A self-taught musician, he would learn to play the drums, bass, percussions and some keys. This leading to the deeply rooted island sound, "Anchants". Gaining momentum, Anchants played with some of the more established names to come out of the Virgin Islands' roots family, as well as ones from the North Carolina, Raleigh area, where Arif now resides. “Initially, I just wanted to create the music that I was hearing in my head. I thought I would have to start a band to create these sounds, then I realized that a band was necessary to deliver the music on stage, but if I learned to play each instrument, I could record them myself.” This soon lead to VIbrance The Arts taking form as an independent record label. In this capacity, VTA would produce “Serenity,” the May, 2007 debut release for both the label and Trinidad-born writer and vocalist, Empress Cherisse. In Feb.
of 2008. Arif would return to the stage at The 7th Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash in Carrboro NC. Where he dazzled the crowd, appearing briefly to perform "Word Sound" from "Merkaba". VTA's second production, which again displays Arif's musicianship but also sheds light on the vocal and writing abilities that complete the sound of the Anchants. To see "Anchants" live is a treat, especially for anyone who appreciates original music and raw talent.
Lead vocalist, Arif's stage presence is magnetic and his lyrics open a window to thoughts beyond the norm. The sound is distinctive and transcendental. With sets that vary from smooth ethereal tracks like "Silence" "Dem Kind" and "This Picha" to the popular crowd pleasers "Aha!" "Word Sound" and "Run Duppy". Current contributors are Neal Boyek/Carl Blackmon (keyboards), Melvin "O.C" Irei (drums), Dean Erwin/Tony Fisher (bass), Brain Best (guitar).
A unit that is begining to recieving much attention in roots music. Check for the sound "Anchants". ("And chants for the "Most High"). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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