Nona Hendryx - Keep Funkin (EP)
Nona Hendryx is the real deal; a true musical icon. As a singer, songwriter and performer she has continued to push the envelope since the world first took notice to her work alongside Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles in the 60’s. But it was when she broke off from the girl group in the late 70’s that she really established a voice and vibe of her own as a solo artist. Nona is the original freak. From her music to her fashion and attitude, she’s a ground breaker that has paved the way for what we know today as contemporary music.
We (Soul Clap) first connected with Nona Hendryx through our work with George Clinton, Sa’d “the Hourchild” Ali and Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman. She wrote and sang the single “Shine” from our last album. That experience left us all wanting to collaborate more, so we teamed up with Morgan Wiley from Midnight Magic and all got in the studio to producing new EP for Soul Clap Records; four tracks of house, soul, jazz and of course THE FUNK.
“Ever since she first put pen to paper, Nona’s transformed rhythm into a salve for the soul, fighting chaos and discord with funk and spirit. Rhythm is the heartbeat of this EP, a pulse fueled by Nona’s partners in Soul Clap. She’s penned four new songs for “true believers,” for right now, for moments packed with possibility. Nona brings jazz maestro Jason Miles aboard to free the mind and raise the freak flag on “Funkin’ for the World” while groove master’s Selan and Nile Rodgers amplify the one-two punch of her words and rhymes on “Scream.” She propels love to blissful heights on “Ooo Ooo” and weaves it through the vibrations on”I Feel Joy (Feel the Spirit).” No matter where the needle drops, Nona puts the evolution in revolutions (per minute). Bask in the joyful spell she casts: “This is your time!” -Christian John Wikane