We have been working with the youth in music for quite sometime now. Since about 2000 when I decided to get back into church after the death of my wife and discovered a small Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY Zion Baptist. There I not only got back in touch with God, but started to make meaning out of my life and ask, “What am I here for?” I joined the choir as I had always wanted to sing Gospel, that was absent in my early Episcopalian Church, so I joined the choir and would sometimes sit in on Congas from my experience learning from an Afr-Cuban Jazz teacher Jose Navedo from Tipica Novele.
I watched as the young people all around me had this honest unbiased love for the music that was pleasing to them, not what everyone else was listening to, or what they were told was good. The idea of trying to put a group together even though I hadn’t done much playing since the late 60’s intrigued me. I came across Jason Derülo somewhere about 04′ moving about in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park area and we talked at length and I listened to him play guitar with his own music, but his manager had different designs for him that didn’t include a band or other musicians.
Moving on and relocating to the South, in particular Greenville, NC I started to notice how many live musicians were in the area. By this I mean that they actually played instruments and not turntables or computers. My daughter introduced a young group called The Rangers to me and I discovered this new talent yearning to be explored, just as I had done in my teen years playing bass guitar for an interracial Rock R&B group.
So in an effort to continue with experimentation to help artist and musicians express themselves even from the elementary entry level position, we’ve put our expertise together and started a launch of the infrastructure of off the shelf products to do that. They can be found starting to roll out on our #CPirateTV facebook Black Pirates page….ENJOY!