May 24, 2012
-- How important is music in these tough times? Believe it or not, music is in fact more important than ever. It is indeed, “the sound track of our lives”, as stated by now Pastor Montell Jordan. On the other hand, paying for music is definitely another story and supporting independent bands/artists can be very disappointing;
as far as the artist is concerned. To make matters worse, most Liberians in the United States do not support their own people and even more of them despise Liberian recording artists. Many people might disagree with this notion but it is the truth and there has to be a change amongst Liberians/Africans. If they don’t support their own people, who will? There are exceptions in Africa and amongst Africans because Nigerians, Ghanaians, South Africans, and others are very supportive of their people. Other Africans actually love their people of different regions and ethnic backgrounds. The key word to remember is love because God himself is love.
With all the odds stacked up against these two artists, they are still able to stand tall and create music that touches lives all around the world, still able to speak for their people without shame, and still able to proudly say that they are Liberians. Jimmy Black lives in Syracuse, NY and his business partner/performing and recording pal, Mezonic, lives in Charlotte, NC. Both of these guys have been creating music for a total of 15 years plus. Mezonic has released more than 4 albums and many singles that could be chart topping. Jimmy Black has also released many albums and has performed for huge/small crowds alike. Before the start of Mezonic’s music career, he always knew that he wanted to contribute to society in a bigger fashion than just music. He longed to help his people in so many positive ways. The vision became clearer when he decided to work with Jimmy Black.
After months of planning, these artists decided that giving back to Liberia and eventually Africa would be a better reward than selling any amounts of albums. Mezonic & Jimmy Black also decided that the educational system in Liberia should be the area of focus because education not only provides opportunities but it also levels the playing field for everyone. Both of these artists are college graduates in the field of Computer Information Technology/Systems. These artists/businessmen teamed up with two non-profit organizations to create a computers/books/
supplies drive to support three schools in Liberia every year. The non-profit organizations are The Joseph Jenkins Roberts Alumni Foundation Inc. & the Upper State Independent Awards. Mezonic & Jimmy Black are also accepting monetary funds in order to ship these supplies to Liberia. They intend on traveling there to make formal presentations to the selected schools. Jimmy Black and Mezonic are soliciting big and small sponsors to support the cause. Both of them are planning to make the first trip to Liberia in December 2012. Jimmy Black & Mezonic both welcome interviews and assistance by radio/TV stations, promoters, magazines/newspapers.
If any future sponsor is interested in making a donation or planning an event with these artists, please feel free to contact them at mezonicmusic@
or 704-577-5475 & 315-863-7323. For more information about these artists, please visit http://www.mrpellc.com
. Also visit http://jjrumsevents.weebly.com/