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HKB FiNN is an enigmatic spoken word artist from London who blends Jazz, Hip Hop & Afro Beat to create his music. He began his career in the 1980's as a frontman for a South London DJ Collective (aka Sound System) called Skyliner. Despite his prominance as a Reggae MC, he graduated to Hip Hop in the early 1990's and became the frontman for a UK Hip Hop group: Katch 22. The group rose to prominence making 3 albums along the way and later disbanded. FiNN went on to work as a frontman for a number of European Hip Hop collectives, Classical Ensembles, Rock groups & Jazz bands. 

 

His solo career began officially in 1999 and he began to focus more on Poetry and Music. Working with local producers, they helped him develop a blueprint that blended aspects of Jazz, Hip Hop and Afrobeat to create an uplifting but unique sound. Now with several albums under his belt, that sound has matured, evolved and progressed in leaps and bounds to make HKB FiNN one of the most original Urban Music artists of this generation. 

 

HKB FiNN's sonic uniqueness has not gone unnoticed and since his 2nd album, he has appeared at over 500 international music festivals including: Jazz A Vienne (France), Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Madajazzcar Festival (Madagascar), Nice Jazz Festival (France), Sounderground Festival (Brazil), Martinique Jazz Festival (Martinique), Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), Mumbai Music Festival (India), Cheltenham Jazz Festival (UK) to name a few.  He performs occasionally at Poetry events but it's his Poetry & Music show that has led him to appear in over 34 countries in the last 8 years.  

 

HKB FiNN is an ambassador of excellence and a strong believer in taking music directly to the people. In 2004, the University of East London bestowed upon him a honorary ‘Masters’ for his ‘Contribution to Contemporary Music’ and to this day, he remains passionate about using Art to pay homage to his heritage as well as to use it to share humane stories around the world. 

 

HKB FiNN's 6th studio album entitled ‘(PRELUDE) URBAN ROOTS’ is availabe now from our MP3 store, iTunes and on other good Digital Music stores.

 

Discography

Vitalistics (2002)

Acoustic Afro Hip Hop (2004)

Spoken Herbs (2006)

Finnstrumentals Volume1 (2006)

Mr FiNN Mixtape (2007)

Light In The Shade Of Darkness (2008)

Natural Eloquence (2010)

(Prelude) Urban Roots (2013)


  HKB FiNN Biographie

HKB FiNN est un artiste de jazz/hip-hop originaire de Londres. Il a créé d’incroyable musique et texte depuis plus de vingt ans et a collaboré avec de nombreux groupes et collectifs (No Jazz, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Electro Deluxe, Tunde Jegede Ensemble, Orphy Robinson, Roots Manuva, Nitin Sawhney, Kasse Mady Diabate…) tout au long de sa carrière.

 

HKB FiNN trouve ses inspirations dans la musique afro latine, africaine et dans le jazz contemporain. Il crée ainsi une forme unique et sophistiquée de jazz/hip-hop. Andrew Ward alias HKB FiNN a commencé à se produire en tant qu’"enfant poète" dès l’âge de sept ans en Jamaïque. Il s’est ensuite installé au Royaume-Uni âgé de 17 ans et a rejoint Skyliner, Genesis et Coxone Junior du collectif Reggae Sound System. Il devient un “MC” respecté dans le milieu reggae pendant plusieurs années avant de s’impliquer plus précisément dans le hip-hop. 

 

En 1988, FiNN forme le groupe Katch 22 avec DJ Marga et signe avec le label Kold Sweat Records. Ils enregistrent trois albums à succès (Diary of a blackman living in the land of the lost, Dark Tales from 2 Cities et Non Conformist rituals) et partent en tournée en Europe et au Royaume-Uni avant que le label Kold Sweat Records ferme en 1995. Le groupe Katch 22 se sépare peu de temps après.

 

De 1996 à 1999 HKB FiNN commence sa carrière de rappeur indépendant au sein de la scène londonienne ce qui l’amène à travailler avec de nombreux groupes éminents dans les milieux du jazz, la drum and bass, le nu-métal, les musiques du monde et parfois même la musique classique.

 

FiNN crée ainsi un nouveau style vocal pour accompagner sa musique. Il ajoute de la poésie à son rap ce qui lui permet de devenir une sorte de griot urbain.

 

Depuis 2002 HKB FiNN est devenu un artiste plus érudit, original et “soulful”. Il forme en 2007 “The HKB FINN Ensemble” et travaille avec différents invités tels que Crystal Night, Robert Mitchell et Tracey Campbell.

