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Portrait of United Funk Order

Once upon a day, the powers that be decided to remove the musical creation we had come to know as FUNK from the record store bins and formats of radio stations worldwide.  The primary intent was to completely obliterate the concept of FUNK from our collective consciousness in order to facilitate the control of our thought process and reprogram our minds to their liking. They attempted to exterminate all interference from the forces of those "rebellious Funkateers".  They almost succeeded in crushing the resistance... but... it's a new day and United Funk Order has arrived to remove all restrictions currently imposed on your memory banks so that you may once again enjoy the groovalicious music your subconscious has been secretly craving for... rockin' it hard and funkin if slow for ya………

Currently the world of music seems plagued by large doses of mediocrity and an overall deficiency of truly compelling music.... it seems artists and record companies are often driven by financial considerations as opposed to heartfelt inspiration.  Spearheaded by Thulani and Indigo, United Funk Order is on a mission to restore balance to the musical equation. Their existence is proof positive that quality, integrity and musicianship need not be sacrificed for the sake of a dollar.

 

Welcome to the United Funk Order experience....

 

Just beamed out of the studio, and onto the music scene.   Intergalactic-Funk-Rock Band “United Funk Order” headed by the Multi-talented Thulani, Master Guitarist Indigo and Master Keyboardist Gregg “Daffy” Fitz, is pleased to present their new music CD set for fourth quarter release.  Phenix Productions, Inc. presents Intergalactic-Funk Rock Band “United Funk Order”.   The band’s vibe is rooted in classic funk and contains elements that appeal to diverse audiences.  Thulani, aka Terra Momma, is Co-Founder and Lead Vocalist/Composer/Producer/Musician-Percussionist of “United Funk Order”, whose artistic abilities have been molded from a unique blend of international experiences. Her energetic vocal style is deeply influenced by an appreciation for the R&B, Rock and Funk classics of Tina Turner, Chaka Khan + Rufus, Mothers Finest, Cameo + George Clinton. Thulani has performed with several world renown artists including:  Jerome “Big Foot” Brailey (Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Former Drummer with Parliament/Funkadelic), Adam Holtzman (Credits include MD for Miles Davis, Grover Washington Jr.), Dee-Dee Bridgewater (Credits include, Internationally renowned jazz vocalist), Omar Hakim (Credits include, drummer for Sting Madonna and Chic), Jerry Barnes (Credits include, Bass player for Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan and Carly Simon), Dave Mullen (Credits include, Horns for Brand New Heavies), Jane Getter (Credits include Guitarist with the Allman Brothers, The Roots and master guitarist from Saturday night live), James Genus (Credits include, Bass player for Herbie Hancock, Chris Boti, Saturday Night Live), Allan Holdsworth (Guitarist), Rocky Bryant (Credits include, drummer for Faith Hill, Billy Joel, David Sanborn, etc.), Keith Carlock (Credits include, drummer for Steely Dan), Rodney Holmes (Credits include, drummer for Santana),  Reggie Washington (Credits include, bass player for Marcus Miller, David Sanborn and Wayne Shorter, Curtis Bailey- Unity 2 – Warner Brother Records, McKinley Horton, (Credits include Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Vanessa Williams, Sleepy Brown & Outkast, TLC, Foxy Brown, Cee-Lo Green, Organized Noise), Ronald Butler, (Credits include Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Eek-a-Mouse, Israel Vibrations).  Indigo aka Sonlight, Co-Founder, is a Composer/Producer/Musician-Guitarist whose music hearkens back to a rich musical period. His influences include a diverse spectrum of artists such as Hendrix, Santana, Sly Stone, P-Funk, Bob Marley, Led Zep, Miles Davis, Bird, Trane, Monk and many other legendary talents.  