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Cee Knowledge and CFO Release "The Expendables" Mixtape; Available for Free Download July 24th
Cee Knowledge and his collective the Cosmic Funk Orchestra will release "The Expendables" mixtape on July 24th. Fans downloading the mixtape will automatically be entered in a random drawing to win a free IPod Touch.
Executive Producers: Cee Knowledge for 7 na Crescent Productions and Melody Forrester for Artists First, Inc.
Vocal Production and Digital Edits: NaySayers Studio (Except tracks #4 and #14 recorded at The Boom Room Studio)
About Cee Knowledge and CFO
Hip-hop in the '80s, jazz in the '60s, and funk in the '70s are all well-documented revolutionary expressions in Africa-American music. Less familiar, though, is their meeting ground in Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra. Cee Knowledge, the Philadelphia hip-hop vocalist better known as Doodlebug of the Grammy award-winning hip-hop trio Digable Planets, adopted the moniker Cee Knowledge while studying the Nation of Islam at Howard University. Knowledge grew up in a city full of musical traditions from the cosmic jazz of the Sun Ra Arkestra to the new Philly soul of Bilal and Musiq Soulchild and the groundbreaking hip-hop of the Roots and Eve. It was a place for Knowledge to absorb all kinds of music from early hip-hop and '70s funk to avant-garde jazz and new Philly soul. Knowledge's mind drifted south of Philadelphia for his funk sources in the music of Parliament-Funkadelic, the Bar-Kays, and Barry White. At Howard University, he met Mary Ann "Ladybug" Vierra, a Brazilian-American singer from Maryland. With Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, they founded Digable Planets in 1991 and released the highly acclaimed single, "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”, which won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance in 1993-- the group was also nominated for Best New Artist.
Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra (CFO) was the first official solo project to come out of the Digable Planets camp. From early concerts at the Deer Park Tavern in Delaware and at the Philadelphia Music Conference, he forged the early lineup for CFO from hip-hop and jazz musicians in Delaware and Philadelphia. For his first solo project, he released “Live From the 7th Dimension (Vol. 1)” in 2000, followed by “Return of the Cosmic Funk” in 2002, “The Intifadah (The Uprising)” in 2009 and "Futuristic Sci Fi" in 2011. Cee Knowledge and CFO tour steadily across the U.S. and Europe and are available for shows, festivals and college events.
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