Last week we lost R&B singer, songwriter, and producer innovator Kashif to a untimely death but DJ Spinna is here to keep his music alive. If you don’t know Kashif’s back story, well he was born into hard times.
Harlem born, Brooklyn bred, orphaned by adolescence & self proclaimed prodigy by his teen years, Michael Jones PKA Kashif Saleem’s story is that of a miracle. By the age of 16 he joined & toured with B.T. Express. After a two album stint with the band he was let go as a result of his overly ambitious work ethic – he outpaced the band’s expectations. Without hesitation Kashif surpassed being a session musician thrusting into an active music career acting as producer, arranger, composer & performer for future stars & established artists including Whitney Houston, Evelyn Champagne King, Fatback Band, Melba Moore, Average White Band, George Benson & Bill Withers. Kashif played an integral role in shaping the New York post-disco R&B sound, & heralded what many today label Boogie & Modern Soul music. He kept R&B progressive, dance floor friendly & edgy throughout the early 80’s by embracing the latest technology.
DJ Spinna is a walking musical catalog with a expertise in Funk, Soul R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and EDM. . A cornerstone of Hip-Hop’s late 90’s indie-uprise, DJ Spinna made much of his first impression on listeners as the musical background of his group The Jigmastas (having released an impressive slew of 12” singles on his then self-run label Beyond Real during this time) as well as providing the canvats for an array of that era’s lyrical giants including Eminem, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and De La Soul.
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Listen to the Tribute to Kashif Mix below and enjoy.
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