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SPOTLIGHT 41: Narnius
 
Artist Name:
IJenNeh
  Title:
SPOTLIGHT 41: Narnius
 
Date Posted:
December 2010
 
Genre:
World
Equipment Used:

PC running Cakewalk SONAR 7 Studio Edition, unnamed FireWire interface/preamp and a single mic, with "One african drum and many tracks of vocals".

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Narnius" is a male vocal "world" music song. The track is an original African song composed, performed and recorded by IJenNeh. Matt Reckinger remixed and mastered the track.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
Recording: One of the pleasures we have in presenting our Spotlight feature is the chance for us to be reminded, and to in turn share with all of you, the essence of this passion that we share. After all is said and done, it's about the music, and it truly is universal. We haven't done a Spotlight like this one before, but I hope it reaches you the way it did me.

A little research tells us that IJenNeh (pronounced Eye Gin Nay) is a West African word meaning "heaven". The group combines African, Reggae, Gospel, Blues, and Beatbox, and is led by Liberian native Lasana "Laszo" Kanneh, who started by leading groups of blind singers on the streets of Monrovia. He now lives in the USA and leads this new group in the Pacific Northwest, with drums and other instruments added to his original African groups' a cappella stylings.

"Narnius" is yet another reminder that gear alone does not always result in a superior recording. Using a PC, one mic, one African drum, SONAR 7 and a whole lot of talent and soul, IJenNeh and Matt have put together a veritable clinic on vocal recording and mixing.

Rarely have we heard such a pure and joyous performance coupled with tracking that is free of excess and artifact. The drum sounds completely natural, and the multiple vocals are superbly arranged and delivered without artifact. No overcompression in sight, neither extraneous processing. As for the sound sources, how can you not love the "bass" and "shaker" vocals, as well as the harmony vocal blend?

If you want to hear what massed vocal recording should sound like, regardless of the musical genre you usually prefer to listen to, you can't pass up a listen to "Narnius".

Summary: Thanks, guys!

Contact: IJenNeh, www.soundclick.com/ijenneh, cdbaby.com/artist/ijenneh, ijenneh@yahoo.com.

About: Marty Peters

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