously mentioned, is a brand rooted in the Ethiopian culture. Not only are the pieces stylish and practical but every item created allows for economic development in favor of the developing country. Zaaf, is also a brand that transcends all ethnic backgrounds and is a brand to be embraced by the international community. All in all, the line has an extremely bright future ahead of it and we are so honored to have captured some of its’ early moves.

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Instagram: @zaafcollection| Twitter: Zaaf_Collection| Web: http://zaafcollection.com/
*Disclaimer: Not all pictures are my own.
Astu Mengesha – Stay Down Blaze Up