 

Il commence à son tour à travailler en tant qu’invité avec des groupes électro jazz comme Nojazz, Jean Marie Ecay, Electro Deluxe, Wise et Ntoumos. Tous ces projets ont permis à HKB FiNN de se produire dans plus de 27 pays. À chaque événement FiNN parvient toujours à mélanger avec brio un hip-hop vibrant et plein d’énergie avec un jazz sophistiqué ainsi qu’une pointe de poésie. Sa voix unique dans le milieu jazz/hip-hop en a fait un des artistes les plus originaux de sa génération.

 

Discographie

Vitalistics (2002)

Acoustic Afro Hip Hop (2004)

Spoken Herbs (2006)

Finnstrumentals Vol#1 (2007)

Light In The Shade Of Darkness (2008)

Natural Eloquence (2010)

(Prelude) Urban Roots (2013)

 

(Translation by Safora Lahcene)

  HKB FiNN Biografia

HKB FiNN é um trovador do Jazz e do Hip Hop proveniente de Londres. Este explorador musical cria texto e música incríveis há mais de 20 anos e tem trabalhado com várias bandas e organizações como a No Jazz, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Electro Deluxe, Tunde Jegede Ensemble, The Royal Opera House, Roots Manuva, Nitin Sawhney, Viva Sinfonia e muitas outras. HKB FiNN inspira-se nos sons do Jazz contemporâneo, afro-latino e da África ocidental para criar uma forma original e sofisticada de Hip Hop acústico enlaçado com talentoso spoken word.

 

Nascido Andrew Ward, HKB FiNN iniciou a sua carreira artística como poeta-menino com 7 anos quando vivia na Jamaica. Quando se mudou para o Reino Unido em 1982, juntou-se aos Skyliner, aos Genesis e aos Coxone Junior (colectivos Reggae Sound System locais). Trabalhou durante muitos anos e foi muito apreciado como Emcee de reggae até abraçar a causa do Hip Hop em 1988. Nesse ano FiNN formou os Katch 22 com DJ Marga e o grupo assinou pela Kold Sweat Records. Gravariam 3 álbuns (Diary of a blackman living in the land of the lost, Dark Tales from 2 Cities e Non Conformist rituals) antes da sua editora, a Kold Sweat fechar as portas em 1995. Os Katch 22 cessaram actividade pouco depois.  

 

Entre 1996 e 1999 HKB FiNN trabalhou como Rapper freelancer no melting pot da cena de clubes londrina e isso proporcionou-lhe a oportunidade de trabalhar com vários grupos de topo  do Jazz, do Drum & Bass, do Nu-Metal, da World Music e até da música clássica.  Estas diversas experiências inspiraram FINN no sentido de explorar as raízes da música popular o que o levou a combinar a música afro-latina, o Hip Hop, o Reggae e o Jazz e a criar o seu próprio estilo e som. O fascínio que HKB FiNN nutre pela História, pela narrativa através da música e pela divulgação de uma mensagem de tolerância e amor universal levou a que muitos fãs e críticos o apelidassem de "o griot urbano da nossa geração".

 

A partir de 1999 HKB FiNN foi-se tornando num artista mais literário, profundo e original e afastou-se da música electrónica e samplada para trabalhar exclusivamente com composição acústica. Editou vários álbuns, todos com a sua linguagem musical única. Em 2004, a University of East London atribuiu-lhe um doutoramento honorário pelo seu contributo para a música contemporânea. 

 

Desde então, HKB FiNN e os seus ensembles têm colaborado em vários projectos com empresas como a Nissan UK, a Redbull, a Blockbuster Video, a Puma, a Tesco UK e o Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) e apresentaram-se em mais de 300 festivais em 44 países de todo o globo: Jazz-A-Vienne (França), The Cervantino International Music Festival (México), Cheltenham Jazz Festival (RU), Madajazzascar Festival (Madagascar), Katmandu Music Festival (Nepal), Martinique Jazz Festival, Mumbai Jazz Festival (India), London Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival (França), Montreal Jazz Festival (Canadá) entre muitos outros. 

 

HKB FiNN encontra-se ainda a trabalhar no seu próximo álbum entitulado: PRELUDE URBAN ROOTS. Será que o Brasil irá deixar mais uma marca neste Rootsman viajante?

 

 

Discografia

Vitalistics (2002)

Acoustic Afro Hip Hop (2004)

Spoken Herbs (2006)

Finnstrumentals Vol#1 (2006)

MR FiNN Mixtape (2007)

Light In The Shade Of Darkness (2008)

Natural Eloquence (2010)

(Prelude) Urban Roots (2013)

 

Translation by Nuno Bernardino


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HKB FiNN :

- Prelude Urban Roots (2013)
- Natural Eloquence (2010)
- Light In The Shade Of Darkness (2008)
- Spoken Herbs (2006)
- Acoustic Afro Hip Hop (2004)
- Vitalistics (2002)

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