velvet kente is: tim anthony,(rhodes, bass, vocals) jamaal lee(drums) & joshua.(vocals, guitar, ego). it is the goal of this collective to consistently make an aural connection with all that will listen with an open mind.
all photography by joshua.
of velvet kente
unless otherwise stated
Velvet Kente has been together for nearly three years as a four-piece genre-dodging outfit consisting of Joshua on vocals and rhythm guitar, Steven Robinson on lead guitar, Tim Anthony (son of True Soul founder Lee Anthony) on keys, and Jamal Lee on drums. Their most obvious influences include Afro-Caribbean music, indie rock, punk, blues mythos, and gospel. But otherwise there’s no transparent consistency in the sound outside of Joshua’s heart-wrenched vocals, which lie somewhere between a coarse scream and a sweat-stained Pentecostal baritone.-Natalie Elliot, Oxford American
::after work the MPC and i decided we’d compose a tune for the laundry. in hopes that i would get up out the chair and fold itself. we were a bit low energy, but we did our best. as of right now, it’s still in contemplation::
James Karales became a staff photographer at Look magazine in 1960, and for the next eleven years traveled the world as a photojournalist. (read more)
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)