LOS ANGELES, September 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Take your passports; it’s time to rack up those miles with a one-of-a-kind musical event featuring the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter-producer Stokley, through the lens of his highly anticipated second album. SANKOFA is now released through its partnership with Bluraffe Entertainment and music icons Jimmy’s Jam and Terry lewis Flyte Tyme / Perspective Records. The Ghanaian term, Sankofa, is a nod to the roots of African-American ancestry, and its interpretation is based on personal reflection. Stokley’s past experiences as an artist and the education he received during his 35-year musical career.
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“A feast of textures, colors and soul, it embraces jazz, R&B, hip-hop, rock, pop, pan-African sounds – you name it – all with a modern electronic veneer and Williams flexibility, Stevie Wonder– evocative voice. “- Jon Bream (Star Tribune)
“The biggest part of his greatness is his ability to improve everyone around him. And that’s why he’s your favorite musician’s favorite musician” – Jimmy Jam & Terry lewis
“I like the voice, the talent, the consistency. When you hear musicians playing who can really playing and singing is unforgettable. You will never forget it! “- Stevie Wonder
“Brother Stokley is a god among the GAWDS. A rarity in this life: a singer-songwriter, a drummer-drummer, a musician-musician. In other words, a pure artist.” – Questlove
The album presents HER, Snoop dogg, Wales, The Bonfeu, KiDi with writing and production by Stokley, Point S. (MJB, Lauryn Hill, Diddy), Carvin Haggins (Jazmine Sullivan, Jill scott, and Shakespeare! (Justin bieber, Internet) who are also among the artists featured on the album. Sankofa also features a special appearance by Mahmoud El Kati, world-renowned speaker, writer, commentator on the African-American experience, professor emeritus of history at Macalester College, as well as Stokley’s father. Stokley plays 99% of the instruments featured on this project, including drums, percussion, keyboards, guitars (lead and bass) and steel pan.
The first single “She” earned Stokley his first No.1 career, with the single played in towns across the country including new York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, and Cleveland. Other releases on the album include the funk-laden tracks “Vibrant” with Snoop Dogg and “Cascade” featuring The Bonfyre which both peaked on the Billboard Top Ten Airplay R&B For Adults graphics.
Recently, Stokley celebrated the beauty and essence of Nubian queens around the world with “WOMEN,” starring Ghanaian superstar KiDi. “WOMEN” is a love letter to the genre he affectionately calls “the greatest producers of life who help shape the world”. The accompanying visual, produced by REX, features vibrant colors against the beautiful Ghana countryside. Stokley taps into the deep-rooted love and appreciation for the beauty, tenderness, warmth, perseverance, dedication, and strength that all black women exude.
Stokley performed a catchy rendition of the title song “Sankofa“ to Phoenix Award 2021 ceremony broadcast on BET and BET Her. It is the signing and culminating event of the 50th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), the premier political conference that focuses on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. This year’s theme is Unparalleled Black Excellence: Pushing Forward in Power. The Phoenix Awards honor individuals who have made a significant contribution and have also included performances of En Vogue, Leela James, Wayne brady, Ledisi, Malian music and Jonathan mcreynolds, Rapsodie, and Chaka Khan.
Over the course of his career, Stokley has played more than the frontman of iconic R&B group Mint Condition. He has appeared on some of the most iconic songs / albums in the industry and has performed, written and produced for artists like Janet & Michael jackson (Scream), Bailiff (8701), Alicia Keys (Personal diary), New edition (Back home), Luther vandross (A night with you: Vol 2), Elton john (Aida) and many others. Stokley was a comrade protege Minneapolis native Prince, with whom he also played and encouraged Stokley to embark on a solo career. After his death, Stokley toured the country with the legendary band The revolution, console the fans.
LIST OF SANKOFA TRACKS
- Sankofa – Past
- Vibrant (ft. Snoop Dogg)
- Cafe (ft. Wale)
- Clouds (ft Shakespeare!)
- Homecoming (Lude)
- Waterfall (ft. Le Bonfyre)
- RUSH (ft. SHE)
- Sankofa – Present
- Woman (ft. KiDi)
- Cascade (LVRS Quarrel Mix)
- Trinkutsi (Lude)
- Verbalize (ft. Snoop Dogg)
- To glide
- Sankofa – The Present (ft. Mahmoud El Kati)
Stokley will hit the road for one-off dates across the country. Connect to www.istokley.com for more information.