Great music has a transcendental element capable of lifting the soul to heights above and beyond life's daily grind. Indigo is fully aware of this magic and strives to include this element in all his musical compositions. He's not subject to the trappings of the past but pays all due respect to the pioneers while carefully guiding his music into the future. His mother was a renowned artist (abstract/impressionist), his father a sculptor and his grandfather a musician, so it's safe to say, the creative genes were legitimately inherited. Raised in New York City, he was exposed to a wide scope of musical genres encompassing Funk, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Pop, Latin, Reggae, Classical, etc. and all these styles nurtured his musical abilities. His guitar influences range from Hendrix to Segovia and anything in between. His father was an avid music buff so his childhood included long hours studying recordings of all the musical giants from classic labels such as Verve, Stax, Motown, Atlantic, Fania, Sun, Philly International, Blue Note, etc. All those talented musicians, songwriters, vocalists & producers played a crucial role in Indigo's musical evolution. As a member of numerous original & cover bands, he appeared at many of NY's premier clubs, halls and venues, honing his craft and performing alongside some of NY's elite players. Indigo is currently in the studio, producing his first completely self-contained (written, produced and performed) solo CD.  He’s also collaborating with the dynamic funk-rock ensemble United Funk Order (UFO), on their upcoming CD.  Here’s a sample of a few artists Indigo has performed/collaborated with:  Barbara Tucker (Defected UK, Strictly Rhythm, Fourth Floor Records, Positiva/EMI, MN2S), Myra Singleton (formerly of the Family Stand – Atlantic Records Corp.), McKinley Horton (credits include Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Vanessa Williams, Sleepy Brown & Outkast, TLC, Foxy Brown, Cee-Lo Green, Organized Noise), Ronald Butler (credits include Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Eek-a-Mouse, Israel Vibrations),Adam Holzman (credits include Miles Davis, Grover Washington, Jr.), Alyson Williams (Def Jam),Gichy Dan (Frank Passalaqua/Lourdes Cotto/Kid Creole – ZE/Island), Lonnie Gordon (Positive/EMI Records UK), Rob (Da Noize) Temple & Diamond Temple (Kaleidoscope Records, Soul Groove Records, Phuture Sole Recordings), Curtis Bailey (Unity 2 – Warner Bros. Records), Boyz & Girlz, Chzaz, Milena Khan (Daughter and background Vocalist for Chaka Khan), Members of Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, New Edition, Brand New Heavies, Quazar, B.T. Express, Brass Construction, Yambu, The Drifters, The Marvelettes. Gregg “Daffy” Fitz aka Taharka, is a Composer/Producer/Musician – Keyboardist who is truly a funk pioneer having worked with  the likes of George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic,  Van McCoy, Rock “n” Roll Hall of Famer, Bootsy Collins & The New Rubber Band, Sly Stone, Bernie Worrell & The Woo Warriors, Elisabeth Withers, Kool and the Gang, Color Me Bad, Forecast,  Gloria Gaynor,      Quazar, Underground Funk, 420 Funk Mob, The John Hickey Band, Funk-Kin,  and  Rock “n” Roll Hall of Famer, Jerome “Big Foot” Brailey & Mutiny.

 

The band’s music demonstrates the funk/rock vibe, African rhythms with a Funk-a-delik groove.  Indigo explains this album has sounds from “Bono to George Clinton with passionate rhythms for healing the soul. Thulani adds, “We need to express our music through the eyes of the people who are suffering. The world needs answers and they need them now for their lives today and tomorrow.” United Funk Order has created animated musical characters to add multi-media facet to their products and service offerings. Caricatures of band members have been developed as Super Heroes and are linked to other digital and animation products. The characters Sonlight, Taharka and Terra Momma in the United Funk Order animated band use a world tour to battle evil and convey positive messages.  Having original band members that have played with the likes of Parliament/Funkadelic and Bootsy Collins... you can’t go wrong...

 

Currently #1 on Pitt Radio and 6 top 20 songs on www.pitt radio.net. United Funk Order theme nominated as top funk song of the year on New Funk Radio-Berlin, German #5 in the Funk Genre on www.indiecharts.com, #1  Zone 3  for November & August 2011  on www.ourstage.com

 

For Booking, please contact UFO Band's manager:

 

LA @ 215.964.8514

 
 
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